Sony’s New State of Play Will Have “No Next-Gen” News

PlayStation State of Play is announced for September 24 and it sounds like it might be an exciting event. Sony Interactive Entertainment shared a post on PlayStation Blog that promised a 20-min show packed with interesting details but no PlayStation 5 news.

According to PlayStation, it plans to reveal “new games” and updates from PlayStation Worldwide Studios. Tuesday, September 24 at 1:00pm Pacific Time / 4:00pm Eastern TIme. However, the most exciting part about the new PlayStation State of Play could have been a teaser for PlayStation 5.

We’re preparing a pretty hefty show, weighing in at around 20 minutes and sporting a fresh new look. And we’ll have some great news to share with you, including new game reveals, new content from PlayStation’s Worldwide Studios, and a host of other updates. Should be fun!

Oh, and it probably bears mentioning: Don’t expect any updates related to our next-gen plans in this episode.

There isn’t much know about PS5 but the curtain might soon be lifted, at least we’ll a peek under it. The console is set for a holiday 2020 release and if Sony isn’t teasing it this month, it is likely that a full reveal is set for PlayStation Experience 2019. Here’s what we know of PS5 so far.

  • 8K resolutions
  • SSD that will drastically reduce load times
  • Ray tracing is supported by PS5
  • AMD’s 3rd generation Ryzen with eight cores of the new 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture
  • GPU is a variation of the Radeon Navi
  • 3D audio without any additional hardware
  • Backward compatibility with PS4 titles and PSVR

What’s interesting is that a Japanese journalist recently confirmed that PS5 and PS5 Pro at the same time. Sony started down the mid-generation upgrade road with PS4 Pro. The console comes with better specs compared to PS4 that helps developers do more with their games. PS5 Pro, if it exists, will do the same as PS4 Pro.

PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Pro will both release during the holiday season of 2020. The base model is reportedly coming in at $399 while the Pro variants set you back $499. How big of a difference there is between specs remains to be seen but there is going to be one common feature that we know about, Cloud functionality.

Cloud gaming is an integral part of Sony’s next-generation console (s). Sony Interactive Entertainment filed a number of patents in the past few months that suggest cloud gaming to be a major feature this time around.