PS5: What We Know So Far – ‘Future Of Gaming’ included

PS5: What We Know So Far - 'Future Of Gaming' included

The hype is real; after all, it has been 7 years since the launch of PS4. The PS5 (or PlayStation 5) is the next-generation PlayStation console, with a release date set for ‘Holiday 2020‘(most popular time for Game Titles). Sony has revealed Dual Sense wireless remote, hardware, console design, accessories and PS5 Gaming Titles till now (Future of the gaming event included in this article). PS5 has a specialized SSD, custom AMD GPU capable of ray tracing, backward compatibility with most PS4 and PS VR games, and support for both downloadable and disc-based games. PS5 will go head-to-head with Xbox series X which is also set to release in Holiday 2020. 

Table Of Content

  1. DualSense PS5 Controller
  2. PS5 Quick Questions
  3. PS5 Specs
  4. PS5 vs Xbox Series X Specs Comparison
  5. ‘The Future Of Gaming’ Event Summary
  6. Game Titles confirmed for PS5

DualSense PS5 controller

PS5: What We Know So Far - 'Future Of Gaming' included
Image Source: Sony

 DualShock 4 wireless controller is still considered the best controller yet by some. Well, this is the upgrade; Sony claims that they have kept much of what we already love about DualShock 4 intact. Dual Sense controller includes a slew of impressive-sounding features like haptic feedback, adaptive triggers (L2 and R2 buttons) and a built-in mic. There is no “Share” button on DualSense which DualShock 4 had. It’s not going away; There’s a new “Create” button feature with additional means for players to share and create content with others. Adaptive triggers can change the resistance to the player as necessary – Like you can feel the tension of your action, like when drawing a bow to shoot an arrow. The DualSense has strong haptic feedback which together with an improved controller speaker is intended to give better in-game feedback. The built-in microphone will enable players to chat with friends without a headset – ideal for a quick conversation. There’s a radical departure from the previous controller when it comes to design. It features a new two-toned design, unlike the previous generations which had a single-colour.

PS5 Quick Questions:

When will it release? – “Holiday 2020” in the US, says Sony, so between October and December 2020. 

What can I play on it? – Only a few titles have been confirmed as of now, but expect all of Sony’s big franchises along with other major Gaming Titles. It will also be backwards compatible with a huge swathe of the PS4’s game catalogue.

Will PS5 have VR? Oh yes. The next-gen console will be compatible with current PSVR hardware.

When will PS5 be available to play? Sony has confirmed that the release date is not currently delayed by the coronavirus and reiterated that the PS5 is still on course for a “Holiday 2020” release.

PS5 Specs

PS5 V PS4 Bandwidth
image source: Sony

PlayStation 5 will be running on an AMD CPU chip that’s based on the third generation of AMD’s Ryzen line. It’ll be an eight-core, custom-made, beast based on the company’s new 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture. The CPU is a custom variant of AMD Radeon’s Navi family, and will support ray tracing – It is an advanced method of illuminating 3D environments. It also features a new audio technology called Tempest Engine – PS5’s new Tempest Engine will support hundreds of sound sources, meaning it will appear that sound could be coming from hundreds of different directions as you hear it in a game. It also boasts a custom SSD to increase data input/output rates for fast loading times and larger bandwidth. This speed allows games to be more immersive and to support 8K. It totally blows PS4 and PS4 Pro out of the water when it comes to hardware:

PlayStation 5 PlayStation 4PlayStation 4 Pro
CPU8-core, 16 thread, up to 3.5Ghz (variable frequency)8 Jaguar Cores, 1.6GHz8 Jaguar Cores, 2.1GHz
Memory16GB GDDR68GB GDDR5 +
256 MB DDR3
GPU36 CUs at 2.23GHz, 10.3 TFLOPs (variable frequency)18 CUs at 800MHz, 1.84 TFLOPS36 CUs at 911Mhz, 4.2 TFLOPS
Internal StorageCustom 825GB SSD500GB, 1TB HDD1TB HDD
External StorageNVMe SSD slot, USB HDD2.5-inch HDD, USB HDD2.5-inch HDD, USB HDD
Optical Drive Video OutputUltra HD Blu-ray
4K at 120Hz, 8K
Controller InputDualSense controllerDualShock 4, PlayStation Move, PlayStation VitaDualShock 4, PlayStation Move, PlayStation Vita
Specs Comparison between PS5, PS4, and PS4 pro

