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 an interview with website Wired Mark Cerny, the chief architect of the PS5 system, revealed a little about the upcoming Japanese console, thereby giving the signal in the arms race, the struggle for supremacy in the upcoming big steps of the ninth generation of consoles.
The official presentation can most likely be expected on PlayStation Experience 2019, particularly since Sony missed the E3 this year, for the first time in 24 years. We decided to 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 sources are, above all, the statements made by Mark Cerny, chief architect of the PlayStation 5, who revealed the first details about the new console – including its specification.
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's any new information, we will come back and, accordingly alter the text so that the information about the PlayStation 5 contained here remains up-to-date... if that's what the new console will be called.
The initial version of the text appeared on the website on January 20, 2019. We last updated the section on September 5, 2019.
The release date of the PlayStation 5
- Autumn 2019 – this date was ruled out by Mark Cerny, the chief architect of the system, who announced that the debut of the PS5 in 2019 is out of the question.
- Spring 2020 – the March premiere of Nintendo Switch showed that spring can be a good time for releasing a new console, so we're not crossing this one out. However, we assume that it is less probable than the next one.
- Autumn 2020 – in our opinion the most probable time for the release of PS5.
- 2021 – there are some, who consider such a remote release date the most probable, though we think it a bit late.
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.
This theory would converge with the information published by RuthenicCookie on Reddt, who claims that Sony's new hardware will be revealed in 2019, and then presented at the PlayStation Experience exhibition, a couple of months after that, and its premiere will take place in March or November 2020. And while we usually have no reason to believe the assurances of an anonymous user of the Internet, the same person had previously opened a thread, in which they revealed – or simply accurately predicted – that Sony, precisely for these reasons, will refuse to participate in the E3 expositions, on which the company has appeared so far every year for almost twenty-five years. That information was later confirmed, so the leaks seem to bear some credibility. Moreover, the same release date is also assumed by analysts from NPD Group, or Lee IDC, and the first prediction – the official announcement of PlayStation 5 in 2019 – already turned out true.
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 – 6 to 7 years old (considering the premiere in 2020 seems realistic)
Apart from players, journalists, oracles, and would-be prophets, the biggest fishes of the electronic entertainment industry are also trying to make predictions. During the May meeting with investors, the President of Take-Two, Strauss Zelnick, announced that he expects a new console in 2020, although he noted that he does not have any specific information in this regard. However, we can assume with reasonable confidence that major publishers are aware of the plans of console manufacturers in advance. Developing games is a process that takes years and it needs to be done with specific hardware in mind.
Work's in full swing
As it turned out in a recent conversation with Wired, the chief architect of the new system, Mark Cerny, a fairly large number of external developers already have access to the so-called "dev-kits" of the new console, i.e. sets of tools designed for enabling the creation of games tailored to a specific hardware environment. And if developers can already develop games designed for another system, its premiere can't be too far away. Cerny has emphatically denied rumors of an early, 2019 debut, hence we consider 2020 the most probable in the context of Sony's new console hitting the stores.
WHAT WE KNOW FOR SURE:
- 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 Sony console will be equipped with an octa-core AMD Zen 2 processor and a graphics-processing unit based on the AMD Radeon Navi architecture; these components should enable gameplay in a resolution of up to 8K with support of ray tracing;
- PlayStation 5 will also get an SSD, increasing the speed of games and download;
- the new Sony console will be backwards compatible with the PlayStation 4.