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PlayStation 5: Latest Price, Specs, Release Date, and Games

The wait is finally over. It’s been seven years since the launch of Sony’s PlayStation 4 and the introduction of PlayStation Plus. Though, Sony did update the PlayStation 4 by introducing the PlayStation 4 Pro in 2016, but it is the PlayStation 5 that everyone has been waiting for. The all-new PlayStation 5 was scheduled for an initial April 2020 press release. But with the current COVID19 pandemic, it was postponed till June 2020. Sony unveiled the official PlayStation 5 to the world on 11 June 2020. Though we have yet to receive an official release date, the anticipation is now at an all-time high.

Sony PlayStation 5 console and accessories
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A Brief History into Sony’s PlayStation Gaming Console

Designed and engineered by Japanese tech giant Sony, the PlayStation (PS) is a video game console that was first launched in 1994. Over the years, the PS console was improved upon and updated. We will soon be able to get our hands on the fifth, and latest console in 2020. To date, the PS2 is the best-selling home video console, having sold more than 155 million units worldwide. Sony’s gaming device is so popular that the PS3 became the fastest-selling game console in history. The PS3 sold a million units in a single day!

The origins of the PS gaming console dates back to 1988. At that time, Sony was working with Nintendo on a joint project to create a CD-ROM for Nintendo’s Super Famicom. However, the partnership was terminated by Nintendo as both companies could not agree on how to split the revenue fairly. Nintendo eventually partnered with Phillips, and Sony was left to pick up the pieces. Ken Kutaragi, a Sony executive at that time, believed in the gaming console project and kept working on it. Although he was under pressure from higher management, he pushed on and from his vision, the PlayStation console was born. Today, Ken Kutaragi is considered, “The Father of the PlayStation”.

Considering that the PS was a late entry into the home gaming and entertainment industry, what it has achieved is nothing short of amazing. With established names in the market like Nintendo, Atari, and Sega at that time, nobody could have predicted the PS’s rise. Today, when it comes to gaming consoles, there are only two names that come up for discussion. Sony’s PlayStation and Microsoft’s Xbox series.

 

Expect a Complete Design Revamp from its Predecessors

Sony PlayStation 5 Console White with Controller
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I’m not going to mince my words here, so let me get straight to the point. The all-new PlayStation 5 is STUNNING! I mean, it is gorgeous. Those curves. That white body. The slim and sleek, yet sophisticated look to it. It looks like it was designed by an architect. Incorporating cutting-edge materials and accentuating the streamline body to blend into the urban landscape. Considering how boxy the PlayStation 4 looks, this is a sight to behold. I could go on about how sexy this gaming console looks, but I’m afraid it might get censored. I mean seriously, look at it. It belongs in the museum, a modern art piece.

 

Wait a Minute. There are TWO PlayStation 5s?

That’s correct. Sony announced that there will be two versions of the PlayStation 5. There will be a Standard Version and a Digital Version. The look, shape, design, and feel of both consoles will remain identical. The major difference will be the internal components of the device. The Standard Version, like its predecessor, will be able to read Ultra HD Blu-ray discs because it has an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive. What this means is that you can continue to buy your games physically, put the disc into the console and play. With an Ultra HD Blu-ray player, you can also play Blu-ray movies in 4K.

The Digital Version does not come with an Ultra HD Blu-ray drive. There is no way for you to insert a disc into the gaming console. All your games will have to be purchased online, through the Sony Store, and downloaded into your device. This is a lifesaver for gamers who play many different games and don’t want to be constantly ejecting and inserting discs just to change games. Plus, you don’t ever have to worry about your Blu-ray discs going missing. The downside of the Digital Version is that you cannot play the Blu-ray movie discs you currently have in all its 4K glory.

Do take note that there will be a slight weight and size difference between both the Standard and Digital Versions. Because the Digital Version does not come with an Ultra HD Blu-ray drive, the console will be slightly thinner and lighter in comparison to the Standard Version.

 

PlayStation 5 Specifications and Functions

Specification and Performance
CPU
AMD 8x Zen 2 Cores @ 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
GPU
10.28 Teraflops, 36 CUs @ 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
GPU Architecture
Custom RDNA 2
Memory/Interface
 16GB GDDR6/256-bit, 448GB/s
Internal Storage
 Custom 825GB SSD
IO Throughout
5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed)
Expandable Storage
NVMe SSD Slot
External Storage
USB HDD Support
Optical Drive
 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive

The PlayStation 5 is a beast! We sometimes forget that this gaming console is actually a computer, and we do not give it the respect it deserves. Take these specs and compare them to a gaming PC. I promise you that they are just as fast, if not faster than many gaming PCs out there. The biggest, and best upgrade, in my opinion, is the move from HDD to SSD. With the SSD, the loading time is significantly reduced, allowing the PlayStation 5 to start-up faster.

