PS5 news today: size, confirmed games, release date, PS5 price UK, PS5 price US, PS5 specs, PS5 pre-order, controller, media remote price, and everything you need to know

Everything you need to know about Sony’s upcoming console – price, release date and more

by Talal Musa

The hotly-anticipated PS5 games event has delivered a whole host of hot PS5 news, and you’ve come to the right place to get the gist of it!

The PS5 release date is coming around quick – and fans can’t wait to get their hands on the new console.

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Although, be prepared to shell out some dollar – the PS5 price won’t be cheap, Sony has hinted.

Here’s everything you need to know about the PS5 – from the latest news to release date and price, PS5 specs, controller, and more.

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PS5 news today

03.07.2020

After NBA 2K21’s pre-orders opened yesterday, we got a first look at next-gen game prices.

Unfortunately, it looks like games for the PS5 will be more expensive than their current-gen counterparts, with NBA 2K21 priced at £59.99 on the Xbox One and PS4 and £64.99 on the Series X and PS5.

While this is only the pricing of one game, as 2K are a pretty huge company within the gaming industry, this is likely a trend that will be reflected across AAA games.

This comes after SIE’s former CEO, Shawn Layden, warned last month that if games did not reduce in size and length we would see the prices increase due to rising development costs.

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PS5 release date

Sony has confirmed at CES 2020 the PS5 release date is Holiday 2020, which means it’ll go head to head with the Xbox Series X in 2020. 

The exact date hasn’t been revealed, but there may be some clues if we look back over the history of the console launches.

The PS4 launched on November 15, 2013, while the PS4 Pro launched on November 10, 2016.

Taking that in mind, we could be looking at a mid-November release date.

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PS5 Price

The PS5 price has yet to be revealed, but Sony Entertainment’s CEO, Jim Ryan, has said that the PS5 won’t be cheap.

Speaking to Games Industry, Sony Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan said: “I think the best way that we can address [the conditions of the console’s production] is by providing the best possible value proposition that we can.”

“I don’t necessarily mean lowest price,“ he added.

“Value is a combination of many things. In our area it means games, it means a number of games, depth of games, breadth of games, quality of games, price of games… all of these things and how they avail themselves of the feature set of the platform.”

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PS5 Price UK

The original PlayStation and PS2 hit the shelves at £299, with the PS3 at £425 and PS4 at £350.

We expect a PS5 UK price of around £450 – although we’ll have to wait and see – contrary to some early claims it could be cheaper than the PS4.

PS5 Price US

The first two PlayStations were around $299, with the PS3 at $499 and the PS4 at $399.

Again, we’d be looking at roughly $499 for the PS5 price in the US. Pretty hefty, but likely well worth it.

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Will PS4 games work on PS5?

The short answer is yes.

The long answer comes from a Sony blog post, which put it like this: “A quick update on backward compatibility – With all of the amazing games in PS4’s catalogue, we’ve devoted significant efforts to enable our fans to play their favourites on PS5.

“We believe that the overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles will be playable on PS5.”

You can read all about PS5 backwards compatibility right here.

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Will the PS5 have Smart Delivery?

Smart Delivery is a new initiative from Microsoft which promises that you can “buy a game once and know that – whether you are playing it on Xbox One or Xbox Series X – you are getting the right version of that game on whatever Xbox you’re playing on.”

It basically means that you can buy a game for your Xbox One, then, if it comes out on Xbox Series X too, you’ll be able to play it there as the Xbox Series X version. It’s a lot like cross-buy in essence.

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While Sony has not officially announced its own version of Smart Delivery, many developers have made it clear that if players buy a PS4 version of their game, they will be able to play it on the PS5 at no extra cost.

EA gave an insight into how their version of Smart Delivery, known as Dual Entitlement, would work with FIFA and the PlayStation 5.

If players buy FIFA 21 for a current-gen console anytime before FIFA 21 on next gen launches, they will get access to a digital copy of the game for the PS5 or Xbox Series X.

However, players will NOT be able to upgrade for free from the PS4 to the Series X, or from the Xbox One to PS5.

You can read all about PS5 Smart Delivery (or lack of) right here.

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Unfortunately, it appears that the PS5 will immediately focus on backwards compatibility with the PS3, PS2, and original PlayStation.

In an interview with GameSpark, Sony stated that their backward compatability focus was primarily on the PS4 at this moment.

The interview, translated from Japanese by BlackKite, saw Sony say that they are “working on PS4 backwards compatibility so that users can move to new console with their PS4 libraries. There is nothing we can answer about backwards compatibility with PS1, PS2 & PS3.”

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PS5 Console Design and Features

While many speculated the PS5 reveal would focus solely on its games, we were treated to a full console reveal that showed off TWO PS5 consoles: the Standard and Digital Editions.

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We have since learned more about the PS5 console design. After internet detectives worked out that the PS5 is pretty huge, fans have wondered why Sony didn’t opt for a sleeker design like the PS4 pro.

PlayStation’s VP of UX Design, Matt MacLaurin confirmed on his LinkedIn of all places that the PS5’s size is to ensure it keeps cool while playing next-gen titles.

When questioned about the size of the PlayStation 5 he simply replied “Thermals.”

This will be a relief to owners of the original PS4 who have to withstand the jet-engine level noise that the console’s fans make in an attempt to cool the system down.

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We also found out through the 4K Version of the PS5 Hardware Reveal Trailer that the PS5’s white shell is also lined with the PlayStation symbols on the inside.

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These symbols also were found to appear on the DualSense controller in the official images of the console and controller released by Sony.

What is the DualSense?

The DualSense PS5 controller is dubbed as the future of gaming – and it certainly brings with it a load of changes.

The controller departs from the traditional PlayStation controller slightly, opting for a more ergonomic design. We also know that the DualSense controller will feature Haptic Feedback, Adaptive Triggers, and a built-in mic.

One recent piece of significant news is this: it sounds like PS5 controller wireless charging could be an option!

According to a Sony patent, the company has been working on ideas for a wire-free charger pad – wouldn’t that be great for the DualSense?

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You can read all about DualSense and the latest PS5 controller news right here.

Will my PS4 controller work with PS5?

It’s not guaranteed yet, but it’s very very likely that your PS4 controller will work with your PS5.

This should make it easy to have multiplayer sessions on the next-gen console when it arrives! You can also check out what has changed about the PS5 controller right here.

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PS5’s new features

We know that both the Xbox Series X and PS5 are boasting incredible specs, but what about actual features?

We may have a new insight into the potential capabilities of the PS5 after a new patent revealed Sony’s intention of including a picture-in-picture, or multitasking mode.

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This new tech would allow PlayStation users to play games and watch TV simulatenously.

However, the existence of this patent does not confirm the feature will come to the PlayStation 5, as plenty of Sony patents have not yet come to fruition in the next-gen consoles.

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Talal Musa

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