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It’s happening, rumours are turning into concrete updates. Sony finally talks about the PS5, its next-gen console. Sony CEO confirmed backward compatibility.
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Let’s dig a little deeper into the details already confirmed, as well as release date, price speculation, etc. Check back regularly; we will update this article as more information about the PlayStation 5 (PS5) becomes available.
Sony ran into a bit of trouble when planning its PlayStation 5 marketing campaign in India. As it turns out, the trademark for the phrase “PS5” belongs to Hitesh Aswani, who registered it on 29 October 2019.
Aswani beat Sony to it by more than three months. Sony will have to win the pending court case in order to use the phrase “PS5” in India. Experts believe that Sony has a strong case.
It wouldn’t be hard for the company’s legal representatives to prove that the trademark belongs to the Sony Corporation, especially since Sony already owns the trademarks for PS, PS2, PS3 and PS4.
However, the PS5 is set to release in November, meaning any delays with regards to the case could cause a hassle for Sony’s marketing team in India. That, in turn, might delay the launch of the PlayStation in India as well.
To prevent this from happening again, Sony already filed trademarks for PS6, PS7, PS8, PS9 and PS10 in advance.
Several accounts on Twitter shared “leaked” PlayStation 5 (PS5) box art designs, on the day when Sony is reportedly planning a PS5 announcement. It is the 25th anniversary of the PS1, after all…
The Twitter account Only Good Games shared two covers – Returnal and Demon’s Souls – and explained that “new PS5 box arts [are] being uploaded on Amazon AU and US today [9 September]”, and added:
“Placeholders, not live yet. It’s happening guys. Today or [tomorrow] this is it”.
Marsipan Games added a leaked image showing Sackboy: A Big Adventure, as well as Gran Turismo 7 and Destruction Allstars. We will share updates about the PS5 announcement as soon as more information is available.
Sony confirmed that the PS5’s intended launch date is still on track, despite Halo Infinite’s timeline being delayed. Sony Interactive Entertainment’s head of global marketing Eric Lempel told Games Industry:
“We will launch this year – that will happen – and from my end, we will absolutely make sure that we will bring all of the magic and all of the excitement of launches that we have had in the past”.
Lempel added that “the content that will be in the launch window and beyond is incredibly exciting” and went as far as to say it’s the “best line up” Sony’s worked on in the history of PlayStation.
He also gave credit, not only to the Sony and PlayStation teams but to the Worldwide Studios groups and Sony’s partners from “all the different publishers around the world”. Lempel concluded:
“We’ve revealed some of that content, and naturally there will be more to come, but the way that the developers can engage with this platform, and create these new experiences with known IP as well as unknown IP, is incredibly exciting”.
The PS5 launch date is inching ever closer. In addition, Sony will be hosting a State of Play on Thursday 6 August 2020. But, we have bad news.
The price for a PS5 console won’t be released just yet, as per a recent update. This despite the fact that the next-gen console is slated for a release during the 2020 holiday season (in other words, between October and December).
Furthermore, Sony said it would not be sharing an update with regards to the exact release or pre-order date either. This was corroborated by Blizzard’s executive vice president, Mike Ybarra.
Former Xbox marketing lead Albert Penello enquired on Twitter about Sony’s decision to allow PS4 controllers to work with backwards compatible games on the PS5. Ybarra said in response:
“All this is just noise. The price of the box console and the quality of the exclusive games are the deciding factors to many of the hardcore gamers out there. ‘Where your friends are’ is still a big factor too. Price won’t be known for a while, unfortunately.”
As per a recent Bloomberg report, Sony is ordering at least 50% more PlayStation 5 consoles than it had originally planned to ship when the next-gen console finally launches during the 2020 holiday season.
According to the initial plans, Sony would be producing approximately six million consoles this year. However, Nikkei reported that the figure is now nearing nine million, while Bloomberg says it could even be closer to 10 million.
