Rumors from the internet have surfaced of 2018 being the year we might finally get to have the PlayStation 5 in the console market. The notion of its release as early as next year doesn’t seem that unrealistic since Microsoft, Sony’s biggest competitor, has already unveiled the Xbox Scorpio.
Just a week ago, the company announced to discontinue PlayStation 3 production. Analysts and experts now see this move as a subtle hint that something big, possibly the next generation PlayStation console, could be underway.
PlayStation 5: Release Date
Although there is no reliable information on the actual release date, nor has Sony chosen to speak about it in public but there have been whispers about the company unveiling the PlayStation 5 in the E3 event that will be held on 13th June this year. Although the announcement so early as in next week seems far-fetched, many Sony fans are hotly anticipating the news to come in the E3.
Other intelligible estimates of the launch date of the PlayStation 5 came from Macquire Capital Securities analyst, Damian Thong who spoke to the Wall Street Journal about the PS5. He suggested we might not see the new console until 2018, and that too in the latter part of the year, probably around Christmas. If that is true, it’s big news. Since previously the release year of the PlayStation 5 was presumed to be 2020.
Sony itself has been incredibly discreet about the whole project so much so that the President Shuhei Yoshida said in an interview with Tech Radar, that the release of the PlayStation 5 was a question of ‘if’ rather than of ‘when’.
PlayStation 5: Price
As with the release date, no reliable source can confirm the price yet. However, seeing how Microsoft’s Xbox Scorpio will be released at least 12 months prior to the estimated 2018 release of the PS5, Sony would have to bring down the price of its console to sell it in equal or more numbers than its rival. The PlayStation 5 might be priced at around $500!
PlayStation 5: Specs
We already know the specs and features Microsoft intends to incorporate into the XBOX Scorpio. Sony will obviously try to amp up their game and produce even more monster specs than the Xbox Scorpio. Just yesterday, we were made known that the PS5 will feature a full-fledged GPU instead of the APU offered by Xbox Scorpio. The PS5 will most likely benefit from the advancement in Radeon technology. The GPU will support 4K UHD graphics to keep up with the latest trends.
As far as the CPU is concerned, it will be based on AMD architecture and will offer 10tflops of computing power making it even more formidable than its Microsoft rival. This would definitely benefit the Virtual Reality aspect of gaming too.
The storage capacity of the PS5 is expected to change too and we speculate it to be more than the 12GB of GDDR5 RAM that the Xbox Scorpio offers.
As far as the design is concerned, Sony has also made its console more vertical than the wide-based horizontal look so you might want to clear up the space on your table for this one.
PlayStation 5: Games
The games the new console will feature are a mystery as with other things but we can expect sequels of Uncharted, Horizon: Zero Dawn and Gran Turismo. As with every consoles, we do expect Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty and FIFA to make their appearances in the PS5 too.