The PS5 will be Sony’s most powerful gaming console yet. Here’s everything you need to know.
The PS5 is still on track to arrive some time in ‘Holiday 2020’, even if the specific release date is yet to be announced. Regardless, it’s a super exciting time to be a PlayStation gamer, especially now we know what the PS5 design is, the controller and more. Although PS5 size comparisons based on disc drive size are suggesting it’s quite the chonka, we’re hopeful that it’s going to offer sufficient space for all its various cooling requirements.
Shown right at the end of the Future of Gaming stream, we got to see the PS5 design, a better look at the new controller, and a lot of upcoming PS5 games. What we didn’t get is an exact release date or price, but more on that later.
The most important news about our new favorite console? Sony is offering two different versions, a standard model with an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive, and a digital model without a disc drive.
The system will also feature a custom 825 GB SSD that can load games incredibly quickly, as well as a 10.3 teraflop AMD RDNA 2 GPU for rendering vivid, lifelike graphics. Most games will run at 4K resolution with speeds of 60 frames per second, but the system can theoretically handle resolutions up to 8K and frame rates up to 120 fps.
We have not yet learned a price or release date for the PS5, although we’ve included all the information we know about those two topics later in this guide.
PS5 cheat sheet: What you need to know
- What it is: Sony’s newest console, the fifth non-portable PlayStation
- Release date: Holiday 2020
- Price: TBD
- Key features: 4K games at 60 fps, up to 8K resolution, up to 120 frames per second, ray tracing, fast-loading SSD
- Key games: Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon II: Zero West, Gran Turismo 7, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
- Specs: 8-core 3.5 GHz AMD Zen 2 CPU, 10.3 teraflop AMD RDNA 2 GPU, 16 GB GDDR6 memory, 825 GB custom SSD
When will the PS5 release date be?
Thankfully, it doesn’t look like we’re facing a PS5 delay for now.
For a more specific idea of the PS5 release date, a new rumor has pegged the console’s launch down for November 20 of 2020, simultaneously stating that it’ll be selling for the day one price of $499 in the United States. For comparison, the PS4’s initial cost was $399, which brings us nicely onto our next point…
How much will the PS5 cost?
When pressed on whether that means it will cost more than the PS4’s launch price, he wouldn’t give any further details, simply saying “that’s about all I can say about it”.
What it translates to though, is that the price will be relevant to the technology that’s under the hood, and because it will be more powerful than the PS4, you can probably bet it’ll be more expensive too. Our prediction is that will circle the $500 / £450 price point, but only time will tell.
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Here’s the full list of specs:
- CPU: 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
- GPU: 10.28TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
- GPU Architecture: Custom RDNA 2
- Memory/Interface: 16GB GDDR6 / 256=bit
- Memory Bandwidth: 448GB/s
- Internal Storage: Custom 825GB SSD
- IO Throughput: 5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (compressed)
- Expandable Storage: NVMe SSD Slot
- External Storage: USB HDD Support
- Optical Drive: 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive
How much will the ps5 cost UK?
It seems that the last console dipped to match the market, but with all the new changes and the long overdue update the PS5 will cost more. Many analysts and industry insiders have predicted the console may retail around the $499 price point, meaning it could be around £449 in the UK market.
Should I wait for ps5 or buy ps4?
To answer the question we posed at the start, then, no: you shouldn’t wait for PlayStation 5 before you pick up a PlayStation 4. The PS5 is going to be an absolute beast of a machine, but it’s still some way away, so if you’re hurting for gaming experiences and you don’t have a PS4 yet, pick one up yesterday.
What will happen to ps4 after ps5?
Although the PS5’s Navi GPU and Zen 2 CPU hardware is a true leap ahead of current PS4 consoles, Sony has confirmed that the PS5 will play all existing PS4 games via native backward compatibility. Eventually, the PlayStation 5 will replace the PS4 as every generation has before the previous one.
How long will ps4 be supported after ps5?
By 2022, the PS4 will be 9 years old, but Sony says it’ll keep releasing big first-party heavy-hitters for the console well into this timeframe. We shouldn’t worry about Sony killing the console off any time soon and I expect it’ll live alongside the PlayStation 5 until 2025 or thereabouts.
Is ps4 worth buying in 2020?
Personally I still think that a PS4 is worth it in 2020. You are able to experience an incredibly large library of games that are available on the PS4. Furthermore, some games that are released on the PS5 will still be available on the PS4 for at least a year or two based on previous generations.