Published: September 2020
Gaming fans unite, because this is your year! 2020 promises to be game-changing in the console category with the upcoming release of the Sony PlayStation PS5. Virtual reality (VR) makes its debut in PS5, plus a list of closely guarded next-gen features from Sony.
It’s exciting times for loyal PS gamers, because this is the first major PlayStation update since Sony released the PS4 in 2013.
When is the PS5 Coming Out?
Sony released an update in October announcing the next-gen console will be ready in time for the 2020 holidays. This means that the PS5’s release date is likely between October to December 2020, with pre-orders starting in March.
Strategically timed to coincide with the new Xbox Series X release, Sony’s PlayStation PS5 will launch in direct competition with the Xbox. However, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan teased that the PS5 contains a number of “unique” elements that will set it apart from the competition.
Want to know more about the new console? Read on for what we know so far.
Sony Playstation PS5: A Quick Overview
Everything you need to know about the upcoming PS5:
- The PS5 is the next-gen PlayStation console from Sony
- It will replace the PS4 Slim and the PS4 Pro
- The official price hasn’t been released, but it’s rumored to cost $499
- All PS4 and PS3 games will be compatible with the PS5
- The PS5 will incorporate virtual reality
- PS5 crossplay will support gaming between competing consoles
- It hasn’t been confirmed how the PS5 will handle trophies
- The PS5 will be released by the 2020 holidays
What is the Functionality of the PS5?
Sony has confirmed that the PS5 will run on an AMD CPU chip. The chip is based on AMD’s Ryzen line, and it will support ray tracing.
This should dramatically improve gaming visuals and audio. Sony has confirmed the PS5 will support 8K gaming, which means far more detailed and complex games with next-level graphics previously unseen. Sony are pushing the envelope on PS5’s graphics to create an environment so immersive; players will be forgiven for thinking they are actually in the game.
Sony’s PlayStation PS5 biggest improvement is the switch from traditional disc-based hard drive to solid-state drive (SSD). The change to SSD will dramatically improve loading times and PS5’s overall performance and storage capacity.
The final design, look and feel of the PS5 is still hush-hush and remains a tightly guarded secret. However, Sony has confirmed the new PS5 will come with a new-look controller designed to improve player feedback and game immersion.
If you love your PS4 controller, there’s good news! Sony confirms your PS4 controller will be compatible with the new PS5 – and with the backward compatibility feature – PS5 players can play PS4 players.
While the exact PS5 features are light on specifics from Sony right now, here’s everything you need to know about upcoming PS5 games.
What Games Can You Expect on the PS5?
PS4 owners are probably wondering if you can play your PS4 games on the PS5? Gamers rejoice, because your library of games on the PS4 and PS3 are compatible with the new PS5.
There are a number of new games confirmed to be released on PS5. Here’s an initial list of games you can look forward to seeing released that we expect to expand as we approach the launch of the PS5 end of 2020:
- Godfall: currently no published release date for Godfall. Will be available on the PS5 and in the Epic Games Store by the 2020 holidays.
- Outriders: according to video game developer People Can Fly, Outriders will be available on the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
- The Lord of the Rings: Gollum: action-adventure available on the PS5 and the Xbox Series X.
- Watch Dogs: Legion: release date for March 2020 and available on the PS5.
- God and Monsters: no confirmed release date, but coming to PS5 soon.
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