It's time to start talking about the PS5. Now that Sony has finally begun lifting the lid on its next-gen console, we now know a whole lot more about what to expect going forward. Of course, we don't know everything just yet, but we have a much clearer picture of what PS5 will be capable of. So, what information do we have on Sony's upcoming machine?
In this guide, we'll go through some common questions about the PS5, including
What Will the PS5 Be Called?
A bit of an odd question this, but a common one all the same. Will Sony's next-gen machine be called PlayStation 5, or something else entirely? Jim Ryan has confirmed it will be called PS5. It was fairly obvious, but at least now it's official.
PlayStation 5 is scheduled for release during the holiday period of 2020. Now you know what to add to your 2020 Christmas list.
The price of the PlayStation 5 hasn't been nailed down yet. Mark Cerny had this to say with regards to cost: "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." It's hard to judge what this means, but we imagine the PS5 will cost somewhere between $399 and $499.
According to a much more recent report, however, the PS5 price could be high. Sony is supposedly having trouble with manufacturing costs as parts and pieces are on the rise in price. This means that the price of the PS5 could be closer to $500 than we originally thought.
What Does the PS5 Logo Look Like?
Take a look at it for yourself above.
The PS5 logo is incredibly familiar. It's identical to the PS4 logo, save for the updated digit at the end. It's exactly as expected, and instantly recognisable as part of the PlayStation brand.
What Does the PS5 Console Look Like?
For starters, probably nothing like the PS5 dev kit. The developer-issued unit is our best look at the hardware so far, but it's unlikely to be indicative of the PS5's final design. We would expect something closer to the form factor of the PS4, but at this point, the console's physical appearance is anyone's guess.
When Will Sony Reveal the PS5 Console?
Despite numerous rumours pointing towards a reveal in February 2020, this obviously failed to materialise. We expect a reveal sometime between now and the summer, but it's anyone's guess as to when it'll take place during that time frame.
Yes, PlayStation 5 will be backwards compatible with PS4 games. It has been confirmed that, because the PS5 is based partly on the PS4’s architecture, it will be able to run PS4 software. This will include physical and digital games.
Sony has said that, of the top 100 most played PS4 games, most of them will be compatible with PS5 at launch. However, we suspect the vast majority of PS4 games will run just fine.
Almost assuredly not. It's backwards compatible with PS4, but compatibility with legacy platforms is looking highly doubtful. There have been some recent rumours that suggest PS5 will be able to run older PlayStation games, but there's nothing concrete out there. We'll update this guide if we learn more.
Will PS5 support physical games on disc?
Yes. As mentioned above, PS5 will accommodate physical media, meaning disc-based games as well as digital.
Will PS5 Support 4K Blu-Ray Discs?
Yes, the PlayStation 5 will have a 4K Blu-Ray disc drive. This means it will be able to play back 4K movies.
Will PS5 be Compatible with PSVR?
Sony has said that PlayStation VR will run on PS5. Whether the company is working on a successor to its first virtual reality effort is unknown, but it's almost a certainty. Until then, PSVR as we know it will work with PS5.
What Games Will Be on PS5?
Meanwhile, Techland has confirmed it's working on a next-gen version of Dying Light 2. Bluepoint says it's working on a "big game" for PS5. It's possible this is the heavily rumoured Demon's Souls remake.
There aren't many PS5 games we know about, but some of Sony's in-progress projects could come to the next-gen console, meaning they'll release on both PS4 and PS5. It's speculated that games like Death Stranding, The Last of Us: Part II, Ghost of Tsushima, and CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077 could fall into this camp.
There are also a few unannounced games that are almost certainly in the works, and we imagine they'll be PS5 games. Sequels to God of War, Marvel's Spider-Man, and Horizon: Zero Dawn, for example, are likely to be next-gen titles.
Yes, Sony will continue its PlayStation Plus subscription service on PS5. To what extent the service will change is unknown at this point, but you can count on your membership carrying over to the new console.
Will PS5 Have PS Now?
As with PS Plus, PlayStation Now is confirmed to play a part on PS5. If you've subscribed to the on-demand service, you'll almost certainly be able to carry everything across to PS5 with no trouble.
|Tech Specs||PlayStation 5|
|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|
|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||4K UHD Blu-ray Drive|
If you want to know how PS5's technical specifications stack up against Xbox Series X, check out our comparison guide through the link.
What Hardware Features Does PS5 Have?
Sony is championing a few big hardware innovations for PS5.
The first is its custom SSD. Basically, this drive enables incredibly fast loading speeds, meaning you'll spend less time waiting around and more time playing your games. It's thought that this will effectively eliminate loading times, and will ensure game and patch downloads won't take nearly as long to install.
Another major feature PS5 will have is extensive 3D audio support. This gets a bit technical, but in a nutshell, Sony has developed seriously impressive tech that will allow for sounds to play out precisely from where they should within 3D space. In other words, if an enemy makes a noise behind you, it won't just sound "behind you" -- you'll be able to tell exactly how far away the enemy is. It's a hard one to explain; hopefully Sony will provide some ways to demonstrate this in the future.
Hardware-based ray tracing is another important step up for PS5. Ray tracing is an advanced graphical technique that allows for far more realistic lighting in games. Again, it's hard to appreciate on paper, but there are plenty of example images floating around.
PS5 will also boast a fancy cooling system that will ensure it won't get too loud. PS4 is pretty notorious for the volume of its cooling fan, which often goes haywire when the console is working hard. PS5 will instead have a system that is specifically built to deal with the amount of power needed by the console. In other words, fans won't ever need to go into overdrive, because power consumption will remain constant. Cool!
Will There Be a New Controller for PS5?
Yes, Sony is developing a new controller for PlayStation 5. Likely named the DualShock 5, the next-gen pad is set to include some fancy new features that will enhance immersion. Haptic feedback has been implemented, and will replace the rumble motors Sony has relied on for so many years. Instead of your controller vibrating the same way every time, the haptic feedback will give you the sensation of different textures and surfaces.
In addition, we also know that the triggers, L2 and R2, will be adaptive, meaning developers can apply differing levels of pressure to them. One example given is using a bow and arrow, and having the trigger tense up as you pull the bow's string back.
The new controller will feel a little heavier than the DualShock 4 PS4 controller, will use a USB Type-C wire for charging, and will have larger batteries.