We’ve just had the big pre-launch showcase of the upcoming PlayStation 5, the appropriately named fifth generation games console from Sony. We’ve got a pretty solid idea of what to expect from the machine when it launches later in the year, including all the detailed hardware specifications, a taste of what the launch lineup will be offering, and other aspects of the services Sony will be offering with the PS5. Read on for everything you need to know about PlayStation 5.
Check out our guide to the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series S if you want to compare these two sets of offerings from Sony and MS.
Sony has confirmed the final specifications for the PlayStation 5, here’s what is going to be powering their next-generation games console:
x86-64-AMD Ryzen “Zen 2”, 8 Cores / 16 Threads. Variable frequency, up to 3.5 GHz
AMD Radeon RDNA 2-based graphics engine. Ray Tracing Acceleration. Variable frequency, up to 2.23 GHz (10.3 TFLOPS)
GDDR6 16GB. 448GB/s Bandwidth
825GB. 5.5GB/s Read Bandwidth (Raw)
Ultra HD Blu-ray (66G/100G) ~10xCAVBD-ROM (25G/50G) ~8xCAVBD-R/RE (25G/50G) ~8xCAVDVD ~3.2xCLV.
PS5 Game Disc
Ultra HD Blu-ray, up to 100GB/disc
HDMI v2.1. Support of 4K 120Hz TVs, 8K TVs, VRR
“Tempest” 3D AudioTech
PS5: Approx. 390mm x 104mm x 260mm
PS5 Digital Edition: Approx. 390mm x 92mm x 260mm
PS5 Digital Edition: 3.9kg
PS5 Digital Edition: 340W
USB Type-A port (Hi-Speed USB)
USB Type-A port (Super-Speed USB 10Gbps) x2
USB Type-C port (Super-Speed USB 10Gbps)
Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/axBluetooth 5.1
Sony has taken a two-tier approach to its product offerings for PlayStation 5, with a regular “PlayStation 5”, and a “PlayStation 5: Digital Edition” both being made available at launch, at different prices.
These systems will both perform identically, with neither having any kind of performance advantage when running games. They both have identical CPUs, GPUs, RAM, SSDs, and other key specs. The single difference between the two models is that the regular PS5 features a disc drive for support for games playable on a disc, and UHD Blu Ray/DVD playback. This difference also results in a minor visual difference between the two models, with the regular PlayStation 5 featuring a somewhat conspicuous bulge, and the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition being more svelte.
You’ll want to consider whether you have an existing library of disc-based PS4 games when deciding which variant to go for, since the PS5 will feature backward compatibility with the PS4 library of software, but there’s no way to play PS4 discs on a PlayStation 5 Digital Edition.
Another thing to consider is that your options for games will be limited if you are opting for the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, with no way to buy games from anywhere other than the PlayStation Digital Store, meaning there’s no chance of sharing games with friends, no keeping an eye out for discounts from different retailers, and no trading games in or buying preowned games. This won’t be a dealbreaker for some, but it’s something you’re going to want to think over before you decide which system to go for.
If this video resonated with you around the launch of PS4, you may want to opt for the PlayStation 5 that comes with a disc drive.
Sony has locked in international release dates for the PlayStation 5.
The date is November 12th for US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand & South Korea.
For the rest of the world, including all of Europe, it’s going to be November 19th.
They do hope to release the PlayStation 5 in China, but cannot yet confirm if and when that will happen.
Sony had previously committed to giving people an advanced heads up for when preorders would go live, but it didn’t actually play out like that.
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) July 17, 2020
I guess their plans changed? Either way, pre-orders have gone live without any warning today at retailers around the world.
Stock for these are pretty erratic, as these preorders are in high demand, so these may go in and out of stock, keep checking back if you want to avoid disappointment. Here are the various different retailers that are offering preorders for PlayStation 5 around the world:
PlayStation 5 Digital Edition
There’s a pretty huge price discrepancy between the two different variants of PlayStation 5, far bigger than the cost of a disc drive as a component. It’s highly likely that Sony is betting on the face that they’ll make more money from PS5 Digital Editions across the lifetime of the console since digital purchases have higher margins for them, and they’ll eradicate the secondary market for pre-owned games.
