10 questions we still have about PlayStation 5
Sony’s reveal of the PlayStation 5 was all about the upcoming console’s lineup of games. That’s definitely not a bad thing, and it was great to see such a diverse mix of triple-A, indie, and offbeat titles showcased for Sony’s next-gen platform. That said, there’s still some information we’d all probably like to know about the system.
Here are 10 things the PlayStation 5 reveal didn’t tell us. Maybe Sony can do another presentation and discuss some of these topics?
How Much Will the PS5 Cost?
We got a good look at the PlayStation 5 during Sony’s reveal. We also found out that there are going to be two versions: a traditional disc-based model and a digital download-only model dubbed the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition. That’s great and all, but how much are these things going to cost? Will the price of the disc-less version be much lower than the PS5 model that includes a disc drive? Sony kept pricing info under wraps this time around, but here’s hoping we get a price point soon.
Will PS Now Get an Overhaul?
PS Now is a nice service that’s still flawed and hard to recommend for most folks. That said, Sony has definitely taken steps in the right direction to improve the subscription-based service by including huge titles like Marvel’s Spider-Man, Control, and Horizon: Zero Dawn. There’s still a lot of work to be done, though, especially if Sony wishes to make PS Now an option for the majority of its consumer base versus the niche product it currently is.
Rather than go back to the drawing board, Sony should look at what Microsoft is doing with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. At $15 a month, the Xbox One’s top tier subscription service includes online multiplayer, an ever-growing library of free games across both Xbox One and PC, and discounts on games. It’s easily the best value of any video game subscription service, and Sony would do well to pattern PS Now after Xbox Game Pass Ultimate when the PS5 launches.
In the past month alone, Xbox Game Pass added Red Dead Redemption 2 and Streets of Rage 4. And by giving subscribers access to its first-party lineup right at launch at no additional cost, Game Pass is a massively enticing service. Just imagine how great it would be for PS Now to feature games like Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart and Spider-Man: Miles Morales on day one.
PSVR on PS5?
PSVR on the PS4 has a nice little lineup of games for enthusiasts of Sony’s virtual reality headset. What was once a neat idea has turned into a solid niche with quite a few worthwhile VR games. At this time, though, we know close to nothing about Sony’s plans for VR on PlayStation 5. Surely this will be addressed, but will Sony wait until after the launch of the PS5 to fill us in?
What’s the Plan for Ongoing Games?
The current generation of consoles really cemented what had already been prominent on PC for years: ongoing games. Overwatch, Fortnite, Apex Legends, Rainbow Six Siege. Chances are you’ll be able to carry over your user data to PS5 if and when you make the switch. The Overwatch team states on the game’s website that you’ll be able to move over your unlocks and data when Overwatch 2 rolls around, so it should be the same deal for other ongoing franchises, right? We’ll definitely appreciate a little clarification from Sony regarding ongoing titles on PS5.
Cross-Play with PS4?
Back in March, Rainbow Six Siege Creative Director Leroy Athanassoff confirmed that the game would be on next-gen platforms, and that cross-play would be available between PS5 and PS4 players, and between Xbox Series X and Xbox One players. That’s great to hear, especially because some folks may not be able to make the jump to new hardware for a variety of reasons including financial limitations and supply-and-demand.
But that’s one studio talking about one game. I feel like the same can almost be confirmed about a few other titles like Fortnite Battle Royale and probably Rocket League — you know, games that appear on every console and are already cross-play between different platforms. But what about something like Apex Legends or Call of Duty? We still don’t have any confirmation. If Siege is any indication, we can probably expect this to be a case-by-case situation, and we’re likely to hear from different studios in the near future.
Cross-Play with Other Platforms?
Okay, so this isn’t solely dependent on Sony as there are other factors in play, but a lot of us would like to know what the plan is for cross-play between different platforms. We started seeing the current-gen allowing cross-play between combinations of PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC players. Will next-gen platforms go deeper and allow for even more titles to go cross-play?
A lot of folks buy platforms based on what their friends are getting — that way they can enjoy playing multiplayer titles together. But if you like Halo and your buddy is a big Ratchet and Clank fan, there’s going to be a desire to stick with the platform that has the exclusives you want. Of course, you still want to play multiplayer titles with your friends. So hopefully the cross-platform multiplayer seed that’s been planted on current-gen hardware gets to truly flourish on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
How Deep Will Backward Compatibility Go?
When speaking about PlayStation 5, Mark Cerny revealed that the system would be backward compatible… to an extent. Cerny touted that the top 100 games on PS4 would be playable on PS5. As we’ve seen with the Xbox One, more titles may trickle onto the PlayStation 5 over time. But what exactly will that include? Right now, we know it’s only PS4 titles. Will PS3 and PS2 games be backward compatible with PS5 at some point?
What about the Next God of War Game?
It was really cool seeing a tease for the follow-up to Horizon Zero Dawn. For some, Horizon Forbidden West may be all they need to be sold on the PlayStation 5. Not to mention the charming Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart. I’m certain we’ll hear something about a new God of War down the road, but it would’ve been cool if the stacked lineup showcase for the PS5 also included at least a tease of the next God of War adventure.
How About a Console Roadmap?
This is probably asking for too much as none of the console manufacturers ever do this, but it would be nice to have an idea of how long Sony plans to keep the PS5 around. Granted we can make educated guesses as console generations have been getting longer. The PS3 had been available for six years when the PS4 launched. And by the time the PS5 rolls around, the PS4 will have been available for eight years.
My money’s on a 10-year plan for the PS5. That will likely include hardware revisions and updates akin to the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X. Also, remember when a lot of people were saying that the PS4 and Xbox One were going to be the last consoles, with new hardware updates available every few years like the iPhone? Yeah, those people were wrong.
When Is the PS5 Launching?
Circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic put a stop to E3, but that doesn’t mean it’s not E3 season. Publishers are announcing games. Hardware manufacturers are going in-depth regarding their next consoles. E3 may not have happened, but there’s still a lot of excitement right now. Do you know what would’ve made Sony’s PlayStation 5 reveal even more exciting? A freakin’ release date for the PS5! I guess we’ll just stand by for now.
But, realistically, the PS5 is probably launching sometime in late November, as a “holiday” release date has already been confirmed by Sony.