The PlayStation 5 has been going strong for almost 3 years, and it’s finally readily available in the market. However, it’s only natural that people wonder when the PS6 will be released.
With the recent announcement of the “slim” PS5, many people were wondering if it is worth getting the PS5 at this stage or skipping an entire generation completely. With that said, let’s speculate and find out everything we know about the PS6.
PS6 Release Date – When Can You Expect It?
The PS5 was launched in November 2020. Unfortunately, it had a rough launch as scalpers hoarded entire stocks of the console. Many players could not get a PS5 due to insanely high prices.
Thankfully, that issue has been resolved but since it has been three years since the launch of the PS5, some players are wondering if they should skip this generation or not.
So, let’s discuss when the PS6 will launch and everything we know about it so far. Keep in mind that most of this will be speculation based on past patterns.
According to the patterns and statements of official Sony heads like Masayasu Ito, we can expect the PlayStation 6 to release anywhere around 2027-2028.
Trademarks are quite common for major companies. This helps them protect their naming rights. As such, Sony has trademarked the PS6. In fact, they have trademarked up until the PlayStation 10.
There isn’t a clear pattern here to make a prediction, however, all consoles might have a 7-year gap between releases according to Sal Romano from Gematsu, thanks to their trademark variations. However, we might not see a Pro version this time around. Instead, Sony has announced a smaller PS5 with a detachable disk drive.
Up until now, console lifecycles usually last around 10 years. According to this, we should expect the PlayStation 6 to come out around 2030, right?
However, in an interview with Game Informer, Masayasu Ito, Sony’s Executive VP of Hardware Engineering said this to Jeff Cork, “Indeed, in the past, the cycle for a new platform was seven to 10 years, but in view of the very rapid development and evolution of technology, it’s really a six to seven-year platform cycle.”
This is quite true as technology is rapidly progressing. Although major AAA games are taking longer to develop as well. This can be seen as GTA 6 is set to release more than 10 years after GTA 5.
So, if games take longer to develop, we might even see a time when major developers release one big game for each console generation.
With the release date and everything else discussed, let’s talk about a few items on our wishlist that we would love to see in the PlayStation 6.
Before we talk about them, the PS5 does a lot of things better than the previous generation but it doesn’t hurt to wish for more things.
This is something that is desperately needed in every platform. It’s not a surprise that the size of games is getting way too big. Almost every major AAA game is at least 100 GB these days.
Since the PS5 had 1 TB SSD (out of which you can realistically use around 800 GB), you can install 7-8 games if they are 100 GB each. While this might be enough for some people, it just doesn’t cut it for others.
If your main platform is the PlayStation, you might want to install tons of games to play them.
So, if you install Warzone, the latest Call of Duty campaign/multiplayer, and Alan Wake 2, half of your storage is already used. With the recent announcement of GTA 6, you already know the game is going to be well over 100 GB.
I love the PS5s SSD. It essentially removes the loading times and allows developers to be more creative. I would like to see Sony improve upon this by either having more storage in the PS6 or having affordable external storage available.
The PS5 already does a great job of making games feel more immersive. Playing at a smooth 60 FPS on consoles used to be a dream but it is finally a reality now. I would love to see the PS6 add raytracing with stable 60 FPS.
While I understand this can be extremely demanding, having the option to play 4K or with raytracing at a stable FPS feels great. Sony included support for Variable Refresh Rate in 2022, so, the PS6 should get it on launch as well.
The PS6 would be a powerhouse and should be able to handle excellent raytracing effects without lowering the resolution or frame rates. Ray tracing at 4K and 60 frames per second is the dream here.
Personally, I love the UI of PS5. However, I can understand why players liked the PS4 UI since it allowed custom themes and wallpapers.
The PS6 should at least make the PlayStation Store easier to browse on the console. Overall, I like how minimal the PS5 UI is and the next PlayStation should follow in that direction as well.
Sony should at least allow players to set their custom themes or wallpapers so that players who prefer them can do so.
When the PS5 was revealed, my first thought was that it was too big. Especially after the PS4 Slim, it seemed way too large to be practical.
While it fits nicely on my shelf, I still believe that the size is too much. With the introduction of a new PS5 variant, Sony did reduce the size a bit, but it still retained a lot of its width, coming in at about a 30% decrease in size.
This shows that they also realize that the size needs to be reduced for the future. Hopefully, the PS6 will be smaller so that you can easily carry and move it around.
And there you have it; that’s everything you know about the PS6 and its release date for now. Obviously, the console is far away right now and no one can accurately predict when it will come out.
However, according to Sony’s statements and previous console cycles, we can expect it anywhere around 2027-2028.
What do you think about all this? Do you think the PS6 will come out by 2028? Let us know in the comments below!