PlayStation 5: All the known details regarding Sony’s next console, arriving in 2020

By Aaron Potter | | 2013 |

Holiday 2020 is shaping up to be quite an exciting time for the future of video games, not only treating us to the release of one brand new home console but two (three, if the rumoured Nintendo Switch Pro turns out to be real). However, as the runaway success during the current console generation, all eyes are on Sony in terms of what they can offer players with the launch of PlayStation 5.

Details have slowly been trickling out as to what PlayStation 4’s successor will look and play like, making this the perfect time to round up all the known information. Sony also just recently hinted at what’s to come with PS5 as part of its 2020 CES press conference, indicating that the news cycle shows no sign of slowing down throughout the rest of this year. With that in mind, we’ll continue to update this advice guide as more info becomes clear. Here’s everything we know about PlayStation 5.

PlayStation 5: Release Date

For all the important details we still don’t know regarding PlayStation 5, one thing is for certain: it’s coming some time in Holiday 2020. This makes a lot of sense when you consider that previous consoles have made a habit of launching in November, as with PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, so why break with established tradition? No hard date is yet known but expect it to be any time between October and December.

PlayStation 5: Where to buy

While there’s still no official release date for the PlayStation 5 announced yet, prospective purchasers should expect a wide range of familiar UK retailers to secure stock. We know this because many stores have already started to offer people ways of registering their interest, the most prominent example being tech-focused giant Currys PC World. It’s here where you can register your interest and stay up to date.

Still, as is usually the case whenever a new video game console releases, other stores likely to sell PS5 units include GAME, Amazon, Smyths Toy Store and others. We’ll be sure to let you know when PlayStation 5 pre-orders officially go live – it has to be any day now considering both this and the Xbox Series X are predicted to be out by November. Simply put, it’s time to start saving.

PlayStation 5: Specs

When it comes to the hardware PlayStation 5 will be packing under the hood, Sony has stated that two key words relate to the future of the platform: ‘immersive’ and ‘seamless’. It’s expected that a lot of this will be achieved through substantially better graphic rendering speeds, a custom broadband SSD and just generally improved oomph when it comes to computational power. We know that the PS5 will be boasting a bespoke 8-core chipset developed by AMD, which, when combined with full 8K support should see the console capable of such visual flourishes as ray tracing, HDR support and much more.

The introduction of an SSD (solid state drive) could prove to be key, allowing developers to reduce the install size of next-generation games while still maintaining a high level of graphical fidelity. Knowing this information, analysts estimate that the PlayStation 5’s new PS5 will be 19 times faster than current storage methods, meaning that this data can be output without any noticeable delay. Simply put, PlayStation 5 will be a marked step up in terms of how games will look, yes, but these clever data management improvements suggest that games should install and boot up a lot faster.

Specs PlayStation 5
Price TBA
Release Date Holiday 2020
Processor Custom 8-core AMD
RAM 16GB GDDR6/256-bit
Teraflops 9 TF
Storage Custom 825gb SSD
Backwards Compatible Top 100 PS4 games only (at launch)
Ray Tracing Yes
Max resolution 8K
Max framerate 120 frames per second

PlayStation 5: Design

Whereas its rival, the Xbox Series X, has already had the red carpet rollout in terms of what the console actually looks like, Sony is yet to show any cards as to the PlayStation 5’s finalised design. What is out there, however, is the PlayStation 5’s devkit, which is the prototype used by game developers to test out the PS5’s capabilities. It sports a V-shaped cavity in the centre with plenty of ventilation, but it’s hardly the case that this will be the final look for PlayStation 5.

We know all this because there’s been several image leaks regarding the PS5 devkit out there. And while we’d like to think that the final PS5 hardware design will look just as interesting and, let’s say, alien-looking, in all honestly PlayStation 5 will likely look more traditional. However, Microsoft surprised us with the Xbox Series X vertical stance, could Sony do the same with PS5? Who knows…? At the end of the day, what PS5 looks like doesn’t matter as much as the games available to play on it.

