There’s no denying that the 8th generation of consoles has seen its fair share of twists and turns. There was no stopping the train from the Xbox One’s rocky debut to the mid-generation upgrade that saw the arrival of beefed-up PS4 and Xbox One models meant to take on 4K gaming.
This means that the PlayStation 5 is just around the corner. Sony has just shown off the PS5’s unique look and teased a number of interesting features that should help the console stand out from the competition.
We’ll go over everything we know about the next iteration of this eagerly awaited console in this article, so keep reading!
the ability to play at 4K/120 fps and compatibility for 8K/60
PS Plus Collection is an excellent deal.
A new generation of game console haptics
New UI is beautiful and speedy.
Loading times are significantly reduced
-Finding a place to call home is difficult because of your size.
Filling up the -825GB SSD fast
Only a few genuine PlayStation 5 games are available.
Backwards compatibility is severely constrained.
In the absence of Dolby Vision or Atmos,
PlayStation 5 Release Date
Even though Sony has declared “Holiday 2020” as the PlayStation 5’s delivery window for quite some time, the most widely accepted predictions and rumors imply that November 20 will be the official launch date. In light of the fact that both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 were released in November, a November release seems reasonable.
Keep in mind, though, that this isn’t a sure thing since Sony hasn’t officially announced a release date. Regardless, the PlayStation 5’s release is only a few months away, so boxes will be available soon.
PlayStation 5 Hardware
The PlayStation 5’s official hardware specifications have been released, so how does the console look on paper and what does this mean for its performance?
It should come as no surprise that the PlayStation 5 will be powered by an 8-core bespoke Zen 2-based 7nm CPU, as AMD’s Jaguar APU was used in the PlayStation 4. According to a comparison of what AMD had to offer at the time, the new Ryzen CPUs are in an entirely other league. There is little doubt that the Ryzen CPUs are beating Intel in terms of performance and value for money.
For the PlayStation 5, AMD has added ray-tracing functionality to its arsenal, so the console will arrive with an RDNA 2-based GPU that will handle real-time ray tracing. If true, then the PlayStation 5 will be able to simulate incredibly accurate reflections and lighting, but how much of a performance hit it will have in games is still unknown.
In terms of immersion, images alone aren’t enough, which is why Sony is now placing a high value on 3D Audio. It will be possible for the PlayStation 5 to replicate over a hundred different sound sources in 3D thanks to the “Tempest” proprietary audio engine.
Using Sony’s upcoming Pulse 3D wireless headset or a surround system with 3D Audio will obviously improve your gaming experience, but Sony believes that the technology will give considerable advantages even if you only use your TV’s inbuilt speakers.
Next, we have the storage, which has been a major point of emphasis for Sony when discussing their next new console. If you’re looking for a fast load time, the PlayStation 5 will come with an 825 GB SSD, which will considerably improve the console’s performance. It was only a matter of time before Sony and Microsoft opted for solid-state drives (SSDs) instead of hard disk drives (HDDs) for the storage in their future consoles.
A lot of conjecture has been made about the PlayStation 5’s lack of a disk drive, which would be one of the final nail-in-the coffin of physical media, however those speculations were only partially true.
People who enjoy having tangible copies of their games and collecting physical media will have nothing to fear with the “standard” PlayStation 5’s 4K Blu-Ray drive. In addition, Sony has also unveiled a digital-only version of the system without a Blu-Ray drive, which is good news for those who don’t buy disks and would like to save a few dollars, as this version of the console will undoubtedly be less expensive than the standard one.
PlayStation 5 Performance
As a result, it’s safe to argue that the PlayStation 5 is a significant improvement over its predecessor. So how will Sony’s PlayStation 5 fare in practice, regardless of what the specs sheet says?
That said, the console will be able to run 4K and 8K at 60 frames per second, but it’s highly improbable that it will be able to run the most graphically striking AAA titles at 60 FPS, especially with ray tracing in the picture.
For those who favor performance above graphical quality, it’s hoped that gamers will have the ability to tweak the graphics settings so that they can achieve 60 frames per second.
There’s also the matter of how the PlayStation 5 will handle virtual reality. In 2016, the PlayStation 4 became the first system to support virtual reality, giving it a significant advantage over its biggest rival, the Xbox One.
Sony has made it clear that it has no plans to forsake VR, and the PlayStation 5 will be backwards compatible with the first PSVR gear. It’s safe to say that a better PSVR 2 headset is on the way.