The PS4 launched in November 2013 and had sold through 4.2 million units by the end of the following month. As it stands now, the PS5 is set to smash that record.
Sony on Thursday revealed the new design for upcoming physical PS5 game boxes. The review included a first look at Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Queue the nostalgia because Sony is returning to the blue case design.
The new design is similar to PS4 boxes in many ways. However, the new PS5 cases are a slightly darker blue to match the blue accents on the PS5 console and DualSense controller.
The PS5 console was allegedly leaked on Amazon, and it’s a bit pricey. But is it real? According to a listing captured by HotUKDeals, the console will cost $760, or R12 700.
We knew that the PS5 would cost more than Xbox Series X, however, a price tag of nearly 13K is a bit ridiculous. Keep in mind that the listing wasn’t uploaded by an official Sony poster; we should probably take it with a pinch of salt.
It is also odd that the Amazon listing mentioned a PS5 with a 2TB storage, while it’s already been confirmed by Sony that the console will have a custom 825 GB SSD.
Unfortunately, today’s Sony PS5: The Future of Gaming event will focus solely on the games to be released for the upcoming next-gen console, and not the console itself. We will share a live stream for the event closer to the time.
The PS5 games reveal, which was scheduled for Thursday 4 June, has been delayed due to the protests currently taking place in America. Sony said “now is not the time to celebrate”.
The event would have been an hour-long showcase of all the AAA titles heading to Sony’s next-gen console. A new date will be announced in due course. Sony said in a statement:
“We have decided to postpone the PlayStation 5 event scheduled for 4 June. While we understand gamers worldwide are excited to see PS5 games, we do not feel that right now is a time for celebration. For now, we want to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard”.
Sony will be introducing a lineup of PS5 games, as part of the Summer Game Fest. The event is scheduled for Thursday 4 June at 13:00 Pacific Time, which is 22:00 in South Africa.
We’ll had a live stream as soon as one becomes available. At this point, it’s hard to say if Sony will be focusing solely on games, or if we’d be getting a glimpse at the PS5 itself.
Sony’s latest revelation has sent social media into a frenzy, after releasing an official statement claiming the PS5 will be “100 times faster” than the current PS4.
“In order to further enhance the sense of immersion in games, we expect to improve not just the resolution, but the speed of games”.
The team explained that they plan to “realise game data processing speeds” through a custom-designed high-speed SSD. One thing is for sure, Sony is changing the way we experience games.
By installing haptic feedack, they aim “to create the feeling of heaviness when a car passes over a muddy road”. By installing adaptive triggers, they also plan to create the feeling of tautness when a bow is pulled back.
“Games for the PS5 that deliver this new gaming experience are being made by both 1st and 3rd party developers and we plan to introduce a compelling line up of titles soon”.
According to a Bloomberg report, Sony Entertainment will reportedly cut back on the number of consoles it plans to release during the Holiday 2020 launch, by approximately 1.5 million units.
Sony’s PlayStation 4 (PS4) sold approximately 7.5 million units in its first two quarters alone, but the company now intends to cut that figure down to “5 or 6 million” due to “infection fears”.
In addition, the price point was previously indicated to be between R9 200 to R10 100. However, due to the console’s advanced specs and limited stock at release, it may come with a heftier price tag after the launch. Read more here.
Even though most of the specs of the upcoming PS5 are already known – such as the dual shock controller and the console’s backward compatibility – much of it is still a mystery. Such as the price.
To whet your appetite, renowned graphic artist, Jermaine Smith aka Concept Creator, played around with the most recent renders. The animation seen below was created by Smith and licensed to Let’s Go Digital. We’ve republished the video with permission.
A quick look at fans’ reaction to the video shows that gamers prefer this design, as opposed to the strange v-shaped console hinted at when the DevKit was first released. Enjoy the video, but remember that this is just a concept video. For now…
A recent report published by Independent confirms that Sony has been “trying to keep the cost of the new console down” to compete with XBox Series X, however, the cost of the components will drive up the price.
