Sony has a special Valentine’s treat for us this year – the reveal of the hotly anticipated PS5!
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There have been months of rumours surrounding the PS5. At CES 2020 last week, Sony Interactive Entertainment’s CEO and President Jim Ryan took to the stage.
Ryan talked a lot about the success of the PS4, and how Sony has a ‘relentless focus on innovation‘. As of the Sony Q2 earnings report, the PlayStation 4 has become the second top-selling gaming console of all time. The first? The PlayStation 2.
The facts and figures back this up:
- PS4 has sold 106 million units to date
- There have been 1.15 billion game purchases for the console
- PSVR has sold five million units
- The PS network has 103 million active monthly users
- There are 38.8 million PlayStation Plus subscribers
It’s pretty fair to say that, since the launch of the first PlayStation 25 years ago, Sony has gone a long way to cornering the home gaming market.
We already know a fair bit about the PS5. Sony are doing a great job of drumming up hype, with a huge amount of speculation about what the new console is going to deliver!
The PS4 brought VR, 4K and HDR to our living rooms. So, how is the PS5 going to expand on that?
Firstly, the PS hard drive will be upgraded to a solid-state drive. Using SSDs means that games will load faster, and reduce pauses in gameplay. SSDs are nothing new to PC gamers, but this is something innovative in the world of console gaming!
The PS5 will also support ray racing; a feature that delivers more realistic lighting effects. Using this updated rendering process means that game visuals will look far more lifelike than ever before. Sony have taken this concept from the world of movies and applied it to gaming.
We reported that the PS5 will have built-in backwards compatibility for all PS4 games and PSVR hardware. The console will be based on an 8-core AMD chipset, with an optical drive to run the PS5 100GB optical disc games. It, therefore, can also play 4K Blu-Ray discs.
Ryan says that the new PlayStation is all about ‘staying ahead of players needs‘. This echoes the recent moves in gaming to create higher quality, lower latency, and a more immersive gaming experience across the board of gaming genres.
When can we learn more?
Sony have announced their Experience PlayStation event. This runs from today until 16th February 2020.
A leak on 4chan last summer gave 12th February as the date for the PS5 reveal, at an (as then) unknown event. The leak claimed that invitees include Activision, EA, Square Enix, and Ubisoft. Another leak gave similar information but stated the reveal date as being 5th February in NYC.
We know that it definitely won’t be at E3 in June as previously rumoured since Sony officially confirmed yesterday that they will not be attending.
We’ve since spotted invitations posted on private forums stating February 14th – is that just another rumour, or are we in for a Valentines Day reveal? We’ll let you know as soon as we do!
The Experience PlayStation event is being held at Sony Square in New York to ‘Celebrate 25 Years of Play with a collection of titles on PS4 and PS VR‘. Sound like a coincidence? I think not!