This post was most recently updated on January 7th, 2019
Sony PS4 has been in the market for the fifth year. It is about that time to start thinking about a successor which would most likely be the PS5. This article contains the latest PS5 key information. Presently, we are discussing Sony’s next-generation game console(the PS5). Although we are not so familiar with it at present, there have been some interesting topics rumours and leaks.
One thing is certain, there will definitely be a Sony’s next-generation game console after PS4 Pro. Sony President and CEO Kenichiro Yoshida has just confirmed that another new Sony game console is in preparation. Previously, the company had said that it is necessary to launch a new game console, but there is no exact information to prove that the new host will continue to be named after PS5 or other names that match our guess. It only applies to logic that the name of the new Sony game console would be PS5.
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latest PS5 key information: PS5 release date
A website called SemiAccurate said that there are already many development kits in existence. Therefore the PS5’s release date will not be too far of. In addition, we should not expect a new Sony game console to be ushered in soon.
There are indications that the PS5 should first appear in 2020. As for the specific release time, Sony may change its plan in line with the practices of competitors(E.g Microsoft).
According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the new game console will take at least three years to appear. Starting from now, it is possible to hit the shelves in 2021.
Sony PS5 to be built with Multilayer Ceramic Capacitor(MLCC)
Hideki Yasuda, a professional analyst in Osaka, Japan, believes that the PS5 should be available by the end of 2019. This however not likely to happen because the chip multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) required for making PS5 is currently in short supply. There are already a large number of cars on the market using MLCC, and the arrival of 5G smartphones will require a large number of MLCCs. By extension, this leads to a very insufficient supply of MLCC materials. So, it is difficult for the PS5 to be built even at the end of 2019.
MLCC is indeed a hot product now. Although it is often out of stock, its price has soared, and even CCTV has exposed its “out of stock”. Yasuda understands this too, so he also said that if the situation does not improve in 2019, then the PS5 may indeed be postponed.
According to the latest news, in a post by Reddit, the news broke that Sony will avoid the exposure of the new host by participating in the E3 game show before the official release of PS5. He claims that Sony will announce the news in mid-2019, and the full news and details will be announced at the subsequent PlayStation experience. It is reported that the Sony PS5 will be officially unveiled in March or November in the year 2020.
latest PS5 key information: Sony has started producing PS5 parts/Components
Recently, it was reported that the Taiwanese semiconductor supplier TMCS in the console game industry chain mentioned in a financial meeting that the 7nm processor chips they provided for the game industry has hit mass production. We can infer that this news is very likely related to PS5.
TSMC has already mentioned that the 7nm process chip will be available to the gaming industry. By the end of last year, there will be more than 50 products planned to use 7nm processor chips. These products include mobile phones, server CPUs, network processors, game consoles, GPUs, PGAs, cryptocurrencies, automotive and artificial intelligence.
Whether AMD’s next-generation CPU and GPU will use 7nm chips is still doubtful, and it is very likely that Sony will continue to use AMD’s APU in the next generation of hosts like the PS4. But there is another saying that the PS5 will use AMD’s “Navi” graphics processor, while the CPU will use AMD’s Zen 2.
PS5 Expected performance
At present, the specific details about the PS5 host/architecture are very limited. However, according to Kotaku’s report, the new game console may not be compatible with the game running on the current PS4 platform. This means that there is an important GPU upgrade process on the current system (and possibly a CPU upgrade), and doing so may make the new host better integrated with PSVR.
Industry news has described the PS5 as a “performance monster” that not only supports 4K/60fps quality but is also quite powerful in terms of processor performance. At the same time, it is rumoured that the PS5 will also be equipped with a Ryzen 8-core CPU. Last April, it was reported that the game console would also use a custom GPU based on AMD’s upcoming Navi architecture.
There is evidence that Sony will use AMD’s technology and chips in the PS5. According to reports, a Sony programmer started working closely with AMD in his Ryzen technology and developer kit, so we can see a Ryzen CPU. It is also possible that AMD is specifically customizing for the PS5. According to a report from Wccftech, AMD’s NAVI graphics architecture was developed specifically for the PS5.
According to media reports, Sony’s next-generation game console PS5 will have a completely redesigned graphics card. It will not make use of the APU architecture on the PS4. But considering that AMD turned over last year, the cheap Ryzen processor is likely to be the next generation of choice. From a cost perspective, Sony may use AMD’s technology even if it designs its own graphics card. According to official sources, the performance of the PS5 will be greatly improved to achieve a 6-7 year life cycle.
