PlayStation 5 release date, price, Showcase Event highlights

The next generation of console gaming is right around the corner.

PlayStation 5’s long-awaited details are announced by Sony at the latest Showcase event. The PS5 was announced in late 2019, and people ever since have been looking forward to this next generation gaming console. All major details like price, release date, games, and specs were disclosed.

The device will be available on November 12, 2020, in the US, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea. For the rest of the world, the device will be available on November 19, 2020. The new console will be launching a cheaper disc-free digital version for $399 and another $499 version that will support disc drive (Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive). The disc reader will be the only difference between the two variants, while the rest of the hardware will be the same—preorders for PS5 start Thursday, September 17.

PlayStation 5: Launch Titles

At the event, Sony showcases some of the highly anticipated games for PS5. The fan-favorite superhero game Spiderman: Miles Morales was showcased for its gameplay and what the game will be like. 

Another thrilling Harry Potter game, Hogwarts Legacy, is coming to PS5 and was also showcased.

Resident Evil, one of the most remarkable series of horror games, is launching its Eighth game in the sequel ‘Resident Evil Village’ that was also a part of the lineup of games showcased at the event.

Other noticeable, top-rated games showcased at the event include 

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach, 
  • Demon’s Souls, God of War, 
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, 
  • Devil May Cry 5. 

Devil May Cry 5 is one of the best action games of recent years and is now launching its PS5 version, which will be available digitally. Out of the listed games, Spiderman, Demon’s Souls, and Call of Duty will be launching along with the console.

PlayStation 5: Specifications

The device has an AMD Ryzen processor with 8 cores and up to 3.5GHz frequency. It has a 2.23GHz AMD Radeon graphics card with Ray Tracing Acceleration. When it comes to memory, it has an 852GB SSD and a 16GB GDDR6 RAM. It offers an HDMI out port and supports 4K at 120Hz as well as 8K video resolution along with 3D AudioTech.

The console has dimensions of 390mm x 104mm x 260mm and weighs around 4.5kg, whereas the digital version’s dimensions are 390mm x 92mm x 260mm, and it weighs almost 3.9kg. 

The device’s DualSense wireless controller (standalone price: $69.99) is expected to offer an immersive experience with heightened feedback and has a built-in microphone. Check our coverage on PlayStation 5 ‘DualSense’ controller with Haptic Feedback, Adaptive Triggers, and built-in mic.

PlayStation Plus Collection

For PS5 users, the PlayStation Plus service will have an added offer for a single subscription price i.e., the “PlayStation Plus Collection.” PS5 users with a subscription will be able to download and play PS4 games like Batman Arkham Knight, Bloodborne, Fallout 4, God of War, Monster Hunter: World, Persona 5, etc.  

PlayStation Plus is a monthly subscription that allows you to download or play games online from a gallery of Sony games. It was first released in 2010 with PS3 and has evolved its services with consoles since then. It offers monthly, quarterly, and annual subscription packages. 

PS5 against the new Xbox

Sony hosted its virtual PS5 launch event only a week after Microsoft announced Xbox Series S and Series X. Jokes have been going around on the internet as if the two companies were waiting for each other to break their price so they can compete with a better offer. Xbox launched it’s two consoles at $299 and $499, set to release on November 22. 

Sony says it was a massive challenge for its employees to manage the device’s release within the promised time since the pandemic changed everyone’s lives. 

Featured image: Sony

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