1Confirmed – The PlayStation 5 Will Load Games Faster
One of the biggest problems with gaming is loading time. If you’re a PC gamer, you can simply upgrade to an ultra-fast SSD and – with the right hardware – you’ll cut down loading times exponentially. But, if you’re a console gamer, you’re stuck with whatever hardware the console comes with. You can always buy an external SSD, but it’ll only do so much. Sony is looking to solve that problem, and even make it so that games load instantly. This has been confirmed by a recent patent that tells use Sony is looking to give the PlayStation 5 a RAM-intensive loading system which should dramatically lower game loading times to as little as a second or two.
2Needed – The PlayStation 5 Needs a Larger Hard Drive
Sony might not be jumping on the same disc-less bandwagon that Microsoft is riding, but that doesn’t mean that a majority of gamers buy games digitally instead of going to the store and getting the usual game disc. It saves time, and you have to install the game to the console anyway, so the disc is essentially useless after that. Games for current consoles are already getting huge. Think about how big Grand Theft Auto V or Red Dead Redemption 2, both of which touch pretty close to the 100GB range. Games for next-gen consoles, especially those with intense graphics, could go beyond even 150 GB, so even the cheapest version of the PlayStation 5 needs to have a large hard drive. We’re going to a time where a 1TB hard drive should be standard while 2TB and 3TB SSDs aren’t out of the question either. After all, who wants to take the time to uninstall one game just to free up space for another. Or, even worse, free up space for required updates since those happen about as often as they do in Windows 10 it seems.
3Confirmed – The PlayStation 5 Will Have a Disc Drive
As Microsoft is set to prepare its loyal followers for a disc-less, all-digital future with the all-digital Xbox One S, Sony will take a different route or, the route already traveled. Even though Sony has experienced a huge uptick in digital game sales, it doesn’t want to abandon its relationship with brick and mortar stores that sell its products. Some might look at this as a form of loyalty, but there’s actually more to it. Since brick and mortar stores wouldn’t be selling physical copies of PlayStation 5 games, those stores would no longer need to sell the PlayStation 5 console and Sony doesn’t want that. So, if you’re someone who cherishes having a physical game library, you’re in luck as long as you’re a PlayStation fan.
4Needed – Sony Should Offer Different Models of the PlayStation 5 At Launch
Sony has a bad habit of launching its consoles around Christmas time at one set price point only to offer a toned down, slimmer model with less storage space a few years later. These slimmer, cheaper consoles make it easier for those that don’t want to or can’t spend a bunch of money on a new console but, at the same time, but it also makes this portion of the world’s population wait much longer to step up to a new console. As such, Sony should launch different models of the PlayStation 5 at launch with staggered price points to make it easier for everyone to get their hands on a new console.
5Confirmed – The PlayStation 5 Will Have V-Sync Support
This probably doesn’t mean too much to those of you that are casual gamers, but V-Sync support is huge when it comes to the quality of gameplay. V-Sync is one of the major advantages of playing on PC because graphics cards that support V-sync are able to match a game’s frame rate to the monitors refresh rate, ultimately eliminating screen tearing. Now, we’ve learned that Sony has filed a patent that confirms that the PlayStation 5 have V-Sync support and will dramatically shorten the gap between PC and console gaming. Is it enough to convince PC gamers to move over to a console? Probably not, but it will make life a little better console gamers nonetheless.
6Needed – The PlayStation 5’s Controllers Should Feature Wireless Charging
Let’s not beat around the bush – Sony’s DualShock 4 controller is pretty damn awesome, but it’s not without its shortcomings either. One of the most annoying is the fact that you have to plug it in to charge it. It’s not like it’s a huge inconvenience, but it’s an inconvenience, nonetheless. As such, it’s only logical to think that Sony will at least offer the PlayStation 5’s controllers with wireless charging capability. Of course, the option to charge via wire will still be there for those of you that like to play for hours and hours on end, but at least you won’t have to have an extra cable strung around when you’re not playing and charging your controller. Here’s to hoping Sony goes for it.
7Confirmed – The PlayStation 5 Will have VR Support
Don’t lie to us – we know you’ve probably given very few shits about virtual reality. To be honest, it hasn’t exactly been a big success for Sony and the PlayStation 4 at all. But, that doesn’t mean Sony is going to give it up, and the PlayStation 5 come with VR baked in, so you won’t even need a breakout box like you do for the PlayStation 4. Perhaps this will be enough to make VR gaming a little more popular among PlayStation fanboys. With that in mind, a patent filing shows that Sony is also developing new controllers for VR gameplay and that they’ll be able to detect individual finger movement thanks to an in-depth camera system.
8Needed – The PlayStation 5 Needs to Have a Similar Controller
The one thing Sony has been very good at is keeping the same general design for PlayStation Controllers over the generations. They have evolved a bit from generation to generation but they never dramatically changed to the point that we could hate them. So, the DualShock 5 controller should be quite similar to the DualShock 4, albeit will some extra technology like wireless charging and maybe a tweaked design for more comfortability. The only problem is that there’s nothing to really complain about when it comes to the DS4 controller, so what Sony could change other than the charging aspect is still up in the air. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.
9Confirmed – Backward Compatibility
These days, consoles have to be backward compatible. After all, we’ve spent years and lots of money building up our physical and digital game libraries. We don’t know a whole lot about the PlayStation 5’s backward compatibility yet, but patent filings show that the company has been working on it for a couple of years now, and the PlayStation 5 might even allow us to play all of Sony’s exclusive games from previous generation consoles. That’s a big win for PlayStation fanboys and Microsoft guys that have decided to see if the grass really is greener on the other side. After all, one of the best things about PlayStation consoles are the exclusive games, right?
10Needed – The PlayStation Network Needs to Be Revamped Before the PlayStation 5 Launches
If you’ve never taken a look at Microsoft’s Xbox Live Marketplace, I’m here to tell you that you’re missing out. In comparison to the PlayStation Network, it’s cleaner, easier to navigate, and user-friendly. PSN is just, for lack of a better word, awkward. As such, Sony needs to revamp the PlayStation Network dramatically before the PlayStation 5 launches because digital game purchases and online gaming are only going to get bigger from here. Sony’s online portal needs to be just as friendly as that of its competitors.