PS5: release date, price, games, design and technical sheet

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The PS5 hits the market in November 2020. It will propel console gamers into the 4K/60 FPS gaming world and is expected to be firm. Pre-order, release date, price, games, design and technical sheet of the PlayStation 5, we take stock of what we already know.

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💰 What Is The Price Of The PS5?

The official prices of the two PS5 are known: the PS5 is sold for $ 499.99, as for the PS5 Digital Edition, it is sold for $399.99. Sony announced the prices for its two consoles on September 16, 2020 at an online conference.

📆 What Pre-order Date And Release Date For The PS5?

The release date of the PS5 in most EU Countries is set for November 19, 2020.

The PS5 has been available for pre-order since September 17, 2020 on Amazon, Auchan, Boulanger, Cdiscount, Darty, Fnac and Micromania, but at the time of reading these lines, there is currently no stock, but Sony has promised to put more PlayStation 5 in stock in the coming days. If you don’t want to miss it, we invite you to set up an alert so as not to miss the return of the PS5 in stock. Faced with this craze, some analysts believe that the PS5 will become the best-selling console of all time.

🔎 What Design For The PS5?

It was at the end of the conference on June 11, 2020 that Sony unveiled the design of its PlayStation 5. It adopts a futuristic look, very different from the visuals of the developer version which had leaked a few months before. The console will not have a “U-shape”, but comes in the form of a box arranged vertically or horizontally with rounded shapes and white and black plastic elements. To wedge the console, Sony includes a base in the boxes of the PS5.

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Sony has also opted for a parametric design with curvaceous and rounded shapes, far from the minimalism to which the manufacturer and its competitor Microsoft have accustomed us in recent years. The design is not unanimous, but it is praised by an overwhelming majority of players.

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As we can see in real conditions, the PS5 is much larger than other video game consoles, including previous PlayStation. Sony explains that it has opted for a spacious design to avoid the problems of overheating internal components. In addition to the official images of the console, we suggest you consult here the first photo of the device leaving the factory. Thanks to removable side panels, the console will be very easy to customize. This has just been confirmed in the first official disassembly video which reveals the arrangement of the components.

The PS5 Has A New Interface :

Sony showcased the new PS5 interface in a video released on October 15. Lasting more than ten minutes, it reviews in detail the big novelties of this OS, which takes up the logic of drawer menus introduced by the PS3. Everything is obviously faster, thanks to the SSD, but Sony has also placed an emphasis on sharing.

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Thus, it will be possible to very easily share screenshots in groups of friends. Live screen sharing will also be present. If you are watching a friend’s game, it will be possible to pin it on your screen while continuing yours. It is also possible to join this friend in-game instantly thanks to the speed of the SSD.

In bulk, Sony also unveiled the new Explore tab to keep abreast of the latest news on the console, but also the new PS Store, this time directly integrated into the OS and not a separate application. Everything is to be discovered in the manufacturer’s video.

The Trophy system has also been revised and corrected. Based on a range from 1 to 100 before, it now offers progression from level 1 to 999. The current progression will not be lost, but adjusted according to this new calculation method. Sony clarified that if you were level 12, you will go to level 200. Finally there is also a new moderation system that Sony has just confirmed: the voice conversations of PS5 and PS4 players will be likely to be recorded at their unknowingly before being transmitted to Sony.

New Design Of Physical Game Boxes :

Sony has already revealed the design of the PS5 game boxes. The changes are relatively minor: the gradient blue banner in PS4 games becomes white and the logo black. The words “Only On PlayStation” disappear. And Sony is now putting its PlayStation Sudios logo on its exclusive games.

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⚔ How Many Versions Of PS5 Will Be Released?

