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PS5 Details: PlayStation 5 Specs, Release Window, Haptics, Price, Backwards Compatibility, And More

PlayStation 5 is expected next year.

Update, October 8: Sony has officially confirmed the PS5's name. Unsurprisingly, the console is called the PlayStation 5. Plenty more details were revealed today by Sony, and we've added those to the roundup below.

Sony's next-generation console is still way away, but the company has started revealing some of the first details, which we're expecting to hear more about next year. The PS5 will have PS4 backwards compatibility and SSD storage, and it will support PSVR. The company has also outlined some green, energy-efficient initiatives it is planning for the next generation.

PS5 Release Date

This is surely the question on everybody's lips: when will the PS5 come out? Sony, as you'd expect, is tight-lipped on the matter, but it has now confirmed a "holiday 2020" release window for the PlayStation 5.

PS5 Price

Again, Sony has not stated how much its new console will cost, but it did say just recently that the PS5's price will be attractive to gamers. "I believe that we will be able to release it at an SRP [suggested retail price] that will be appealing to gamers in light of its advanced feature set," said Mark Cerny, the lead architect of the PS4 who's currently working on its successor.

Of course, you wouldn't expect Sony to say anything different, but one gets the feeling the company has learned from the PS3's exorbitant price tag--and the console's subsequent struggles--and the PS4's more reasonable cost and subsequent successes.

Will PS5 Be Backwards Compatible With PS4 games?

Cerny also confirmed the PS5 will be backwards compatible with PS4 games, as the two consoles are built upon similar internal architectures. This will be welcome news for those who were disappointed by the PS4's lack of backwards compatibility with PS3, PS2, and PS1 games.

SIE president Jim Ryan told GameSpot sister site CNET backwards compatibility and cross-gen are important for the PS5 to help players have a seamless transition.

"Whether it's backwards compatibility or the possibility of cross-generational play, we'll be able to transition that community to next-gen," he said. "It won't be a binary choice about whether you have to be either on PlayStation 4 or next-gen to continue your friendship."

In yet more welcome news, PS4 games will even run faster than they do on your current console, in part because the PS5 will contain a solid state drive, as opposed to hard drives that current consoles ship with. Cerny has demonstrated a load screen from Insomniac's Spider-Man taking less than a second on a PS5 development kit, compared with 15 seconds on a PS4 Pro.

Sony showed off the faster loading times during an investor presentation in May. You can see the video below, which was captured by Wall Street Journal reporter Takashi Mochizuki.

PS5 Specs And Disc Drive

This is where Sony has been surprisingly forthright with new information. The company has confirmed the PlayStation 5 will contain an AMD chip that has a CPU based on the third-generation Ryzen. It'll have eight cores of the seven-nanometer Zen 2 microchip. The console will also support 8K gameplay, but this will of course be dependent upon TVs catching up.

Graphics will be driven by a custom version of Radeon's Navi line. This graphics chip will support ray-racing, something which is starting to become popular in movies and video games. Although it is traditionally thought of as a lighting technique, Cerny says this technique could also improve game audio. In fact, PS5 will fully support 3D audio.

The aforementioned SSD is a big detail too, as it means games will load faster and be able to handle more objects on-screen at once than current HDD-driven consoles. Characters and cameras could move faster through game worlds, as environments could be loaded in much faster than they are at present.

As one final detail, we know the PS5 will not go the route of the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, which doesn't include a disc drive. Instead, the PS5 will include a disc drive, so rest assured you'll still be able to buy and play physical games. PS5 discs will have a capacity of 100 GB, and the console will also support 4K Blu-Rays.

Sony has also confirmed that the PS5 is capable of supporting 4K visuals at 120Hz for those who have TVs that can support that. 120Hz is a refresh rate around double the rate of standard TVs.

PS5 Controller

Sony has opened up on its vision for the PlayStation 5's controller by saying: "One of our goals with the next generation is to deepen the feeling of immersion when you play games, and we had the opportunity with our new controller to reimagine how the sense of touch can add to that immersion.

"To that end, there are two key innovations with the PlayStation 5's new controller. First, we're adopting haptic feedback to replace the 'rumble' technology found in controllers since the 5th generation of consoles. With haptics, you truly feel a broader range of feedback, so crashing into a wall in a race car feels much different than making a tackle on the football field. You can even get a sense for a variety of textures when running through fields of grass or plodding through mud.

"The second innovation is something we call adaptive triggers, which have been incorporated into the trigger buttons (L2/R2). Developers can program the resistance of the triggers so that you feel the tactile sensation of drawing a bow and arrow or accelerating an off-road vehicle through rocky terrain. In combination with the haptics, this can produce a powerful experience that better simulates various actions. Game creators have started to receive early versions of the new controller, and we can't wait to see where their imagination goes with these new features at their disposal."

