The internet has been abuzz speculating about the leaked patient image for the PS5. The leak, which comes courtesy of lets go digital, showcases the console with a prominent V cutout at the top that looks like it is designed for ventilation. It also looks like it has a number of USB ports upfront (5 to be precise) along with a disc drive. Above the disc drive there look to be some LED indicators. Matthew Stott, a veteran in the game development industry since 1992 and currently working as a senior artist at Codemasters confirmed on Twitter that the leaked render is indeed a devkit. Apparently, he and his co-workers “have a few in their office”.
He also suggested that the devkit could end up being the final unit, but we think Sony has some design tricks up its sleeves with the PS5. After the lacklustre reception with the design of the PS3, Sony upped their ‘game’ with the design of the PS4 making it look sleek and desirable. The VCR like design of the Xbox One also added to the appeal of the original PS4.
Coming back to the PS5, Sony has confirmed that the next-generation console is in the works. In an exclusive conversation with Wired back in April 2019, Lead Architect of the upcoming PlayStation, Mark Cerny talks about some of the capabilities of Sony’s next console. It is logical that the next-generation PlayStation be called the PS5, however, throughout the conversation with Wired, Cerny referred to it as the next-generation PlayStation. Could Sony be thinking of calling it the PSV instead of the PS5? Hence the design choice? Perhaps, but we are just speculating.
In the conversation, Mark told Wired, “The key question is whether the console adds another layer to the sorts of experiences you already have access to, or if it allows for fundamental changes in what a game can be.” Mark also confirmed that the PS5 won't be launching in 2019. He confirmed some details about the specifications of the PS5 saying it will have SSD storage, sport Ray Tracing and will also have advanced 3D audio. The PS5 is also confirmed to be running on the AMD Zen2 architecture with a Navi GPU. however, the details of the specifications are still unknown. Microsoft also shed some light on its upcoming console, the Scarlett and you can check out our in-depth spec comparison of the two consoles here.
The PS5 is also expected to be backwards compatible with the PS4 out of the box. Backwards compatibility is something Microsoft has highlighted this generation, offering a large library of Xbox 360 games along with some games from the original Xbox.
Microsoft is also betting big on cloud gaming in the coming generation with Project xCloud. Sony has had its game streaming service, PlayStation Now available in selected markets for some time now. With the Microsoft-Sony partnership announcement, it looks like Sony could use Microsoft's cloud solution for its gaming needs. You can read more about the partnership here.
Back in January 2019, we saw a lot of information leak about the PS5 and Xbox Scarlett. A lot of that leaked information has come to pass, suggesting that the information could be legit. You can check out the leak story here.
Both Sony and Microsoft are expected to debut their respective next-generation consoles in late 2019 or early 2020 with the consoles hitting store shelves towards the end of 2020.
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