In a surprise announcement on Nov. 8, 2019, Sony introduced its latest next-generation console, the PlayStation 5.
The console’s full repertoire was later revealed in 2020 and includes a major update to the controller, the systems, and the graphics. It’ll come in two versions: one with a Blue-ray drive and the other without. Players will have the option to use the cloud to download all of their games in a smaller, lighter, and cheaper console.
The PS5 will also be backward compatible for the first time. The similar nature of the PS5 and PS4’s internal architectures makes this possible.
The full list of PS4 games available to play on the PS5 has yet to be confirmed, but the console’s 100 most-played games will be playable at launch, according to Mark Cerny, the lead architect of the PS4.
The specific price tag for the PS5 still remains unannounced, but due to its large upgrade in hardware, it’s predicted to be in the $600 to $800 mark. The Blue-ray version of the console is expected to cost around $100 more.
Sony confirmed a “holiday 2020” release for the PS5, but the exact release date is still unknown. November is a solid estimate, however.
Where to preorder the PS5
Most companies aren’t accepting preorders for the PS5 at the moment, but a few outlets in the U.S. are providing sign-ups for users who wish to be notified when the console is finally available.
Preorder information and pricing will likely come later this summer.