PlayStation 5 review everything you need to know

PlayStation 5 review everything you need to know


The PS5 (or PlayStation 5) is the next-generation PlayStation, with a release date scheduled for late 2020. 

PlayStation 5
PlayStation 5

Although Sony has been extremely quiet on the new console, it has given us some interesting details on what we can expect from its display from Next-generation.

PlayStation 5 review

We have already taken a first look at the DualSense PS5 console, which has impressive features like haptic feedback, adaptive players, and a built-in microphone. 

But what is probably the most interesting thing about the DualSense controller is its radically different shape and a palette of black and white colors in the space age, which suggests that the design of the PS5 will look something similar - and will be a major departure from its predecessors.

Just as important as the DualSense console, the PS5 specifications discussed at the Sony Disclosure March event. 

Pioneer system engineer Mark Cerny gave us a deeper insight into the architecture of the PS5 system and revealed the interior illustration of the PS5. 

We'll cover it in more detail below, but we now know that the PS5 is shaking up an AMD Zen 2-based processor with 8 cores at 3.5 GHz, 16 GB of GDDR6 memory and a dedicated AMD RDNA 2 GPU that exposes 10, 28 TFLOP processing power.

In terms of features, we know that the next-generation console will include the ray tracing, a high-speed SSD and a built-in 4K Blu-ray player, and will be backward compatible with a wide range of PS4 game catalogs. 

Heck, he might have voice assistant capabilities to tell you how long it takes to beat the levels. So far, the PS5 has lived up to the hype.

Do you want all the exciting details? Here's everything we know about the PS5 so far - and what we hope will be revealed as we get closer to launch.

PS5: Key facts

  • What is it? The Sony PS5 is the next-gen PlayStation console, replacing the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro.
  • When will it release? "Holiday 2020" in the US, says Sony, so between October and December 2020.
  • What can I play on it? Only a few titles have been confirmed, but expect all of Sony's big franchises, as well as the potential for upgraded versions of in-development exclusives like Ghost of Tsushima.
  • Will PS5 have VR? Oh yes. The next-gen console will be compatible with current PSVR hardware, and there are also rumors of PSVR 2.
  • What will the PS5 cost? TBC. The PS4 and PS4 Pro were both $ 399 / £ 349 at launch, but we expect the PS5 will cost somewhat more. Leaks have suggested around the $ 499 mark.
  • Can I play PS4 games on the PS5? The PS5 will definitely be backward compatible with "almost all" PS4 games - earlier generations are still to be confirmed. It will launch with support for the majority of the top 100 PS4 games, according to Sony's Mark Cerny.
  • Will coronavirus delay the PS5 release? Sony has confirmed the PS5 release date is not currently delayed by a coronavirus.

PS5 Release date

Sony has officially confirmed that the PS5 will be released "in time for the 2020 holiday", very likely between October and December 2020 - which will put it in direct competition with the Xbox Series X, which will be released in the same window. 

A leak suggested that the release date would be November 20, 2020, but this has not yet been confirmed.

However, this date will be in the right window, where we expect the PS5 to be released in November 2020. 

November is the date we saw the launch of PlayStation and it will take some time before Christmas to receive these requests.

PlayStation 5 review
PlayStation 5 review

Despite rumors, Sony PR confirmed that the PS5 release date was not delayed due to the coronavirus, so we should see the next-generation console release in late 2020 - although we don't know exactly when it will be.

Dr. Lisa Sue, CEO of AMD, confirmed that AMD, the technology giant responsible for manufacturing the processor and graphics chips for the new generation of PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles, is "speeding up production" to prepare its launches. Early May 2020. This calendar also suggests a launch window in November.

We expect to know the official release date of the PlayStation 5 in the coming months, which was not revealed at the Technical Conference on March 18.

Sony has yet to officially confirm the price of the PS5, and according to the company, it is because it has not yet decided how much the next-generation console will cost.

