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Sony PS5 Complete Guide – Release Date, Price, Tech Specs, PSVR 2, Backwards Compatibility


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With the details and specs of the PS5 now officially confirmed, there are some things we now know for a certainty – such as the CPU & GPU makeup of the machine, the type of storage it’ll use, the resolution it can output and whether or not it has PS4 backwards compatibility. That said, there is so much more to the PS5 than that – so cast your eyes upon this handy PS5 complete guide for everything you need to know about Sony’s PlayStation 5 console.

PS5 Complete Guide – Price, Release, Specs, PS Now, PS Plus, PSVR2, PS3, PS4 Compatibility, More

There are also a whole bunch of things that we haven’t been clued in on too, and so in the interest of clarifying just what we do know at this point, we’ve put together this handy little PS5 guide which will be updated whenever there’s new stuff to update it with. So stay tuned!

  • PS5 Release Date
  • PlayStation 5 Prices – How Much Does A PS5 Console Cost?
  • PlayStation 5 Digital Edition Prices – How Much Does A PS5 Digital Edition Cost?
  • What Is The Difference Between The PS5 Standard And PS5 Digital Edition?
  • PS5 Launch Games – What Will The PlayStation 5 Launch Titles Be?
  • PlayStation 5 Specs – What Are The PlayStation 5 Specifications?

PS5 Release Date

The PS5 release date is set for November 12, 2020 in North America and November 19, 2020 in Europe and the UK. The PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition will both release at the same time.

PlayStation 5 Prices – How Much Does A PS5 Console Cost?

  • PlayStation 5 North American Price – $499.99
  • PlayStation 5 European Price – €499.99
  • PlayStation 5 UK Price – £449.99
  • PlayStation 5 Japanese Price – ¥49,980

PlayStation 5 Digital Edition Prices – How Much Does A PS5 Digital Edition Cost?

  • PlayStation 5 Digital Edition North American Price – $399.99
  • PlayStation 5 Digital Edition European Price – €399.99
  • PlayStation 5 Digital Edition UK Price – £359.99
  • PlayStation 5 Digital Edition Japanese Price – ¥39,980

What Is The Difference Between The PS5 Standard And PS5 Digital Edition?

The biggest difference between the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition is price. The standard PS5 retails at $499/£449, while the PS5 Digital Edition retails for $399/£359.

The other big difference that we know of so far is that the PS5 digital console will not have a disc drive. As such, this will affect you in the following ways:

  • You will not be able to purchase and use physical copies of PlayStation 5 games
  • If you have a PS4 physical game that can be upgraded to a PS5 version, this can only be used on the physical console; so you’ll lose out on the upgrade (unless you own a PS4 digital copy)
  • Any disc based PlayStation 4 games that you have will not work on the PS5 digital console
  • The lack of a disc drive in the PS5 digital will mean that the console ‘could’ run quieter – though confirmation is required here

Read onto our PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition guide for more on the similarities and differences between the two consoles.

PS5 Launch Games – What Will The PlayStation 5 Launch Titles Be?

Any console launch worth its salt must have a great line-up of games at launch and the PS5 doesn’t look to disappoint in this regard. These are the PS5 launch games that are currently set to launch alongside the console:

  • Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla (Ubisoft)
  • Astro’s Playroom (Japan Studio) – pre-installed on PS5
  • Bugsnax (Wild Horses)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (Activision)
  • Call of Duty: Warzone (Activision)
  • Demon’s Souls (Bluepoint Games / Japan Studio)
  • Destruction All Stars (Lucid Games / XDEV)
  • DIRT 5 (Codemasters)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • Godfall (Gearbox Publishing)
  • JETT: The Far Shore (Superbrothers)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Insomniac Games)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Mile Morales Ultimate Edition (Insomniac Games)
  • NBA 2K21 (2K)
  • Observer: System Redux (Bloober Team)
  • Planet Coaster (Frontier Developments)
  • Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft)
  • Sackboy A Big Adventure (Sumo Digital)
  • Watch Dogs Legion (Ubisoft)
  • WRC 9 (Nacon)

For further reading, you can catch our in-depth PS5 launch line-up feature here.

PS5 Specs – What Are The PlayStation 5 Specifications?