At a Sony corporate event earlier this year, a demonstration was given to the public. Using the popular Spider-Man game, Sony ran it on both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. On the older PlayStation 4 system, the game took 8.1 seconds to load. On the new PlayStation 5 system, the game loaded in 0.8 seconds. Believe it or not, that’s the truth. In comparison to PlayStation 4, that’s a whopping eight times faster! You still don’t think the PlayStation 5 can compete with a gaming PC?

 

Ray Tracing Technology

Star Wars ray tracing demo
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What exactly is ray tracing technology? Ray tracing enables you to experience the most realistic-looking computer-generated graphics ever. It is a graphic rendering technique that enhances the way light reacts with virtual objects in a 3D environment. For the longest time, this technique has been used in Hollywood blockbuster movies to improve the visual experience. A cut scene from the Star Wars movie was used as an example of ray tracing and how the light in the scene is enhanced for a more realistic environment.

The new PlayStation 5 will have ray tracing technology, and this will allow for better graphics than ever. The ability to visually contrast between light and shadow has never been sharper. This takes gaming to a whole new level and the user experience will be off the charts.

 

When will the PlayStation 5 be Available?

That is the question, isn’t it? As of right now, no fixed date has been announced for the release of the new console. According to Sony, we should be expecting the PlayStation 5 to drop around the holiday season, which should mean Christmas 2020. If we look back at the PlayStation 4, it was launched in November 2013. We can expect the PlayStation 5 to be released around the same time this year, in anticipation of Christmas.

 

How Much will the PlayStation 5 Cost?

Nobody knows. Sony is notorious for keeping the price of its PlayStation consoles under wraps until the official release date. However, looking back at previous models, the price shouldn’t vary too much. When the PlayStation 4 dropped in November 2013, it cost about US$400. Prices are expected to be somewhere around there or slightly more. Current predictions put the PlayStation 5 at approximately, US$499/£449. Pre-orders are currently not available.

 

Games You Can Expect on PlayStation 5

At the end of the day, it’s all about the games. There really is no point in having the latest, and greatest gaming console if there are no worthwhile games to play. Here is the list of 26 games that Sony revealed for the PlayStation 5 on 11 June 2020.

 

playstation 5 spider man game
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  1. Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  2. Gran Turismo 7
  3. Godfall
  4. Horizon: Forbidden West
  5. Oddworld: Soulstorm
  6. Resident Evil 8: Village
  7. Deamon’s Souls
  8. Grand Theft Auto 5 (GTA 5) Enhanced
  9. Project Athia
  10. Solar Ash
  11. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apert
  12. Sackboy: A big Adventure
  13. NBA 2K2114. Destruction AllStars
  14. Deathloop
  15. Stray
  16. Goodbye Volcano High
  17. Returnal
  18. Bugsnax
  19. Hitman 3
  20. Ghostwire: Tokyo
  21. Jett: The Far Shore
  22.  Kena: Bridge of the Spirits
  23.  Little Devil Inside
  24.  Astro’s Playroom
  25. Pragmata

 

Our Verdict

The PlayStation 5 ticks all our boxes and more. The most powerful PlayStation yet, this gaming console has been a long time coming. As a PlayStation owner myself, I’ve been using the PS4 for almost 6 years now. The wait for the PlayStation 5 has been long, but from everything we’ve found out, its been worth the wait. Yes, it will be expensive. Yes, we’ll have to wait till the end of 2020 to get our hands on it. But I don’t think it’s going to put anyone off. This stunning new console looks every bit the futuristic piece of technology we’ve been expecting. With the immense power behind the console, plus the ever-growing list of games that will be available, the PlayStation 5 is the console of the future.

Admittedly, with the impending release of Microsoft’s new Xbox One Series X console, the PlayStation 5 will face stiff competition. However, the PlayStation has proven in the past its popularity, and I wouldn’t bet against it doing better sales than the Xbox. For now, the PlayStation 5 is looking to be the blockbuster gaming console of 2020!

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