Slowly but surely, we've seen both Microsoft and Sony release more and more details about their next-generation consoles, with new information dropping at the rate of every few weeks now. However, despite all this information, Sony hasn't yet actually showed off its shiny new console, keeping that under wraps alongside the base specs, price and release date. However, a huge leak may just have put all that data we crave out into the wild for all of us to see. It suggests that we may be seeing the PlayStation 5 hitting the shelves near you much sooner than you think.
If this new leak proves to be accurate, the next PlayStation will be the star of the show in February. A post found on on 4chan (via TechTastic) may have revealed a treasure trove of information about the PS5. However, none of this is confirmed for the time being, but there’s a good chance this leak is the real deal. Just in case though, keep that salt handy.
According to the leak, the PS5 launch event will go down on February 5th, 2020 at a PlayStation meeting to be hosted at the Sony Hall in New York City:
The leak goes on to say that the PS5's slogan is a nice and simple "It's time to play" and this slogan will be applied to the brand as a whole. The console itself will be released October 2020 and will set you back a tasty “$499 USD / £449 UK / €449 EU / ¥54,999 JP.”. At launch, we'll only be seeing a single PS5 model and a Pro version (or any additional version) won't be hitting shelves in 2020. However, the leaker goes on to add that the specs of the base model PS5 will in fact nearly match the specs of most expensive Xbox Series X model, which will cost $100 more than the PS5 if the leak is correct. Microsoft will also supposedly have a cheaper new Xbox that will cost $100 less than the PS5.The console design, controller, UI/home screen, certain features, console specs, talk from third parties/indie publishers, as well as announcements for PS5 exclusives will be shown.
Buzz words for the console’s features include “little to no load times”, “blazing fast downloads”, “immersive controls”, “modular installs for games, download whatever”, “disc drive included”, and “download the games, or stream the games as an option” (we’re looking at you Stadia)
For those out there with a love of specs, the leaker says the PS5 will come with 10 teraflops of GPU power, with the Xbox pushing around half of that at 4 teraflops. In addition, a now-disputed PS5 rumor said the console will have a GPU capable of 9.2 teraflops, while the Xbox would go to 12 teraflops.
The leaker also touched on PS5 backward compatibility support, saying it’ll be a big feature for the new console:
Backwards compatibility with all PS4 games is also a big feature. Through a new transferring features, users will easily transfer their PS4 games to the PS5 if those games are downloaded. Save data/backups for PS4 games will also be transferable.
Backwards compatibility is such a major feature, that games from all 5 PlayStation platforms (PS1, PS2, PSP, PS3, and PS4), will be compatible on PS5, making it an “ultimate PlayStation console”, putting an emphasis on past and present gaming. More details about backwards compatibility will be discussed at a later date, especially at E3.
However, in the spirit of saving the best things until last, the leaker finally adds that the console will be available for preorder right after the event in selected regions across the world. However, this is indeed all a rumor that could turn out to be one big troll, so who knows? If it's true though, expect more next month!DualShock 4 controllers, PSVR, and other PS4 accessories will be forwards compatible on the console as well, making it easy for existing PS4 to transition to the PS5 as well.