PlayStation 5: release date, price, specs and games

The image shows the Playstation 5 and its new controller, the Dual Sense.

The PlayStation 5 was finally revealed and we got to see the futuristic design of the console arriving in Winter 2020. In addition to the “normal” version, there’s one without a disk bay, that will be a little cheaper. Sony held a presentation in which it revealed the design of the video game console and some of its games. There is still no specific release date or price, but we know that we’ll have games like Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Demon’s Souls, Horizon: Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7, Hitman III and Resident Evil 8.

We have gathered a lot of information and we will tell you everything we know about the PlayStation 5 so far, such as its technology, joystick and more.

The PlayStation 5

The PlayStation 5 is the next generation console from Sony that is expected to arrive at the stores in late 2020. As we said earlier, there is no release date yet and we don’t know its price. Sony has announced that PS5 will come in two versions: one with disc input and one entirely digital.

The reveal image showed the console in an upright position, which should help with internal cooling. It has a blue LED light at the top, maintaining the visual style we saw on PS4. Obviously, you can place the PlayStation 5 in a horizontal position.

The market and the fans expect the PS5 is going to cost around US$ 599, although nothing has been confirmed by Sony yet. There’s also the possibility of its release being postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic of the novel coronavirus.

Among its accessories, sold separately, there is a new PlayStation Camera and a headset with 3D audio, one of the highlights of the new technology of the PS5.

Specifications

The PlayStation 5 will have graphics that support Ray Tracing technology, in which rays of light are simulated in real time in PS5 games. This already exists in some PC games in computers that have specific NVIDIA RTX video cards. Lighting and reflections are much more realistic with this tech, and it can help reduce game development time, since devs no longer need to create their own lighting system to emulate this effect. More cartoon looking games can make use of Ray Tracing as well. Here’s how Minecraft looks with the technology:

Games that look closer to real life, like Control, one of the best games of 2019, use real-time simulation of light rays. Take a look at the reflections and how light affects certain surfaces:

In addition to this technology, the PS5’s internal drive will be a very high-speed SSD. This will, once and for all, end the loading screen time in games, something that has been with us since the first PlayStation. A few months ago, in a demo, the Marvel’s Spider-Man game took less than 1 second to load. On PS4, that time was 15 seconds. The SSD drive also promises that games will have even more elements on the screen at the same time, as they can be loaded almost instantly.

The PS5 processor will have a unit focused on 3D audio, something unprecedented in video games. With it, the focus is that, with a suitable sound system or with the special PS5 headset, you will be able to know exactly where the enemies are coming from. The console will also support PlayStation VR virtual reality glasses.

Speaking of PS4 games, many will have compatibility with the PS5. This means that you will be able to play your games from the old console on the new one, without any problems. It is expected that, just like on Xbox One X, you will have some advantages when playing PS4 titles on PS5 such as better frame rate and lighting, for example.

Check out the PS5 specifications:

  • CPU: AMD 8x Zen 2 processor at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
  • GPU: 10.28 teraflops (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: Support for HDD with USB
  • Optical Drive: 4K Blu-ray UHD Drive
  • Ray-Tracing support

DualSense Control

The PlayStation 5 joystick is called DualSense. Comparing it to the PS4 controller, it has a totally new look and is focused on bringing more immersion to the player. The idea is that through micro vibrations, you can feel better shots in Call of Duty, the holes in the track in Gran Turismo 7, the sand of a desert in a new Uncharted and much more. Triggers were also implemented, bringing a physical response to commands such as the accelerator and brake of a car.

The design was also revamped, joined in white and black.

The image shows the new PS5 controller.

The PS4 Share button, which allows you to share photos and videos of the games, has been replaced by the Create button, which brings new possibilities for creating content. The controller has a built-in microphone and speaker, which no longer requires a headset, although you can still use yours.

Games announced

The image shows Miles Morales in the new Spider Man game for Playstation 5.

Many games have already been announced for the PS5 and many arrive with its release later this year. Among the exclusives, one of the most awaited is Spider-Man: Miles Morales, who will take us back to New York as the character who, in addition to all the arachnid powers, can become invisible and much more. The graphics look amazing.

Another title is Horizon: Forbidden West, which is a sequel to the open world game Horizon: Zero Dawn, from PS4. The world with robot dinosaurs has a lot more graphic detail and realism on PlayStation 5.

The return of GTA V is guaranteed on PS5, where the game will have its online mode available for free to the owners of the new video game and will have redesigned graphics.

Gran Turismo 7 is the Sony simulator that we’ve been waiting for years and that will use the power of the PS5 to create extremely realistic graphics.

But these are just a few games. See the full list of games announced for PS5:

  • Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Gran Turismo 7
  • Godfall
  • Horizon: Forbidden West
  • Oddworld: Soulstorm
  • Resident Evil 8: Village
  • Demon’s Souls
  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • Project Athia
  • Solar Ash
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Sackboy: A Big Adventure
  • NBA 2K21
  • Destruction AllStars
  • Deathloop
  • Stray
  • Goodbye Volcano High
  • Returnal
  • Bugsnax
  • Hitman 3
  • Ghostwire: Tokyo
  • Jett: The Far Shore
  • Kena: Bridge of the Spirits
  • Little Devil Inside
  • Astro’s Playroom
  • Pragmata

Looking forward to PS5? Remember that the new video game is expected to hit stores in late 2020.


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