PS5, or PlayStation 5 as it's fully titled, is Sony's fifth home console. It's the successor to the PS4, which released in November 2013. The manufacturer is yet to announce a PS5 release date, although it has confirmed that the next-gen console will launch worldwide at some point during Holiday 2020. The company is also yet to announce a PS5 price, although placeholder PS5 pre-orders have been released by some retailers already.

In this PS5 guide, we've compiled the ultimate PlayStation 5 resource. We're going to share everything you need to know about the system's hardware, including its SSD, ray tracing, and 3D audio. In addition, you'll find all PS5 announced games and all PS5 launch games, as well as the lowdown on PS5 backwards compatibility.

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PS5 Guide: Hardware

PS5 is the most powerful PlayStation that Sony's ever made. In addition to a supercharged customised CPU and GPU, the system also plays host to an ultra-high speed SSD hard drive, allowing for lightning fast loading speeds and entirely new experiences. Furthermore, the console also boasts hardware ray tracing, support for up to 120 frames-per-second, eye-popping 8K output, and 3D audio.

  • The ultra high-speed SSD means that games will load quicker than ever before. It also means that more data can be extracted from the hard drive faster than on previous consoles, opening up new possibilities to game developers, such as the inter-dimensional transitions seen in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart.
  • Hardware ray tracing allows rays of light to be individually simulated, creating reflections and shadows that are much more realistic than those seen on previous consoles. This ultimately enables developers to create more believable visuals, allowing titles like Gran Turismo 7 to push the boundaries of photo-realism.
  • Support for up to 120 frames-per-second will allow select titles to run smoother than on previous consoles. While it will be down to the game developer to make individual decisions about how their titles perform, PS5 can process blistering framerates.
  • 8K output means that the PS5 will be compatible with 4320p resolution displays. Once again, resolutions will be down to each developer's own discretion, but you should expect the vast majority of titles to run at native 4K with HDR.
  • 3D audio, powered by PlayStation's proprietary Tempest Engine, pertains to the ability to individually process 1,000s of audio sources at once, creating more immersive soundscapes that will heighten your enjoyment while playing.

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Tech Specs

PS5's tech specs, or technical specifications, mean that it's the most powerful PlayStation ever released. Below you'll find a full breakdown of the PlayStation 5's hardware components.

Component Specifications
CPU 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (Variable Frequency)
GPU 36CUs at 2.23GHz (Variable Frequency)
GPU Architecture Customised RDNA 2
Memory 16GB GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth 448GB/s
Storage 825GB Customised SSD
I/O Throughput 5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed)
Optical Drive (Optional) 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive

Of course, these numbers may not mean much to you in isolation, and you're probably curious how the PS5 compares to both the PlayStation 4 and its primary competitor, the Xbox Series X. Fortunately, you can find full comparisons through the following links: PS5 vs Xbox Series X and PS5 vs PS4.

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SSD

Sony's put a huge emphasis on the PS5's SSD, which has been customised to allow for blisteringly fast transfer speeds. The advantages of this technology mean that games will load faster, but it also enables new gameplay possibilities, such as the inter-dimensional transitions showcased in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. The comparison table below demonstrates the I/O throughput differences between several different devices, and showcases just how much quicker the PS5 is at grabbing data compared to the competition.

Component PS5 Xbox Series X PS4
I/O Throughput 5.5GB/s (Raw)
8-9GB/s (Compressed)
2.4 GB/s (Raw)
4.8 GB/s (Compressed)
~50-100MB/s

In terms of storage space, the PS5's SSD has a rather unorthodox 825GB capacity (See Also: PS5 SSD: How Much Storage Space Does It Have?), although you will be able to extend this by purchasing compatible NVMe SSD drives. For a full list of all PS5 compatible SSD drives, refer to our guide: Which SSD Drives Will Be Compatible with PS5? You can also learn more about the PS5's storage solution with our guide: PS5 SSD: Why It's Better Than HDD.

You'll be able to install your backwards compatible PS4 games on the PS5's SSD and take advantage of its improved loading speeds, but if you'd prefer to save precious storage space then you'll also have the option to connect an external HDD hard drive to significantly expand your storage options. For a full list of Best PS5 and PS4 External Hard Drives, click through the link.

