Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) is believed to be building the world’s most powerful gaming console, dubbed the PlayStation 5, behind closed doors. According to two reliable analysts, the Japanese firm is working on the successor to the PlayStation 4 to take on the Xbox One X, previously known as the Xbox Project Scorpio. The Xbox One X will go on the sale in November this year. Microsoft touted the Xbox One X as the “world’s most powerful console.” It will deliver six teraflops of graphical power and support 4K gaming and virtual reality. But Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 5 is going to the most powerful console ever built, according to rumors.
Sony has been enjoying the success of its PlayStation line which includes the PlayStation 4 Slim, the PlayStation 4 Pro, and the PlayStation VR. The PS4 remains the top-selling console, with Sony reported selling around 60 million units. According to figures from SuperData Research, Microsoft sold about 26 million Xbox One consoles.
Microsoft Xbox One X
Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One X at Electronic Entertainment Expo in June. The console is “the most powerful console” and “smallest” console “we’ve ever created,” the Redmond technology giant said at the launch.
CPU: Eight-Core 2.3GHz Processor
GPU: 40 Compute Units at 1172MHz
RAM: 12GB GDDR5
Storage: 1TB Drive
Disc: UHD Blu-Ray Player
Video: 4K Output, HDR 10 Support
Connectors: 2x HDMI (2.0b out, 1.4b in), 3x USB 3.0 ports, IR out, S/PDIF, Ethernet
Wireless: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Direct, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, IR blaster
Launching in November, the Xbox One X will be offered at $500.
PlayStation 5 Rumors
The PlayStation 5 is expected to be the most powerful gaming console ever built. According to rumors, the console will deliver more than 10 teraflops of graphical power, versus 6 teraflops of power by the Xbox One X.
Rumors suggest that Sony will launch two models of the PlayStation 5. The PS5 is expected to feature AMD chips. The console is said to offer a native 4K support and is likely to come with a virtual reality headset support.
Tiago Sousa, a developer at id Software, criticized six or more teraflops of power for 4K gaming. According to the developer, the additional power could be used higher-fidelity gaming in 1080P.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer had said that the PS4 Pro isn’t a competitor to the Xbox One X. In an interview with Eurogamer, Spencer said: “I look at Pro as more of a competitor to S than I do to Xbox One X.” He added that the One X is “a true 4K console. If you just look at the specs of what this box is, it’s in a different league than any other console that’s out there.”
Grand Theft Auto 6, developed Rockstar Games, is reportedly the first video game to be released for the PS5.
PlayStation 5 Release Date
Damian Thong, an analyst at Macquarie Capital Securities, predicted that the PlayStation 5 will arrive in the second half of 2018. However, Wedbush Securities’ Michael Pachter, believes that the console will be launched in 2019.
By looking at Sony’s previous record of console launches, we expect the PS5 to make debut in 2020. The Japanese technology giant launched the PS2 five years after the PS1, the PS3 seven years after the PS2, and the PS4 seven years after the PS3.