Get Your Trade-Ins Ready - The PS5 And New Xbox Are On The Way

By Brad Nash
16 April 2019
Credit: EA Sports
Now, we have an idea of pricing and the first games set to hit Sony's next-gen platform next year

Last year we news came out that Sony's next generation of console, tentatively named the PS5 for now (although let's be real, it's probably gonna be called that), won't hit store shelves until at least 2020. That seemed so far away then, but now we're less than a year away, and before we know it, our PS4/Xbox Ones will be rendered obsolete.

Sony themselves seem keener than anyone else for the PS5 to come to market, with Gaming analysts now reporting that Sony has already started handing out DevKits for its first-party studios to start churning out PS5-ready games.

According to analyst Daniel Ahmad, “in general, most of the focus for Sony [first party studios] is on PS5 right now. It is still early to talk about next gen but I imagine we’ll hear some whispers come out of GDC.”

“PS5 dev kits are out there and I’ve heard positive things about it,” he added, confirming that Sony has at least a broad skeleton and framework for how the PS5 will work, how powerful it'll be and just what level of gaming they can actually achieve. In addition to this, almost a fifth of game studios are developing PS5 Games right now, regardless of whether they have dev kits or not. All of this points towards a release date somewhere in the region of next year.

Another report in April 2019, this time from Comic Book, revealed the first leaked pricing structure for the PS5 in US markets, alongside potential details about which games will make for the flagship titles to co-incide with the PS5's launch. Citing a leaker, they've said the PS5 will be packed with a 2TB built-in hard drive, support 8K upscaling, and be compatible with a newly upgraded PlayStation VR headset.

According to the leaker they cited, who claims to be a European developer working on the yet-to-be-announced PS5 launch title, it will also be backwards compatible, offering up a new premium version of PlayStation Plus, and come with a new Dualshock 5 controller that has a built-in camera.

As for games, there appears to be plenty to get excited about. GTA VI will apparently release exclusively on PS5 for its first month, while Gran Turismo 7, an exclusive PUBG 4K remaster, The Last of Us Part II, a Ghost of Tsushima remaster, Battlefield Bad Company 3, a Harry Potter game, and a new viking-based Assassin’s Creed will be available come launch day.

The PS5 will reportedly cost $500 at launch, which despite still being sold at a loss, will still be $100 more than the launch price of the PS4.

Both the PS3 and PS4 were truly huge steps forward in video game realism, so Sony will undoubtedly know that anything the PS5 delivers has to be truly in-keeping with how far we've come even since Sony's last major console drop. A reminder: when the PS4/Xbox One generation first dropped, the iPhone 5S was the height of mobile tech.

That being said, there's still plenty more on the horizon for both sets of gamers invested in the current generation. A ton of awesome-looking new games are coming in hot over 2019, and Sony has also apparently got some releases up their sleeve with the PS4 firmly in mind.

According to IGN, who broke the news, Microsoft are predictably hot on the heels of their Japanese arch-rivals as well. Two models of the new Xbox, codenamed 'Scarlett' for now, are also set for release in 2020. One of these will be a traditional console similar to the Xbox brand, while one will be a streaming box hosting Microsoft's planned games-streaming platform.

We'll be sure to bring you more details as they drop.

Via GQ Australia