PlayStation 5: Confirmed Games

Speaking of which, there isn’t too much information regarding PlayStation 5 launch titles. However, one publisher has outright states that a whole bunch of its games will be coming to next generation consoles, in Ubisoft. This means that games such as Watch Dogs: Legion, Ghost Recon: Quarantine and Gods and Monsters will all be playable on PS5, some time in the near future if not at launch alongside Sony’s new console. Other publishers are sure to support PS5, but here’s a list of the confirmed games so far:

  • Watch Dogs: Legion
  • Gods and Monsters
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine
  • Godfall
  • The Lord of the Rings: Gollum

PlayStation 5: Price

Sony famously exclaimed that gamers would be willing to “get a second job” to buy their new console back in the PlayStation 3 era. Fast forward over 10 years, however, and the minds behind the leading console platform have thankfully become a lot humbler. The PS4 originally launched day one here in the UK for £349, but with PlayStation 5 packing much more power and wider capabilities, it’s safe to assume that it won’t quite be able to match this price again.

However, Sony needs to be careful not to price out their target audience entirely, so we’d be shocked if PlayStation 5’s initial day one price creeped up to beyond the £450 mark. We know this won’t be ideal for a lot of general PlayStation fans, but for those who simply must have the newest, latest and best as fast as possible, it’s certainly doable. Still, this is all just speculation at this point. Here’s hoping PS5 will cost a reasonable amount when it launches in Holiday 2020.

PlayStation 5: Controller

We might not know exactly what the PlayStation 5 itself will look like from an aesthetic standpoint, but there is far more details known about the PS5 controller, oddly. This is due to a swathe of product patent leaks and even a devkit photograph, which add up to paint a clearer picture of what the PS5 controller (The Dualshock 5?) will introduce. For one, we know that it’ll feature back buttons, likely being a design not too dissimilar to the back-button attachment revealed for Dualshock 4. The forthcoming PS5 controller will continue to supporting headsets via a jack located at the bottom of the controller, but haptic feedback will work to help players be more immersed.

Other interesting design titbits regarding Dualshock 5 include the lack of a central home button, the return of the big touch pad in the centre, but the removal of the back light bar. The light bar is interesting as it is currently key to tracking your movement in PSVR games compatible with Dualshock 4. We know that PSVR will be compatible with PS5, so we have to assume that Sony has cracked another method of controller tracking that doesn’t require your room to be lit up like a Christmas tree. The overall design looks chunkier overall, but we’re confident the Dualshock 5 will feel just as good to hold in the hands.

PlayStation 5: Additional features

In terms of other cool stuff that’ll arrive hand-in-hand with PlayStation 5’s launch, there’s a couple of titbits that have been confirmed. For one, Sony has already confirmed that they’ll continue to support VR ventures on its new platform, with existing PlayStation VR headsets fully compatible with PS5. This then in turn means that PSVR’s external accessories like the PS4 camera and PS Move controllers will also be supported, meaning that those with a PSVR headset – or are looking to buy one – can have full confidence that this aspect of gaming will work on PS5.

Another cool additional feature unlike anything seen with PS4 is the inclusion of haptic feedback in the impending Dualshock 5 controller. This will replace the PS4 gamepad’s rumble technology to deliver a gameplay feel that’s much more realistic than simple vibration. With haptic feedback, every pull of the trigger or swing of the rope helps bring you closer to the game, providing PS5 game developers execute it accurately. In an interview with PlayStation’s Jim Ryan he commented, “Even just playing the racing game Gran Turismo Sport with a PlayStation 5 controller is a completely different experience. While it runs well with the previous controller, there is no going back after you experience the detailed road surface via haptic control.”

Finally, Sony has now confirmed that backwards compatibility will be a feature in PlayStation 5, but only with a limited library at launch. As stated in the “Roads to PS5” GDC livestream on March 18th, at launch PS5 will be compatible with the top 100 most popular PS4 games, but there are currently no plans to add PS3 or PS3. This will be a little disappointing to some, but at least ensures early PS5 adopters will have some kind of game collection to pull from at launch.