In a post on Pastebin, a self-reported ‘small developer from the EU’ has spent the past eight months working on an AAA game that will be released for PlayStation 5 in 2020. The developer shared some details about the PS5’s hardware, including Sony has already confirmed a number of them, the second generation PlayStation VR and the (exclusive) games that will appear for the console.
The message was published in early December 2018, and at the time the source suggested that a minor disclosure will take place in the second quarter. That turns out to be true, as PS5 system architect Mark Cerny has revealed some of the specifications and features of the new console in an interview with Wired. The PlayStation 5, as suggested in the post, turns out to be backwards compatible with the PS4, powered by a third-generation 8-core AMD Ryzen CPU coupled with an AMD Navi GPU (14 teraflops), flash storage and support 8K upscaling and ray tracing.
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According to the developer, the PS5 will be released in March 2020 or November 2020, however, Sony has now stated that the launch will not take place in the first half of 2020. The DualShock 5 will reportedly get a built-in camera for virtual reality, more analog precision for shooters, and an analog trackpad. Sony would have opted for 24GB GDDR6 for games, 4GB DDR4 for the operating system and a 2TB hard drive in combination with flash memory. The PlayStation 5 will have a price tag of $ 499, which probably amounts to 499 euros in Europe.
The console will launch with a number of exclusive games: Gran Turismo 7 (VR), PlayerUnknown’s Battleground 4K, Last of Us 2 Remaster, Ghost of Tsushima Remaster and two to three other AAA and PSVR 2 games; Horizon 2 is slated for release in 2021. Additionally, Battlefield Bad Company 3, Harry Potter, Grand Theft Auto VI and Assassin’s Creed are in development for the next generation of consoles. Sony would like to try to make GTA VI exclusively available for the PS5 for a month.
PlayStation VR 2
Sony is also working on a second generation PlayStation VR headset with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, a larger field of view and a price of 249 euros. This time, the headset works wirelessly and has a battery life of 4 to 5 hours, so no cables are required. In addition, many more AAA games should appear for the platform this time.
Finally, mention is made of a PlayStation Plus Premium subscription. Subscribers get early access to games and can create private servers, among other things.