PlayStation 5

  • What is it? The Sony PS5 is the next-gen PlayStation console.
  • When will it release? “Holiday 2020”, so between October and December 2020. 
  • What can I play on it? Loads of games! They include a new Spider-Man entry, a Horizon Zero Dawn sequel, a Demon’s Souls remake, Resident Evil 8 and much more to come.
  • What will the PS5 cost? TBC, but analyst predictions have placed the PS5 price in the region of $499 / £449 / AU$749.
  • Can I play PS4 games on the PS5? The PS5 will definitely be backwards compatible with “almost all” PS4 games – earlier generations are still to be confirmed. It will launch with support for the majority of the top 100 PS4 games.
  • Will the PS5 support PS4 accessories? Mostly. The DualShock 4 controller will work with supported PS4 games, while officially licensed PS4 arcade sticks, flight sticks. racing wheels and some PS4 headsets are supported. 
  • Will PS5 have VR? Oh yes. The next-gen console will be support current PSVR hardware, and there are also rumors of PSVR 2.
  • Will coronavirus delay the PS5 release? Sony has confirmed the PS5 release date is not currently delayed by coronavirus, and reiterated the fact that the PS5 is still on course for a “Holiday 2020” release in its end of year financial report. 

Specifications

CPU: AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 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
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 (PS4 games only)
Optical Drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray drive
Video Out: Support of 4K 120Hz TVs, 8K TVs, VRR (specified by HDMI version 2.1)
Audio: Tempest 3D AudioTech

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