The PlayStation 5 is rapidly approaching, and rumors are circulating faster than we've ever seen for a console. The PlayStation 5's devs are making a plethora of bold promises for their latest innovation. After years of analysis, the PlayStation 4 has won the console wars with the most sales of the past generation. It was exclusive games and superior hardware that made the difference.
Could the PlayStation 5 be as groundbreaking as the PlayStation 4? We now know that the PlayStation 5 will be a gamechanger. From performance bumps to confirmed games, there are at least 10 things we know about the PlayStation 5.
10 The PlayStation 5 Will Have A New DualShock Controller
There are plenty of theories circulating on the internet about what the DualShock 5 will look like—and if it will even be called the DualShock 5. Taking a look at Sony PlayStation's controllers historically, there is nothing to suggest that Sony's newest controller won't be called the DualShock 5.
What features the DualShock 5 will have remains to be seen. Some rumors are suggesting that the controller won't have physical buttons but rather touch-based buttons. We can only wait to see what Sony's next controller will look and feel like.
9 It's Going To Have 4K Blu-Ray Support (And May Have 8K)
According to an article by techspot.com, a Sony PlayStation boss confirmed that the PlayStation 5 will have 120Hz and 4K support. What we don't know, however, is if the PlayStation 5 will have 8K support. 8K seems like a long way away for most consumers, so it's more likely that the PlayStation 5 will try to work on 4K support at 60 frames per second. It is also possible that a PlayStation 5 Pro model might support 8K. Even if Sony manages to add 8K support to the standard PlayStation 5, it's doubtful it will have steady framerates at that resolution.
8 It's Going To Have A Solid State Drive
Next generation's consoles are headed a new direction with storage. Solid state drives (SSD) are becoming more and more affordable as time goes on, which makes it a no-brainer to include solid state drive storage in the PlayStation 5. Solid state drives are superior to hard disk drives (HDD) because they don't have any moving parts. Their write and read speeds are drastically faster than a PlayStation 4's hard drive, so install rates and loading times will be quicker than ever.
7 The Home Interface Is Going To Be "Completely Revamped"
As mentioned by the PlayStation 5's lead architect Mark Cerny, the user interface is going to be "completely revamped" for the PlayStation 5. The Xbox One may not have the phenomenal exclusives that the PlayStation 5 has, but it does have a better home screen user interface. The ability to multitask on the Xbox One is unparalleled in the gaming world. Xbox has received several substantial updates to its user interface whereas Sony has kept theirs mostly the same. In plain speak, Sony will have to drastically change their user interface to beat the competition.
6 It's Going To Be The World's Fastest Console
Gamers always want to have the fastest console for uninterrupted gameplay. Sony employees have already confirmed that the Sony PlayStation 5 is going to be faster than the Xbox One X. When it launches, this will make the PlayStation 5 the world's fastest video game console. We don't know exactly how much quicker the console will be, or if Project Scarlett will be the speedier console when it releases, but we know PlayStation 5 will be the fastest at launch.
5 PlayStation 4 Games Will Be Backward Compatible
As detailed by Wired, the PlayStation 5 will be backward compatible. It's going to be able to play games from the PlayStation 4. Missing from the PlayStation 4 during this generation of video games was satisfactory backward compatibility. The current system can play a small variety of games contained in the PlayStation Now subscription-based service, but for players who own PlayStation 3 games, they are out of luck. Sony is now learning from Microsoft by rectifying its mistakes with its next-generation console.
4 Dying Light 2 Will Be On The PlayStation 5
Most of the games that will release for the PlayStation 5 are only rumored for the console at this point. We can't seem to confirm the PlayStation 5 games like Horizon Zero Dawn 2, Death Stranding, Call of Duty: Black Ops 5, Cyberpunk 2077, Ghost of Tsushima, God of War 2, Final Fantasy VII Remake, and The Elder Scrolls VI. We do know, however, that there is one game that will definitely come to the PlayStation 5. Dying Light 2 is an open-world first-person survival horror action-adventure title. It is a zombie game in a post-apocalyptic world where players use parkour to reach destinations and scavenge to find loot.
3 It's Coming Holiday Season 2020!
Get your Christmas list ready for next year as the PlayStation 5 is confirmed for the holiday season of 2020. Those who are lucky enough to get a PlayStation 5 will be the envy of their friends. The choice to slate PlayStation 5 for the year 2020 may be a bold move on Sony's part since it is coming so soon. They've been working on this console for a while, so it would be disappointing to see it get delayed. Rumors are suggesting that the PlayStation 5 Pro will launch alongside the PlayStation 5 standard model.
2 The New Controller Will Be Heavier Than The DualShock 4
It is confirmed that Sony's newest controller will be a little heavier than the DualShock 4, but it will be lighter than the current Xbox One controller. Given the success of the PlayStation 4, Sony doesn't need to change too much with its controller.
There's a strong chance that the DualShock 5 will have motion controls along the lines of the DualShock 4. Sources are indicating that the DualShock 5 will have a place for voice-controlled AI. Imagine having Google Assistant in your PlayStation 5 controller.
1 The PS5 Will Have Ray-Tracing Hardware
Only a handful of games support ray-tracing hardware, which is going to be a big deal for the PlayStation 5. Games such as Battlefield V, Control, Metro Exodus, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Wolfenstein: Youngblood are among the few games that use this new technology.
Most video game consoles today use a method called rasterization which doesn't do a great job of displaying lighting effects. Ray-tracing shows reflections and other details more accurately. You may look at a computer-generated picture and think it's real if it uses ray-tracing.