Sony PlayStation 5

The PlayStation 5 is coming, and here’s everything you need to know.

The Playstation 5 is the next-generation of PlayStation gaming console, to be released in late 2020, after an incredible decade that saw Sony emerge as the undoubted victor in the console wars.

So what do we know about the PS5 so far? The hype began at the beginning of 2019, when Mark Cerny, the chief architect on Sony’s next console, confirmed that the company was working on the successor to the PS4.

There wasn’t an official name or release date provided until later on in the year, but Cerny did provide some information on the next-gen console’s capabilities, revealing that it would retain a disc drive, and would have something to do with Sony’s game streaming ambitions.

Since then, Sony has been feeding us small pieces of information such as an official PS5 release window, logo, name and some key features. According to Sony, the PS5 still has plenty of surprises to come but they won’t be revealing them at E3, as they have confirmed they won’t be attending this year. 

However that doesn’t mean we won’t see the PS5 anytime soon. The official PS5 website is live, creating further rumors that Sony is planning a PS5 reveal event soon, however this hasn’t been confirmed.

There have been some surprising leaks, in the form of a Sony registered patent that shows off the PS5’s shape, button inputs and cooling vents. This was confirmed to be the PS5 developer kit in a leaked photo. It is expected the end design will be different for the PlayStation 5’s official launch later in the year.

Sony can only keep the details of the PS5 a secret for so much longer, especially with Microsoft having officially unveiled the Xbox Series X. Although between the rumored specs, likely next-gen titles, and official features we are aware of, there’s plenty to keep everyone busy for now.

Here’s everything we know about the PS5 so far – and what we hope will be revealed the closer we get to launch.

What we know about the Sony PlayStation 5

  • What is it? The Sony PS5 is the next-gen PlayStation console, replacing the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro.
  • When will it be released? Holiday 2020 in the US, says Sony, 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 Ghost of Tsushima.
  • Will PS5 have VR? Oh yes. The next-gen console will be compatible with current PSVR hardware, and there are also rumors of PSVR 2.
  • What will the PS5 cost? The PS4 and PS4 Pro were both $399 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 where Microsoft is usually better.