Start Getting Your Trade-Ins Together: Here's What We Know About The PS5 And New Xbox
Early last year we brought you news 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. This was later backed up by a report from WIRED.
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.
Almost all of this, save for the speculation on which games will form the console's first major offerings, has since been confirmed by Sony themselves. In an official video presentation made in Japan, Sony laid bare their plans for the console, confirming that the PS5 will have just about everything players have been asking for since new technologies like SSD hard drives and game streaming became more readily available. It'll also support 8K gaming and backwards compatibility, with a heavier focus towards digital play rather than the use of physical game disks.
Sony even showed a video of just how fast the hardware on its new console is likely to be, and it's mighty impressive. A game that would normally take 8 seconds to load on a PS4 Pro will now be ready in less than a second.
The PS5 will reportedly cost $500USD 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.
After a period of relative silence from their main competitors at Microsoft, the people behind Xbox have now taken to E3 2019 to announce that they're hot on the heels of their Japanese arch-rivals as well.
In perhaps the most important announcement of E3 2019 so far Microsoft announced that the next-generation Xbox, codenamed 'Project Scarlett' for now, is due over the Christmas period next year, and like the PS5, it'll harness the power of a solid state drive and new, ultra-fast AMD hardware to deliver 8K gaming at a mind-boggling 120FPS on TVs that allow it.
Like the Ps5, it'll also have next-gen, hardware accelerated ray tracing, which basically means a far more accurate and realistic rendition of how light travels in real-life.
"A console should be built and optimized for one thing and one thing only: Gaming," Xbox head Phil Spencer said during the company's presentation, shortly before announcing that the long-awaited sequel in the Halo franchise will be releasing as a launch title for the console.
Spencer has also since confirmed that the next-gen Xbox will get unprecedented backwards compatibility, offering players not only the chance to play Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One games on the new platform, but also use old wireless controllers as well.
"Making sure that all four generations of content — so the original Xbox games that run on your Xbox One today, the OG Xbox; the 360 games that run on your Xbox One; your Xbox One games; and the new generation games — all run on the next platform is important to us," he said.