Sony PlayStation 5: release date, launch games, controller and everything you need to know
Sony’s next-gen console, the PlayStation 5, will go toe-to-toe with the Xbox Series X when it arrives later this year. Sony has remained tight-lipped about the launch, but some details about the PS5 have been revealed over the past few months. From the PS5’s specs discussed at the March reveal event to the unveiling of the DualSense controller, fans now have a better picture of what awaits them at the end of 2020. Eager to know more? Scroll on to find out everything you need to know right now about Sony’s upcoming console. What’s the latest news? Sony’s PlayStation 5 units will reportedly be “limited at launch” Infinity Ward confirms Call Of Duty: Warzone for next-gen consoles Horizon: Zero Dawn 2 reportedly a PS5 exclusive, will feature co-op What is the PlayStation 5?
The PS5 is Sony’s next-gen console, which will replace the PS4 (2013), PS4 Slim (2016) and PS4 Pro (2016). It will be a direct competitor to Xbox’s very own next-gen console, the Xbox Series X. When will PlayStation 5 be released? Sony has not announced a firm date, only saying the PS5 will arrive during the 2020 “holiday” period in the US. Presumably, that means somewhere between October and December this year. This is the same window during which the Xbox Series X will launch. Historically, PlayStation launches have occurred in November, so we can expect the same for the PS5. How much will PlayStation 5 cost? Again, Sony has remained tight-lipped about pricing. Analyst predictions hint at somewhere in the range of US$499/£449/AU$749. Microsoft has not revealed the price for the Xbox Series X either. What are the specs for PlayStation 5?
In March 2020, Sony held its first PS5 reveal livestream event – due to COVID-19 – where lead system architect Mark Cerny provided a deep dive into the console’s hardware. Without bogging you down too much with all the tech specs and jargon, here’s a glimpse of the important stuff. SSD: The PS5 will include an SSD in its design, which will be much faster than its predecessor, which used a HDD. How much faster? Where the PS4’s HDD would load 1GB of data in 20 seconds, the PS5’s SSD will load 2GB in 0.27 seconds. During the event, Cerny said fast-travel in games will become “blink-and-you-miss-it” fast. Expandable storage: The PS5 will come stocked with an 825GB SSD for storage. That’s already massive, but Cerny also said that the new console will be compatible with third-party SSDs. The PS5 will include a bay that can accommodate the drive. In comparison, the Xbox Series X makes use of proprietary SSDs, which can only be purchased from Microsoft. Backwards compatibility: Thanks to its custom CPU and graphics processing unit, the PS5 will be able to handle backwards compatibility. Cerny said this feature was tested by developers on 100 of the most-played PS4 games at the time. At launch, most of these games will be available for play.
Apart from the aforementioned backwards compatibility, the titles that have been announced for the PS5 include: Observer: System Redux Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Call Of Duty: Warzone Horizon Zero Dawn 2 Warframe Rainbow Six Siege The Lord Of The Rings: Gollum Godfall Battlefield 6 Gods And Monsters Rainbow Six Quarantine WRC 9 Dying Light 2
Infinity Ward confirms Call Of Duty: Warzone for next-gen consoles Infinity Ward’s narrative director Taylor Kurosaki has confirmed that Call Of Duty: Warzone will be making its way to the PS5. “I know that our plan is: Warzone is going to be around for quite some time, so as soon as [next-gen consoles, like the PS5] are out and available I’m sure we’ll support them,” he said. Horizon: Zero Dawn 2 is reportedly a PS5 exclusive, will feature co-op Guerrilla Games is working on a sequel to Horizon: Zero Dawn, which may be a PS5 exclusive and feature co-op gameplay. Multiple unnamed sources reportedly informed Video Games Chronicle that the developer started working on Horizon: Zero Dawn 2 soon after the release of the original, and that the new game will feature a “larger game world and more freedom to explore”. The game is also likely to have a co-op mode, a feature that was meant to be on the original, but was cut due to feasibility. PS5 units will be “limited at launch”, says Sony According to a Bloomberg report in April, Sony only plans to ship an estimated total of five to six million units through the end of March 2021. In comparison, it sold 7.5million PS4 consoles over its equivalent launch period in 2013. Sony expects that the PS5’s loftier price tag may deter initial pick-up by many. A first look at the PlayStation 5 controller Sony has officially announced the DualSense controller for the PS5. The design of the new DualSense controller is geared towards delivering an enhanced level of immersion for players. This includes “adaptive triggers into the L2 and R2 buttons of DualSense so you can truly feel the tension of your actions, like when drawing a bow to shoot an arrow”, Senior Vice President for Platform Planning & Management Hideaki Nishino said during the reveal on April 7. READ MORE: Let’s take a look at that PlayStation 5 controller then Another major upgrade is the inclusion of a built-in microphone array, which will enable players to easily chat with friends without a headset, making it ideal for jumping into quick conversations. The controller will also feature a new Create button, the function of which will be revealed closer to launch.