May 14, 2019 – Update: We’re probably still more than a year away from the PlayStation 5 release, but we expect rumors and speculations to continue ramping up—at least until it’s announced. Now one analyst has speculated on the PlayStation 5 price, and not everyone is pleased about it. Of course, we should emphasize that there’s no way to know right now if he’s right or not.
PlayStation 5 price predicted
Ace Research Institute analyst Hideki Yasuda wrote in a recent report that he expects the PS5 to be released in November 2020, which is in line with other rumors we have already heard. According to a translation of the report from Japanese by Google Translate, he also said he expects the PlayStation 5 price to be $499. If he’s correct, it means the PS5 will start out $100 more than the PS4 and PS4 Pro, which were both priced at $399 at the times of their launches.
Most gamers are probably expecting a higher starting price for the PS5 because of one major addition. Sony has already confirmed that it plans to include a solid-state drive rather than a traditional hard drive in the console. Switching to an SSD will make the console load faster, but it will also likely increase the price because SSDs do cost quite a bit more than standard hard drives.
The higher PlayStation 5 price can also be expected due to some other premium improvements, like the Boost Mode feature, which is designed to improve the framerates on games. Console architect Mark Cerny also confirmed a few other features like ray tracing and 3D audio.
The big question now is whether gamers will actually pay $499 for the PS5 if it does indeed have all these features. PS3 sales were slow out of the gate, and Sony executives even said the price was too high. However, Sony might be able to get away with charging more because of all the upgrades. Just the SSD alone might be worth most of that extra $100 in the PlayStation 5 price.
Cloud gaming not a threat to the PS5
Yasuda also wrote that cloud gaming is not a threat to the PS5 or the PS4 Pro. He mentioned Google’s Stadia cloud gaming platform, which was revealed in March. While some do anticipate problems for Sony due to Stadia’s lower price, Yasuda said that cloud games are basically inferior. All the processing of the games occurs on the data center side, and there’s a delay which keeps all players from playing equally.
Essentially, what he’s saying is that serious gamers won’t be moved by Google’s Stadia. They want the power provided by hardware rather than to depend on whatever is happening on the server side. We would note that this is exactly why some gamers prefer to play on a PC rather than a console.
Apr 16, 2019 – Update: PlayStation 5 specs have been the topic of many conversations in forums and message boards for a while now. We now have the scoop on what to expect in this latest generation console system from Sony.
PlayStation 5 Specs Indicate More Than a Simple Upgrade
In an interview with Wired Mark Cerny reveals that the next generation PlayStation console will be much more than a simple upgrade. Following the release of the PS4 Sony launched the PS4 Pro, which was an upgraded platform that offered more features. However, the PlayStation 5 specs he discussed in the interview promise a much more functional console.
According to Cerny, “The key question is whether the console adds another layer to the sorts of experiences you already have access to, or if it allows for fundamental changes in what a game can be.” He did not indicate whether or not the new system would actually be called the PlayStation 5 console, but kept referring to it as simply the “next gen console.” If history is any means of measuring the future, then it will follow the tradition of numerical naming. PlayStation 5 specs indicate it will surpass all other consoles in graphics capabilities.
Not Coming This Year
According to Cerny, the PlayStation 5 console will not be coming to stores anytime in 2019. He has been the lead architect of the project since its inception, and he says that several different companies have been involved in developing it. The goal is to give PlayStation 5 specs that allow it to become more immersive than ever.
The GPU and CPU Cerny detailed in the PlayStation 5 specs are much more powerful than previous consoles. This gives it the ability to achieve graphic capabilities that have never been seen before. The computer’s memory size and speed will also be larger, which means game files will grow in size as well. This means that there will be larger downloads as well as larger physical discs for the player.
- CPU – 3rd Generation AMD Ryzen with 8 cores and 7nmZen2 microarchitecture
- GPU – Radeon Navi custom designed for Sony that supports ray tracing for intense 3D animation and 8k graphics
- Upgraded Sound Card – Immerses user in full 3D sound
- SSD – Improved load times and faster response in game
End User Experience on PS5
Cerny hints that the system he is using for the interview at Wired is a “slow version” of what Sony is actually planning to launch. The new system will be backwards compatible with PlayStation 4 games, which means that gamers will still be able to play titles they have recently purchased. He states that the end goal is an immersive experience for the end user that has never been achieved on a console in the past. While he was not willing to let anyone peek inside the box hiding the physical components, the performance they demonstrated on screen was incredible. PlayStation 5 specs may still be the stuff of rumors, but there is no doubt Sony is going to bring out an amazing new system.
May 17, 2018 Update: As far as new information about the PlayStation 5 goes, it’s looking more and more likely that it will be at least a couple of years until we see the release.
