It's finally happened – a source directly related to Sony, finally showed that the work on the PlayStation 5 continues and moreover, is nearing the end. And it was quite a source! In a recent conversation with Wired, Mark Cerny, the chief architect of the PS5 system revealed a little on the subject of the hardware in development by the Japanese company, thereby starting a round in the struggle for dominance in the upcoming, ninth generation of consoles.
The official presentation is scheduled for February 2020 – then, we will learn, in particular, the console's final appearance and features. Here, we have gather all the information we find relatively reliable and present it to you as the preliminary vision of what the next Sony console could look like. The main source are the statements of Mark Cerny, the chief architect of the PS5, who revealed the first details of the new console, including its specifications – and another Wired article from October, where several people involved in the creation of the new PlayStation were interviewed.
However, in matters such as the release date or launch titles, we needed to resort to unconfirmed reports, patents or statements in which info about the upcoming hardware can be traced. As soon as there is new information, we will return and modify this article accordingly, so that the news about the PlayStation 5 contained here remains relevant.
WHAT WE KNOW FOR SURE
- Sony remain true to tradition and call their new console the PlayStation 5.
- The works on PlayStation 5 is supervised by Mark Cerny, who was also responsible for the PlayStation 4;
- the developers – Sony's internal teams, and external studios alike – already have access to the dev-kits, allowing them to create games in the new environment;
- The new console from Sony will be equipped with an AMD Zen 2 processor (octacore, sixteen threads) and a graphics system based on the AMD Radeon Navi architecture; these components should be enough for gaming in 4K and perhaps even 8K (not in the most demandin games, though).
- PlayStation 5 will also get an SSD, increasing the speed of games and download;
- PS5 will support ray tracing.
- Sony's new console should be backwards compatible with the PlayStation 4.
- The official PS5 announcement will take place in February 2020.
The initial version of the text appeared on the website on May 14, 2019. We last updated the article, September 10, 2019.
The release date of the PlayStation 5
Sony has confirmed that the PS5 will debut in late 2020. It's thus "possible and not unlikely" that PS5 should be released around November, so that everyone can decide to buy it for Christmas.
The first information concerning the release date was revealed by the head of Sony Interactive Entertainment, John Coder. During the May meeting of investors, he admitted that PlayStation 4 is already in the final stage of its life cycle, and said that until March 2021 – and thus before the end of the fiscal year 2020 – the company will be ready for the future. This, in turn, will mean that the new console is likely to debut at the turn of 2020. The date that's mentioned most often is November 2020 – the previous two versions of PlayStation hit the market around the same time of the year, and PS2 was launched at the end of October.
These predictions turned out to be accurate – since October 2019, we already know that the PS5 will debut in 2020, around Christmas. The most likely date is the end of November, or the beginning of December, so that the new console has a chance to get to more people as a Christmas gift.
HOW LONG DO CONSOLES LIVE?
How big were the gaps between the debuts of subsequent Sony consoles so far?
- PlayStation – 6 years (1994-2000)
- PlayStation 2 – 6 years (2000-2006)
- PlayStation 3 – 7 years (2006-2013)
- PlayStation 4 – 7 years (2013-2020)