Sony is rumored to launch the PlayStation 5 next year. Latest reports, however, suggest that the gaming console will not arrive until 2020.
2016 was a good year for Sony which launched three gaming products: PlayStation 4 Slim, PlayStation 4 Pro, and PlayStation VR. The video game enthusiasts are now getting excited about the PlayStation 5. Unfortunately, there is no word from Sony on design and availability of the new version of PlayStation. But rumors suggest the console is in the pipeline and it would be different and better than the PlayStation 4.
There are mixed views about the launch date of the PlayStation 5. Some tech watchers believe that Sony could launch the console soon after the arrival of the Microsoft Xbox Project Scorpio. As you may already know, Microsoft is building the Xbox Scorpio, which is deemed to be the powerful gaming console ever built by the company. The ‘premium’ console will feature 6 teraflops of GPU and offer true 4K gaming and high-fidelity virtual reality. Microsoft is expected to release the Xbox Scorpio at the end of 2017. But no official launch date is known yet.
Talking about the PlayStation 5, Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida said the console’s future is up to developers. “If they still feel that we need more machine power – ‘we want to realize this and that and that, but we cannot do it with the PS4’ – there’s a good reason to have the PS5 so developers can create their vision,” Yoshida was quoted as saying by PC Advisor.
According to the rumors, the PlayStation 5 will offer a native 4K support. The PlayStation 5 is going to be more powerful than PlayStation 4. Rumors suggest that Sony is collaborating AMD for the processing chips.
The PlayStation 5 is expected to offer a support for virtual reality. Also, the console might come without the optical drive as we see digital downloads are becoming more popular.
Rumors suggest that the PlayStation 5 will come with a price tag roughly around $500.
Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter predicted that Microsoft will offer the Xbox Scorpio at $399. Previous reports suggested that Microsoft will price the “premium” Xbox Scorpio at $500.
Talking to Games Industry, the video game analyst also predicted that Sony will drop the PlayStation 4 price to $199 before year-end 2017.
Previously, Pachter said that a price higher than $399 could fail the Xbox Scorpio. He said the Redmond-based tech giant is going to “commit suicide if it was more than $399.” The analyst added that “the problem they [Microsoft] will face is if they launched it at $399, the PS4 Pro might discount to $349 in the same week. So I’d be really surprised if the Scorpio was more than $399.”