The next generation of PlayStation is officially coming later this year in the form of PlayStation 5, so we’ve gathered up as much information as possible about its launch. It’s still early days as Sony have yet to officially unveil its PS5 other than its logo. There’s also no best price yet as retailers haven’t announced their PS5 pre-order allocation yet, but it won’t be too far away and this is the perfect time for you to figure out what you’re saving up for.
Perhaps it’s your first time owning a PlayStation console or you’re a hardcore devotee and you can’t wait to get your hands on the latest most powerful Sony console out there. Whatever the reason, we have everything you could possibly need to know about the PS5 in this handy guide.
Not only will we give you a basic rundown of what to expect from the PS5 so far, but we’ll also have a look at the key differences between it and the PS4 Pro – the current highest specification system for Sony fans. There’s also a quick look at what games to expect, and what accessories you might want to budget for.
What is the PlayStation 5?
The PS5 is the next games console from Sony. Following the phenomenal success of the PS4, which has now sold over 100 million units, the PS5 is aiming to be newer, bigger, and better than any of its predecessors.
Sony has so far not officially unveiled its console apart from a very familiar albeit brand-affirming logo. However, through exclusive reports from Wired, we do have an idea on what to expect. While hardware specifications are yet to be confirmed, the emphasis has been less on raw power. Instead, Sony is boasting that the PS5 will be the world’s fastest console. An internal solid-state drive will allow for near instant-loading times, making long loading screens a thing of the past, or rather back to the days of game cartridges.
Other features will include a GPU that can support ray-tracing, while a new controller will provide more immersive in-game feedback via tactile haptic feedback and an improved speaker. Rumours also point to a built-in microphone. As for what the box itself looks like, we do have leaks on a bizarre PS5 prototype that developers have apparently received. Expect the final design, however, to look different!
What’s the difference between the PlayStation 5 and the PlayStation 4 Pro?
Sony hasn’t drawn on how much more powerful the PS5 will be compared to the PS4 Pro – the PS4’s premium option. It certainly will be a faster, more powerful machine in any case, although we also know that it will achieve this while being considerably more energy-efficient than the PS4.
The PS5 is expected to be fully backwards compatible with PS4 games as well as with PlayStation VR. This is an important addition as the PS4 was not compatible with its predecessor the PS3, and should also be a blessing for early adopters if you want to be able to keep all of your old games and accessories.
Basically, if you want the best Sony gaming experience then you need to get the PS5 later this year.
When is the PS5 release date?
For now, we only know that the PS5 is slated for a ‘Holiday 2020’ release, which could be late autumn or early winter. It will almost certainly be around November 2020, which was when the PS4 released back in November 2013.
How much does the PlayStation 5 cost?
Again, we’re not sure of the exact price, but given the inclusion of ray-tracing tech and a solid-state drive, it definitely won’t be as inexpensive as a Nintendo Switch. We’re also hard-pushed to believe it will cost the same as when the PS4 launched for £350 but may end up as much as when the PS3 launched for £425.
Sony is however reportedly taking a ‘wait-and-see’ approach on final pricing, perhaps in another bid to undercut its competitor Microsoft like the PS4 did with Xbox One, though Microsoft has also yet to confirm the price of the Xbox One Series X.
The latest reports, however, are indicating that manufacturing costs for the PS5 are already around the $450 (£345) per unit, owing to a shortage of hardware components, particularly related to DRAM and NAND flash memory, components also in high demand from smartphone manufacturers. It could result in the PS5 price going up unless Sony is prepared to sell the console at a loss.
Where can I place a PS5 pre-order?
No retailers have announced pre-order or prices yet. We’d expect it to be a little nearer to launch. After E3 seems quite likely as more details should emerge about the PS5 by then. Expect regular retailers like Amazon, Game, and ShopTo to battle it out for the cheapest price, but don’t expect a bargain. Odds are you’ll be lucky to get a deal that’s a few pence lower than the RRP – at least early on in the PS5’s life span.
Should I buy the PlayStation 5?
If you’re a big PlayStation fan then this is a no-brainer of a choice. With PS5 expected to be backwards compatible with both PS4 and PSVR, it should also mean you can carry your existing games and accessories over to the next generation. However, if you’re undecided in the console wars, it might be worthwhile waiting until there are more details about the PS5 as well as the Xbox Series X, and weigh up what each offer.
What are the best games for PlayStation 5?
Sony has always boasted a strong line-up of first-party exclusives but has been surprisingly muted for PS5 so far. That may be because they still have exciting exclusives for PS4 to talk about, including Dreams, The Last of Us Part 2 and Ghost of Tsushima. Nonetheless, Sony has confirmed that the PS5’s launch will include exclusives, which ought to justify investing in new expensive hardware.
What these games be we are yet to know, although developer Bluepoint Games, responsible for remasters like The Uncharted Collection and Shadow of the Colossus, is reportedly working on a reimagined game that will be part of the launch line-up and the studio’s biggest project to date. What the game is, nobody knows, but hot favourites include Demon’s Souls and Metal Gear Solid.
What accessories do I need?
If reports are correct, PS4 owners will be happy to know that your old DualShock 4 controllers will be supported by the PS5.
The PS5 will ship with a newly designed controller, likely named DualShock 5, with reports suggesting a bulkier design, new haptic feedback and speakers, possibly an in-built microphone. Recently released for the PS4 controllers is also a Back Button Attachment, with two additional mappable buttons. With an optional upgrade that late into the PS4’s life cycle, it would definitely make sense that users can continue using the tech on a next-gen console, and it’s almost certain back buttons will be part of the new controller design.
Now is the perfect time to stock up on accessories like a new PS4 external hard drive or PS4 controllers just in time for the new console. You can always use them on your existing PS4 one while you wait!