Sony has planned to market two versions of its console: one rather classic with a disc player, and the other… Without a Blu-Ray player. Called Digital Edition, this console will be entirely based on a download system. In addition, the Digital Edition of the PS5 is reminiscent of the Xbox One S All Digital Edition, the version without optical drive of the Xbox One S and marketed in 2019. The Microsoft console so much maligned at its release will have finally done. emulated at Sony. The lack of an optical drive seems to be the only difference between the two models, both in terms of hardware and design.

📄 Which Technical Sheet For The PS5?

Mark Cerny, chief architect of PlayStation, has already confirmed some very interesting elements of the PS5 datasheet. We learn that the console will be able to deliver graphics in 8K with Ray Tracing and 3D audio. It details several specific points of its technical sheet:

PlayStation 5PlayStation 5 All-Digital Edition
CPU– 8-core Zen CPU clocked at 3.5 GHz (variable frequency)
– Engraved on AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation 7nm SoC
– 8-core Zen CPU clocked at 3.5 GHz (variable frequency)
– Engraved on AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation 7nm SoC
GPU– AMD RDNA 2 with a power of 10.28 TFLOPS with Ray Tracing
– Engraved on AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation 7nm SoC
– AMD RDNA 2 with a power of 10.28 TFLOPS with Ray Tracing
– Engraved on AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation 7nm SoC
Architecture GPURDNA 2 optimizedRDNA 2 optimized
Memory / Interface16Go GDDR6 / 256-bit16Go GDDR6 / 256-bit
Memory bandwidth448 GB/s448 GB/s
Internal storage825 GB SSD with special memory controllers825 GB SSD with special memory controllers
Storage bandwidth5.5GB /s (Raw), 8-9GB / s (Compressed)5.5GB /s (Raw), 8-9GB / s (Compressed)
Removable storageNVMe SSD slot in CF Card formatNVMe SSD slot in CF Card format
External storage supportSupport for external hard drives via USBSupport for external hard drives via USB
Optical drive4K UHD Blu-rayNo

 

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Among the key points of the sheet, we find the 825 GB SSD. The free space on the SSD will not exceed 664 GB. The result of the integration of the 825 GB SSD, it is above all loading times reduced. To launch Godfall, it only takes 7 seconds for the PS5.

Thanks to this SSD, the PS5 will process data 100 times faster than the HDD of the PS4 according to Sony. The PlayStation 5, for example, would be able to load 2 GB of data in just 0.27 seconds. Gran Turismo 7 will also be one of the games that will benefit the most from this reduced time (as well as other new technologies). Gran Turismo should also demonstrate all the power of the PS5.

This transfer speed is the guarantee of more detailed graphics. Sony indeed promises a theoretical speed of more than 5 GB/sec. To this Sony could mobilize other rendering technologies similar to Nvidia’s DLSS. What makes graphics always clear, whatever the resolution while mobilizing less the performance of the machine.

An Unreal Engine 5 demo shows just how detailed scenes can be on the console. We learned from Sony executives that the dematerialized part of PS5 games as well as PlayStation Now will now be based on Microsoft’s infrastructure. Finally, a Sony patent suggests that the company could later launch an ultra-powerful “PlayStation Pro” with two GPU.

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Both PS5 could natively integrate Google Assistant, just like the Xbox Series X. Finally, the PlayStation 5 is compatible with WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1. A complete official teardown of the PS5 is available: we discover a very modular design, easy to repair, as well as the cooling solution chosen by the manufacturer. We learn why in passing that Sony replaced the thermal paste on the console chip with liquid metal.

What Will Launch Games And PS5 Exclusives Be?

