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, click her if you are interested in the new Xbox Series X/S.
What was the release date?
The release date for the PS5 was the November 12th 2020 for the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. For the rest of the world, the release date was November 19th. In comparison, the Xbox Series X and S were both released globally on the 10th November 2020.
As a result of the global pandemic and exception demand for both the PS5 and Xbox, there is a global shortage of next gen consoles. There is arguably a higher demand for the PS5, and as a result, it is hard to come by. For the moment, whenever new stock comes it, it sells out within minutes. Here is a list of sites in the US and UK where you can expect to find both the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition when in stock. These supplies issues have continued into 2022.
How to get a PS5?
The following suppliers in both the US and UK restock regularly, you are best checking their websites frequently if you want to buy a PS5.
Where to Buy the PS5 US
Where to Buy the PS5 UK
How much does the PS5 cost?
The PS5's price has finally been revealed. As there are two consoles, there are two price points. The standard PS5 will cost $499 (£449), and the digital version will cost $399 (£349).
Comparatively the Xbox Series X will cost $499 (£449) and the Xbox Series S $299 (£249).
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)
Note: The non-digital PS5 has the same specs, it just does not have the optical drive.
There are two versions of the PS5, one with an 4K Blu-Ray drive and the other a purely Digital Edition. The latter version is considerably slimmer than the regular model. The PS5 is designed to both stand vertically or horizontally. In the images you can see large vents for heat dissipation. Photos of the new DualSense controllers have also been released.
What were the PS5 launch titles?
The titles that were 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.
- Dragon Age 4.
- Final Fantasy 7: Remake.
- Ghostwire: Tokyo.
- God of War 2: Ragnorok (2022)
- Hogwarts Legacy (coming 2022)
Is the PS5 backwards compatible?
Yes, Sony have announced backwards compatibility for the PS5 with users possibly being able to play around 100 PS4 games from launch.
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