PlayStation fans are waiting for Sony to announce the PS5 release date and price.
PS5 system architect Mark Cerny recently lifted the lid on Sony’s next console, describing it as a revolutionary piece of kit.
And while Cerny wouldn’t announce a release date for the PS5, he did rule out a 2019 launch.
Based on Cerny’s comments and industry trends, Ace Research Institute analyst Hideki Yasuda believes that we could be waiting longer than expected for the new device.
Yasuda believes that the PS5 won’t end up launching until November 2020 (via Twinfinite).
And the bad news doesn’t end there, because Yasuda predicts a $499 (£383) price point for the new PlayStation.
With the PS5 release date roughly 18 months away, at least we’ll have plenty of time to save for it.
According to Cerny, the PS5 is more of a revolution than an evolution, although it will share some internal similarities with the PS4.
This means that despite being much faster and more powerful, the next-gen PlayStation will also be backwards compatible with the PS4.
It will also support 8K visuals and will feature must faster loading times.
It’s all possible due to a custom Radeon Navi GPU, not to mention a CPU based on the third generation of AMD’s Ryzel line.
“The CPU is based on the third generation of AMD’s Ryzen line and contains eight cores of the company’s new 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture,” the Wired post explains.
“The GPU, a custom variant of Radeon’s Navi family, will support ray tracing, a technique that models the travel of light to simulate complex interactions in 3D environments.
“While ray tracing is a staple of Hollywood visual effects and is beginning to worm its way into $10,000 high-end processors, no game console has been able to manage it. Yet.”
The AMD unit is also said to feature a custom chip for 3D audio, which is said to add far greater immersion.
But according to the post, Cerny is most excited about the changes to the hard drive.
The console will reportedly have a specialised solid-state drive, which will make loading times much faster.