With the PlayStation 5 just around the corner, it’s a good time to take a look back at the latest PS5 news, updates and rumors.
Sony’s upcoming console is nearly here, and while the latest next-generation system isn’t poised to release until holiday 2020, hype levels are off the charts. Sony and Microsoft will be going head to head, again, with another major console war at the end of the year. We’ve finally had a look at the PlayStation 5, and it looks like it’s arrived straight from the future with its svelte black-and-white curves, with two different form factors and a suite of accessories.
Though we know what the system looks like, there are still plenty of things we don’t know, like a price or a release date, and more information about what to expect from the internals. Sony’s official PS5 chief architect has detailed several bits of information about the system. We’ve slowly seen the PS5 puzzle begin to come together over the last few months, but we’re still a few pieces shy of completion.
However, there’s still plenty to get excited about even this early in the console’s life cycle. Here’s a collection of what we know about the PS5 so far.
What Does the PlayStation 5 Look Like?
Sony finally debuted their new system during the official PS5 reveal and showed off what the console itself would look like. It looks unlike anything the company has released over the years, with a predominantly white casing and internal black chassis. It matches the new DualSense Controller, and its monochromatic form has a very space-age, futuristic look to it that sets it apart from the Xbox Series X.
Most importantly, there will be two versions of the PS5: both the Standard and Digital Editions. The Standard version will come with an optical Blu-ray Disc drive, while the Digital Edition will not include one and will be a much thinner console because of it. You can see the distinct difference between the two, as shown during the PS5 reveal presentation.
What We Know About the PS5 Specs
It looks like the PS5 will be packing some seriously impressive specs when it launches. As revealed by Wired, Sony’s Mark Cerny himself divulged some of the finer details we’ll be able to see in the system when it’s released.
The PS5 will support ray tracing, one of the most advanced lighting techniques, which is currently relegated to powerful PC gaming machines. It requires a massively powerful GPU, which the PS5 is rumored to have, to come to fruition. Cerny confirmed to Wired that there is, in fact, “ray tracing acceleration in the GPU hardware.”
Sony has also confirmed previous rumors that the PS5 will support 8K gaming, for a dose of some ridiculously high visual fidelity, resulting in more detailed textures and even more photorealistic gaming. Supporting these visuals will be a new solid-state drive (SSD) to handle the console’s storage. All of which means faster load times, nearly 20 times more than what the PS4 currently utilizes.
It’s entirely possible game installs could go by much quicker and larger games could be accommodated in the future. Unfortunately, specific specs beyond the mention of an 8-core AMD chipset and SSD have yet to be confirmed. In short, Sony is saving some of its biggest hardware internal reveals for a later date.
A new DualSense controller will ship with the PS5 instead of the mainstay DualShock series controller players are used to. Compared to the best PS4 controllers, the new DualSense controller was created with the goal of deepening “the feeling of immersion when you play games.” It will introduce haptic feedback as a replacement to classic rumble technology, and it will also feature a new set of buttons called “adaptive triggers.”
The adaptive triggers will be worked into the L2 and R2 trigger buttons and will let you feel the sensation of driving through a bumpy set of roads or drawing a bow back when preparing to fire. It’s meant to work with haptic feedback to “produce a powerful experience that better simulates various actions.”
It’s a completely redesigned take on the classic DualShock series, and it comes in white, at least, based on the first glimpse we’ve had of it. It will be available in a two-toned design with black at the bottom around the analog sticks. The position fo the light bar has been moved behind the expanded touchpad for an additional “pop” as well.
There is no longer a “Share” button; instead, there is a “Create” button, with more details coming closer to launch. There will be a built-in microphone array, however, which will let users chat with friends without plugging in a headset.
PS5 Updates: What Games Will be Available on the PS5 at Launch?
There are several games that have been confirmed for the PS5 release date thus far, including multi-platform releases from third-party developers. Several have been acknowledged specifically as launch games.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: The newest entry in the Assassin’s Creed series places you in the shoes of a Viking raiding party in the middle of a war brewing between the Vikings and the English. With sailing mechanics, full character customization, and action-packed battles earmarked in the first footage, it should be a fantastic excursion.
Chorus: This mysterious new space-flight combat shooter is set to launch on PlayStation 5 in 2021. You take on the role of Nara, an ace pilot with a checkered past, as she explores the galaxy in her sentient ship Forsaken.
The Medium: Bloober Team, the developer that brought us Blair Witch and Layers of Fear, is returning with a terrifying new horror project about a medium living a life torn between two worlds: reality and the spirit realm. She’s haunted by the murder of a young child, a mystery that players will need to help her unravel.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum: Originally announced in March 2019, Daedalic’s new Lord of the Rings adventure is slated for both PS5 and the Xbox Series X. It’s an action-adventure that will focus on Gollum to tell a story “from a perspective never seen before while staying true to the legendary books.”