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Sony is counting on many exclusive titles to make the difference against the Xbox Series X of its rival Microsoft. Here are all the games announced by Sony that will be released on PS5 as well as the games confirmed by the publishers:

  • Apex Legends
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Battlefield 6
  • Bugsnax
  • Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Chivalry 2
  • CHORUS
  • Control
  • Cris Tales
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Deathloop
  • Demon’s Souls
  • Destiny 2
  • Destruction AllStars
  • Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition
  • Dirt 5
  • Dustborn
  • Dying Light 2
  • FIFA 21
  • Five Nights at Freddys
  • Fortnite
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • GhostWire: Tokyo
  • Godfall
  • God of War Ragnarok
  • Gods & Monsters
  • Goodbye Volcano High
  • Gothic
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Hitman III
  • In The Sound Mind
  • JETT: The Far Shore
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits
  • Little Devil Inside
  • Lords of the Fallen 2
  • Madden NFL 21
  • Marvel’s Avengers
  • Metal: Hellsinger
  • MicroMan
  • NBA 2K21
  • Observer: System Redux
  • Oddworld: Soulstorm
  • Outriders
  • Paradise Lost
  • Planet Coaster: Console Edition
  • Quantum Error
  • Resident Evil 8 Village
  • Roots of Pacha
  • Scarlet Nexus
  • Starfield
  • Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One
  • Solar Ash
  • STRAY
  • The Last of Us Part II
  • The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
  • The Pathless
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine
  • Tribes of Midgard
  • Ultimate Fishing Simulator 2
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
  • Warframe
  • Watch Dogs: Legion
  • WRC 9

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As for the exclusive PS5 games, here is the list:
  • Astro’s Playroom
  • Demon’s Souls
  • Destruction AllStars
  • Final Fantasy XVI (disponible aussi sur PC)
  • Gran Turismo 7
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Project Athia
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Returnal
  • Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Some upcoming PS4 games will also get a free PS5 update if you purchase the new console. In addition, the PlayStation Plus Collection subscription will give you access to 18 PS4 games upon its arrival on November 19, 2020. Note that some games will be much more expensive on PS5 than on current consoles. This is particularly the case for titles developed by 2K Sports, including NBA 2K21. It will indeed cost 75 dollars to get it.

📺 What Will Be The Maximum Definition Of The PS5 Games?

The information has more or less or been confirmed by GameStop: the new console from Sony should be compatible with 8K televisions. It should therefore be able to display an image in 7680 × 4320 pixels. However, we do not know if this support will concern both games and videos (Microsoft had already done the job with 4K and its Xbox One S).

It also remains to be seen whether the games will benefit from such a definition natively, or whether they will simply be upscaled and the image reworked on the fly. According to Epic Games, most of the games available at the launch of the PS5 won’t be much different from the PS4 titles. To feel a real difference, and make the most of the possibilities of the console, we will have to wait until 2021 and the availability of the Unreal Engine 5, whose demo is no more greedy than Fortnite according to Epic.

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This is particularly the case of Fortnite, which will switch to the engine in the course of next year. According to Epic Games, developers need a few months to properly understand the hardware of the console.

Insomniac Games has also indicated that, one of the games for the launch of the console, Spider-Man Miles Morales will be playable in 4K and 60 FPS under certain conditions. These conditions are not specified, we can imagine a performance mode with ray-tracing disabled to reach this number of frames per second.

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How Far Will Sony Push Backward Compatibility?

Sony assures us, “99%” of PS4 titles will be backwards compatible with the console. 18 PS4 titles including God of War, The Last of Us: Remastered, and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will be available free to download for PS Plus Collection subscribers. In addition, the PS5 exclusives will be released simultaneously on PS4. We already know, however, that players who opt for the PS5 Digital Edition will have to give up on EA games purchased on PS4.

However, do not expect complete backward compatibility from the machine. Indeed, Sony has confirmed that it will be impossible to play your PS1, PS2 and PS3 discs on your new console. The manufacturer had to make choices and rule out this possibility. However, it will not be impossible to buy old games designed for the PS5 directly through the PS Store.

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In addition, Sony has already confirmed that around ten PS4 games will not work on the PS5 when it is released. It includes titles such as DWVR, Robinson: The Journey or Hitman Go: Definitive Edition. The developers of DWVR nevertheless affirm that their game should benefit from a patch ensuring full compatibility with the new console.