Until we hear more details about the new headset, it’s unlikely that it will be available at the same time the console does. We don’t know much about this new device at this point other than the fact that many expect it to be wireless, which would make it significantly more user-friendly than the previous model.
When it came to the PlayStation 5, one of the most often asked questions was about backward compatibility. The backward compatibility of Sony’s consoles has never been strong, and if it has existed at all, it has been patchy.
Since the CPU and GPU architecture of PS4 and PS5 are so similar, backward compatibility is a piece of cake, it has been proven that the majority of PS4 titles will run smoothly on the PS5 when it launches.
As for whether the PlayStation 5 can run titles that were launched on previous PlayStation consoles, that remains to be seen. If the PlayStation 5 were to imitate the PlayStation 3, let alone the PlayStation 2, or even the original PlayStation, it would be nearly impossible.
It is our hope that the PlayStation 5 will be fully backward compatible, but we’ll have to wait and see if that actually happens. The PlayStation 5 might still be used to play previous games via PlayStation Now even if it doesn’t have a built-in hard drive.
PlayStation 5 Pricing
After all that, we get to the cost. What kind of pricing can we expect from the PlayStation 5?
Although the PlayStation 5 is expected to cost between $500 and $600, this is more expensive than the PlayStation 4 but not as pricey as some had anticipated. Because it does not include a 4K Blu-ray drive, the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition will be less expensive.
Keep an eye on this page for updates once pre-orders begin, as pricing could change at any moment.
The PlayStation 5 Controller
The new PlayStation DualSense controller’s design surprised many because it deviated significantly from what people had come to anticipate from Sony.
It was renamed “DualSense” because of the new feature it offers: improved haptic feedback. The new controller has a black and white two-tone design. Adaptive triggers, an integrated speaker and microphone, and a gyroscope are also included, as was the case with the previous model.
As a whole, not everyone was a fan of the new appearance, and many would prefer it if Sony offered an all-black or all-white exterior option in the future.
Although the controller’s design is the most common complaint, there are no major issues with the controller’s function set. The DualSense controller has the potential to be the best console controller to date, thanks to its ergonomic design and haptic feedback, as well as a few missing capabilities from the new Xbox Series X controller.
PlayStation 5 Launch Day Games from SIE Worldwide Studios
- A pre-installed version of Astro’s Playroom (Japan Studio) on the PS5
- It costs 69.99 dollars in the United States, 89.99 Canadian dollars, 7,900 yen, or 79.99 euros in Canada and Europe (RRP)
- Lucid Games / XDEV’s Destruction All Stars costs $69.99/CAD. $7,900 ($89.99) or €79.99 (RRP)
- 5,900/€59.99 — Marvel Spider-Man: Miles Morales by Insomniac Games (RRP)
- On sale for US$69.99/CAD$89.99/7,900/€79.99, the Ultimate Edition of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (RRP)
- For US$59.99/CAD, you may play Sackboy: A Big Adventure (Sumo Digital/XDEV) $79.99/¥6,900/€69.99 (RRP)
AMD RyzenTM “Zen 2” x86-64 processor
It has 16 threads and 8 cores.
Up to 3.5 GHz of frequency adjustment.
The AMD RadeonTM RDNA 2 graphics engine is based on a GPU.
Acceleration of the Ray Tracing Process
Up to 2.23 GHz of frequency scalability (10.3 TFLOPS)
GDDR6 16GB of system memory
Bandwidth of 448 GB/s
6GB/s Data Transfer Rate (Raw)
Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc (66/100 GB) Optical Drive Ten CAVBD-ROM (25 or 50 GB) To put it another way, a total of 8xCAVBD-R/RE ~8xCAVDVD ~3.2xCLV
Up to 100GB of storage per disc on PS5 Game Disc Ultra HD Blu-rays.
HDMITM OUT port for video output.
4K 120Hz TVs, 8K TVs, and VRR are all supported (specified by HDMI ver.2.1)
3D AudioTech’s “Tempest”
Approximate PS5 dimensions: (width, height, and depth) (excludes largest projection, excludes Base)
In terms of dimensions, the PS5 Digital Edition is around 390 x 92 x 260mm (excludes largest projection, excludes Base)
PS5 Digital Edition: 3.9 kgPS5 Digital Edition: 4.5 kg lbs.
PS5 Digital Edition: 340W of power.PS5: 350W of power.
Port for USB Type-A data transfer (Hi-Speed USB)
Two USB Type-A ports (super-fast USB 10Gbps)
DualSens Wireless Controller Specifications
Approximately 160 x 66 x 106 mm (excluding the greatest projection) (width x height x depth)
Approximately 280 grams in weight.
