Sony Says PS5 Release Schedule Still On Track

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So far so good. PlayStation

Sony said that despite the disruptions caused by COVID-19, the release of the PS5 so far has not changed. All that Sony has announced so far is that the PS5 will be available at the end of this year. This was revealed in a report published in Bloomberg. In that same report, a spokeswoman from Sony said that the different disruptions have yet to have a “notable impact.”

What are these disruptions, you ask? According to Takashi Mochizuki at Bloomberg, these include shortages of components. While two factories in China have resumed operations, the ones in the UK and Malaysia continue to be shut down, though this is mainly at the request from the respective governments.

The report said that projections have been revised and profits are likely to be lower by $370 million. Sony has been reaping from the strong demand of its image sensors, ones that powers smartphone cameras, but both production and sales have since slowed down.

There has been an increase in the interest of this next-generation console ever since it was announced. One of the reasons was the possibility of backward compatibility on a Sony console. While the tech giant was initially quiet in relation to this feature, we reported here at Player.One that there is going to some backward compatability. This was revealed by none other than lead system architect Mark Cerny.

We say "some' because backwards compatibility is not going to be available for all games, and instead will be limited to about 100 games coming from PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro. For older games, like on the PS3 or older, there’s no word yet. The reason why many players are hoping for this feature is that it would be interesting to see how old games deliver a new visual experience. Read more about that here.

In addition, to the confirmation that some old games could be compatible on this next-gen console, PlayStation did reveal the specifications, and the PS5 is certainly a beast. In a report published here at Player.One, the PS5 is going to have “an 8x Zen 2 Core processor clocked at 3.5GHz, and a GPU based on AMD's RDNA 2 architecture featuring 10.28 TFLOPS and 36 CUs clocked at 2.23 GHz.” It’s also going to have “16GB of GDDR6 RAM, a custom 825GH internal SSD, an NVMe SSD slot for storage expansion, support for USB hard drives, and a 4K UHD optical drive. ” Read more about that here.

Here’s hoping that PS5 does get released as planned.

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