PS5: What will the next generation of PlayStation look like?

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What is in store for the next generation of console gaming?

In a generation that is quickly approaching its conclusion, that question seems to be on gamers’ minds as their systems begin to show some wear. It’s time for something new. It’s time for the PS5.

So, what can we expect when the PS5 finally hits shelves? Sony has been mum on hardware specs and what the console will look like, but there are developments that will have gamers waiting in anticipation.

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Backwards Compatibility

Sony made waves this week when publications discovered a patent filed by the company. That patent, registered under Sony Interactive Entertainment and lists PS4 architect Mark Cerny is titled, “Simulation of legacy bus operation for backward compatibility.”

Catchy title aside, the recent patent follows a previous patent Sony filed that included “CPUID impersonating” in its title which, added up, means that backward compatibility is all but confirmed for the new PlayStation system.

While backward compatibility for any of their legacy systems is a massive selling point, many have speculated that these patents will allow gamers to break out games from the original PlayStation. That’s right. You won’t have to toss out your PS4 games and you can play ESPN Extreme Games (if you really wanted to).

How Will the Hardware Improve?  

In most generational transitions, the jump in graphics, technology, and processing power are marked. New consoles feel like fantastic leaps in terms of overall quality. The upcoming generation, however, may not have the leap in quality that gamers are accustomed to.

Sony (and Microsoft) made the leap over to processors that resembled PC processors based on the x86 model with the PS4 and Xbox One. Over time, that decision has opened up new possibilities with each console, especially with regard to game development across platforms. But while the Xbox One had a faster CPU and the PS4 had a better GPU and faster memory, when it comes back to CPUs, both consoles fail to compare to PCs. Admittedly, each console’s slow CPUs pump out visuals that are for the most part, excellent. Neither, however, can deliver a seamless game experience that clocks in above 30 frames per second. The next step for both Sony and Microsoft will be integrating higher performing CPUs to compete with high-end PCs.

Additionally, each company could execute major overhauls of their cloud gaming experience. Expect PlayStation Now to make leaps to something like Xbox’s Game Pass subscription service.

When Will the PS5 Hit Shelves?

The next PlayStation is close, but there are still a few outstanding exclusive titles that Sony still has on their docket. Bend Studio’s “Days Gone,” Hideo Kojima’s “Death Stranding,” “The Last of Us Part II,” and “Ghost of Tsushima” are all still awaiting releases, with “Days Gone” coming to systems in April.

If Sony’s rumored plan for a 2020 or 2021 release is true, it’s possible that those other titles will be cross-generational releases. Also considering the fact that Sony is skipping E3 2019, a late 2020 release looks like the earliest we will see the PS5. Better start saving your coins now.