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PS5: Everything we know about Sony’s next-generation console

Trusted Reviews has compiled everything you need to know about PS5 including all the latest news, release date, games, specs, features and more. We'll be updating this article on a frequent basis, so be sure to check back for all the latest.

The PlayStation 5 is drawing closer and closer, with Sony’s next-generation console set to launch in the coming 12 months. Now, Sony has finally unveiled what is under the hood of the PS5, showing that it’s ready and willing to go up against the competition. 

PlayStation lifted the lid on some of the most significant PS5 features and specs, including 10.28 TFLOPs GPU power, support for ray tracing, and a custom 825GB SSD to all but eliminate loading screens. The PS5 will also feature an NVMe SSD Slot, giving you the option to upgrade your storage capacity with open-market M.2 SSDs.

Trusted Reviews has compiled everything you need to know about PS5, including all the latest news, release date, games, specs, features and more. We’ll be updating this article frequently, so be sure to check back for all the latest.

PS5 latest news – Horror game confirmed for the next-gen console

Yet another title has been confirmed for the PlayStation 5. This time it’s in the form of survival horror title Quantum Error. The “cosmic horror shooter” is developed by Teamkill Media and is in the works for PS4 and PS5, so it’s not exclusive to the next-generation circle of consoles. You can check out the teaser trailer for yourself below.

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It looks incredibly spooky – boasting a bunch of diverse enemies, environments and gunplay for players to partake in as they strive to survive. If you’re into holding your own against impossible alien odds, this could be one for you when the PS5 finally arrives later this year.

PS5 at a glance

On balance, we predict the following to occur in the coming weeks, months and, well, year:

  • The PS5 will launch in the later months of 2020
  • Sony has confirmed it will not be at E3 2020, opting instead for its own shows throughout the year
  • In terms of launch titles, we can expect a significant selection of third and first-party experiences
  • Some of the confirmed features include improved loading times, 8K resolution and ray tracing
  • Your entire physical and digital libraries will be available at launch if all goes to plan

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God of War

PS5 release date – When is the PlayStation 5 coming out?

The PS5 will be launching in the latter months of 2020, Sony has confirmed. We imagine this will land in November, ensuring the console is comfortably in the homes of players ahead of the Christmas period. We’ll be sure to share more specific the second we hear more, as it remains unclear whether the Covid-19 pandemic will have a lasting impact on the next-gen console launches.

PS5 backwards compatibility – Will it play all my old games?

The PS5 is confirmed to feature backwards compatibility, as Mark Cerny (PS5 system architect) said, “PS4 graphics engines will run just fine on PlayStation 5”.

A Legacy Mode was revealed for the PS5, which would allow developers to create PS4 titles for the next-gen console without losing any functionality. Those PS4 games will supposedly run at boosted frequencies, which could potentially result in improved visuals and performance.

PlayStation did suggest only the “top 100 PS4 games” will be supported by the PS5 at launch though, with more expected to revive the required patches at a later point.

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The Last of Us 2

PS5 Specs How powerful will the PlayStation 5 be?

Mark Cerny confirmed the specs during a video presentation. The PS5’s GPU features 10.28 TFLOPs, 26 Compute Units and a 2.23GHz variable frequency.

The CPU, meanwhile, uses Zen 2 architecture and has eight cores. PlayStation claims this processor sees a 3.5GHz variable frequency.

The PS5 will also see a custom 825GB SSD, although storage will be upgradable with M.2 SSDs from the open market since the console features an NVMe SSD Slot

You can see the rest of the specs below.

PlayStation 5 PlayStation 4
CPU 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency) 8x Jaguar Cores at 1.6GHz
GPU 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency) 1.84 TFLOPs, 18 CUs at 800MHz
GPU architecture Custom RDNA 2 Custom GCN
Memory/Interface 16GB GDDR6 / 256-bit 8GB GDDR5 / 254-bit
Memory bandwidth  448 GB/s 176 GB/s
Internal Storage Custom 825GB SSD 500GB HDD
IO Throughput 5.5GB/s (RAW), Typical 8-9 GB/s (Compressed) Approx 50-100MB/s (dependent on data location on HDD)
Expandable Storage NVMe SSD Slot Replaceable internal HDD
External Storage USB HDD Support USB HDD Support 
Optical Drive 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive Blu-Ray Drive

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PS5 Cloud gaming Sony and Microsoft are teaming up to take on Google?

The ability to stream games from the Cloud is increasingly important, and Sony’s weaknesses in this area have been previously documented. Hence our interest in the news that Sony and Microsoft have formed an alliance to build cloud-based solutions on Microsoft’s Azure platform, the 2nd largest Cloud provider after Amazon.

“The two companies will explore the use of current Microsoft Azure datacenter-based solutions for Sony’s game and content-streaming services… These efforts will also include building better development platforms for the content creator community,” according to the companies.

