What’s in store for the Sony PlayStation 5 and other latest-generation consoles and when can we expect them to be released? Sony hasn’t disclosed any PS5 plans so far, except that in an interview with the Financial Times, Sony president Kenichiro Yoshida confirmed Sony was working on it.

Rumor has it that the PS5 will be compatible with the original PS as well as PS4, PS3, and PS2, which means its game library could take us back to the mid-90s, of which we all have very fond memories.

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It’s certain next-gen video games will be 100% digital in the years to come according to investment firm analysts Michael J Olson and Yung Kim. It is predicted that PlayStation 5 could be released in 2020 or 2021. It’s facing some competition from Slightly Mad Studios, who are working on Mad Box, a high-powered next-generation console.

Cross-Generational Titles and Offline Mode

A lot of cross-generational PS4-to-PS5 titles can be expected, as well as offline play. While big budget games like Call of Duty and Destiny can only be played online, Microsoft and Sony will probably let players engage in PS5 and the next Xbox offline, especially when it comes to games that don’t require online support. Being able to game without relying on an uninterrupted Internet connection is a huge advantage even though we are a lot more connected now than we used to be and the price of connectivity has gone way down.

Cross-Play and Progression

In addition to PC, games like Overwatch, Final Fantasy XIV, Warframe, Fortnite, and PUBG are available on Xbox One and PS4. Some of these games will still exist in the epoch of next gen consoles.

These are our expectations toward next-gen consoles. Considering how popular some of these games are, it’d be a good idea if Sony and Microsoft allowed developers to carry hits over to the next Xbox and PS5 and allowed users to keep their progress and play on older consoles apart from making cross-platform play available.