PS5 release date, design, specs and news for Sony's PlayStation 5
by David Nosa
PS5 release date, design, specs and news for Sony's PlayStation 5
The PS5 (or PlayStation 5) is Sony's long-awaited next-generation console. It costs $499.99 / £449.99 / AU$749.95 and will be available from November 12, 2020 (in select markets such as the US and Japan) and November 19, 2020 for the rest of the world, including the UK. Sony is also releasing a Digital Edition of the console, which removes the disc drive and costs $399.99 / £359.99 / AU$599.95.
After months of speculation, leaks and announcements, we now know pretty much everything about the PS5. Though Sony's marketing strategy has been to drip-feed information, we've now seen thePS5 design(including afull teardown videoand a look at the new UI), know all about thePS5 gamescoming to the console – includingHorizon Forbidden WestandSpider-Man: Miles Morales– and been given an in-depth look at the console's specs and features. These include an NVMe SSD for super-fast load times,ray-tracingsupport, a built-in 4K Blu-ray player, andbackwards compatibilitywith thousands of titles in the PS4's game library.
However, and most importantly, we finally know thePS5 price and release date – and it's set to go head-to-head with Microsoft'sXbox Series X. Both consoles will be hot property this November, and will be vying for consumers' cash come the holiday season.
The PS5 is vastly different console to the PS4, with its space-age black-and-white color scheme representing a noticeable shift from PlayStation designs of the past. There's also more than one PS5 console releasing this year, too, as Sony has also confirmed it's going to be releasing a PS5 Digital Edition – a streamlined, digital-only console without a disc drive.
Both consoles are going to be pretty powerful from what we know about thePS5 specs. We'll cover them in full below, but specs-wise, the PS5 (and its digital alternative) are rocking an AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores at 3.5GHz, 16GB of GDDR6 memory, and a custom RDNA 2 AMD GPU that puts out 10.28 TFLOPs of processing power. That might sound like nonsense if you're not up on this kind of jargon, but prospective PS5 players have a lot to be excited about.
We've got full PS5 details for you below, including detailed breakdowns of pricing and availability, so read on to find out everything you need to know about the PlayStation 5.
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PS5: KEY FACTS
What is it?The Sony PS5 is the next-gen PlayStation console.
When will it release?November 12 in US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, and November 19 for the rest of the world.
What will the PS5 cost?$499.99 / £449.99 / AU$749.95 for the standard console, and $399.99 / £359.99 / AU$599.95 for the discless PS5 Digital Edition.
What can I play on it?Loads of games! They include a new Spider-Man entry, a Horizon Zero Dawn sequel, a Demon's Souls remake, and much more to come.
Can I play PS4 games on the PS5?Yes! The PS5 is backwards compatible with "almost all" PS4 games - earlier generations are still to be confirmed. It will launch with support for the majority of the top 100 PS4 games, but it's been suggested support will extend to most of the PS4's library.
Will the PS5 support PS4 accessories?Mostly. The DualShock 4 controller will work with supportedPS4 games, while officially licensed PS4 arcade sticks, flight sticks. racing wheels and some PS4 headsets are supported.
Will PS5 have VR?Oh yes. The next-gen console will support current PSVR hardware, and there are also rumors ofPSVR 2.
PS5 RELEASE DATE
PS5 pre-order date:September 17 (live now)
PS5 release date:November 12 (US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Mexico, South Korea)
PS5 rest of the world release date:November 19
Sony hasofficially confirmedthat the PS5 release date is November 12 for the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Mexico and South Korea, while the rest of the world will have to wait a week for the PlayStation 5 to arrive on November 19 - putting it in direct competition with the Xbox Series X, which is releasing on November 10.
PS5 Digital Edition price:$399.99 / £359.99 / AU$599.95
Sony has confirmed thePS5 priceis $499.99 / £449.99 / AU$749.95.
That makes the PS5 $100 more expensive than the launch price of the PS4 andPS4 Pro, and it matches the price of the Xbox Series X.
However, if that's still a little too rich for your wallet, there is a more affordable option too. The PS5 Digital Edition price is $399.99 / £359.99 / AU$599.95, and while you don't get a disc-drive and it's pricier than theXbox Series S, this variant still packs the same power and performance as the main console.
The PS5 design was officially revealed on June 11, 2020. The image above is what the console looks like.
When it came to the reveal of the console itself, Sony nailed it – the icing on the PS5 games reveal event, and with a few surprises in store too. Not one, but two PlayStation 5 consoles will launch – a standard edition with a 4K Blu-ray disc drive, and a slimmer, disc-free PS5 Digital Edition (read more on this below).
Both make use of USB-C charging for their controllers, and can make use of an HD camera accessory, alongside a new PS5 wireless headset and media remote. The consoles themselves feature a striking design that’s sure to split opinion.
A curvy mixture of black and white plastics with blue highlight lighting, it’s far removed from the ‘black box’ designs of previous PlayStation consoles.
Here are some shots of the PS5 design:
n addition, the PS5 UI has been overhauled. The console's new user experience has been built specifically for4K TVs, which means tiles representing games are smaller than on PS4 - and tidier looking - while Games and Media have been separated into different tabs. What we find most interesting, though, is that this new UI boasts a bunch of new and enhanced features.
With the PS5, players can instantly resume the last game they played - as long as their console is in Rest Mode - much like with the PS4. This will allow you to jump back into where you left off in a game.
The PS5 should also allow players to easily access the console's Control Center at a press of the PlayStation button on their controller - which appears as a sub-menu of icons displayed at the bottom of the screen.
A new feature called 'Cards' sees large tiles appear when you access the Control Center while in-game and lets you interact with each game and the PS5 generally in a variety of ways. Here, you can access everything from game news to screenshots you've taken.
Crucially, too, you can access 'Activities' from these Cards – a feature that can let you skip to different levels in a game instantly in some cases, as well as accessing further information about the sections in question - such as how much progress you've made as a percentage and a personalized playtime estimate of how long it will take to finish that level.
Activities in some PS5 games include a feature called Game Help – a new feature exclusive to PS Plus members - which provides handy hints about the level you're playing to help you complete it. A video opens in-game to show the player the location of a hidden item, for example, without leaving the game. You can even view the video side-by-side while you're playing in-game.
In addition, Cards in the Control Center also let you instantly jump into a game with friends in your party.
There's also a tile called 'Explore', which amalgamates your games into one place, as well as news about games you're following, and community-related media. Apparently, though, as Sony is still learning about the feature, only US players will have the Explore section when the PS5 launches on November 12.
Finally, the PlayStation Store – no longer a separate app on the console, is built into the PS5's UI. You can browse new games with a little more ease, and you can also buy backwards-compatible titles from here.
Check out Sony's State of Play video on the PS5 UI below:
In addition to what the PS5 looks like, we also know a fair bit about the PS5 specs. Sony lifted the hood on the PlayStation 5 during its first officialPS5 reveal eventin March, giving us an idea of what the new PlayStation is packing under the hood – so make sure you check out ourPS5 spec analysis.