The PS5 will come with a variety top-of-the-range hardware, including the SSD game storage. While all these modifications will provide a high-speed and high-capacity console, it will also come with price tag to match.
The report suggest that the material only costs about $450 (R6 700, at the time of publishing). To put that in perspective, the PS4 sold for around R6 300 when it was launched in November 2013.
The current reported total building cost of the #PS5 is around $450 USD. Selling at a loss initially would be more feasible for Sony than in 2013 for the PS4 launch. We’ll see what price they decide on. I predict it will be $499.99 and they will be sure to market the power in it. pic.twitter.com/1tDjkELQUE— Andrew Jaffe (@Jaffytaffy24) February 14, 2020
I feel a price war coming……….https://t.co/bqUEOxZfNO #PS5 pic.twitter.com/NNhICtL2KA— Eric Heymann (@eric_heymann) February 14, 2020
The release date of the PS5 console hasn’t been confirmed as yet, but that is not stopping hardcore gamers from boosting excitement any which way we can.
There is still a lack of official images from Sony, but that didn’t stop Let’s Go Digital designer, Giuseppe Spinelli, aka Snoreyn, from creating an impressive video to whet our appetites while we wait.
“As we are still waiting for the official announcement by Sony, I have made a fan-based video animation to enjoy in the meantime.”Giuseppe Spinelli
In the video, Spinelli includes some of the features he would like to see. The video is masterfully made, and some fans even thought it was an official Sony trailer. See for yourself.
Note: The PS5 trailer video used in this article were created by Giuseppe Spinelli, aka Snoreyn, and licensed to Let’s Go Digital.
Rumours suggest that the PlayStation 5 will be officially introduced in February 2020 at a ‘PlayStation Meeting’, even though the release date is only scheduled for 2020 festive season.
Sony registered the name PS5 at the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Propoerty (IGE IPI) on 27 January 2020. The application was submitted under Class 9, which also includes game computers.
Most automatically assumed that the console will carry PS5 as a title; and it has now been confirmed. The trademark for the PS5 title and logo can be viewed here and here.
The only thing left to do now, is wait for the Sony to send out press invites to the official introduction. Updated 28 January 2020.
Gearbox introduced Godfall at The Game Awards, and described it as a “third-person fantasy looter-slasher focused on melee combat”. It’s the first game officially announced for Sony’s upcoming PS5.
Godfall supports solo, duo or three-player co-op and we are anxiously waiting for the first gameplay trailer. The game is set to release in November or December 2020.
We know from consoles of bygone eras that devkits tend to change as manufacturers tweak away at the final product, and the PS5 is no different.
The initial V-shape, while an interesting concept, felt a bit alien to die-hard PS gamers, but the latest devkit design might just put your mind at ease. The sleekly designed console feels closer to home.
Let’s Go Digital unearthed the devkit from ResetEra, a trusted source. The updated devkit version appears thinner at the front; which is good for ventilation.
Furthermore, the disc drive is placed at the front of the console, to the left. The design is a bit ambiguous at this stage, and we’re hoping that Sony releases concrete concepts in the near future.
The eagle-eyed team over at Let’s Go Digital may have unearthed a bit of information we’ve all been waiting for: When exactly the PS5 will be released and how much it will cost.
Sony hasn’t confirmed these details yet, so any rumours should be taken with a pinch of salt. However, PSErebus claims that the next-gen console will launch on 20 November 2020, at a cost of $499 (about R7 400 at the time of publishing.)
Even though PSErebus accurately predicted when Last of Us would be released, he missed the mark about the PS5 release date before. Back in June, he claimed that the console would be released 7 December 2019.
What we do know for sure – as confirmed by Sony itself – is that the PS5 will be released during the 2020 holiday season, which could be any random date between October and December 2020.
Gizmodo learnt that the the PS5 is code-named Prospero, as per an anonymous tipster who shared photographs of the upcoming gaming console.
