The future of gaming is just a few days away.
Just in time for the holiday season — surprise, surprise — Sony’s PlayStation 5 will be hitting shelves, giving gamers something to look forward to in an otherwise dreadful year. After a few delays of the original reveal, the console’s design, launch games and more were put on display on Thursday, June 11. A more comprehensive reveal took place Sept. 16, with the company announcing the console’s release date and price.
For the sports fans, the next installment to the “NBA 2K” series was teased — featuring Zion Williamson — while no mentions of “Madden” or “The Show” were made during the event. While the console is expected to be esports ready, there’s a long way to go until we know the system’s true power.
Going toe-to-toe with Microsoft’s Xbox Series X, the PS5 is ushering the new console generation seven years after the release of the PlayStation 4. Rumors regarding the console’s power, backwards compatibility are still up in the air, with specific details surrounding its power, price and release date is still unknown to the public.
From Sony’s PlayStation 5 reveal event on June 11, here’s what you need to know about Sony’s newest console set to hit the market this year.
(This post will be updated.)
PlayStation 5 release date
- Date: Nov. 12
The PlayStation 5 will come out in mid-November, just before the holiday season. It will be out two days after the Xbox Series X.
PS5 price: How much does it cost?
- Digital-only: $399
- Disc edition: $499
The digital-only edition of the PS5 comes in at $399, while those pining for a console with the disc-drive will have to shell out $100 more (plus tax).
As with past years and generations, there will most likely be different models of the PS5 releasing during the full life span of console generation.
How to preorder PS5
Most big-name retailers like GameStop and Best Buy offer preorder programs, usually for a down payment or percentage of the console’s full price. Amazon also offers preorder for full price of the console and can be canceled at any time.
Preorder quotas may be saturated heading into the console’s release.
PlayStation 5 games
Some games rumored for the PS5 at launch are “Madden 21” and “Bloodborne: Remastered.” The full list of games shown during Sony’s initial June 11 event is below:
‘Grand Theft Auto V’
PS5 owners will get an “expanded and enhanced” “GTA V” in 2021.
‘Spider-Man: Miles Morales’
Set for a holiday 2020 release, the trailer for “Spider-Man: Miles Morales,” the presumed sequel to “Spider-Man,” featured no Peter Parker.
‘Gran Turismo 7’
The famed racing series is making a return to PlayStation consoles.
‘Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart’
No release date, but a successor in the “Ratchet and Clank” series, built specifically for the PS5.
From Square Enix, “Project Athia” is a game exclusively designed for PS5. Looks to be a fantasy game of some sort.
It looks to be a legitimate cat simulator. Set for release in 2021.
Set in space, looks to be a sci-fi thriller of some sort. No release date.
‘Sackboy: A Big Adventure’
Featuring Sackboy of “LittleBigPlanet” fame, it’s a 3D platformer/adventure game.
A game that looks like “Fortnite” and “Rocket League” had a baby. Not as cool as it sounds, though. No release date.
‘Kena: Bridge of Spirits’
Third-person animated action-adventure game from Ember Lab. No release date.
‘Goodbye Volcano High’
Releasing in 2021, an animated game that features anthropomorphic animals.
The latest installment in the “Oddworld” series. No release date revealed.
A first-person supernatural action game set in Japan. Coming 2021.
‘Jett: The Far Shore’
Coming out holiday 2020, a space-based adventure game.
Third person hack-and-slash from Gearbox, coming holiday 2020.
Coming 2021. Third-person fantasy game.
From IOI, the third installment in the revived “Hitman” series. Coming January 2021.
Third-person game. No release date.
‘Little Devil Inside’
No release date. Third-person action-advanture, stylized.
Looks kind of like “Animal Crossing” but not. All the animals are made of food. Holiday 2020 release.
No release date. Looks like a fresh update. No release date.
The most extensive trailer of the show, features an assassin locked in a time loop vs. rival assassins.
‘Resident Evil VIII: Village’
Featuring a now-heel Chris Redfield. No release date.
Looks eerily similar to “Death Stranding.” Coming 2022.
‘Horizon 2: Forbidden West’
Sequel to the wildly popular “Horizon: Zero Dawn.” No release date.
New PS5 features
While the specs have been detailed, the console’s features, UI and more are expected to be detailed in the coming months, per Sony.
Others will be listed and detailed below:
- Earlier in the year, Sony revealed the DualSense controller. It has a new name but a familiar design, matching the silhouette, button layout and stick layout as its predecessor, the DualShock. The new controller features haptic feedback in its triggers, a built-in speaker and more.