|Also known as||PS5|
|Developer||Sony Interactive Entertainment|
|Type||Home video game console|
|Release date||Q4 2020|
|Media||Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD|
|PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR games|
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.
The first news of the PlayStation 5 (PS5) came from the lead architect, Mark Cerny, in an interview with Wired in April 2019. Sony intends for the PlayStation 5 to be its next-generation console and to ship worldwide by the end of 2020. 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. The current specifications were released in October 2019.
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. 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. 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 and Ultra HD Blu-ray; 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. Sony is developing an improved suspended gameplay state for the PlayStation 5 to consume less energy than the PlayStation 4.
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. 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. USB-C connectivity, together with a higher rated battery are other improvements to the new controller.
The PlayStation 5 will feature a completely revamped user interface. At CES 2020, Sony unveiled the official logo for the platform, which follows the similar minimalist styling of the previous PlayStation consoles and brand.
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. 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.
Mark Cerny stated in October 2019 that the transition from the PlayStation 4 to the PlayStation 5 is meant to be "soft". 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. The new console is also expected to be compatible with PlayStation VR games. Sony stated its development team is working to ensure compatibility, but had yet to determine how complete this backwards compatibility would be.
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.
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."
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