The load down on the PlayStation 5 – What we know thus far…

Recently Sony has been slowly revealing the specs of their newest addition to the PlayStation family – the PlayStation 5. And here’s what we know as of late.

Will it be backwards capable?

Yes. According to a recent PlayStation blog, the new system will be backwards capable, having the ability to play over 4,000 titles available on the PlayStation 4. Earlier reports stated the number of PS4 titles playable on the PS5 was over a 100 top sellers. The post read, “We believe that the overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles will be playable on PS5. We’re expecting backward compatible titles will run at a boosted frequency on PS5 so that they can benefit from higher or more stable frame rates and potentially higher resolutions. We’re currently evaluating games on a title-by-title basis to spot any issues that need adjustment from the original software developers.” Sony also plans to have further details of the backward capability available in the coming months along with more specifications about the PlayStation 5.

What are the details involving memory, processing, etc.?

The PlayStation 5 is designed to surpass the PlayStation 4 in many way. In the documentary video Road to PlayStation 5, lead designer Mark Cerny went through the specs regarding the PS5’s memory speed. And it is amazingly fast. The PS4 HDD currently has a memory speed of 50-100MB/sec, seek time of 2-50 milliseconds and data load time of 1 GB/20 seconds. The PS5 is set to have faster load times. With its SSD (solid state drive), bandwidth of the PS5 will be 5 GB/sec and data load time of 2 GB/0.27 seconds with an instantaneous seek time. This means that games will load much faster and run smoother on the new system. Games that have fast travel, such as Horizon Zero Dawn or Spider-Man, will have that travel time cut down to nil, meaning that the “fast” aspect of fast travel will be exactly that. The PS5 features SSD storage system which is designed to provide faster data input/output rates for fast loading times and larger bandwidth to make games more immersive, as well as to support the required content streaming from disc for 8K resolution.

Will PS5 support 4K?

Even better. The SSD storage system allows for a larger bandwidth, making the game more immersive with 8K resolution. If all goes according to design, the games on Sony’s next gen system will look absolutely stunning with higher resolution graphics and close-to-life detailing. The PS4 already boosts graphical giants such as Horizon Zero Dawn and God of War in 4K resolution. So imagine how unbelievable they will look at 8000 pixels. To answer the question directly, the system will include a 4K-compatible Ultra HD Blu-ray optical drive.

What about the controller?

PlayStation 4’s Dual Shock 4 has been regarded as the most comfortable controller for a game console. So how will Sony improve upon it. From specs that were already released, the Dual Shock 5 does not differ much in design. However, the new controller will feature adaptive triggers that can change the resistance to the player as necessary, such as changing the resistance during the action of pulling an arrow back in a bow in-game. The controller will also have strong haptic feedback through voice coil actuators, which together with an improved controller speaker is intended to give better in-game feedback.

What games will be available at launch?

At the Video Game Awards 2019, Counterplay Games revealed Godfall as the first game for the PlayStation 5. Other games confirmed to be available at launch include The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, Watch Dogs: Legion, Gods and Monsters, Rainbow Six Quarantine, Outriders, and Warframe. Bluepoint Game also has a untitled game in the works.

How much will it cost?

A price has yet to be set for PlayStation 5. According to a February 2020 report from Bloomberg, components selected for the unit cost approximately $450. The unit itself could cost $470. However, revenue from online subscription services “may allow them greater flexibility on hardware pricing.”

From all of this, it appears Sony is ready to tackle the gaming market again with another amazing system that looks to keep on top of the competition. PlayStation 5 is scheduled to launch this holiday season.