2020 has finally arrived, and that means we’re quickly approaching the time of next-generation consoles. With the Xbox One Series X set to arrive this holiday season, many are curious exactly when the PlayStation 5 release date is. To help out, we’ve put together this guide which should help you understand the PS5 release date, price, and specs.
Updated: September 16, 2020 at 3:30 PM PT
PS5 release date
The PlayStation 5 is set to release on November 12, 2020, in North America, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea. A launch to the remaining worldwide markets will occur on November 19, 2020. The new console will arrive with two different SKUs, a version featuring an optical disc drive capable of UHD Blu-ray playback and a version without an optical drive. The discless model will be known as the PS5 Digital Edition. All other specifications remain identical between the two PS5 models.
The PlayStation 5 will also offer up a slew of new accessories for fans to pick up at launch. These include:
- DualSense™ Wireless Controller (standalone) – US$69.99/¥6,980/€69.99
- PULSE 3D™ wireless headset – with 3D audio support and dual noise-canceling microphones US$99.99/¥9,980/€99.99
- HD Camera – with dual 1080p lenses for gamers to broadcast themselves along with their epic gameplay moments US$59.99/¥5,980/€59.99
- Media Remote – to navigate movies and streaming services with ease US$29.99/¥2,980/€29.99
- DualSense™ Charging Station – to conveniently charge two DualSense Wireless Controllers US$29.99/¥2,980/€29.99
The PS5 will also support both vertical and horizontal placement, as it has in the past, and will feature USB-A and USB-C ports along the front.
The PlayStation 5 is by far one of the most anticipated releases of the year, and on March 18, Sony finally shared information about the internal specs of the console. According to a presentation by Mark Cerny, the PlayStation 5 will include the follow specs:
- CPU: 8x Zen 2 cores (16 threads) at 3.5GHz (with variable frequency)
- GPU: 10.28 TFLOPS, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (with a variable frequency) with custom RDNA 2 architecture
- Memory: 16GB GDDR6
- Memory Bandwidth: 448GB/s
- Storage: custom 825GB SSD
- IO Throughput: 5.5GB/s raw, 8-9GB/s compressed
- Expandable Storage options: NVMe SSD Slot
- External Storage support: USB HDD support
- Optical Drive: Ultra HD Blu-ray (66G/100G) ~10xCAVBD-ROM (25G/50G) ~8xCAVBD-R/RE (25G/50G) ~8xCAVDVD ~3.2xCLV
- PS5 Game Discs: Ultra HD Blu-ray, up to 100GB/disc
- Video out: HDMI 2.1
- HDMI 2.1 features: 4K 120Hz TVs, 8K TVs, and variable refresh rate support
- Dimensions PS5: Approx. 390mm x 104mm x 260mm
- Dimensions PS5 Digital Edition: Approx. 390mm x 92mm x 260mm
- Weight: PS5: 4.5kg / PS5 Digital Edition: 3.9kg
- Power: PS5: 350W / PS5 Digital Edition: 340W
- Inputs/Outputs: USB Type-A port (Hi-Speed USB)USB Type-A port (Super-Speed USB 10Gbps) x2
USB Type-C® port (Super-Speed USB 10Gbps)
- Networking: Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) & IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/axBluetooth® 5.1
The PlayStation 5 will also feature a special boost function, that will make use of the variable frequencies supported by its CPU. This will allow the console to provide peak performance when needed. It looks like Sony is also requiring that all games be installed to the internal SSD that comes with the PS5, which should help new titles make use of the increased read speeds available because of that SSD.
On the same day that Sony confirmed worldwide release dates for the PS5 consoles, they also shared final pricing information. PS5 Digital Edition will be available for a recommended retail price of $399.99/¥39,980/€399.99/£359.99, and PS5 with an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive will be available for $499.99/¥49,980/€499.99/£449.99. Pre-orders will be available starting September 17, 2020, at select retailers.
Should you feel the need to grab some new games along with your launch day console, we have assembled a list of all the titles confirmed to be launching with the PS5. For PlayStation Plus members, the PlayStation Plus Collection will be available at launch. PS5 owners with PS Plus will be able to download and play a curated library of PS4 games that defined the generation, like Batman Arkham Knight, Bloodborne, Fallout 4, God of War, Monster Hunter: World, Persona 5, and many more. The PS Plus Collection will be an added benefit to the existing PS4 benefits that PS Plus members receive for a single subscription price.
Now that you know the PS5 release date, price, and specs, make sure you keep your eyes glued here to Shacknews for all the latest info. We’ll be updating this article with any new information that Sony reveals, so expect it to be as up to date as possible.