Gamers and Sony fans around the world are celebrating today as Sony has finally revealed the specs and features of their new Playstation games console after years of speculation and wait. We’ve seen this development coming for years, and it is still a little shocking how quickly technology is progressing in the gaming space. As the technology has progressed at a lightning pace, the length of console generations has shrunk by quite a bit. Since the 2013 launch of the PS4, gamers have already been thoroughly impressed with the graphical power of the 8-core AMD APU of the PS4 console, which has managed to offer a rather spiffy experience to millions of gamers, simple to say, gamers love it.
There is a question that remains in the minds of gamers though, Mike Cerny, Sony’s lead system architect, says the question and it’s answer are relatively simple. “The key question,” Cerny says, “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.”
Part of this improved experience is of course a massive improvement in graphical quality, owed in part to the console, which is now putting out 8K visuals at peak performance. No games have been confirmed explicitly, but there’s still some great news. It turns out that there’s a strong possibility that the new console will support the previous console generation via backwards compatibility. It is also really obvious that Playstation Now and other similar services will expand to the new platform, allowing gamers to take advantage of a huge array of older titles on their new console. Although this had not been confirmed, so it’s still speculative, even though it makes sense for Sony to do these things.
What do you think about this development? Are you excited about the future of Sony and their gaming division? There’s still a lot we don’t know about the console, but there is some information that has been leaked. For example, the price point leaked online recently, at least a suspected price anyway, placing the new console at a cost of $499. It will be very interesting to see if this rumor turns out to be true, and what kind of gameplay experience gamers get for that price. Although one bad thing is that the PS5 probably won’t end up the center of $599 memes like the PS3 was.
Whatever happens, we’re probably going to learn more about the PS5 in the next few months.