There’s a ton of excitement surrounding Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 5. After all, Sony’s been teasing us for a while now with key details about the PS5, including its release date, logo, and some specs, features, controller, and games information. Here’s everything we know about the PS5 so far. Some details are confirmed by Sony, while others are based on speculation.
PS5 Release Date
On October 8, 2019, Sony confirmed the PlayStation 5 will “be launching in time for Holiday 2020.” So basically, sometime between October and December 2020.
The PS4 and the PS4 Pro cost $399 at launch. Although we’d love to see Sony stay at this price point for the PS5, we expect the PS5 to cost anywhere from $499 to $699.
PS5 Specs and Features
PS5 Dev Kit via Twitter/The Drunk Cat
One of the more prominent specs of the PS5 is the AMD Navi-based graphics card that will deliver ray tracing, which is a super HD lighting mode that’s seen on current generation Nvidia RTX cards.
The frames per second capacity of the PS5 is unknown, but we do know that it will support 8K gaming in the future. Another feature that stands out much like the Xbox Series X, is the addition of the internal SSD that will be used for storing games. This is a much much faster alternative to storing games than a regular hard drive. aPlayers will notice massive differences when it comes to game speeds and loading times.
Here are the PlayStation 5 specs and features we know so far:
- Processor: AMD Zen 2 CPU
- Graphics: AMD Navi-based GPU
- RAM: Unknown
- Storage: SSD (Capacity not confirmed)
- Optical Drive: Yes (4K Blu-ray)
- Max Output Resolution: 8K
- Max Refresh Rate: 120Hz
- VR Support: Yes
- Cloud Gaming: PlayStation Now (Unconfirmed)
- Backwards Compatibility: Yes (PS4 games)
- Dimensions: Unknown
- Color: Unknown
- Release Date: Holiday 2020
According to Sony, the PlayStation 5 controller will ship with PlayStation 5. They also said there are two key innovations with the new PS5 controller:
Innovation 1: Haptic Feedback
… adopting haptic feedback to replace the “rumble” technology found in controllers since the 5th generation of consoles. With haptics, you truly feel a broader range of feedback, so crashing into a wall in a race car feels much different than making a tackle on the football field. You can even get a sense for a variety of textures when running through fields of grass or plodding through mud.
Innovation 2: Adaptive Triggers
The PS5 controller will also feature:
… adaptive triggers, which have been incorporated into the trigger buttons (L2/R2). Developers can program the resistance of the triggers so that you feel the tactile sensation of drawing a bow and arrow or accelerating an off-road vehicle through rocky terrain. In combination with the haptics, this can produce a powerful experience that better simulates various actions. Game creators have started to receive early versions of the new controller, and we can’t wait to see where their imagination goes with these new features at their disposal.
3D audio and the haptic feedback support of the controller are also things that, when you try them, you will be surprised at how big a change they are. Even just playing the racing game Gran Turismo Sport with a PlayStation 5 controller is a completely different experience. While it runs well with the previous controller, there is no going back after you experience the detailed road surface via haptic control and play using the adaptive triggers.
And what will the PS5 controller look like?
Well, according to a Sony patent for a new controller, here’s what the PS5 controller might look like:
VGC took things a step further and created this PS5 controller mockup based on the aforementioned Sony patent:
There have only been a few games confirmed to be coming to the PS5, some of which were announced at The Game Awards 2019.One of the games showcased at the awards show was Godfall, developed by Counterplay Games and published by Gearbox, the creators behind the Borderlands franchise. The first look trailer was rather unique. It’s an action-based RPG that looks to be set in some futuristic universe and looks rather promising for next-generation hardware.
There are of course other titles coming to the PS5 that are not exclusive. Games announced at E3 2019 such as Watch Dogs Legion, Cyberpunk, and many more are expected to be released alongside the PS5, but stay on the lookout for the PS5 exclusive releases. These are the titles fans are probably going to be most excited about.
According to TechRadar, here are all the confirmed PS5 games and rumored PS5 games:
Confirmed PS5 games:
- New Bluepoint Studios game
- Watch Dogs: Legion
- Gods and Monsters
- Rainbow Six Quarantine
Rumored PS5 games:
- Battlefield 6
- Cyberpunk 2077
- Death Stranding
- Final Fantasy 7 Remake
- Ghost of Tsushima
- God of War 2
- Grand Theft Auto 6
- Gran Turismo 7
- Horizon Zero Dawn 2
- The Elder Scrolls 6
- The Last of Us: Part 2
Sony finally revealed the PS5 logo at CES 2020. It’s exactly what we were all expecting. The logo is like the rest of the PlayStation logos.
What aspect of the PlayStation 5 are you most excited about?
Let us know in the comments section below!
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This article was written by Nick Farrell, an experienced journalist who aims to provide insightful and proactive articles daily.