When it came to the reveal of the console itself, Sony nailed it – the icing on the PS5 games reveal event, and with some surprises in the shop too. Not one, but two PlayStation 5 consoles will launch – a generic version with a 4K Blu-ray disc drive, and a slimmer, disc-free PS5 digital version.
1. What’s the release date? “2020 Holidays”, so between October and December 2020.
Sony has officially announced that the PS5 will launch globally “in time for 2020 holidays”, so probably sometime between October and December 2020 – placing it in direct competition with the Xbox series X, which is releasing within the same window. A leak has suggested that the release date might be November 20, 2020; however, it’s yet to be confirmed.
2. What will I be able to play on it? Loads of games! As a start, Sony includes a new Spider-Man, a Horizon Zero Dawn sequel, a Demon’s Souls remake, Resident Evil 8, and much much more to come.
We finally got first look at Sony’s “compelling” PS5 video games line-up on June 11, with announcements from first and third-party developers. The June 11 video games display was a strong showcase for what’s to come for PS5, blending first and third-party developers for more than an hour’s worth of gameplay.
3. Will PS5 have VR? Of course. The new PS5 console will be compatible with current PSVR hardware, and there are also stories about PSVR 2.
While the PS4 and PS4 pro life-cycles formally reaching their ends, Sony confirmed a “holiday” release date for the PS5, and we can’t help but wonder what Sony has in store as a successor to PlayStation VR. could it be PSVR 2? What features will it include? We’ll need to wait to discover more.
4. What will be the estimated price for PS5? To be clear, prices for PS4 and PS4 Pro were both $399 / £349 at launch, but we think that the PS5 will cost slightly more. Leaks have estimated price around the $499.
Sony hasn’t officially confirmed a PS5 price yet and, last we heard, that’s because it hasn’t decided how much will the next-gen console cost. The price wasn’t revealed during the June 11 event, but the reveal of the price wasn’t expected anyway.
4. Will I be able to play PS4 games on the PS5? The PlayStation 5 will definitely be able to play “almost all” PS4 games – earlier generations are still to be confirmed. It will launch with support for the majority of the top 100 PS4 games, according to Sony’s Mark Cerny.
Almost all of the top 100 PS4 games will be fully compatible to play at launch. PS4 games will be supported natively on the GPU silicon. Still, here the GPU seems to be emulating PS4 and PS4 Pro graphics chips, which is a strange solution, and not as impressive as Xbox Series X’s method, which will also be capable of upscaling previous Xbox generation games and adding HDR to previously HDR-less titles.
4. Will the release of PS5 be delayed because of the coronavirus? The PS5 will definitely be able to play “almost all” PS4 games – earlier generations are still to be confirmed. It will launch with support for the majority of the top 100 PS4 games, according to Sony’s Mark Cerny.
Sony has confirmed the PS5 release date is not currently delayed by a coronavirus and reiterated the fact that the PS5 is still on course for a “Holiday 2020” release in its end of year financial report.
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