Sony revealed the PlayStation 5 for the first time in a reveal event earlier this month. Along with a slew of next-generation games, the company gave us our first look at the PS5 console and several of its first-party accessories. Unfortunately, Sony still hasn’t announced the PS5’s price or release date, so PS5 pre-orders haven’t gone live yet. It’s unclear when we’ll hear more, but Sony did confirm those details are coming.
If you want to be one of the first people to put your money down, several retailers have opened sign-ups to notify people when the PS5 will be available to pre-order. Below, check out the PS5’s newly revealed design, sign up to be notified when pre-orders go live, and catch up on what we know about the PS5 so far. Plus, see all the games revealed in Sony’s “Future of Gaming” livestream.
The PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition
The PS5 reveal event gave us our first look at two different versions of Sony’s next-gen console. The first model of the PS5 comes with a 4K Blu-ray disc drive, while the second comes without one and is dubbed the PS5 Digital Edition.
During the PS5 reveal event, we got our first look at some official, first-party PS5 accessories. Sony revealed a new headset, media remote, controller-charging dock, and camera. No prices were revealed. Unfortunately, we didn’t learn if third-party PS4 accessories will be forward-compatible with the PS5.
When will the PS5 be available to pre-order?
Best Buy, Target, and GameStop are all currently accepting sign-ups for people who wish to be notified. Walmart’s landing page also went live after the PS5 reveal event, but it’s not accepting sign-ups at this time. It’s currently unclear when the PS5’s pre-order date will be, and since no information was revealed in Sony’s livestream on June 11, it’s likely pre-order information and pricing will come later this summer. It’s possible the coronavirus pandemic has caused the PS5’s pre-order date to be pushed back due to stock concerns.
In any case, you can sign up below to be notified right when the PS5 goes on sale. Of course, we’ll update this story with any relevant PS5 pre-order information and listings when they’re available.
PS5 release date
Sony has confirmed a “holiday 2020” release window for PS5, though it still hasn’t revealed the exact release date. In the past, November has been a frequent month for console releases, but nothing is confirmed beyond the fact that PS5 is still releasing in 2020.
How much will the PS5 cost?
Unfortunately, we still don’t know the PS5’s pricepoint. Both models of the PS5 were revealed during Sony’s event, though neither received a price. In a press release following the event on June 11, Sony said pricing and other details will come “at a later date.” In the past, Sony has stated that PS5’s price will be “appealing to gamers” because of its specs.
What we do know about the PS5
The PS5 will usher in a new generation of games, but it will also feature PS4 backward-compatibility. Both consoles boast similar internal architecture, so the transition is easier than what we saw from the PS3 to PS4. However, it’s unclear which PS4 games will be compatible with the PS5. Sony has said that most games will run on the PS5–Cerny noted that almost all of the PS4’s 100 most-played games will be compatible with the new system. The reason some games aren’t compatible is that “the boost is truly massive this time around and some game code just can’t handle it,” Cerny said. This means Sony has to test each game before they can give the thumbs up.
Speaking of games, Sony also revealed quite a few during the PS5 reveal event on June 11. Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon Forbidden West, and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart were among the reveals as were Resident Evil 8: Village, Hitman III, and a Demon’s Souls remake.
As for the PS5’s specs, it most notably boasts a custom 825GB SSD with an expandable NVMe SSD storage slot, which will ensure faster install times as well as faster loading–though not all NVMe SSDs will be capable of keeping up with the PS5.
The console supports ray tracing, 3D audio, and PlayStation VR, and it also has a 4K UHD Blu-ray drive. To simplify things, Sony has said the PS5 is powerful enough to support 4K resolution at a 120Hz refresh rate–that’s double the refresh rate of most TVs, which typically run at 60Hz.
Sony also revealed the PS5’s DualSense controller earlier this year. Sony said that one of its goals is “to deepen the feeling of immersion when you play games.” The company elaborated on this by revealing two new features the next-gen controller will support. The first is the replacement of its rumble technology with haptic feedback–this is also why they dropped the Shock part of the DualShock name. Sony says that “you truly feel a broader range of feedback” with haptics, which means “crashing into a wall in a race car feels much different than making a tackle on the football field.” Sony noted you can even feel the difference between various textures.
The second big new feature is what Sony calls “adaptive triggers,” which the company claims can simulate various actions, such as “the tactile sensation of drawing a bow and arrow or accelerating an off-road vehicle through rocky terrain.”