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PS5: data sheet, games, price, release date, everything you need to know about the next Sony console


Last update on May 20, 2020 with new speculation around its date of presentation. This great summary on the Sony PlayStation 5 will be updated according to new elements, tests or comparatives.

Expected for the end of the year, the PlayStation 5 promises a memorable experience thanks to a technical data sheet at the cutting edge of technology and up to that of its rival, the Xbox Series X. A gross power of 10.28 TFLOPs, a 3D audio system, a 512 GB SSD with speeds of 5.5 GB / s that would drastically reduce loading time, a DualSense controller worked to reinforce immersion, the next Sony console has something to dream about on paper. We have gathered all the official information but also the most credible rumors about this new PlayStation which should be revealed a little more in the coming weeks.

Sony unveiled the architecture of its next console in March. In general terms, the PS5 has an AMD Ryzen Zen 2 processor, an AMD RDNA 2 GPU, 16 GB of GDDR6 RAM, an 825 GB SSD and a 4K UHD Blu-ray player. It would also include a brand new 3D audio engine that would allow you to enjoy an unprecedented sound rendering. Finally, Sony has confirmed the backward compatibility of its console with PS4 games. The most popular of them will be playable when it is released. The catalog of games will be enriched thereafter. We do not know if this backward compatibility also concerns PS3, PS2 and PS1 games.

A first technical demo shared by Epic Games shows us the full extent of the PS5’s capabilities.

It was in April that the Japanese manufacturer decided to tell us more about the controller that will accompany the PS5. Called DualSense, it incorporates adaptive L2 and R2 triggers as well as a new vibration system. Sony also promises better autonomy. This controller is currently in the hands of developers who, we hope, will manage to exploit all of its new features.

Sony confirmed the launch date of its console on its official page. It will be marketed for the 2020 holiday season as Microsoft’s next Xbox.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X: the spec match

The data sheet for the next Microsoft console has also been formalized. The opportunity for us to put it face to Sony’s proposal.

Sony PlayStation 5 vs Microsoft Xbox Series X

PlayStation 5

Xbox Series X

Processor

8x Zen 2 Cores clocked at 3.5 GHz

8x Zen 2 Cores clocked at 3.6 GHz

Graphic

10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23 GHz

12 TFLOPs, 52 CUs at 1.825 GHz

RAM

16 GB GDDR6 / 256-bit

16 GB GDDR6 SDRAM

Storage 512 GB SSD

1 TB NVME SSD

Optical drive Blu-ray
                                                                    4K
4K Blu-ray
Maximum resolution

8K

8K

Frame rate max Up to 120 frames / sec Up to 120 frames / sec
Controller Haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, USB-C New directional button / “share” button
Virtual reality Yes Likely
Cloud service

PlayStation Now

Microsoft xCloud

Backward compatibility

PS4 games

Xbox One and some Xbox 360 and Xbox games

Titles available at launch Unknown at this point

Halo Infinite

Release date

Christmas 2020

Christmas 2020

What games for the PS5?

If Sony has mentioned the PS4 backward compatibility of its PS5, no game for its new console has been announced yet.

PlayStation 5: the most credible rumors

  • A presentation in the coming weeks credibility index: 90%
  • A launch with limited stocks – credibility index: 90%
  • A price close to 500 euros – credibility index: 85%

PS5: summary of rumors

A launch in October? Sony denies

A job offer that appeared on the NEXT Jobs site and then on Twitter suggested that the PS5 would be marketed from October, but Sony quickly published a disclaimer. The date displayed on the job offer would ultimately be incorrect.

A presentation on June 4?

Jeffrey Grubb of the Venture Beat website is counting on a presentation of the new Sony console on June 4. Its rival, the Xbox Series X would be revealed a few days later, on June 9 or 10.

Sony to unveil console in May

If we trust the teaser of the July issue of OPM (Official PlayStation Magazine), Sony could lift the veil on its PS5 before the month of June.

Limited stocks at launch

The high cost of the components necessary to produce the PS5 would force Sony to limit production so as not to impact its margin.

A PS5 Pro in the boxes?

According to a member of the NeoGAF forum, Sony would develop a “Pro” version of its PS5. This would display a gross power of 12 TFLOPs. Microsoft would have the same strategy.

A design close to the development kit?

The PS5 development kit has been much talked about. In question, a very original look with a sharp V-shaped design and rounded edges. However, there is very little chance that the final version marketed by Sony looks like it. On several sketches circulating on the web and an image shared by a blogger, that which could be the console of the Japanese manufacturer presents an X design.

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