The next generation of PlayStation is officially coming later this year in the form of PlayStation 5. As the release draws nearer, we’ve got a much clearer picture of what to expect from Sony’s next-gen console, which is good news if you’re thinking about placing a PS5 pre-order. Use this time as the perfect opportunity to figure out what you’re saving up for in our handy guide.
We now know that there will be two versions of the PS5 console – a standard version and a digital-only edition. Alongside that, Sony has revealed some of the upcoming PS5 games and what PS5 accessories we will see at launch.
That said, we’ve still got no idea on the PS5 price or any retailer’s PS5 pre-order allocation yet. Still, it won’t be too far away. Keep your eyes on this page for all the latest announcements.
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.
On this page:
- Where can I place a PS5 pre-order?
- What will be the PS5 price?
- What is the PS5 release date?
- What is the PlayStation 5?
- PS5 vs PS4: the differences
- What PS5 games have been announced?
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 and the PS4. There’s also a quick look at what games to expect (and whether all of your old games will be compatible with that PS5) 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. August is currently our best guess.
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. It doesn’t look like it’s changed Sony’s plans to launch the console at the end of the year, though. In fact, it sounds like they’re ramping up PS5 production while they can!
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.
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 the PS3 when it launched for £425 – perhaps even closer to the £500 mark!
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.
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.
We also now know that the PS5 will ship as two different versions. There will be the standard PS5 Console and the PS5 Digital Edition Console. The latter will ship without a disc drive (similar to the Xbox One All-Digital Edition) so you’ll have to buy and play all your games digitally. We don’t know for sure, but we’d assume PS5 Digital Edition will be a little cheaper than the standard console.
Both will offer the same power inside, though. We learnt all about the PS5 specs and some of its core features in an (admittedly rather dry) presentation back in March. 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!
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.
PS5 vs PS4: the differences
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.
What PS5 games have been announced?
Following their latest State of Play broadcast, we’ve got a better idea of PS5 games are coming to the next-gen console. Sony has always boasted a strong line-up of first-party exclusives and that doesn’t look like it’s going to change for the PS5. These are some of the big-name PS5 games we know about so far:
- Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales – A follow-up to Insomaic’s superhero smash hit from 2018. This time, the focus is on Miles Morales and his journey to becoming Spider-Man. Rather than a full sequel, expect something in scope to Uncharted spin-off, The Lost Legacy.
- Horizon Forbidden West – It wasn’t a massive surprise that a sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn was announced as a PS5 exclusive. Given the popularity and success of the original, it seemed inevitable. Aloy returns, this time venturing into a dangerous new frontier where new threats await.
- Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart – The lombax and his robotic buddy are back with another launch title for the next Sony console. This time, the pair will be venturing through multiple dimensions with a wild and wacky arsenal of weaponry at the disposal.
- Gran Turismo 7 – It’s another whizz around even more detailed tarmac with even more detailed cars in the eternal driving sim.
- Returnal – Masters of the action-arcade game, Housemarque, is back with a new roguelike shooter for the PS5. You’ll be investigating a hostile planet with each death taking you right back to the start, but with all those lessons learned from previous runs still intact.
- Sackboy: A Big Adventure – PlayStation’s coarsely woven mascot returns for a new standalone puzzle-platforming adventure. If Tearaway or playing through Little Big Planet levels instead of creating them was more your thing then this looks like a must-have.
- Demon’s Souls – A remake of the tough-as-nails PS3 adventure that started it all. The From Software classic is being updated by Bluepoint Games and Japan Studio, the former you may know from loads of other great remasters such as Shadow of the Colossus, God of War and more.
That’s just a selection of the standout first-party announcements we currently know about right now. A whole host of third-party PS5 games have also been confirmed for the new console, including Far Cry 6, Cyberpunk 2077 and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. For everything else, do check out Eurogamer’s full PS5 games list.
Is the PS5 backwards compatible with PS4 and PS3 games?
PS4 games? Yes! You’ll be able to download PS4 games from the PSN Store or insert your PS4 discs into the PS5 and they will be playable. Sony is currently going through a testing period of the top 100 PS4 games and has found almost all are compatible. The rest and “thousands more” will continue to be tested in the run-up to launch. A good idea might be to transfer your old games onto an external hard drive for PS4 and then you can play them on your PS5 from day one!
Essentially, then, the answer is the vast majority of PS4 games will work on the PS5. Not to mention the number of forthcoming PS4 releases – including Cyberpunk 2077 and Marvel’s Avengers – that will offer you a free upgrade to the PS5 version if you decide to buy the new console.
As for PS3, PS2 and PS1 games? The answer is no. Versions that have since been updated for release on the PSN Store for PS4 could potentially work, but if you’re talking about your original discs and downloads, the answer is no.
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.
That said, the PS5 will ship with the newly designed DualSense controller. It features a bulkier design, haptic feedback, speakers and in-built microphone.
Alongside that, some of the new PS5 accessories that have been announced include the DualSense Charging Station, HD Camera, PS5 Media Remote and Pulse 3D Headset. All will be available from launch and we’ll be sure to add pre-order links once they go live.
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 next few months we’ll be sure to return to this page to keep it fully updated – especially as any PS5 pre-order info draws nearer.