Sony's PlayStation 5 is probably the next big announcement everyone is excited for this year even though we haven't heard much about it. Recently, Sony revealed the logo of the PlayStation 5 which doesn't look much different than the current logo.
However, some details about the console have been made official such as SSD tech, a new DualShock 5 controller, teased backward compatibility and other features.
Having said that, we still need official information from Sony about its features and technical specifications that will probably be shown off at the company's February 'State of Play' event.
Interestingly, a huge leak surfaced on 4Chan that answers some of the questions we've been wanting answers for.
The leak gives us many details such as the release date, price and unique features that Sony is apparently going to reveal soon.
If this leak is to be believed, the PlayStation 5 will be revealed on February 5 at a PlayStation meeting to be hosted at the Sony Hall in New York City.
The leak mentions, "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',” it adds.
The pricing of the console was also detailed and is expected to launch at $499 USD / £449 UK / €449 EU / ¥54,999 JP. For Indian customers, expect to add 28% of import duty on the console as India has still not relaxed the duty tariffs for gaming products.
At launch, Sony is launching only one console according to the leak, and it will be as powerful as the Xbox Series X.
The 4Chan user also mentioned that game streaming will be a huge part of Sony's strategy for this generation of gaming. It will come in the form of PlayStation Now where users will get access to games via a subscription fee. Each PS5 purchase will come with a three-month PS Now trial.
Remote play will also be supported on tablets, laptops and desktop machines via a Wi-Fi or cellular connection.
Sony has already tested the backwards compatibility on the PlayStation 5 and the leaker also touched upon this topic.
The user wrote, “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,” the information further suggested.
The user also noted, “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.”
The leaker also mentioned that the PlayStation 5 will be available to pre-order right after the launch event on February 5.
Of course, all of this information is to be taken with a grain of salt; however, if Sony is indeed hosting an event in the coming weeks, we can expect press invitations for the event real soon.