PlayStation 5: Reveal Event, Website Launched, Release Date, Price, Pre-order, Backwards compatibility & everything else there is to know

The countdown has begun, but what do we actually know about Sony’s new console?

by Talal Musa

The PlayStation 5 is set to release in the festive period of 2020, and it will be up against Microsoft’s new console, Xbox Series X.

However, in recent times, Microsoft has no doubt been winning the next-gen war, having provided the community with regular updates and the full specs for Xbox Series X.

Well, that could all change, as word on the street is that the PS5 will be revealed tomorrow!

Most importantly, we’ll cover how the specs could stack up compared to the new Xbox.

Continue reading for all the details we have.

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Official PS5 logo revealed at CES!

The PS5 logo has finally been officially revealed and you won’t be shocked at its look…

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That’s right, the logo looks exactly the same as the PS4 logo except with the number 5.

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Despite the anticlimactic announcement, the reveal has got fans seriously hyped for the next-gen console with fans hungry for any information they can get their eyes on.

PS5 release date 

Sony officially confirmed the PS5 will release “Holiday 2020”, but we are expecting Coronavirus to have a major impact on this.

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A leak has suggested the release date will be November 20, which would put it in direct competition with the Xbox Series X, which has a rumoured release date of November

PS5 pre-order 

Some keen-eyed Sony fans at GamesRadar report that a handful of retailers, such as GAME in the UK, Best Buy in the US, and Game Mania in the Netherlands have launched sign-up pages online.

Here, you can sign up and they’ll let you know the second the PS5 will be available to pre-order. Worth a punt if you ask us. 

PS5 price 

Sony hasn’t confirmed a price for the PS5 just yet – however, a leak has suggested that the console will cost $499 in North America when it launches.

That’s a similar price to what the Xbox Series X should retail for – around the £400 mark. 

PS5 specs 

We don’t know a huge amount about what’s under the PS5‘s hood, but what we do know is that it’ll be significantly more powerful than the PS4 Pro.

It’ll likely support Ray Tracing, an advanced lighting technique that is already a feature in some state-of-the-art Nvidia graphics cards. 

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Add to this rumoured 8K support, and a bespoke SSD drive – which will be up to 19 times faster than traditional SSD storage methods, and you’ve got yourself a very powerful console indeed.

Another trick is that players will be able to install / remove certain parts of the game – much like on PC. So, if you only want to install single-player, that’ll be doable.

Xbox 2020 specs

The new Xbox will boast far more than the six teraflops currently inside Microsoft’s flagship gaming console, the Xbox One X.

Although some have speculated that the console will be 8K ready, we doubt it’ll have the raw power to run this natively.

READ MORE: Everything you need to know about Xbox Series X

According to insider sources, the next Xbox will be more powerful than the PS5 and “set the benchmark” for console gaming.

Instead, it’ll likely use a solution much like PS4 Pro’s checkerboard rendering / Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS)- upscaling an image from 1880p to higher resolutions allowing for higher framerates.

Rumoured PS5 games

There will be a lot of big exclusives coming to Sony’s console – from the new God of War to a perhaps a brand new Killzone.

Killzone

This was Sony’s answer to Halo and Gears of War – but is seen by having plenty of style but not much substance.

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Both Killzone on the PS2 and Killzone 2 / 3 on the PS3 acted as showcases, pushing the consoles to the limits of what they can achieve graphically.

Should we see another Killzone, expect more of the same.

Crash Bandicoot

Recently, we’ve had the pleasure of four Crash Bandicoot games being remastered.

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It was a great trip down memory lane and remasters seem to be all the rage lately so wouldn’t it be a great way to launch a new Sony console than with its most recognised mascot?

PlayStation still gets preferential treatment with Crash titles, in particular, the Crash Bandicoot N’Sane Trilogy, so it wouldn’t be out of the question.

The Last Of Us 2 Remastered

The Last of Us 2 is scheduled to release on PlayStation 4, but it was recently announced that it will be delayed until the 29th May.

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There’s every chance the game will come out on the PS5, too – albeit with slightly improved performance and visuals. Not confirmed, but watch this space.

Uncharted 5

There are few games with a better track record than the Uncharted series, it’s undoubtedly one of Sony’s most valuable gaming franchises.

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We’re almost certain a new Uncharted will arrive – but we’ll have to wait a few years as Naughty Dog is tied up with TLOU2.

Horizon Zero Dawn 2

Guerilla Games’ action-RPG released in 2017 and was loved by critics and fans alike

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Having sold over 10 million copies, Guerilla Games have already confirmed a sequel is on the way. However, as the original took six years to make, we may be waiting a while.

God of War II

ONLY A MATTER OF TIME: Immensely popular and bespoke to Sony, it’s a question of when not if

After a hiatus of five years, which doesn’t include the remasters, the God of War franchise was rebooted following Norse mythology.

It was nothing short of perfection and appetite for a sequel is growing by the day.

Little Big Planet 4

The Little Big Planet series has sold more than 10 million user-created levels.

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There’s clearly an appetite for the series, so we can expect Sony to give it the next-gen treatment pronto.

Spider-Man 2 Game

The new Spider-Man game was brilliant – and another game worthy of a sequel.

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The previous game took 4 years to develop, but as gameplay mechanics won’t need too much tweaking, we’re hoping Spidey will return to our screens in 2021.

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That’s all we have for now, but check back in for our weekly updates.

Talal Musa

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