PS5 release date, games, backwards compatibility – everything we know

By Staff, Tuesday, 23 June 2020 11:29 GMT

The PS5 hits the shelves later this year, but details about Sony’s new console are still a bit thin on the ground.

Over the last few months, more details have emerged about the PS5’s impressive capabilities, such as super-fast loading times thanks to its SSD, crisp 8k resolution and confirmed backwards compatibility. Since the latest PS5 showcase, Sony has confirmed that there won’t be a Smart Delivery system like Microsoft is offering, but that individual titles such as Marvel’s Avengers will get free upgrades at launch.

The PS4 Pro was a decent bridge between last-gen and the next; after only a few years in the wild, the standard PS4 had already been left lagging behind by high-spec PCs. The PS5’s powerful new GPU enables ray tracing and puts it on par with PC gaming at long last. The PS5 is also predicated to outsell the Xbox Series X by a wide margin, though both are unlikely to surpass the sales of previous consoles.

The PS4 is still having a record-breaking run. By the end of June 2019, Sony had sold 100 million PS4 consoles, though sales have started to decline after the PS5 was revealed. PS4 players won’t need to worry, though, as Sony will still be investing in the PS4 for some time.

Time flies like an arrow and it won’t be long before you’ll be able to pre-order the PS5, though Sony is planning to manufacture fewer PS5 units in the console’s first year, due to the pandemic.

PS5 Release Date

The PS5 will be released in time for this Christmas and the PS5 website is now live, though there’s not much to look at right now.

Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida was recently asked about the possibility of the next generation of PlayStation, saying: “At this point, what I can say is it’s necessary to have a next-generation hardware”.

There’s already the hint of a new next-gen console lurking in the code of the Unreal Engine, codenamed Erebus which is likely the PS5 given its Greek codename.

Will the PS5 be shown at E3 2020?

The short answer is that there is no E3 this year due to the ongoing pandemic. Instead, Geoff Keighley announced four-month-long Summer Game Fest featuring breaking news, in-game events, and free playable content.

The event will run May-August and feature updates from publishers such as 2K Games, Activision, Bandai Namco, Bethesda, Blizzard, Bungie, CD Projekt Red, Digital Extremes, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Take-Two’s Private Division, Riot Games, Sony, Steam, Square Enix, and Warner Bros.

PS5 Specs

We got out first look at the new PS5 in June and it’s been confirmed that there will be two variations of the PS5 available at launch: a standard and a digital-only version. There will also be various PS5 special editions to be announced over the coming months, so watch this space. The PS5 is a chonky boy, mostly because of massive thermals.

The UI will also be getting a massive overhaul, though we hopefully won’t need to wait so long for folders this time. Both the new Dualsense controller and PS5 are covered in tiny PlayStation symbols, such as X and triangle, which is a nice touch.

Several new peripherals were also announced including the HD Camera, Media Remote, the Pulse 3D wireless headset, and the DualSense Charging Station.

PlayStation’s lead architect Mark Cerny discussed the internal components in PS5, which will use a third-generation Ryzen CPU with eight cores, based on the 7nm Zen 2 architecture.

You can see the full PS5 specs, here.

The “Oberon” GPU is a custom chip based on Radeon’s Navi family, with support for ray tracing. If you’re looking for an explainer on ray tracing and its significance, we’ve got one for you right here. The SSD inside the console is super fast. According to Wired, it took around 0.8 seconds to fast travel in Spider-Man compared to 15 seconds on PlayStation 4 Pro and it’s the reason why you’ll be able to instantly jump between dimensions in Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart.

In fact, a video showing just that SSD speed in action has leaked. Here’s a demonstration – the first look at the PS5 in action – of PS4 game Spider-Man loading on a PlayStation 5. It’s worth seeing to get a good idea of how much of a game-changer this is going to be.

PS5 will support 8K resolution and will contain a disc-tray, 3D audio integration, and will be compatible with the current PSVR model. The PS5 controller is called the DualSense, that has a two-toned design and the lightbar has moved position.

Sony has also replaced the Share button with a button called ‘Create’ where, presumably, you’ll be able to jump straight into advanced video editing from raw gameplay clips. There’s a built-in microphone so you can chat with friends even without a headset.

Cerny also mentions that controllers will come with improved haptic feedback that will better simulate tension, if you’re wondering how the PS5 is going to add to your immersion.

You can check out how the PS5 compares to the Xbox Series X here if you’re still on the fence about which one to buy.

PS5 Games and Exclusives

We’ll be adding to the confirmed games list as the year continues, but for now, here’s what titles you can expect to see for the PS5 from launch onwards:

The Last of Us: Part 2 will release on June 19, so there’s not long left to wait. Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla releases holiday 2020 though it’s not clear whether it will launch before or after the PS5 is released.

Godfall, a fantasy “looter-slasher” developed by Counterplay Games, was confirmed at The Game Awards as the first PS5 exclusive – though you’ll also be able to play it on PC. We don’t have a release date for it yet, though it wouldn’t be unreasonable to assume it’ll be dropping close to the PS5’s launch date. More recently, it was announced that People Can Fly’s sci-fi shooter Outriders and Rainbow Six Siege will be coming to the PS5 and Xbox Series X, with the latter supporting cross-generation cross-play.

According to one respected industry analyst, Sony has now shifted first-party studios to focus on the development of games for the PlayStation 5. Clearly, Sony is deep into the creation of new games for the PS5. According to that report, some unannounced games may straddle the PS4 and the PS5 to become cross-gen releases. That leaves the question of what games already announced will arrive on the PS4 and PS5, or just skip ahead to become PS5 exclusives?

It’s likely that titles such as Red Dead Redemption 2, Cyberpunk 2077 and Death Stranding will receive a remaster of sorts when the PS5 launches. Ubisoft confirmed that Rainbow Six Quarantine, Watch Dogs Legion, Gods and Monsters will all be coming to the PS5, though they may release early on the PS4 before the PS5 launches. We can also confirm that the PS5 will support 8K resolution, and will be backwards-compatible with PS4 games.

One thing’s for sure: the majority of PS4 titles will be available on the PS5.

PS5 Price

Sony launched the PS3 at $499 for the cheapest model and sales suffered as a result compared to the Xbox 360. This is a mistake Sony will not want to repeat since the money lost can easily be clawed back via online subscriptions and software sales. The PS4 and the PS4 Pro launched at $399, so expect the PS5 to be similarly priced.

CFO Hiroki Totoki revealed this month that factors out of Sony’s hand include competition with other platforms, which prevents Sony from revealing price and other plans right now, as it may want to alter some of them later.

PS5 Backwards Compatibility

Sony went all-in on its streaming subscription service PlayStation Now this generation, while Microsoft took a different tactic with the Xbox One. Particularly with the Xbox One X, backwards compatibility has been extremely popular – with the console upscaling games and making them look like they have a new lick of paint.

As we said earlier, it has now been confirmed that the PS5 will be backwards-compatible with PS4 games.

You can still change your PSN ID before the PS5 launches

You can now change that ultra edgy PSN ID to something cooler now. Be warned: if Sony deems the new ID to be offensive, it’ll be changed to a placeholder to allow you to revert to your own one or change it to something more appropriate.

Games published after April 1, 2018, should show your newly updated name, but there’s no guarantee. You can switch back if needs must, but if you want a change before the PS5 launches, we suggest doing it soon.

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