Lets Talk About The PS5 and Its Pending Hardware That Will Be Under The Hood
It seems gaming consoles have a 6 to 7-year life cycle before companies (Microsoft and Sony) manufacture a whole new iteration that includes new and advanced hardware and design. Look no further than current Xbox One and PS4. Both gaming consoles made their market release in 2013 with the PS3 the enjoying it's six-year cycled run. Sony has officially given full details on the PS5 hardware, expected pending release will be in 2020. If this is so it will follow another six-year cycle. Components revealed by Sony's chief of hardware, Mark Cerny will be nothing short of being impressive.
The PlayStation 5 will be powered by an octa-core AMD Zen 2 based Ryzen processor back by a Radeon Navi GPU, an SoC that will have a dedicated 3D audio along with a much faster SSD. The PC clearly will always be superior to the gaming console mainly because hardware improves yearly, but the PS5 latest component reveal will close the gap in performance.
The biggest question that needs answering is will the more advanced hardware inside the PS5 drive up the price. Back in 2013 when the PS4 was released, the start price was $399. Likewise, the higher performing PlayStation 4 Pro came in at the same price point launched 3 three years later. Many seem to think the PlayStation 5 will have a $499 price tag, which seems more likely. With a Ryzen processor and Navi GPU along with a high performing 1TB to 2TB SSD, this is a recipe for an insanely high price point.
Still and all, everything I've covered in the post at best is just speculation since we're a ways away from an official announcement from Sony. If the PlayStation 5 does arrive in the market in 2020, put me down for a pre-order.