We have seen a few leaked images of the PlayStation 5 dev kit, in the early hours of this morning someone claiming to be a cleaner stumbled onto a dev kit and chucked some photos up on Reddit. Notably, the controller does not have the built-in microphone, or back paddles that have been rumored, but does have a larger touchpad.
This is a dev kit meaning it is not likely to reflect the retail model. The same can be said for the controller, maybe the built-in microphone and back paddles will be added later.
Piers Harding-Rolls of IHS Markit Technology made 11 predictions about gaming in 2019, getting only one prediction wrong. Speaking with GamesIndustry.biz, he said he expects both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 to sell more at launch than their predecessors.
“One new factor for this upcoming generation is the impact of backwards compatibility on brand loyalty and audience transition. I think we’ll see less brand switching as a result.”
Furthermore, Mark Cerny, the PlayStation 5 system architect confirmed that the console will have backward compatibility for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR titles due to their architecture similarity. And a new report from HipHopGamer states that the PlayStation 5 will be able to run games from even older generations due to a “remastering engine”, apparently that includes PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 1 games.
Despite the piles of work, multiple analysists including Piers Harding-Rolls believe the Nintendo Switch will be the best selling console of 2020.
The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X is[are?] set to launch holiday 2020, it is likely that both consoles will retail for around $500, despite early rumors they would cost upwards of $1000. There are also floods of rumors about Nintendo launch a Nintendo Switch Pro sometime this year. This is predicted to have improved hardware and some analysts believe it will even support 4K gaming, though not likely on the go.
I’ve worked in the gaming industry for around 10 years, in journalism and QA. I also run Hampshire’s biggest charity gaming event, the Southampton Game Fest.