PlayStation 5 Features

  • Soapbox Why Sony's PS5 Strategy Will Pay Dividends

    Sammy believes giant is right to target hardcore gamers

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: the PlayStation 5 is poised to "fail", and op-ed writers around the world are scrambling for the hottest take. One article published by financial site CCN – not to be confused with American news network CNN, to be clear – was bold enough to declare...

  • Guide Will PS Plus Members Get Free PS5 Games?

    Will I still get PS4 games for free?

    Will PS Plus members get free PS5 games? The PlayStation Plus service is set to carry over into the next generation of Sony systems, meaning that subscribers will have certain expectations from the moment they sign in and start playing on the PS5. In this guide, we're going to consider whether PS Plus members...

  • Guide Will There Be a PS5 Pro?

    PlayStation 5 Pro release date speculation

    Will there be a PS5 Pro? Sony and Microsoft both dramatically changed the traditional console cycle with the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X respectively, so will the PlayStation 5 follow in its predecessor’s footsteps and offer a supercharged version? In this guide, we’re going to consider whether there’ll be...

  • Guide What Are PS5's Specs?

    All of the PlayStation 5 technical specifications

    What are the PS5's specs? Sony's PlayStation 5 is coming, and it's going to come packed with some pretty impressive technology. For most people, the technical specifications of the PS5 won't matter all that much -- at the end of the day, the important thing is that Sony's next generation console runs...

  • Guide Will PS Plus Be Required on PS5?

    Do you need PlayStation Plus for multiplayer on PS5?

    Will PS Plus be required on PS5? Will you need PlayStation Plus to play online multiplayer on PS5? PlayStation Plus is one of Sony's best services, and we're certain it'll carry over into the next generation. However, will it become even more of a requirement on PS5? In this article, we're going...

  • Guide When Is the PS5 Coming Out?

    What is the PS5 release date?

    When is the PS5 coming out? What is the PlayStation 5's release date, and will that day differ between territories? It's one of the most important questions Sony will have to answer, alongside the price of the system itself, but we actually already have a pretty good idea of when we should expect the PS5 to hit store...

  • Guide What Is PS5's SSD and How Will It Improve Loading Times?

    Will PS4 games run better, too?

    What is PS5's SSD and how will it improve loading times? Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 5 will make use of an SSD, or Solid-State Drive, which will help with things like load times. But what does this actually mean? How does it make the PS5 more powerful? We're going to attempt to answer these questions in...

  • Guide What Is Ray Tracing on PS5?

    More realistic lighting on PS5

    What is ray tracing on PS5? Every time that Sony has brought up the PlayStation 5, it's also mentioned ray tracing, using the term as a selling point. But just what is ray tracing, and what does it bring to Sony's next-gen console? Without getting too technical, we're going to answer that question in this very guide...

  • Guide What Devices Does PlayStation Now Support?

    Where can you use PS Now?

    Which devices can run PlayStation Now? Sony's game streaming service can obviously be used on its own console, but where else can you access the service? In this quick guide, we'll be answering that question for you. What devices support PS Now?: Below are all the places you can access PlayStation Now. We'll be keeping...

  • Guide How Much Will the PS5 Cost?

    What is the PlayStation 5's price?

    How much will the PS5 cost? What will the PlayStation 5’s price be when it releases? While there is plenty of excitement for Sony’s next-gen console right now, there are also worries that it won’t be particularly affordable. In this article, we’re going to look at the latest rumours and consider how much...

  • Guide Will the PS5 Be Backwards Compatible with the PS4?

    Can you play PS4 games on the PS5?

    Will the PS5 be backwards compatible with the PS4? One of the biggest questions regarding the PlayStation 5 is whether you’ll be able to play PlayStation 4 games on it. In this article, we’re going to explain how PS4 games will work on the PS5. We’ll also consider whether the PlayStation 5 will be backwards...

  • Guide Will PS5 Games Be 60 Frames-Per-Second?

    And will PlayStation 5 improve the framerate of PS4 games?

    Will PS5 games be 60 frames-per-second? Frames-per-second, or 'fps' for short, refers to the visual "smoothness" of a video game. Generally speaking, the higher the framerate, or frames-per-second, the smoother the moving image on your display will be. A higher frame rate is also preferable...

  • Guide What Is 3D Audio on PS5?

    How PlayStation 5's 3D audio tech will improve games

    What is 3D audio on PS5? How will 3D audio affect PlayStation 5 games? You may have already read about some of the technical capabilities of Sony's next-gen console, and one term that's being thrown around is 3D audio. Mark Cerny, who's leading development on PS5, was disappointed at the lack of...

  • Feature Which Studios Could Sony Realistically Acquire?

    Expanding the exclusive output

    While it’s never made quite the same song and dance about it as Microsoft has in recent years, Sony’s history is peppered with developer acquisitions designed to strengthen its first-party portfolio. It purchased Dutch developer Guerrilla Games in 2004 and long-time partner Sucker Punch in 2011. In the same general...

  • Guide All PS5 Games Confirmed or Rumoured

    PS5 games at launch and beyond

    What PS5 games have been announced? What PS5 games have been rumoured? In this guide, we're going to list every PS5 game that's been confirmed or rumoured ahead of the console's release, which is due in 2020. This list is based on at least partial confirmation from publishers or developers, rumours that have weight,...

  • Poll What Was the Best PS4 Game of E3 2019?

    Vote now!