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Ray Tracing

Ray tracing is a graphics technology designed to simulate the way light and shadow works in the real world. In effect, ray tracing works by simulating and tracking each ray of light from the source, resulting in photo-realistic scenes. It's the same technology that's used in CG movies by major motion picture companies like Disney Pixar, and while the technology is intensive, it can provide stunning results.

You can see the effect in action in a handful of upcoming PS5 games. For example, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart uses ray tracing on Clank's metallic chassis, illuminating his shiny surface and accurately reflecting any nearby light sources. We also can see the effect in action in Gran Turismo 7, on both the helmets of drivers, the exterior of vehicles, and inside the cockpits of cars. For more information on ray tracing, you can refer to our guide: PS5 Ray Tracing: What Is It?

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3D Audio

3D Audio, powered by PS5's proprietary Tempest Engine, refers to the simulation of spatial positioning across potentially 1,000s of different sound sources. Effectively, the technology allows the console to render sounds in a more natural manner, meaning that the console can simulate spaces and accurately place sounds in accordance to your position within them. For example, if someone walks behind you, the PS5 will process the position of those footsteps and you'll hear them as if they're occurring in real-life.

This not only promises to improve the immersion in a wide-range of different games, but it can also allow for all-new gameplay mechanics, perhaps where your vision is impaired and you need to use audio to navigate. Similarly, this technology can be used to improve accessibility, helping to more accurately communicate on-screen actions for those who are visually impaired. You can learn more about 3D audio in our guide: PS5 3D Audio: What Is PlayStation 5's Tempest Engine?

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PS5 Guide: Games

A console is nothing without games to play on it, and Sony is promoting PS5 with the marketing slogan play without limits. Just some of the games announced for the next-gen console include Marvel's Spider-Man, Gran Turismo 7, and Horizon Forbidden West. You can find a full list of all PS5 announced games through the link. You can also find new PS5 game release dates in 2020 and all PS5 first-party exclusives, as well as a list of all PS5 rumoured games.

PS5 will also be backwards compatible with PS4, meaning that you'll be able to play 1,000s of PlayStation 4 games on the next-gen console from launch. There will also be an upgrade path for select titles, meaning that if you already own the PS4 version of a particular game you'll be able to play the PS5 edition at no extra cost. This scheme is title specific, and doesn't have a catchy name like PS5 Smart Delivery, but you can find out which games are supporting the initiative in our guide: PS4 to PS5: All Games with Confirmed Free Upgrades.

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Backwards Compatibility

As mentioned above, the PS5 is backwards compatible with PS4, meaning that you'll be able to play 1,000s of existing PS4 games on your PS5 from launch. For more information on backwards compatibility, you can refer to our guide: PS5 Backwards Compatibility: Can You Play PS4 Games on PlayStation 5? There are currently no announcements regarding support for previous PlayStation platforms on the PS5, such as the PS1, PS2, and PS3, although you can find out more about this through the link: PS5 Backwards Compatibility: Can You Play PS3, PS2, and PS1 Games on PlayStation 5?

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Best PS5 Games

With the PS5 still not released, we're yet to put together any best PS5 games guides. However, you may want to bookmark this page and return to it in the future for further information. Alternatively, we recommend you refer to our list of new PS5 game release dates in 2020 for a look at all upcoming software.

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PS5 Guide: DualSense

DualSense is the name of Sony's next-gen PS5 controller, and is an iteration of the DualShock line of peripherals which was first introduced on the PS1. The handset shares a similar design philosophy to the PS4 controller, the DualShock 4, although it's been given the DualSense moniker due to its improved immersion properties. Among its key features are haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, and a built-in microphone array. You can learn more about the controller in our guide: PS5 Controller: DualSense Features, Price, and Battery Life.

  • Haptic feedback functions similarly to the rumble motors you find in the DualShock 4, but the sensation is much more precise, allowing for more defined sensations during gameplay.
  • Adaptive triggers allow the controller's L2 and R2 buttons to dynamically adjust the resistance you feel when pulling them, meaning they'll tighten when you pull a bow string taut or require a firmer squeeze when you attempt to brake at high speeds.
  • The built-in microphone array means that you'll no longer need a headset to communicate with friends and strangers in online games. While you'll be able to connect a dedicated microphone if you prefer, basic communication will merely require you to speak into the DualSense controller itself.

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Create Button

DualSense's Create Button is an evolution of the DualShock 4's Share Button. Located to the left of the PS4 controller's touch pad, Sony's said that it's "pioneering new ways for players to create epic gameplay content to share with the world, or just to enjoy for themselves". It's yet to announce what kind of features it will be incorporating, but you can refer to our guide for more information: PS5 DualSense Create Button: What Does It Do?

