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Gamers at long last have know exactly when the Sony’s PlayStation 5 will launch and how much it’ll cost after the company’s September 16 showcase.

After more than a year of sticking with its vague “holiday 2020” release window the company unveiled all of the crucial details customers need to know before they decide whether they’re going to picked up the PS5 or one of the upcoming Xbox consoles.

Before September 16, Sony hadn’t revealed much about the PS5 since the grand unveiling back in April 2020. The company had only revealed its bold new design and a roster of upcoming titles that will complement the console’s launch in the fall. Now Sony’s next-gen vision is fully in focus.

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Sony teased a flurry of next-gen titles coming to the PS5 the same day it announced its price and release date. This included a closer look at Marvel’s Spider-Man Miles Morales, a first-look at Demon’s Souls, and a cryptic teaser of God of War Ragnarok. Word of all of these heavy-hitting titles come only a month after Microsoft announced it would delay the long- awaited release of Halo Infinite.

The PS5 and the disc-drive-less PS5 Digital Edition.Sony Interactive Entertainment

This could be Sony’s moment to strike back with a stellar event full of game sneak peeks and a potential release date reveal. These next few months leading up to its next-gen drop will be crucial for maintaining its reputation as the apex gaming system moving into the next era of gaming.

Sony has effectively dominated the current-gen console war against Microsoft. The company announced that the PS4 had become the second best-selling console of all time during an earnings report in October 2019, coming in just behind the PS2. In 2018, Sony hardware made up nearly half of all consoles in use according to a Strategy Analytics report late that year.

Could the PS5 continue what the PS4 started? Here’s everything we know about the upcoming next-gen console.

When is the PS5 release date?

Sony made it official on September 16, the PS5 and the PS5 Digital Edition will launch in the U.S. and select countries on November 12 and worldwide on November 19 (except in China).

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How much will the PS5 cost?

Sony confirmed that the price of the PlayStation 5 at launch is $499.99 and that the PS5 Digital Edition is $399.99, during its September 16 showcase.

This corroborates a rumor reported by Spanish publication Vandal Tuesday, which claimed listings for the PS5 consoles went live on the website for Spanish retailer El Corte Ingles. The two devices were listed for the cost of $499 and $399, which both turned out to be right.

How to preorder the PS5?

The preorder window for the console began on September 17, but reservations for the PS5 are already going lighting fasting.

Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target, and Walmart are all offering preorders but as of 4 p.m. on September 17 all of these retailers’ supply has been booked. Gamers’ best bet is to periodically check in on all of these site to see if they’re restocked.

Is there a PS5 trailer?

Yes, Sony published a trailer on September 1 teasing the console’s all-new design, feature additions, and a number of announced next-gen titles that will anchor the console’s launch. Watch it here:

There are two PS5 models

Sony revealed that it would launch a PS5 with a physical disc-drive and a PS5 Digital Edition with no disc drive that will require gamers to exclusively purchase and download digital copies of games.

The company has yet to announce if the two models will come with different specs or price tags, but expect more details as the 2020 holidays approach. Inverse expects for the Digital Edition to have more internal storage to let gamers install more games without having to delete other titles.

The Digital Edition might also be cheaper than the standard PS5. Microsoft released a digital-only version of the Xbox One in 2019 at a lower price. Sony could adopt a similar pricing strategy.

The PS5’s Dualsense controller will be unlike any other PS controller before it.SIE

What about backward compatibility?

Sony has confirmed that the PS5 will be able to run all PS4 titles, but what about the vast gaming libraries of veteran PlayStation fans? The company has yet to confirm how far back the PS5’s backward compatibility will reach, but Ubisoft might have leaked Sony’s backward compatibility plans on August 31 and gamers were not pleased.

The game publisher posted a brief rundown of how upgrading from a current-gen to next-gen consoles will work. This announcement initially contained a disappointing statement for anyone expecting to be able to play their PS2 games on the PS5:

Backwards compatibility will be available for supported PlayStation 4 titles, but will not be possible for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, or PlayStation games.