Godfall: Gearbox Studios’ new action RPG was shown off at The Game Awards 2019 and looks like a totally different beast than Gearbox’s previous hit, Borderlands. It resembles a hack-and-slash adventure that looks extremely interesting thus far.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales: The newest chapter in Insomniac’s Spider-Man adventure series turns the spotlight on Miles Morales instead of Peter Parker. It’s going to rival games like Naughty Dog’s Uncharted: The Lost Legacy in terms of content and game size, and it’s set to debut this holiday season.
Bugsnax: This lighthearted game from Young Horses, the creators of Octodad, is a strange but adorable adventure that features food-centric bugs that the inhabitants on Snaktooth Island munch on to transform their bodies. It will make copious use of the PS5 controller’s haptic feedback.
Astro’s Playroom: The same adorable little robot from Astro Bot: Rescue Mission returns for a collection of fun mini-games that players can jump into at launch with the PS5.
Games like CD Projekt RED’s hotly-anticipated, sprawling RPG Cyberpunk 2077 will also be making its way to PS5 by way of an enhanced version for the system that will debut in November, as the game has been pushed back once more.
There are scores of other new titles on their way, many of which were seen during the official PlayStation 5 reveal stream, so there will be plenty of games for buyers to pick up and enjoy when the console finally debuts.
How Much Will the PS5 Cost?
Let’s get to the biggest question ahead of the PS5 release — how much is it going to cost? Despite Sony finally revealing the console’s form factor itself, there hasn’t been any confirmed pricing information just yet. Rumors are indeed swirling around that the price could reach $599 or more because of the various hardware upgrades. It’s likely that it will be closer to $499. The PlayStation 4 was just $399 when it debuted, but that doesn’t mean Sony is beholden to remain at a certain price point. Sony will also need to compete with Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox Series X, which is also rumored to cost $499 to $599.
Wired’s Peter Rubin spoke to Sony’s Mark Cerny about this during his initial discussion and shared it on Twitter, noting that Cerny said that the team would “be able to release it at an SRP (suggested retail price)” that would be “appealing to gamers” in light of its rich set of features. While that doesn’t exactly give us any sort of confirmation about price, it’s safe to say it’s going to cost at least the same as the PlayStation 4, but possibly more.
How Does the PS5 Compare to the Xbox Series X?
The PlayStation 5 will be a decidedly different system internally than the Xbox Series X in several ways. Both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will utilize custom AMD chips, per TechRadar. Both consoles will have an 8-core CPU based on the Zen 2 microarchitecture. However, the new Xbox console will likely have a faster processor (3.8 GHz compared to the PS5’s 3.5 GHz).
The Xbox Series X is also rumored to have a slightly stronger graphics card. In reality, this won’t be a very noticeable difference. The PlayStation 5’s graphics system will support ray tracing, running at 10.28 teraflops with 2.23 GHz. In comparison, the Xbox Series X will run at 12 teraflops of power, which is twice as much as the Xbox One X. In terms of disc-based media, the PlayStation 5 will play 4K Blu-ray media, which is something the Xbox One X and Xbox One X S is already capable of, with discs up to 100GB.
Sony’s new console will use solid-state drives for storage space, as will the Xbox Series X. The PlayStation 5’s unit will feature an 825GB SSD with the option to expand, while the Xbox Series X will include a 1TB SSD using NVME technology and expansion cards as well. Both consoles will allow external HDD storage.
One aspect where both consoles differ greatly is how they’ll actually look. The Xbox Series X resembles a vertical black refrigerator or similar apparatus, where the PlayStation 5 is a more sleek, curvy
Here’s the bottom line: the two consoles are neck and neck in terms of features, software, hardware and storage.
PS5 Release Date
Here’s one thing we do know slightly more about than the rest of the PS5’s list of features, games, and price point: its release date. While Sony hasn’t confirmed an exact date just yet, the company did publish an official blog written by Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment that confirmed it would be launching “in time for Holiday 2020.”
Wired previously broke this news in an exclusive story it published back in October 2019, but now we have the news straight from the source. It’s not clear whether the console will be out a month or a week before holidays get underway, but Sony will surely want to take full advantage of the holiday sales season. That means a November or early December launch is most likely.
Though the official PS5 reveal has come and gone, we still don’t know an exact date when to expect the PS5 or any type of availability for pre-orders. We’re still waiting in that respect, unfortunately.
But as more news filters in, make sure to check back here! We’ll continue to update this article as we learn more and more.