In addition to the above comments from Sony Interactive Entertainment president Jim Ryan, Sony has also separately confirmed to Wired that the controller "doesn't have a name yet," but contains an improved speaker, USB-C connectivity, and a larger-capacity battery.

Will PS5 Support PSVR?

The current PSVR will indeed be supported by PS5, as will the PlayStation Move controllers. "I won't go into the details of our VR strategy," Cerny has stated, "beyond saying that VR is very important to us and that the current PSVR headset is compatible with the new console." The system architect stopped short of saying whether a new PSVR device will ever come out, however.

Energy Efficiency

Though Sony has been generally quiet about the PS5 since its announcement, it came forward to reveal just slightly more information in conjunction with the announcement of a United Nations initiative. The Playing for the Planet alliance aims to make the video game industry more environmentally friendly. To that end, Sony announced that the next generation of its hardware will use dramatically less power when placed into suspend/sleep mode. Just one million PS5 users turning on the energy-efficient feature would save enough electricity to power 1,000 US homes. The company is also conducting a carbon footprint assessment and looking into more energy-efficient data centers.

PS5 Games

We don't yet know many confirmed games coming to PS5. There were rumors Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding would come to PS5, but that game's sooner-than-expected PS4 release date has cast doubt on that particular rumor. When asked by GameSpot whether Death Stranding would come to PS4, PS5, or both, Sony avoided answering the question directly and simply listed the game as one of many that "PlayStation fans have ... to look forward to on PS4."

Aside from Death Stranding, it's reasonable to presume annual titles like FIFA and Call of Duty would make the jump to PS5, though their developers haven't stated anything concrete.

The only confirmed game to be playable on PS5 is the Final Fantasy VII remake, after Square Enix's president and CEO Yosuke Matsuda said: "I believe that our teams have made it so that the game will support both the next generation and the current generation of consoles. I believe it is being developed so that it is going to be playable on both, so I'm not really concerned about that and I believe that the fans are also going to be able to enjoy it on both, including the next-generation of consoles."

However, it's not clear whether Matsuda was referring to a dedicated PS5 edition of the game, or if he was simply referring to the PS4 version being playable on PS5 via backward compatibility. If it's the latter, then we can technically count every PS4 game as playable on PS5.

Finally, we know Bluepoint Games, the studio behind remakes such as Shadow of the Colossus and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, is working on a PS5 game that it says is a "big" one.

PS5 UI

PlayStation 5's new user interface will allow you to see more details about friends' games without opening the applications themselves. "Even though it will be fairly fast to boot games," says Cerny, "We don't want the player to have to boot the game, see what's up, boot the game, see what's up. Multiplayer game servers will provide the console with the set of joinable activities in real time. Single-player games will provide information like what missions you could do and what rewards you might receive for completing them—and all of those choices will be visible in the UI. As a player you just jump right into whatever you like."

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$599 for the Standard PS5

$699-$749 for the (rumored) PS5 Pro

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Soo, does that mean the ps5 will be backwards compatible with more than just ps4? Weird statement in the article.

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Isn’t this just a rehash of a month’s old article? Soooo where’s the “like” button for comments?

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I already knew would be PS5 and im excited for PS5 <3

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Personally, I think the big question that will determine just how well Sony’s latest creation sinks or takes flight will be… drumroll please… Price point.

-No surprise there, Ninja. Wow, you should be a fortune-teller.-

While the most amazing graphics, advancements in technology, and features will no doubt win over scores of gamers what will ultimately help make them put down their hard earned dough will be whether or not this tech comes at a price-point that seems reasonable or not.

Many hardware developers have been in this exact same spot with not so good results (Neo Geo anyone?) so saying price really doesn’t matter is setting oneself up for failure. Thankfully, I don’t think Sony is banking on this tactic as to do so might give up their market lead among the big 3 in terms of the amounts of consoles in gamers homes.

It goes without saying that exclusives/games will be another major driving factor for gamers looking at buying one of the next generation of consoles but Sony has been doing an amazing job since even the PS3 days so to think they will jump ship from their consistent delivering of great exclusives isn’t likely.

Sony might release the PS5 around the Christmas season in 2020 but if they were smart perhaps launching ahead of the NeXtbox might be in their best interest in terms of gaining market share as well.

Time will tell but one thing is for sure. 2020 is shaping up to be a bloodbath.

-CONSOLE WARS NINJA APPROVED-

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@videogameninja: I do not think price point alone will determine success or not. IF we look back over the last 5 generations of consoles, prices have been all over the place. (launch prices) Multiple SKUs, etc included. And the ultimate winner of that gen or even that year is not totally tied to price. However there is always price per value, etc. etc. but even that has not proven solid. Going first or last doesn't mean to much either down the road.

