For older gamers, it might be hard to believe that the first PlayStation made its debut over 25 years ago. But all of us have felt the long wait for the PS5.
It’s been almost seven years since Sony made its last major console update (the Pro and Slim don’t count).
We now know exactly what the console will look like and expect it to make its debut sometime before Christmas. Here’s everything you should expect about Sony’s newest gaming console.
The PS5 will have two versions, and this likely won’t surprise gamers. The standard model includes a Blu-ray drive that supports game discs with a capacity of up to 100GB.
The other version will be a slimmer Digital Edition that’s discless. That means it will rely entirely on downloads and streaming.
It’s 2020, so most gamers aren’t surprised by this move. The PS5 will also be backward compatible with all PS4 games, so that alone is a reason to opt for the disc edition.
Either way, almost all gamers have come to rely on game downloads and streaming, so you’ll get the best of all worlds.
Be aware that with all streaming/download-based downloads, there are a variety of threats. Same as you’ve done with your PS4, you should use a VPN service to protect you from hacking and get better latency. If you haven’t done so already, check out a VPN free trial to find the best option for you to be ready in time for the release.
Sony knows the competition is fierce. Between the Xbox, PC games, and mobile, it has to dazzle. The PS5 is built around speed and performance. It’s swapped out the traditional hard drive for a fast 825 GB SSD.
Let’s take a second to emphasize why this is a huge win for gamers. SSD is the backbone of the PS5 experience. SSD loads faster but can allow for huge open worlds since developers are stuck with the mechanical dives’ hard limits.
SSD drives also have more bandwidth, so nothing gets wasted in the RAM. This means games have better textures, load much quicker, and have more control over data stooges. It’s a win-win-win.
Also, the PS5 has got some real power under the hood. The CPU is an AMD Zen 2-based with 8 cores clocking in at 3.5GHZ. It also includes 16GB of GDDR6 RAM and a 10.28 TFLOPs GPU.
According to Sony’s president, the PS5 is about 100 times faster than the PS4. That should be enough to take us into the next generation of gaming!
Sony always offers a solid collection of games each time it releases a new console. While you still have to wait a while for GTA VI, you’ll have these awesome titles to keep you busy:
- GTA V and GTA V Online
- GhostWire: Tokyo
- Gran Turismo 7
- JETT: The Far Shore®
- HITMAN 3
- Horizon Forbidden West
- Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
- NBA 2K21
- Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
- Resident Evil 8
- Sackboy A Big Adventure
- The Pathless
It is just the beginning. Sony showed off over 26 titles so far, and we can expect even more as we get closer to the release date.
Pricing is still a mystery, so you’ll have to keep a close eye out on that. But industry analysts have predicted that it will be around $499 considering it’s such a huge generational leap.
However, you can likely expect some pretty awesome bundles that will make the price tag more than affordable. And think about how many years of fun you’ve gotten out of your PS4. $500 isn’t much if we can expect another 6-7-year life cycle. You can also expect the Digital Edition to be cheaper since it doesn’t have the optical drive.
Just keep in mind there have been some rumors that Sony had to limit production because of COVID-19, so make sure to get your preorder in early!
With no E3 this year, new games and consoles aren’t going through the normal announcement pipelines. Most experts say that a further reveal, including details about the price, could land in July, so pay attention to Sony’s latest updates.
Sit back and savor your last few months of PS4 fun before the PS5 blows us all out of the water!