PS5 specs, release date, controller and more...
por Rui Silva 23 Aug 20
PS5 specs, release date, controller and more: All the latest on the PlayStation 5
The PlayStation 5 will be coming towards the end of the year, in time to compete head-to-head with the also new Xbox Series X.
Both consoles represent the next step in gaming and we're rapidly finding out more about them bit by bit.
This feature collates everything revealed about the PS5 so far: official pictures, confirmed specs and more.
PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition hardware confirmation
PlayStation officially unveiled the PS5 design for the first time during its Future of Gaming event in June, surprising everyone by announcing not just one but two consoles. There will be a standard PlayStation 5 and a PS5 Digital Edition without a 4K Blu-ray disc drive.
Its design is sleek and bold, with predominantly white flourishes on a launch PlayStation for the very first time. Other generations over the years have added white models later, but have always been black or grey at launch.
PS5 release date
The PS5 will be released around the world from "holiday 2020". The pandemic and its effect on supply lines could have thrown a spanner in the works, but all indications are that the launch of the two console editions is still on track.
Indeed, while some previous rumours said that production could be delayed, AMD - which is manufacturing the processing unit and GPU - claims they will be delivered in time, suggesting production is on schedule.
In addition, a report in mid-July said that Sony is so confident it will be able to make enough units to hit the intended release date, it has ramped up production further - to make between nine and 10 million PlayStation 5 consoles to be shipped late 2020, early 2021.
PlayStation is still yet to confirm pricing for the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition, but there have been some indications and rumours.
At the end of May 2020, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan said that PS5 will offer the "best possible value" but that doesn't "necessarily mean lowest price".
Several leaks, purportedly from Amazon postings that were then taken down, pointed to the standard PS5 being priced at £599/$599. If that turns out to be the case, we are almost certain the Digital Edition will hit the sub-£500/$500 price point that would make it more attractive to the mass-market - not just early adopters.
According to the images and video released during the PlayStation June event, both PS5 models will look essentially the same - with just the drive slot the difference aesthetically. Neither looks like the numerous leaks and concept renders we've seen in the past.
It is a sleek-looking console, with curves and, while the PS5 looks great standing up, it will also be able to be laid horizontally.
PS5 controller (DualSense)
Alongside the new machine(s) will be a range of accessories. The DualSense controller, plus a charging dock, headphones, HD camera, and the return of a media remote will all be available at launch, it seems.
As for the next-generation controller, DualSense, it marks the first deviation in a long time for Sony's controllers, which have long been called DualShocks.
That's not the only thing that's changing, either - the DualSense features a radical new design language for Sony, that matches the consoles.
The array of buttons hasn't changed much, although the controller has upgraded high-definition haptic feedback which should make traditional rumble settings look antiquated.
The controller also has adaptive triggers for the first time, meaning that it catches up to the Xbox controller in many ways. It's even going to have built-in microphones so that you can chat with friends without a headset, in theory.
We also now know that the PS5 will support your old DualShock 4 controllers from the PS4 only in a limited way. They'll work when you play PS4 games on the new hardware, but not with PS5 games, which are ideally going to be taking advantage of DualSense's new features if they can.
We now know an awful lot about the PS5 thanks to a deep dive on the console that appeared online in March.
Here are the PS5 specs in full:
CPU: 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
GPU: Custom RDNA 2 - 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
Memory: 16GB GDDR6/256-bit RAM, 448GB/s
Storage: Custom 825GB SSD
Expandable storage: NVMe SSD Slot, USB HDD support
Optical drive: 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray