Hey Gamers: PlayStation 5 is on the Way! Here's 5 Things You need to Know

Fans of the PlayStation 4 have been waiting patiently to learn about the next console, but there hasn’t been a lot of news because Sony has been keeping things a secret … until now.

One of the engineers working on the system stepped forward and announced what they’re working on.

Not surprisingly, the PlayStation 5 will be much faster and more powerful. But, some of the coolest stuff with the new system will be improved audio.

Supposedly, they figured out how to make the audio sound like it’s coming at you from above, from behind and from the side -- all through your TV speakers or headphones.

While the PlayStation 5 won’t be released this year, it could be on shelves as soon as 2020. (Wired)

1. PlayStation 4 games will be backward compatible.

This is some very good news indeed. Unlike the leap from PS3 to PS4, this time around the PS5 is built on the same basic architecture as its predecessor. That means PS4 games will be backward compatible and your entire library can migrate with you to the new system.

2. The PS5 will support up to 8k resolution, ray-tracing and 3D audio.

3. The PS5's secret weapon is the custom SSD hard drive.

It may not sound all that exciting, but the PS5 will include a solid-state-drive that is way, way faster than the current gen hard drives and quite a lot faster than the SSD drives many of us have already.

4. Rumor has it, the PS5 will cost $499.99.

According to leaks and rumors, the PlayStation 5will cost $100 more at launch than the PlayStation 4 did at launch. Five hundred bucks is a pretty significant asking price. That's what Microsoft tried to charge for the Xbox One at launch, with Sony undercutting that price by $100.

5. The PS5 isn't launching in 2019.

I know some folk had their hopes up for a holiday 2019 release. Sorry to burst your bubble, but that's not in the cards.

The good news is that it's almost a certainty now that the PS5 will launch in 2020, seven years after the launch of the PS4 (though this generation had a mid-cycle refresh with the PS4 Pro and Xbox One S and X).

 

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