The wait is finally over for all gaming enthusiasts around the world. Sony just revealed its next-generation console PlayStation 5, and the machine will surely turn many wild dreams into reality. PlayStation 5 will even include backwards compatibility for an “overwhelming majority” of the PlayStation 4 games, so there’s no need to worry that the old PS4 games won’t work on the new gadget.
PlayStation 5 will arrive in stores starting November 12th. You can even preorder a unit since yesterday, September 17, from ‘select retailers’.
500 bucks for the standard version
The standard PlayStation5, packed with an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive, will become available for a recommended retail price of $499.99 USD/$629 CAD/¥49,980/€499.99/£449.99 (MSRP). As for the Digital Edition, its recommended retail price (RRP) is $399.99 USD/$499 CAD/¥39,980/€399.99/£359.99 (MSRP).
The November 12th release date will apply to the markets from the US, Mexico, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea. The rest of the world will get the new console on November 19th. Sony also says that it’ll announce at a later time a release date for China.
Besides the main highlights like the purge of the in-game loading times and the up to 8K video quality, the PlayStation 5 console has the following specs:
- CPU: AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
- GPU: 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
- GPU architecture: Custom RDNA 2
- Memory interface: 16GB GDDR6 / 256-bit
- Memory bandwidth: 448GB/s
- Internal storage: Custom 825GB SSD
- IO throughput: 5.5GB/s (raw), typical 8-9GB/s (compressed)
- Expandable storage: NVMe SSD slot
- External storage: USB HDD support (PS4 games only)
- Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray drive
If you think that PS5 is too expensive, you should know that the old PlayStation 3 console released fourteen years ago was even more demanding in the price area. The 20GB model cost $499 and the 60GB version was worth $599.