Sony’s game play is quite straightforward with the launch of PS5 – released a heavy console (albeit with a second digital- the only variant in digital edition of PS5). This time PlayStation exclusive games have tie up with many other studios for more exclusive and sell them individually then and well not as a part of enticing subscription, like with Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass. Agreed to be a master strategy as it worked so well that PlayStation 4 was sold two times then Xbox One. Obviously Sony is the leader in the console gaming space.
The PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition get toe to toe with the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S for our hearts and wallets from November.
PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition alternatives
In June 2020 during the Future of Gaming event PlayStation officially announced the PS5 design for the first time and surprising everyone by announcing not just one but two consoles.
A standard model is designed without a 4K Blu-ray disc drive in both PlayStation 5 and a PS5 Digital Edition. Whereas Xbox is doing the similar thing with its Xbox Series X and disc-less Xbox Series S, PlayStation’s approach is somewhat different in that of internal tech specs but both models are identical.
The design for the first time is predominantly sleek and bold with white flourishes on a launch PlayStation.
Over the years other generations have added white models later, but have always been black or grey at the launch.
PS5 Release Date
When talking about the release date in various countries, Sony seems to be lagging with PS5 in actually delivering of the next-gen console. For now, launch date is considered to be 12 November in US, Canada, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand; and for rest of the world it’s 19 November. While for India there is no launch date announced yet, but Sony India has put up a release date of November 19 on the website before redacting the date. Countries that have a release date pre-order are becoming a mess for which Sony has apologized. Whereas Microsoft has done a pretty good job in this aspect. The Xbox is releasing its Xbox Series X and Series S not in the India as everywhere else, but with its pre-orders Microsoft has done a better job.
This year, two new PlayStations are launched by Sony for next-gen gaming as Microsoft. The difference between the two i.e. PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition is that there are 4 K Ultra HD Blu-ray drives in its Digital Edition. The prices kept for PlayStation 5 is higher starting price than the Xbox Series family.
In September, during the PlayStation Showcase event the prices were announced for both PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition.
Prices for India are not disclosed yet but global pricing is announced. The PlayStation 5 Digital Edition costs is set to be $400 (about Rs. 29,500) in the US, £360 (about Rs. 34,400) in the UK, CA$500 (about Rs. 27,600) in Canada, €400 (about Rs. 34,800) in Europe, AU$600 (about Rs. 32,300) in Australia, NZ$650 (about Rs. 31,400) in New Zealand, and ¥39,980 (about Rs. 28,000) in Japan.
Whereas, the prices for PlayStation 5 set at $500 (about Rs. 36,800) in the US, £450 (about Rs. 43,000) in the UK, CA$630 (about Rs. 34,800) in Canada, €500 (about Rs. 43,500) in Europe, AU$750 (about Rs. 40,300) in Australia, NZ$820 (about Rs. 39,600) in New Zealand, and ¥49,980 (about Rs. 35,000) in Japan. The prices mentioned are inclusive of sales taxes in every market.
Entire amount is to be paid upfront as there is no subscription programme as of Microsoft’s Xbox All Access for the Xbox Series X and Series S.
Both Design of PS5 model looks quite similar only with its drive slot bump the difference is aesthetical.
It has a circular base in the bottom of the tower, which helps it in keeping steady as it is thin and taller.
PS5 controller (Dual Sense)
Alongside the new machines there are various ranges of accessories. The Dual Sense controller, plus a charging dock, headphones, HD camera and the media remote will be all available at the launch.
It’s not the only thing that’s changing the Dual Sense feature a radical design language for the Sony that matches the console
There is no specific change in the array of buttons although there is upgraded controller with high-definition haptic feedback which makes the traditional rumble settings look antiquated.
The controllers come with Adaptive Triggers which mean that it catches up to the Xbox controllers in several ways. A built in microphone is provided so that you can chat with your friends without the headset.
We already know in a limited way that PS5 will support the older Dual shock 4 controller from the PS4. The controller will only work with the PS4 games on the new hardware but not with PS5 games, which are ideally going to take advantage of Dual Sense’s new features.
Here’s full specs of PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition.
|PS5||PS5 Digital Edition|
|Resolution||4K @ 60fps, up to 120fps||4K @ 60fps, up to 120fps|
|Disc||4K UHD Blu-ray||None (Digital-only)|
|CPU||Custom 8-core AMD Zen 2 CPU @ 3.5GHz with SMT (variable frequency)||Custom 8-core AMD Zen 2 CPU @ 3.5GHz with SMT (variable frequency)|
|GPU||Custom AMD RDNA 2 GPU 36 CUs @ 2.23GHz (variable frequency)||Custom AMD RDNA 2 GPU 36 CUs @ 2.23GHz (variable frequency)|
|10.28 teraflops GPU power||10.28 teraflops GPU power|
|RAM||16GB GDDR6 RAM||16GB GDDR6 RAM|
|Storage||825GB PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD||825GB PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD|
|External storage||NVMe SSD Slot, support for USD HDD||NVMe SSD Slot, support for USD HDD|
|I/O throughput||5.5GB/s (raw), 8-9GB/s (compressed)||5.5GB/s (raw), 8-9GB/s (compressed)|
|Dimensions||390 x 104 x 260 mm (15.35 × 4.09 × 10.23 inches)||390 x 92 x 260 mm (15.34 × 3.62 × 10.23 inches)|
|Weight||4.5kg (9.92 pounds)||3.9kg (8.59 pounds)|
Processor and RAM
The new console given in PS5 has an eight-core CPU based on AMD’s process that is similar to the Zen 2 Ryzen PC processors.
