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PS5 Console Guide

The PS5 is the next generation of Playstation games consoles created by Sony. The PS5 will be superseding the PS4, one of the best selling consoles of the last generation. This guide will tell you all you need to know about the up and coming console. This article will be updated as and when there is new information about the PS5. Equally, if you are interested in the new Xbox Series X, click here.



Release Date

The release date for the PS5 has been given as holidays 2020, so you can expect this to be on the shelves for December at the latest. Whether or not this date will need to be revisited as a result of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is yet to be seen.

Price

In part due to the PS5 advanced hardware, it is envisaged that the price will be around £450 / $499. This would be a $100 price increase from the previous PS4 release in 2013. This price increase could be seen as more than justifiable considering the technology that is being used in the PS5.

Hardware

Whilst the release date has not been fully divulged, Sony have released some of the key specs for the PS5:
  • CPU: 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
  • GPU: 10.28TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
  • GPU Architecture: AMD Radeon RDNA 2-based graphics engine
  • System Memory: 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 (up to 100GB / disc)
  • Supports: 4K 120Hz TVs, 8K TVs, VRR (specified by HDMI ver.2.1)



Appearance

Unlike the Xbox Series X, photos of the PS5’s actual appearance have yet to be released. There have been a number of possible renders, but no finalised image. Whilst the overall appearance of the PS5 is still unknown, photos of the new DualSense controllers have however been released.


PS5 Launch Titles

The titles that are scheduled to be launched at the time of the PS5 release have not been released yet. Possible games that will be released on the PS5 are listed below, whether or not these will be available upon the PS5’s immediate release is yet to be determined.
  • Assassins Creed Valhalla
  • Battlefield 6.
  • Beyond Good and Evil 2.
  • Cyberpunk 2077.
  • Deathloop.
  • Dragon Age 4.
  • Final Fantasy 7: Remake.
  • Ghostwire: Tokyo.
  • God of War 2.



Backwards Compatibility

Sony have announced backwards compatibility for the PS5 with users possibly being able to play around 100 PS4 games from launch.


Other Next Generation Consoles

If you want to compare the PS5 with the up and coming Xbox Series X, you will can find more information here.
Photos: Sony / CD Projekt Red
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