Already, we are thinking about the PS6 (aka PlayStation 6). Although it’s been almost two years since launch of the PS5, Sony is likely already thinking about its successor.
Although we are unlikely to see another mainline PlayStation console in the near future, we can still fantasize about what we want from it and when it will be available.
We know that Sony is already planning for the future. has trademarked the PS6, PS7 and PS8 names. It seems more likely that Sony will release a PS5 slim or Pro HTML5_, although when it will be released is still unknown.
If the previous generation is any indication, the PS4 had a PS4 slim and PS4 pro versions that were released several years after its base console. These mid-generation hardware revisions are quite common nowadays.
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While we are still enjoying the PS5 games and the most popular PS5 games we have compiled everything we would like to see on the PS6. We also know when we can expect to receive the next PlayStation. While it’s not much, this is what you should know.
When can we expect the PS6 to launch?
It is unlikely that the PS6 will be released in the near future. Sony won’t be releasing a new PlayStation until after the release of the PS5 in November 2020. The launch of PlayStation consoles is usually six to seven years apart. The PS4 arrived in 2013, and the PS5 followed up in 2020.
Interview with Game Informer Masayasu Ito, Sony’s Executive Vice President of Hardware Engineering, stated that the PS5’s life expectancy is six to seven years. This means we won’t be seeing the PS6 until at most 2026.
Masayasu stated that although the old cycle for a platform change was 7-10 years in the past, this is now a 6- to 7-year cycle due to the rapid evolution and development of technology.
We cannot keep up with rapid technological development. Therefore, we think that a platform lifecycle for the PS5 is six to seven years. However, the platform lifecycle should allow us to modify the hardware and incorporate technological advances.
“That was the thinking behind the PS4 Pro launch in the middle of the PS4 launch cycle.”
Sony appears to be following a similar path to the PS4, so we could see a PS5 Pro and PS5 Slim release sometime during this lifecycle, around 2023 or 2024.
PS6: What do we want to see?
A smaller unit
The PS5 console is huge. It’s actually the largest console in modern history. However, bigger does not always mean better. The PS5’s large size makes it difficult to store if you don’t have a shelving unit.
We hope that Sony will learn from its mistakes and make the next-generation console smaller and more efficient while still allowing adequate airflow.
More affordable, expandable internal storage
After Sony releases a software update, it will be possible for the PS5 to have more internal storage. To do this, remove the side panel and install an SSD. But it is not easy. Compatible NVMe SSDs are only accepted by the PS5 and don’t cost much.
These SSDs can be quite expensive, so players might opt for external storage. Unfortunately, external storage options do not harness the full power of the PS5. We hope that Sony will make it easier to expand internal storage with the PS6 – possibly using an approach similar the Xbox Series X’s expandable card.
Bluetooth Audio Support – We don’t need to use a dongle to connect to the official headset
It’s amazing that a brand new console was launched in 2020. To use the company’s wireless headphones, you need to plug-in an USB receiver. Sony, you are a complete idiot. Talk about an aesthetic assault on the eyes and under-TV storage space. You can just build the support into your PS6. Good grief.
Wireless charging of controllers/headsets – Can be just placed on top of
The Sony charging dock for PS5 DualSense controllers is very good and the controllers fit well against the charging pins. But we don’t need another piece of hardware on our TV. Sony could take cues from the wireless charging industry and add a wireless charging pad on the PS6’s top. This will let you place a controller on top of your console to charge it when you aren’t gaming. You could also expand the wireless charging technology to include headphones, media remotes, and other peripherals.
A wire-free and zero-latency connection to the TV
Our media stations have far too many wires – the PlayStation 5 is one of them. The power, HDMI and a separate plug block are all there. The HD camera and an additional cable for PSVR 2, when it launches, make things a mess. We want the PS6 to have a single power supply and all other components wireless, with no latency or lag.
Improve the UI
Although the updated PS5 UI is a great example of “next-gen”, there are some issues that we’d like to see fixed with the PS6. It is difficult to navigate the PlayStation Store, particularly when it comes down to finding sales. Finding friends and organizing parties is not as easy as it was with the PS4; and, to top it all, even trying to find an ‘off’ button can take longer than expected. Although the PS4 UI needed to be updated, it was easier to use. We hope that Sony will find a compromise with the PS6 that is both futuristic but also accessible.