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PlayStation 5 (PS5) – release date, specs, and price

PlayStation 5

The PlayStation 5 will go on sale this year. Sony has already revealed a lot of things about the new games, in addition to the specs and design. However, it has still left many key details secret, including the price and exact release date.

Sony has waited until June 2020 to start giving us more information about the PS5, but now we finally have more information about the long-awaited new PlayStation 5. We will tell you more below

When will the PS5 go on sale?

Sony has confirmed the 2020 holiday as the official date for the launch of the PS5.

As we suspected, this release date puts it directly online to compete with Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox Series X, which will launch in the run-up to Christmas 2020. The battle for next-gen consoles is approaching.

While Sony hasn’t exactly revealed “when” during the launch of “Holiday 2020” we should expect to see the console, people seem excited about a tweet from Twitter user @PSErebus. By the count, the PS5 will supposedly be released on November 20, 2020 in North America, and will cost $ 499.

The alleged price and release date sound realistic, and the Twitter user has a track record after correctly predicting the release date of the original The Last of Us 2, but that information is worth picking up with tweezers. 

That’s no less important because there are separate tests of an October release for the console. That comes from a list of jobs published by Sony for a role in Japan, shared by the usually trustworthy Nibel:

 

How much will the new PlayStation cost?

Without knowing exactly what is on offer, it is impossible to predict exactly how much the PS5 will cost. Taking into account that the PS2 that costs $ 235, the PS3 425 and the PS4 365 pounds sterling , we can only assume that Sony will keep its price around 400 euros.

One factor complicating the situation is that we know there will be both a PS5 and a PS5 Digital Edition, and the latter is likely to cost less as it lacks the 4K Blu-ray disc drive, similar to Microsoft’s Xbox One S: All. -Microsoft Digital Edition.

An alleged dummy listing of the console on Amazon UK included a 2TB model of the PS5 for £ 599.99, suggesting there could be a cheaper model with a smaller hard drive. Store listings are notoriously unreliable for prices, though they often just use placeholders, so don’t over-stock them.

An interview with Sony’s chief financial officer raises fears that the console may cost more than gamers expect.

The issue, like most issues in the world right now, comes from President Trump. Sony has stated in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that the price of the PS5 may be inflated due to proposed tariffs on products imported into the US. from China. “We believe, and therefore have told the US government, that higher tariffs will ultimately harm the US economy,” said Hiroki Totoki.

“[The tariffs] have not affected us as much, but we must remain alert to the potential risk,” said the chief financial officer, and although he confirmed that the company has not yet made a final decision on how to address the tariffs, it is studying options that include: players “bear the burden” of a higher launch price.

The pieces are also expensive, and the prices of some of them, such as DRAM and NAND flash memories, are on the rise, as smartphone makers are also trying to grab them. This affects PS5 production according to Bloomberg, which reports that each PS4 right now costs Sony $ 450 just to make, meaning the company is unlikely to charge consumers less than that.

Furthermore, the same report says Sony is waiting for Microsoft to confirm its prices to help decide its own. Xbox pricing has yet to be revealed, and we may have to wait until later for the corresponding price for the PS5.

The inclusion of a new generation of CPU and GPU, along with an internal SSD, could mean that it could be a little more expensive than we are used to

However, due to the changing nature of the gaming landscape, Sony may not attempt to make money from the sale of its consoles at all and may be limited to introducing them to as many homes as possible, depending on the sale of gaming after-sales services to generate income throughout the life cycle of each console.However, due to the changing nature of the gaming landscape, Sony may not attempt to make money from the sale of its consoles at all and may be limited to introducing them to as many homes as possible, depending on the sale of gaming after-sales services to generate income throughout the life cycle of each console.

What are the specifications of the PS5?

Core Specifications:

  • 7nm 8 cores AMD Zen 2 CPU
  • Radeon Navi GPU with ray-tracing  support
  • 825 GB of SSD storage
  • 16 GB of GDDR6 RAM

The PS5 will feature a CPU and GPU made by AMD with the goal of boosting up to 8K @ 120fps of gaming experience.

The CPU is based on AMD’s third generation Ryzen series, and will contain 8 cores in the new 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture, which sounds very similar to the next Xbox CPU, also based on Zen 2.

The company has highlighted that this is a chipset designed in collaboration with AMD, and that the collaboration goes both ways, which means that AMD can launch a CPU or GPU from a consumer PC using some of the features found in the PS4 – but that this is a direct result of the collaboration between the two companies, it is not a matter of Sony simply using a standard component.

The GPU will be a variation of the Radeon Navi family and will support ray tracing, a graphics technology that allows the light path to be rendered more realistically in-game, allowing for precise reflections in water and Deeper shadows and more responsive.

The ray tracing technology was originally introduced by Nvidia with the launch of its RTX cards at Gamescom 2018, and you can see its effects in the video below.

Although some had speculated that ray tracing would be done through a software-level fix, systems architect Mark Cerny debunked this theory in an interview with Wired, stating: “There is an acceleration of ray tracing in the hardware of the GPU. “

The hardware upgrade that has been most requested by developers and gamers alike is an SSD (Solid State Drive). As games grow and graphics improve, the hardware that stores games is increasingly required .

