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PS5 pre-order guide – all you need to know about the PlayStation 5

The next generation of PlayStation is officially coming later this year in the form of PlayStation 5. More information has been announced over the last few weeks and we’re getting a much clearer picture of what to expect from Sony’s next-gen console. That said, we’ve still got no idea on the price or any retailer’s PS5 pre-order allocation yet. Still, it won’t be too far away. Use this time as the perfect opportunity to figure out what you’re saving up for in our handy guide.

Will this be your first time owning a PlayStation console? Or are you a hardcore devotee who’s beyond excited to get the latest most powerful Sony console out there? Whatever the reason, we have everything you could possibly need to know about the PS5 right here.

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Not only will we give you a basic rundown of what to expect from the PS5 – including specs, price and pre-order offers – but we’ll also have a look at the key differences between it, the PS4 Pro and Xbox Series X. There’s also a quick look at what games to expect, and what accessories you might want to budget for.

Where can I place a PS5 pre-order?

No retailers have made a PS5 pre-order available right now. We’d expect it to be a little nearer to launch. We’d originally assumed that more details on the PS5 would emerge at E3, but the cancellation of many events due the COVID-19 pandemic has clearly affected plans. Right now, it’s unclear whether the PS5 will be delayed or the plan is to go ahead as usual.

Whatever the case, expect regular retailers like Amazon, Game and Currys PC World to battle it out for the cheapest price. But don’t expect a bargain. Odds are you’ll be lucky to get a PS5 pre-order that’s a few pence lower than the RRP – at least early on in the console’s life span.

on stage at the first PS5 reveal event

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 cheap as a Nintendo Switch. We’re also hard-pushed to believe it will cost the same as when the PS4 launched for £350. The PS5 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 Series X.

The latest reports, however, are indicating that manufacturing costs for the PS5 are already around $450 (£345) per unit. This is owing to a shortage of hardware components, particularly related to DRAM and NAND flash memory. These components are 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. It’s definitely something to keep in mind ahead of placing a PS5 pre-order.

When is the PS5 release date?

For now, we only know that the PS5 is slated for a ‘Holiday 2020’ release. That could mean late autumn or early winter. It will almost certainly be around November 2020, which was when the PS4 released back in November 2013.

some info on the PS5 graphics capabilities

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.

In March, Sony finally confirmed the PS5 specs and some of its core features in a (admittedly rather dry) presentation. Nevertheless, it gave us a more complete picture of what to expect from the PS5 console. We’d recommend you check our pals at Digital Foundry for a deep dive into the PS5 specs. They’ll do a much more comprehensive job than we can here.

What we can do, though, is break down a few of the key features that will define the PS5. Perhaps the console’s standout introduction is its hard drive: an SSD that will give the hardware much faster load times and make long loading screens a thing of the past. It was the one feature that the majority of developers requested on when discussion next-gen hardware – and that was heard loud and clear.

It does create a new challenge for expandable storage, though, as you’ll need to buy a particularly high spec NVMe SSD if you want to install more games onto your PS5. If you wanted to buy a compatible PS5 SSD right now you might balk at the price – it’s rather high! By the time the console is released – and we even need to start thinking about storage space – they should be cheaper. And you’ll always find the best PS5 SSD deals right here, too!

It’s good news for all your PS4 games, though. You’ll be able to connect any current PS4 external hard drive to the PS5 and play them through that. That’ll save you from another extra investment.

a close up of the DualSense – the new PS5 controller

Other PS5 features will include a GPU that can support ray-tracing, while a new controller called the DualSense will provide more immersive in-game feedback via tactile haptic feedback and an improved speaker. We’ve now seen the PS5 controller in the wild and while it looks very similar to the DualShock 4 it definitely has a futuristic edge to it with the design. Other new additions include the ‘Create’ button that will serve a similar function to the ‘Share’ button.

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 PS5 and the PS4 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 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.

Want to compare the PS5 vs Xbox Series X instead? Let us point you towards those smart folk at Digital Foundry for all the in-depth insights.

Mark Cerny presenting info about the PS5

Should I buy the PlayStation 5?

If you’re a big PlayStation fan then a PS5 pre-order is a no-brainer of a choice. With PS5 backwards compatible with both PS4 and PSVR, it means 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 will 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 the newly designed DualSense controller, with its bulkier design, haptic feedback features, speakers and 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.

That should just about wrap up everything for now in our PS5 pre-order guide. Lots of information for you to digest there, we think! As Sony reveals more of the PS5 over the coming months we’ll be sure to return to this page to keep it fully updated – especially as any PS5 pre-order info draws nearer.

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