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PlayStation 6 (PS6): Release Date, Rumors, and Possible Features

Chief Executive Officers / Sony PlayStation JIm Ryan

The world is anticipating any news about the release date of PlayStation 6 (PS6). Despite the PlayStation 5 release only two years ago, fans couldn’t help but look for its next upgrade. The possibilities are endless as it will serve as one of the next-gen consoles. Famous gaming franchises will break the limits using the powerful specs of PS6. This console may kickstart a brand-new era of gaming.

Without further ado, here is everything we know about PS6, including its release date.

Release Date

While Sony has announced they are developing PlayStation 6, the console will be launched in November 2027 or 2028.

This launch date was shared with the public thanks to the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority. Back in 2022, they conducted a thorough investigation of Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Amidst that, they discovered confidential documents that state that Sony has no plan to release a console until after 2027.

Page 8 of the document says the following:

Microsoft has offered to continue making Activision’s games available on PlayStation only until 2027. By the time SIE launched the next generation of its PlayStation console (which is likely to occur around [redacted]), it would have lost access to Call of Duty and other Activision titles, making it extremely vulnerable to consumer switching and subsequent degradation in its competitiveness.”

“Even assuming that SIE had the ability and resources to develop a similarly successful franchise to Call of Duty, it would take many, many years and billions of dollars to create a challenger to Call of Duty – and the example of EA’s Battlefield shows that any such efforts would more than likely be unsuccessful.”

Sony’s confidential document

Sony released their previous consoles on the following dates:

  • PlayStation 3 – Nov 11, 2006
  • PlayStation 4 – Nov 15, 2013, as development began in 2008
  • PlayStation 5 – Nov 12, 2020, as development began in 2015

With this information, we can conclude that Sony will release a new console in around seven years. This was further confirmed in an interview with Sony’s Executive Vice President of Hardware Engineering and Operation, Masayasu Ito.

“In the past, the cycle for a new platform was seven to ten years, but in view of the very rapid development and evolution of technology, it’s really a six to seven year platform cycle.”

Masayasu Ito’s interview

Lastly, evidences reveal that the PlayStation 6 is currently undergoing development.

PS6 Price Rumors

Playstation logo (Photo from Sony)
Photo from Sony

There is no conclusive evidence about the PlayStation 6’s final price. Reports could only come up with an answer through past prices and educational guesses.

PlayStation 3 launched for $499, or £425, in the United Kingdom. Meanwhile, PlayStation 4 costs a bit lower than its previous model at $399 or £349. Finally, the newly released PlayStation 5 is worth $499 or £449, making it the most expensive console out of the three.

Thus, reports conclude that the price would be between $600 and $700, mainly due to the cutting-edge technology and its unique features.

Where to Pre-Order?

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Photo by Cesc Maymo/Getty Images

Sony players can pre-order through the PlayStation’s official site when the console is available. Of course, that won’t be happening anytime soon, but expect that we’ll inform you as soon as there is any official news.

PlayStation 5 Specs

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Photo from Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

It’s a no-brainer to assume that the PlayStation 6 would be more powerful than PlayStation 5. With that in mind, it’s important to take note of the latter’s specs to visualize the PlayStation 6’s.

PlayStation 5 has a 3.5GHz eight-core AMD Zen 2 for its CPU, partnered with a custom AMD RDNA 2-based GPU. It also has a 16GB of GDDR6 RAM and a 825GB custom SSD.

If players think that the PlayStation 5 has phenomenal specs, then the PlayStation 6 would blow their minds. It is only a matter of time before anyone receives any news of its complete list.

PS6 Notable Features

PlayStation 5 (Photo from Sony)
Photo from Sony

Sony players are hoping for a lot of upgrades, and so are we. Unfortunately, we can only guess what features the PlayStation 6 will have as Sony hasn’t teased anything about the next-generation console everyone’s been waiting for.

1. Virtual Reality (VR) Integration

An improved VR integration would certainly benefit the profits of PS6. A lot of gaming companies have already given a VR experience to their franchise. They wouldn’t pass an opportunity to give an otherworldly experience to their loyal fans over the years.

2. Backwards Compatibility

It would be a sin if PlayStation 6 had no backward compatibility. Its previous version, PS5, has one, and players are enjoying every bit of it. There are forums discussing the difference in PS4 and PS5’s performance, and graphics. Sony fans should be able to enjoy the masterpieces of games the company has released in the past years rather than letting them rot in soon-to-be-forgotten consoles.

The best-case scenario would be when the PlayStation 6 would support older games from the first and second generation of PlayStation.

3. Better Processors

Have a powerful 16-core Photonic Processor and a 12-core Arm CPU which would definitely enhance the console’s gaming experience by a mile.

4. Higher frames

PlayStation 6 should have 120 frames per second at 4K or 8K resolutions. This means games on this console will be further enhanced in terms of their visuals and gameplay. If number 2 also comes to fruition, stunning games such as Elden Ring and Red Dead Redemption 2 would have a totally different experience on the PlayStation 6. This is assuming they’re going to get a PS6 port.

5. RAM Upgrade

A next-gen console should definitely have a RAM upgrade in order to bring games to a whole new level. Reports hypothesize that the PlayStation 6 will have 32-48 GB RAM to improve multi-tasking and overall performance.

6. Storage Enhancements

This is a must if Sony is thinking about making most of their games digital moving forward. Storage should be corrupt-proof, and back-ups should be made available in case players lose their files.

In the scenario that specific hardware parts are damaged, Sony should offer a more accessible fix for everyone in order to enjoy this potential $600 console. Upgrading the SSD easily would also be a great benefit for the community.

And that is everything we know so far about PlayStation 6 (PS6) and its release date.

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