The company has since removed this statement but not before fans expecting to be able to play their entire back catalog of PS games were dishearten by the update. So don’t toss your old consoles in preparation for the PS5 launch, you’re still going to need them if you want to play old games you have lying around.

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Confirmed features and specs coming to PS5

Here’s a look at the PS5 specifications Sony announced:

  • CPU — x86-64-AMD Ryzen “Zen 2,” 8 Cores / 16 Threads, Variable frequency, up to 3.5 GHz
  • GPU — AMD Radeon RDNA 2-based graphics engine, Ray Tracing Acceleration, Variable frequency, up to 2.23 GHz (10.3 TFLOPS)
  • System Memory — GDDR6 16 GB, 448 GB/s Bandwidth
  • SSD — 825 GB, 5.5GB/s Read Bandwidth (Raw)
  • PS5 Game Disc — Ultra HD Blu-ray, up to 100GB/disc
  • Video Out— Support of 4K 120Hz TVs, 8K TVs, VRR (specified by HDMI ver.2.1)
  • Audio — “Tempest” 3D AudioTech

Here are other standout features that were previously announced:

  • The SSD will enable snappier and smoother console gameplay than ever before. Sony published brief statements by a dozen developers asking them how they intend to leverage the next-gen hardware to further refine their work.
  • Currently available PSVR hardware will be compatible with the PS5.
  • Built-in haptic motors in the DualShock 5 will vibrate in various ways depending on the surfaces in a game as well as “adaptive triggers” that could give add resistance in required scenarios.
  • The PS5 will let gamers install individual game modes, instead of forcing them to install an entire game. That means if you’re not interested in the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare single-player campaign, you can choose to only install the multiplayer. (It’s fair to assume you’d still have to buy the whole game though.)
  • The PS5’s home screen will show gamers mission details, or if friends are currently squadded up online.
  • It will support 8K resolution. That might not matter much right now, but it could be relevant a few years down the line when 8K TVs are more commonplace.
  • Sony announced a slew of PS5 peripherals that will likely be sold separately including: the DualSense controller Charging Station, Pulse 3D Wireless Headset, a media remote, and an HD camera

Everything we know about PS5’s DualSense controller

The PS5’s new controller will drop the DualShock moniker of the four previous PlayStation controllers and be renamed the DualSense. The controller was designed to give gamers haptic feedback and comes with adaptive triggers so players get a better sense of touch and feel when playing a game.

Here’s a few more standout features:

  • Its form and color scheme was completely redesigned. It’s much more rounded and its primary color is white, with hints of blue and black. The lightbar is now located on the sides of the central touchpad.
  • It will come with a USB-C port for much quicker charging compared to the DualShock 4.
  • The Share button was replaced with the Create button. Sony hasn’t explained how this new feature will work just yet.
  • The controller comes with built-in microphones. So say goodbye to the PS4’s clip-on earbud.

New PSVR hardware could be on its way

There have been numerous patents suggesting Sony is working on a new generation of PSVR hardware for the PS5. A Bloomberg report published February 13 also stated that the company is developing a new headset that is “tentatively scheduled [for release] after the PS5 goes on sale.”

The final product could be completely wireless, come with all-new controllers, and offer high-end specs comparable to something like the HTC Vive at a more affordable price point. The PSVR 2 price could be a lot closer to that of Sony’s current VR headset, $299.

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The PS5 could bring console gaming much closer to PC-gaming standards.Flickr / steamXO

Confirmed and potential PS5 launch games

A strong list of PS5 exclusives and launch titles will be crucial to Sony’s success in the next-gen console war. Here are all of the titles gamers should expect and games that are unannounced but expected to eventually launch on the PS5.

Confirmed

Unconfirmed, but anticipated

The Sony PlayStation 5 will be released sometime in late 2020.

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