Sony’s PS5 is coming – but what do we know so far?

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Sony’s PS5 first look at CES 2020

PS5 is the next-generation PlayStation, releasing in late 2020 – After a long time it quite clearly put Sony at the top of the home console wars. (Sorry Xbox.)

What do we know about the PS5 so far? The hysteria started in early 2019, when Mark Cerny, the chief architect on Sony’s next console, confirmed that the company is working on the successor to the PS4. We didn’t get the official name or release date until much later, but Cerny did shed light on the next-gen console’s capabilities – including that it would retain a disc-player, and have something to do with Sony’s game streaming ambitions – even if there was little else to go on.

However, since then, Sony has been drip-feeding us juicy titbits such as an official PS5 release window, logo, name and a few key details about features. But, according to the company, the PS5 still has big surprises to come.

In addition, we’ve had some surprising leaks, in the form of a Sony-registered patent that seems to show off the PS5’s general shape, button inputs, and cooling vents – confirmed to be the PS5 dev kit in a leaked photo – though we expect the end product design will be different for the PlayStation 5’s late 2020 launch.

Key Facts

  • What is it? The Sony PS5 will be the next-gen PlayStation console, replacing the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro.
  • When will it release? “Holiday 2020” 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 in-development exclusives like Ghosts of Tsushima.
  • Will PS5 have VR? Oh yes. The next-gen console will be compatible with current PSVR hardware and there are rumours of PSVR 2.
  • What will the PS5 cost? 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? Sony has said to expect a lot in terms of backwards compatibility, despite that being an area Microsoft is usually better in.

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