If PS5 release date games look like THIS, the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X won’t stand a chance
PS5 rumours have gone a bit cold this past couple of weeks, which is slightly strange when you consider that since the start of 2018 there’s been a never-ending supply of news, ‘leaks’ and all-around industry chatter around Sony’s next PlayStation 5 console.There was talk some weeks back of PS5 dev kits being sent out to game developers across the world, presumably so they could begin working on blockbuster AAA games for the future console.But again, this chatter has gone silent too. And you might think if dev kits were out in the wild you’d hear more.Despite this, there has been one interesting development taken from a visual demonstration at the recent Game Developer Conference in San Francisco.Epic Games, best known currently for Fortnite Battle Royale, showcased some of their new motion capture technology.And some new videos featuring Lord of the Rings actor Andy Serkis have shown just how realistic graphics on next-gen consoles, like the PS5 and whatever Xbox is planning, could look. In fact, Epic’s chief technology officer Kim Libreri believes that in five to ten years, people won’t be able to tell the difference between the real world and the virtual world.
PS5 Concept images, specs and features
Sony PlayStation bosses have confirmed a PS5 is coming – could it look anything like this?
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“You’ll see hardware that can support these kinds of capabilities pretty shortly, and then, finally, the greatest blockbuster with the most complicated effects, within ten years, you’ll be able to do that in real-time,” Libreri told GamesIndustry.biz.”We’re getting close to crossing the uncanny valley. We’re not totally there yet, but we’re getting close.”Captured with a combination of 3Lateral’s ‘4D Capture’ scanning technique and the Unreal Engine, they were then able to transform Serkis, into a giant alien.GameIndustry.Biz Editor-in-Chief Matthew Handrahan was in attendance for the demo and wrote:Serkis’ delivery was full of rage and sorrow and elaborate facial expressions, all of it captured and rendered in pin-sharp detail. A representative from 3Lateral then showed how the data could be manipulated using an iPad running ARKit; moving the position of Serkis’ eyes, raising the eyebrows, and fundamentally changing a performance we’d seen given only a few minutes before. Finally, the visage of an alien was laid over Serkis performance, resulting in what looked for all the world like a Mass Effect character giving an impassioned reading of Shakespeare.You can see the technical demonstration in the videos below, and although we’re not expecting to see any PS5 games or their graphics anytime soon, if you put all the evidence together it does seem likely that we’ll learn some more concrete information about PlayStation’s next console at E3 2018.
“Shipments of the PlayStation 4 were down, from 9.7 million units a year ago to 9 million, resulting in a slight downward trend in hardware revenue,” Gamesindustry.biz reported last month.This was then followed up by leading tech website ArsTechnica.com who suggested that PS4 “may have peaked”. The report said:”It seems likely that Sony’s annual shipments for the PS4 will never climb higher than that number based on historical analysis … With the end of 2017, the PS4 has reached the end of its fourth full year on the market, and the console seems set to begin its long decline in annual sales.”Going one step further, the site then suggested that this ‘PS4 shipment peak’ could now start “the long countdown to the PlayStation 5” in years to come.The 2020 release, as mentioned, fits with past analyst predictions, such as those made by well-respected Wedbush Securities Analyst Michael Pachter. Speaking on The 1099 Podcast back in September last year, Pachter said: “I think that’s exactly when you’ll see one (PS5) 2019 or 2020, and if I had to bet, it’s 2020.
“Sony’s making so much money with the PS4 that I think they’ll continue to milk it as long as they can milk it,” claimed Pachter.“And I think the natural extension of that is the PS4 Pro becomes the default PS4, and they just knock that price down to $250 when they can and they keep selling it — a tonne of those.“The PS5 is probably going to be their real 4K device, and so it just feels to me that they’re not going to launch the PS5 until sales momentum for the PS4 slows, and it just hasn’t.“So you certainly get through 2017, 2018, and I just don’t see it slowing in 2018 which should prop them to launch something in 2019.“If it slows in 2019, they’re probably launching in 2020.”More recently, industry expert Christopher Dring, publisher for Gameindustry.biz, had also told followers on Twitter that he’d been hearing rumours of “Sony slowing up progress on PS5 rattling around for a few months”.All signs so far do appear to suggest 2020 as the most likely year for a new PlayStation console.
22 AMAZING PS4, Xbox and Nintendo Switch games for 2018 and beyond
Take a look at 22 of the biggest and best looking new games coming to PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch in 2018 and beyond.
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As we’ve mentioned before, the future for all three console makers might seem complicated, but in reality, we have a fairly good idea what they’re all planning in the years ahead.Nintendo is digging in for the long haul with the Nintendo Switch, tentatively telling investors that they anticipate the console to stick around for longer than the normal 5-6 year cycle.Microsoft is breaking new ground for the company with Xbox One X, the worlds most powerful console. And though it might have a lack of first-party exclusives right now, save for Sea of Thieves launching next week, but it’s arguably the best place to play third party games at the moment.Sony, meanwhile, seems content to trundle along with the existing PS4 and PS4 Pro, which might be declining in hardware sales, but is still selling like hotcakes and seeing PlayStation software thrive.It’s worth adding that their latest financial report also highlighted a 50% operating profit increase, from ¥50 billion to ¥85.4 billion ($778m). And with huge titles like God of War, Spiderman, The Last of Us 2, Days Gone, Death Stranding and Ghost of Tsushima still to come, that’s only going to increase further.The PS5 is coming, sure, but there’s still plenty of life left in the PS4 yet.Related articles