PS5 pre-orders now available

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The PlayStation 4 platform is currently enjoying great financial and critical success, having launched in 2013 to quickly sell 100 million units and become the most popular home video game console. Holiday 2020 will see it replaced with the imminent arrival of PlayStation 5, however, kicking off a totally new generation with lots to look forward to.

Our first look at several PlayStation 5 titles arrived in June, with some already available to pre-order. Three of the PS4’s biggest exclusives, Marvel’s Spider-Man, God of War and Horizon Zero Dawn are both getting sequels (Spider-Man: Miles Morales, God of War Ragnorok and Horizon II: Forbidden West). Major new projects from third party studios include Counterplay Games’ Godfall, Bethesda’s Ghostwire: Tokyo and Capcom’s Resident Evil Village. We’re also seeing entries in classic PlayStation series, with a fourth mainline Crash Bandicoot game and a new Ratchet and Clank adventure to look forward to.

When is the PS5 release date?

We finally have a confirmed release date for both the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition – November 19th. This is a week later than some other territories, including the US, and – more significantly – is nine days later than we’ll be getting the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. Historically, the console that has launched first has had a big advantage, so we’ll see what sort of effect this has on the PS5’s fortunes over the coming months!

When will PS5 pre-orders be available?

Now that we have a confirmed release date for the PS5, pre-orders should be imminent. We’ll keep you updated with information as and when we get it, but be prepared; there have been plenty of reports flying around that the worldwide health crisis has resulted in Sony struggling to produce enough consoles to match demand, so you’ll want to pre-order to avoid disappointment.

What will the PS5 cost in the UK?

As well as a release date, we finally have pricing for both the PS5 and the PS5 Digital Edition here in the UK. The PS5 console will set you back an RRP of £499.99, while the PS5 Digital Edition will retail at £359.99. The PS5 is therefore the same price at launch as the Xbox Series X, Microsoft’s new flagship console, which sets up a very intriguing battle between the two consoles. Meanwhile the PS5 Digital Edition will come in at £110 more than the Xbox Series S, but that isn’t a like-for-like comparison given the PS5 has all the power of the main console, while the Series S has reduced power in addition to no disc drive.

The most powerful PlayStation console released

The next generation of consoles will bring with it a much higher level of graphical fidelity, with further refinements made to reduce load times and push faster frame rates. The PlayStation 5 will achieve this using a bespoke 8-core AMD chipset and a custom SSD. PSVR will also continue to be supported, with all pre-existing headsets compatible with PS4 already confirmed to work with PlayStation 5. We’ll know for sure in a few short months, but PS5 will be the most powerful PlayStation ever.

PS5 console

A revised controller design for PlayStation 5

While the final aesthetic for the actual console remains a mystery, a good indication of what it will look like can probably be clued in by the PS5 controller. The DualSense replaces the Dualshock as the PlayStation 5’s official gamepad of choice, shaking up the design and baking in several new modern features that make for the ultimate immersive experience. Adaptative triggers on the L2 and R2 buttons, for example, allows the controller to depict the feel of in-game actions as realistically as possible. As such, drawing back a bowstring or firing a gun delivers the appropriate haptic feedback.

The DualSense PS5 controller also features a built-in mic, removing the need for players to use a dedicated headset for chat. Then you have the revised lightbar and touchpad design, which is a lot less garish compared to how the DualShock 4 handled the concept. Also gone is the dedicated “Share” button, now replaced by the ominous “Create” button that PlayStation has yet to elaborate on outside of teasing how it will offer “new ways for players to create epic gameplay content to share with the world”. The DualSense controller will arrive alongside PlayStation 5 later this year.

Two models to choose from

Though the PS4 has embraced two console models side by side – the Slim and more powerful Pro – it’s been traditional that new consoles have launched with only one model. However, that is no longer the case with the PS5. Launching alongside a traditional console that features a Blu-ray disc drive is the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, which features no drive and will instead rely on digital downloads of games. The PS5 Digital Edition will launch with a price point of £359.99, £90 less than both the PS5 and Xbox Series X will boasting comparable specs, just without the disc drive.

PS5 digital edition

PlayStation 5 Specs

Release Date November 17th 2020
Price £449.99 (£359.99 for Digital edition)
RAM 24GB total with reportedly 20GB GDDR6
Storage 825GB Custom SSD
Ray Tracing Yes
Backwards Compatibility Yes (initially only 100 PS4 games)
Maximum Resolution 8k
Chipset Bespoke 8-core AMD
Maximum Framerate 120 frames per second