Also, the custom chip featured in eight Zen 2 Cores clocked at 3.5GHz, while in terms of memory its comes with 16GB of GDDR6 RAM, with 10GB running at 560GB/s and 6GB at 336GB/s.
GPU and ray-tracing
The GPU in PS5 is based on AMD’s Radeon Navi Microarchitecture which is a custom RDNA2 chip, supported by ray tracing which is hardware rather than software.
Compared to Xbox Series X’s 12 TFLOPs, it is capable of a huge 10.28 TFLOPs and features 36 custom cores clocked at 2.23 GHz with a variable frequency.
The PS5 supports 4K 60fps gaming natively, with support for up to 120fps. Playstation also claims that is the future the resolution could even reach 8k.
Storage and SSD
Rather than using a traditional hard drive tech that was used in PS3 and PS4, this time storage is provided by a Solid-State Drive (SSD). Loading games and pulling assets in-game will be much faster than ever before.
The storage provided is 825GB- a touch less than the quoted 1 TB in the Xbox Series X. we presume it to be the free space on 1TB drives after system software, etc.
An expandable NVMe SSD Slot for an extra SSD is given to add another drive easily in your PS5. You also get an option of connecting an external drive through the USB support given- that you have already seen in PS4.
It has an impressive data throughput speed at 5.5GB/s (Raw) but typically compressed of 8-9GB/s of data.
While the included storage of 825GB isn’t enough when we take a look and consider that even PS4 Pro enhanced games took up more than 100GB apiece when we look at Read Dead Redemption 2 for example which weighs at a minimum of 99GB.
People who have swapped the HDD in the PS4 with an SSD equivalent will already know about some of the speed benefits, but you will notice faster data transfer speed in PlayStation 5 with on-board processing to make this quicker.
Cerny used a modified version for Marvel’s Spider-Man in 2019 demonstration event. In PS4 the fast travel loading cut screen logs in at around 15 seconds before Spidey appears at his new destination. While on PS5 Devkit it took only 0.8 seconds (at the time hidden inside a nondescript PC-style tower)
Another feature to be considered that will make the great use of the PlayStation 5’s SSD will be “activities”. In PS5 you can restart any game at a specific level or race directly from the home screen and you will be free from the hectic of loading the whole game from the starting.
The audio hardware is improved because of the AMD chipset provided in PS5. The chipset includes a custom unit of 3D sound that promises you with the significant audio improvement over current and previous-gen machines, providing a natural surround effect in normal headphones.
A demo of the potential of 3D Audio is provided by Sony’s in their own 360 reality Audio you can check it out through a pair of headphones.
PS5 continues to maintain its tradition by coming with a disc drive. As earlier for PS4Pro sony ignored the 4K Blu-ray, this time the decision is reversed in the case of PS5. There is no physical media drive provided with the Digital Edition.
PS5 User Interface
The design team of PlayStation this time announced that PS5 will be using the new user interface that will receive a “100 percent overhaul” from the PS4’s.
PS5 Backward Compatibility and Cloud Gaming
One of the biggest features confirmed about PS5 is it will provide complete backward compatibility with PS4 games. But as in Xbox series X, not all of the games will be compatible. A presentation, by Mark Cerny in March 2020 said that “almost all top 100 PS4 games will work on PS5 launch”.
Likewise Xbox Series X, many of the games bought for the PS4 will come with a free upgrade to the PS5 version. This is something that is down to the publishers but still many of them agreed and committed to the idea like EA and CD Projekt Red.
Sony’s PS is still an ongoing process for cloud gaming, with 100s of games available on PS4. It’s possible that the company will soon turn its back on the service anytime soon.
Indeed, PS is reported in the process of being improved and repacked. As during an interview, Cerny said “We are cloud-gaming pioneers, and our vision should become clear as we head toward launch.”
There is a deal with Microsoft to switch Sony gaming services to its Azure cloud servers you will see latency, also many other tech features of PS is improving greatly in the coming year. Indeed, Sony doesn’t want Google Stadia as if nor Microsoft‘s own Cloud Gaming with Xbox Games Pass Ultimate isn’t easy to snatch the cloud gaming market without getting into a fight.
According to the gaming Giant’s CEO, PS can become a giant in the phase of such rivalry: “We’ve actually achieved a lot, and probably a lot more than people realize”. Also, Ryan’s told that “we intend to build on past learning and really look forward to take PlayStation to the next level later this year and then in the years to come.”
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