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PS5 Release Date, Specs, News and Features for Sony’s PlayStation 5

With the release of PS5 DualSense Controller, it’s now an anxious wait to see what the new Sony console is able to offer – from the sounds of it, it’s quite spectacular.

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Sony’s PS5 (PlayStation 5) is the next hottest thing about, with a release date set for late 2020. Sony hasn’t leaked a lot of information about it’s next-generation console but from juicy snippets, we know it’s going to be exceptional.

PS5 is boasting an AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores at 3.5GHz, 16GB of GDDR6 memory and a custom RDNA 2 AMD GPU that puts out 10.28 TFLOPs of processing power.

The features is what makes this console very exciting. We know the next-generation console will have ray-tracing, which is a super-quick SSD, 4K built in Blu-ray player as well as enabling backwards compatibility. We know their competitor Microsoft are drip feeding us with juicy context around the new Xbox, will it be enough to draw in those Sony fans.

PS5: Key Facts

  • What is it? Sony’s new PlayStaion 5 console is the next-gen console, overriding the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro.
  • When will it release? Sony reveals “Holiday 2020” in the US, which is around October and December 2020.
  • What games can I play? There have been many games confirmed for the new console. The most spoken game to be released is Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
  • Will PS5 have VR? Absolutely! The next-gen console will be compatible with the current PlayStation VR hardware.
  • What will the PS5 cost? Rumours have it around $499. A tad more pricey since the release of the PS4 Pro.
  • Can I play PS4 games on the PS5? The PS5 will allow you to play almost all PS4 games – earlier generations are yet to be confirmed but you’ll be able to enjoy the top 100 trending games on PS4, Sony’s Mark Cerny has mentioned.
  • Will Coronavirus (Covid-19) delay PS5 release? Negative. The PS5 hasn’t been affected by the global pandemic.

PS5: Release Date

Sony has confirmed for the long awaited console to release in late 2020. This has now put intense direct pressure on their rival Xbox Series X, which is on the market at the same time.

We think this would be the perfect window to release the PS5 as it would allow time for those eager fans to buy their Christmas present a little early. Historically, November is a famous month for Sony’s release – the date is rumoured to be November 20, 2020.

Despite those rumours, COVID-19 hasn’t had an impact on the release of the PlayStation 5.

PS5: Price

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Sony haven’t announced an exact price as of yet as they don’t know how much the console will cost.

According to SpielTimes – Sony suggests that they currently are pricing the PS5 during their quarterly earnings call.

“What is not very clear or visible is because we are competing in the space, so it’s very difficult to discuss anything about the price at this point of time, and depending upon the price level, we may have to determine the promotion that we are going to deploy and how much costs we are prepared to pay,” Totoki said.

“First, we must absolutely control the labour cost, the personnel cost, it must be controlled, and the initial ramp up, how much can we prepare initially, we will work on the production and the sales and we will have to prepare the right volume as we launch this,” Totoki continued.

“It’s a balancing act it’s very difficult to say anything concrete at this point of time,” Totoki said. But we do know that Sony is aiming for “the best balance so that we will be profitable in the life, during the life of this product.”

PS5: Specs

  • CPU: AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
  • GPU: 10.28 TFLOPs, 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 (PS4 games only)
  • Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray drive

PS5: Reveal Event

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Looking at the previous console, Sony released information on the PS4 in February 2013 before announcing the price match in June. We reckon, Sony will follow the same pattern with the new-gen console in either June or July

In a post by Restera – GamesBeat’s Jeffrey Grubb (who correctly leaked last month’s Nintendo Direct date) the PS5 reveal event is “currently planned for June 4”. This is yet to be confirmed by Sony.

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