PS6 Release Date
Right now, we don’t have any concrete information whatsoever regarding a potential PS6 release date. However, we can look at the past forms for PlayStation consoles to see when the release date might happen. Let’s examine each console generation’s PlayStation release date and extrapolate when the PS6 might arrive. Note that these dates are for European and UK releases, so the actual dates might differ for you depending on where you are in the world.
- PlayStation – September 29th, 1995
- PlayStation 2 – November 24th, 2000
- PlayStation 3 – March 23rd, 2007
- PlayStation 4 – November 29th, 2013
- PlayStation 5 – November 12th, 2020
PS6 release date to fall in November 2026 or 2027
One thing’s for sure, though: Sony will want to remain competitive when it comes to PS6 pricing. The PS5 costs £349.99 for the Digital model and £449.99 for the Disc version.
Compare and contrast this to Microsoft’s current-gen offerings; the Series S costs £250 (but is drastically much less powerful), whilst the Series X will set you a return of £449.99, in line with the PS5.
With that in thinking – and assuming Microsoft is nevertheless competing in the next-gen console race – we’re looking ahead to Sony to hold PS6 pricing competitive with Microsoft.
We’d be amazed if the console breaks £500 (or the equal of that amount in 2026-2027 money, of course); people don’t have a tendency to want to spend extra than that on dedicated gaming machines, so Sony will in all likelihood intention for that type of pricing.
This ability that the PS6, like many machines earlier than it, will nearly really be a “loss leader” – a machine that doesn’t always make earnings for the company, however, entices extra clients to play Sony games and purchase into the ecosystem.
To make earnings on hardware, Sony would want to price the machine past a competitive rate, which would enable Microsoft to swoop in and take the crown.
We only know one thing for sure when it comes to the PS6 specs: the machine is almost certainly going to dwarf what the PS5 can do, which is impressive considering that Sony’s console is already pushing the limits of what’s possible with current gaming tech. If you think the PS5 is powerful, just wait until you meet the PS6; it’s going to blow Sony’s current-gen console out of the water.
So, what can we guess the PS6 specs will be? Given the probable release date, it’s very likely that by that time, 8K will be a widely accepted standard for display technology. It may not be the main way many play their games, but it’s certainly not unreasonable to say that more people will have 8K displays. As such, expect the PS6 to support 8K by default.
We can almost definitely expect the console to have an SSD inside, and the graphics chip will probably come close to being around six to eight times more powerful than the PS5’s. Expect silky-smooth performance, lightning-fast loading times, and a huge amount of memory for multitasking. It’s also worth thinking about the SSD itself, which will almost definitely be bigger than the PS5’s weirdly-sized 825GB default owing to increasing game file size.
We’ve got a wishlist for things we want to see included in the PS6. Here are some of the features we hope Sony includes when its next console comes along (whenever that release date might be!).
- Upgradeable features. One area in which the PC gaming market unquestionably lords it over consoles is the ability to easily swap out and upgrade components. We want to see a user-friendly way to achieve this on the PS6. It’s not outside the realms of possibility to allow users to upgrade the console’s graphics card, its memory, or its storage without needing to take screws to the machine.
- Wireless accessory charging. The PS5 uses the USB-C standard for its controllers and many of its wireless accessories, which is great; USB-C has many benefits over the previously-favoured Micro USB. For the next console generation, though, we want to see wireless charging. Imagine just being able to drop your controller or your headset on top of your PS6 and let it charge. Magic, right?
- A smaller machine. This one might be wishing a little too much given the prospective power of the PS6, but we really want to see Sony try to improve the form factor in time for its next console’s release date. The PS5 is an absolute behemoth, and it’s hard to fit it in many gaming spaces. The PS6 is likely to continue that trend; it’ll be hugely powerful, after all. Still, we would like to see the company try to shrink it down a little so that it can fit underneath most TVs without any issues.
PS6: what we want to see
A smaller console
The PS5 is a mammoth console. In fact, it’s the biggest console in modern history. But bigger doesn’t always mean better, and the PS5’s size makes it impractical for those who don’t have the shelving unit to house it – and, let’s be honest, not many of us do. With the PS6 (and perhaps even with a PS5 Slim Edition), we’re hoping that Sony can learn from its mistakes, making the next-gen console smaller and more streamlined, while allowing for adequate airflow.
More affordable expandable internal storage
It will be possible to expand the PS5’s internal storage by popping off the side panel and installing an SSD, once Sony drops a software update to enable it – but it’s not that simple. The PS5 only accepts compatible NVMe SSDs, which match or excel past the existing drive specifications, and they don’t come cheap. These types of SSDs are typically pretty pricey, meaning that players may opt for external storage instead – but unfortunately, these external storage options don’t harness the raw power of the PS5. With the PS6, we hope that Sony will make expanding internal storage easier – perhaps taking an approach similar to the Xbox Series X’s expandable storage card.
Built-in Bluetooth Audio Support – so we don’t need a dongle for the official headset
It is baffling that, in the year 2020, a brand-new games console launched and it requires you to plug in a USB dongle receiver to use its own-brand wireless headphones. Like, what the actual hell Sony. Talk about an aesthetic assault on our eyes and under-TV storage area. Just build the freaking support into the PS6 will you? Good grief.
Wireless charging for controllers/headset – can just be placed on top when off
Sure, the Sony charging dock for the PS5 DualSense controllers works pretty well and the controllers slide nicely against the charging pins – but we don’t want yet another piece of hardware by our TV. Sony should take a leaf out of the smartphone industry’s book and build a wireless charging pad to the top of the PS6. That will allow you to place a controller on the top of the console, when you’re not gaming, to charge – and you could even expand the wireless charging tech to headphones, a media remote, and any other peripherals.
Wire-free (and zero-latency) connection to the TV
There are far too many wires behind our media stations – and the PlayStation 5 is a guilty party. We’ve got the power and HDMI, plus a completely separate plug block for the controller charging base. Add in the HD camera, and the additional cable for PSVR 2 when that launches and things are a mess. With the PS6, we want a single power lead and everything else to be wireless – obviously with zero lag and latency.
Improve the UI
The updated PS5 UI definitely screams “next-gen”, but it also has some flaws that we would like to see ironed out with the PS6. The PlayStation Store is a pain to navigate, especially when it comes to finding sales, trying to find your friends and organize a party isn’t as straightforward as it was with the PS4 and – to top it all off – even trying to find the ‘off’ button takes longer than it should. While the PS4 UI absolutely needed an update, we found it more accessible to use. With the PS6, we hope to see Sony settle on a middle ground that is both futuristic and accessible.