PlayStation 5 release date, specs, news and features [UPDATED 2020]

As we get closer to the PlayStation 5 release date, Sony continues to reveal the system bits by bits. In the past, we learned about its 2020 launch with its ray-tracing capabilities, impressive 8-core processors, and ambitious SSDs. If the systems work as it claims to, it could improve the load time while displaying more lifelike graphics than ever before.

Sony recently revealed an image of the PS5 controller (the Dualsense). It looks different from other controllers created by Sony in the past. It comes with vertical grips, a two-tone color pattern, a “Create” button to replace the “Share” functionality.

Also, it comes with the system’s RDNA GPU and ambitious 3D audio. The DualSense could be the thing that makes the PS5 stand out from anything in the market today. In this article, we gave more info on the PS5, like its release date, confirmed specs, expected games, etc. So continue.

Here are some things you could expect from the console:

  • Sony’s newest console, the fifth non-portable PlayStation
  • The Playstation 5 release date could be in the Holiday 2020
  • It features ray tracing, fast-loading SSD, 4K games at 60 fps, up to 8K resolution, up to 120 frames per second.
  • Some of the very first PS5-selective games are The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, Outriders, Godfall.
Playstation 5 Release Date

The PlayStation 5 specs

CPU: 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz | GPU: 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz, RDNA 2 architecture | RAM: 16GB GDDR6 | Storage: Custom 825GB SSD | Expandable storage: NVMe SSD slot | Optical drive: 4K Blu-ray drive

On the 18th of March, Mark Cerny ( a lead system architect at Sony) discussed some of the notable points of the PS5’s hardware. Like the 3D audio capabilities and PS5’s SSD configuration. We also found out about the system’s CPU, GPU, and RAM structure.

According to Epic Games developers, the SSD is the PS5’s secret weapon. The PS5 focuses on a load rate of 5.5 GB/s. What this means is that it’s nearly 10x faster than the PS4. But the PS5 default hard drive will be only 825 GB, rather than a full 1 TB.

Epic Games were so intrigued with PS5’s SSD that it had to rewrite parts of the Unreal Engine’s code. A developer guarantees that the SSD will empower more detailed and immersive environments. Also, chock full of far more assets than previous consoles could render. The dev claims that the SSD will change the way developers approach game design. That’s a bold claim; however, we’ll have to wait and see with our own eyes during the PS5’s life cycle.

Ceny also mentioned the physical construction of the PS5’s CPU and the PS5’s custom RDNA2 AMD GPU. The control unit (CU) of the PS5 is 62% larger than the PS4’s is due to the number of transistors present. This implies the PS5’s CPU will be able to route more processes, more productively.

two people playing Sony PS4 game console

The GPU will use both the ray tracing and primitive shaders, which will affect both power consumption and heat management. Unlike the PS4, which increases power consumption from game to game. The PS5 will try to balance the power consumption as you play more games. This will also make resources available, prevent overheating, and that annoying fan noise.

Among all the features of the PS5, there is one which users are demanding, and that is the 3D audio. But as it’s impressive, it’s also technical. There are PC headsets that already feature 3D audio, but Cerny wants the PS5 to produce 3D audio, despite the platform: TV speaker, soundbar, or headset. The solution to 3D audio lies in Head-Related Transfer Function or HRTF. The 3D audio arranges an individual’s hearing based on a sound’s frequency, volume, and direction.

A Sony patent proposes that the PS5’s 3D sound may likewise be dynamic, to some extent. The patent tells us about a “dynamic AI audio” system that reacts to player signs to check a player’s emotional state and adjust the music accordingly. This means that the console could change a piece’s tempo to using a different piece entirely. In contrast, the PS5 wasn’t mentioned explicitly in the patent, so that it could be more of an innovative idea.

PlayStation 5 Release Date

In respect of the PlayStation 5 release date, Sony announced that the PS5 would launch during the holiday season in 2020. This means it will probably come out within a few weeks of its rival, the Xbox Series X.  

According to an online report, the PlayStation 5 release date might be on the 20th of November. The same thing goes for the DualSense controller. Also, the controller may have a price tag of $60. This is to facilitate multiplayer games.

Note: Each PS5 will come with one DualSense controller.

PlayStation 5 price

Like its release date, the P5S’s price in nothing but a mystery. So far, all we have to go on is that the PS4 had a price tag of $400 when released. The cost of the PS4 is lower than the Xbox on by $100. Sony may not pull a similar stunt once more; however, Microsoft is in a better position to undercut its rival this time around.

The only cost recorded at a retailer has been CA$560 (less than $400) at a store called Play N Trade Vancouver. Although the price seems to be a placeholder number instead of an official price from sony, in like manner, it could be around that price range. From other reports, we think the price could reach $500.