In a call for quarterly results (via Spiel Times), Sony Hiroki Totoki's chief financial officer revealed that the company has yet to set the PS5 price.

"What is not clear or very clear is that we are competing in space, so it is very difficult to discuss anything about the price at this point, and depending on the level Tutuki said," We may need to specify the promotion that we will publish and the amount that we want to pay. "

"First, we must absolutely control the cost of labor, the cost of employees, it must be controlled, the initial intensification, how much we can prepare to leave, and we will work on production and sales, and we have to prepare," said Tutuki, "a good size that we are launching."

"It is a balancing act, it is very difficult to say anything concrete at the moment," Tutuki said. But we know that Sony aims to achieve "the best balance in order to win in the life of this product."

Although Sony may not have set a price, there have been rumors about the cost of the PS5. While the latest PS5 price leaks are severe - and cannot be trusted - some forecasts appear to be more applicable (even if they are not reliable).

Rumors say the console will cost $ 499 in North America when launched. Of course, this should be handled with skepticism, but it would be good news if the console is launched at this price, given that it is only $ 100 above the PS4 and PS4 Pro launch price.

We think it might be the most likely price for a console, however, it might be a wish. A recent Bloomberg report says Sony will not make as many PlayStation 5 consoles for launch as it does for the PS4 launch in 2013, although there are no production delays or expected sales dates.

Bloomberg sources expect deliveries to reach a maximum of six million consoles until March 2021, while the PS4 sold 7.5 million units in the same period after its launch - well let her experience delays.

According to the report, Sony is simply waiting for a lower order. This is probably because of what should be a higher asking price for the PS5 than the PS4 that was launched with it. The PS5 should really push the boat in terms of advanced components, so it will come with a higher price.

However, Microsoft's plans for the Xbox X series are the key here, and Sony has decided to sell the devices at a slight loss to keep them competitive with the other console. 

PlayStation 5 reviews
PlayStation 5 review

The PS4 has benefited from a lower cost than the Xbox One, and Sony probably won't be interested in the opposite of this generation. We hope.

We can expect the price of the console to match the technology it uses, but Sony needs to be aware of its competition. With the Xbox Series X, Microsoft is unlikely to repeat its error by launching the Xbox One at a high price, so Sony must ensure that no similar error is made in making the PS5 expensive.

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PS5 spec

  • CPU: AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
  • GPU: 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
  • GPU architecture: Custom RDNA 2
  • Memory interface: 16GB GDDR6 / 256-bit
  • Memory bandwidth: 448GB / s
  • Internal storage: Custom 825GB SSD
  • IO throughput: 5.5GB / s (raw), typical 8-9GB / s (compressed)
  • Expandable storage: NVMe SSD slot
  • External storage: USB HDD support (PS4 games only)
  • Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray drive

Sony finally lifted the PlayStation 5 hood during its first official PS5 unveiling event, giving us a better idea of what the next-generation console will provide. But what do we think?

What is interesting so far is Sony's commitment to custom silicon, with a full focus on taking gaming capabilities to the next level, without keeping the comfortable developers now developing on the PS4. 

The dedicated PS3 has proven difficult for developers to master, but the PS5 aims to be as easy to use as possible for developers.

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The importance of the SSD

As already explored, SSD is the key to the PlayStation 5 experience. The 825GB internal storage for the dedicated drive - that's less than you'll find on the Xbox Series X, but with an equally smart technology app.

SSDs not only load faster, in theory, but they also allow larger open worlds. Developers do not need to create games with smaller worlds due to the limitations of mechanical hard drives, while solid-state drives will also allow system memory to be used more efficiently.

SSDs have more bandwidth, so data can be downloaded from SSD when needed, rather than stacks of unnecessary data that can be loaded into RAM. 

In terms of pure gameplay, this means that games will suffer less from the contextual feel, while download times will be greatly reduced when using the game's fast action option. Starting from the position the standby mode should be much faster.

You will also have more control over how to install and delete games, which means you can only install multiplayer mode for the game instead of the entire data block. 

