If you have been waiting for Sony to release the next iteration of the PlayStation, then the wait is likely to be shorter this time. Since the launch of the first PlayStation in 1994, Sony launched the initial successors to the gaming console over a gap of not less than a couple of years. Though the current PlayStation 4 launched in 2013. If the latest rumors are to be believed, the latest upgrade – PlayStation 5 – could be launched as soon as the second half of 2018, less than five years since the PS4.
Macquaire Capital Securities analyst Damian Thong, who correctly predicted the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro in the past, has now predicted that the PlayStation 5 will launch earlier this time. To put into perspective, after the original PlayStation, the PS2 launched six years later, followed by PS3 after another six years. It was not until seven years that the PS4 launched and Sony refreshed the lineup with PS4 Pro just a few months ago. ALSO READ: Destiny 2 announced, game play set to unveil on May 18 before September launch
Although there are no other details about the upcoming gaming console, but if the current version is anything to go by, then gamers might be up for a more-powerful processor, faster GPU, and a bump in storage and memory. The PS4 is powered by a custom AMD-built x86 multi-core processor and AMD GPU. This configuration brings it at par with the Microsoft Xbox One.
In addition to that, one can also expect Sony to maintain backward compatibility with the PS4 titles. According to a report on Forbes, it is possible that Sony may use own custom processors for the PS5, however, that is an unlikely clause. This is because the PS4 had been a popular console and it would cost Sony more to develop its own processors for the upcoming console which seeks to compete with more advanced setups along with facing competition from cheaper alternatives. Also, having the PS5 build on existing architecture makes it easier to maintain backwards compatibility. ALSO READ: Active video gaming can be source of physical activity for kids: Research
Whether or not Sony actually confirms the rumors, a faster processor and GPU with more storage and memory would enable the console capable of handling higher resolutions like 4K, along with more complex physics and artificial intelligence (AI), all without hampering the gaming experience. Additionally, more storage will allow for quicker game load times and more responsive UX.
It is worth mentioning that AMD already has a new CPU architecture in place and is set to announce a new GPU codenamed Vega is the Q2. Graphic cards based on Vega will be capable of processing 8K video content, which basically translates into more high-definition gaming graphics on their way. Given that the said GPU will debut before the purported launch of Sony’s console, we might be able to see the company put the AMD card to good use in the PlayStation 5.