The Sony PlayStation has now been a part of gaming and entertainment life for a quarter of a century, with the first units arriving in lounges and bedrooms around the world in 1994. Of course, the console has been through a lot of changes and generations since then. The most recent full reboot of the popular console happened in 2013 when the PS4 was released, with a PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro joining the PlayStation family in 2016.
But with nearly seven years having passed since the PS4, it’s no wonder that gaming fans can barely contain their excitement at the prospect of a completely new console in 2020, the hugely anticipated PS5.
But what do we know about this brand new PlayStation, when will it be available to buy in the UK and across the world, how much might it cost and what games can we expect to be available on release?
Before the PS5 event in June, the main reveal so far had been the PS5 controller, known as the DualSense controller. We already knew the specs thanks to a March 2020 tech heavy presentation where Sony live streamed a breakdown of the PS5 and its accessories. At CES 2020 Sony revealed the official logo too.
Sony also finally revealed the look of the new console, as well as some of the most anticipated games that will be coming to PS5. At the event, Sony explained that there will actually be two console options available. These are a PlayStation 5 console with an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive and a PlayStation 5 Digital Edition without a disc drive.
It may also be the case that you don’t need a PS5 pre-order to get one at launch, but more on that later.
Sony’s backend supply chain in Taiwan has also insinuated that the generational life of the PS5 console will be just over five years, compared to the six or seven years enjoyed by the PS4, PS3 and PS2.
Below, we share everything we know so far around the PS5 release date, cost, confirmed games, specs and the overall PS5 console design.
When is the PS5 coming out in the UK?
Quick answer: Holiday 2020.
While there’s no exact date the PS5 is set to be unveiled, Sony has vaguely said it will be out for the “holiday season”.
In terms of an actual release date, we know that means before Christmas which leads us to assume a November 2020 or December 2020 release to coincide with the lucrative Christmas present and holiday gift market. A supposed leak sparked predictions that during the first week of June, around the time of the console’s rumoured reveal, will be when the first pre-orders for the console will be taken but that has passed us by – and it seems likely this was focused on the event date.
Exact UK dates have yet to be confirmed, but the new PS5 website that has spun up from Sony promises more details soon. It is understood that the PS5 will go head-to-head with Microsoft’s next generation Xbox Series X for the same gaming market of Christmas 2020 – so expect to hear a lot more about both as we approach the end of the year!
PlayStation 5 pre-orders and price
The PlayStation price isn’t likely to be announced until nearer the launch date. The first PlayStation retailed at £299, the PS3 at £425 and the PS4 at £350. It seems that the last console dipped to match the market, but with all the new changes and the long overdue update the PS5 will cost more.
Many analysts and industry insiders have predicted the console may retail around the $499 price point, meaning it could be around £449 in the UK market. However, at this stage this is merely speculation, and we’ll have to wait for a further announcement from Sony to find out.
However, we have to keep in mind that Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft released a joint statement in June 2019 warning that if prices rose for manufacturing and shipping in China the console prices could rise too. Bloomberg is also reportedly Sony having trouble keeping the price down due to the updated tech.
What’s the official PS5 logo?
Sony revealed the logo at CES 2020. While there were no details of the console they did show off the PS5 logo, which was met with mixed reactions… It does stay in line with what PlayStation has gone with before though, simple white lines.
What does the PS5 look like?
The PlayStation 5 design was unveiled at the 11th June PS5 event. While we already knew what to expect for the controller, the console itself hadn’t yet been revealed. Two consoles were announced – one with an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive and a Digital Edition without a disc drive. The two will have minor differences, but overall, the Playstation blog says Sony aimed for a console that is ‘bold, stunning, and unlike any previous generation of PlayStation’.
The PS5 is a sleek monochrome design which in some shots appear to be tall, although no measurements have yet been released.
PlayStation 5 specs
When lead system architect Mark Cerny gave an interview with Wired magazine in April 2019, the world began to discover a little more about the next generation PlayStation that Sony have been working on for four years.
Although tight-lipped about the exact capabilities of the new device, the article made clear that Sony would be delivering a fundamental change in the gaming experience for users – a real step up from the PS4 or it’s Slim and Pro cousins.
Since then a number of other details have been revealed and rumoured about the next generation console including:
- The console is expected to have an 8-core, 16-thread CPU.
- The graphics are expected to run on a variant of AMD’s Navi family.
- The new console will have custom SSD storage built in.
- The internal Blu-ray drive is expected to run 100GB discs and Ultra HD Blu-ray.
