Next-gen console rumours are flying in thick and fast from both Microsoft and Sony.
The PlayStation 4 may be the top-selling current-gen platform, but word on the grapevine is that Sony are close to unveiling its successor.
In fact, gadget blog LetsGoDigital has even created some stunning PS5 renders, which shows how the console could look.
With that in mind, here are five things we would like to see featured in the PlayStation 5.
Rumours suggest the PS5 will pack an 8-core AMD Ryzen chipset complete with Zen+ architecture and GDDR6 memory.
That’s some serious grunt – with some outlets claiming it could well support 8K resolution.
Given the fact that most PCs struggle to get decent performance at 4K, this could be a little far fetched.
Plus, imagine the price point?
Wireless charging controllers
A recurring issue with every generation of console is how we power our wireless controllers.
The Xbox One opted to use replaceable batteries, which last a long time but can be expensive and need to be changed regularly if you play a lot of video games.
Both the PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Switch chose to use built-in rechargeable batteries that, in the case of the PS4, can be charged up via a micro-USB cable from the console to the controller.
However, this can often be an annoyance, as the batteries don’t last as long and if you forget to plug it in you have to sit 2 inches away from your screen while the controller charges.
A wireless charging platform built into the PlayStation 5 would mean you can leave your controllers on top of the console to charge whenever you aren’t playing.
No more worries, no more batteries and no more cable. Every Sony fan’s dream.
Better remote play features
The main selling point of the Nintendo Switch is its ability to be played both on a large TV screen from the comfort of your couch or on the go while commuting or out and about.
The ability to play PlayStation games on your PS Vita (with a Wi-fi connection) was a huge selling point for the console back when it first launched.
With Sony not hinting at launching any new portable consoles anytime soon, the PS5 could be going down the route of Microsoft’s project xCloud, which allows gamers to play Xbox titles on their mobile phones through streaming.
Better integration with the PSVR
The PSVR headset is just over two years old now.
It is likely that Sony will release a 2.0 version of the headset for the launch of the PS5 that will feature a brand new VR experience.
We really want to see more accessibility and more games coming to PSVR, with built-in VR console features in the PS5.
Some huge exclusive titles at launch
By far Sony’s biggest draw is the wide range of exclusive titles that they offer their fans.
From the Uncharted series to The Last of Us and more recently the hit Marvel’s Spider-Man game, no other company offers the range of exclusive games that the PlayStation has to offer.
Here are some games that we think should coincide with the launch of the PS5:
- Horizon Zero Dawn 2 – The highly-anticipated sequel to Guerrilla Games’ open-world title would go down a treat, especially if the graphics make the most out of the PS5’s specs.
- New Crash Bandicoot game – following the success of the remaster Bandicoot and Spyro games, a brand new title would go down a storm
- New God of War game – after playing through 2018’s God of War fans were left wanting more. There will almost certainly be a sequel but it’s yet to be seen whether it will come out on the PS5… we hope so
Access to all PlayStation games from 1 through 4
One of the strengths of the Xbox One is its huge library of backwards compatible games.
Literally, hundreds of original Xbox and Xbox 360 titles can be played on the Xbox One after a small sized download from the Microsoft store.
Although Sony has begun to catch up, it would make sense for the PS5 to allow gamers to play every single game from Sony’s illustrious games library.
Leaks would suggest that the PS5 will be announced at some point in 2019 with the launch of the console taking place in 2020.
We can’t wait.