In the most recent Press Start Podcast, Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier claims that Sony is still gearing up for a big PlayStation 5 reveal event in early- or mid-June. If this turns out to be true, we could finally get our first look at the currently-mythical console in as little as a few weeks.
“As of right now, as far as I know, Sony is still on track to do at least one thing by early or mid-June.”
Of course, he made it a point to stress that the ongoing coronavirus situation could push those plans back, despite the fact that Sony previously claimed in March that the PS5 was still on track. At this point, however, there’s a lot of speculation and rumors surrounding Sony and the PS5, including one that says the Sony PS5 has hardware and performance issues that are so bad that it may need to be redesigned.
That rumor might seem a little outlandish. After all, Sony isn’t exactly new to designing awesome consoles. Be that as it may, the original “PS5 reveal” event was little more than a sleep aid that shared some technical specs and absolutely zero gameplay or word on the console’s design. While Sony hasn’t cared to voice any official word on design issues or setbacks, more recent word (as of mid-April) said that Sony could delay initial PS5 launch stock just to avoid delays – something that, at the very least, backs up claims that Sony has fallen behind.
As of now, we don’t know a whole lot about the PlayStation 5. Sony did reveal the new DualSense controller that has received praised from both Techland and Bethesda, and we’ve learned a lot about the console’s backward compatibility capability and that it could load games as fast as Netflix loads movies. That latter bit has been backed up by the rumors that Sony could offer demo streaming or “instant demos” as it’s referred to by the leaker.
As of now, we’ll just have to wait and see what June brings us. I do know that Sony needs to step up and do something quick. As of right now, Microsoft has moved the Xbox Series X several steps forward, showcasing not only the console but also some gameplay of current-gen games enhanced for the Series X.
|Xbox Series X||PlayStation 5|
|CPU||8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.8GHz (3.6GHz with SMT)||8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)|
|GPU||12 TFLOPs, 52 CUs at 1.825GHz, Custom RDNA 2||10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)|
|Process||TSMC 7nm Enhanced||N/A|
|Memory||16GB GDDR6||16GB GDDR6/256-bit|
|Memory Bandwidth||10GB at 560GB/s, 6GB at 336GB/s||448GB/s|
|Internal Storage||1TB Custom NVMe SSD||Custom 825GB SSD|
|IO Throughput||2.4GB/s (Raw), 4.8GB/s (Compressed)||5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed)|
|Expandable Storage||1TB Expansion Card||NVMe SSD Slot|
|External Storage||USB 3.2 HDD Support||USB HDD Support|
|Optical Drive||4K UHD Blu-ray Drive||4K UHD Blu-ray Drive|