- The storage could be up to 1TB as standard.
- The PS5 is expected to have a revamped user interface
- The controller is reported to have variable resistance triggers for a more immersive gameplay experience.
Will the PlayStation 5 have a 4k blu-ray drive?
Yes it will. The PS5 can play your 4k blu-rays for that cinematic experience. Originally this wasn’t confirmed, and it was thought the console would just have an optical disc drive, but don’t worry it’s coming! In fact, the PS5 event revealed that there will be two options at launch: one PS5 console with an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive and another Digital Edition without a disc drive.
In that battle against the new Xbox it makes sense to offer both- the Xbox One X and S both have 4k disc drives. The Ps5 is adding that Ultra HD to the mix though.
The PlayStation 5 will also support 8k videos.
What has Sony PlayStation confirmed about the PS5?
While still remaining tight-lipped about much of the details, the gaming giant has been gradually releasing snippets about what is to come.
So far confirmed is:
- Ultra-high speed SSD
- Integrated custom I/O system
- Custom AMD GPU- with ray tracing
- 3D audio
What the ultra-high speed SSD and integrated custom I/O system together should deliver, is much faster loading and pace when moving through the game. There should be less load times in larger worlds which means new games can be developed with richer detail and less limitations on size or scale.
When it comes to the custom AMD GPU with ray tracing, PlayStation claim the extra GPU power will boost gaming resolution during play. The ray tracing, on the other hand, will enhance how light moves on the screen and across characters, meaning elements like water and glass will look ultra-realistic.
The 3D audio has been designed to immerse players in the action, hearing elements in different places including even behind you – even without high-end speakers.
What the combination of these features will ultimately mean, according to the PlayStation 5 site, is that developers will be able to start, “building expansive worlds and new play experiences in the games they design,” without the same scale limitations as previous models. This should provide a much richer and more panoramic gaming experience overall.
What is the PS5 DualSense controller like?
Modern looking, immersion, wireless and no need for a headset – those are your top wins of the new DualSense controller.
The new PS5 DualSense controller builds on the merits of the current DualShock controller. The key for Sony’s new PlayStation is the idea of a truly immersive gaming experience and, through the new design controller, should provide a much greater feeling of touch. According to Sony’s examples, this means you’ll be able to feel the “slow grittiness of driving a car through mud” and experience the tension in actions like “drawing a bow to shoot an arrow.”
DualSense Controller Sony
The DualShock 4’s “Share” button is also being replaced with a “Create” button. While Sony is keeping full details of this close to its chest, we have been told that the addition is a way for players to, “create epic gameplay content to share with the world, or just to enjoy for themselves.”
There’ll also be a built-in microphone, which will mean gamers can jump in and out of conversations easily without necessarily needing a headset to do so.
It is, of course, wireless too. There’s no news on how long a charge gets you, but we expect Sony will reveal that soon.
What games will be available on the PS5?
The PS5 event on Thursday, 11th June revealed more confirmed PS5 games coming to the console.
Some of the most eagerly anticipated PS5 games revealed include Godfall, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon Forbidden West, Oddworld: Soulstorm, Resident Evil 8, Demon’s Souls, Grand Theft Auto V, Hitman 3 and Gran Turismo 7.
Despite the rumours, there’s currently been no confirmation on anticipated games such as God of War 2. Read our full list of confirmed PS5 games and rumours.
Which PS5 games will be available at launch?
Wondering which games you can get your hands on as soon as the PS5 comes out? Following Sony’s PS5 event, we now know the following titles are expected in 2020:
- Spider-Man: Miles Morales
- Oddworld: Soulstorm
- NBA 2K21
Will the PS5 play PS4 games?
For those who have sunk sizable investment into PS4 games for their existing consoles, it may be a relief to know that you won’t need to chuck them all out when your shiny new PS5 finally arrives.
PlayStation have stated that the “overwhelming majority” of current PS4 games (of which there are more than 4,000) will be able to be played on the new PS5. At the moment, you can also get Disney+ on PS4 as well.
See the best PS4 and PS4 Pro deals and gaming bundles available now
Early patent leaks in November 2019 may have given us a look at what to expect accessory wise. The sketches showed a mystery cartridge, thought to be expandable SSD storage modules. That’s nothing really new, but having something that’s easy to slot in is helpful and a bonus.
PlayStation 5 VR: Will it be compatible with PSVR?
Yes it will! Sony has said it’s moving more into VR with the PS5. There’s no mention of a headset yet, but we’ll keep you posted.
Which are the best PS4 game and accessory deals?
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