The PlayStation 5 is drawing closer and closer, with Sony’s next-generation console set to launch in late 2020. So far, Sony has remained pretty reticent about its next-gen console to the point that we still don’t know what it will seem like but the company lately gave us our first official look behind the screen during its first PS5 unveil event. Some of the most important PS5 highlights and specs, including 10.28 TFLOPs GPU power, support for ray tracing, and a custom 825GB SSD to all but eliminate loading screens. The PS5 will also posses an NVMe SSD Slot, giving you the choice to upgrade your storage capacity with open-market M.2 SSDs.
PS5 RELEASE DATE
Sony has formally confirmed that the PS5 will be made available in the Holiday season 2020″ in the US, so likely anytime between October and December 2020.
This would put the PlayStation 5 in immediate competition with Microsoft’s Xbox Series X, which is releasing during the same period. Game on.
Despite reports, a Sony PR has confirmed the PS5’s release date has not been delayed by a coronavirus.
Sony hasn’t formally verified a PS5 price yet and, according to the company, that’s because it hasn’t determined how much the next-gen console will cost.
While Sony may not have a value nailed down, there have been talks about how much the PS5 could cost, one report has suggested that the console will cost $499 in North America when it comes out. Generally, this should be treated with uncertainty, but it would be pleasant news if the console did launch at this price, as it’s only $100 higher than the launch price of the PS4 and PS4 Pro. We assume this could be the most feasible price for the console but, until Sony confirms pricing, we can only speculate.
- 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
Another interesting feature is that it could link players up to a voice assistant. reports are that Sony is working on a service which can present in-game help, information and tips. If implemented with the proper contextual cues, it should be far more effective than a separate internet search. “Ok, PlayStation. Give me the cheat codes!”
There’s still no official reveal of what the PS5 will look like. So for now, we’re dispensing with speculation. We’ve seen various leaked images of the PS5 dev kit, with each showing the identical console design,
according to one render, There are various buttons: on/standby, reset, eject, system initialization and network initialization, all on the front-left. There are also several status lights, counted ‘0’ to ‘7’, which likely relate to CPU cores employed, but which could also be status lights for controllers combined.
To the right are six USB ports. A tiny loop above could well be a camera mounted into the console, according to earlier patent filings.
Interestingly, rubber feet seem to be on the top side of the console, implying that devs are being urged to either flip the console for stress experiment and assistance or to accumulate them when working on demanding games.
The PS5 will arrive with a brand new controller, according to Sony. The PS5 controller will introduce new advance haptic feedback technology to substitute the DualShock 4’s rumble technology, intended to improve the controller’s feedback and hence giving an immersive experience to the player
The PS5 controller will also possess one unique feature i.e adaptive triggers, which Sony says have “been incorporated into the trigger buttons (L2/R2)”. These adaptive triggers will allow game developers to program the resistance of the triggers to imitate actions more accurately.
What Games are coming to Ps5?
It’s considered Sony will expand its focus on the subscription-based PlayStation Now cloud gaming platform and its Remote Play feature too.
Microsoft and Sony lately declared that they’re working collectively on cloud computing technologies, which will nearly surely give a boost to PlayStation Now. Until presently the platform has been unfinished as far as top gaming titles go and there have been concerns with delay and disconnects.
The majority of the PS4 game library, including PSVR games, will be supported by the PS5; that much is known. But we’re now learning more about confirmed – and rumoured – PS5 games.
At this point, any first-party PS4 game in the pipeline – from Ghost of Tsushima to The Last of Us 2, would be prime nominees for PS5 cross-gen upgrades. We’ve also discovered enough hype around a Horizon Zero Dawn sequel and new God of War game to assume we’ll be seeing both lands on the PS5 console.
And while we don’t know enough about PS5 exclusives, we do know Sony will proceed to focus on “strong narrative-driven, single-player games” with the PS5.
WHAT ABOUT A PS5 PRO?
Rumours have cropped up hinting that Sony will double the joy of gamers by launching the PlayStation 5 Pro at the same time as its base-model PS5.
According to Nishikawa, the PS5 Pro will cost about $100-$150 more than the basic PS5 gaming console. The leak says that Sony is moving this way because it has “recognised the interest in a high-end model and requires to give players what they want right from the beginning of the generation”.
Despite all this talk of teraflops, those in the business have been immensely fascinated with the PS5 specs and Sony’s vision for the next-gen.
One insider said the PS5 is the “most impressive hardware in 20 years”. If that is the case, and Sony compliments this with great pricing and series of exclusives then they could be in a strong position for the next-gen.