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April 2019 Retro Gaming Article

April 16, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Sony begins releasing info about the PS5 and one begins to wonder about the upcoming price tag

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8K, solid state hard drive, BiggerBetterFaster, and backwards compatibility with PS4 discs.
After Microsoft and Sony extended their current consoles with the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro what does the next iteration have in store. Will it be another update to old faithful or will they re-imagine the way we play video games. Sony responded today with info about the PS5.

Four years in the making, it seems the PlayStation 5 will be a substantial beast of a console and it retains optical media and PS4 compatibility! Its not slated to hit retailers in 2019, so we can only speculate on it's actual release date, but I suspect most will jump on a January 2020 launch. Ugh.

I'll admit that I didn't find a spectacular difference between the PS3 and the PS4. When I look at the games I've purchased for it, I'm not even sure why I bought it. I began with the two Atari Flashback Classics discs and went pretty retro the whole way. At least I'm consistent.

With that in mind, it's no surprise I'm excited for the PS4 compatibility. I'd heard rumors of total PlayStation compatibility from One to 4. That seems doubtful at this point, but I love the games I've purchased through limited Run Games and I'd hate to lose those titles with the PS5. Apparently, I won't have to.

An faster CPU and GPU ad an array of features to the visual and audio capability. Considering I play a lot of SNES-style pixel games on my PS4, I'm doubting the bells and whistles will benefit me too much. My son on the other hand, will love these additions to some of the modern games he enjoys.

Devs Will Catch Up With The Hardware

This all sonds good -a partly because we don't know the price - but hardware is only part of the equation. Most new consoles launch with games that don't fully take advantage of what the new hardware has to offer. As developers learn the tricks and hooks of the new console the games get better. So, when we hear of all the amazing things the PS5 will do, we may have to wait until the devs can create games to take advantage of everything it can do.

That's typical of all new hardware, but this sounds like a big leap forward. While we may have to wait for really stellar games, when they come, they should be amazing. For me, I'm all about the backward compatibility. None wants to orphan all their favorite games because of a new console release. Sounds like we can play our favorite PS4 titles as the PS5 ramps up. Sounds cool, but how much will it cost?

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