PS5 Release date, news and latest updates

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Time flies when you’re having fun – it’s been six years since Sony introduced the PS4. Well, get ready folks, news of the PS5 (PlayStation 5) has reached our shores, and some of the updates are pretty exciting. Don’t let the PS5 release date dampen your excitement.

Don’t take our word for it. Key architect of the next-gen console, video game developer Mark Cerny, confirmed the news. He said Sony didn’t spend four years just building an upgrade. They built a game-changer.

Let’s dig a little deeper into the details already confirmed, as well as release date, price speculation, etc. Are you excited yet?

PS5 specs

According to Cerny, the PS5 will boast an advanced AMD Ryzen processor. In addition, it has a GUP with AMD Navi architecture capable of ray tracing. What is ray tracing? So glad you asked.

Ray tracing is a rendering technique used to generate an image by tracing the path of light as pixels in an image plane. In essence, it’s an advanced and lifelike way of rendering light and shadows in any given scene.

It is the holy grail of gaming graphics and the reason why modern-day video games feel more like watching a movie than playing a game. And up till now, it was only available in high-end gaming rigs. Thank you, Sony!

In addition, the PS5 will support 8k graphics and will be compatible with the current version of PlayStation VR. When it comes to memory, the PS5 will allow games and process to run 19 times faster.

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Possible new features

Not only will it go an unprecedented route with virtual reality, PS5 will also run vintage, and rumour has it you’d be able to play your PS4 games on your PS5 console.

We don’t want to get your hopes up just yet but Gear Nuke eluded to the fact that the PS5 will be backwards compatible, meaning you could even play some of the original PlayStation games.

Yes, PS1 games. Soul Blade, here I come! Don’t judge me.

In addition, the PS5 will feature improved audio quality, with Cerny noting that his biggest gripe in the past had been audio quality:

“As a gamer, it’s been a little bit of a frustration that audio did not change too much between PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. With the next console, the dream is to show how dramatically different the audio experience can be when we apply significant amounts of hardware horsepower to it.”

It is speculated that the PS5’s Dual Shock controller will get an update too. Keeping with previous trends, it might very originally be called… DualShock 5.

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Possible games

Nothing has been confirmed yet, but popular titles would be God of War and Final Fantasy sequels or remakes. And dare I dream, Elder Scrolls 6? Bethesda’s Starfield will also be a welcome addition.

According to T3, other game releases could include Horizon Zero Dawn 2, Cyberpunk 2077, Ghost of Tsushima, Death Stranding, and Grand Theft Auto 6.

PS5 Release dates and price

Again, no official confirmation regarding the PS5 release date or price, but it’s not going to be cheap.

Inverse thinks it may cost between R5 000 and R7 000, while Tech Radar wants to crush your dreams even further with a price range of R7 000 to R9 000.

It’s even harder to pin down an official release date as Sony won’t be showcasing the console at E3 2019. Cerny did say, however, that we should expect the PS5 to launch in 2019.

The truest shred of information we have is Sony saying that it will not launch during the next 12 months. A mid-November 2020 will keep in trend with the previous three PS releases.

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