If you're like us, you've been a bit paranoid about PlayStation 5 pre-orders going live at a random time with low stock levels. However, there has been some good news on both fronts in recent days. First off, a recent report indicated that PS5 production has been doubled to meet demand - though that hasn't been officially confirmed. Next, Sony eased everyone's fears by stating that pre-orders wouldn't go live without prior notice. That said, it seems as though we can all relax a little bit - though we're still waiting on news about the price. Currently, $500 continues to be the focus of rumors on the standard edition (a Digital Edition of the PS5 will also be available). Below you'll find everything we know about the PS5 launch, thus far - including games, pre-order signups, and more. UPDATING...
Release Date: As noted, Sony is on track for a global holiday launch for the PS5. Console releases typically happen in November to maximize holiday season shopping. As noted, some good news dropped on July 15th that states Sony doubled production of the PS5 to meet increased demand resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. However, releases of this magnitude always seem to fall short in terms of supply, so expect sell outs and the usual hoarding and markups on eBay to go into overdrive. If the reports about increased production are true, perhaps it will be easier to resist these wildly overpriced listings.
Price: Currently, $500 is the educated guess price point for the PS5. Presumably, the digital edition of the console would be at least $50 cheaper. This would be fairly reasonable if you compare it to previous PlayStation releases and take inflation into account. In general, it's likely that the console will fall between $450 (loss leader pricing) and $549.
Pre-Orders: At the time of writing you can sign up for PlayStation 5 notifications via the following retailers:
- PS5 on Amazon
- PS5 at Best Buy
- PS5 at Walmart
- PS5 at GameStop
- PS5 at Target
- PS5 on eBay (last resort)
- CPU - 8-core, 16 thread, up to 3.5Ghz (variable frequency)
- GPU - 36 CUs at 2.23GHz, 10.3 TFLOPs (variable frequency)
- Memory - 16GB GDDR6
- Internal Storage - Custom 825GB SSD
- External Storage - NVMe SSD slot, USB HDD
- Optical Drive - Ultra HD Blu-ray
- Video Output - 4K at 120Hz, 8K
Additional details on specs are available here.7comments
Games - The current list of PS5 games can be found here - some games may not be available at launch. You can also check out trailers for the games unveiled at the PlayStation event on June 11th. Note that Sony claims that the PS5 will be backwards compatible with the "overwhelming majority" of PS4 games. They have not confirmed details about backwards compatibility with the PS1, PS2, or PS3, though rumors suggest that a "Remastering Engine" feature is in the works.
Hardware: The PS5 will be available in standard and all-digital editions and will feature the striking design highlighted in the reveal trailer above. A breakdown of the DualSense controller features can be found here. Details on the first PS5 accessories can be found here.
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