All eyes will be on technology giants Sony and Microsoft in 2019 as both firms are rumoured to be announcing all-new games consoles.
At the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June, Xbox chief Phil Spencer stoked rumours of a new games system by revealing the firm was “deep into architecting the next Xbox consoles”.
Sony, on the other hand, has been far more secretive about its plans to launch a successor to PS4. However, a series of leaked patents and reports have led some to believe that PlayStation 5 is on the horizon.
With 2019 fast approaching, here are all the latest rumours and reports around Sony’s next flagship console.
When will it come out?
Fans may not have to wait much longer to get a glimpse of Sony’s next games console, as rumours suggest PS5 will be revealed next year.
In November, the games giant confirmed that it would be missing E3 in 2019, the first time it would do so in the event’s 24-year history.
This has led some to believe that the company may “do something different” next year, says tech news site Screen Rant.
Sony is expected to give fans a sneak peak at the system at an event in the middle of 2019, the website says, before unveiling the console in full at the PlayStation Experience (PSX) at the end of the year.
After its PSX appearance, Sony will “probably” open sales for PS5 by 2020 “at the earliest” , says gaming site VG247.
Sony PS 5 Expected Specs
According to the latest gaming rumors, the Sony PlayStation 5 is going to feature an AMD Ryzen CPU and an AMD Navi GPU. Thanks to a recent leak, we know that someone at Sony is working with Ryzen Technology.
The PS5’s GPU, Navi, is going to be a 7nm GPU. As of now, no other console or PC features a 7nm GPU, and that is excellent news for fans of PlayStation consoles. With these specs, the PS5 is likely going to be able to run games at 4k and 60 fps. It is rumored that the PS5 will feature the same performance as a $500 gaming PC.
Tokyo recently just held their annual Inter BEE conference this year and Sony had something special to show off. It seems that a quick 12-second video may have been leaked showing the graphics performance of the PS5. Take a look at this video below that shows Gran Turismo in 8K and 120 fps:
Will it be backwards compatible?
Last year, Sony’s head of global game development, Shawn Layden, told Time: “When we’ve dabbled with backwards compatibility, I can say it is one of those features that is much requested, but not actually used much.
“I was at a Gran Turismo event recently where they had PS1, PS2, PS3 and PS4 games, and the PS1 and the PS2 games, they looked ancient, like why would anybody play this?” he said.
But it appears that Sony’s attitude towards older games may have changed. According to rumour site PS5PlayStation5.com, Sony patents and business reports point towards hardware upgrades that are not significantly different to what can be found in the PS4.
Therefore, the website claims, Sony may let players move their games library from their PS4 to their new console.
Could it see the end of discs?
In a word, no. Last month, Dutch gaming site Techtastic found that Sony had filed a patent for cartridge-based media similar to the compact games that are used on the Nintendo Switch.
It was widely reported that the patent may point towards the Japanese tech giant swapping the PS4’s disc-based games for cartridge alternatives on the PS5.
The Daily Express, for example, suggested the patent pointed towards either a new game format for PS5 or that a successor to Sony’s handheld console – the PS Vita – could be on the horizon.
What form will the PS5 take?
While it is currently unknown what the upcoming PS5 console will look like, there are many fan-made concepts online. Two concepts, in particular, are breathtaking, and you can watch them below.
The first one was made by Joseph Dumary and it has received over 2 millions views on YouTube so far. The artist even provided the list of features this console would have, so let’s take a look at them.
These videos are not an official Sony Interactive Entertainement ad. All the elements which compose it are only an artist’s view and have nothing official.