Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Sony PlayStation 5: News, rumours, concepts, release date and price

Sony PlayStation 5: Release Date

Talking about Sony PS5 rumours may seem a little early considering the PS4 launch was just a few months ago but all the biggest info on the PS5 has actually come from within Sony itself.
Speaking to MTV, Sony's Software Product Development Head Scott Rhode was happy to share when Sony would start thinking about the new PlayStation console.
"We tend to start thinking about the development of the next system, surprisingly only a few years into the life cycle of the current gen."
"Of course very soon, we'll start thinking about what we'll do next. That's the culture at Sony. We always have to do something that's bigger and better than what's already been done."
Sony’s UK boss, Fergal Gara was happy to add to this talking more about how the change in attitudes means Sony has to work at a much faster pace.
"It's probably a sign of the times and how much has changed in seven years, but I think the willingness and the appetite to pick up new technology fast has probably changed quite a bit," he said.
Gara was quick to point out that, at least for the next few years; Sony will be putting its considerable technological muscle behind the PlayStation 4. Sony waited seven years before launching the successor to its hugely popular PlayStation 3 console.
"We're going to have a much better feel for it once we're a good few months in and we can see how the dynamics are emerging,” he said.

"What we do know is that the [PS4] uptake is going to be very sharp. Does that mean this is going to be a much bigger cycle? Maybe. Or it might mean that it's just a bit more compressed into the first few years, that the latter years are a little softer."

Gara was speaking to T3.com’s sister site, TechRadar at the launch of the PS4, which has been flying off the shelves since it arrived in November 2013 – ushering in the eighth generation of home console gaming.

While the sales figures prove there’s more appetite for console gaming than at any point in the history of video games, the emphasis has noticeably shifted towards an all-encompassing media hub. The process began with the PS3 and Xbox 360, but has become even more important thanks to online streaming services like Netflix and Spotify.

Throw in the fact that more of us are gaming on our smartphones and tablets and the result is the ten-year lifespan quoted by console manufacturers could be due a change. Sony might not want to wait too long before jumping into the console mix for a fifth time, and the rumours have already begun to materialise.

Sony PlayStation 5: Appearance

Since the PlayStation 2 first appeared way back in March 2000, Sony has favoured the design of the sleek, black box. In the case of the PS2 and PS4, it’s been sharp with angular edges. The PS3 was a bit of a departure as the Japanese company went with a bulky curved design before a couple of smaller refreshes.

We’d be safe in saying the PlayStation 5 is likely to follow that same design pattern with a square, black chassis and the requisite USB and AV ports on the front and back.

In fact, some initial concepts of the PlayStation 5 already exist on the web.
The design team at VoucherCodesPro has created some concept images of what Sony’s next machine could look like – as well as other designs for Microsoft’s next Xbox and Nintendo’s next Wii.

As you can see from the image above, the concept bears a strong similarity to Sony’s PlayStation 4. And, if Sony reveals the new PlayStation sooner than the seven-year gap between the PS3 and PS4, it could choose to limit the cost by keeping the design aesthetic similar to the current gen.
According to the design team, the new PS5 would keep the black colouring but would use a blue power light: “a colour that has become synonymous with PlayStation over the years.”

We’re sure this won’t be the last PlayStation 5 concept you’re going to see over the next few years – but let us know your thoughts on VoucherCodesPro’s attempt.

Source: VoucherCodesPro

Sony PlayStation 5: Price

When it comes to the pricing of any new console, there’s no hard and fast rule for predicting ahead of time. What we can do, is look back at the relative launch prices of each successive generation to produce a guesstimate of Sony’s plan.

When the PS2 launched, it was priced at £300 – the same price as the very first PlayStation which arrived back in 1995.

Sony’s launch pricing took on a dramatic rise with the PS3 which came in with an RRP of £425 – especially when compared to the $599 US price, which was about the same as the standard £300 back in 2007. It was this pricing that lost the PS3 ground to the premium Xbox 360 that cost £279 at launch.

Finally, Sony reversed the position by pricing the PS4 at £349 when it launched in the UK last month. It’s significantly cheaper than the £429 Xbox One, although that does come with the bundled Kinect camera.

Taking all that into account, its likely Sony will price the PlayStation 5 at between £350 and £400 when it finally comes out. If we hear any firmer rumours regarding the PS5’s pricing, we’ll update this page accordingly.
source: http://www.dvice.com/2014-4-17/sony-might-not-make-ps5-playstation-becomes-service-oriented

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Speaking to CNET, the PlayStation overlord dropped a heavy hint that we'll see the next console hit shelves at the beginning of the next decade.

Extolling the PS4's virtues as a games deck, Kaz said the console would have a lifespan of 10 years, but hinted that its successor could be here sooner than we thought.

"PlayStation 4 is going to be a console that's going to be with you for 10 years," he said, adding "We're not going to ask the consumers to suddenly buy another PlayStation console in five years time, and basically have their investment go by the wayside."

Comparing the lifecycle to that of the original PlayStation, PS2, PS3, Kaz reckons there's room for significant overlap, and although he refused to give direct predictions on the PS5's launch, it's not the first murmur we've heard of its development.

Still, with Sony suffering production troubles with its current next-gen offering, and shortages all but guaranteed for Christmas, it's nice to know they've got their thinking caps on nice and early for the next member of the PlayStation family.