The PS5 will be Sony’s most powerful gaming console yet.
This machine is a beast. The system will feature a custom 825 GB SSD that can load games incredibly quickly, as well as a 10.3 teraflop AMD RDNA 2 GPU for rendering vivid, lifelike graphics. Most games will run at 4K resolution with speeds of 60 frames per second, but the system can theoretically handle resolutions up to 8K and frame rates up to 120 fps.
What you need to know:
- What it is: Sony’s newest console, the fifth non-portable PlayStation
- Release date: November 12 (select territories), November 19 (rest of world)
- Price: $499 for PS5, $399 for PS5 Digital Edition
- Key features: 4K games at 60 fps, up to 8K resolution, up to 120 frames per second, ray tracing, fast-loading SSD
- Key games: Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon II: Zero West, Gran Turismo 7, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, Final Fantasy XVI
- Specs: 8-core 3.5 GHz AMD Zen 2 CPU, 10.3 teraflop AMD RDNA 2 GPU, 16 GB GDDR6 memory, 825 GB custom SSD
The PS5 will launch on November 12 in U.S, Japan, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia and South Korea, and on November 19 throughout the rest of the world.
In North America, the PS5 will cost $499 in its standard configuration with a disc drive, and $399 for the Digital Edition. In other parts of the world, the two systems will cost €499 and €399, £449 and £359, and ¥49,980 and ¥39,980, respectively, depending on where you live.
In April 2020, Sony officially took the wraps of DualSense: a radically redesigned PlayStation controller that will accompany the PS5. While DualSense has a familiar button layout and brings back the touchpad from the DualShock 4, its two-toned black-and-white design looks nothing like any PlayStation controller before it.
As Sony confirmed before, DualSense will have haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, which will provide realistic, tactile rumble to simulate the feel of, say, driving through mud or firing a bow and arrow. The controller’s Share button has been replaced by a new Create button, which Sony says will provide even more ways to capture and share your favorite gameplay moments.
DualSense also has a built-in microphone, which will let you chat with friends without needing to dig your gaming headset out. The controller’s light bar now surrounds the touchpad, which lets you better see the glow emanating out of it and complements the white design nicely.
PS5 user interface should make getting to your games even faster
PS5 backwards compatibility:
The PS5 will be backwards compatible with most — but perhaps not all — PS4 games. Unlike the PS3, which essentially incorporated a PS2’s guts into early models, the PS5 will run older games via regularized software algorithms. In theory, this means that almost every PS4 game will be compatible with the PS5 right from the get-go. At launch, most of the PS4’s 100 most popular games will be playable.