This follows Microsoft setting up a cloud gaming division this time last year, again based on Azure, to explore how to host and stream games from the Azure platform, rather than by running games on the console itself. And let’s not forget about Google Stadia, Sony and Microsoft’s unexpected partnership might be a sign of them planning to take on the technology giant in the years to come.

Nvidia GeForce Now also shouldn’t be discounted. The platform will tie-in the player’s existing library across a variety of PC clients, making it an attractive proposition for those who don’t want to build a library from scratch, which is the case for Stadia right now, with a few key exceptions.

Sony recently lowered the monthly and annual pricing for PlayStation Now, which now costs a far more reasonable £8.99 with a free trial also available for new users. This is most definitely the start of several moves by the company in a more extensive cloud gaming strategy. It’s a small step, but a necessary one if it ever hopes to compete with Microsoft’s efforts.

PS5 VR – Will your headset and peripherals work at launch?

It has been confirmed that existing PlayStation VR headsets will work with PS5 at launch, meaning there is currently no plans for a new iteration of the hardware to be released alongside Sony’s console. This settles some worries while also raising a bunch of interesting questions. For example – will virtual reality experiences explicitly developed for PS5 also work on these headsets, and will everything we need carry over?

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PlayStation VR

There’s also peripherals such as the PlayStation Camera and Move controllers, both of which are essential for the use of PSVR, so will presumably be operable on the new system without any significant effort from the player. If so, we’d be delighted. If not, Sony would be best to clear things up during the console’s eventual reveal.

PSVR has now sold an impressive total of 4 million headsets, cementing it as one of the most popular forms of virtual reality on the planet. The accessibility of only needing a console and a selection of games makes it a rather appealing proposition to your average gamer. Sony is aware of that and feels like the medium has a long road ahead of it.

“I think that the hardware experience will improve the VR experience. VR has a lot to learn even at companies that have been making games for a long time. I realized that as soon as I started VR. I had to learn a lot because I couldn’t do it with normal TV games,” said Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida (via WCCFTech).

“But we had to have many guidelines for danger, but with the developer’s ingenuity, we were able to see how to do it, and VR makes us think about what the human abilities are, and after three years such knowledge is growing.” Here’s hoping things will only continue to evolve with the arrival of PS5 in 2020.

PS5 Games – Have any titles been announced?

Sony’s next-generation console is drawing closer and closer, and this means it’s becoming far easier to predict what experiences will be arriving on the platform both at launch and during the weeks, months and years that will follow.

With Sony having recently purchased Insomniac Games, and the enormous success of the first instalment, a sequel to Marvel’s Spider-Man on PS5 is already guaranteed, with the first title having left its narrative on a juicy cliffhanger we’re eager to see resolved. There’s also the likes of Resistance, Ratchet and Clank and others we’d love to see the developer revisit.

Horizon Zero Dawn is another first-party blockbuster that most definitely has a sequel in the works right now, ready and waiting to pounce onto PS5 when the time comes. While I wasn’t the biggest fan, developer Guerrilla Games produced a vast, beautiful world with a compelling story and mechanics to match its visual ambition. Combine that with ray-tracing and more powerful hardware and our jaws will be firmly on the floor.

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake

While Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding is out now on PS4, we wouldn’t be hugely surprised if an enhanced edition of sorts lands on PS5 once the console is in the homes of players. The Last of Us Part 2, Naughty Dog’s harrowing narrative adventure receiving a similar treatment wouldn’t go amiss either. The question is, will our existing PS4 library be automatically enhanced purely by being inserted into PS5? We imagine the reality is a little more complicated.

Oh, and let’s not forget Final Fantasy 7 Remake. The first episode of Square Enix’s epic venture is now available on PS4. However, it could be a cross-generational release or one exclusive to Sony’s new platform. Bluepoint Games, a developer renown for remaking countless classics, has confirmed it’s working on a big project for the next-generation console. Fingers crossed for a Demon’s Souls remake!

While existing franchises are all well and good, we’d love to see Sony once again venture into unknown waters with new IP. Sucker Punch is doing just that Ghosts of Tsushima, with the samurai adventure acting as a worthy swansong for PS4. Perhaps we’ll see FromSoftware, Naughty Dog or Japan Studio once again christen the coming generation with something new and exciting. It’s only a matter of time until we find out.

PS5 controller – Here’s our first look at the Dualshock 5 controller

A patent has emerged which reveals what is potentially our first glimpse at the PS5 controller – presumed to be the Dualshock 5 – beyond a few brief descriptions from Sony. At first glance, it seems incredibly similar to its older sibling, albeit with a few important alterations to the overall design.

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Dualshock 5 patent

The above image from the aforementioned patent shows all of the changes being made to the new controller, which appears to eliminate the lightbar while incorporating an overall smaller form factor. The space between the thumbsticks is somewhat tighter, echoed across the device’s entire profile.

The positioning of the headphone jack has been altered slightly, and the USB connection has also presumably been moved, chances are it will be USB-C this time around. Rumours abound that the device could connect to the console via wi-fi, although this is still unconfirmed.

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