PS5 news: Pre-orders are live NOW! Plus confirmed price, staggered release date, specs, features, and more PS5 news

Everything you need to know about Sony’s upcoming PS5 console – price, release date and more! Plus, some major reveals from the latest event…

by Oliver Barsby
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During a huge PS5 event on 16th September, Sony lifted the lid a little bit further on the PlayStation 5 console.

And today, pre-orders have officially begun for the PS5: you can click here to see the official Amazon product page for the Standard Edition console, or here for the Digital Edition console.

CHECK IT OUT: Amazon’s official product page for the PS5

Keep reading for all the hottest PS5 news….

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PS5 pre-orders have BEGUN

As promised, PS5 pre-orders began on 17th September 2020, with retailers around the world scrambling to get their product pages online – and customers racing to place orders before stocks ran out.

For fans in the UK, the retailer Curry’s is one place that seemed to have stock recently: you can click right here to go to the Curry’s PS5 page, but you might have to wait in a queue for a while before being able to order one.

Things are not looking good at Amazon right now: at the time of this sentence being written, the Amazon product page for the PS5 Standard Edition in the UK says ‘Currently Unavailable’, which means the first wave of stock may have run out. You can click here to check the Amazon page, though – it might have updated since we wrote this.

The PS5 Digital Edition also seems to be out of stock at Amazon – you can click here to check out the product page for that one.

There is also a whole family of official PS5 products, from headsets to charging stations, which are available to order now – you can click here to check out the range.

CLICK HERE: Check out the PS5 tie-in products!

PS5 price confirmed for USA, Europe, UK and Japan

Sony’s recent stream confirmed the following prices for the PS5 and the PS5 Digital Edition…

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PS5 release date to be staggered

This PS5 release date window was also confirmed in the recent stream…

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Where to watch PS5 event

If you missed it, you can watch the stream here…

The event kicked off with an announcement from Sony’s chums at Square Enix, confirming that Final Fantasy 16 will be a PlayStation console exclusive!

Then Sony shared an epic new trailer for Spider-Man: Miles Morales from Insomniac Games, makings that game one of the most hotly anticipated titles for PS5.

Warner Bros also dropped in with the first ever trailer for Hogwarts Legacy, a brand new Harry Potter game!

The first campaign footage from Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War was also revealed during the event.

Other games featured during the stream include Deathloop and Resident Evil: Village. But there were also some huge reveals that you’ll want to know about – the price, release date and pre-order window!

Previously, Sony released a sea-based trailer for the PS5 ahead of tomorrow’s showcase, which will likely be used as a TV spot as we move closer to its launch. You can see the trailer below:

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More PS5 News: Sony shuts down rumours of production problems

As millions of prospective PlayStation 5 owners waited for pre-orders to open, reports from Bloomberg alleged that Sony has cut its production yield by four million units following issues with its custom system-on-chip (SOC).

According to Bloomberg sources, the production yield for these SOC’s is as low as 50%, hindering its ability to create the intended number of PS5 consoles. Sony has, as such, reportedly its estimation of consoles manufactured to be 11 million by the end of the fiscal year.

Sony saw this, and opted to release its own statement via GamesIndustry.biz. This is what Sony has said:

“While we do not release details related to manufacturing, the information provided by Bloomberg is false. We have not changed the production number for PlayStation 5 since the start of mass production.”

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Will PS4 games work on PS5?

In short, 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.”

Sony also announced that PS4 controllers will only work on the PS5 when playing PS4 games, while a DualSense will be able to do both. Considering the new features of the DualSense, it makes sense for the previous version to be slowly phased out like this.

You can read all about PS5 backwards compatibility right here.

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.

READ MORE: PS5 console size to scale

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?

READ MORE: DualSense explained and everything about the PS5 controller

Will my PS4 controller work with PS5?

Yes, but only for PS4 games. You can also check out what has changed about the PS5 controller right here.

READ MORE: Will your PS4 controller work with a PS5?

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.

We’ll be sure to keep you posted as more PS5 news comes to light!

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Oliver Barsby