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 confirmed and new controller details. It’s still a long wait, and if you don’t already have a modern gaming console it may be too long, but I’m holding off for the PS5 and sticking with a PS4 for now.
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.
PS5 Release Date Information
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) October 8, 2019
Sony confirmed the PS5 release date as Holiday 2020. There is no specific date, but this likely means early November. The last two major PlayStation launches took place on November 15th for the PS4 and PS4 Pro.
We should see pre-orders start earlier in the year, potentially in May or June 2020.
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.
We also know that the new PS5 controller will use haptic feedback instead of a traditional Rumble. Wired reports that this can translate feelings of the track in Gran Turismo and moving through water to the thumbsticks. We also know that there is a better speaker in the controller and developers and adjust the resistance of the triggers to change the tension throughout the game.
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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