PS5 or PlayStation 5 is the upcoming sony product, releasing in the end of 2020. After an extended and incredible decade that quite clearly put Sony at the highest of the house console wars.

The hysteria started in early 2019, when Mark Cerny, the chief architect on Sony’s next console, confirmed that the company is working on the successor to the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro. However, since then, Sony has been giving small details like an official PS5 release window, logo, name and a couple of key details about features. But, according to the company, the PS5 still has big surprises to come. However, Sony won’t be revealing them at E3 2020, because the company has confirmed it won’t be attending this year again.

PS5: Leaks

Logo

At CES 2020 news conference on Monday evening, Sony has revealed the PlayStation 5’s logo. The logo looks exactly as expected, with Sony once more following the footsteps of the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4’s logos for the PS5. The sole real difference here is the number. Even the font size remains the same.

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Console 

The PS5 patent of console design was registered as a Sony device on August 13, after applying for the patent back in May of this year. It shows a V shaped console device that seems highly unlikely to be anything but the PS5. The patent page we have is thru LetsGoDigital, and that we haven’t found the WIPO listing itself.

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Image Credit: LetsGoDigital

The PS5 patent has a V-shaped design, possible in reference the Roman numeral V (meaning ‘5’). On the diagram you’ll see variety of USB ports for DualShock controllers, also a line of buttons that might likely correspond to ejecting discs, turning on power, and other connectivity features. there is a thin slot that’s likely the disk drive too.

Controller

The PS5 controller (we do not know the official name yet) will include haptic feedback to switch the DualShock 4’s rumble technology, designed to enhance the controller’s feedback and thus player immersion.

The PS5 Controller has USB-C port . There is also a technology known as “adaptive triggers”, which will be present in the primary R2/L2 triggers on the PS5’s controller. According to the company, developers will be able to “program the resistance of the triggers”, giving the example that you’ll be able to feel the increased tension as you draw back a bow or force you to pull down with extra pressure if you’re driving through rough terrain.

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Image Credit: Techradar

The Wired magazine got a hands-on preview with a prototype PS5 controller, which it notes looked “an awful lot just like the PS4’s DualShock 4,” although Sony isn’t confirming if it’ll call it the DualShock 5 just yet. Wired also confirmed that the PS5’s controller will finally be making the jump to USB-C also as other refinements sort of a larger battery and improved speakers.

PS5: Release date

The PS5 release date is been confirmed by sony as “Holiday 2020” i.e., between October and December 2020. A leak has suggested that the release date is going to be November 20, 2020 but that’s yet to be confirmed.

This will put the PlayStation 5 in direct competition with Microsoft’s Xbox Series X, which is releasing during the same period.

PS5: Price 

Sony hasn’t officially confirmed a PS5 price just yet, so we cannot say what it’ll be for sure. However, there are some rumors. A leak has suggested that the console will cost between $500 and $550 in North America when it launches. It might be a welcome news if the console did launch at this price as it’s only $100 more than the launch price of the PS4 and PS4 Pro.

In India $550 translates to roughly 40,000. So it’s safe to mention that the PS5 could launch in India in 2021 for an official price tag that would surpass Rs 55,000 to Rs 65,000 supported taxes and duties.

PS5: Specifications

Some of the specifications of PS5, Sony has already revealed earlier this year are:

  • The 8-core AMD chipset (based on AMD’s third-gen Ryzen line) and custom GPU (based on AMD’s Radeon Navi hardware)
  • 3D audio
  • The support for 8K gaming (as well as for 4K gaming at 120Hz)
  • A much lower power consumption option
  • Backwards compatibility with PS4 and PSVR
  • The ultra-fast SSD

In an interview with Wired magazine, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan and PS5 system architect Mark Cerny gave some additional details about the upcoming hardware. Cerny said “There is ray-tracing acceleration within the GPU hardware”, clarifying the company’s original announcement of ray-tracing support and allaying concerns that Sony might resort to software tricks to manage it.

Sony has also confirmed that the PS5 will support 8K gaming, and therefore the rumors are that the AMD SmartShift might be the key sauce that makes this possible.

With 8K TV support comes much more detailed textures, and far larger-scale ones at that. The news of a bespoke SSD drive are going to be heartening then. Simply because the games are going to be getting more complex, that doesn’t mean they’ll be slower to load.

The super-fast SSD the biggest update that Sony is showing off in PS5. It says that there is the installation requirement because of the speed difference between the optical drive and the internal solid-state one. Sony also promises the SSD’s improvements to how it reads data, which means that the games are going to take up less space, which should help soften the blow for the mandatory installation requirements.

This will allow players to possess more control over installing and removing games, for instance by allowing players to install or remove only certain parts of a game. So rather than installing the complete game, you’ll prefer to just install the single-player mode and then do multiplayer later, or the other way around.

The Wired magazine interview also confirms that the PS5 will use standard 100GB Blu-ray discs. Sony had previously confirmed that the console will offer a disk drive, but all games will need to be installed to the internal SSD this point around.

Speaking about the new UI to Wired – Multiplayer game servers will provide the console with the set of join-able activities in real time. Single-player games will provide information like what missions you’ll do and what rewards you would possibly receive for completing them. All of these choices are going to be visible within the UI.

If that’s not enough, Sony has confirmed the PS5’s will allow you to play online with PS4 players according to the backward compatibility of PS5 with PS4 and PSVR.

PS5: Rumors

There are several rumors which suggest a PS5 reveal event will turn up in February. The reveal were ignited last year, when a ‘leaked marketing email’ from Sony found its thanks to 4Chan. The e-mail claimed that a “PlayStation Meeting 2020” is scheduled for february 12. While Sony never confirmed these rumors.

The most recent of those leaks also came via 4Chan, supposedly spilling a bunch of knowledge on the PS5 reveal event. The leak, which was reposted on Reddit, claims the PS5 is going to be unveiled on February 5, 2020 at a PlayStation Meeting event for the media.

There have also been rumors that the PS5 might be backwards compatible with the PS3, PS2, and original PlayStation, meaning its games library could stretch right back to the glory days of the mid 90s.

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