According to our contacts, the PlayStation 5 is currently in the research and development stage. Whilst it is unlikely to be released this year, the PS5 is almost guaranteed to arrive on our shelves in the not so distant future. We've decided to speculate on what will be included in the latest iteration of the world's favourite gaming console.
How Do We Know This?
Simple. Sony never stand still. They have been at the leading edge of console development since the 1994 and sales of the PS4 continue to grow. This is a huge market for Sony. The PlayStation 4 has now sold 35 million units worldwide and these sales figures continue to grow into 2016. However, competition from Microsoft's XBOX has been a recent thorn in Sony's Side and Sony must therefore keep reinventing the PlayStation in order to stay ahead of the field. As new technologies and capabilities emerge, Sony must continue to integrate them into their consoles.
What Would Make the PS5 Better than the PS4 (and PS3).
We think Sony should consider introducing the following into the new PS5:
- Ultra HD Blu-ray Drive
- Multi-Screen Gaming via multiple HDMI 2.0 Outputs
- Re-introduce Native DNLA Streaming to allow the PS5 to play local media without the need for a seperate App
- 4k Ultra HD Games
- In Game Video Calling
However, the biggest change may be in how we actually buy games. For many years the staple diet of gamers has been discs that are purchased from stores; however with the advent of the PSN (Playstation Network) gamers has seen real-time access to a huge range of games and other goodies introduced. We see this trend continuing in 2016 and beyond and can see a time when gaming content will only be available as a downloadable piece of software.
It makes sense, to be able to download games 24 hours a day 7 days a week, but it has it's problems too.
The apparently fragile nature of the PSN was exposed in 2014 and again in 2015 when significant outages were caused by hackers. If Sony are to provide games as "online only", then the available of the PSN must be improved and made less suceptible to outside attack. Otherwise they will have lost the faith of their band of gamers who may start to look elsewhere.
And Sony, how about including 2 controllers with the console? For the money we will undoubtedly be spending, that would make a nice improvement!
PS5 Release Date
Looking back at the release dates of the 4 existing PlayStation models we can see that a new PlayStation is released every 4 to 6 years. If Sony continues this release schedule for the PS5 we are looking at the PlayStation 5 arriving somewhere between 2017 and 2019.