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PS5 Guide: PS Plus

PS Plus, or PlayStation Plus, is Sony's inter-generation subscription service. For a monthly or annual fee, the membership unlocks several benefits, including access to online multiplayer, free monthly games, exclusive deals and discounts, and cloud saves. You can find a full list of benefits in our guide: PS Plus: What Is It and Is It Worth it?

  • Online multiplayer refers to the ability to play competitive and co-operative games with friends and strangers using the PlayStation Network. For more information, refer to our guide: Do You Need PS Plus for PS5 Multiplayer?
  • Free monthly games are awarded to active subscribers on a monthly basis. It's currently unknown how many free PS5 games will be handed out as part of the membership, although users currently receive two PS4 games and it's worth remembering that these will be backwards compatible. For more information, refer to our guide: Do PS Plus Subscribers Get Free PS5 Games?
  • The regular deals and discounts are arguably the high-point of PS Plus, as they allow you to save big on digital software. While offers do vary, you'll be guaranteed to get the best price on PS Store purchases if you're an active PS Plus subscriber.
  • Cloud saves allow you to back up your progress in games, so you can transfer your data between systems easily. It also gives you security should you experience a hardware fault, as you can be sure your saves are stored remotely on Sony's servers.

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PS5 Guide: PS Now

PS Now, or PlayStation Now, is Sony's cloud-based game streaming subscription service. Much like alternatives such as Google Stadia, this allows you to experience PlayStation games without the need to run them on local hardware. Instead, the software is streamed via the Internet, similarly to Netflix content. The advantage of PS Now is that content can also be downloaded and played natively on hardware such as the PS4, making the service a competitor to Xbox Game Pass as well. You can find out more about PS Now courtesy of our guide: PlayStation Now FAQ: Everything You Need to Know.

At the time of writing, the Japanese giant has not explained how PS Now will work on PS5, but it has expressed interest in growing the service. Currently the service supports PS3 and PS4 software, which can be streamed on the PS4 and PC. PS4 titles can also be downloaded and played natively on the PS4.

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PS5 Guide: Accessories

Sony has announced a range of official accessories schedules to launch alongside the PS5. The selection of optional extras includes: the Media Remote, the HD Camera, the DualSense Charging Station, and the Pulse 3D Wireless Headset. There are also a selection of third-party accessories for you to consider, and we've compiled them in the following guide: Best PS5 Accessories.

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Media Remote

A slick and stylish remote control, the PS5's Media Remote comes with a microphone for voice recognition purposes. It also adopts the same two-tone colour scheme as the console and DualSense controller, making it an attractive option if you're looking for consistency across all your multimedia goods.

HD Camera

An evolved version of the PlayStation Camera, the PS5's HD Camera features dual 1080p lenses and is being marketed as an essential accessory for streamers. It's got a cute two-tone clamshell design which can be used to fasten it to the top of your television.

DualSense Charging Station

A station for you to store and charge two DualSense controllers, the DualSense Charging Station adopts the same two-tone design as the PS5 controllers themselves. The handsets are powered using a port at the bottom of the peripheral, as opposed to using the USB-C input on the top.

Pulse 3D Wireless Headset

Designed to take advantage of the PS5's proprietary Tempest Engine-powered 3D audio technology, the Pulse 3D Wireless Headset also features two noise cancelling microphones for high-quality communication during games.

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PS5 Guide: Operating System

Sony's not revealed much about the PS5's operating system just yet, but we do know that its user interface will be a total overhaul of the PS4's from a design perspective. The platform holder's suggested that it will be "lightning fast", thanks to the PS5's SSD hard drive. It will also integrate game menus directly into the operating system itself, meaning that you can, for example, quick boot into multiplayer if that's the mode you plan to play.

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Firmware Updates

Once the PS5 is released, you'll find a full record of all PS5 firmware updates below. Either bookmark this page or check back in the future for more information.

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PS5 Guide: Apps

PS5 is, first and foremost, a games console, but like the PS4 it will also play host to a range of different multimedia apps. You can find a full list of all PS5 apps through the link. Some of the apps you should expect to find at launch include: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and BBC iPlayer. We'll update when we learn more, so make sure you either bookmark this page or check back in the near future.

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