The situation regarding backups remains unclear. Sony has assured that the progressions will be transferable from one console to another. However, some publishers like, Yakuza Studios, have indicated that PS4 saves cannot be kept on PS5. The situation is therefore still very vague on this subject. For now, Sony has not yet managed to clarify the situation.

🎮 What Does The DualSense Controller On The PS5 Look Like?

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Sony has completely revised its design and opts for two colors: white and black. We nevertheless find the same arrangement of keys as on the DualShock controller of the PS4, i.e. 4 emblematic keys on the right part, two symmetrical analog sticks, directional arrows on the left, buttons R1 and L1, rear triggers R2 and L2 , an LED light and a large tactile zone placed in the center. Note that the X button is now required as the universal navigation key, even for the Japanese. Until now, the validation (or confirmation) key was different from one country to another.

Black PS5 controller unveiled in June 4 conference invitation (postponed to June 11)

Unlike the DualShock, the controller has a USB-C port for fast charging, an additional mic, a Mute button and a Create button in place of the Share button. We also know some of the technologies that Sony intends to integrate. First, the haptic feedback that would ridicule the competition. Sony would abandon its rumble technology in favor of a more precise, fine and believable return to reinforce the immersion.

The L2 and R2 triggers will be adaptive, which means that publishers will be able to increase their resistance, which again increases the immersion. Sony ensures that this technology will offer new, more immersive sensations.

Jim Ryan said it himself in an interview with Business Insider Japan: “3D audio and the haptic feedback of the controller are also things that, when you try them, will surprise you so much they change the player experience. Even when playing a racing game like Grand Turismo Sport with a PlayStation 5 controller, it’s a whole different experience. Although the game runs fine with the old controller, you won’t go back after experiencing the detailed texture of a road via haptic feedback and playing with the adaptive triggers. ”

Another new feature: the PS5 controller would be able to detect the heart rate and sweat of the player. Sony would thus integrate new sensors in its controllers, in order to analyze the biometric data of the palm of the user. The objective of such technological integration would be to adapt the gameplay to the state of the player. Enough to completely change the course of a video game when the user is calm or, on the contrary, when he is particularly stressed.

Sony would also consider integrating a rather original feature: controller sharing. Concretely, the manufacturer wants to transform single player games into a multiplayer experience. The players could therefore share the controls of the controller via several controllers. For a fighting game for example, a player could manage the cross, round, square, triangle keys for attacks.

Another could handle movement with the joysticks while another would handle powerful shots with the triggers. Sony could also allow gamers to “pass the controller” online. A leader would determine the playing time for each of the players, and depending on their performance, the players could play longer or shorter. In addition, this DualSense will be compatible with the PS4. And thanks to a particularly generous battery, its autonomy should exceed four hours that of the DualShock 4.

What Are The Official Accessories For The PS5?

Sony has already unveiled some of the accessories for the PS5. The first of these is the Pulse 3D headset, specially adapted for audio immersion designed for the console. This headset allows gamers to experience “sounds moving back and forth, up and down and around them,” says Sony. In Gran Turismo 7 for example, 3D audio will allow players to spot the position of other cars on the pavement.

There is also an elegant white and black charging station capable of charging up to two DualSense controllers simultaneously. There is also the HD Camera, a kind of webcam capable of streaming a 1080p video stream. We also note that the device has two lenses, a sign that the accessory can probably understand the volumes (but this remains to be confirmed).

The PS5 is also entitled to a remote control to control playback of Blu-Ray and DVD or movies and series on video on demand services. Moreover, the remote control is equipped with buttons dedicated to the streaming services Netflix, Disney +, Youtube and Spotify.

Finally, it is about TV optimized for the console. But for now there are only two HDMI 2.1 compatible models for 4K at 120 frames per second. Sony has also detailed a list of PS4 accessories that will be compatible with the PS5, including wireless headsets, DualShock 4, PS Move, and PS VR.

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