The report also states that the PS5 will come with a built-in camera that could reportedly boast 4K resolution. If the tipster is to be believed, the camera will react to in-game lighting and adjust its settings accordingly.
This means it would be easier to set up Twitch and similar streaming services. Even though these services are available on the PS4, there definitely is room for improvement, and the camera would solve a slew of problems gamers currently face.
Keep in mind, until Sony confirms or denies these rumours, it should be treated exactly as that: rumours. However, this tipster did have an actual photo of the device (we’re taking Gizmodo’s word for this).
There’s a rumour doing the rounds that Sony will be releasing the PS5 Pro alongside the PlayStation 5 model. If the source is to be believed, the PS5 Pro won’t be a mid-generation setup, but an altnernate PS5 model.
Trusted Japanese tech journalist Zenji Nishikawa also said that Sony is interested in continuing what it did with the PS4 Pro, releasing both a base version and high-end model of the same platform.
Nishikawa added that Sony wants to give potential buyers the opportunity get a more powerful console from day one, even though this strategy would seem a bit “off-base” for Sony.
A launch-day PS5 Pro would immediately overshadow the standard PS5 and completely downplay any attempts at trying to sell the PS5 as an all-conquering next-gen machine.
That said, it could still be true. We’d simply have to wait it out until the 2020 launch date, whenever that may be… We’re not so sure 4Chan can be trusted with release date info.
An alleged leaked e-mail surfaced on 4Chan this week, mentioning that the Sony PS5 would be unveiled at a launch event on 21 February 2020.
While the 4Chan thread has been archived, the details can also be viewed on Neo Gaf. The e-mail was reportedly sent by Sony’s senior marketing manager to the marketing department.
There might just be some truth to this. Sony’s PlayStation 4 was unveiled in February of 2013, with the unit going on sale a few months later. Fingers crossed!
We’ve been speculating about the price of the yet-to-be-released Sony PlayStation 5, also known as the “most anticipated next-gen console“.
The next-gen PS5 console can be ordered from Sweden for $1050 – approximately R15 000. PlayStation 4 consoles range between R5 500 and R7 000, so that gives you an idea of the tremendous price leap.
The ad is more than likely just a place holder, but it should give some indication of the final price when the PS5 launches in 2020.
As reported by Wall Street Journal, Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida said during one of the company’s recent strategy briefings that developers want to attract “more serious and hardcore players”.
Sony wants to leverage Ray Tracing technology – the thing that makes Hollywood’s special effects seem out of this world – to create better games with blockbuster titles exclusive to the gaming console.
Apart from creating bigger and better exclusives titles, Sony is also looking to make deals with big third-party publishers for marketing rights and content exclusive to PS5 players. Fun times ahead!
A new rumour doing the rounds is that we could be getting Gran Turismo 7 on PlayStation 5 (PS5). Imagine that baby in 8K graphics. But that’s not all.
Other games to allegedly come our way once the PS5 release date approaches, is Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Battlefield Bad Company 3, Harry Potter, The Last of Us 2 Remastered and CoD Black Ops 5.
In addition, a new set of job listings on Sony’s Santa Monica is a hint that God of War will be coming to PS5 too. It’s the same studio that handled the development of other games in the God of War franchise. Whoop!
Sony confirmed that the PlayStation 5 will feature a disk drive. That’s a pretty big deal because that means we could look forward to Blu-Ray-based titles, downloads and streaming services.
Speaking to investors at the Investor Relations Day 2019, Sony CEO Jim Ryan said PlayStation “has never been in better shape”. He added:
“We will harness the power of new technology to offer completely transformative and immersive gaming experiences. We will leverage backwards compatibility to transition our community to next-gen faster and more seamlessly than ever before.”
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. The PS5 release date won’t dampen our 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.
According to Cerny, the PS5 will boast an advanced AMD Ryzen processor. In addition, it has a GPU 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 processes to run 19 times faster.
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 alluded 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 the trend, it might very originally be called… DualShock 5.
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.
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 release will keep in line with the previous three console releases.