It’s finally here.
After years of speculation and rumors, Sony has finally confirmed the existence of the PlayStation 5. More importantly, they’ve even announced a lot of details regarding their next-generation console. But, the thing is, they’ve probably announced too much information for the average person to keep up.
With that said, we’ve decided to help.
Most of us probably already know that it’s set for a Holiday 2020 release. It’s also common knowledge at this point that the new controller will go by the “DualSense” name instead of being the fifth-generation “DualShock” controller. But, what about the other details?
Below, you’ll find everything there is to know about the PlayStation 5. This includes its hardware specifications, possible pricing, confirmed launch titles, and more.
When Will the PlayStation 5 Release
We’ve known about the Holiday 2020 timeframe for a while now. This is because of the PlayStation Blog post by SIEE President, Jim Ryan. However, Sony remains mum on an exact release date. Perhaps they’re still deliberating before they decide on a final launch date. Or, maybe, they just want to keep their cards close so Microsoft doesn’t undercut them.
In the past two generations of the PlayStation and Xbox, the console that’s released first has won out in terms of sales. That’s what happened with the Xbox 360 when it released a year earlier than the PlayStation 3, as well as with the PlayStation 4 releasing a week earlier than the Xbox One.
While being the first to market isn’t the only factor that determined the sales of the previous generations of each respective consoles, it’s clearly an important one.
It’ll likely be a while before we know of an official release date. Just how long is anybody’s guess at this point. Although it won’t come off as a total surprise if Sony decides to announce the launch date just a month or two before it happens.
How Much Will the PlayStation 5 Cost?
It’s no secret that Sony and Microsoft are more than willing to sell the consoles at a loss if it translates to capturing a larger portion of the market. They have other ways to make up for the costs, after all. But, the thing is, Sony likely won’t sell it at too much of a loss considering the power under the hood of the PlayStation 5.
The PlayStation 5 is far more powerful than the PlayStation 4 Pro, let alone the PlayStation 4.
It’s worth noting that the PlayStation 4 initially sold for $399 at launch. In addition to its earlier release compared to its competition (November 15 vs November 22), the $100 price difference between the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One also helped sway the decision of potential buyers in favor of Sony’s offering.
There’ve already been earlier reports citing Sony’s struggle to keep the retail price of the PlayStation 5 low, and that the decision to use an 825GB SSD for storage was to help keep production costs low.
Ultimately, we’re banking on Sony still carrying the lessons they learned from the PlayStation 3.
Lest we forget, the PlayStation 3 initially struggled to sell, both because of its premium price over the Xbox 360, as well as releasing a year later. Although it eventually caught up in lifetime sales to sell more units than the Xbox 360, there’s no doubt that Sony would have loved to have the PlayStation 3 better during its first few years.
With the PlayStation 4 Pro already sitting at a $399 retail price, don’t be surprised if Sony decides to sell the PlayStation 5 at the premium console’s previous price point of $499.
How Powerful is the PlayStation 5?
Sony has so far confirmed what’s inside the proverbial hood of the PlayStation 5.
For the processor, they’ll be using a custom-made eight-core CPU based on AMD’s Zen 2 microarchitecture running at 3.5GHz. Meanwhile, the graphics card is another custom-made variant based on AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture with 10.28 teraflops and 36 compute units running at 2.23GHz.
Similar to the Xbox Series X, the PlayStation 5’s graphics card will support ray tracing.
This new rendering technique is already a staple of Hollywood and is partly responsible for the realistic lighting effects that we see in the computer-generation worlds in movies today. It also became one of the selling points of Nvidia’s RTX gaming line of graphics cards when they first released.
In a nutshell, the hardware of the PlayStation 5 should directly translate into better, more photo-realistic in-game graphics. However, one of the stronger selling points of the PlayStation 5, especially when compared to the Xbox Series X, is its emphasis on faster loading times.
In an early PS5 gameplay reveal, Sony proudly demonstrated this capability by showing the difference in the loading times of Spider-Man PS4 on current-generation consoles and on the
PlayStation 5. The result? Marvel’s Spider-man title loaded in just 0.8 seconds on the PlayStation 5. In comparison, it took 8.10 seconds for it to load on the PlayStation 4.
With a raw speed of 5.5 gigabytes per second, it seems that Sony’s investment on the SSD of the PlayStation 5 will likely pay-off, even if it comes at the expense of slightly smaller storage space.
What are the PlayStation 5 Launch Titles?
As the release date draws closer, the lineup of PlayStation 5 launch titles remains elusive. However, given Sony’s lineup of first-party studios, worrying is a moot point. This is because we’ll likely see more studios reveal PS5 exclusives in the coming months. In addition to this, we might see simultaneous releases of certain titles for both the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 5.
A good example of this are the upcoming PS4 exclusives such as The Last of Us 2 and Ghost of Tsushima, as well as last year’s Death Stranding.
Speculations aside, here are some of the launch titles already confirmed for the PlayStation 5:
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
- Rainbow Six Siege
- WRC 9
- Vampire: The Masquerade Blood Lines 2
Unfortunately, while Sony has always had the upper hand in terms of exclusives for their consoles, it seems that Microsoft has one-upped them with their “Smart Delivery” feature.
This feature aims to address concerns of gamers of having to buy a game for the current generation consoles and the next generation consoles separately. Basically, this means that if you bought the game for the Xbox One, you’ll be able to play it on the Xbox Series X still and vice versa.
More importantly, the version of the game that you’ll get to play will depend on your platform.
So, if it’s a compatible Xbox One game, you’ll enjoy graphical improvements, among other things, if it’s played on the Xbox Series X.
So far, Sony has yet to confirm if they’ll have a similar feature available for their titles.