EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT THE PLAYSTATION 5
Updated: Jun 28, 2020
Sony’s Playstation does not require any introduction. It’s the line-up we’ve known and loved for years. The Playstation 4 was launched back in 2013 and still runs like a charm but here we are ready to dive into the future with the Playstation 5. The PS5 was launched on June 11 and we watched the whole event so that you don’t have to. Here’s everything we know about the PS5.
Before the latest set of reveals, we learned about the console's technical specs, as well as its new DualSense controller and certain games. We've even seen Unreal Engine 5 gameplay running on the system, and though it was not of a full game, the technical specifications of the system mean we would be approaching photorealism in some games.
The PS5 is rocking a two-tone black-and-white design on the console as well as the DualSense™ controller with embedded lights between both. The Console can stand either vertically or horizontally and a black base stand is used. Overall it looks pretty good and sporty but I’m not sure about the white finish, at least not on the DualSense controller. But it’s a quite intriguing refresh.
Sony also did not include a price point in its June 11 reveal event, so we still don't know how much its new console will cost, but the company has said the PS5's price will be attractive to gamers. "I believe that we will be able to release it at an SRP [suggested retail price] that will be appealing to gamers in light of its advanced feature set," said Mark Cerny, the lead architect of the PS4 who's currently working on its successor.
When will the PS5 come out? Like always, Sony is tight-lipped on this one. But they have confirmed that the PS5 will come out holiday 2020. Even Microsoft provided the same vague window but historically November is the month when most of the consoles come out.
Sony has moved into the future with their new DualSense™ controller, Sony said-
"One of our goals with the next generation is to deepen the feeling of immersion when you play games, and we had the opportunity with our new controller to reimagine how the sense of touch can add to that immersion. To that end, there are two key innovations with the PlayStation 5's new controller. First, we're adopting haptic feedback to replace the 'rumble' technology found in controllers since the 5th generation of consoles. With haptics, you truly feel a broader range of feedback, so crashing into a wall in a race car feels much different than making a tackle on the football field. You can even get a sense of a variety of textures when running through fields of grass or plodding through mud.”
"The second innovation is something we call adaptive triggers, which have been incorporated into the trigger buttons (L2/R2). Developers can program the resistance of the triggers so that you feel the tactile sensation of drawing a bow and arrow or accelerating an off-road vehicle through rocky terrain. In combination with the haptics, this can produce a powerful experience that better simulates various actions. Game creators have started to receive early versions of the new controller, and we can't wait to see where their imagination goes with these new features at their disposal."
The new DualSense controller has a tone-tone look and features a built-in microphone, so you don't need to wear a headset for online voice chat. Furthermore, the Share button from the PS4's DualShock has been replaced with what Sony has now dubbed the Create button. Details on what that change means have not been shared, with Sony explaining in a PlayStation Blog post, "With Create, we're once again pioneering new ways for players to create epic gameplay content to share with the world, or just to enjoy for themselves."
Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 5 will contain an AMD chip that has a CPU based on the third-generation Ryzen. It'll have eight cores of the seven-nanometer Zen 2 microchip. The console will also support 8K gameplay. Graphics will be driven by a custom version of Radeon's Navi line. This graphics chip will support ray-tracing, something which is starting to become popular in movies and video games.
The SSD is a big detail too, as it means games will load faster and be able to handle more objects on-screen at once than current HDD-driven consoles. Characters and cameras could move faster through game worlds, as environments could be loaded in much faster than they are at present.
Sony has also confirmed that the PS5 is capable of supporting 4K visuals at 120Hz for those who have TVs that can support that. 120Hz is a refresh rate around double the rate of standard TVs.
The PS5 will have two options available--one has a disc drive and the other does not. Apart from a small form factor difference, these consoles are the same in terms of power and other features. PS5 discs will have a capacity of 100 GB, and the console will also support 4K Blu-Rays.
Component and Specs
CPU 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
Custom RDNA 2
Custom 825GB SSD
5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed)
NVMe SSD Slot
4K UHD Blu-ray Drive
Along with the PS5, Sony unveiled the accessories that will go with the PS5. There’s no release date confirmed for the accessories but Sony said that they will be available alongside the console. Here are the accessories:
PULSE 3D™ wireless headset – offering 3D audio support and dual noise-canceling microphones
HD Camera – featuring dual 1080p lenses for gamers to broadcast themselves along with their epic gameplay moments
Media Remote – a remote control with a built-in microphone to navigate movies and streaming services with ease
DualSense™ Charging Station – for convenient charging of two DualSense™ Wireless Controllers
Here are some games Sony showcased at the June 11 event, which also includes several exclusives:
Fortnite will be available on PS5 at launch and will support cross-progression and cross-play. It will move to Unreal Engine 5 on PS5 in 2021.
Destiny 2 will also be available on PS5, and current players on PS4 will be able to upgrade to the next-gen version of the game for free. In addition, Destiny 2 will include cross-play across generations, so PS4 and PS5 players will be able to play together.
The next Battlefield game will also be coming to PS5 in addition to Xbox Series X in 2021, developer DICE confirmed in April.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla will be coming to current-generation systems as well as next-generation systems, including the PS5. However, the first gameplay we see for the title will be from the Xbox Series X version, and it's unclear as of now what the differences will be between platforms.
Pretty cool, isn’t it? What do you think about the PS5? Would you buy it? Tell us in the comments below.