Should I wait for the PS5 or buy a PS4 Pro today? This is a question that I hear from friends, family and coworkers and it’s something I can help you with too. Now that we know some of the most important PS5 specs and some PS5 features it may make sense to wait, especially with a 2020 PS5 release date all but confirmed. It’s going to be even more tempting to buy the PS4 Pro next week when the price drops $50 for the summer.
I’ll walk through what you need to know before you make the decision to buy a new console this year or wait for the PlayStation 5 release date in 2020 and new features.
It’s easy to get sucked into waiting for the next big thing, like the PS5, and there are some good reasons to wait, but it’s still a long time if you don’t at least own a version of the current console generation.
The PS4 is almost six years old and the PS4 Pro is almost three years old. The Xbox One X arrived about a two years ago, pulling ahead of the PS4 Pro in power and leaving many wondering if a 2019 PS5 release date is in the cards. Hint it’s not coming this year, but all signs point to a 2020 PlayStation 5 release date. Sony delivers an incredible selection of exclusive games and owns a lot of market share, leaving a lot of consumers looking for the PlayStation 5.
PS5 Release Date Information
The PS5 release date is in 2020 according to Kotaku. Sony confirmed a host of PS5 details and that the new console is not coming in 2019, but did not elaborate on the timing any further.
(They're not saying 2020 but… it's 2020. As we've been saying for a while: https://t.co/hMgXtZIL0k)
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) April 16, 2019
According to those in the know, you can expect the PlayStation 5 in 2020, which likely means a holiday release date. Specific timing is a ways off, but typically we see consoles from Sony go on sale in November.
PS5 Specs & Features
Sony jumps out ahead of Microsoft with an early look at the PlayStation 5 specs and PlayStation 5 features in an exclusive interview with Wired. In the interview we learn that one of the features is no loading time, made possible with impressive specs. We also learn that the next PlayStation may not be called the PlayStation 5 or PS5, but we’re sticking with this name until we learn more.
With the details arriving before E3 2019, you can expect to see Sony focus on games at that event and avoid hardware talk. It’s also clear that the PS5 is not coming this year.
- CPU: 8 core AMD Ryzen based on 7nm Zen 2
- GPU: Radeon Navi Based
- 3D Audio
- Supports 8K Resolution
- Backwards Compatible (PS4)
- Supports Physical Media
These specs come together to show us some of the PS5 features. With the SSD, you can expect to see load times drop dramatically. Sony showed Wired a PS4 Pro where it took 15 seconds to load a Spider-Man fast travel and then did the same on an early dev kit on low speed and the same load time was 0.8 seconds — that’s roughly 15X faster.
The PS5 is also capable of supporting 8K graphics. While there aren’t that many 8K TVs out there yet, this will downscale to 4K and even 1080P like current consoles can. This is a future proofing feature that will likely pay off in the long run, but it could be very expensive on day one.
With Ray Tracing, the PS5 will be able to deliver incredible graphics akin to what you see on high end gaming PCS. The video above shows off Battlefield V with Ray Tracing, which is something you just can’t get on the PS4.
You can also expect to play your favorite PS4 games, potentially with some support for older PS3 games, but PS4 is at least confirmed. You We also get 3D Audio which will allow you to immerse yourself in the game in new ways and get better positional information. You can experience it with any headphones by watching the video below.
The PS5 could come with a new Horizon Zero Dawn installment, The Last of Us:Part 2, FIFA 21, Madden 21 and arrive in time to get the next Call of Duty Black Ops game.
We don’t have any details on the potential PS5 price, but with the confirmed information, do not expect it to be cheap. With all of this in mind, this is why you should wait for the PS5, and why you should go ahead and buy a PS4 or PS4 Pro in 2019.
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