Since the initial release of
the PlayStation back in 1994, kids
and grown-ups all over the world have experienced a new level of gaming fun. One
of the best things about the PlayStation is its simplistic and unchanged design
– its controller has faced minimal changes through the decades. This makes it an
excellent universal controller for old and new players alike.
The next generation of this
console, the PlayStation 5, may find itself in stores near you soon.
PlayStation 5 Leaks and Rumors
The question is, how soon is soon? Rumors started swirling about a potential PS5 release as early as this December. However, a more realistic bet would be sometime in 2020. While everyone is simply basing these rumors on ‘leaks’ circulating online, we can still hope for an early release.
The PlayStation has had a pattern of releasing on average, every six years. First was 1994, then 2000, 2006, and the PS4 came out last 2013. This puts us in that sweet spot of a next generation release in the next year or two.
The Good News
So what are these ‘rumors’
all about? Well, for starters, we may have a new design concept already. The
price may also be set at around the $500
mark on release day. With a bit of time left, players can start saving in order
to get the PS5 on its launch day.
Another prominent rumor is
that AMD will supply both the CPU
and GPU for the PS5. The most important aspect when it comes to ‘next gen’
consoles is the hardware. To run the latest games, it requires powerful specs.
AMD has a history of high-performance hardware, so this is a big plus.
The Bad News
To accommodate the next
generation of games, the PS5 would undoubtedly have better specs than its
previous incarnations. However, with the rising trend of ridiculous game
requirements, it may not be enough. Another issue would be its hard drive capacity. Newer games tend
to go beyond the 100 GB mark, limiting games it can store. The PS4 for instance
only had 500 GB for storage.
The PS5 will surely have
more, but it may take a bit of budgeting for players and their games.
Playing the Odds
These rumors started gaining
momentum this month since the holiday
season is closing in. The holidays are an excellent time to purchase
gadgets – and companies know it. If they were to release a new ‘toy’ for
players everywhere, now is the perfect time to do so. Another reason to get
excited about the PS5 release date is that its rival, the Xbox usually releases around the same time as well. Therefore, for
fans of Microsoft’s Xbox, the PS5 release date would also hold a lot of
The most ‘realistic’ date
would be December of 2020 – a year
from now. The first quarter of 2020 may also see Sony unveiling publicly more
information about the PS5. While that may sound disappointing, fans of the
PlayStation still have the excellent PS4 to use while they wait.