A true generational leap over the PS4 and PS4 Pro, the PS5 marks a seismic shift of current-gen consoles. Boasting cutting edge AMD architecture and a world-beating SSD, the PS5 is a technological monster to say the least. You can catch the full PS5 specs below:

  • CPU
x86-64-AMD Ryzen™ “Zen 2”
8 Cores / 16 Threads
Variable frequency, up to 3.5 GHz
  • GPU
AMD Radeon™ RDNA 2-based graphics engine
Ray Tracing Acceleration
Variable frequency, up to 2.23 GHz (10.3 TFLOPS)
  • System Memory
448GB/s Bandwidth
  • SSD
5.5GB/s Read Bandwidth (Raw)
  • Optical Drive
Ultra HD Blu-ray (66G/100G) ~10xCAVBD-ROM (25G/50G) ~8xCAVBD-R/RE (25G/50G) ~8xCAVDVD ~3.2xCLV
  • PS5 Game Disc
Ultra HD Blu-ray, up to 100GB/disc
  • Video Out
HDMI™ OUT port
Support of 4K 120Hz TVs, 8K TVs, VRR (specified by HDMI ver.2.1)
  • Audio
“Tempest” 3D AudioTech
  • Dimensions
PS5: Approx. 390mm x 104mm x 260mm (width x height x depth)(excludes largest projection, excludes Base)PS5 Digital Edition: Approx. 390mm x 92mm x 260mm (width x height x depth)(excludes largest projection, excludes Base)
  • Weight
PS5: 4.5kgPS5 Digital Edition: 3.9kg
  • Power
PS5: 350WPS5 Digital Edition: 340W
  • Input/Output
USB Type-A port (Hi-Speed USB)USB Type-A port (Super-Speed USB 10Gbps) x2
USB Type-C® port (Super-Speed USB 10Gbps)
  • Networking
Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/axBluetooth® 5

You can catch our full PS5 specifications guide right here for some nerdy further reading.

PS5 Graphics – What Can We Expect From PlayStation 5 Visuals?

Powered by a stupendously powerful RDNA 2 GPU capable of performance in excess of 10 TFLOPS and a HDMI 2.1 connection, the PS5 is capable of some truly next-generation visuals. These are the following visual features that gamers will get with PS5 games.

  • 8K Resolution – The PS5 is capable of displaying games and media at 8K resolution. Because the processing power needed to render 8K resolution is so high, it should be expected that PS5 games which run in 8K will have relatively simplistic visual features as a trade-off. Streaming video however, such as Netflix, Hulu and HBO Max will support 8K resolution shortly, as the processing power needed to encode 8K video is far less than it is to render in a PS5 game.
  • 120 FPS – With increased processing power and a HDMI 2.1 connection comes the ability to have games which run at a super smooth 120 frames per second. Twice as smooth as any game you would have seen on any console previously, if you have a TV with a HDMI 2.1 connection, you’ll be able to enjoy select PS5 games in buttery smooth 120 frames per second. You can take a peek at all the PS5 games which support 120 FPS right here.
  • Ray tracing – An extremely processor intensive visual technique, ray tracing creates much more accurate lighting and realistic reflections by tracking how light would be traced from its source to any number of surfaces in the game world. PS5 games that take advantage of ray tracing include Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart.
  • Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) – VRR allows a TV of monitor to adjust its refresh rate in real-time to the frame rate output by the PS5. In practical terms, this means that screen tearing and frame stutter should be a thing of the past in PS5 games.
  • Native 4K resolution – While 8K resolution will be seen on far fewer games, gamers should expect that many PS5 titles will be able to run in native 4K resolution; offering a crisper and cleaner visual presentation as a result.
  • Unreal Engine 5 – Designed with next-generation consoles in mind, Unreal Engine 5 is packed full of cutting-edge features which can only be accommodated by the beefier specifications in a console like the PS5. You can catch our Unreal Engine 5 feature here, in addition to a list of all the PS5 games that are slated to use Unreal Engine 5.

Q: How much will PS5 games cost?

A: While we’ve yet to see widespread pricing, the recent revelation that 2K is selling the PS5 version of NBA 2K21 for $69.99 at launch, suggests that the PS5 games will cost roughly $10 more than current gen PlayStation 4 games.

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Q: With such a powerful GPU, can we expect better visuals from the PS5? You’re going to say “Yes!” aren’t you?

A: Y-yes! The Zen 2/Navi CPU and GPU combo means that the PS5 will be capable of some truly astounding visuals. From 8K resolution support to extensive ray-tracing capabilities, the PS5 will be kicking out some stunning looking games from day one. Something that developers at EA DICE seem keen to take advantage of with the new hair rendering technology that features in the latest iteration of its Frostbite engine.