Sony guarantees us that the console will be “the best possible value proposition,” while recognizing that value doesn’t correspond directly to the price. As a result, we can expect the PS5 to be a bit expensive. From records, $500 seems like a safe number; it would be a pleasant surprise if it’s lower than that. 

PS5 Controller

Playtation Release Date: The DualSense

In April 2020, Sony officially released an image of the DualSense controller. It will accompany the PS5. While the DualSense has a similar button layout to the DualShock 4, it also brings back the touchpad from the DualShock 4. Its two-toned black-and-white design is something we’ve never seen in any PlayStation controller.

Playstation buttons

As Sony stated, the DualSense comes with haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. These will bring that realistic feeling and tactile rumble to spur when driving through mud or firing a bow and arrow. Now you can get more crispy headshots. Sony replaced the controller’s Share button with a new and better Create button. The company claims it will provide more ways to record and share your favorite gameplay moments. 

PlayStation 5 Realease Date: DualSense

DualSense also has a microphone built-in, which will allow you to chat with friends without needing a headset. Unlike the DualShock 4, the controller’s light bar now surrounds the touchpad. Now you can the glow emanating out of it and shows off the white design nicely.

PlayStation 5 interface

We are yet to see the interface of the Playstation 5 in real life, although a Reddit leak supposedly shows us how the PlayStation dev kit’s menus resemble. The interface in this leak is almost identical to the PS4. Although, many users have pointed out that it doesn’t show anything about the PS5’s menus. Dev kits often use what already works instead of what may look lovely later on.

Additionally, a Sony patent application recorded in 2018 may reveal a bit more about another addition to the PS5’s interface. A “durational information platform” could have pop-up dialogue boxes to let you know how long it’s going to take to finish a given level and whether doing so would clash with any real-world obligations you have. At this point, the patent hasn’t received an authorization. This means that you probably won’t be a launch feature if Sony ever actualizes it by any means.

PlayStation 5 Design

In August 2019, Sony filed a patent that could be the PlayStation 5. It’s an odd-looking box to expect in the future. It has a V-shaped indentation in the top with round fins for ventilation by the side. It also comes with a disc drive and some USB ports.

Days later, some photos were release from Gizmodo. These photos look to be a leaked dev kit, similar to the patent image. Although no confirmation has come from Sony adopting the design for the final product. There is another “leaked dev kit picture” from Twitter in November that told the same story

We can expect to see the console’s full design definitely in early June. According to a recent report from, Sony has planned a full reveal event for early June. In this event, they plan to unveil the PlayStation 5’s final design and its initial game lineup. This would fit pretty well with what the company may have initially intended to do around E3 2020 before the show got canceled due to the ongoing pandemic.

PlayStation Games

We, as of late, got our first look at PS5 live gameplay thanks to an Unreal Engine V demo entitled Lumen in the Land of Nanite.

While this was only a tech demo, not a real title was scheduled to come out, but it gave us a sight on how at least one developer will use the PlayStation 5’s ground-breaking hardware for dynamic lighting and complex polygons.

Most of the games confirmed to be available for the PS5 are third-party titles. Also, they will be available on PC and Xbox Series X. The only thing close to a system exclusive is Godfall from Counterplay Games: a “looter slasher,” which will also be available on PC.

Ubisoft has also confirmed some of its upcoming games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, watch Dogs Legion, Monsters, and Rainbow Six Quarantine will be available on the PS5 and other consoles.

assassin's creed valhalla

Guerrilla ( makers of Killzone franchise and Horizon Zero Dawn) recently started working on a new PS5 title. On a different note, a hurriedly deleted job posting on Twitter proposed that Guerrilla is keeping watch for a senior AI software engineer concentrating on “[making] our NPCs come to life.” We’ll need to sit back and watch whether this is a continuation of a current Guerrilla game, or another IP, or merely a job posting fluke.

At first, Sony had plans to showing a PlayStation 5 game lineup during a big event on the 4th of June. Due to a nationwide protest, the company had to postpone the event. We believe the substance is all set, so you can expect Sony could reschedule this event at any time. When that happens, you can trust Nxttechy to cover it; until then, don’t wait to hear much about the PS5 in an official capacity.

The PS5 occasion may still happen soon. Sony updated its YouTube channel to state that the event has been postponed, not canceled, and that the event will occur “soon.” While one man’s “soon” is another man’s “eventually,” Sony appears to be ready to make the event happen later in June instead of holding up until July.

PlayStation 5 backward compatibility

The PS5 will be backward compatible with most PS4 games. Unlike the PS3, which incorporated a PS2’s guts into early models, the PS5 will run more first games through regularized software algorithms. In theory, this means pretty much every game made for PS4 will be compatible with the PS5 directly as it so happens. At launch, at least 100 most popular games of PS4 will be playable.

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