PlayStation 5: Everything We Know So Far

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Sony’s next-gen console is called the PlayStation 5, and it’s due to arrive in late 2020. We know you’ll have a tonne of questions – what’s the UK release date? What games are we getting? What are the specs?

Well, we now know quite a bit about the PS5. We’ve had a glimpse at the hardware and what it can do, and seen some of the first games that will be coming to the next-gen console. If you’re out of the loop on the PlayStation 5, fear not, as we’ve gathered all the details you need to know.

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Sony’s next-gen console is called the PlayStation 5, and it’s due to arrive in late 2020. We know you’ll have a tonne of questions – what’s the UK release date? What games are we getting? What are the specs?

Well, we now know quite a bit about the PS5. We’ve had a glimpse at the hardware and what it can do, and seen some of the first games that will be coming to the next-gen console. If you’re out of the loop on the PlayStation 5, fear not, as we’ve gathered all the details you need to know.

What does it look like?

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Sony unveiled the PS5 at their Future of Gaming show, and it did not disappoint. The console has a sleek, futuristic look with a striking white and black colour scheme, with touches of blue in the console’s lights. This colour scheme is also represented on the new DualSense controller, which is complete with some incredibly on-brand detailing.

Are there multiple versions of the PS5?

The PS4 has had a few iterations, such as the more powerful PS4 Pro. So far, there’s only been one version of the PS5 announced, although you will be able to choose between having a version with a disc drive or a digital-only version.

Does the PS5 support 4K or 8K gaming?

Yep. You can play games on your 4K TV, and if that’s not enough for you, the console also supports 8K output.

What games will it have?

Along with a look at the new hardware, Sony’s reveal event also played host to some of the first games confirmed to be coming to PS5. Headlining the lineup was Horizon Forbidden West, a sequel to Guerilla Games’ open-world masterpiece Horizon Zero Dawn. We also got glimpses of Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Demon’s Souls, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and many more. Go here for the complete list of games announced at the PS5 reveal event, or check out the full list of games headed to next-gen consoles..

How powerful is the PS5?

While the PS4 had a spinning disk drive, the PS5 comes with a solid state drive (or SSD). In layman’s terms, that means the console can load games and assets a whole lot faster. For instance, a Wired article from April revealed that a fast-travel loading time of 15 seconds for Marvel’s Spider-Man on PS4 Pro was reduced to just 0.8 seconds on an early PS5 devkit.

Imagine fast travel that’s practically instant. Or how about a game in which you can hop seamlessly between environments without having to sit looking at a loading screen? You can also say goodbye to scripted delays, like a door that takes a bit of time to open so that the environment beyond it has a chance to fully load in. The recent trailer for Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart should give you an idea of how fast we’re talking, here.

The next-gen console will also support ray tracing at the hardware level. Essentially, that means that in-game lighting, reflections, and shadows, will all look dramatically more realistic than current-gen systems. Consider for a minute how utterly drop-dead gorgeous the lighting and environments look already in games like The Last of Us Part II, and just imagine how amazing next-gen gaming is going to look.

What’s the controller like?

Dualsense controller

The Dualshock 4‘s “rumble” feature is disappearing, as the PS5’s new controller, the DualSense, will feature something called haptic feedback instead. The biggest difference is in the sheer range of feedback you’ll be able to feel through the controller.

Developers can also adjust the amount of resistance felt through the controller’s triggers, meaning that firing a gun, accelerating on a bumpy road, or drawing back a bowstring will all feel completely different. For more information about the controller, check out everything we know about the PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller.

Will the PS5 be backwards-compatible?

We don’t fully understand how backwards-compatibility will work on the PlayStation 5, but it seems safe to say that many of your favourites will be playable on the new system. The current PlayStation 4 library contains over 4000 games, and according to the PlayStation Blog, most of the top 100 PS4 games (as ranked by total user play time) should be available at the PS5’s launch, with plenty more expected to join the lineup later on. Additionally, Eurogamer have reported that any new PS4 games released from July are required to be playable on the PS5.

What other features will there be?

While we don’t know yet what it’ll look like, we do know that one new feature of the PS5 home screen is going to come in incredibly handy.

Currently, you need to boot up a game in order to be able to see what’s next on the agenda, whether that’s online multiplayer activities that are available for you to join, or an unlocked mission and its associated rewards in a single-player game. With the PS5, you can view and dive straight into these directly from the home screen, without having to boot the games up first.

Another confirmed feature is the PS5’s ability to handle 4K Blu-ray discs. Naturally, you’ll need to get the console with a disc drive for this one, but this’ll be a handy feature for those of you who, quite rightly, still see the merits in watching movies in 4K without having to worry about your dodgy wi-fi conking out halfway through.

What’s the PS5’s audio like?

The PS5 uses Tempest 3D AudioTech to boost immersiveness like never before. Forget about ordinary surround sound, because this is on a whole different level. 3D audio means that you’ll be able to hear exactly where sounds are coming from in a scene – so if there’s a generator rumbling away somewhere slightly to the left of your on-screen character, you’ll be able to hear it slightly to your left, and then right ahead should you then turn your head towards it. If an enemy is creeping around on the floor above you, you’ll be able to pinpoint their exact location relative to you, just from the sound of their footsteps. Pretty neat, right?

When can I get a PlayStation 5?

For now, all we know is that the PS5 will arrive in late 2020. We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for further details when they’re announced, so keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest. You can also go here for information on how to pre-order the PS5.

In the meantime, there’s still plenty to look forward to on PS4. Samurai adventure Ghost of Tsushima is out very soon, and after that, we’ve got dystopian sci-fi epic Cyberpunk 2077 to look forward to on 19 November.

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