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PlayStation 5: Everything you Should Know about Sony’s Upcoming Console

Let’s put into perspective everything we know about the PlayStation 5 to make you decide between Sony’s console and the upcoming Xbox Series X. Today’s article is discussing everything we know about the PS5, which includes:

    • Versions, prices & release date
    • Services
    • Controller and accessories
    • Games & retro-compatibility
    • Specs

We already did the same with the Xbox Series X console, so this article is here to help you make an informed desition. Let’s go!

Should you buy the PlayStation 5?

Should you buy the PlayStation 5?

We’re here to discuss if saving some money to buy the PlayStation 5 when it finally releases. The sleek and futuristic PlayStation 5 is, so far, the lesser between the two competing next-gen consoles.

However, it has three things going on that no one is going to forget.

1. First of all, it has the PS4’s amazing roster of exclusive games, but we need to see if there’s going to be any retro-compatibility whatsoever. If you’ve invested in the PS4, I hope the PS5 allows you to carry it over.

Moreover, people should no longer take the deal of buying a “Remastered” version of a game you’ve already bought for an older-gen console. Xbox already added the Smart Delivery Service, which allows you to simply carry over and upgrade the games you’ve already bought from one consoles to the next. I don’t think Sony’s old approach is valid anymore.

2. Now, the second thing the PS5 has going on is, of course, its selection of upcoming exclusive games. I’m listing PS5’s upcoming games down below so you can check out what you might be missing or enjoying. I’m also leaving my opinions at the end of the review because, games-wise, it’s all about personal taste.

3. The third thing is the controller. It seems like the PS5’s newly designed Dual Sense is packing a wide array of features the Xbox doesn’t have. At the same time, though, you could simply play the newer Microsoft’s console with your current Xbox One controller and save some money.

Aside from that, I can also count the smaller, lighter design is also n advantage over the Xbox Series X. That’s particularly true for customers wanting to ship a next-gen console overseas.

Regarding aesthetics, that’s also a subjective matter. Some people have liked the sci-fi design of the PS5, whilst others might say it looks like a router wearing Optimus Prime’s armor.

The PlayStation 5 will probably cost around $500 at launch. Source. Wiki Commons.

PlayStation 5 Prices

We need to speculate a bit as Sony hasn’t released the official prices just yet.

Sony has indeed announced the PlayStation 5 will release by December 2020, just in time for the Holidays. Despite the global Pandemic, it seems that the Japanese company is keeping the schedule tight. However, there’s no official release date.

Regarding the price, we can expect the PS5 will at least cost more than $450, which is about the retail price of the PlayStation 4 Pro. According to a February Bloomberg report, Sony is investing $450 per PlayStation 5 unit. Sony’s price battle against Microsoft is fierce, but they are finding plenty of difficulties for the price of the parts.

Back in 2013, the original PS4 had a $399 price tag. The agency IHS Markit estimated that the manufacturing cost was $381 per unit. That’s merely a 4.7% earning. Nonetheless, Sony is keeping the same business idea for its upcoming console, which is focusing on game and services sales instead of the console’ss gross margin.

Then, the PlayStation 4 Pro had a price of $399 when it launched three years ago. But prices have risen since, as everything goes. So, you could buy the PlayStation 4 Pro on Amazon for $500. It includes one game and a controller. The PlayStation 4 Slim sells for around $430 with three games and one controller.

All of that makes us think the PS5 will cost around $500 without any games, or $550 with a bundle that includes one game and one controller. The game is probably going to be Marvel’s Spiderman Miles Morales.

PS5 pre-order limits
Sony is limiting the PS5’s pre-order by one unit per customer. Source: Wcftech.

PlayStation 5 budget version

We’re putting the price of the PS5 a bit higher than the PlayStation 4 Pro, which is now mostly discontinued.

There’s some good news, though. It seems that Sony is also releasing a disc-less PlayStation 5 version, which means you could only play games by downloading from the PlayStation store.

That said, the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition will probably cost around $500 with a game and a controller. This budget version is missing the Blue-Ray optical drive, which is a compromise most people can live without these days. Either way, most games need an additional update or feature DLCs (downloadable content).

Here’s the full list of PSN available countries. If the PlayStation store doesn’t work in your country, you could open a new PSN account and change the region to the USA, preferably. Then, you could buy PlayStation gift cards on Amazon and use them to buy new games.

Remember that these are speculated prices. I plan to update this article as soon as we learn more information.

The Digital Edition loses the optical Blu Ray drive to make it cheaper.

PlayStation 5 Release Date

To be clear, Sony has said the PS5 will release in “Holiday 2020,” which can be anywhere between October and December 2020. Because of the pandemic, we assume is going to be by early December.