While many clamoring for the latest in Sony’s console lineup, the fact remains that the PlayStation 4 still has a significant amount of life left in it . This release date delay becomes even more likely when you consider the fact that the PS4 Pro just recently released.
If Sony were to release a PlayStation 5 in 2018, they may be shooting themselves in the foot. By shortening the lifespan of their latest console, they would anger the large number of users who made the decision to purchase a souped-up version of the PlayStation 4.
While many were expecting some sort of major announcement at E3 2018, it’s much more likely that Sony will use this opportunity to keep fan expectations in check. It’s not realistic to expect something groundbreaking in every major conference, and it’s expected that Sony will take this opportunity to draw attention to some excellent games that are currently in development such as the much-anticipated Death Stranding from Hideo Kojima.
As far as the specifications of the console itself goes, we don’t have too much more information outside of the rumors that the first PS5 test kits have been sent out to developers. The fact that major developers now have their hands on the system means that we should see some excellent AAA titles at launch, but it also confirms that the PS5 is likely at least a year or two away.
Unfortunately, we still have a while to wait before we see the release of the PlayStation 5, but we’re fortunate in that the PS4 isn’t really showing signs of age. This two year wait will be filled with two years of action-packed titles that will round out the already-impressive library we’ve been able to enjoy this generation.
We also urge you to get a VPN for your PS4 so you can play safely online without having to worry about web trolls hacking your console.
Feb 8, 2018 Update – Although Sony still leads the console race comfortably, recent sales figures suggest that we may see a PlayStation 5 console sooner rather than later.
The latest reports on worldwide console shipments indicate that sales of the PS4 range receded in 2017, compared to the holiday season 12 month previously. PS4 shipments were measured at 9.7 million for holiday 2016, compared to 9 million in 2017; representing a fall of around 15 percent.
Although this is just one small indicator of the future direction of the PS4, these lukewarm sales figures are sure to prompt seriously internal analysis at Sony. And executives could begin to seriously contemplate the release of the PlayStation 5, as a result of receding interest in the PS4. Nonetheless, even if this is the case then we shouldn’t necessarily expect the PlayStation 5 to arrive with rapidity.
Sony remains in a very strong position with the PlayStation 4 range, with the installed user base of the console being much higher than its Microsoft Xbox rival. And this means that there is no pressure on the Japanese electronics giant to push the PlayStation 5 out of the gate without due care.
While industry analysts, such as Michael Pachter, have suggested that the new console from Sony could see the light of day as early as next year, the development cycle for the PS5 will undoubtedly be massively complex. But Pachter outlined his predicted release schedule for the PlayStation 5, in some frequently quoted comments.
“I think that’s exactly when you’ll see one (PS5) 2019 or 2020, and if I had to bet, it’s 2020. Sony’s making so much money with the PS4 that I think they’ll continue to milk it as long as they can milk it. And I think the natural extension of that is the PS4 Pro becomes the default PS4, and they just knock that price down to $250 when they can and they keep selling it – a ton of those,” Pachter suggested.
Sony must also cope with a rapidly evolving gaming climate, in which PC gaming is becoming more affordable and attractive, and the future of disc-based titles is far from certain. While gamers still tend to be keen on physical media, games developers would love to see them phased out due to piracy reasons And the rise of streaming is already impacting hugely on the gaming niche.
Sony will also have to deliver a PlayStation 5 console that is technically superior to the Xbox One X This would mean that 60 frames per second gaming in native 4K is an absolute must. Meanwhile, it has also been predicted that Sony will release a new VR headset alongside its next generation console.
Some sources have even suggested that Sony could take a leaf from Nintendo’s book, and produce a PlayStation 5 that doubles as a handheld console. So there is plenty for Sony to cogitate as it continues to plan and develop the PS5.
Jan 25, 2018 Update – The PlayStation 5 is set to be one of the most important console releases in video game history, but there are still many questions to be answered about this massive Sony machine. Timing will be critically important for the consumer electronics giant, and it is not yet been ascertained precisely when we can expect the PlayStation 5 to emerge.
There is no doubt that the gaps between each PlayStation consoles are extending steadily over the years, and this could mean that the PlayStation 5 release is delayed somewhat. The development cycle for AAA titles is growing ever longer, as the biggest names in the gaming industry invest huge amounts of resources in producing the most technologically advanced titles possible.
This suggests that the PlayStation 5 will not launch during this decade, with Sony possibly pushing the machine until 2020 or even 2021. The release of the PlayStation 4 Pro further muddies the waters, with this premium console having been successful for Sony commercially. Sony won’t want to alienate PS4 Pro consumers, which probably means that the PlayStation 5 will arrive later rather than sooner.
