This week saw a huge sales boost for the PS4 slim, PS4 Pro and PSVR amid huge discounts in the Black Friday sales. But bizarrely, there’s also been numerous PS4 fans taking to Reddit to ask whether a PS5 could support the existing PlayStation VR unit.
To those who somehow avoided the news earlier this year, we know that PS5 is in the works, as Shawn Layden – Chairman of Worldwide Studios and President of Sony Interactive Entertainment America all but confirmed it in an interview with German website Golem.
Although, while it might be “coming” it will “probably be some time” before we see a PS5 released, with Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot predicting a “minimum of two years away”.
So at this early stage, it’s impossible to say one way or another. There’s simply not enough information both on Sony’s plans for the PS5 as well as the future of PSVR.
But, based on Sony’s past unwillingness to embrace backwards compatibility you’d have to say it seems unlikely. In much the same way that you can’t use a PS3 controller on the PS4 – well, not without some fancy third-party tech like the CronusMAX PLUS USB adapter.
Yet even if Sony were to go all in on Backwards Compatibility like Microsoft, it would still seem unlikely that the existing PSVR unit would be of much use.
Again, you need only look at the existing PSVR model released recently, which added HDR passthrough technology, a feature that isn’t available to anyone who purchased PSVR on day one.
Clearly, PSVR is going to be an iterative device, like mobile phones, which Sony will build on and improve and you’d imagine that at a certain stage, perhaps with the release of the PS5, it will take a big step forward.
So does that mean you shouldn’t buy a PSVR headset? Absolutely not! It’s a fantastic bit of kit worth every penny – but just don’t expect to use it with a PS5 in two to three years time.
In better news for PlayStation 4 owners, next week should see the release of the next batch of free PlayStation Plus games for December 2017.
PlayStation has made it a habit of releasing their new games on the first Tuesday of the month. Which in December, would be Tuesday 5th.
The PlayStation Plus games are also announced to the world, usually, on the previous Wednesday to when they would launch, which would be this week coming.
In theory, this means we should learn the new December 2017 line up on November 29th and still give PlayStation fans plenty of time to download their existing November games.
For those interested, the line-up of free games in November included a cracking selection of PS4, PS3, PlayStation VR and PS Vita titles, provided you had a PlayStation Plus subscription.
The list of PS4, PS3, PSVR and PS Vita games includes:
• Worms Battlegrounds (PS4)
• Bound (PS4/PS VR)
• Until Dawn: Rush of Blood (PS Plus bonus – PS VR Required)
• That’s You! (PS Plus bonus – PlayLink)
• R-Type Dimensions (PS3)
• Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic (PS3)
• Dungeon Punks (PS Vita & PS4)
• Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse [Ep. 1 & 2] (PS Vita)
Once again, don’t hang about and forget to download these games because they’ll no longer be available once the new December titles arrive.
Finally for this week, PS4 owners who neglected to take up any of the offers might still want to keep an eye out for potential Cyber Monday offers tomorrow.
While there’s likely to be some new PS4 Pro deals on Cyber Monday, it’s also worth noting that some existing Black Friday offers on PS4 and PS4 Pro bundles, will continue to be available (pending stock at retailers) until Monday 27th November at 23:59.
A number of retailers have sold out, but one or two still have some cracking bundles available. Just take look below for some of the best in stock at the time of
• PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB + Call of Duty WW2 + GT Sport + Fallout 4 – NOW £299 • SAVING £107.97 at Currys PC World
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• PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB + Call of Duty WW2 + FIFA 18 – NOW £299 at John Lewis
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Sony is also offering some good value on games, including the below discounts on some of their best exclusives:
SONY PS4 GAME DEALS
• Horizon Zero Dawn – NOW £22.99
• GT Sport – NOW £22.99
• Nioh – NOW £15.99
• Ratchet & Clank – NOW £15.99
• The Last of Us Remastered – NOW £15.99
• Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – NOW £15.99
• Until Dawn – NOW £15.99
• The Last Guardian – NOW £15.99
• Bloodborne Game of the Year Edition – NOW £22.99
• Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – NOW £15.99
• Everybody’s Golf – NOW £15.99
• Knack 2 – NOW £15.99
• WipEout Omega Collection – NOW £15.99
• No Man’s Sky – NOW £15.99
• Uncharted Collection – NOW £15.99
• Gravity Rush 2 – NOW £15.99