PS5 vs PS5 Digital Edition: What are the major differences?

By Aaron Potter | | 1046 |

June 11th marked the day when Sony would finally give us a proper look at what the PlayStation 5 would look like. Alongside a slew of exciting announcements that showed off a fair few PS5 games, the ‘Future of Gaming’ reveal event ended with a big reveal: PS5 would be launching in Holiday 2020 not with one model but two. Naturally, this leads us to pit these two console variants together in a PS5 vs PS5 Digital Edition battle.

In this guide we’ll breakdown everything we know about both PlayStation 5 editions, weighing up the pros and cons of each so you can make an informed purchase decision when the next console generation kicks off later this year. As a disclaimer please bear in mind that explicit details on both PS5 and the PS5 Digital Edition are still relatively scarce, yet that doesn’t mean there aren’t still certain aspects closed off for discussion. Let’s get into it…

PS5 vs PS5 Digital Edition: Appearance

One of the most notable differences between the standard PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition is its appearance. Both variants ostensibly look the same, for the most part, with the exception that this new, digital-only version loses the 4K Blu-Ray drive – and therefore much of the bulk. Because of this the PS5 Digital Edition does tout a bit more symmetry, with the black and white tower neatly bowing inward before the chassis points outwards at both the bottom and top.

Of course, the console’s appearance will have absolutely no effect on how PS5 games look or run; it’s simply about choosing which option will best suit your purchasing habits. If you’re a disc-free gamer who doesn’t much like to have video game boxes around to gather dust, you’ll likely punt for the PS5 Digital Edition to play games via digital download. However, if you’re a player that enjoys the flexibility of being able to lend games to friends or trade them in when finished, the standard PS5 console will be the one for you. Both variants look relatively smart either standing or led down.

PS5 vs PS5 Digital Edition: Tech specs

Outside of the 4K Blu-Ray drive, it is expected that both the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition will be packing the exact same technical capabilities under the hood. This may likely change (as it often does) midway through the console’s lifecycle, but until then here are the confirmed specs for both variants of the PlayStation 5:

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

PS5 vs PS5 Digital Edition: Games

When it comes to games there will be absolutely no difference shared between the two PS5 variants at all, other than the fact one will allow you to play physical discs and the other will not. If you opt for the PS5 Digital Edition you’re only option will be to download titles from the PlayStation Network, while standard PS5 owners will be able to do that and pick up games in retail stores as well.

Here are just some of the titles confirmed to be releasing on PlayStation 5:

  • Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Hitman III
  • Godfall
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

PS5 vs PS5 Digital Edition: Price

One of the major hot topics in the PS5 vs PS5 Digital Edition debate is price. Unfortunately, it’s an area that the bigwigs over at Sony are yet to comment on – likely because they know it will either detract prospective players at this point. However, by this point we do already know the kind of hardware the PS5 will be packing and features like 8K resolution support and ray-tracing are visual flourishes that don’t come cheap.

We’re still playing the guessing game with regards to PS5’s price point, but logic dictates that part of the reasoning behind a Digital Edition is to cut costs. Speculation has the standard PS5 expected to sell for anywhere between $400 – $600. It could be that the PS5 Digital Edition retails for slightly lower than that by leaving out the 4K Blu-Ray drive. Only time will tell.