One interesting rumor that has cropped up online recently is the suggestion that the PlayStation 5 will benefit from a redesigned controller. It seems highly unlikely that Sony will abandon the classic design that it first introduced with the original PlayStation, but it could be beefed up to deliver new functionality.
Another area where Sony could deliver something new with the PlayStation 5 is in Blu-ray playback. It was perhaps slightly surprising that a 4K blu-ray player was not included with the PlayStation 4 Pro, and so is likely to rectify this when the PlayStation 5 emerges. Even though streaming is becoming increasingly important, many consumers still favour physical discs, and Sony will definitely bow to these pressures when the PS5 arrives in the stores.
Big spec increases are also anticipated when the PlayStation 5 emerges, particularly native 4K resolution. Although the PlayStation 4 Pro does an excellent job of delivering 4K gaming with its checkerboard technique, by the time that the PlayStation 5 emerges, 60FPS at native 4K should be possible. This will be achieved with massively improved CPU and GPU units.
With the size of popular games becoming massive, the storage space included in the bargain basement version of the PlayStation 5 is likely to be bigger than the PlayStation 4 Pro as wells. This could see Sony release a 2TB version of the PlayStation 5 from day one.
There is also expected to be a significant virtual reality focus with the PlayStation 5, as Sony continues to build on its moderate success in this area. This will mean a new version of the PlayStation VR headset, along with improved support for virtual reality gaming in the PlayStation 5.
GTA 6 launch title
Finally, Sony will need some massive launch titles in order to ensure that the PlayStation 5 is a commercial success, and it is thus increasingly rumored that GTA 6 will land on the console from its birth. This will be a tantalizing prospect for Sony fans and gamers in general.
December 28, 2017 – As the Microsoft and Sony console war continues, many are wondering when the PlayStation 5 will be released.
This is proving very difficult to predict, with major analysts varying significantly in their guesstimates for the next generation machine.
But the latest suggestion from Lewis Ward – research director for gaming and VR/AR for IDC – is that Sony may delay the release of the PlayStation 5 until 2021.
Ward believes that the PlayStation 5 will also be backwards compatible out of the box; indicative of the ongoing support for the vanilla PS4.
Another prediction made by Ward is that Sony will reach 100 million PS4 units installed before the Xbox range, potentially delaying the PlayStation 5.
October 27, 2017 – The rumor that Sony executive Phil Harrison would reveal details regarding the PlayStation 5 at a recent gaming expo was a hot topic for a while. However, Harrison instead decided to reflect on the history of gaming, and the future Sony console remains firmly under wraps. This doesn’t mean that more pessimistic estimations regarding the release date of the machine are necessarily correct, but this would certainly begin to make sense.
Nonetheless, there is a strong consensus among gaming analysts that a PlayStation 5 release is on the horizon. There was a roughly seven-year gap between the release of the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, and this would mean that we could expect the PlayStation 5 to appear in 2019 or 2020.
With the old video games model of powerful technology necessitating a sizeable shelf life beginning to dissolve, it is suggested that the PlayStation 5 could arrive sooner rather than later, and be a nifty and expandable unit when it does indeed emerge. This would be logical, and would provide PlayStation 5 owners with the sort of customization that PC devotees take for granted, albeit inevitably in a reduced form.
Certainly both Sony and Microsoft will be looking to the PC market as a guide for their forthcoming consoles, as PC gaming has grown massively in popularity over the last couple of years. Affordable gaming rigs mean that PCs are now serious competition for both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox One X, meaning that Sony and Microsoft must craft their future strategy accordingly.
Despite the increasing importance of online play and streaming, it seems unlikely that cloud gaming will be a major factor in the early days of the PlayStation 5. While this model is feasible in the not too distant future, industry analysts have suggested that the PlayStation 5 will lack the power to deliver AAA titles in cloud gaming form.
However, one area where Sony could attempt to make a strong initial impression with the PlayStation 5 is with the design of the machine. Early console releases are traditionally quite bulky, and this was certainly the case with the original PlayStation 3. Such releases are usually followed up with slimmed down models, but it is suggested in the case of the PlayStation 5 that the slim version may be the initial release.
Certainly Sony headed in this direction with the design of the PlayStation 4, and it is expected that it will be possible for a PlayStation 5 Slim to emerge on the very first day of release. While this delivers a more pleasing aesthetic, it will also enable Sony to reduce the power consumption of the unit, and potentially it could also have a positive impact on computational power.
After the relative success of the PlayStation VR headset, the PlayStation 5 is expected to ramp up Sony’s effort in the virtual reality sphere. Meanwhile, this machine will certainly deliver 4K resolution gaming at 60 frames per second, which is undoubtedly a mouth-watering proposition for console owners, even if they may have to wait until 2020 for this prospect.