Sony has consistently released a new generation of PlayStation every six to seven years, which had us hoping 2019 could see the introduction of a PS5 – or so we thought.
Sony boss Tsuyoshi Kodera stated the company will use “the next three years to prepare the next step, to crouch down so that we can jump higher in the future.”
This made us curious – what could Sony be planning? And why will it take three years to implement? So without further ado, here are our most wanted features, ridiculous and all, for the unannounced PlayStation 5.
A 4K beast
Most televisions now support 4K resolution, even budget sets. The PS4 doesn’t take advantage of that added resolution and the updated PS4 Pro can only render some titles at 30 frames per second at 4K. Even then, many titles aren’t running at native 4K, but have been upscaled to that resolution.
The PS5 needs to run all titles at 60 frames per second at 4K – no questions asked. However, that’s not as easy as it sounds and it will need some serious graphics power to maintain that framerate.
VR for the masses
It’s likely that virtual reality will be an integral part of the PS5 experience. VR has struggled to go mainstream, mainly due to the high cost of headsets and the accompanying hardware to run it; sure, PSVR has enjoyed modest success, but it’s yet to really take off.
The PS5 could change all that if VR was smartly integrated into the experience, perhaps with a headset bundled in the box. Improved hardware will also allow developers to create more immersive and detailed experiences.
Tsuyoshi Kodera says that Sony needs “to depart from the traditional way of looking at the console lifecycle”. Indeed, the pace of tech innovation indicates that a six to seven-year console cycle is no longer feasible.
PCs have always had an advantage over consoles in this regard given they can be easily upgraded. Why don’t consoles take a similar approach?
One possibility is an external addition of hardware to the console to improve its performance. This isn’t so far-fetched – laptop gamers commonly use external GPU cases to enhance the performance of their device – and integration would be simple as well. In theory, it could only require a high-speed data cable to connect the box and the PS5.