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. Players will notice massive differences when it comes to game speeds and loading times.
March 18, 2020 Update: PlayStation revealed more details about the PS5 in their deep dive on March 18, 2020, including the official PS5 specs:
Here are the official PlayStation 5 specs vs Xbox Series X specs for comparison:
PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X Specs Comparison Chart
|Feature||PlayStation 5||Xbox Series X|
|Release Date||Holiday 2020||Holiday 2020|
|CPU||8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency, with SMT)||8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.8GHz (3.6GHz with SMT)|
|GPU||10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)||12.16 TFLOPs, 52 CUs at 1.825GHz|
|GPU Architecture||Custom RDNA 2 with hardware RT support||Custom RDNA 2 with hardware RT support|
|Memory||16GB GDDR6||16GB GDDR6|
|Memory Bandwidth||448GB/s||10GB at 560GB/s, 6GB at 336GB/s|
|Internal Storage||Custom 825GB NVMe SSD||1TB Custom NVMe SSD|
|IO Throughput||5.5GB/s (Raw), 8-9GB/s (Compressed)||2.4GB/s (Raw), 4.8GB/s (Compressed)|
|Expandable Storage||NVMe SSD Slot||1 TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly)|
|External Storage||USB HDD Support||USB 3.2 External HDD Support|
|Optical Drive||4K UHD Blu-ray Drive||4K UHD Blu-ray Drive|
|Ports||HDMI 2.1 (4K/120Hz, 8K, VRR)||3 USB-A 3.0 ports, HDMI (out), optical audio, proprietary memory slot|
|Dimensions||TBA||151 mm x 151 mm x 301 mm (5.94 in x 5.94 in x 11.85 in)|
|Backwards Compatibility||Almost all top 100 PS4 titles (ranked by play time) at launch, with expanded backwards compatibility coverage over time||Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Although the specs can be seen as similar to the Xbox Series X, some are arguing that the Xbox has the upper hand over the PS5 as of now. However, we don't know if there are going to be any releases of “Pro” versions of the consoles like we have seen in the past.
One of the key hardware components being used for the PS5 is the custom made SSD. During the deep dive, host and Sony designer Mark Cerny shared details about the new SSD. Cerny stated that the SSD will be more like having extra RAM inside the PS5.
He noted the core goals of the SSD and the PS5 are:
- Boot the game in a second
- No load screens
- Design with freedom
- More game on disc and on SSD
- Patch installs go away
In addition, here's what Sony had to say about backward compatibility:
Lastly, we’re excited to confirm that the backwards compatibility features are working well. We recently took a look at the top 100 PS4 titles as ranked by play time, and we’re expecting almost all of them to be playable at launch on PS5. With more than 4000 games published on PS4, we will continue the testing process and expand backwards compatibility coverage over time.
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.
4Chan Leak Confirmed?
A leak surfaced on 4Chan detailing all the juicy info we could ever want about the PS5. However, fans were skeptical because of where the leak was coming from, but we might have some official confirmation now.
The leak on 4Chan was deleted but can be viewed on Reddit here. What has changed many people's opinions regarding this leak is the change in the official @PlayStationEU’s twitter bio. The phrase “It’s time to play,” which was the rumored new slogan in the 4Chan leak, now appears as the first sentence in PlayStation Europe’s twitter bio.
Below is the full leak from 4Chan. Take everything with a grain of salt.
>More major PlayStation 5 news will be unveiled at a PlayStation Meeting event for the press/media on February 5, 2020
>PlayStation Meeting will be held at the Sony Hall in NYC (Sony Hall is an indoor venue in which Sony sponsors and supplies tech inside the theatre)
>The console design, controller, UI/home screen, certain features, console specs, talk from third parties/indie publishers, as well as announcements for PS5 exclusives will be shown.
>Buzz words for the console's features include "little to no load times", "blazing fast downloads", "immersive controls", "modular installs for games, download whatever", "disc drive included", and "download the games, or stream the games as an option" (we're looking at you Stadia)
>PlayStation Now plays a vital role. You can either access games through a subscription fee or own the games out right. Sony (for a limited time) will bundle a 3-month PS Now subscription with the PS5 in select regions in an effort to promote the service to many new owners
>Remote Play is a big feature too, allowing to play your PS5 games on your smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop. Play those game anywhere, so long there's a Wi-Fi or cellular connection. The console will act as the database for those games to be streamed wherever
>The PlayStation app on mobile gets updated for PS5, adding a new design and other features to enhance your PS5 experience
>Backwards compatibility with all PS4 games is also a big feature. Through a new transferring features, users will easily transfer their PS4 games to the PS5 if those games are downloaded. Save data/backups for PS4 games will also be transferable
>Backwards compatibility is such a major feature, that games from all 5 PlayStation platforms (PS1, PS2, PSP, PS3 and PS4), will be compatible on PS5, making it an "ultimate PlayStation console", putting an emphasis on past and present gaming. More details about backwards compatiblty will be discussed at a later date, especially at E3
>DualSchock 4 controllers, PSVR, and other PS4 accessories will be forwards compatible on the console as well, making it easy for existing PS4 to transition to the PS5 as well
>Gran Turismo 7, MLB The Show 21, Demon Souls Remastered, Godfall and Legendz (new IP from SIE Santa Monica Studio) are some of the launch titles for the console
>Other games are teased, such as a new Horizon game, new Spider Man from Insomniac, new Crash Bandicoot game, new sci-fi IP from Naughty Dog, new IPs from SIE Japan and London Studio, Final Fantasy 16 qnd a new Resident Evil title
>PS5 will launch worldwide in October 2020. Priced at $499 USD / £449 UK / €449 EU / ¥54,999 JP
>Launching in one model only. No "pro" model at launch
>Specs to be almost on par with Xbox Series X (which will be $100 more), and more powerful than Xbox Lockhart (a console that's $100 less with 4TFlops of compute power compared to the PS5's 10TFlops)
>Press/media will go hands on with the PS5 and it's software demos after the presentation. Expect lots of news coverage that day
>Pre orders for the PS5 will go up on the same day in select regions
>Sony will return to E3 for 2020 to discuss more on the PS5 and other upcoming titles
>"IT'S TIME TO PLAY." is PlayStation's new slogan for the PS5 and the brand as a whole
What aspect of the PlayStation 5 are you most excited about?
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This article was written by Nick Farrell, an experienced journalist who aims to provide insightful and proactive articles daily.