Playstation 5 With 240 FPS & 4K Support In 2019?
Official word from Sony confirms that the PlayStation 5 is currently in development. After launching in 2013, the PlayStation 4 console has served well as the successor to the PlayStation 3 from 2006. Fans and critics alike heaped praise on the console from the beginning due to several key decisions both internally and monetarily that put it above the competing Xbox One. By 2016, Sony’s release of the PS4 topped the charts with 53 million units sold around the world.
Thereafter, Sony didn't rest on its laurels. With the PS$ Slim and PS4 Pro, Sony has made significant upgrades to the video game console’s core technology. The Pro specifically afforded consumers an upgraded GPU, a higher CPU clock rate, and 4K supported graphics--something critics thought was sorely needed. Seeking to maintain its lead in the gaming world, not only is Sony already working actively to develop the PS5, but, according to one analyst, has its sights set on a 2019 or 2020 release date.
According to GamingBolt, Shawn Layden contends that the PlayStation 5 is currently under development and will represent a generational leap past the PS4. What does that mean to those who own the current generation? Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter has surmised the following:
“I really like Shawn and I don’t think he is attempting to mislead anybody. The PlayStation 4 Pro is better [from a technical perspective] than the PS4, so I think that’s a half step towards the PlayStation 5. I think the PS5 will be another half step. So he is being honest when he said he is not doing a half step but the PlayStation 5…how much faster can it be? It will surely support 4K. Will it support 240 frames per second? Great. Will it play games that were made for the PlayStation 4 Pro? That’s the question. I think it will. So I think they will build a console that will backwards compatible with the PS4 Pro. So I think it will be perceived by the consumers to be a half step and I think Shawn is telling the truth when he says it’s will be a full fledged console.”
So 240 frames per second, 4K support AND backwards compatibility? WHEN??
“My expectation that is that it’s not coming out in 2018. That is a 2019 0r 2020 but probably 2019. Sony is probably timing it better because they are going to bring out a 4K capable device when the 4K TV market reaches 50% in the USA and 35% in the rest of the world. I think Sony has probably got the next console cycle nailed down already. I think, they already know what they got to do.”
So it seems Sony wants 4K TV saturation to hit the halfway mark before pinning down a solid release date, though all signs point to saturation levels reaching that point by 2019. If Pachter is to be believed, the PS5 will have a definite leg up over Microsoft with 4K content and may very well be released alongsideA-list future titles like The Last of Us 2 and Death Stranding in 2019. That sounds good to me. I'm pretty sure we can count on at least a modest upgrade on many of the internals of the PS4 Pro along with everything else, so all in all we could be in for some fun in the next few years. I'm still waiting on that unicorn though--the upgradeable Playstation.