PS5 Rumors: Release Date, Specs, Games and More

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Chatter about Sony's next-generation console has begun, and while we don't know much so far, there are some interesting talking points out there. So why not start the hype now? Here's what we know -- and think we know -- about the PS5.

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Latest PS5 News and Rumors (April 2019)

  • In an exclusive interview with Wired, lead PlayStation hardware architect Mark Cerny revealed the first details of Sony's next-generation console. These include a powerful new Ryzen-based processor, ray tracing support, 3D audio, an SSD, and support for PS4 games and the PSVR headset.

PS5 release date: when is it coming out?

While a website called SemiAccurate said lots of development kits have gone out, signaling a release sooner rather than later, Kotaku's Jason Schreier's sources tell him not to expect a console so soon. While dev kits could be PCs or almost-complete hardware, developers at both first and third-party studios working on games for 2019 and beyond said they know little to nothing about a PlayStation 5. While there's some information for those who need to know, the details are "far more limited than it would be if the console’s release was imminent."

This suggests that at the earliest we'd see a PlayStation 5 in 2020, though Sony could always change plans depending on what its competitors do.

A Wall Street Journal report from May 2018 says that the console is at least three years away, which could peg it for 2021.

Curiously, Sony has pulled out of E3 2019 and will not have a press conference at gaming's biggest trade show next year, according to Kotaku. This could mean that Sony is taking a year off to come out of the gate swinging with a PS5 in 2020.

In January 2019, noted games analyst Daniel Ahmed claimed on ResetEra that PS5 dev kits are already in the wild and that Sony's first-party studios are already focusing on making new games for the upcoming console. That lends further credence to the PS5 possibly arriving in a year or two.

PS5 Specs: How powerful will the PS5 be?

In an interview with Wired, Sony's Mark Cerny revealed several key specs for Sony's next-generation console, which has yet to receive an official name.

The console will be powered by a CPU based on AMD's third-generation, eight-core Ryzen processor, as well as a custom GPU based on the AMD Radeon Navi line. That graphics card will allow the PS5 to deliver ray tracing, which is an ultra-realistic lighting technology that was first made popular by Nvidia's RTX cards.

The system's CPU will allow for 3D audio, which promises to be more immersive than that of the PS4 whether you're playing with headphones or through your TV speakers. The PS5's massive power will also allow for resolutions of up to 8K (for reference, the PS4 Pro maxes out at 4K.)

Cerny also noted that the system will feature a speedy SSD (solid state drive) for loading games faster. In a demonstration, Cerny showed off that the system's new SSD, a segment of Marvel's Spider-Man that normally took 15 seconds to load took under a second. Additionally, Sony confirmed that the PS5 will support physical discs.

Will the PS5 be backwards compatible?

Yep! In the Wired interview, Sony confirmed that the PS5 will play PS4 games as well as support the current PlayStation VR headset.

However, the jury's still out on whether the PS5 will play games from older PlayStation generations, as was rumored several months ago.

PS5 games: The titles to expect

While the PS5 has yet to be confirmed, it's never to early to speculate which titles may land on Sony's next gen system. First-party titles The Last of Us Part II and Death Stranding both seem a ways out, and could potentially end up as PS5 exclusives or launch on PS4 and PS5 simultaneously. And while we're speculating, don't be shocked to see sequels to 2018 megahits God of War and Spider-Man on the PS5.

The Last of Us Part II. Credit: Sony The Last of Us Part II. Credit: Sony

As far as third-party games, Bethesda already confirmed that its upcoming Starfield game is a "next-generation" experience. We also wouldn't be shocked to see The Elder Scrolls VI and Cyberpunk 2077 land on Sony's next-generation hardware. And since they release like clockwork, expect new Madden, NBA 2K and FIFA titles around the PS5's launch window.

Wondering what's next for Xbox? Be sure to also check our roundup of the latest Xbox Scarlett rumors.