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10, 01, 2020 | The G FUEL Team | comments(0)

PlayStation 5 Release Date, Price, Controller, Specs, Games, And More [With Photos!]

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.

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Price
Specs and Features
Controller
Games
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The Future of Gaming Event

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. And according to Bloomberg, Sony plans to manufacture 5 to 6 million units of the PS5 in the fiscal year ending March 2021.

Price

According to Bloomberg, game developers who've been creating titles for the PlayStation 5 expect its price to be between $499 to $549.

Specs and Features

PS5, PS5 Digital Edition, and 2 DualSense controllers.
Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.

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
Price $499 - $549 TBA
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
Weight TBA TBA
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.

Controller

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

Sony is:

… 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.

What’s more, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) president and CEO Jim Ryan said this about the PlayStation 5 controller in an interview with Business Insider Japan (translated by Gematsu):

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?

Sony unveiled the PlayStation 5 DualSense controller design on April 7, 2020:

sony playstation 5 controller
Sony Interactive Entertainment

Many gamers were taken off guard by the looks of the controller (have you seen G FUEL's PS5 controller fan art?!), as it's the first controller in quite some time to not be the color black. The design of the PS5 controller resembles certain Xbox controllers and even notes from the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.

One of the most important features about the new PlayStation 5 controller is its onboard microphone. Although Sony encourages you to pick up a headset for long gaming sessions, this is a great sign to see.

For those of you who remember the launch of the PS4 controller, it was one of the most innovative controller launches of all time. The touch-sensitive pad centered at the middle of the controller was one of the biggest changes, and the new DualSense PS5 controller still has this feature.

Below are some key points from Sony's official blog post "Introducing DualSense, the New Wireless Game Controller for PlayStation 5":

After thoughtful consideration, we decided to keep much of what gamers love about DualShock 4 intact, while also adding new functionality and refining the design. Based on our discussions with developers, we concluded that the sense of touch within gameplay, much like audio, hasn’t been a big focus for many games. We had a great opportunity with PS5 to innovate by offering game creators the ability to explore how they can heighten that feeling of immersion through our new controller. This is why we adopted haptic feedback, which adds a variety of powerful sensations you’ll feel when you play, such as the slow grittiness of driving a car through mud. We also incorporated adaptive triggers into the L2 and R2 buttons of DualSense so you can truly feel the tension of your actions, like when drawing a bow to shoot an arrow.

For the buttons, you’ll notice there is no longer a “Share” button as we had with DualShock 4. Don’t worry – it’s not going away. In fact, we’ve built upon the success of our industry-first Share button to bring you a new “Create” button feature. With Create, we’re once again pioneering new ways for players to create epic gameplay content to share with the world, or just to enjoy for themselves. We’ll have more details on this feature as we get closer to launch.

DualSense also adds a built-in microphone array, which will enable players to easily chat with friends without a headset – ideal for jumping into a quick conversation. But of course, if you are planning to chat for a longer period, it’s good to have that headset handy.

Sony PS5 DualSense Controller L1, L2, R1, and R2 buttonsSony Interactive Entertainment

Of course, Sony did not forget to talk about the PS5 controller's new colors. Since Sony chose a white template for the new controller, could the PS5 itself be white? We’ll have to wait and see, but Sony said this regarding the color choices:

Now, let’s talk about the colors. Traditionally our base controllers have a single color. As you can see, we went a different direction this time around, and decided on a two-toned design. Additionally, we changed the position of the light bar that will give it an extra pop. On DualShock 4, it sat on the top of the controller; now it sits at each side of the touch pad, giving it a slightly larger look and feel.

Games

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 Sony, TechRadar, IGN, and others, here are all the confirmed PS5 games and rumored PS5 games:

Confirmed PS5 games:

