PlayStation 5

PlayStation 5 Release Date and Price Announced

It has been a while since PlayStation 5 was confirmed last April. Sony showed off the load times of PlayStation 5. In October 2019, Sony confirmed the Next Generation console as PlayStation 5. Sony’s also been hyping up 3D Audio, and hardware-based Ray-Tracing in small doses. Tech Specs were revealed in a Livestream hosted by Sony. PlayStation 5’s controller was revealed. Sony’s PlayStation 5 reveal was delayed, but we know now how it looks. Sony then revealed the Box Art design for PlayStation 5 games. Geoff Keighley got hands-on with the PlayStation 5 controller. PlayStation 5 advertisements have been ramping up lately. On September 8, 2020 – Microsoft was forced to announce the Xbox Series S pricing. A day later, Microsoft announced Xbox Series X’s price point, and release date. On September 12th, Sony announced a “Launch Event” scheduled for September 16th. Sony just wrapped up that Launch Event Livestream today, if you missed the livestream, it’s embedded below…

Sony took to their official PlayStation Blog post to detail the Prices worldwide, Release Dates worldwide, and other announcements. In the United States (U.S.), the PlayStation 5 is $499, and will be released on November 12, 2020. The PlayStation 5 Digital Edition is $399, and will be released on November 12, 2020…

PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition Pricing

In Euro, PlayStation 5 will be €499. PlayStation 5 Digital Edition will be €399. In United Kingdom, PlayStation 5 will be £449. PlayStation Digital Edition will be £359. In Japan, PlayStation 5 will be ¥49,980. PlayStation 5 Digital Edition will be ¥39,980.

Both PlayStation 5, and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition will be released in United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea on November 12, 2020. The rest of the world will get both PlayStation 5 with an asterisk next to it: Availability in each country subject to local import regulations. PS5 launch date for China is still under exploration and will be announced at a later date – November 19, 2020.

Sony also announced the prices for PlayStation 5 accessories, and they are as follows…

  • DualSense Wireless Controller (standalone) – US$69.99/¥6,980/€69.99 (RRP)
  • PULSE 3D wireless headset – with 3D audio support and dual noise-cancelling microphones US$99.99/¥9,980/€99.99 (RRP)
  • HD Camera – with dual 1080p lenses for gamers to broadcast themselves along with their epic gameplay moments US$59.99/¥5,980/€59.99 (RRP)
  • Media Remote – to navigate movies and streaming services with ease US$29.99/¥2,980/€29.99 (RRP)
  • DualSense Charging Station – to conveniently charge two DualSense Wireless Controllers US$29.99/¥2,980/€29.99 (RRP)

Sony also announced prices for some of the PlayStation 5 Launch titles, or Launch Window titles…

  • Astro’s Playroom (Japan Studio) – pre-installed on PS5
  • Demon’s Souls (Bluepoint Games / Japan Studio) – US$69.99/¥7,900/€79.99 (RRP)
  • Destruction All Stars (Lucid Games / XDEV) – US$69.99/¥7,900/€79.99 (RRP)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Insomniac Games) – US$49.99/¥5,900/€59.99(RRP)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Mile Morales Ultimate Edition (Insomniac Games) – US$69.99/¥7,900/€79.99 (RRP)
  • Sackboy A Big Adventure (Sumo Digital / XDEV) – US$59.99/¥6,900/€69.99(RRP)

Sony also announced “PlayStation Plus Collection,” at first I was confused as to what it was, but I learned what it is. You know how you receive 2-3 [free] games a month? PlayStation Plus Collection is that. Xbox owners have Games with Gold for that particular month, and PSPlus Collection seems to be a competitor to that.

Here’s Sony’s official comment on PlayStation Plus Collection: “For PlayStation Plus members, we’ll have a special new offering on PS5 – the PlayStation Plus Collection**. PS5 owners with PS Plus will be able to download and play a curated library of PS4 games that defined the generation, like Batman Arkham Knight, Bloodborne, Fallout 4, God of War, Monster Hunter: World, Persona 5 and many more. The PS Plus Collection will be an added benefit to the existing PS4 benefits that PS Plus members receive for a single subscription price.” Here’s the announcement trailer…

Here’s Sony’s double asterisk next to the PlayStation Plus Collection announcement: “Availability of PlayStation Plus Collection titles may vary by country. The Plus Collection is not available in China.

Here are the final Tech Specs of the PlayStation 5 (and the Digital Edition):

CPUx86-64-AMD Ryzen “Zen 2”
8 Cores / 16 Threads
Variable frequency, up to 3.5 GHz
GPUAMD Radeon RDNA 2-based graphics engine
Ray Tracing Acceleration
Variable frequency, up to 2.23 GHz (10.3 TFLOPS)
System MemoryGDDR6 16GB
448GB/s Bandwidth
SSD825GB
5.5GB/s Read Bandwidth (Raw)
Optical DriveUltra HD Blu-ray (66G/100G) ~10xCAVBD-ROM (25G/50G) ~8xCAVBD-R/RE (25G/50G) ~8xCAVDVD ~3.2xCLV
PS5 Game DiscUltra HD Blu-ray, up to 100GB/disc
Video OutHDMI OUT port
Support of 4K 120Hz TVs, 8K TVs, VRR (specified by HDMI ver.2.1)
Audio“Tempest” 3D AudioTech
DimensionsPS5: Approx. 390mm x 104mm x 260mm (width x height x depth)(excludes largest projection, excludes Base)PS5 Digital Edition: Approx. 390mm x 92mm x 260mm (width x height x depth)(excludes largest projection, excludes Base)
WeightPS5: 4.5kgPS5 Digital Edition: 3.9kg
PowerPS5: 350WPS5 Digital Edition: 340W
Input/OutputUSB Type-A port (Hi-Speed USB)USB Type-A port (Super-Speed USB 10Gbps) x2
USB Type-C® port (Super-Speed USB 10Gbps)
NetworkingEthernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/axBluetooth® 5.1

PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition is releasing November 12, 2020. According to Sony, Pre-Orders for PlayStation 5 start tomorrow at select retailers…