After so much speculations, the PlayStation 5 reveal event which took place on June 11, 2020 has come and gone, germane details about the console have finally been made public.
PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim which were only newer versions of PlayStation 4 with minimal technical upgrades are steps below the PlayStation 5 which provides an entirely new system (such as architecture, resolution, backward compatibility and higher storage capacity) which will be release within the period of October to December. it is also important to know that PlayStation 5 will not be alone and will receive a fierce competition has Microsoft is hard at work on a next-generation Xbox, named the Xbox Series X.
From specifications, price, resolution, games to improvements on the older version (PlayStation 4), here is everything you need to know about the PS5 — and of course, that is the name!
PLAYSTATION 5 SPECIFICATIONS
There will be two versions of the console, a regular one (supports disc) and a digital version that won’t support discs. The console which is white and black can be laid vertically or horizontally. Purchasers will be left to decide if they want the digital model or not.
The system which will come with accessories like an HD camera, a media remote, a Pulse 3D wireless headset and a DualSense charging station that will charge two controllers promises to be an exciting upgrade. Even though the new specifications noticeably outperform the current-generation of consoles, recent rumor speculates that the PS5 will still have less power than current high-end PC graphics cards.
CPU 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
GPU 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
GPU Architecture Custom RDNA 2
Memory/Interface 16GB GDDR6/256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 448GB/s
Internal Storage Custom 825GB SSD
IO Throughput 5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed)
Expandable Storage NVMe SSD Slot
External Storage USB HDD Support
Optical Drive (optional) 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive
The PS5 will also be replacing a hard-disk drive in favor of a solid-state drive with higher bandwidth than those used in current PCs. With the move to an SSD drive, loading times would be reduced significantly when compared to the PlayStation 4 Pro and will use games with a data capacity of 100GB. In order to reduce installation times brought on by huge file sizes, it will make use of the SSD and allow you to only install the parts of games you want to play, such as a competitive multiplayer mode or campaign. Games can also be loaded to specific modes from the dashboard, so you can join your friend in a match without having to go through the entire starting process as you would on games for PS4.
The controller which is officially called the DualSense was revealed by Sony in a post to the PlayStation Blog sharing the first images of the design as well as the first official word on what new features it will include. as already indicated from the name, the focus will be on your sense; specifically, the sense of touch.
The DualSense Controller builds in refined haptic feedback to capture a broader range of motions, such as “slow grittiness of driving a car through mud”. It includes adaptive trigger buttons that can dynamically change their tension for different activities, such as drawing back a bowstring. with a built-in microphone to talk to friends without headset is no longer a necessity.
The change-over to DualSense for the new PS5 controller represents the icing on the cake and the biggest change in PlayStation controller design ever. with an embraced of a two-toned color aesthetic and alteration to the angle of the shoulder buttons while rounding out the overall shape of the device. It still features a central touchpad, though now it’s flanked by a pair of lightbars. It also expunges the “Share” button for a “Create” button with expanded functionality.
“DualSense marks a radical departure from our previous controller offerings and captures just how strongly we feel about making a generational leap with PS5,” Sony Interactive Entertainment president Jim Ryan said. “The new controller, along with the many innovative features in PS5, will be transformative for games – continuing our mission at PlayStation to push the boundaries of play, now and in the future.”
The details as confirmed by Mark Cerny is that the PlayStation 5 will be backward compatible with PS4 and PS VR games. this would be an amazing selling point for the next-generation console though this will not include PS3, Ps2, or PS1 games, according to the BBC. The reason as stated by Cerny was the similarity i architectural design of PS5 and PS4. Sony later said it planned to use backward compatibility to help players transition into the next-generation system from the PS4.
No information on a potential PS VR 2 has been released, but the PS5 will support the current headset. This means that there is no need keeping your PS4 and PS5, you could trade in or sell your earlier system.
with the absence of backward compatibility for other lower versions asides PS4, the statement by Microsoft that the Xbox Series X will be the “most compatible console ever” might just be true has Sony has not offered any hints to refute that claim as it stands presently.
PlayStation 5 games
Developers are remaining tight-lipped about whether they have PS5 dev kits in hand. Several have made comments that could be construed as hints that they do. However, The Witcher 3’s developer; CD Projekt Red, is hard at work on its next epic, Cyberpunk 2077.
At a 2018 conference in Bergen, the studio heads gave a presentation about the game, which included a slide with the phrase “Rich, true-to-life visuals built on current and next-generation technology.” That could mean a lot of things, of course, but one could interpret that as a nod to the fact that they are simultaneously developing the game for both current- and next-generation consoles, of which the PS5 would have to be one. We do know, however, that the game is expected to launch on PS4 in late 2020.
Sony recently said that it wanted to “emphasize value as opposed to price.” Here are all the confirmed titles so far:
Marvel’s Spider-Man Miles Morales
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Observer System Redux
Destiny 2: Beyond Light
Jett: The Far Shore
Madden NFL 21
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
Rainbow Six Siege
With two different systems available: The regular PS5 and an all-digital version. The two will likely be vastly different in price, with the digital version coming in at a less expensive price.
Sony, of course, hasn’t announced the price of either PS5 system. There are two sources pointing toward a $500 price point, though. PSErebus — the same leaker who correctly predicted The Last of Us: Part II release date — leaked that the console would release on November 20, 2020, for $500. Additionally, Twinifite reports that Ace Research Institute estimates the same price.