When is PS5 coming out? Everything we learned about the PlayStation 5, including new games, release date and price
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Their ‘Future of Gaming’ live stream presentation allowed gamers the chance to get their eyes on the games they’ll be playing when the PS5 is finally released.
We also got our first look at the machine itself, but a few questions remain unanswered...
Here's everything we learned from the presentation:
What games will it have?
Over the course of a presentation that ran for just over an hour, Sony announced 26 games coming to the PS5, many of which fans had not heard anything from before.
Blockbuster announcements included the reveals of sequels to big PS4 games like Spider-Man: Miles Morales (which appears to be launching alongside the new console later this year) and Horizon Forbidden West.
Other PlayStation stalwarts will be coming to the console, such as racing sim Gran Turismo 7, colourful third-person action game Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and LittleBigPlanet spin-off platformer, Sackboy: A Big Adventure.
Elsewhere, it was announced an enhanced and expanded version of Grand Theft Auto 5 will grace the console in 2021, gamers will get the first true new Oddworld game in over 15 years in Soulstorm, and IO Interactive's glorious reinvention of the Hitman franchise is becoming a trilogy.
NBA 2K21 had sports and basketball fans covered, the influential Demon's Souls is getting a full remake, and Capcom showed off the first glimpse of its next Resident Evil game, titled ‘Village’.
Here’s every game shown off as part of the presentation:
- Grand Theft Auto 5
- Spider-Man: Miles Morales
- Gran Turismo 7
- Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
- Project Athia
- Sackboy: A Big Adventure
- Destruction Allstars
- Kena: Bridge of Spirits
- Goodbye Volcano High
- Oddworld: Soulstorm
- Ghostwire: Tokyo
- Jett: The Far Shore
- Solar Ash
- Hitman 3
- Astro's Playroom
- Little Devil Inside
- NBA 2K21
- Demon's Souls
- Resident Evil 8: Village
- Horizon Forbidden West
What about the controller?
Sony had already shown off a load of details on the PS5 controller prior to the event; he PS5 controller has been rebranded as a ‘DuelSense’ controller.
It appears as if the name change has been taken to highlight the new controller's focus on immersion through "haptic feedback", which takes the rumble feature now commonplace in video game controllers and takes it to the next level.
"We concluded that the sense of touch within gameplay... hasn’t been a big focus for many games," said Sony.
"We had a great opportunity with PS5 to innovate by offering game creators the ability to explore how they can heighten that feeling of immersion."
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Rather than just vibrating at different intensities to simulate in-game impacts, haptic feedback allows developers to programme distinct, tactile feelings into their games.
Haptic feedback "adds a variety of powerful sensations you’ll feel when you play," say Sony, "such as the slow grittiness of driving a car through mud."
It seems to be a feature hard to put into words - it'll likely be a case of experiencing it for yourself.
Alongside that, the controller will charge through a USB-C cable, has an improved built-in speaker, and a larger battery.
Why are there two PS5s?
One of the bigger announcements was the reveal of a second PS5 console, a ‘discless’ version.
This version won’t come with a disc drive, so the only way to play games on it will be to download them digitally from the PlayStation Store.
Microsoft did a similar thing with their Xbox One S console, with the removal of the disc drive allowing them to present a cheaper alternative to gamers who may not be in the market for stacking their shelves with plastic discs anyway.
Expect the discless PS5 to do the same.
What does the console look like?
Interspersing the game trailers throughout the presentation were abstract images of PlayStation’s famous four symbols.
These interludes increased in complexity throughout the show, and ended with the reveal of the machine itself.
It’s certainly a striking design, and one that deviates somewhat from the fairly uniform looks of Sony’s previous four consoles – for one, it seem to be white by default.
Sleek vents at either side will allow airflow, although the combination of the consoles’ white outer shell and blue highlighted centre have led many to compare the machine to the most basic-looking internet routers out there.
How much will it cost?
Unfortunately, some big questions remain in the wake of the console’s reveal – one of those is that of the price.
Neither Sony nor Microsoft has confirmed the RRP of their new consoles, and it’s not hard to see why.
The two rival companies are essentially locked in a don’t blink contest; as soon as one announces the price, the other can sweep in to undercut it with a cheaper model.
Expect the cost of the PS5 to be one of the last bits of information we know, but it is believed it will be fairly pricey with all of the high-spec tech running under the hood.
Perhaps that’s why Sony opted to reveal a discless version of the new machine, which will likely provide a cheaper entry point for gamers.
When will it be released?
Again, the release date remains an unknown quantity.
All we know is that the PS5 Is pencilled in for a ‘Holiday 2020’ release, so we can reasonably expect it to be available in time for Christmas.
PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan has said that the global coronavirus pandemic hasn’t affected things too much, saying that although the crisis has introduced “a level of complexity any business would prefer not to have… everybody's just rolled their sleeves up and got on with it.
"We're going to launch this holiday, we're going to have a global launch, and we're feeling good about things,” he told BBC Newsbeat.