It looks like PlayStation 5 pre-order launches are getting close. Amazon finally got a page up and running for the PS5 today after a long holdout, which is a very good sign. While pre-orders at major retailers are still not available, Sony made it clear that a Holiday 2020 release for the PS5 was in the works. There will be two different versions of the console available – a standard version that includes a disc drive and a digital version that will rely on downloads form the PlayStation Network. Unfortunately, pricing for the console is still unconfirmed, but $500 continues to be the focus of rumors. Below you’ll find everything we know about the PS5 launch, thus far – including games, pre-order signups, and more. UPDATING…
Release Date: As noted, Sony is on track for a global holiday launch for the PS5. Console releases typically happen in November to maximize holiday season shopping. According to Bloomberg, output will be limited because of a higher price weighing on demand. This something to consider when thinking about pre-orders, and whether or not it would be best to wait until the dust settles. This is always the most sensible strategy, though many gamers will insist upon having the console on Day 1. Expect the usual hoarding and huge markups on eBay to go into overdrive. Naturally, these listings should be avoided – don’t encourage these people.
Price: Currently, $500 is the educated guess price point for the PS5. Presumably, the digital edition of the console would be at least $50 cheaper. This would be fairly reasonable if you compare it to previous PlayStation releases and take inflation into account. In general, it’s likely that the console will fall between $450 (loss leader pricing) and $549.
Pre-Orders: At the time of writing you can sign up for PlayStation 5 notifications via the following retailers:
- CPU – 8-core, 16 thread, up to 3.5Ghz (variable frequency)
- GPU – 36 CUs at 2.23GHz, 10.3 TFLOPs (variable frequency)
- Memory – 16GB GDDR6
- Internal Storage – Custom 825GB SSD
- External Storage – NVMe SSD slot, USB HDD
- Optical Drive – Ultra HD Blu-ray
- Video Output – 4K at 120Hz, 8K
Additional details on specs are available here.
Games – The current list of PS5 games can be found here – some games may not be available at launch. You can also check out trailers for the games unveiled at the PlayStation event on June 11th. Note that Sony claims that the PS5 will be backwards compatible with the “overwhelming majority” of PS4 games. They have not confirmed details about backwards compatibility with the PS1, PS2, or PS3, though rumors suggest that a “Remastering Engine” feature is in the works.
Hardware: The PS5 will be available in standard and all-digital editions and will feature the striking design highlighted in the reveal trailer above. A breakdown of the DualSense controller features can be found here. Details on the first PS5 accessories can be found here.
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