PS5 FAQ – What Do We Know?

By Dave Horobin,
Over the past 12 to 18 months, we've seen a number of rumours and patents that hinted at what Sony is planning for its next-generation console, and after PlayStation's Lead System Architect Mark Cerny's interview with Wired, we now have some solid info to go off as well.

In light of all of the new information, we've put together a comprehensive list of everything we know so far about the PlayStation 5.

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What Will Sony's Next Generation Console be Called?

Whilst we can assume that Sony's next console will likely be called the PlayStation 5, Mark Cerny wouldn't be pressed on confirming the name in his interview with Wired, only referring to it as "next-gen console".

When Will the PlayStation 5 Release?

Despite the PS5 being in development for four years already, Wired has suggested that it won't be launching any time in 2019.

Outside of not this year, we don't have anything concrete to go on, although most rumours have suggested that both Sony and Microsoft will be looking to release their next-generation consoles in 2020 — seven years after the release of the PS4 and Xbox One.

What Will the PlayStation 5 Cost?

Whilst talk of the PS5 didn't make it into Wired's published interview with Mark Cerny, Peter, Rubin, the Senior correspondent who conducted the interview tweeted some an additional snippet of the interview transcript in which pricing was briefly discussed.

When asked if the PS5 would fit into the general launch pricing range that we've seen from previous consoles, Cerny replied: "I believe that we will be able to release it at an SRP [suggested retail price] that will be appealing to gamers in light of its advanced feature set."

PlayStation 5 Specs

Cerny revealed quite a bit about the hardware that will be hidden underneath the PS5's shiny plastic cover in his interview with Wired.

CPU and GPU:
The CPU is based on the third generation of AMD’s Ryzen line and contains eight cores of the company’s new 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture. The GPU, a custom variant of Radeon’s Navi family, will support ray tracing, a technique that models the travel of light to simulate complex interactions in 3D environments.
A custom unit on AMD's chip will also drastically change the way audio is outputted on the PS5, with 3D sound without the need of additional hardware, as it will work with TV speakers, surround sound systems, although the "gold standard" will be playing using headphones.

Although the demonstrations Wired were shown were on a 4K TV, Cerny confirmed that the PS5 will be able to output at 8K resolution.

One of the biggest takeaways from the interview with Wired was the inclusion of a solid state drive, that has been customised to offer higher raw bandwidth than any SSD currently available for PCs. There were no details on the SSD's manufacturer, but in a demo witnessed by Wired, loading times in Spider-Man were reduced from 15 seconds on the PS4 Pro down to an incredible 0.8 seconds on the PS5 dev kit.

Physical Media:
Physical media won't be dropped on the PS5, with Cerny confirming to Wired that it won't be a download-only machine.

Will the PlayStation 5 be Backwards Compatible?

Thankfully, the generational switch between the PS4 and Sony's next console looks like it will be a soft one. Wired stated that the PS5 is based on part the PS4's architecture, which means it will be backwards compatible.

Will the PlayStation 5 Support the PSVR?

It's also good news for PSVR owners, as your existing kit will work with the PS5, and with your favourite PSVR being backwards compatible, you'll be able to enjoy them for years to come.

Whilst Cerny wouldn't be drawn on whether a PSVR 2.0 is currently in production, he didn't deny it. We do know, however, that Sony has recently filed a patent for a wireless PlayStation VR, so we certainly wouldn't rule it out.

Will the PlayStation 5 Include a New Controller

Nothing has been confirmed yet, although we'd be surprised if the PS5 ships with the same DualShock 4 controller that we've been using over the past seven years.

A relatively recent patent from Sony suggests that a new controller is on the cards, featuring a touch screen in place of the touch pad on the DualShock 4.

When Will We Hear More About the PlayStation 5?

Unfortunately, we don't have any idea. Sony has already confirmed that they won't be attending E3 this year. They also cancelled their own PlayStation Experience event at the end of 2018, so we'll have to wait and see if they decide to bring it back this year or not.

What Games Will Release on the PlayStation 5?

Cerny wouldn't be drawn on confirming any games as launch titles for the PS5, although his "mile and pregnant pause" when asked about DEATH STRANDING will at least enough to keep us speculating about the possibility for now. The Last of Us Part II is also one of the titles rumoured to be releasing on both the PS4 and PS5.

We also know that a Square Enix employee has been working on an AAA title for the PS5, although what game that is and when it will release is anyone guesses.

Are you exciting to learn more about the PlayStation 5 in the coming months? What release window and price point are you hoping to see? Let us know in the comments below.
Dave Horobin
Written by Dave Horobin
Dave is the TrueTrophies Social Manager and has been a Newshound since 2010. When he's not chasing developers and publishers for early review copies, he can usually be found on the TrueTrophies social pages discussing all things TT related.