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At an event on September 16, 2020 Sony finally announced some long-awaited details of the PlayStation 5 with a number of notable new game announcements and trailers, giving a better idea of what fans can expect when the PS5 finally launches.

PS5: Price and the release date

Sony has confirmed the PS5 (or PlayStation 5) price is $499.99 / £449.99 / AU$749.95. That makes the PS5 $100 more expensive than the launch price of the PS4 and PS4 Pro, and it matches the price of the Xbox Series X.

PS5 price: $499.99 / £449.99 / AU$749.95
PS5 Digital Edition price: $399.99 / £359.99 / AU$599.95

Sony has officially confirmed that the PS5 release date is November 12 for the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Mexico and South Korea, while the rest of the world will have to wait a week for the PlayStation 5 to arrive on November 19 - putting it in direct competition with the Xbox Series X, which is releasing on November 10. As for PS5 pre-orders, well they opened almost immediately after the PlayStation 5 Showcase event, on September 17.

Not one, but two PlayStation 5 consoles will launch – a standard edition with a 4K Blu-ray disc drive, and a slimmer, disc-free PS5 Digital Edition.

PS5: Design

The PS5 is a very different-looking console to the PS4, with its space-age black-and-white color scheme looking a little different to PlayStations of the past. A curvy mixture of black and white plastics with blue highlight lighting, it’s far removed from the ‘black box’ designs of previous PlayStation consoles.

In addition, Sony has said that the PS5 UI will be getting "a 100% overhaul of the PS4 UI" - which we haven't seen yet.

PS5: Specifications

8-core AMD Ryzen Zen 2-architecture CPU at up to 3.5GHz
Graphics: AMD Navi/RDNA 2-family GPU with 36 CU up to 2.23 GHz (10.3 TFLOPS, FP unit unknown)
Video memory: 16GB GDDR6 with 256-bit interface (448GB/sec)
Storage: 825GB SSD at 5.5-9GB/sec; NVMe SSD slot; support for USB HDD
Optical drive: Yes, 4K Blu-ray
Maximum output resolution: 8K 60fps; 4K 120fps
Audio: 3D, accelerated by custom Tempest Engine hardware; for headphones only at launch, supplemented by virtual surround for speaker audio
New controller features: Haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, USB-C connector
VR support: Yes, compatible with PSVR headset
Console streaming: Yes (Remote Play)
Backwards compatibility: PS4 games
Subscription tie-in: PS Now
Dimensions: 15.4 x 4.1 (3.6) x 10.2 in/390 x 104 (92) x 260 mm

PS5: Digital Edition

Alongside the standard PS5, Sony is also releasing a PS5 Digital Edition - a disc-less version of the next-gen console. This solely digital console will boast the same specs as the standard PS5, just in a more streamlined package.

The PS5 Digital Edition sees Sony moving with what’s increasingly becoming a physical-media-free hobby, banking on players to make use of digital downloads and streaming services rather than buying games or movies on disc-based hardware.

It’ll certainly make swapping games with friends a challenge, as well as trading them in, and gaming stores will likely be a little worried by its presence – especially if it proves significantly cheaper than the main version of the machine. But for those that enjoy building a physical library, the disc-based console remains an option at least.

PS5: Is there a new controller, too? Other accessories?

Yes, dubbed the DualSense controller, which will ship with the console. The new controller adopts haptic feedback to replace the older "rumble" sensation, making it possible to deliver a broader range of sensations, including textures and collisions. There will also be new speakers in the controllers and a USB-C port.

The controllers also incorporate adaptive triggers in the L2 and R2 buttons. If developers choose, they can program resistance into the triggers so you can feel a "tactile sensation" of drawing a bow, accelerating a vehicle off-road and more. It makes games more immersive overall.

New to the DualSense is a built-in microphone, which means a headset isn't needed to communicate with others in multiplayer games. It has an audio jack for a wired headset similar to the DualShock 4, though. Another change is the addition of the "create" button in lieu of the DualShock 4's "share" button. Sony says the new button will operate in the same way but will have more functions that it will reveal in the future.

The two-tone PS5 controller color scheme extends to the four face buttons, which still consist of Triangle, Circle, Square and Cross (or X), but they're devoid of color. There is a pop of color around the side of the central touchpad, as the PS4 Lightbar has moved from the top of the gamepad on the PS5.

The DualSense costs $70 (£55, AU$109) to buy standalone, and a dual-DualSense charging station $30 (£25, AU$49). The Pulse 3D wireless headset, designed to take advantage of the PS5's surround audio, runs $100 (£90, AU$159).

PS5: What will I be playing?

Thus far, we know of over 30 games that Sony has highlighted. Only a few of the launch titles are new rather than remakes, remasters or reboots, though. One, Astro's Playroom, will come bundled with the console as a see-what-it-can-do game. And a bunch of them still plan to launch by the end of the year, just not in time for them to help with that PS5 out-of-box experience.

