Sony revealed today plans for the next iteration of their PlayStation video game consoles. The new console will officially be known as the “PlayStation 5 Remastered” and is planned to become available starting around the 2021 holiday season.
The PS5 Remastered follows Sony’s highly successful PlayStation 5, which sold out almost immediately across all retail outlets at its launch. While exact technical specifications of the PS5 Remastered have yet to be confirmed, it is likely that the new console will feature an upgraded processor based on AMD’s Zen 3 architecture, which was introduced with the Ryzen 5000 series PC desktop processors earlier this month. The new spec would be a significant upgrade to the outdated Zen 2 based CPU found in the PS5.
Sony also announced that the PS5 Remastered would feature larger non-upgradable SSD storage soldered into the console. Many users complained about the 825GB of storage in the PS5 with many titles such as Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War taking up nearly 150GB of install space. Along with update patches, users often found that they could only have about 5 games installed at any given time before running out of space.
An impressive lineup of new games has already been announced to be coming to the PS5 Remastered including Borderlands 3 GOTY Edition, Bloodborne Remastered, Devil May Cry 5: Extended Edition, Fortnite, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Remastered, Dirt 5 Complete Edition, Watch Dogs: Legion Remastered, Mortal Kombat 11: Gold Edition, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Sony has stated to expect the larger releases on the PS5 Remastered to retail at $80 USD, rather than the $70 most have become accustomed to in the current generation. Sony explained that the price increase was necessary to “enable the development of new innovative experiences required by today’s ambitious releases”.
Not to be outdone, main console rival Microsoft also revealed their next console called the “Xbox Series X One” along with a less expensive variant of the Xbox Series X One called the “Xbox Series S One Digital Edition Featuring Cortana Powered by Bing”. The most notable launch title announced for the Xbox Series X One so far is Halo Infinite, which missed its original launch window for the Xbox One X after going through numerous delays.