Among the available buttons are: PS button, Create button, Options button, Directional buttons (left/right, up/down), Action buttons (triangle, circle, cross, square), and the R1/L1 and the R2/L2 buttons (with Trigger Effect)
L3 (left stick), R3 (right stick), Touch Pad (left stick), MUTE (right stick).
2 Point Capacitive Touch Pad with a Clicking Mechanism
It has a 6-axis motion detection system (three-axis gyroscope + three-axis accelerometer).
Integrated Microphone Array, Mono Speaker, Stereo Headset Jack
A sampling rate of 48 kHz and a sampling rate of 24 kHz are used.
Effect of feedback on the R2/L2 button, Vibration is a form of energy (haptic feedback by dual actuators), Light bar/Player indicator/MUTE status indicators (e.g.
USB Type-C® port (High-Speed USB), Stereo Headset Jack, and Charging Terminals
Bluetooth® Ver5.1 is used for wireless communication.
USB cable is required for wired connections (HID, Audio)
Rechargeable lithium-ion battery built-in
Electricity supply voltage: DC 3.65V
- Stunning splash screens for every game with a completely reworked user interface.
- New functions are available on the PlayStation button.
- The PS5 will once again feature Spotify music streaming.
- Screen sharing is possible in party chat.
The PS5’s design is impressive, but it’s the console’s features that really set it apart from the competition.
It may take a few minutes to get acclimated to the PS5’s new controls, which build on previous Sony console innovations. For example, pressing and holding the PlayStation button on the controller now brings up a new Control Center.
You may access your Friends list, downloads now in process, notifications, and, if you’ve linked your Spotify account, the Spotify menu.
Cards are a key new feature in PS5, with Activity Cards having the greatest impact. In addition to keeping track of your trophy progress, you may use cards to go into different game modes like challenges or multiplayer, see how far you’ve progressed in a particular level, or simply receive updates from the creator. Picture-in-picture option allows you to view a livestream of a friend’s gameplay.
Additionally, cards are shown on the home screen as you explore deeper into a game’s information.
You can quickly see the available Cards by pressing down on the D-pad or flicking the analog stick down. This saves you from having to go into the main menu or a specific mode to see what’s going on. In-game hint videos in compatible titles can help you solve certain obstacles or find that one last collectible, making them valuable for gamers of all skill levels.
Although horizontally scrolling through each card was difficult at times, we found Cards to be a handy addition.
Despite the system’s overall speed, there is a small delay before they appear. However, while they aren’t absolutely necessary, they do assist to give the PlayStation 5 experience that extra layer of next-gen luster that you won’t find anywhere else.
In addition to the new user interface, the PS4 will bring back social capabilities like groups and SharePlay, as well as simple video sharing. In order to join larger groups, you may either hop into the game your friends are playing from the menu or invite them. The PS5’s video sharing features are nearly identical to those of the PS4’s, although the ability to see a preview in Cards is a welcome addition.
For those who have grown tired of using the D-pad or analog stick to type out messages, the PS5’s DualSense controller has a built-in microphone that allows for voice dictation.
As with other speech recognition software, the dictation may not always be accurate, but it may be useful when you need to send a short message to a buddy. In our testing, however, we found it to be inconsistent and less accurate than Google Assistant.
For the PS5, it’s nice to have system-wide settings for things like difficulty or whether to reverse the x and y axes on the controller while playing games, among other things. Performance or resolution can be selected as the default graphical mode for games.
Streaming video services and other apps
Even if you don’t play video games, your console can still serve as a full-fledged streaming video player.
With over a dozen supported streaming services on the PS5, you’ll be able to access the likes of Netflix, Hulu, Peacock, and Apple TV in addition to more niche services like Twitch and Funimation, NFL Sunday Ticket and ESPN as well as Vudu and WWE Network.
Some of these apps won’t be able to stream in 4K/HDR quality: Amazon Prime and Netflix appear to have 4K/HDR streaming, however it doesn’t look that Disney Plus or Apple TV have.
The bad news is that there is currently no Dolby Atmos or Dolby Vision support on the platform. Although we had hoped to see them on launch day and Sony looks to be ignoring the popular HDR and audio formats for the time being,
In other words, the PS5 isn’t the console we’d recommend to our cinephile friends who want to host movie night with high-fidelity flicks because it can’t compete with other dedicated streamers like Nvidia Shield, Amazon Fire TV Cube, Apple TV 4K or the new Roku Ultra.
