The PlayStation 5 or PS5 has been rumored to already be in development and it still feels like we are only just getting to grips with the “next-gen” PS4. Let’s have a look at some of the things we think we know and some things we are just guessing at.
PS5 Shorter life cycle
Now when we say it is in development that really should be given with the speed of development and speed of change these days. Additionally it has been recognised by those in and around Sony that the cycle between the PS4 and the PS5 (Should it actually be named that) may well be shorter than the previous cycle between the PS3 and the PS4. In 2013 Sony Computer Entertainment UK boss Fergal Gara said in 2013 stated that
“…reasons to believe that the next cycle might be shorter in markets such as the UK […] It’s probably a sign of the times and how much has changed in seven years, but I think the willingness and the appetite to pick up new technology fast has probably changed quite a bit.”
This was followed by AMD’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Office Devinder Kumar has passed comment on a shorter cycle this time round for PS5.
“The life cycle of the products are probably going to be shorter. Our customers are already thinking about what comes next. These are long life cycle products and as you know in the semi-custom space, you start with — three years before you introduce a product, a decision is made to use a particular company.”
And Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida, president of Worldwide Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment stated the below, he was more coy on the subject though:
“It’s really up to the game creators,” “If they still feel that we need more machine power — ‘We want to realize this and that and that, but we cannot do with PS4′ — if that’s the case, there’s a good reason to have PS5, so that developers can create their vision. So, we’ll see.”
PS5 – 4K Resolution
AMD’s own next-gen chipsets are likely to be of appeal to Sony (and Microsoft) as they can handle the demands required, more readily, for 4K resolution and for Virtual Reality gaming, a topic hot on everyone’s lips right now. We may even see hardware refreshes on the PS4 and Xbox One prior to this as hinted at inn 2015 when Forbes spoke with Netflix’s Chief Product Officer Neil Hunt who suggested, during a press conference, that Sony had ‘promised’ a PS4 hardware refresh that would allow the console 4K video capabilities. So, it is likely, given the uptake from most major parties in 4K that the PS5 would be sporting 4k.
Virtual Reality on the PS5
As we already know VR is huge right now and Sony are making big in-roads into making it a consumer ready technology. What I think is almost guaranteed is that by the time the PS5 comes out the interoperability between the Playstation, be in 4 or 5, will have improve significantly and even more importantly the price point should have started to reduce by then making it conceivable to bundle the two together.
Stick it in the cloud….everyone else does
So if you have read any of my points around Crackdown 3 on the Xbox One and its use of the Microsoft Azure cloud then you will know I get excited very quickly. Will we see Sony look to put some heavy investment into the Playtsation Now cloud network in order to utilise similar principles to up the power of the PS5 beyond that seen on the PS5 hardware itself?
What about becoming an online distribution system and doing away with Disc’s completely. I’m not personally sure on this one although, it does represent a perfect cost saving mechanism and think about the environment gone is all that plastic. I remains to be seen. It would be remiss of me to say it will never happen because just look at the music industry. The reason it has never taken off fully in the gaming industry is due to the sheer, an increasing, size of games. That is no longer really an issue or at least is becoming that way for most. With that said there is still an incredibly large proportion of the plant who do not have super fast broadband so why cut off a segment of the buying public.
As we have been discussing the Playstation Now cloud network one thing is for certain they need to invest heavily it making it fit for purpose and the starting point with that is to focus on the security aspect of that otherwise Sony will continue to have to give Playstation Now compensation.
What would you like to see in a new console? Let us know in the comments.