PS5 release date, design and specs

PS5 release date, design and specs

The PS5 (or PlayStation 5) is Sony’s long-awaited next-generation console, it costs $499.99 / £449.99 / AU$749.95 and will be available from November 12, 2020 (in select markets).

There’s really not much left to find out about the PS5, which is good because you can now start planning which version you’re going to get, what games you’ll pick up first, the accessories you’ll need, how much you need to save, and when exactly it’ll land on your doorstep.

We’ve now glimpsed the PS5 design, seen the PS5 games line-up, including Horizon Forbidden West and Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and know a lot about the console’s specs and features. These include an SSD for fast loading, ray-tracing, a built-in 4K Blu-ray player, and backwards compatibility with thousands of titles in the PS4’s game library.

However, and possibly more importantly, we now also know the PS5 price and release date.

The PS5 is a very different-looking console to the PS4, with its space-age black-and-white color scheme looking a little different to PlayStations of the past. There’s more than one PS5 console releasing this year, though, as Sony has also confirmed it’s going to be releasing a PS5 Digital Edition – a streamlined, digital-only console without a disc drive.

Both consoles are going to be pretty powerful, from what we know about the PS5 specs. We’ll cover them in full below, but specs-wise, the PS5 (and its digital alternative) is rocking an AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores at 3.5GHz, 16GB of GDDR6 memory, and a custom RDNA 2 AMD GPU that puts out 10.28 TFLOPs of processing power. That might sound like nonsense if you’re not up on this kind of jargon, but prospective PS5 players have a lot to be excited about.

We’ve got full PS5 details for you below, including detailed break downs of pricing and availability, so read on to find out everything you need to know about the PlayStation 5.

PS5 RELEASE DATE

PS5 pre-order date: September 17 (live now)

PS5 release date: November 12 (US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Mexico, South Korea)

PS5 rest of the world release date: November 19

Sony has officially confirmed that the PS5 release date is November 12 for the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Mexico and South Korea, while the rest of the world will have to wait a week for the PlayStation 5 to arrive on November 19 – putting it in direct competition with the Xbox Series X, which is releasing on November 10.

Releasing in this time period allows the PS5 to launch alongside upcoming AAA titles such as Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Cyberpunk 2077, and Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War which are all due to release in November, while also avoiding the launch being lost in the shuffle of Black Friday – which falls two weeks later.

As for PS5 pre-orders, well they opened almost immediately after the Showcase event, on September 17.

PS5 PRICE

PS5 price: $499.99 / £449.99 / AU$749.95
PS5 Digital Edition price: $399.99 / £359.99 / AU$599.95
Sony has confirmed the PS5 price is $499.99 / £449.99 / AU$749.95.

That makes the PS5 $100 more expensive than the launch price of the PS4 and PS4 Pro, and it matches the price of the Xbox Series X.

However, if that’s still a little too rich for your wallet, there is a more affordable option too. The PS5 Digital Edition price is $399.99 / £359.99 / AU$599.95, and while you don’t get a disc-drive and it’s pricier than the Xbox Series S, this variant still packs the same power and performance as the main console

PS5 release date, design and specs

PS5 SPECS

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 / 256-bit
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
In addition to what the PS5 looks like, we also know a fair bit about the PS5 specs. Sony lifted the hood on the PlayStation 5 during its first official PS5 reveal event in March, giving us an idea of what the new PlayStation is packing under the hood – so make sure you check out our PS5 spec analysis.

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