Sony on Thursday has announced the release date as well as the price of the PlayStation 5, which is its next-generation game console. The PlayStation 5 has been priced at $499, while the PS5 Digital Edition is priced at $399.
The Japanese tech giant has also announced that the PS5 will launch in the US, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea – all the countries on November 12. While the rest of the world will be able to get the PS5 on November 19.
Also, pre-orders for the next-generation game console will begin on September 17. However, Sony has not yet announced the price and release date of PS5 for the Indian market.
Both PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition will lock horns with Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. The Xbox Series X and Series S cost $499 and $299 respectively. Now, the Xbox Series X has been branded as a flagship console, while the Xbox Series S is a far less expensive console and will not have a physical disk drive.
Sony’s strategy is quite similar to Microsoft. For starters, it will dish out two new, next-gen consoles in the market: one with a 4K Blu-ray drive and a Digital Edition and they can only stream and download games from the PlayStation Store.
The PlayStation 5 uses an eight-core AMD Zen 2 CPU as well as a custom AMD RDNA 2-based GPU and provides 10.28 teraflops of power and this enables with it to compete with 36 compute units all running at 2.23GHz each.
The system memory will be 16GB. And, the PS5 will have a solid-state drive (SSD) and it extends support features which include real-time ray tracing. The machine offers support to 4K graphics at a 120Hz refresh rate, 8K graphics, as well as 3D audio.
Sony also said that the PS5 will come with support for backwards compatibility with PS4 games. The new system will also have the DualSense controller.