Xbox Series X and PS5 Spec comparison

Xbox Series XPlayStation 5
8x zen 2 cores at 3.8 GHz
(3.6 GHz with SMT)
CPU8x zen 2 cores at 3.5 GHz
(variable frequency)
12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs at 1.825
GHz, Custom RDNA 2
GPU10.3 TFLOPs,36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
16GB GDDR6 Memory16GB GDDR6
1TB Custom NVMe SSD Internal StorageCustom 825 GB SSD
1TB Expansion Card External StorageNVMe SSD Slot
4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive Optical Drive4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive

In terms of specs like teraflops and both the CPU and GPU, the Xbox Series X seems more robust. Even though it’s slightly weaker, the capabilities of the PS5’s extremely fast SSD is still impressing game developers more. Since people were comparing the two popular consoles by specs, here’s what Matt Philips (Director – Big Evil Corporation)has to say:

That being said, if Sony can court developers and get some truly groundbreaking games on its next-gen console, people may start to notice that a spec sheet isn’t everything in a console war.

‘The Future Of Gaming’ Event Summary

PS5: What We Know So Far - 'Future Of Gaming' included

Sony finally gave fans a substantial look at what they can expect from its upcoming gaming console with ‘The Future of Gaming’ event. The Event started with Trailers and PS5 Gameplays of upcoming Game Titles for PS5. Graphics were really immersive and breath-taking on the footage shown – Since we have seen it on 30 FPS, actual gameplay will be even better. I have added the Game Titles confirmed today as well as previously confirmed Titles in the list below. The event ended with a glimpse of PS5 console and other accessories – DualSense Controller, DualSense Station (charger for the controller), HD Camera, Pulse 3D Wireless Headset, Media Remote.

PS5: What We Know So Far - 'Future Of Gaming' included
(L to R: DualSense Controller, PS5, PS5(Digital Edition), Pulse 3D wireless headset, Media Remote, Dual Sense Charging Station, HD Camera)
  • Pulse 3DTM wireless headset – offering 3D audio support and dual noise-cancelling microphones
  • HD Camera – featuring dual 1080p lenses for gamers to broadcast themselves along with their epic gameplay moments
  • Media Remote – remote control with a built-in microphone to navigate movies and streaming services with ease
  • PS5 Digital Edition – This is the digital-only version of PS5 without the support of 4K Blu-ray drive
  • DualSenseTM Charging Station – for convenient charging of two DualSenseTM Wireless Controllers
PS5: What We Know So Far - 'Future Of Gaming' included

Gaming Titles confirmed for PS5

Destiny 2

PS5 will be backwards compatible with PS4 games. Since PS5 is based partly on the PS4’s architecture, it will be able to run PS4 software. Sony has said that, of the top 100 most played PS4 games, most of them will be compatible with PS5 at launch. Here is the list of Game Titles that are confirmed for PS5:

  • Godfall (Exclusive)
  • GTA 5
  • Spiderman: Miles Morales (Exclusive)
  • Gran Tourismo 7 (Exclusive)
  • Rachet & Clank rift apart (Exclusive)
  • Project Athia (Exclusive)
  • Stray
  • Returnal (Exclusive)
  • Snack Boy: A Big Adventure (Exclusive)
  • Destruction All Stars (Exclusive)
  • KENA: Bridge Of Spirits
  • Good Bye Volcano High
  • Odd World Soul Storm
  • Ghost Wire Tokyo
  • The Far Shore
  • Solar Ash
  • Hitman 3
  • Astro’s Play Room (Exclusive)
  • NBA 2K21
  • Bugsnax
  • Demon’s Souls
  • Death Loop
  • Village Resident Evil
  • Pragmata
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Exclusive)
  • Destiny 2
  • Fortnite
  • Control
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine
  • Warframe
  • Metal: Hellsinger
  • Chivalry 2
  • Paradise Lost
  • Oddworld: Soulstorm
  • Dirt 5 
  • Chorus
  • Scarlet Nexus
  • Madden 21
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Observer: System Redux
  • The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
  • Outriders
  • WRC 9
  • Jett: The Far Shore
  • Watch Dogs: Legion
  • Battlefield 6

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