This will allow direct launching of the game, allowing players to jump directly to various aspects of games (such as making matches, continuing to save the game, etc.) without having to start the full game.

This means that you might be able to switch to creating Overwatch matches, for example, directly from your home screen and avoid having to take steps like starting a full game and choosing modes. Special games. It will also allow players to quickly switch between the games they have installed.

When it comes to expandable storage, Sony seems to allow standard NVMe PC drives, rather than proprietary storage systems that Xbox mainly relies on. However, not many drives on the market now use the required PCIe 4.0 interface - it should be able to have a transfer speed of at least 5.5 GB / s.

PlayStation 5
PlayStation 5

"NVMe PC drives will run on PlayStation 5," said Cerny. "The only problem is that PC technology is behind the PS5 largely. It will take some time for the new PCIe 4.0 drives with the bandwidth required to match Sony specifications to reach the market."

PS4 games will work fine on PS5 if saved on a regular hard drive, however, you don't need to take advantage of precious SSD space unnecessarily.

A custom processor and GPU - what that means for backward compatibility

We already knew that Sony would use AMD Zen 2 CPU processor technology, with eight cores and 16 threads. 

However, the Discovery Stream has also shown that the PS5 will offer frequencies of 3.5 GHz, so the PlayStation 5 will run 8 Zen 2 cores at 3.5 GHz (with varying frequencies) on the 8 Jaguar cores of the PS4. at 1.6 GHz. It is a colossal leap in performance.

Access the GPU, looking at the AMD RDNA 2 GPU, which is dedicated in itself. Uses 36 Cube 2.23 GHz units. Maximum computing performance of 10.28 TF.

What's smart is that the kit allows the PS5 to easily manage reverse compatibility of the PS4 - thanks to the GPU architecture rather than coding hours. Almost all 100 PS4 games will be fully compatible upon launch. 

PS4 games will be originally supported on a silicon GPU, but the GPU here seems to mimic the PS4 and PS4 Pro graphics chipsets, which is a weird solution, not as interesting as the Xbox Series X method, which will also be able to develop its predecessor. Xbox generation games and adding HDR to titles earlier without HDR.

Tempest 3D audio tech

Perhaps the biggest revelation of the day is the handling of 3D sound, thanks to the new Tempest engine. 

It's a very powerful system: if the PSVR can support "50 very decent audio sources", according to Cerny - the premium audio system of PSVR is one of the most sophisticated gaming audio systems on the market - Tempest Engine on the PS5 can support hundreds.

Cerny's example describes it in terms of precipitation. Today, the sound of rain in the game is an audio track, but the PS5 will theoretically be able to allow you to hear individual raindrops, depending on the position of the player character.

Cerny said: "So we ended up with a unit with SIMD power (single instructions and multiple data) and bandwidth almost like all the eight cores of the Jaguar in the PS4 combined."

"If we want to use the same algorithms as PSVR, this is enough for something like five thousand audio sources - but of course we want to use more sophisticated algorithms, and we don't need something like that many voices."

Perhaps the best of all is how you will experience it - even a modest pair of headphones at launch will be able to take advantage of the sense of presence and direction Sony is promising here, the company is also committed to supporting multi-ocean systems later in technology.

But this is an ongoing project for Sony. To develop an accurate template for the surrounding data location, Sony must create a head-related transfer function card or HRFT. 

Basically, it's a separate algorithm that works best if the system knows the exact shape of your ears.

“Maybe you will send us a picture of your ear, and we will use a neural network to choose the closest HRTF in our library,” Mazire Cerny said. "Maybe you will send us a video clip of your ears and head, and we'll create a 3D model and tune the HRTF. 

Maybe you'll play an audio game to tune your HRTF, we'll be skillful by changing it while you play, and playing on the HRTF that gives you the best score, which means it suits you."

PlayStation 5 review
PlayStation 5

"It is a journey that we will all take in the coming years. Ultimately, we are committed to allowing everyone to experience the next level of realism."