Sony still chooses to cooperate with AMD on the PS5 design. The PS5 will likely use the new AMD’s 8-core Zen CPU and the Navi architecture GPU. Full details have not been disclosed yet. If the rumours are true, this combination will be far better than the XBOX ONE X in terms of hardware performance.
The CPU frequency of ONE X is 2.3 GHz, which can reach about 6 trillion floating-point operations, while the CPU of PS5 can reach 3.4~. At 4.1 GHz, the GPU is likely to achieve 50 trillion floating-point arithmetic half-precision and 30 trillion floating-point arithmetic single precision. The main reason for this powerful performance is that the PS5 will emphasize a more optimized VR experience. The most important rumor is that Sony has handed the first generation of development machines to some of the game development companies.
Obviously, the PS5 will be a complete 4K HDR host with powerful processing power to run 4K native games at 60fps.
In addition, if Sony gives up support for 4K Blu-ray Disc on the PS5, we will not be surprised. At the 2016 PS4 Pro conference, hardware engineering executives said that the elimination of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray will help reduce costs, and the future 4K streaming media is more important for game consoles.
Also, the PS5 will have a larger hard drive capacity, at least 2TB. As the resolution of the game increases, the space occupied by the game is also growing. For example, the average size of 4K games on Xbox One X currently exceeds 100GB. Considering that the system software also takes up a certain amount of space, even a 1TB hard drive cannot install 10 games. Although we can connect external storage devices or manually change storage media via USB 3.0, 2TB or higher storage space is an inevitable trend.
Virtual Reality on the PS5
Since the Xbox One X is now half a level higher than the Sony PS4 Pro, Sony will not be willing to give up.
Some media reports said that the Sony PS5 will have two versions. Version A is a low-end version, this version does not have a built-in optical drive, only provides some core gaming experience, of course, the price will be much lower. Version B belongs to the Pro version, which comes with an optical drive, supports 4K Blu-ray CD playback, and will also be equipped with a higher storage capacity of the solid state drive.
In the field of virtual reality, Sony has always been ahead of Microsoft with PlayStation VR, so there will be a better VR experience on the PS5.
Microsoft has already thrown new weapons, so now it has given the problem to Sony. But Sony’s desire to implement PS5 is actually very easy because it is shared with Microsoft. But even Microsoft has not solved the problem of how to upgrade key components such as CPU and GPU.
4K games on the PS5
The PS4 Pro has provided an enticing sign to tell us what 4K games will look like, but in fact, the PS4 Pro doesn’t have enough performance to bring us a true 4K gameplay. The current 4K of the PS4 Pro is rendered into four pixels at 4k resolution by a single pixel, which is very clever, especially in the current market where 4K TV sales are rising. Therefore, we have reason to believe that the future development of game consoles will further bring true 4K output levels.
Rebellion co-founder and CTO Chris Kingsley said the PS5 should be a more ambitious product. Obviously, the performance of PS5 hardware is not only enough to support 4K, but even 8K is also possible. Of course, if Sony can solve the problem of native 4K, then PS5 may come to us earlier than we expected.
What should I do with my PS4 Pro?
We are still not clear about this for the time being. Like the Microsoft Xbox One X, the PS4 Pro is Sony’s first “half-generation” upgrade on the game console. The PS4 Pro was in the 2016 Moon Phase, less than two years from now. Although the concept of “early enjoyment” has been accepted by many people, and PS4 Pro is compatible with PS4 games, the compatibility with 4K consoles soon may alienate a large group of loyal fans.
Sony has said that the PS4 is moving towards the end of its life cycle. But this is likely to mean that while Sony continues to develop software and add streaming services, the console’s fate is in the balance.
Will the PS5 be compatible with previous games?
Although Microsoft has been working hard to make the Xbox One backwards compatible with older games, it is an indisputable fact that the PS4 cannot run games on the PS3 platform. The PS3 runs a fairly unique architecture, while the PS4 looks more like a PC. Assuming that the PS5 continues to inherit the architecture of the PC (which makes it easier for developers to develop games), then when the PS5 is officially released, we are more likely to see PS5 backward compatibility with PS4 games.