PlayStation 5: What You Need to Know

PS5 news, rumors, specs, and more

The PlayStation 5 (PS5) is Sony's successor to the PlayStation 4 video game console. Unlike the PS4 Pro, which improves graphics for PS4 titles, the PS5 will have its own exclusive library of games.

The PlayStation 5 is still in development. This page will be updated as more PS5 news become available.

When Does the PlayStation 5 Come Out?

While an official PlayStation 5 release date has yet to be announced, Sony plans to launch the PS5 during the 2020 holiday season. Players will be able to pre-order the system and games well before launch.

PS5 Specs and Hardware

Sony's new PlayStation will be the first video game console to come with an internal solid-state drive (SSD) on par with those found in high-end gaming PCs. In addition to permitting 8K graphics at a 120Hz refresh rate, the SSD will essentially eliminate load times for games.

The PS5 will be powered by an eight-core, third-generation Ryzen CPU. It will have a custom graphics card based on AMD’s Radeon RX 5000 series, which supports raytracing for more realistic 3D rendering. The trailer for GodFall showcases the system's graphical capabilities.

GodFall for PlayStation 5
 Counterplay Games / Sony

PS5 Games and Backwards Compatibility

Not only will the PlayStation 5 be able to play PS4 game discs, but PS4 titles will perform better on the new console. Sony plans to release some titles, such as The Last of Us Part II, for both systems. Players can even transfer save data between the PS4 and PS5 versions of games.

The PlayStation 5 Controller

The PS5 controller, dubbed the DualShock 5, replaces the traditional rumble feature with advanced haptic feedback. For example, the resistance of the triggers will increase or decrease when trekking though different types of terrain. Like its predecessors, the DualShock 5 will include a USB-C port and built-in speakers.

PlayStation 5 Features

In addition to online and local gaming, the PS5 will support the following features:

  • PlayStation VR games and headsets
  • An online store with downloadable games and movies
  • A Blu-ray movie player
  • Streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu
  • A power save option

Sony and Microsoft are also collaborating to create a cloud streaming platform for online gaming. Information from MMO game severs will be displayed on the PS5 home screen, so players can see what's happening in their favorite games and instantly join in.