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PS5 Design

There is still no official disclosure of the design of the PS5, but the detection of the DualSense PS5 controller gave us a good idea of ​​what to expect from the next generation of the console (we even created our own PS5 offer, which you can see above, based on what we even know Now).

Although we are mainly faced with speculation, we can assume that the design of the PS5 console will match (or at least be similar) to the design of its console. So far, PlayStation consoles have always matched their console counterparts - it would be strange if not.

What surprises you immediately about the DualSense controller is its new design, in particular, the two-color white and black color scheme. 

This indicates that we can see the PlayStation 5 console in black and white, similar to the console, where the console itself has a mainly white design with a coating or black partitions.

The color scheme of the DualSense controller not only differs from what we saw in previous PlayStation joysticks, but its overall shape and design is also a huge start.

Sony has become a futuristic DualSense design. While we know the PS5 won't look like the development kits we've seen so far, the futuristic exterior design could be on the bright side. 

The console is white (as we discussed) but looks simple and elegant. With around boomerang shape, no button color definition, and blue light on each side of the touchpad, Sony seems to be aiming for a simple and futuristic design for the PS5.

As we indicated with the color scheme, PlayStation controllers often match their counterparts, so we can expect a simple design similar to the PS5 - perhaps with blue lighting and slightly rounded edges and a little of definition. For buttons and ports.

PlayStation 5 review
PlayStation 5 review

However, all of this is mere speculation and we won't know for sure until Sony officially unveils the PS5 design. We're expecting Sony to host another PS5 reveal around June or July to reveal the console's price and design - similarly to how it did with the PS4.

While we may not know exactly what the PS5 will look like, Sony did reveal the PS5's official logo at CES 2020. It's essentially just the PlayStation 4 logo with a '5' replacing the '4'.

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PS5 Dualsense controller


The PS5 will come with a new gamepad, as Sony launches a DualSense PS5 console, not DualShock 5, as you would expect. Another starting point is a bold black and white color scheme that can create splits. This is the design confirmed in the image above.

The color scheme of the two-color PS5 console extends to four buttons for the face, which still consists of a triangle, a circle, a square, and across (or X), but they are colorless. 

There are a few colors on the side of the center touchpad, as the PS4 light bar moved from the top of the gaming pad onto the PS5.

The PS5 has tactile feedback on the L2 and R2 shoulder buttons which will be adaptive. Sony explains that these adaptive stimuli are important to allow players to feel the tension of their actions, such as drawing an arc to shoot an arrow. 

This will allow developers to program resistance drivers to simulate actions more accurately.

DualSense will have a microphone inside the console, allowing players to drop their headphones to communicate with friends. 

The "share" button is dead. Long live the "Create" button. That's what Sony calls the One Button and always dedicated to gameplay content to share with the world. Sony discloses more details about this button before turning on the console.

PS5 will support most of the PS4 library, including PSVR games; this is known. But we are now hearing more information about confirmed PS5 games and rumors.

At this point, any PS4 game from the first part in the creation phase - from Ghost of Tsushima to The Last of Us 2, will be the first candidate for inter-generational PS5 upgrades. We've also heard enough about the sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn and the new God of War game to determine that we'll see the Two Earths on the PS5 console.

And while we don't know much about PS5 exclusives, we do know that Sony will continue to focus on "powerful games based on unique storytelling" with the PS5.

But what about third-party addresses? We have confirmation that the new Godfall IP for Gearbox comes exclusively on the PS5, as is the case with Bluepoint Studios which would reproduce Demon's Souls. We will also see a remake of the classic Gothic cult THQ Nordic, Gollum, WRC 9, Battlefield 6, Dying Light 2, and Outriders on PS5. 

Additionally, Ubisoft has confirmed that Watch Dogs: Legion, Rainbow Six Quarantine, Gods, Monsters, and Assassin's Creed Valhalla will all arrive on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 - with new Far Cry rumors also on platforms. We also know that Rainbow Six Siege will be available on PS5 and Xbox Series X since its launch. However, Ubisoft said it could delay these games if next-generation keyboards did not create the launch window.

