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Guide: PS6 – Does It Exist, What Could It Be, And When Could We See It

Guide: PS6 – Does It Exist, What Could It Be And When Could We See It – Sony’s next generation of PlayStation consoles, the PS5, has yet to be out for a calendar year, though if you’re one of those who is always looking towards the horizon for what is next in Sony’s future, then this short guide will tell you all you need to know about the PS6, does it even exist, what could it be if it does and when we could see it.

Guide: PS6 – Does It Exist, What Could It Be, And When Could We See It

PS6 – Does It Exist?

One thing I would like to make clear is that when it comes to whether or not the PS6 exist, the answer to that question is that it almost definitely does. Sony has a department of people constantly working on what their next hardware could look like, and how they can improve. In at least one form or another, the PS6 does very likely exist somewhere in a Sony workshop, unfinished and untested or even just as a series of concepts drawn up by the hardware team.

It may not be much, but that’s to be expected since we’ve only just begun the PS5 generation. This means that what is perhaps much more likely to be physically sitting in a Sony workshop, still untested and unfinished is a potential PS5 Pro console. Since the PS4 went through a Pro iteration, it is likely that Sony could do the same thing. Though if it does happen that will most likely be sometime after the chip shortage is dealt with.

PS6 – What Could It Be?

The PS5 was a great leap ahead of the PS4 for multiple reasons, one of the biggest being the inclusion of an SSD for the PS5 rather than the traditional HDD. But now that we not only know the PS5‘s exact hardware specs but have spent a great deal of time with the console, when considering what a PS6 could be the hardware changes may not be as big as before.

Currently, the PS5 uses a custom CPU and GPU that is cooled using liquid metal and the largest heatsink ever to be in a console. It’s clear from how cool and quiet the console stays during use that they have done something right with the cooling, so they could use a similar method with the next generation. As far as the GPU and CPU, it is no secret that the PS5 is only slightly less powerful than the Xbox Series X, so upgrades in those departments would be expected, especially if it were a full new console generation and not a PS5 Pro.

It is worth noting however that a PS5 Pro could include an upgrade to the GPU or CPU, but unlikely not both, since an upgrade of that significance would likely be saved for a PS6.

A PS6 upgrade would also most likely include a UI and home base user experience refresh, perhaps even the return of some beloved UI features lost from PS4 to PS5, such as being able to turn the console off with one button or having a dedicated trophies icon. If the next hardware we get is a PS5 Pro, it will not have a UI refresh, but likely more hardware adjustments.

A PS6 could also potentially include more internal storage, though that will depend on the accessibility and pricing of SSD‘s fast enough for the console, a problem currently occurring and potentially contributing to why Sony hasn’t yet activated the PS5‘s internal expansion slot. They could also add more RAM to the console as a hardware level upgrade, though that is also an upgrade that could be included with a PS5 Pro.

A PS6 would also include a new generation of controllers, though the Dualsense seems like a solid enough design they could stick with it for at least one more generation, and maybe only improve the features already included rather than adding new ones.

As far as its aesthetic design, that seems to be anybody’s game, since I don’t know very many people who would have been able to predict the PS5‘s current design.

PS6 – When Could We See It?

Sony has revealed as part of its response to the CMA regarding Microsoft’s planned buyout of Activision Blizzard that it does not expect the PS6 release to happen before 2027.

If you’re hoping to hear any solid news about the PS6 anytime this year, then I don’t mean to be the bearer of bad news but that is very unlikely to happen. When Sony is finally ready to move on from the PS5, that is when we may start to hear about whatever is next, provided we don’t have a PS5 Pro console refresh in a couple of years, which could extend the PS5‘s lifetime.

With all that to consider it’ll likely be the better part of a decade before we see or hear any concrete news about what the PS6 will be, and if it will even be called PS6. A PS5 Pro however, if it is coming, is more likely to be announced and released in approximately two years time, if Sony follows the same pattern they used for the PS4‘s mid-generation refresh with the PS5‘s.

So there you have it, everything regarding the PS6, does it exist, what could it be and when could we see it. It is still a ways off to say the least, though it can almost never be too early to start thinking about the future.