PlayStation 5: what do we know about the console of the future?
A few months ago, shortly after the first rumors about the next Sony home console dedicated to gaming, we had published a general recap of the various …
A few months ago, shortly after the first rumors about the next home console Sony dedicated to gaming, we had published a general recap of the various rumors circulated up to then on the phantom PlayStation 5. You can find the editorial in question here. To date, the situation has not changed much. The assumptions on the price of around $ 400 continue to circulate on industry sites, leading us to give credibility to this information. The backward compatibility issue has also been addressed several times in various articles. The future “Play”, according to unconfirmed rumors, would support the titles already on the market, at least those available on PlayStation 4.
As for the release date, we can still trace two currents of thought. On the one hand we find many people convinced that the development of PlayStation 5 will not end for many months, predicting to see the new console on the shelves not before 2020. However, the recent cancellation of the PlayStation Experience 2018 has led to some speculation about it. According to supporters of this theory, the cancellation of the event would be due to the fact that Sony she would be too busy building the much talked about new machine. This second hypothesis supports the thesis of those who believe that PlayStation 5 will arrive in 2019, perhaps even at the beginning of the year.
At this point we begin to touch on more thorny issues. If the new console is really so close to release, why hasn’t Sony officially spoken yet? The upper echelons of the company, starting with John KoderaCEO of Sony Interactive Entertainmenthave touched on the subject very remotely, without ever going into detail or explicitly naming the console. Kodera months ago he said that PlayStation 4 had entered the last cycle of its life phase, suggesting that the current flagship platform of the Japanese house will no longer be at the center of the company’s development projects in the short future. Kenichiro YoshidaCEO of Sony Corporation, added to the dose, declaring a few days ago (as reported by Repubblica) in the Financial Times that the company needs a new generation hardware. Statements made by voices so authoritative that they leave no doubt that something is still boiling in the pot. It is unlikely that it is a portable platform, given the lack of success of PS Vita, which has recently been announced to stop production.
What it really is, however, no one can say with certainty. That the mysterious Erebus project is a code name of its own for PlayStation 5? That may be true, given that Sony’s direct competitor Microsoft has made no secret of the development of the new Xbox line hardware, called Scarlett, so why would Sony want to lag behind the competition? These elements allow us to hope to see a first announcement of the PlayStation 5 during the next E3, thus showing that the Japanese company has not remained to watch the American giant.
There is also another issue to address: the actual change that the next gen will bring. Recent statements by Bethesda’s Peter Hines suggest that the new platforms may not be as revolutionary as we imagine them. Perhaps the revolution will consist in a new way of providing titles to be played, perhaps by concentrating productions on the sales of digital content, or by investing and improving technologies such as the VR viewer, developing more IP dedicated to it and at more accessible costs.
The only thing we can be sure of today is that Sony, ultimately, he didn’t reveal anything to us. After months of rumors and rumors about PlayStation 5all we think we know are speculations or deductions, which will only be confirmed when the developers decide to reveal what they are preparing.