PlayStation 5 Services

We found great advantages in the services Microsoft is offering to its Xbox console platform. Just like PlayStation, Microsoft is counting on game and service sales rather than console gross earnings.

However, PlayStation is not releasing anything new for the PlayStation 5, rather they are leaning on the already sturdy PlayStation Network platform.

The PlayStation Network

Every PS owner should join the PlayStation Network to enjoy the rest of the services.

As you connect your PS to wifi, you can download other apps like Netflix, YouTube, Roku, or other social media. You can also download many apps, many of which are about streaming your gameplay.

Likewise, you can check what your friends are playing or joining a live stream on YouTube and Twitch. Streaming yourself is also quite easy with the different apps you can downside. Additionally, you can press the SHARE button on your controller anytime to take a screenshot or record a video and share it on Twitch, Twitter, YouTube, or DailyMotion.

Another feature is the ability to create groups with your friends and join an online party. You can challenge them or play together, chat with them PS4’s exclusive headset, or keep in touch with your friends via the Android or iOS PlayStation App.

Lastly, you can chat with your friends with the PSN’s chat and join any gamer community from your homepage. By the way, joining a community can guide you towards amateur or professional ESL-organized eSports tournaments.
As you see, the PSN is all about sharing, playing, and staying connected with your friends. However, the only way to play online with the PlayStation is by paying a PS Plus subscription. The PS Plus is Sony’s entry-level service, but it includes a monthly selection of free games you can download.


PlayStation 5 Controller and Accessories

A highlight of the PS5 is its DualSense Controller, so we need to cover this with a bit of detail.

This is a new design featuring the same sleek and curved aesthetics of the PS5. It’s also white, and it seems like its the only available color. The DualSense controller has the same layout as the DualShock, only with friendlier curves.

It’s not all about style, though, as the controller is packing a couple of previously-unseen features.

In essence, the DualSense is a wireless controller that interacts with your senses and the game for new levels of immersion. When Sony revealed the controller, they described it like so:

“(The DualSense) wireless controller, and hear our vision for how the new controller will captivate more of your senses as you interact with the virtual worlds in PS5 games. The features of DualSense, along with PS5’s Tempest 3D AudioTech, will deliver a new feeling of immersion to players” – PlayStation Blog.

The defining feature of the DualSense is what Sony calls “Haptic Feedback.” This new tech adds a variety of sensations and reactions you’ll feel as you play, like the slow passage of a car through mud, the tension of an arrow, or the aggressiveness of a shotgun.

In other words, the DualSense includes adaptive triggers without making for a bulky controller. This new peripheral is going to be lighter and similarly sized than the current PS4’s controller.

Another change is how Sony changed the angle of the hand triggers (R1-R2-L1-L2 buttons) to update the grip.

It keeps the “Share” button we already have on the DualShock 4 and brings a new “Create” button that allows players to start a live stream instantly. Likewise, the controller packs a built-in microphone that enables players to talk with their friends without an extra headset.

Additionally, this is a wireless controller with a rechargeable battery, but we don’t know if the charger ships with the PlayStation 5 or not. Either way, the controllers pack a USB-C charging port plus the due cable.

Sony states the controller was built with the PS5’s 3D audio tech in mind. More than that, the company kept comfort as one of their top priorities.

“DualSense has been tested by a wide range of gamers with a variety of hand sizes, in order for us to achieve the comfort level we wanted, with great ergonomics. Our goal with DualSense is to give gamers the feeling of being transported into the game world as soon as they open the box.” – PlayStation Blog.

The PS5 can also play VR games and its backward compatible with the PS4’s VR gear as well as the PS4’s controller (although it would miss some features). There are also rumors about an upcoming  PSVR2 set.

With that said, there’s a couple of extra accessories we have to check.

The DualSense controller seems to be ergonomic, curvy, and responsive.

PlayStation 5 Accessories

The extra accessories are of course extra, which means they will set you back a few bucks.

  1. The DualSense wireless controller offers ergonomics, immersive gaming experience, the haptic feedback, and dynamic adaptive trigger effects. Plus, it includes a built-in microphone, the Share button, and the Create button.
  2. The DualSense Charging Station can charge up to two controllers at the same time.
  3. The Pulse 3D Wireless Headset is built for the PS5’s 3D audio tech. With its high-tech capacitors, the Pulse headset makes you feel like the sound is coming all around you. Plus, it carries a noise-canceling microphone for crystal-clear voices. You can charge the Pulse headset via its USB Type-C charger.
  4. The Media Remote helps you control the console and swap through its movies, series, apps, and streaming services.
  5. The HD Camera can record you as you stream your gameplays with full-HD capture.

We don’t know the prices of the PS5’s accessories just yet. We’re going to have to wait and see.

The PlayStation 5 will only include the controller and maybe the charger. Source: PlayStation.