The PS5 will come with an SSD that will read the data at 5.5Gb / s, which according to Cerny will result in practice at load times 100 times faster than the PS4. This means near-instantaneous game loads and fast travel, as well as freeing developers from a game design that loops players down winding paths to avoid loading too many textures at once.

That faster SSD will also free up RAM as more assets can be loaded directly from the SSD. This means that the RAM will be used more efficiently, since the console will have 16 GB of GDDR6 RAM.

Sony has also confirmed that the console can be upgraded with the internal storage of the M.2 SSD. This is easier than Microsoft’s reliance on custom expandable storage cards, but there’s a downside: Only some M.2 drives will be the right size and speed to run on the console, and Sony cautions that it may not have list of supported units until after console launch.

The game installation process will also be improved, making it more configurable for users. For example, if the game comes with a single player campaign and a multiplayer campaign, you will have the option to choose whether you want to install just one or the other to save space on the console. You can also delete these campaigns after using them, keeping the main data of the game but deleting what you don’t need.

As for the multiplayer mode, the PS5 will have game servers that will allow players to see the games they can join in real time, instead of having to start each game individually as on the PS4.

Single-player games, meanwhile, will include information about mission rewards in the user interface, in case you want to see it. We still do not know what exactly this interface will be like, but when we have more details we will let you know.

AMD’s new chip will also contain a custom drive for 3D audio, allowing for much more immersive audio as you can hear sounds distinctively from all directions using what Sony calls the Tempest Engine, designed in conjunction with AMD based on GPU technology.

The idea is essentially to create more powerful virtual surround sound that works for any sound system – not just for Dolby Atmos licensed peripherals – although the company cautioned that this is a work in progress, with headphone jack ready, but work on stereo and real surround systems is still underway.

Quality will also largely depend on the exact composition of your ear, so Sony will offer you a choice of five sound profiles at launch and a trial to help you choose the best one for you.

The PS5 will also be compatible with previous versions, so you can play the PS4 titles on the latest generation console, with the central chipset designed to simulate the core of the PS4, taking into account the architectural differences between the two. .

Basically, this means that you will be able to play most PS4 games on the PS5, although, as always, some may not work fully, and in fact, Sony will soon require that the PS4 games submitted for certification work fully on them as well. the PS5.

To make matters worse, a September 2019 patent appears to show an AI-powered voice assistant, called the PlayStation Assist, that players can use to get in-game help without having to stop it and Google it.

According to the patent, the voice assistant should be able to dynamically respond to queries and provide users with “in-game assistance”, allowing the system to show you where to find a nearby medicine cabinet or help you solve a particularly confusing puzzle.

Considering that the DualSense controller, seen below, includes a built-in microphone, we thought this might be one of the killer features of the PS5 that Sony has yet to announce.

Will the PS5 offer support for VR (Virtual Reality)?

Sony has confirmed that the RV will be an essential part of its next-gen console, which won’t come as much of a surprise. However, we don’t have firm details on what exactly the strategy will look like, as Sony is keeping it firmly under wraps for now.

The current PSVR headphones will be compatible with the latest generation console, so you won’t have to buy a new one. However, we would be surprised if at some point a new generation of headphones did not appear to make use of the new level of hardware that appears in the next console.

How is the design of the PS5?

Quite ingenious, really. The PS5 gets rid of the PS4’s black finish (and most previous PlayStations) for a sleek white finish, with black interiors and a few blue LEDs to close the deal.

It boasts curved edges and a support designed to sit vertically, but is also able to lie down horizontally, which is a relief. That means it should fit comfortably on most TV mounts, unlike Microsoft’s locked Xbox Series X design.

And as we’ve mentioned before, there are two versions, one with a disk drive and one without it, and it’s not surprising that the latter is slightly smaller. Both have both front-mounted USB-A and USB-C ports.

And the command?

Control is an area where we do have something concrete, since in April 2020 Sony officially presented the PS5 controller, the DualSense:

ps5 dualsense 1

Aside from the striking black and white color scheme, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, the face buttons have lost their color coding, so you’ll have to be good at remembering which shape goes where.

The light bar, rumored to have been cut from the new pad, is still here, but is now located on either side of the touchpad in the center of the controller.

The share button has been renamed the create button, and Sony has joked that it could have better integration with streaming or social media services to share content.

There’s also a built-in microphone, eliminating the need for specific headphones (although we figured the quality wouldn’t match that of proper headphones), and USB-C charging is a welcome touch for 2020.

As for the actual controls, things are mostly the same. Adaptive triggers on L2 and R2 are the big improvement, which when paired with the improved haptic feedback will let you feel the tension of pulling a bowstring, in the Sony example.

What video games for PS5 have been confirmed?

While we can speculate on many PS5 games – God of War 2 seems likely, and surely Spider-Man 2 – there are only two really confirmed so far: Godfall and Outriders.

Godfall, the Borderlands Gearbox publisher’s “looting” fantasy, was announced at the 2019 Game Awards and looks likely to be a launch title, with a “Holiday 2020” release date. It is an exclusive for the PS5 console, without the launch for Xbox yet, but it will also come to the PC. Check out the launch trailer right here:

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