PS5 GAME LIBRARY
- Astro’s Playroom is pre-installed on every PS5 console.
- Demon’s Souls and Spider-Man: Miles Morales are two of the best early games.
- An excellent starting point for newcomers, the PlayStation Plus Collection
- PS3, PS2, and PSOne game compatibility is limited
Because most consoles don’t come preloaded with a comprehensive library of games, the PS5 has a low bar to meet. However, if you haven’t finished the PS4’s greatest titles, such God of War, The Last of Us Part II, Marvel’s Spider-Man, and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, then the PS5’s current game catalog isn’t worth anything to you.
If you haven’t finished them or haven’t played them at all, backwards compatibility on the PS5 gives you access to over a dozen great games that you can start playing as soon as you switch it on. Some of these titles, like Ghost of Tsushima and Days Gone, have been improved with a 60fps update.
This new PlayStation Plus Collection comprises 20 classic titles from the previous generation that you can download on day one if you have PS Plus membership. Astro’s Playroom is also pre-installed on every PS5, and it serves as an exciting demonstration of what the system is capable of.
TechRadar isn’t unanimous in its opinion of Sony’s pack-in game, but we found Astro’s Playroom to be amusing, even if it won’t win any Game of the Year accolades.
Astro’s Playroom is a platformer based on Sony’s PlayStation hardware catalog that offers exotic landscapes and hidden artifacts from the original Astro Bot: Rescue Mission.
PlayStation VR Aim Controllers can be found in a snowbank someplace in one level, for example, whereas a PlayStation Portable can be found in another level, for example.
This is a beautiful tribute to PlayStation hardware that has passed, but we assume that some people will play through it and then remove it to recoup the 10GB of storage space it takes up on the system. If you want to play it again, you can always re-download it from your games collection or the PlayStation Store.
If you buy a PS5 today, what else can you play? Well, the PS5 catalog now comprises mainly of cross-generation titles, which is significantly aided by the fact that it is fully backwards compatible with PS4.
In addition to these first-party titles from Sony, you can also get big-name third-party titles like Resident Evil Village, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and Watchdogs: Legion. The list of noteworthy PS5 games is also growing and includes some heavy hitters like Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Sackboy: A Big Adventure Demon’s Souls, Destruction AllStars, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, and Returnal.
Bugsnax (that one with the infuriatingly catchy theme music), which was the first PlayStation Plus downloadable game for the platform, is only one of several indie titles that are worth mentioning.
With games like Gran Turismo 7 and Hogwarts Legacy on the horizon, we’re convinced that the PS5 will only become better in the months and years ahead.
How much is Sony’s PlayStation 5?
In a statement, Sony Interactive Entertainment confirmed the $499 price tag for their newest product, which includes a DVD drive. $399 is the price for the Digital Edition, which does away with the disc slot entirely and instead uses a purely digital model.
What are the features of the new generation PS5?
The latest console from the Japanese firm is jam-packed with cutting-edge features.
All PS5 consoles come with a white DualSense controller, the new remote that abandons the previous DualShock and its features in favor of adjustable triggers and haptic feedback more sophisticated than anything that’s come before it, a feature that fundamentally modifies the way gaming feels.
Memory and speed are two further features that show it is seven years ahead of its younger sibling in terms of new technology. It is expected that SSD memory will have a capacity of 825 gigabytes, with data input rates of 5.5 gigabytes per second and substantially more compressed data. For example, Sony claims that the PS5 will be 100 times quicker than the PS4 and that this will effect everything from level design to loading times. When it comes to memory, PlayStation 5 has 16GB of RAM and an 8-core Zen 2 processor clocking in at 3.35GHz.
Will my old PS4 games be compatible with the new PS5?
The PS5’s backwards compatibility and PS Plus Collection are two of the key reasons to upgrade. This retro compatibility is further enhanced with Game Boost, which guarantees 60 FPS and crisper visuals for all of the PS4’s more than 4,000 existing titles.
There’s also the added benefit of being able to play any PS5 game, regardless of its region, on the disc version, which costs an additional $100. Currently, there aren’t a lot of PS5-specific games out there.
Everything we know about the PlayStation 5 as of now is summarized here! We’re only a few months away from getting our hands on the console, so we shouldn’t have to wait long.
Please let us know in the comments if you think we’ve omitted anything crucial or if we’ve made any mistakes, and we’ll do our best to fix them.