PlayStation 5 Specs

The specs of the PlayStation 5, although impressive compared to the older-gen consoles. fall a bit below what the Xbox Series X has to offer.

The PS5 can play any game in 4k and ultra settings with a moderate degree of ray tracing abilities.

One of the best add-ons compared to the PS4 is its SSD storage. The SSD offers a speed of 5GB per second, which means you won’t see any load screens on the PS5. This is something the PS5 shares with Microsoft’s console as well.

But there’s a plus here. Sony confirmed its SSD storage can “suspend” multiple games much like a computer can go to “sleep.” That means you can jump right back into your gameplay without loading the game from the start.

On top of that, the SSD storage allows for bigger open worlds and seamless transitions from one world to the next, which is something you’re going to see on the trailer down below.

You can expand the storage with an additional NVMe PCLe 4.0 storage card. However, PCle 4.0 is the newest addition to the storage category, and it’s as expensive as it is rare. Plus, you’d need to search for drives that can at least transfer 5.5 GB/s. In that regard, Microsoft is taking an easier approach with proprietary Seagate SSD storage drives.

Here’s the rundown of the PlayStation 5 specs:

PlayStation 5 Specs
The PS5 is made with an AMD CPU and an AMD GPU, just like the Microsoft Xbox X Series. Source: Tech Radar.

Tempest Sound Engine

Aside from the technical specs, the PS5 packs a 3D Audio ship Sony called “Tempest.” This is a proprietary technology that’s able to generate sound coming from the front, sideways, behind, and above the player. However, you’d need the right speakers or headsets to enjoy this feature. However, it seems that even a lowly pair of headphones can at least give you a sense of direction and atmosphere with the PS5’s audio chip.

The Tempest Engine can support hundreds of sounds coming from all directions. Currently, the PSVR can only support 50 sound sources, so the Tempest is quite an improvement.

Optical Drive

Lastly, another feature both the PS4 and the PS4 Pro lack is the presence of an Ultra HD Blu-ray optical drive that’s able to play 4K Blu-Ray movies and series. That’s a great extra.

Now, even though it has a weaker CPU and GPU than the Xbox Series X, it’s important to note that both consoles are using AMD technology. That means we can expect a very similar behavior coming from both consoles. The graphic differences between the two would be, to be honest, unnoticeable.

In the meantime, here’s a gameplay demo of the PS5.

PlayStation 5 Games

Most people will decide between the Xbox Series X and the PS5 simply because of what they want to play. In this particular department, Sony has an edge. The PlayStation has always been a behemoth regarding exclusive titles for it seems like every AAA game is a PS4 exclusive these days.

It seems like the trend is continuing with the upcoming Sony’s console. Sony has already listed a wide selection of PS5 games coming by 2021. Here’s the rundown of the PlayStation 5 games (click on each game for its reveal trailer):

Lastly, every PS5 comes pre-loaded with Astro’s Playroom, which serves as an introduction to the console itself.

I have to note that Sony states some of these games will be released for PS4 and PS5 at the same time for a couple of years, but we don’t know if they are going to be cross-gen.

PlayStation 5 Retro-compatibility

Fans have been pushing for retro-compatibility services as many people have invested in the PS4 for many years. The results are positive.

Sony’s next-gen console is going to be backward compatible with most PS4 games, both digital and physical. Sony’s chief Mark Cerny has said the PS5 will carry support for the majority of the  4.0000 PS4 games. That’s because the CPU and the GPU are based closely on the PS4’s architecture.

However, because the PS5 delivers such a significant boost, the rest of the PS4 games need some extra testing beforehand. That means that only the top 100 PS4 games will be immediately available for the PS5 at launch (like The Last of Us Part II or FFVII Remake)

It doesn’t have the same levels of retro-compatibility as the Xbox, though, which can play 4 generations of games immediately at launch and without any further hassle from developers.

Either way, both the Xbox Series X and the PS5 enjoy retro-compatibility because of their custom AMD CPU and GPU architectures. However, the Xbox Series X can upscale previous Xbox games and add HDR to older titles.

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In Summary

Seems to me like the PlayStation 5 games are going to be hot. However, it seems to me like the PS5 is going to be expensive. Everything looks expensive: the console, the accessories, the games, the services. Nevertheless, the PS5 is Sony’s first truly backward-compatible console, which is a great thing.

On the other hand, I think Sony’s direction is great. They are leaning towards creating a booming community of gamers and streamers through the PSN. The sharing features of the PlayStation seem awesome for those who can afford it and for those who live in the available countries.

I haven’t made my mind between the Xbox Series X and the PS5. I have to point that I prefer playing online through my Windows Gaming Pc because simply put, it’s free. Why do you have to pay to play online on your consoles? I don’t know.

Well, what do you think? Have you made your mind?

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