    E3 has been a weird one this year, and not just because of Sony's absence. Indeed, it feels like it's a time of transition for the industry, as just about every publisher has at least one eye on the next-gen horizon. As such, deciding on an E3 2019 Game of the Show could be a little difficult, but we're going to give it a go anyway. As is...

  • Talking Point Should Sony Introduce a Game Pass Subscription of Its Own?

    Subscription wars

    Besides the lack of gameplay demos and Banjo-Kazooie, perhaps the biggest story of E3 2019 has been Microsoft’s excellent Game Pass subscription. The platform holder pushed the package hard – as it has done for a couple of years now – with the vast majority of games on its stage scheduled to debut as part of the service. This...

  • Reaction Sony's Decision to Skip E3 2019 Is Starting to Look Really Smart

    Was the platform holder right all along?

    When will we learn not to criticise Sony too hastily? Our first reaction to the Japanese giant’s decision to skip E3 2019 was one of horror, but we later took a step back and pointed out that the platform holder couldn’t (and probably shouldn’t) be judged until we see how everything transpires. On the...

  • Reaction Sony Won't Be Scared of Google Stadia in the Slightest

    A wet fart

    The punchline of today’s Stadia Connect stream is that Google tried to sell us on its vision of a game streaming future with a pre-recorded YouTube broadcast that had more macroblocking than a Minecraft map. The broadcast – fronted by former PlayStation executive Phil Harrison in a shirt and sneakers – failed to cash in on

  • Soapbox Why 3D Audio Will Be PS5's True Game Changer

    Sound

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: diminishing returns. Whenever there’s a new console lurking around the corner, you can guarantee you’ll stumble upon at least one spoilsport, cynically proclaiming that video games have reached their peak. The insinuation is often that, even with all of the computational power in the world, it’s...

  • Feature Sony Won't Be at E3 2019, But Here Are 7 Reasons to Still Be Hyped

    All aboard

    With Push Square being a PlayStation website, we were feeling deflated when Sony confirmed that it wouldn't be at E3 this summer. We've grown so used to Sony ending the big publisher press conferences with a bang, but with the company skipping 2019's event, it's admittedly been difficult for us to get excited. Until now, that is. With E3...

  • Poll What Are Your Thoughts on the PS5?

    The next-gen hype train has arrived

    When we stepped into the Push Square office at the start of the week, we didn't think for a second that we'd be covering the PS5. And by that, we mean the actual PS5. Not rumours, not speculation, but concrete, official details on the next-gen console itself. It's been a wild ride to say the least. Of course, as...

  • Guide PS5 FAQ - Everything You Need to Know

    All the information on PlayStation 5

    It's time to start talking about the PlayStation 5. 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 thanks to a revealing report from Wired, we have a much clearer picture of...

  • Reaction Sony's Surprise PS5 Reveal Was a Stroke of Genius

    Shock and awe

    We’ve been here before, haven’t we? I remember the halcyon days of 2013, when a less jaded Sammy and a much smaller Push Square quivered with anticipation as Sony announced the PlayStation Meeting which would later play host to the PlayStation 4. The event was revealed days after a cunning Kaz Hirai had told a business broadsheet...

  • Round Up Everything We Know About PS5 So Far

    All of the next-gen headlines

    Sony took the entire industry by surprise today, effectively announcing the PlayStation 5 as part of a Wired exclusive on an otherwise ordinary Tuesday afternoon. The super-charged console, which is promising revolution rather than evolution, has been built using the same blueprints as the PlayStation 4 – meaning that...

  • Feature Why You Shouldn't Worry About PS5 Backwards Compatibility

    Why would anybody play this?

    Jim Ryan has been appointed the new President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, and PlayStation fans are worried. The divisive executive has been with the Japanese giant since the beginning, playing a key role in the company’s dominance of the European continent. But he’s also said a couple of silly things...

  • Feature What to Expect from PlayStation in 2019

    Games, services, and hardware

    As 2018 ends, it's time to look towards the year ahead. 2019 is surely going to be one of the most fascinating sets of 365 days for the PlayStation brand, and there's a multitude of reasons why. Every man and his dog knows that the PlayStation 5 is on its way, but when will it be announced and subsequently released? How...

  • Editorial Fake PS5 News Will Be Rampant Over the Next 12 Months

    A warning from the editors

    The lead-up to the PS5's inevitable launch is going to be a wild ride, but not just because of the hype that'll no doubt be generated. The next 12 months or so are going to be incredibly important for many gaming sites -- Push Square included -- as we all attempt to provide the most up-to-date coverage on Sony's next-gen...

  • Guide The Elder Scrolls VI - Everything We Know So Far

    Release date, setting, and platform

    Bethesda officially announced The Elder Scrolls VI during its E3 2018 press conference with a very brief trailer. Studio boss Todd Howard talked about it for a short time, and suggested that it will be a next-gen title. That means it's almost certainly a PS5 game, rather than a PS4 title. In this guide,...

  • Poll What Year Should Sony Launch the PS5?

    Next-gen predictions

    So, Ubisoft popped up earlier this week and said that it doesn't expect the next generation of consoles to launch for at least another couple of years. In other words, the company doesn't think that Sony is going to release the PS5 until late 2019 at the earliest. The publisher promises it doesn't have any inside knowledge...

  • Talking Point PS5 Release Date - When Will Sony's Next-Gen Console Launch?

    Predicting when PlayStation's new platform will arrive

    PlayStation 5’s release date is a mystery at the time of typing, but we now at least know that a next-gen console is coming. Speaking as part of an interview in the aftermath of E3 2017, Sony bigwig Shawn Layden admitted that the platform holder has new hardware in the pipeline, but added that...