Q: Both Zen 2 and Navi are essentially off-the-shelf PC components; will there be any ‘special sauce’ – optimisations for PS5?

A: Comments from AMD CEO Lisa Su, that PS5 will indeed boast uniquely customised hardware, were echoed by the unveiling of the PS5’s technical spec where it was revealed that the system will be using AMD’s SmartShift technology to prioritise processing power to the GPU from the CPU when needed and also a special new boost mode that regulates thermal, power and processing power consumption. In short, there’s a *whole* lot more going on with PS5 beyond what the numbers on its technical specification sheet suggest.

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PS5 Teraflops

Q: Ok. What about Teraflops (TFLOPS) then? Is that still going to be a thing or…?

A: The PS5 is capable of outputting 10.28 teraflops. So yeah, it ain’t no slouch. Oh and each of those teraflops are worth more than their current gen equivalents because AMD Navi uses brand new RDNA 2 micro-architecture. Also, teraflops in general are not the be all and end all of system performance. Here’s why.

PS5 Memory

Q: Do we have an inkling as to how much memory the PS5 will bring to the table?

A: The PS5 will be packing in 16GB of super-fast GDDR6 memory clocked at 448GB/Sec. Yep. It’s fast. Real fast. But why ‘only’ 16GB? Well, there’s an interesting story behind that!

Q: What about the audio processing – what does PS5 do in this area?

A: As part of the overarching silicon deal with AMD, PS5 is touted to have a groundbreaking 3D audio processing chip that will enhance player immersion in a 3D space (particularly in VR). In fact, Sony have gone one step further with its 3D audio implementation for PS5 by creating the awesomely named ‘Tempest Engine’ – a dedicated piece of hardware that can accurately render hundreds of different sound sources at once in addition to be able to identify all kinds of audio outputs depending on the ears of those listening. In short, PS5’s 3D audio is a revelation.

PS5 Storage

Q: We’ve been using hard drives in consoles for ages – does the PS5 do anything different on this front?

A: Oh boy, does it ever do something different. Eschewing the regular hard disk drives seen in the PS3 and PS4, the PS5 will use an ultra-fast SSD instead. How fast is it though? Well, it loads Insomniac’s superb Spider-Man in just over 0.5 seconds – an improvement that is some 19(!) times faster than what the PS4 Pro can achieve. So yeah, that fast. Sony have also patented a way for loading screens to be almost completely non-existent, so it seems like this new SSD will certainly figure into that.

Something else that the new console will do is improve game installations too – allowing players to decide just what components of a game they wish to install.

Plenty of developers seem excited for the PS5 SSD too – like Alan Wake developer Remedy, for example. The PS5’s SSD storage is clocked in at 825GB with a mega fast I/O throughput of 5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed). To put that into perspective, the PS5 SSD is over twice as fast as its Xbox Series X counterpart. It’s that fast.

PS5 4K Blu Ray Drive

Q: Will PS5 include a 4K Blu Ray drive?

A: Yes! Comments from Mark Cerny made during a recent WIRED interview have confirmed that the PS5 will have a 4K Blu-ray drive.

Q: Do we know how much storage the PS5 will pack?

A: Yep! A very odd 825GB – and there’s a story behind that too!

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PS5 DualSense

Q: What do we know about the PS5 controller – will it be called the DualShock 5 and what new features will it bring to the table?

A: Nope! It won’t be called DualShock 5. Instead, Sony will be calling the PS5 controller the ‘DualSense’ and we also know that it will bring haptic feedback to the table for the first time in a console controller, allowing you to experience every bit of resistance and inertia as you wade through a swamp, or drive a car over loose gravel. On top of that, the next controller will also have adaptive triggers, a USB-C connection and an improved speaker to boot. In short, the PS5 pad is shaping up to be something really quite awesome.

PS5 Games

Q: What about games? What sorts of titles can we expect on PS5?

A: We now know about a bucketload of games that will be coming to PlayStation 5! In addition to first-party stunners like Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon Forbidden West (that’s Horizon Zero Dawn 2 to you and me), Ratchet & Clank: A Rift Apart we also know that a range of superb looking third-party efforts are on the way too, such as Resident Evil Village (Resident Evil 8, basically) and Deathloop.

Check out our articles which detail every game ever announced for PS5, and also our PS5 launch title feature which lists every game you’ll be able to buy at the launch of PlayStation 5.

