Welcome to the next generation (finally, again).
Sony is set to reveal the future of its PlayStation brand this Thursday, after having previously delayed the event for reasons unknown to the public. While the folks at Sony had a high-level tech and specs reveal in March, the event did little to quench the thirst of gamers everywhere.
While the new controller and its technology were released earlier in 2020, details of the PS5 are still scarce and rumors are running rampant. Could the console cost nearly $600? Is there going to be backwards compatibility What will it look like?
Lots of those rumors regarding price, backwards compatibility and the design will hopefully be put to rest come Thursday.
Until then, here's everything we know about the Playstation 5:
When is the PlayStation 5 release date?
Sony is set to reveal the PlayStation 5 during an unveiling event on Thursday, June 11 at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT), when it is expected the company will also announce the 2020 release date to consumers.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) June 8, 2020
PlayStation 5 price
Verified details of the console's price are expected to be revealed on Thursday, but current rumors and reports point to the system going for $499 and up. A report from Bloomberg in February said the consoles are relatively expensive to produce, with numbers around $450 per console.
Unless Sony is going to run at a deficit as it did with the cost of production of the PS3, then expect PS5 to retail north of $500.
PlayStation 5 backwards compatability
While rumors swirled of the PS5 originally having full backwards compatibility to early PlayStation games, Sony's specs reveal in March revealed that full backwards compatibility is probably not the case.
A graphic detailing the capabilities of backwards compatibility from the March showcase painted the picture that older PlayStation iterations won't be able to be played on the PS5, but PS4 will be able to be played.
Lead PS5 architect Mark Cerny said during the specs broadcast that placing a previous console's chip design to allow for backwards compatibility is "extremely expensive," whereas the PS4's technology allowed for future game uses on future consoles at a lesser cost. This means don't expect any big updates to the PS5's infrastructure to allow for PS1, 2 or 3 backwards compatibility on the PS5.
PlayStation 5 design
While no official console design has been revealed yet, leaked dev kits photos may provide an early look at a blueprint for Sony's design.
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— World Cryptonomic Foundation (@wcryptofound) June 4, 2020
And more leaked images and renders could paint the PS5 to look something like this:
The PS4 allowed for multiple venting options, masterfully crafted for proper airflow so the insides never got too hot. Expect something similar for the upcoming console.
PlayStation 5 controller
The PS5 controller was revealed in April, giving Sony fans a tease of what's to come. The DualSense name is a departure from the DualShock moniker of years past, while the design is similar when it comes to button and stick layouts.
However, the tech of the controller itself is likely very different, with haptic feedback playing a big role into the triggers and other areas of the remote.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) April 7, 2020
The controller features new feedback in the triggers, making for a more immersive experience when traveling or performing actions in-game. For more details on the PS5 controller, click here.