PS5 news! Sony sets PlayStation 5 games event for 4th June

Monday, 01 Jun, 2020

With the PlayStation 5, Sony is sticking to what it knows. The PS5 is pushing the DualSense controller as a major differentiating factor, and we'd hope it's a bit more relevant to gameplay than the DualShock 4 touchpad has been. But what is a launch without games?

Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, stated in a blog: "With each generation, from the first PlayStation to PlayStation 4, we aim higher and we push the boundaries further, to try and deliver better experiences for our community".

This morning Sony announced that they'll be hosting a live-streamed event on June 4th at 1pm Pacific. Sony is a dominant player, with data compiled by Niko Partners showing that the PlayStation 4 accounted for almost three quarters of the 510,000 consoles in China previous year. The PS5 will also feature 4K Blu-ray drive and will still support discs, but those games will still require installation to the internal SSD. Sony has officially announced an online event it calls "The Future Of Gaming". As per the announcement the focus will be on games, and what will be shown won't be limited to first-parties.

"That community is demonstrating an wonderful stickiness, and willingness to stay engaged that, I think, the events of the past few months have just reinforced what we knew already", Ryan said.

Microsoft has committed to Smart Delivery on all of its exclusive Xbox Games Studios titles, and CD Projekt Red has committed to doing the same with Cyberpunk 2077. Will we finally see the console itself as well? This event shows how they had to think differently - they had to since there had not been a physical event happening for a few months now - and how they allow players to enjoy with them what PS5 means.

The PlayStation 5 will feature eight Ryzen Zen 2 cores with a variable frequency up to 3.5 GHz, and a custom AMD GPU based on their RDNA 2 technology that promises 10.28 teraflops, based on 36 compute units running at up to 2.23 GHz. This update is just one of a series of updates, with presumably more planned as we near the launch of the console this holiday.

Sony has mandated that from July 13th onward all games that certified by Sony for release on the PS4 will have to be compatible with its next-gen system the PS5.

Of course, throughout the history of console launches there has always been software created to take advantage of the new box.