  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla (Holiday 2020)
  • Astro’s Playroom
  • Battlefield 6 (2021)
  • Bugsnax (Holiday 2020)
  • Chivalry 2 (2020)
  • Chorus (2021)
  • Cygni: All Guns Blazing
  • Death Loop
  • Demon’s Souls
  • Dirt 5 (October 2020)
  • Destiny 2
  • Destruction Allstars
  • Dying Light 2
  • Fortnite (Launch)
  • Ghostwire: Tokyo (2021)
  • Godfall (Holiday 2020)
  • Gods and Monsters (Holiday 2020)
  • Goodbye Volcano High (2021)
  • Gothic Remake
  • Gran Turismo 7
  • GTA 5 (2021)
  • Hitman III (January 2021)
  • Horizon 2 Forbidden West
  • Jett: The Far Shore (Holiday 2020)
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits
  • Little Devil Inside
  • Madden NFL 21 (2020)
  • Metal Hellsinger (2021)
  • MicroMan (2021)
  • Moonray (2021)
  • NBA 2K21 (Fall 2020)
  • New Bluepoint Studios game
  • Nth^0 Infinity Reborn (2021)
  • Observer (System Redux) (Holiday 2020)
  • Oddword: Soulstorm (2020)
  • Outriders (Holiday 2020)
  • Pragmata (2022)
  • Project Athia
  • Psyhotel
  • Quantum Error (2020)
  • Rainbow Six Quarantine (2020-2021)
  • Rainbow Six Siege (Launch)
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Redo! Enhanced Edition (2020)
  • Resident Evil VIII: Village (2021)
  • Returnal
  • Sackboy: A Big Adventure
  • Scarlet Nexus
  • Solar Ash (2021)
  • Soulborn (2021)
  • Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Holiday 2020)
  • Stray (2021)
  • The Lord of the Rings: Gollum (2021)
  • The Sims 5
  • Ultimate Fishing Simulator 2 (2020)
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 (2020)
  • Warframe
  • Watch Dogs: Legion (Holiday 2020)
  • WRC 9 (2020)

Rumored PS5 games:

Logo

playstation 5 logo reveal ces 2020Twitter/@geoffkeighley

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.

The Future of Gaming Event

Sony hosted a PS5 reveal event called "The Future of Gaming" on June 11th at 4 PM ET / 1 PM PT. They announced and showed a bunch of upcoming PS5 games that we can play after PlayStation 5 launches this holiday, including Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Gran Turismo 7, NBA 2K21, Resident Evil: Village, and a whole lot more. We've updated our confirmed PS5 games list above to include all of them.

Now let's dive into some of the games announced:

Horizon Forbidden West

 

 

The direct sequel to one of the best selling games of the PS4’s lifespan is coming to the PS5! This was one of the most rumored games to be announced during this event, so fans are beyond thrilled to once again shoot robotic dinosaurs.

Deathloop

 

Demon Souls

 

This game was announced last year during Bethesda's E3 2019, but we hadn't heard much about it until now. This seems to be a mashup of Dishonored but with lots of guns.

NBA2K21

 

 

It's no surprise that the next NBA 2K game is going to be making its way over to the PS5. We'll have to wait and see how realistic they can make the game this year.

Hitman 3

 

 

This is going to be the final episode of the Hitman: World of Assassination trilogy. The legendary third-person stealth assassination title is going to look amazing on the PS5.

Sackboy: A Big Adventure

 

 

This game is a spin-off title from the Little Big Planet series. It takes the lovable Sackboy and spins him into a third-person platformer similar to Mario.

Returnal

 

 

Returnal was one of the stranger games announced during the Future of Gaming event. However, there seems to be a unique feature where the hostile planet changes with every death.

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart

 

 

A brand new Ratchet and Clank game is finally coming to PlayStation. It's going to be interesting where we adventure to this time around.

Resident Evil 8: Village

 

 

Come on, who else knew there would be another Resident Evil iteration sometime soon? The latest one looks promising, and fans of the series are for sure going to be playing it non-stop when it releases.

Gran Turismo 7

 

 

An iteration of the legendary PlayStation racing title is coming to PS5. We'll let the announcement trailer speak for itself.

GTA 5 and GTA 5 Online

 

 

Looks like Rockstar Games is not done releasing GTA 5 ... which launched in 2013. Where is Grand Theft Auto 6?!

Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Spider-Man: Miles Morales was perhaps the most talked about game announced during The Future of Gaming event. Although we won't be taking part in the daily life of Peter Parker, Miles is going to be a fantastic companion for us to follow around. This is without a doubt one of the most anticipated games of the year, so expectations are riding high on Sony.

Some of the other games announced during the event were:

  • Astro's Playroom
  • Bugsnax (Holiday 2020)
  • Destruction Allstars
  • Ghostwire: Tokyo (2021)
  • Goodbye Volcano High (2021)
  • Jett: The Far Shore (Holiday 2020)
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits
  • Little Devil Inside
  • Pragmata (2022)
  • Project Athia
  • Solar Ash (2021)
  • Stray (2021)

But that's not all.

Sony finally revealed what the PS5, PS5 Digital Edition, DualSense Charging Station, HD Camera, Pulse 3D Wireless Headset, and Media Remote will look like:

 

What are your thoughts on the PS5 console reveal?

Let us know in the comments section below!

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Xbox Series X Release Date, Specs, Price, Games, And More!

 

Top image via Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.

This article was written by Nick Farrell, an experienced journalist who aims to provide insightful and proactive articles daily.