Don’t be surprised to see external games subscription services, such as EA Access, arrive on PS5 too as publishers such as EA will strive to make the most of PS5’s backwards compatibility functionality.

PS5 Backwards Compatibility

Q: Talk to me about backwards compatibility – I’ve got a wall that is *just* PS4 games; please tell me I’ll be able to play them on PS5. Please.

A: You can! Mark Cerny confirmed that the PS5 will play PS4 games. Where things get a bit murky is exactly how it’ll do it and what sort of improvements we can expect the PS5 hardware to provide these older games. PS5 will also support cross-play between PS4 and PS5 players too in addition to allowing PS5 players to use PS4 saves as well.

From day one, lucky PS5 owners will be able to play just about all of the PS4’s library of 4,000+ games. In addition to this, Sony is currently working to make the top 100 PS4 games work with PS5’s boost mode too – allowing those games to benefit from enhanced performance in the form of higher resolutions and better framerates.

Q: Will the PS5 be able to play PS1, PS2 and maybe even PS3 games?

A: Sadly, Sony has only confirmed that the PS5 will play PS4 games. That said, we wouldn’t be surprised however if Sony merely relied on PS Now to play PS3, PS2 and PS1 titles in much the same way that it does now.

PS5 Rest Mode

Q: Will the PS5 have a similar Rest Mode style suspension function as the PS4?

A: It definitely will. More than that, according to comments from SIE’s own Jim Ryan, the PS5 Rest Mode will be able to save much more power than the PS4 version of the functionality too.

PS5 Apps

Q: Will the PS5 allow me to access the same sort of apps and streaming services I do now?

A: Absolutely. You can fully expect to see the likes of Netflix, Disney Plus, Amazon Instant Video, HBO Max and many other services available at the launch of PS5.

PS5 PS Now

Q: How will PS Now figure into Sony’s PS5 plans?

A: This is an interesting one – not least because it’ll be interesting to see how Sony reacts and adjusts PS Now (if at all) to the recent announcement by Google of their cutting edge Stadia streaming service. Well, now we know – at least to an extent. On May 16th, 2019 Sony and Microsoft announced a ‘strategic partnership’ that extends to their streaming services and also the sharing of game development tech – an obvious shot across the bow of Google’s Stadia platform. How this unfolds further down the line though, is anyone’s guess right now. All the same, these are exciting times indeed; especially considering just how many games are on the PS Now service.

What we do know is that going forward, PS Now will be an increasingly stronger focus and it makes sense that PS5 would be included in that too.

PS5 PS Plus

Q: Can we expect PS Plus to change with the release of PS5?

A: Again, we have nothing concrete to go on regarding this – our guess though, is that Sony will use PS Plus to support the PS5 at launch and within the first year of release with a range of smaller games and indie releases; much like they did at the launch of PS4 with the likes of Resogun and Contrast. You can see all the PS Plus games released to date right here.

You can also expect your PS Plus membership to carry over to PS5, too.


Q: What’s the deal with PSVR? Will PS5 support it?

A: It most certainly will – yep! Like regular PS4 games though, we don’t know yet know exactly what improvements the PS5 will bring to the existing PSVR unit or the games and experiences it supports.


Q: What about a PSVR2? Surely Sony would want to release a next-gen version of their current headset?

A: On that second part you are correct – after selling more than 4 million units, PSVR is in a really good spot right now and so a much more capable PSVR2 seems like a sure thing. The thing is, Sony’s R&D and production capacity only stretches so far, meaning that we’ll likely see a PSVR successor a good while after launch; so expect Sony to make a big deal out of PS5’s compatibility with the existing PSVR headset. That said, we are starting to see Sony patent and invest in R&D on PSVR2 related projects – such as this haptic VR glove for example that simulates the sensation of impact, pulling and pushing.

Sony’s Jim Ryan recently said in an interview that the company has “nothing to say” about a potential PSVR2, so even if something is in the works, the console maker is not ready to talk about it yet. However, that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from churning out some tasty specs and a price point for PSVR2. Another rumor has also said that the PSVR2 will include a back and front camera on the headset itself, in addition to a camera on a reworked PlayStation Move controller to allow for room scale VR.

Q: Ok, so Microsoft has announced its next-gen console, Xbox Series X. How does PS5 compare?

A: Well, it’s funny you should ask… Though in all seriousness, it’s looking like a fairly even playing field right now (as one might reasonably expect).

Stay tuned for more info on PS5!