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PlayStation 5
PS5 logo.png
Also known asPS5
DeveloperSony Interactive Entertainment
ManufacturerSony
Product familyPlayStation
TypeHome video game console
Release dateQ4 2020
MediaUltra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD
Backward
compatibility
PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR games
PredecessorPlayStation 4
Websiteplaystation.com/explore/ps5

The PlayStation 5 (officially abbreviated as PS5) is an upcoming home video game console developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Announced as the successor to the PlayStation 4 in 2019, it will be launched in late 2020 in North America, Europe, South America, Australia, and Japan. It will compete with Microsoft's Xbox Series X and the Nintendo Switch.

In a Wired article in April 2019, Sony lead architect Mark Cerny revealed information on the then-unnamed successor to the PlayStation 4. This new console will include a specialized solid state drive, a GPU capable of supporting ray tracing, backwards compatibility with PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR titles, and support for both digital and disc-based titles.[1]

History

Mark Cerny is the PlayStation 5's lead architect

The first news of the PlayStation 5 (PS5)[2] came from the lead architect, Mark Cerny, in an interview with Wired in April 2019.[1] Sony intends for the PlayStation 5 to be its next-generation console and to ship worldwide by the end of 2020.[3] In early 2019, Sony's financial report for the quarter ending March 31, 2019, affirmed that new next-generation hardware was in development but would ship no earlier than April 2020.[4] The current specifications were released in October 2019.[5]

Hardware

Based on specifications presented in October 2019, the console is slated to use an 8-core, 16-thread CPU based on AMD's Zen 2 microarchitecture, manufactured on the 7 nanometer process node. The graphics processor is a custom variant of AMD's Navi family using the RDNA microarchitecture, which includes support for hardware acceleration of ray-tracing rendering, enabling real-time ray-traced graphics.[5] The new console will ship with a custom SSD storage, as Cerny emphasized the need for fast loading times and larger bandwidth to make games more immersive, as well as to support the required content streaming from disc for 8K resolution.[1] In a second interview with Wired in October 2019, further details of the new hardware were revealed: the console's integrated Blu-ray drive would support 100GB Blu-ray discs[3] and Ultra HD Blu-ray[6][7]; while game installation from a disc is mandatory as to take advantage of the SSD, the user will have some fine-grain control of how much they want to have installed, such as only installing the multiplayer components of a game.[3] Sony is developing an improved suspended gameplay state for the PlayStation 5 to consume less energy than the PlayStation 4.[8]

The system's new controller will have adaptive triggers that can change the resistance to the player as necessary, such as changing the resistance during the action of pulling an arrow back in a bow in-game.[3] The controller will also have strong haptic feedback through voice coil actuators, which together with an improved controller speaker is intended to give better in-game feedback.[3] USB-C connectivity, together with a higher rated battery are other improvements to the new controller.[3]

Software

System software

The PlayStation 5 will feature a completely revamped user interface.[2] At CES 2020, Sony unveiled the official logo for the platform, which follows the similar minimalist styling of the previous PlayStation consoles and brand.[9]

Games

At The Game Awards 2019, Counterplay Games' Godfall was revealed to be the first announced PlayStation 5 title, expected to be released around the launch of the PlayStation 5.[10] Further confirmed PlayStation 5 games include: The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, Watch Dogs: Legion, Gods and Monsters, Rainbow Six Quarantine, Outriders, and an untitled game from Bluepoint Games.[11][12]

Mark Cerny stated in October 2019 that the transition from the PlayStation 4 to the PlayStation 5 is meant to be "soft".[1] For that, the PlayStation 5 is expected to be backwards compatible with PlayStation 4 games, in part enabled by the similar hardware architecture of the two systems.[13] The new console is also expected to be compatible with PlayStation VR games.[1][5] Sony stated its development team is working to ensure compatibility, but had yet to determine how complete this backwards compatibility would be.[14]

Marketing and release

Sony plans to launch the PlayStation 5 by the end of 2020, as to be available for end-of-year holiday sales.[15]

Bloomberg reported in February 2020 from people with knowledge of Sony's manufacturing process that the current costs of the components selected for the unit were estimated to be about US$450 total, driven by the current higher costs of flash memory, which was in high demand by cell phone manufacturers for the rollout of 5G wireless connectivity. Bloomberg estimates the PlayStation price will be at least US$470, but revenue from online subscription services "may allow them greater flexibility on hardware pricing."[16]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Rubin, Peter (April 16, 2019). "Exclusive: What to Expect From Sony's Next-Gen PlayStation". Wired. Archived from the original on April 21, 2019. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Knezevic, Kevin (October 8, 2019). "PS5's Improved UI Will Let You See What's Happening In Games Without Opening Them". Gamespot. Archived from the original on October 8, 2019. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Rubin, Peter (October 8, 2019). "Exclusive: A Deeper Look at the PlayStation 5". Wired. Archived from the original on October 8, 2019. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  4. ^ Warren, Tom (April 26, 2019). "Sony: PlayStation 5 won't launch in the next 12 months". The Verge. Archived from the original on August 27, 2019. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c 次世代コンソールゲーム機 「プレイステーション 5」に名称決定 [Next generation game console named "PlayStation 5"] (press release) (in Japanese), Sony Interactive Entertainment, October 8, 2019, archived from the original on October 20, 2019, retrieved January 13, 2020
  6. ^ Nick, Pino (December 13, 2019). "The best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players you can buy right now". Techradar. Future Publishing. Archived from the original on August 18, 2019. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  7. ^ Hood, Vic (January 9, 2020). "PS5 release date, specs, news and rumors for Sony's PlayStation 5". TechRadar. Future Publishing. Archived from the original on December 14, 2019. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  8. ^ Yin-Poole, Wesley (September 25, 2019). "PS5 won't waste as much energy as PS4, Sony says". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on September 24, 2019. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  9. ^ Makuch, Eddie Makuch (January 6, 2020). "PS5 Logo Revealed At CES 2020". gamespot.com. Archived from the original on January 7, 2020. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  10. ^ Wesley Yin-Poole (December 13, 2019). "Godfall is the first officially-announced PS5 game". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on December 13, 2019. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  11. ^ Hood, Vic (January 9, 2020). "PS5 games: all the games confirmed and expected on the PlayStation 5". TechRadar. Future Publishing. Archived from the original on November 27, 2019. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  12. ^ Wales, Matt (February 11, 2020). "Bulletstorm dev's co-op shooter Outriders coming to Xbox Series X, PS5 this "holiday"". Eurogamer. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  13. ^ Watts, Steve (October 8, 2019). "PS4 Games Will Play On PlayStation 5, Sony Says". GameSpot. Archived from the original on August 23, 2019. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  14. ^ "PS5の気になるポイントをソニーに直撃! PS4互換は検証中。Ultra HD Blu-rayの再生&新コントローラーの詳細も". Famitsu. October 10, 2019. Archived from the original on November 22, 2019. Retrieved December 9, 2019.
  15. ^ Ryan, Jim (October 8, 2019). "An Update on Next-Gen: PlayStation 5 Launches Holiday 2020". PlayStation Blog. Archived from the original on October 8, 2019. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  16. ^ Mochizuki, Takashi (February 13, 2020). "Sony Is Struggling With PlayStation 5 Price Due to Costly Parts". Bloomberg LP. Retrieved February 14, 2020.

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