Although the most recent PlayStation will be released in 2020, there is never a bad moment to talk about what’s next. The PS6 (PlayStation 6), which is still a few years away, should allow you to increase internal storage more readily, be slimmer than the PS5, lack a disc drive, and (if we’re allowed to dream) contain features like a wireless charging pad and modular upgrade possibilities.
When Will the Playstation 6 Be Released?
For years, there has been speculation that the typical game console may be phased out. Is it possible that Sony will downsize to a flash drive-like device that connects to your TV, similar to Stadia? Possibly. For the time being, let’s presume that the PS6 is in the works.
Every few years, Sony releases a new PlayStation. Sony has released a new console late every year since the PS3, and we expect the PS6 to be no different.
A Sony executive backs this release cycle:
Indeed, a new platform cycle used to be 7 to 10 years long, but due to the rapid development and evolution of technology, it’s now closer to 6 to 7 years.
Sony has already registered the trademark for generations up to the PS10, which is an indication that we will see this system. Of course, this isn’t proof, but it does suggest a possible future.
The time it takes Sony to start building a new PlayStation versus when it actually ships is another signaling event. This isn’t proof, but it’s worth thinking about:
The PS4 was first announced in 2008, and it was released five years later.
The PS5 was first announced in 2015, and it was released five years later.
We may expect the PS6 to be released in 2026, based on a job listing from Sony in 2021 that signals the creation of a new platform.
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PS6 Price Rumors
The price of the most recent consoles was between $400 and $500. There’s no way of knowing what kind of hardware, extra features, or upgrades the next-gen PlayStation will include that will affect its pricing.
For the time being, estimate it will cost up to $600.
Pre-orders will begin shortly after Sony makes an official announcement about the console. When the time comes, we’ll let you know what to expect.
At this point, all details are merely hopes and wishes. However, because new iterations of a game console are continually changing, we can guess about some features with some accuracy. Just remember not to take anything too seriously just yet.
Wireless internet access is available on modern PlayStations, and wireless charging would be fantastic. But what we’re talking about here is something a little more practical: a charging place at the top of the console, or perhaps through an arm slideout. Put your phone, headphones, controllers, or anything else that can be charged wirelessly on it. It may seem strange at first, but using the PS6’s always-plugged-in condition to charge your everyday items (including the PS6 controller) would be fantastic. You’d be able to get rid of both the DualSense charging station and the wireless USB dongle if you included the headset’s wireless adaptor in the console.
If the internal hard drive isn’t big enough, you can extend the PS5’s capacity, but it’s not straightforward. We’re hoping Sony makes the PS6’s internals more accessible so that replacing out the hard drive for something more significant, such as a plug-and-play model, is easy. You could use an external disc, but you won’t get anywhere like the read speeds that the integrated NVMe SSD provides. A larger SSD would serve most individuals if there wasn’t a new means to update the drive.
This is the direction in which gaming is heading. Currently, we must purchase separate devices to connect to our existing computers and consoles in order to play virtual reality games. Perhaps the PS6 will be the console’s first to include motion controllers and headsets in the same box. You never know what might happen!
Updated user interface:
It’s not uncommon to see a new edition of any technology come with a revamped user interface, especially when dealing with a console that has a half-decade cycle. The PlayStation Store will be updated, presumably with improved navigation options.
The PS5 is a tall console. You and everyone who glances over it, depending on where it’s sitting in the room, are well aware it’s there. And if you don’t like it, a smaller console is on the way. The PS6 should, and most likely will, shrink in size. We don’t anticipate a larger one—it will simply blend in better with your other belongings.
When the PlayStation is broken down into smaller parts, each component can be replaced with a newer one if an upgrade is desired or required. You might upgrade the console over time as hardware develops, similar to how you would upgrade a PC, rather than buying everything fresh every few years. Is this something that will happen with the PS6? All we can do is hope. We have no reason to assume it will appear anytime soon, but we can hope. Right?
Console that is solely digital:
Disc-less consoles aren’t for everyone, just like phones without a charging connector or a headphone jack, but they may be on the way. If you like to collect physical games and movies, you wouldn’t be happy with a PS6 that lacks disc support, but with faster internet speeds and an apparent move toward everything streaming, it would make sense to, at least one day, remove the disc drive altogether.
PS6 Specs and Hardware
The PlayStation 6 will undoubtedly improve in more ways than the ones described above, but given we’re still a few years away from release, it’s difficult to predict what kind of hardware will be available.
Expect a PlayStation with a quicker, more competent CPU and more responsive controls in general.
DZ Migo published this fully made-up, just-for-fun concept film that shows one view of the console’s design. It depicts the PS6 as rugged and gloomy, similar to the creator’s other far-fetched conceptions, with elements apparently derived from various Xbox iterations, and stands in stark contrast to the PS5. Here’s another PS6 render that’s completely different.
Then again, Sony could go the complete opposite direction and choose something minimalistic, borrowing design aspects from older consoles.
As we come closer to debut, we’ll learn more about the console’s design. lik games, backward compatibility, controller and headset, and other hardware features.