But what does present more then anything, is that must have game or more importantly games within that first two years more then anything. Which you mentioned secondly. You can sale a console for less, but if it does not have the games consumers desire that effects sales of hardware - which really does not mean shit to platform providers. The most important thing they track is tie-in ratio or software sold per hardware. It doesn't matter if you sale a ton of hardware if no one is buying software -Take the Wii - sold a ton, had a very poor software to hardware - and that is how platforms make their money is through licensing fees.

For instance, even while the ps3 and xbox 1rst gen - did not sale very well in total numbers during their first 2yrs - their tie-in ratio was strong enough and money making enough to embolden their console companies. Of course the Dreamcast also had a high tie-in ratio but quickly died (that however was even more soap opera-ish and a great read).

If you google, wiki most successful consoles, and read down to the bottom, it talks about the 'razor and blade business model ' gaming industry - why a platform is considered successful and more. There are many factors - but it really boils down to - most all gaming consoles launch selling their machines subsidized or at a loss (sometimes by alot) but make their money and future by games sales. Many factors are considered to determine a winner- if that is a thing that can easily be explained. Price is not a solid factor.

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No surprise here... not even news here either!

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Great article Gamespot! I have written an article on PS5 as well. You guys might wanna check it out :)

https://www.techeazz.com/2019/08/ps5-coming-next-year.html

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https://waitfeed.com/sony/sony-playstation-5/trending/news - good approach to keep up with PS5 latest updates

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@vaitko: it might not be called PlayStation 5

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@milestails2019: yeah, I know, but the we can only guess that name for now, so it's probably better to call it just Playstation 5 imho ;) what's really important regarding it, is that we are pretty sure that the next console are already in works!

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Gamespot, you don't know the release date, price, exact specs, games to be release in PS5. Then why creating this article and putting it at headlines. Come on GameSpot, don't be a clickbaiter.

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@apoorve_katare: Not only that, it's a rehashed article from 3 months ago. LMFAO!

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TJDMHEM  Online

is it a good console?

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@TJDMHEM: probably,but we don't if it's called PlayStation 5

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Can't wait for Red Dead VR.

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I think AMD as a CPU maker would probably go bust if it weren't for the support of both MS and Sony in their consoles!

AMD must give them a really good deal on bulk purchasing of their chips. If console makers would bite the bullet and go with the far superior Intel multimode chips, then potential heat problems in the limited space of a console would probably be avoided, to say nothing about potential benefits in performance?

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@Simba13: Have you ever tried playing a game using Intel graphics? They're at least a decade behind the capabilities of AMD or Nvidia graphics chips. You'd be lucky to get 30fps @ 1080p with Intel graphics, let alone 4k. If they used an Intel CPU, they'd still have to have an AMD or Nvidia graphics chip, which would jack up the price even further. The integrated AMD chips they're using have by far the best performance for the price. Now that they're being built on a 7nm process (lower than anything Intel offers), I doubt there will be any issues with heat.

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@Simba13: Consoles meant to be cheaper/

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@pinkfloyd6789: I just want a console to be GREAT, not just good. We have been expecting PS 5 for months and still have time to wait, so we have plenty of time to save up.

I can't wait to see PS 5 and will get one as soon as possible on release, now that we know we can still Play PS 4 games on it, so there will be no games drought on release.

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I want to know if by "backwards compatible" if any PS4 games I bought on the PSN will play on the PS5 or if it will only take discs? I like going digital and I'd like to think all the cash I dropped on digital games would simply cross over to the PS5's PSN to play when ever I feel. It frustrated me that the digital PS3 games didn't cross over to PS4. I understand why the discs wouldn't but a game that is already on their servers... where is the difficulty in that?

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@reaper2rp: You must be confused. The reason the PS3 games didn't cross over to the PS4 is simply because the hardware on these consoles are very different. The PS3 is based on the Cell Engine and the PS4 is based on AMD. The games would need to be converted to the other hardware to be able to play on it.. And it wouldn't be worth it. The games wouldn't play the same and having to rewrite the games for the new console would be difficult.

The PS4 and PS5 are based on the AMD platform, so they already share the same architecture that makes it very easy to allow backward compatibility.

By the way, digital is mostly a form of communication. Digital, the games are downloaded to the console from the internet.. and disc-based the games are loaded to the console from disc. The game software are identical.

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The article says " It's possible it could handle 4K UHD Blu-Rays". I say, "it better does". 4k players play 1080p content so following that logic a console capable to play 8k disks should be able to play 4k disks. But I'm not an expert though.

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@luismur11: 8K is just a marketing skin. 8K is strictly for video like movies. You not doing no gaming in here in 8K, unless you willing to play 8K games running at 2fps per second.

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Playstation 4.25 Pro

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why does it feel like its the same article over and over?

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BAsically saving money on the chip and balancing it out by maybe placing an SSD in it. There is no way they will put something big enough to support all the updates and digital downloads.

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@murius: I would guess that they will do similar as with this gen and allow for customers to upgrade drive space either internally or externally. A USB 3.1 port, and speeds would be consistent either way.