The PlayStation 5 is launching this year. It will release in fall 2020 according to Sony. Sony recently launched its PS5 website. The dedicated landing page doesn't feature any real details yet, so you shouldn't expect to learn more information about the PlayStation 5 yet. However, this move by Sony solidifies that the PS5 launch is fast approaching. So, with all this hype around the PS5 lets review what we know about this mysterious console.
PlayStation 5 Specs
Let’s start with hardware specifications of the PlayStation 5. At the time of this article, Sony hasn’t released all the specs on the PS5. So, let’s look at the information we have available. The PS5 will be sporting an 8 core/16 thread CPU clocked at 3.2Ghz with Zen2 architecture, custom designed exclusively for the PS5 by AMD. To compliment this powerful CPU, it was stated the graphics will be a Navi-based GPU with AMD next-gen features, similar to the Xbox Series X.
Sony has also upgraded memory capacity in both ram and storage in the PS5. It will have a reported 20GB GDDR6 at 880GB/S and 4GB DDR4 for the operating system. We've also received several technical details, including the inclusion of a solid-state drive (SSD). This new hardware is said to support 4K and 8K gaming. Sony also boasts ray tracing, and a new controller that will use haptic feedback and "adaptive triggers" to allow developers to adjust the tension for different in-game actions. (Below: Daulsense 5)
Some additional features of the PS5 that have been confirmed are improved cloud gaming performance, and "improved graphics rendering" power. The PS5 will have backwards compatible with "almost all" PS4 games. In addition to that it will also be compatible with current PSVR hardware, and there are also rumors of PSVR 2.
Looking at historical data from Sony’s past console generation, we see the PS4 and PS4 Pro were both $399 at launch, but you should expect the PS5 to cost more. Rumors have suggested the price will be around $499 to $599 price point. That would make it as pricey as the PS3 when it launched, and we all remember how that went for Sony. However, with all that said, Sony has not yet confirmed or denied these prices. So, let’s all hope it leans towards the $499 estimate.
Lastly, Sony has stated the PS5 is set to release during Holiday 2020 in the US, so we can assume between October and December 2020. Some more precise rumors say it will be released on November 20, 2020. The same time as its competitor the Xbox Series X which is also coming in Holiday 2020. Microsoft has stated that the Xbox Series X will be in the same price range as the PS5 and will have the similar performance. Microsoft also says it has new ideas on how the Xbox Series X will compete with the PlayStation 5.
So with all this said we’re not sure exactly when we might get more precise information about the PS5, but if it's anything like the PS4 launch, Sony will have a dedicated PlayStation Meeting event to unveil it.