TL;DR: What You Should Know About The PS5
- What? The Sony Playstation 5 is Sony’s next generation console, replacing the PS4 – Slim and Pro versions.
- When? “Holiday 2020” in the US; possibly between Oct and Dec 2020.
- What games can I play? Sony’s announced at least two dozen games including… (see list below) It is also backwards compatible, so you can play “almost all” PS4 games on it.
- Will PS5 have VR? Yes, and the PS5 will be compatible with current PSVR hardware.
- What will the PS5 cost? TBC. Brace yourselves.
The PS5 Unveiled!
Sony has finally unveiled its next generation console the PlayStation 5! At the PS5’s livestream launch, Sony revealed that there would be two versions of the console: one with an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive and a Digital Edition minus a disc drive. This means that there will be slight differences in the look of each model, but Sony assures us that the overall design philosophy remains the same and the gameplay experience will be identical. The console is expected to be available in time for this year’s “holiday” season, putting it between October and December this year; in time for your Christmas and year end shopping spree. That said, no pricing details were shared, but Sony stated that more would be revealed at a later date.
Sony has previously shared its PS5 specs, which boast an AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores at 3.5GHz, 16GB of GDDR6 memory and a custom RDNA 2 AMD GPU that puts out 10.28 TFLOPs of processing power. Sony had also earlier revealed details of its PS5’s DualSense controller, which will feature haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, a built-in mic, and be charged via USB-C.
Sony also announced brand new PS5 accessories, including:
- PULSE 3D™ wireless headset – offering 3D audio support and dual noise-cancelling microphones;
- HD Camera – featuring dual 1080p lenses;
- Media Remote – a remote control with built-in microphone to navigate movies and streaming services with ease; and
- DualSense™ Charging Station – to conveniently charge two DualSense™ Wireless Controllers.
PS5 Games Revealed!
Sony also announced a slate of 26 games for the PS5:
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
We’re definitely looking forward to this one at the end of this year 2020! Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is the sequel to 2018’s stellar Spider-Man game by Insomniac Games. The sequel focuses on Miles Morales, whom you might remember was being hinted as having spider powers at the conclusion of the first game.
Horizon: Forbidden West
The sequel to the excellent Horizon: Zero Dawn, Horizon: Forbidden West returns to Aloy’s story as a warrior taking on giant robotic creatures in the desolate far west of America’s future. The gameplay looks similar to its predecessor, but it looks designed to take advantage of the PS5’s new graphics capabilities.
Resident Evil Village
Expected in 2021, Resident Evil Village finds players playing as Ethan who needs to search for answers in the middle of a village – nothing scary about that, right? The game plays in a first-person perspective and will focus more on combat and exploration.
Gran Turismo 7
The classic racing and driving simulator series with its amazingly detailed cars and gorgeous landscapes – what’s not to love about this comfort food staple of Playstation games? Expect it to make the most of the graphic and processing powers of the PS5.
The latest iteration of the beloved, classic basketball game series NBA2K21 boasted eye-watering graphics that will put you in the middle of the court and in the thick of the game. It’s expected to land this year in 2020!
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Ratchet and Clank return in this colorful, family-friendly platform-shooter, which interestingly introduces a female of Ratchet’s species! Together, they will make the most of the PS5’s new hardware features as they explore even more dimensions and worlds, while wreaking havoc with brand new weapons.
Sackboy: A Big Adventure
Another Sony flagship, this co-op series continues Sackboy’s adventures with new characters and gameplay options in deeply immersive and expressive worlds.
This is a remake of the Playstation classic, Demon’s Souls, which invites players to grind through the original’s brutal challenges, which have been remastered from the ground up and enhanced with a new “Fractured Mode.”
Deathloop is an action game that will make player run for their lives to escape a time loop that resets every time they die. It’s kinda like the action-filled version of Groundhog Day, Edge of Tomorrow where you face plenty of assassins instead of aliens.
Project Athia by Luminous Productions seeks to create a completely new and fresh gaming experience that transports players to a vast and detailed world filled with beauty and dismay.
Stray is about a… well, stray cat, in a futuristic city who befriends a sentient drone. The cat must find its way home, and perhaps help the city along the way. It’s expected to arrive in 2021.
Returnal is a third-person shooter based around a time loop and sees players playing an astronaut who has to escape a dangerous alien world that becomes stranger and more dangerous each time he dies.
Destruction AllStars is all about you being in a vehicle wrecking as many other vehicles as possible. What’s not to love about that?
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
In Kena: Bridge of Spirits, players take on the role of a young enchantress who battles the evils plaguing a charming and lovely forest. She does this with a team of spirit companions known as “the Rot”. This story-driven game combines exploration and discovery with fast-paced combat; and is expected to feel more like a Pixar film you can control than a mere video game!
Goodbye, Volcano High
Goodbye, Volcano High is a choice-based narrative game that finds players in the final year of high school for teenage dinosaurs. It will feature a fully voice-acted story touching on love, friendship, self-realization at the end of an era (literally). Coming in 2021.
Oddworld: Soulstorm returns to the PS5 with smart new mechanics and devices, for even more explosive hijinks. It will take a larger scope and scale to give players an even deeper connection to the Oddworld universe.
Ghostwire: Tokyo is a PS5 exclusive that takes place in Tokyo, where some mysterious event has caused 99% of the population to disappear. Your job, then, is to find out what happened with your amazing powers. It should arrive in 2021.
JETT: The Far Shore
JETT: The Far Shore is a narrative-driven action adventure that follows the story of Mei, who awakes after a thousand-year slumber to explore an oceanic world to build a new home. It will arrive this year during the Holiday season for PS5 and PS4.
In Godfall, you are the last of the Valorian knights, god-like warriors whose armor transforms them into unstoppable masters of melee combat. It is slated to arrive towards the end of 2020 in time for the holiday season.
Solar Ash takes you on a journey through a surreal and vivid world filled with mystery, endearing characters, and massive enemy encounters across a vast open world. It is expected to arrive in 2021.
Hitman 3 concludes the World of Assassination trilogy that sees you return as Agent 47, the stylish, ruthless and titular hitman. It is expected next January 2021.
Grand Theft Auto V
Squeezing even more from you, Grand Theft Auto V will be ported over to the PS5, expanded and enhanced, with technical, visual and performance improvements. To whet your appetites, current PS4 GTA V owners will get $1 million in GTA cash every month until the new game arrives in 2021. A new standalone version of GTA Online will also be available, free for three months exclusively on PlayStation 5 (PlayStation Plus required for online multiplayer).
Little Devil Inside
This cute action RPG is set in a “Victorian-like” era where you embark on dangerous missions to gain evidence and findings for your employer, a mysterious professor. Along the way, you will explore fascinating environments and face all sorts of monsters!
The premise of BugSnax is a little odd – the food you consume replaces your limbs, as you investigate Snacktooth Island in this whimsical adventure game. It will release this Holiday 2020.
Pragmata is said to be a thought-provoking outer space adventure game that showcases some amazing visuals of a crisis-striken planet.
Not actually a “game” per say, Astro’s Playroom is actually a tutorial and demo of the PS5 features and DualSense controller. It will be free and comes pre-loaded with the console.
So, are you going to get the new PS5 when it is released at the end of this year?