After months of waiting, Sony has finally revealed preorder information for the PlayStation 5, along with the price and release date for the next-generation console. Launching November 12 at $500 for the standard console and $400 for the digital edition, the PS5 will be available to preorder starting tomorrow, September 17, at select retailers, PlayStation tweeted after today’s PS5 showcase.
This new PS5 preorder date comes weeks after Sony opened preorder registration on its own website, saying it would be offering preorder reservations on a first-come, first-served basis from “existing customers.” According to the PS5 preorder FAQ page, the selection would be “based on previous interests and PlayStation activities,” and those who register would know if they’re selected if they are contacted by email. It’s unclear if this invite-only preorder reservation process has already begun or when Sony will start emailing people to reserve a preorder through PlayStation Direct soon.
While Sony’s preorder sign-up page made it sound as though the first round of preorders would be exclusive to PlayStation Direct, that’s clearly not the case; instead, you’re simply putting your name on a list for the chance at a guarantee to preorder the PlayStation 5. The page is still taking sign-ups if you haven’t registered yet–you’ll simply need your PSN ID.
Preorder the PlayStation 5
$500 for the standard edition, $400 for the digital edition
During the initial PS5 reveal event, we got our first look at some official, first-party PS5 accessories. Sony revealed a new headset, media remote, controller-charging dock, and camera. Unfortunately, we didn’t learn if third-party PS4 accessories will be forward-compatible with the PS5. We do know, however, that an adapter can be used to make the PS4’s camera work on the PS5, assuming you don’t want to buy the PS5-specific version.
More details we know about the PS5
The PS5 will usher in a new generation of games, but it will also feature PS4 backward-compatibility. Both consoles boast similar internal architecture, so the transition is easier than what we saw from the PS3 to PS4. However, it’s unclear which PS4 games will be compatible with the PS5. Sony has said that most games will run on the PS5–Cerny noted that almost all of the PS4’s 100 most-played games will be compatible with the new system. The reason some games aren’t compatible is that “the boost is truly massive this time around and some game code just can’t handle it,” Cerny said. This means Sony has to test each game before they can give the thumbs up.
Speaking of games, Sony also has quite a few games on the horizon for its new console. Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon Forbidden West, and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart were among the reveals during a June event as were Resident Evil 8: Village, Hitman III, and a Demon’s Souls remake. During the PS5 showcase event, Sony also revealed a new God of War and Final Fantasy XVI, both of which will arrive on PS5 next year.
As for the PS5’s specs, it most notably boasts a custom 825GB SSD with an expandable NVMe SSD storage slot, which will ensure faster install times as well as faster loading–though not all NVMe SSDs will be capable of keeping up with the PS5.
The console supports ray tracing, 3D audio, and PlayStation VR, and it also has a 4K UHD Blu-ray drive. To simplify things, Sony has said the PS5 is powerful enough to support 4K resolution at a 120Hz refresh rate–that’s double the refresh rate of most TVs, which typically run at 60Hz.
Sony also revealed the PS5’s DualSense controller earlier this year. Sony said that one of its goals is “to deepen the feeling of immersion when you play games.” The company elaborated on this by revealing two new features the next-gen controller will support. The first is the replacement of its rumble technology with haptic feedback–this is also why they dropped the Shock part of the DualShock name. Sony says that “you truly feel a broader range of feedback” with haptics, which means “crashing into a wall in a race car feels much different than making a tackle on the football field.” Sony noted you can even feel the difference between various textures.
The second big new feature is what Sony calls “adaptive triggers,” which the company claims can simulate various actions, such as “the tactile sensation of drawing a bow and arrow or accelerating an off-road vehicle through rocky terrain.”
On the controller side, Sony also recently revealed the DualShock 4 will be able to connect to the PS5, but won’t work with PS5 games, which likely means it’ll only be usable for backward-compatible PS4 games.
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