Here’s the breakdown of the PlayStation 5 across each region:
PlayStation 5: US$499.99
PlayStation 5 Digital Edition: US$399.99
PlayStation 5: €499.99
PlayStation 5 Digital Edition: €399.99
PlayStation 5: £449.99
PlayStation 5 Digital Edition: £359.99
PlayStation 5: ¥49,980
PlayStation 5 Digital Edition: ¥39,980
PlayStation 5: CAD$629.99
PlayStation 5 Digital Edition: CAD$499.99
PlayStation 5: $749.95
PlayStation 5 Digital Edition: $599.95
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If you’re already subscribed to PlayStation Plus, or thinking about signing up when you get a PlayStation 5, Sony is adding a selection of some of the biggest and best PlayStation 4 games to their selection of games on their subscription service.
Every one of these titles will be playable on PlayStation 5 courtesy of backward compatibility.
Here’s the full list:
- Batman: Arkham Knight
- Battlefield 1
- Days Gone
- Detroit: Become Human
- Fallout 4
- Final Fantasy XV
- God of War
- Infamous Second Son
- Monster Hunter World
- Mortal Kombat X
- Persona 5
- Ratchet and Clank
- Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
- The Last Guardian
- The Last of Us Remastered
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
- Until Dawn.
There are some bangers on there for sure, a lot of the biggest first-party heavy hitters, and hugely popular third party games like Batman: Arkham Knight, Battlefield 1, Fallout 4, Monster Hunter World, Persona 5, and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.
Sony has not committed to the same kind of extensive program for free upgrades for PS4 games on PS5 that Microsoft has on the Xbox side of things, with no equivalent to the Smart Delivery program. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t any games getting upgraded on PS5, but it is a more scattershot approach with the specifics being left to developers. There’s no guarantee that your save will carry over, or that DLC purchases will work, but there is still the option for upgrades for the following games:
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
- Borderlands 3
- Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (only for the “Cross-Gen Edition” or “Ultimate Edition”)
- Control (only for the “Ultimate Edition”)
- Cyberpunk 2077
- Dead By Daylight
- Destiny 2
- Dirt 5
- Doom Eternal
- FIFA 21 (only available for the first year after release)
- Far Cry 6
- Horizon Forbidden West
- Immortals: Fenyx Rising
- Kena: Bridge Of Spirits
- Little Nightmares II
- Madden NFL 21 (only available for the first year after release)
- Marvel’s Avengers
- Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
- Monster Boy and The Cursed Kingdom
- NBA 2K21 (only for the “Mamba Forever Edition”)
- Puyo Puyo Tetris 2
- Rainbow Six Siege
- Riders Republic
- Sackboy: A Big Adventure
- The Elder Scrolls Online
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- WRC 9
- Watch Dogs Legion
Notably, Sony is not offering any kind of free upgrade for Marvel’s Spider-Man, where if you want to get the upgraded version of that, it’s currently only announced to be included with the Ultimate Edition of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
We don’t have the full launch lineup for PlayStation 5 yet, but these games have been confirmed for Day One:
- Astro’s Playroom (this comes pre-installed on PS5 for free)
- Demon’s Souls
- Destruction All Stars
- Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition
- Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
- Sackboy A Big Adventure
We hope to hear details of some other games coming to Sony’s new console for launch day soon, but this is all that is confirmed so far.
Beyond the launch lineup, Sony have confirmed titles like Final Fantasy 16, Resident Evil 8, Five Nights At Freddy’s: Security Breach, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Deathloop, Ghostwire: Tokyo, Godfall, Oddworld: Soulstorm and many others will be coming to PlayStation 5 at some point.
Here’s a montage of some of the games you can expect to be available for PlayStation 5.