We could also see Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6 coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X as well.

While this is a good start, we expect a lot of third-party games in the coming months - and we could see some Xbox Series X games announced in the Xbox Series X game revealing their way to the PS5. However, although we do know that some third party games are in the works for PS5, there is still no confirmation of what the PS5 launch titles will be, but we expect proprietary games to take the lead.

A rumor also introduces the concept of "instant offers" on the PlayStation 5 Store in the console. Before purchasing a game, it is alleged that you will be able to use PlayStation Now streaming technology to instantly read part of the title to see if something interests you or not. It is possible that such a demo is also available for all PS5 developers.

PlayStation 5 controller
PlayStation 5 controller

Additionally, for those who have been torn between buying EA games before or after the PS5 release, we will be happy to hear that EA has confirmed that some of the games the company is launching this year on the consoles of the current generation "could be upgraded for free. 

For the next generation", for example, on Xbox Series X and PS5. While we don't know which titles, it does indicate that we can see other game publishers following the same path, and the PS5 may have functionality similar to the Xbox Series Smart Delivery X, but Sony has not confirmed this. and we can only speculate.

Sony also confirmed that the PS5 will prioritize AAA games over standalone games in order to focus on "serious gamers".

PS5 Reveal event

Sony has already staged an in-depth revelation of the PS5, but while it's helpful, it wasn't exactly what we had hoped for. We haven't seen PS5 in all of its glory, we haven't heard much about features and nothing about price or PS5 games.

We expect Sony to host another PS5 detection event (possibly digital) in the coming months, with specification features, design, price of PlayStation 5, and some games that we will be playing on the next-generation console. 

According to a Reuters article written by Jeffrey Grubb of GamesBeat (who correctly revealed the history of Nintendo Direct last month), the event revealing to the PS5 is "currently scheduled for June 4". But Sony did not confirm this.

However, this date will fall into the scheduled PS5 detection event window. The company previously mentioned that it follows a similar roadmap to the PS4 map, although the Covid-19 pandemic may have somewhat disrupted this. 

The PS4 specifications were revealed in February 2013 before Sony unveiled the console, its prices, and the gaming set in June of the same year, at E3 2013.

Sony released the PS5 specifications in February this year (instead of the GDC offer), so we expected the full PS5 event to take place in June or July (this was more difficult to predict than the fact that Sony didn't plan to wait for the E3 2020).

However, it is worth noting that when it comes to revealing details on the PS5, Sony has been a bit of a wildcard - the console developer posted it in the form of a blog and specs details by interview.

We will keep you informed as soon as we have official news about the PS5 disclosure event.

What about a PS5 pro

Rumors surfaced indicating that Sony will double by launching the PlayStation 5 Pro simultaneously with the base PS5 model.

Spotted by Wccftech, Japanese game reporter Zenji Nishikawa claimed this claim in a video clip on his YouTube channel, and although this sort of thing isn't usually considered a solid advance, Nishikawa has proven to be true in the past with his expectations on PS4 Pro and Switch Lite.

According to Nishikawa, the PS5 Pro will cost around $ 100 to $ 150 more than the basic PS5 console. 

The report says Sony is following this approach because it "has shown great interest in a high-end model and wants to give players what they want from the start of the generation."



A NeoGaf FXVeteran user (via TweakTown) added fuel to the fire by claiming that Sony plans to launch two PlayStation 5 models at the same time: the PS5 Pro and PS5, and the PS5 Pro is a "high end" to compete with potential repetitive releases stronger than the Xbox Series X.

While the PlayStation 5 Pro is likely to be on the cards, we don't think it will be released at the same time as the regular PS5 release. 

In our opinion, Sony is likely to wait about three years (2023) before upgrading the console - this usually happens in the middle of the cycle and the PS5's life cycle is estimated to be around six to seven years.


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