PS6: Expected Release Date Status, Pricing, Specs and Everything We Know Till Now!

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The most recent PlayStation came out in 2020, but you can always talk about what is next.  Even though the PS6 is still a few years away, we hope it will be easier to add more internal storage, be thinner than the PS5, and not have a disc drive. If we are allowed to dream, it might also have a wireless charging pad and be able to be upgraded in modules.

When is the PS6 coming out?

People have talked about the end of the traditional game console for years.  Could Sony shrink to a device that looks like a flash drive and plugs into your TV, like Stadia?  Possibly.  Let us assume for now that the PS6 is really in the works.

About every few years, Sony comes out with a new PlayStation.  Sony has released new consoles late in the year since the PS3, so we expect the PS6 to do the same. This schedule is backed by a Sony executive:

The cycle for a new platform used to be 7 to 10 years, but because technology is changing and developing so quickly, the cycle is now closer to 6 to 7 years. Sony has already bought the trademark for this console up to the PS10, which is a sign that it will be made.  This does not prove anything, but it does point to some kind of future.

The time between when Sony starts working on a new PlayStation and when it actually comes out is also a signal. This does not prove anything, but it is interesting to think about: The PS4 was made starting in 2008, and it came out five years later.

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The PS5 was made starting in 2015, and it came out five years later. Based on a job listing from Sony for 2021 that talks about making a new console, we can guess that the PS6 will come out around 2026.

Estimate about Release Date 

Since the PS5 came out in November 2020, likely, the PS6 will not come out until the same month in 2026 or 2027.  Just in time for shopping for the holidays! In the meantime, if Sony follows the same release schedule for the PS4 as it did for the PS3, the PS5 Pro or Slim will come out before the PS6, maybe around 2023.

Regarding prices of PS6

The price of the most recent consoles was between $400 and $500. No one knows what kind of hardware, extra features, or improvements the next-generation PlayStation could have would change its price. For now, just think that it could cost up to $600.

Details on how to pre-order

Pre-orders will begin after Sony officially announces the console and will be available on the official PlayStation website.  When that time comes, we will let you know what to expect.

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Features of PS6

At this point, any specifics are just hopes and wishes.  We can guess about some features, though, because game consoles are constantly getting new versions with new features.  Just do not worry about anything too much yet.

Built-in wireless: Modern PlayStations connect to the internet wirelessly, and it would be great if they could also be charged wirelessly.  But what we are talking about here is a little more realistic: a place on top of the console or maybe on a slide-out arm where accessories can be charged. 

Put your phone, headphones, game controllers, or anything else that can be charged wirelessly on it.  It might seem strange at first, but it would be great to use the fact that the PS6 is always plugged in to charge your everyday items (and the PS6 controller). 

If the wireless adapter for the headset was built into the console, you could get rid of the DualSense charging station and the wireless USB dongle.

Storage upgrades: If the PS5’s built-in hard drive is not big enough for your needs, you can add more storage, but it is not easy. We hope Sony makes the PS6’s insides easier to get to, so it is easier to swap out the hard drive for something more substantial, like a plug-and-play model. 

You could use an external drive, but it will not be anywhere near as fast as the internal NVMe SSD you are used to. If there were no new way to upgrade the drive, most people would be fine with a bigger SSD.VR integration is the future of gaming. 

Right now, we have to buy separate gadgets to connect to our computers and game consoles so we can play virtual reality games. Sony might put motion controllers and headsets in the same box as the console for the PS6. You just do not know!

Updated user interface: It is not unusual for a new version of any technology to have a new user interface, especially when it comes to a console that gets a new version every five years. There will be a change to the PlayStation Store, which should make it easier to use.

Less space is taken up: The PS5 is tall. Depending on where you put it in the room, you and anyone else who looks at it will know it is there. And you might like that, but if not, you will get a smaller console. The PS6 should get a little bit smaller, and it probably will. At the very least, we do not expect one that is even bigger, so we hope it will just fit better with your other things.

Modular upgrades: If the PlayStation were broken up into smaller pieces, each piece could be swapped out for a newer one when an upgrade was needed or wanted. 

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Like a standard PC, the console could be upgraded over time as hardware improved, so you would not have to buy everything new every few years. Will the PS6 be able to do this? Only time will tell. We have no reason to think it will happen soon, but we can still hope. 

Digital-only console: Like phones without a charging port or headphone jack, disc-less consoles (like the Xbox Series S) are not for everyone, but we might be headed in that direction. 

If you like to buy games and movies on disc, you would not be happy with a PS6 that does not have a disc drive. However, with faster internet speeds and a move toward streaming everything, it would make sense to remove the disc drive for at least one day

Specifications and Hardware of the PS6

There will be more improvements to the PlayStation 6 than the ones listed above, but since it will not come out for a few more years, it is not very helpful to guess what kind of hardware will be available at that time. In general, though, you can expect a PlayStation with a CPU that is even faster and more powerful and controls that are easier to use.

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A completely fake, just-for-fun concept video made by DZ Migo is one way to look at the console’s design. Like the creator’s other crazy ideas, it shows the PS6 as rough and dark, with parts that look like they were taken from different Xbox versions. It looks very different from the PS5.

On the other hand, Sony could go the opposite and choose a simple design that takes inspiration from older consoles. At least, that is what Yanko Design‘s idea for the PS6 is. As the launch date gets closer, we will learn more about the console’s design, games, backward compatibility, controller, headset, and other hardware.

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