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PlayStation 5
Basic Information
Home Console
Sony Corporation
PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, PlayStation 4 Slim
Xbox Series X
Technical Information
PlayStation 5 Digital Edition
DualSense Wireless Controller
European Union European Release
November 192020
CanadaUnited StatesMexico North American Release
November 122020
Australia Australian Release
November 122020
United Kingdom British Release
November 192020
Japan Japanese Release
November 122020
New Zealand New Zealand Release
November 122020
South Korea South Korean Release
November 122020
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The PlayStation 5 is an upcoming video game console and Sony's successor to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro home consoles; the name PlayStation 5 was confirmed by Sony on October 8, 2019, and is planned to be released Holiday 2020.[1]

On September 16, 2020, Sony officially unveiled the release date of both the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition as November 12, 2020 in the United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea, and November 19, 2020 in all other territories. Launch price of the standard PlayStation 5 console was listed as $499.99 in the United States, €499.99 in Europe, £449.99 in the United Kingdom and ¥49,980 in Japan.

Technical Specifications[]

Technical Specifications
CPU AMD Zen 2 8-Core (16 threads) @ ~3.50GHz
Graphics Custom RDNA 2 @ 10.28 TFLOPs
GPU 36 CUs at ~2.23GHz
Resolution 2160 x 3840 (4K) resolution @ 120 Hz
8K resolution supported
Internal Storage 876 GB NVMe SSD
External Storage USB HDD supported
Audio AMD 3D Audio
Optical Drive UHD Blu-ray Drive
100 GB triple-layer disc support
Networking Bluetooth 5.1, 802.11 AX
Connectivity USB
Input DualSense Wireless Controller
Other Features Ray-Tracing Support
Backward compatibility PlayStation 4 & PlayStation VR titles


Based on an interview that Mark Cerny did with Wired,[2] the following features were cited as being expected for this new console:

  • Backwards compatibility with PlayStation 4 titles, as well as with PlayStation VR. It is unknown if the DualShock 4 or other PlayStation 4 accessories will be backward compatible.
  • AMD 8-core 16-thread "Zen2" 7nm-process CPU based on the third generation of Ryzen processors
  • AMD Radeon RDNA "Navi" series graphics, with ray tracing and 8K resolution support
  • 2160p (4K) @ 120 Hz refresh rate, with 4320p (8K) Support
  • AMD 3D Audio
  • Internal SSD
  • USB HDD Support

After the PlayStation 5 name reveal in October 2019, Sony confirmed that haptic feedback and adaptive triggers would feature on the new, unnamed controller, while Wired confirmed the following additional features:[3]

  • 4K UHD Blu-ray support
  • Video games will use 100 GiB BD-ROM discs
  • GPU-accelerated ray tracing support
  • Modular support for software installations (i.e. single-player and multi-player content treated as independent software packages)
  • Revamped UI to focus on real-time data and suggestions
  • USB-C to be used on the controller, with a battery capacity and overall weight bigger than the DualShock 4

On March 18, 2020, Sony published a press conference on YouTube titled "The Road to PS5", in which the systems architecture of the PS5 was discussed and elaborated on. This press conference officially confirmed PlayStation 4 backward compatibility, and also confirmed the type of SSD that would come with the PlayStation 5. It was revealed that the SSD will use the NVMe interface, and the console would come bundled with an 825 GB SSD. Sony confirmed that while the hardware doesn't yet exist in the retail market, users would be able to self-upgrade this SSD with regular retail NVMe SSD once they are introduced to market. The throughput of the SSD was given as ~5.5 GiBs (as raw throughput) and 8-9 GiBs (as compressed throughput).

On April 7, 2020, Sony revealed that the controller for the PlayStation 5 would be named the DualSense Wireless Controller.[4] Confirmed features were Haptic Feedback, Adaptive Triggers for the L2 and R2 Buttons, and a Built-in Microphone (and Microphone Mute Button); the Share Button is now replaced with the Create Button, and the Lightbar is now next to the Touchpad. The previously-round PlayStation Button is now shaped like the PlayStation logo. The controller will still use an internal rechargeable battery, like the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 controllers. The controller will also have Headset support.

On June 11, 2020, Sony officially unveiled the PlayStation 5 during a YouTube premiere titled "The Future of Gaming". It was revealed that there would be a regular PlayStation 5 console that comes with a UHD Blu-ray disc drive, and a Digital Edition that does not come with an optical drive. The show confirmed the following PlayStation 5 titles:

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