There are more than a few "exclusives" -- limited windows in which they won't be on Xbox, Nintendo Switch or PC that is -- though a handful will only be on the PS5. Those expected out by end of 2020 are in bold:
- Bugsnax
- Deathloop (2021)
- Ghostwire: Tokyo (2021)
- Godfall
- Goodbye Volcano High
- Horizon Forbidden West (2021)
- Oddworld: Soulstorm

A few will be PlayStation -- i.e. PS4 and PS5 -- exclusives:
- Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Day 1)
- God of War 2: Ragnarok (2021)
- Gran Turismo 7
- Destruction AllStars
- Demon's Souls remake (Day 1)
- Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
- Sackboy A Big Adventure (Day 1)
- Returnal (2021)

Other notable titles coming to the platform include:
- Assassin's Creed Valhalla
- Battlefield 6 (2021)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (Day 1)
- Cyberpunk 2077
- Demon's Souls remake (Day 1)
- EA Sports FIFA 21
- Five Nights at Freddy's Security Breach
- Final Fantasy XVI (2021)
- Fortnite (Day 1)
- God of War 2: Ragnarok (2021)
- Gran Turismo 7
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Hitman 3
- Marvel's Avengers
- NBA 2K21
- Pragmata
- Rainbow Six Siege
- Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
- Resident Evil 8: Village (2021)
- Sackboy A Big Adventure (Day 1)

Along with the games, Sony plans to offer a PlayStation Plus Collection for PS5 buyers who subscribe to PS Plus, which will be ready to go at launch. It consists of classic PS4 games that you'd likely have on disc, so you can play them immediately on the digital-only model. They include God of War, Batman Arkham Knight, The Last of Us Remastered and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. Most new game prices seem to be hovering in the $60-$70 range in the US.

Sony says the PS5's chip was designed to incorporate the logic and features of the PS4's, making it natively backward compatible with older games and that an "overwhelming majority" of the 4,000 PS4 games will work on the PS5. (But in case it wasn't clear to you already, games for consoles earlier than the PS4 -- the PS3, PS2 and original PlayStation -- will not.) The faster components will probably deliver a speed boost to those existing games as well. We don't know if older games will somehow get a quality boost automatically, along the lines of the Xbox Series X's HDR reconstruction.

PS5: What about a PS5 Pro?

We're not sure if there'll be a PS5 Pro, but the reveal of an all-digital PS5 suggests that Sony is planning multiple versions of the console. A PS5 Pro feels possible, but we'd expect it deeper into the next generation of consoles.

PS5: How does the PS5 compare to the Xbox Series X and S?

Sony doesn't have a direct competitor for the Xbox Series S, at least not that we're aware of. Given the state of the coronavirus pandemic economy, the $300 price of the S is looking mighty attractive for anyone who's got disposable income for a console this holiday season, especially since its 1440p output is perfect for connecting to a relatively inexpensive monitor instead of a TV.

Compared to the Series S, the most novel aspect of the PS5 is the DualSense controller, though a lot will depend on its developer support. Sony has replaced rumble with more sensation-specific haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, which may deliver a much better gaming experience. But that small SSD may be a drawback, as it may increase the price to add extra storage, and the Xbox Series X's Smart Delivery may win some folks over. But the PS5 reportedly has a new Activities feature that will let you jump straight into a game, bypassing the main interface.

Some high-profile folks in the game industry have already begun to take sides. For instance, Valve cofounder and Steam creator Gabe Newell has come down on the side of the Xbox Series X.

Comparing PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X vs Xbox Series S
Processor8-core AMD Ryzen Zen 2-architecture CPU at up to 3.5GHz8-core AMD Ryzen Zen 2-architecture CPU at 3.8GHz (3.6GHz with SMT)8-core AMD Ryzen Zen 2-architecture CPU at 3.6GHz (3.4GHz with SMT)
GraphicsAMD Navi/RDNA 2-family GPU with 36 CU up to 2.23 GHz (10.3 TFLOPS, FP unit unknown)AMD Navi/RDNA 2-family GPU with 52 CU at 1.825GHz (12TFLOPS FP32)AMD Navi/RDNA 2-family GPU with 20 CU at 1.565GHz (4TFLOPS)
Video memory16GB GDDR6 with 256-bit interface (448GB/sec)16GB GDDR6 with 14Gbps 320-bit interface (10GB at 560GB/s allocated to GPU, 6GB at 336GB/s allocated to rest of system with 3.5GB for GPU)10GB GDDR6 (8GB at 224GB/s allocated to GPU, 2GB at 56GB/s allocated to rest of system)
Storage825GB SSD at 5.5-9GB/sec; NVMe SSD slot; support for USB HDD1TB NVMe SSD PCIe 4.0; proprietary 1TB SSD add-on module; USB 3.2 external HDD support512gb NVMe SSD PCIe 4.0; proprietary 1TB SSD add-on module; USB 3.1 external HDD support
Optical driveYes, 4K Blu-rayYes, 4K Blu-rayNo
Maximum output resolution8K 60fps; 4K 120fps 8K 60fps; 4K 120fps 1440p 120fps
Audio3D, accelerated by custom Tempest Engine hardware; for headphones only at launch, supplemented by virtual surround for speaker audioRay tracedRay traced
New controller features Haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, USB-C connectorShare button, Dynamic Latency Input Share button, Dynamic Latency Input
VR support Yes, compatible with PSVR headset unknown unknown
Console streamingYes (Remote Play) Yes (Console Streaming) unknown
Backward compatibilityPS4 games, some peripherals Xbox One and supported Xbox 360 and Xbox gamesXbox One and supported Xbox 360 and Xbox games
Subscription tie-inPS NowXbox Game Pass, Xbox Game Pass UltimateXbox Game Pass, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
Dimensions15.4 x 4.1 (3.6) x 10.2 in/390 x 104 (92) x 260 mm
5.9 x 5.9 x 11.9 in/151 x 151 x 301 mm
10.8 x 5.9 x 2.5/275 x 151 x 63.5mm
Preorders startNowSeptember 22, 2020September 22, 2020
Release dateNovember 12, 2020November 10, 2020November 10, 2020
PriceWith optical drive: $499.99, £449.99, AU$749.95; without optical drive: $399.99, £359.99, AU$599.95 $499, £449, AU$749$299, £249, AU$499

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