PS5 Release: Everything We Know So Far About The 2020 Console

Joseph FurnessJoseph Furness in Entertainment, Gaming
Published 09.10.19
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Here’s everything we know so far about the PS5 console ahead of its slated release

The worst thing about growing up is that it’s no longer deemed acceptable to do the things that are most enjoyable during childhood. We’re talking trick-or-treating, water fights with your siblings, and, last but not least, skating around the shopping mall in your Heelys. However, there is one socially-acceptable exception, and that’s playing video games.

Why do we enjoy wasting countless hours playing video games? Because we enjoy the sense of escapism it offers, the idea of being in control of our own destiny and, most importantly, the nostalgic feeling it bring us – especially when we get to play ever-evolving titles such as GTA and Crash Bandicoot. Which brings us onto the release of the Playstation 5. (Hint: you’re going to want it.)

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Playstation from Getty

What is the name of Sony’s Next Generation Console?

As given away by the title of this article, Sony’s next-generation console will be titled ‘Playstation 5’. IKR, groundbreaking. But at least the familiarity is comforting.

When will the PS5 release?

Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan announced to WIRED that the PS5 will release around Christmas 2020. What a long year of waiting we have ahead of us.

What will the PS5 console look like?

In short: like a retrofuturistic spaceship. Well, that’s the vibe I get from the patents anyway.

How much will the PS5 cost?

Sony has announced that the PS5 will come with an ‘appealing’ price tag.

Mmmhmm. I’ll be the judge of that.

For context, when the PS4 was first released, it was priced at £349. Fingers crossed Sony will settle on a similar price point for the PS5.

But really, what’s our realistic PS5 price prediction?

£449.

What is the PS5 controller?

Although I’d put a hefty bet on Sony’s PS5 controller being christened the DualShock 5, Sony is yet to confirm the name of their next-gen controller. However, Jim Ryan did announce that the controller will have ‘adaptive triggers’ and will also be constructed with haptic feedback technology (kinda like the force touch technology that Apple products are built with). He also confirmed that the Playstation VR will work with the new Playstation, making the technology more relevant than I first presumed.

“adaptive triggers” that can offer varying levels of resistance to make shooting a bow and arrow feel like the real thing—the tension increasing as you pull the arrow back—or make a machine gun feel far different from a shotgun. It also boasts haptic feedback far more capable than the rumble motor console gamers are used to, with highly programmable voice-coil actuators located in the left and right grips of the controller.” – Jim Ryan interviewed by WIRED.

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DualShock 4 from Getty

Will the PS5 run on physical games?

Yes, the PS5 will still allow you to buy physical games to play on the console (rest easy GAME employees).

The PS5 disc drive that will support 8K gameplay will double-up as a 4K Blu-Ray player. Pretty neat, aye.

Will the PS5 use AI technology? 

Rumour has it that the PS5 will feature AI voice-driven technology called Playstation Assist. This information comes from a leaked Sony patent which seems to suggest that the AI assistant will be compatible with PS5. Which is exciting, but also pretty worrying for anyone who’s seen Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’.

What games are coming to the PS5?

Games that are expected to be released for the PS5 are:

  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • The Elder Scrolls 6
  • The Last of Us: Part Two
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 5
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Final Fantasy 7 Remake

And you might as well add FIFA 2021 to that list. Let’s be real, EA’s biggest cash-grab isn’t going anywhere.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake
Final Fantasy 7 Remake from Getty.

Will the PS5 be backwards compatible?

It has also been confirmed that the PS5 will be backwards compatible. Which means two things: 1) You can re-play your favourite PS4 titles again and again for years to come and 2) You won’t need to traipse to CEX next November to offload a wheel-barrel of redundant games.

How does the PS5 compare to Microsoft’s Project Scarlett (AKA the next-gen Xbox)?

Also scheduled to release at the end of 2020 is Microsoft’s Project Scarlett, which in simple terms is the next-generation Xbox. The Xbox 2 (as many are nicknaming it) also uses a solid-state drive, is backwards compatible and it will feature an 8K-supported disc drive, just like the PS5. So. which one should you go for? Naturally, whichever one your mates opt for.

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