Video game consoles have limited life-cycles. After all, technological advancements are being made on a constant basis, meaning that there will come a time when the latest consoles have been rendered both obsolete and out of date. There are no strict definitions for long the life-cycle of a console will last, but considering that the eighth generation of consoles started up in 2012, it is clear that it is coming to a close. As a result, it should come as no surprise to learn that interest in the ninth generation of consoles is building up, as shown by the interest in the PlayStation 5.
For those who are curious, the PlayStation 5 isn’t much more than rumor at this point in time. However, there are reasons to believe that it is under development. For example, it takes time to create a console, meaning that it would make sense for development to start up years and years before the eventual release. Likewise, some Sony executives have made various comments about such a project, though they have spoken in general terms rather than something more specific. Summed up, it is probable that the PlayStation 5 is on its way, but for the time being, interested individuals must count on rumor to whet their appetites.
What Do We Know about the PlayStation 5?
For starters, the PlayStation 5 is far from the point when a release date can be announced. However, that hasn’t stopped interested individuals from speculating about this particular matter, which has been encouraged by the opinions of experts as well as other figures of interest. Currently, it seems probable that the PlayStation 5 won’t be released until 2020, though there is a very small chance that it might be release a short time earlier. Assuming that the PlayStation 5 will be released at around the same time as its predecessors, a Q4 of 2020 release seems like the likeliest scenario for the time being.
Hardware-wise, it seems probable that the PlayStation 5 will be a significant step-up compared to its immediate predecessor. After all, technical capabilities are one of the major selling points of the PlayStation line, meaning that a failure to meet consumer expectations in this regard could prove unfortunate. Something that is sure to spur on the people involved in the project. As for the specifics, there isn’t much that can be said save that there are reports that Sony will be using AMD’s Ryuzen CPU in the PlayStation 5, though it is important to stress that interested individuals might want to avoid putting too much trust in these reports until further supporting information comes out. Otherwise, not too much can be said besides that the PlayStation 5 will be better, faster, and so on and so forth.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, there has been a fair amount of speculation about what kind of games might be included in the PlayStation 5’s launch. For example, a lot of people noticed that Bethesda’s Todd Howard said that an upcoming single-player RPG called Starfield would be released for “next-gen” systems, which could be a sign that it will be released for the PlayStation 5 and its Microsoft counterpart. Likewise, other people have been paying a lot of attention to big name titles that aren’t expected to be released in the near future but rather in at least a year’s time.
One example is The Last of Us: Part 2, which might be released for the PlayStation 4 and then ported over to the PlayStation 5 in much the same manner that its predecessor was released for the PlayStation 3 and then ported over to the PlayStation 4. Meanwhile, other people have been speculating about Death Stranding being a potential candidate for the PlayStation 5, which is speculation based on the fact that recent reveals have been more focused on the script than on actual gameplay. Something that definitely suggests that its development is still at an early point, particularly since Kojima will be Kojima, meaning that a dragged-out development period wouldn’t be unbelievable. On top of this, some people have been eyeing Ghost of Tsushima from Sucker Punch as well. Granted, that particular game had a demo that wowed a lot of people at E3, but its progress remains mysterious enough that there is room for argument. As a result, it is perfectly reasonable for some people to believe that it will be one of the last major titles to be released for the PlayStation 4, while other people believe that it will be one of those titles that straddle the divide between the PlayStation 4 and its successor.
With that said, there are also some other titles that are more or less guaranteed assuming that the PlayStation 5 will be released at the time that people are expecting. For instance, EA has been churning FIFA games like clockwork, so it would make sense for FIFA 2021 to be one of the first titles to be released on the PlayStation 5 and its rivals. Likewise, a new Battlefield, a new Call of Duty, and a new Assassin’s Creed would not be huge surprises either, seeing as how those are series that see regular releases as well. Of course, while some targets of speculation are more or less guaranteed, others are more the product of hopeful thinking than solid evidence. For instance, Square Enix has voiced an interest in releasing the remake of Final Fantasy VII in segments rather than all at once. As a result, even if the first segment comes out in time for the PlayStation 4 rather than the PlayStation 5, it wouldn’t be particularly surprising if the segments got eventual ports for the upcoming console. Assuming that the ports would have enhancements compared to their PS4 counterparts, they might even be worth the price of buying them all over again.
Summed up, the PlayStation 5 is coming. However, it won’t be coming soon because the best estimates suggest that it won’t be released until Q4 of 2020 at the earliest. With that said, this is a topic of considerable interest, meaning that further news will spread far and wide at lightning speed as soon as it comes out. Something that interested individuals might want to keep an eye as well as an ear out for.