The release date for the PS5 is a hotly debated topic among gamers. The next-generation PlayStation may be ready as early as 2019 or as late as 2021, but experts and gamers figure late 2020 is the most likely time for the new game console to hit the market. Many updated games may be released for the PS5, too.
The CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) John Kodera made some comments that indicate it may be 2021 before the new PlayStation hits the market. Sony showed its exclusive PS4 games at the E3 showcase in 2018 and is now slowing down the development of any new PS4 games.
The slow down of PS4 games means it’s almost time for Sony to develop and release the PlayStation 5.
Sony's PlayStation game console, along with Microsoft's Xbox, are the most popular devices for gamers today. The PlayStation was descended from the Sony/Nintendo Super Disc, which was never released. In 1991, Sony introduced a streamlined version of the game called the PlayStation.
Sony’s new design, the Playstation X (PSX) got rid of the cartridge port of the Super Nintendo and focused on CD ROM games. The hardware inside the console was upgraded to provide a more immersive experience. By the end of 1995, the PlayStation was the most popular video game console in Japan, the U.S. and Europe.
Sony has recently introduced the possibility of releasing the PlayStation 5 console shortly. There's no official release date yet, but the Fourth Quarter of 2020 is the most likely date. A fourth quarter/holiday season release makes sense, as it would debut the game console along with many other popular electronics.
However, we may get lucky and see it earlier, in the first quarter of 2020 or late quarter 2019.
Video game authority Marcus Sellars tweeted that third-party developers may have received development kits for PlayStation 5 early in 2018. While this rumor hasn't been verified, there's a distinct possibility the Sony in-house development team already had Playstation 5 kits. If so, a 2019 release may be on the horizon.
Michael Pachter, a video game industry expert, says that there is a chance the PlayStation 5 will be released in 2019, but it's more likely it will be released in 2020.
Sony has released its PS game consoles during the final quarter of the year with one exception. The original PS was released in September 1995 in Europe and North America, after it debuted in December 1994 in Japan.
The publication Digital Foundry doesn't expect the PlayStation 5 to be released anytime soon, but they believe that Sony will upgrade it enough to make the wait worthwhile.
The cost of the PS5 hasn't been established yet. The PlayStation 4 Pro was priced at $$, the same price as the original PlayStation 4. In 2016, the Playstation 4 Slim was sold for $$.
Until Sony makes an official announcement, it's anyone's guess as to the actual price. There's a good chance the new PlayStation will be around the same price as the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Pro.
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The possible technological improvements to the PS5 must be considered when discussing the cost and release date. The new PS will need a different process for making the main processor and incorporating more memory. The cost of a new system build is part of the reason the console may not be released until 2020.
In an interview with the Financial Times, Sony’s CEO Kenichiro Yoshida stated that next-generation hardware is a necessity for PS5.
The current 16nm FinFET manufacturing process needs to be supplanted by TSMC and 7nm FinFET process. The new system will probably be tested on mobile phones or devices, and the first run may be overseen by Huawei.
It takes a year for a new system to become efficient enough for proper game console production. This fact makes mid-2019 the earliest possible time for the first run PlayStation 5 to be manufactured and delivered.
The HBM memory technology is available right now but may be too costly for Microsoft and Sony to use on the PlayStation 5. The GDDR6 memory technology is going to shift into major production soon, and its arrival coincides with the release of the new graphics cards from Nvidia.
The production of GDDR6 memory chips may take some time before it can meet the production demands needed by Microsoft and Sony. An improved memory and manufacturing process combination won't be available at least until mid- 2019, but it's more likely it won't be up and running for PS until 2020.
Sony will probably work with AMD for the next generation processor for PlayStation 5 and Microsoft's Xbox. Both companies will likely use components of the CPU and GPU encased in one chip to keep prices down and make future slim consoles easiest to produce and sell.
Sony has faith in the console generation and wants a break between each version of the devices. However, the real-world delivery of an x86 device with graphics created with AMD Radeon tech that won't sustain backward compatibility isn't a sure thing as of this writing.
Compatible technology for CPUs, even between x86 products, may not be possible right now. When we look at the System on Chip (SoC) technology that's available, we can get a good idea about the timeframe for the PlayStation 5 release.
AMD has optimized Ryzen CPU technology into an APU for desktops, and it is the PC equivalent to console processors. One 7nm Ryzen Core Complex (CCX) takes up the same silicon amount as a 16nm Jaguar cluster in current consoles.
The new Ryzen CCX capability means that a next-generation console could have 16 threads and eight cores. This new technology would be the console version of the desktop AMD Ryzen 7 placed in a console at a lower clock-speed.
The latest Ryzen CCX will change the console and how we play video games. Today’s machines lack a certain amount of power because they were made with repurposed cores from the x86 that were geared to mobile devices.
The repurposed cores were the only tech available to Sony and Microsoft at the time the Xbox and PS4 were constructed. The next generation of machines will probably have CPU performance or a better version of an AMD Zen core.
The improved core in a fixed platform will make the games you play on the PlayStation or Xbox more sophisticated and realistic.
Sony has worked quite hard on perfecting VR for Playstation, so it’s a given that this aspect of the game console will continue to improve. Sony patented a new virtual reality headset in October 2018 that can track the location of your fingers during gaming. This feature eliminates the need for controllers.
The patent is called Gaming Device With Rotatably Placed Cameras. The item is described as a device you wear on your hands. We're not sure if this wearable tracker will be a part of the PlayStation 5, but it's possible.
It’s called Gaming Device With Rotatably Placed Cameras and describes a wearable device which is worn on the hands.
The First Games for PlayStation 5
At the 2018 Bethesda E3 conference, Starfield, a single-player role-playing game, was announced as the first game for PlayStation 5. This next-generation game won't be released for a while, and it seems to be designed for Microsoft and Sony consoles.
The Last of Us: Part 2 and Death Stranding are a year or more away from final development and launch, and may be used with the PlayStation 5. Both games may be used for the PS4, but there's always a chance they'll launch later, on the next generation console.
Last of Us was released for PS3, only a few months before PS4 was launched, The game was ported to the PS4 a few much after the new version debuted. The same porting could happen with part 2 of The Last of Us if Sony's Naughty Dog isn't developed quickly.
The three-year game development cycle also suggests a Horizon Zero Dawn sequel may be in the works. The original version was released in 2017, so the next version should be due in 2020. The updated Horizon Zero Dawn will be much more advanced and fun for gamers on the PlayStation 5.
Ghost of Tsushima, by Sucker Punch, debuted at PSX 2017, and attendees at E3 2018 saw a stellar demo. We may see another version on PS4, or it might debut on PS4 and 5.
The remake of Final Fantasy VII will debut in several parts, and we may see the game on PlayStation 5 with improvements over the PS4 version. Some gamers may buy the versions for both games since FF is a perennial favorite. The game was first released by Square in 1987.
Other possible candidates for release on PlayStation 5 include:
The games mentioned above would likely be released in November 2020, around the same time as the new PlayStation. A FIFA 21 soccer video game will probably be ready by then, too.
A new Gran Turismo game is another possibility for the launch of the new PS console. The series has gone through several delays, but its director stated that he is thinking about a new game to succeed GT Sport. There’s nothing official yet, but we might be playing GT 7 on the next Playstation upgrade.