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PlayStation 5: Specification, Release Date and More

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The PlayStation 5 (officially abbreviated as PS5) is a forthcoming home video game console developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment. The PlayStation 5 was announced in 2019 as the successor of the PlayStation 4, scheduled to be released in late 2020.

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The company is expected to launch in two categories, which includes a core PlayStation 5 system integrating an Ultra HD Blu-ray compatible optical disc drive for direct game assistance, and a digital distribution through the PlayStation Store, as well as a reduce-cost Digital variant requiring the disc drive while maintaining digital download permission.

The PlayStation 5 features a customised solid-state drive built for fast data streaming to facilitate substantial improvements in visual performance.

The hardware also features a custom AMD GPU with the ability to trace ray, provide support for 4K resolution viewing and elevated refresh rates, a unique audio device for accessible 3D sound effects, and basic compatibility with most PlayStation 4 and PlayStation computer simulation games.

Release date

Sony Entertainment has officially verified that the PlayStation 5 will be released worldwide in the fourth quarter of the year 2020. So we should expect it to be out sometime between October and December 2020 — putting it in direct contest with the Xbox Series X, which is also set to be released in the same period.

A source claims that the release date might be November 20th of this year, but it is yet to be verified. Nevertheless, this date would be in the same interval with the predicted release date of the PlayStation 5.

AMD is a technology giant, which has been assigned to design the processor and graphics chips in both the  Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 next-gen consoles. It is boosting up production to get ready for their respective launches, AMD CEO, Dr Lisa Su explained in early May 2020. The timing is also suggestive of a November launch window.

Price range

Sony Entertainment has not announced the PlayStation 5 price yet, but expert predictions have set the PlayStation 5 price in the range of $499 / £449 / AU$749.

Generally, it should be treated with scepticism, but it would be entertained news if the console doesn’t launch at this rate, as it is only $100 more than the launch price of the PS4 and PS4 Pro. That’s supposed to be the cost for the standard edition.

Sony’s June 11th event revealed to us that there would be two PlayStation 5 consoles upon launch: a standard PlayStation 5 and the PlayStation 5 digital version, which are likely to come in an economical rate. However, we are not sure of the actual price.

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Design

PlayStation 5

The PlayStation stands in a vertical position, similar to the Xbox Series X. This includes two version,-one with a 4K Blu-ray drive and a pure Digital Edition.

The PlayStation 5 alternative, without the optical drive, looks substantially slimmer than the regular model, owing to the removal of the drive.

The removal of the drive should suggest that the digital version of the PS5 would be affordable, but Sony hasn’t revealed the cost yet.

Sony disclosed the design during its live stream, but the company hasn’t given a release date or exact pricing for both the two types of PlayStation 5.

Just like the Xbox Series X, the PlayStation 5 can be positioned vertically or horizontally beneath a TV or monitor.

Sony erects a stand that works for either placement, and the company is using what looks like a slightly distinct stand for the digital version of the PlayStation 5.

The top of the PlayStation 5 unit also seems to encompass vents for heat dissipation along with USB-A and USB-C ports at the front.

Specs

PlayStation 5
  • CPU: AMD Zen 2-based CPU with eight cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
  • GPU: 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
  • GPU architecture: Custom RDNA 2
  • Memory interface: 16GB GDDR6 / 256-bit
  • Memory bandwidth: 448GB/s
  • Internal storage: Custom 825GB SSD
  • IO throughput: 5.5GB/s (raw), typical 8-9GB/s (compressed)
  • Expandable storage: NVMe SSD slot
  • External storage: USB HDD support (PS4 games only)
  • Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray drive

Sony has developed several accessories for the PlayStation 5, comprising a DualSense charging station, a Pulse 3D wireless headset, a new HD camera, and media remote. Notwithstanding, Sony is yet to announce the cost of its accessories.

Just like Microsoft, Sony has been gradually providing further information about its next-gen PlayStation 5 in recent months. The console will arrive in the festival season, and it’s powered by a custom AMD RDNA 2-based GPU and an eight-core AMD Zen 2 CPU.

Sony also declared the PlayStation 5 specs openly in March, and the custom AMD chips will provide 10.28 teraflops of power using varying frequencies on both the CPU and GPU.

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Sony makes use of a proprietary SSD solution to enhance load times for games. The SSD will provide 825GB of storage and 5.5GB/s of performance. The PlayStation 5 will also support 4K graphics, 8K graphics at a 120Hz frame rate, and 3D audio.

Sony announced the PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller on April 7th. The controller features adaptive triggers, haptic reply, and a new develop button designed to share gameplay content.

Just like the company’s DualShock controls, the directional pad and buttons will remain on the top half of the controller while its two analogue sticks will be on the bottom.

Sources;

  • This is the PlayStation 5 – theverge
  • PS5 release date, design, specs and news for Sony’s PlayStation 5 – techradar
  • PlayStation 5 – wikipedia
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