PS5 Buyer’s Guide: Availability, price, games, accessories, and bugs

Ps5 Hero With DualsenseSource: Jennifer Locke / Android Central

The last console generation has come to an end, ushering in the era of the PS5. Sony has released two models, a standard edition for $499 and a PS5 Digital Edition for $399. We have everything you need to know about the PS5, from its availability to its specs and games. If you had a PS4 previously or are an Xbox fan thinking of jumping ship, you’ll want to know just how good the PS5 is.

Next-gen is here

PS5

Next-gen is finally here

PS5 is the place to be for exclusives like Spider-Man and Horizon Forbidden West. Get yours before they sell out. The standard PS5 boasts a disc drive so that you can play 4K Blue-ray DVDs and use your physical PS4 games through backward combability. This comes at a higher price tag than the Digital Edition.

All-digital

PS5 Digital Edition

Get rid of your old discs

Cheaper than the standard PS5 but lacking a disc drive, the PS5 Digital Edition can still deliver the very best exclusives entirely digitally. You may not be able to play physical games, but the future is digital anyway. The PS5 Digital Edition features an 825GB SSD.

PS5 Price and release date

Sony has confirmed that the PS5 will cost $499 ($629.99 CAD) and the PS5 Digital Edition will cost $399 ($499.99 CAD). Microsoft has also revealed that its cheaper Xbox Series S will be $299 and the Xbox Series X will be $499.

The PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition first released on November 12, just a few days after the release of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S on November 10. Though there was some speculation that any of the aforementioned consoles could be delayed due to the global pandemic, they’re all now available at retailers.

As of November 12, only seven markets have the PS5 — U.S., Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. The rest of the world, including Europe, Middle East, South America, Asia, and South Africa, will need to wait until November 19.

Where to buy the PS5?

Finding stock of the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition is difficult right now. Though popular retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and GameStop have received more consoles as of launch day, they sell out almost instantly. If you’re looking to buy a PS5, just keep your credit card handy. You may be waiting until the new year to get your hands on one, and as tempting as it may be, a PS5 isn’t worth the thousands of dollars that scalpers are reselling them for on eBay.

PS5 Review

Ps5 Dualsense On

Ps5 Dualsense OnSource: Jennifer Locke / Android Central

The PS5 is an extraordinary machine. In our PS5 review we said that Sony raised the bar once again, creating a technical marvel with a groundbreaking controller. Though there are complaints to me made — its not-so user-friendly base and not supporting expandable storage at launch — the PS5’s pros far outweigh its cons.

Anyone looking forward to the PS5 won’t be disappointed with what Sony released. Prepare yourself for a lightning-fast SSD, a clean UI, neat new features, and fantastic games to bolster it.

PS5 Specs

Ps5 Closeup Faceplate Sony

Ps5 Closeup Faceplate SonySource: Jennifer Locke / Android Central

The PS5 is a beastly console with a powerful SSD to deliver near-instantaneous load times in certain games. On top of that, the CPU and GPU are nothing to sneeze at, either.

Category PlayStation 5
Price $499
Dimensions 390mm x 104mm x 260mm (15.4in x 4.1in x 10.2in)
CPU 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz
GPU Custom RDNA 2 (10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz)
Memory 16GB GDDR6/256-bit (448GB/s Bandwidth)
Storage 825GB
Storage type SSD
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
Power consumption 350w
Resolution support 8K
USB USB 3.1 (X3), USB-C
PSVR support Yes

PS5 CPU and GPU

The CPU is based on AMD’s third-generation Ryzen line, with eight cores of the new 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture. It also includea a custom unit for 3D audio.

The GPU, which is a custom variant of Radeon’s Navi family, will support ray tracing, which is a huge win for Sony. Ray tracing is a rendering technique that models how light travels and interacts with virtual objects. Wired notes that this is something Hollywood employs in big-budget movies, but it has not made its way to any video games consoles yet (although it’s becoming more common with PC games).

PS5 Ray tracing

Ray tracing doesn’t just deliver visual benefits, though, according to PlayStation. “If you wanted to run tests to see if the player can hear certain audio sources or if the enemies can hear the players’ footsteps, ray tracing is useful for that,” PlayStation’s Mark Cerny said. “It’s all the same thing as taking a ray through the environment.”

PS5 Solid-state drive

The crème de la crème is that the PS5 comes packed with a solid-state drive (SSD) as opposed to an hard-disk drive (HDD). SSDs are historically more powerful, faster, and make for a much better gaming experience. It will even support 8K graphics, though most people will likely have TVs that only deliver up to 4K resolution.

Because more simplified game data is possible through the use of an SSD, the way that game downloads work will differ from the PlayStation 4. On the PS5, downloads are more configurable, and parts even removable. “Rather than treating games like a big block of data,” PlayStation said, “we’re allowing finer-grained access to the data.”

This means that players can choose to download either the single-player or multiplayer portion of a game depending on what they wanted to play, or they could download the entire game and delete one part of it, like the single-player.

PS5 Specs versus Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PS4 Pro

Ps5 Vs Xbox Series X

Ps5 Vs Xbox Series XSource: Android Central

Here’s how it stacks up against the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PS4 Pro.

Category PS5 Xbox Series X Xbox Series S PS4 Pro
Price $499 $499 $299 $399
Dimensions 15.4in x 4.1in x 10.2in 11.81in x 6.30in x 6.30in 10.8in x 5.9in x 2.5in 11.61in x 12.87in x 2.17in
CPU 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.8Ghz 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.6Ghz AMD Jaguar 8-core (x86-64)
GPU Custom RDNA 2 (10.28 TFLOPs) Custom RDNA 2 (12 TFLOPs) Custom RDNA 2 (4 TFLOPS) AMD Radeon (4.2 TFLOPs)
Memory 16GB GDDR6 16GB GDDR6 10 GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR5 + 1GB
Storage size 825GB 1TB 512GB 1TB / 2TB
Storage type SSD SSD SSD HDD
Resolution support 8K 8K 1440p 4K
VR support Yes (PSVR) Yes (No dedicated headset) Unknown Yes (PSVR)

PS5 vs PS5 Digital Edition

There are a lot of people wondering what the differences are between the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition. Put simply: there aren’t many. Each console packs the exact same specs. What’s different is that the PS5 Digital Edition lacks a 4K UHD Blu-ray drive, meaning it can’t play any physical media. Any games or movies you wish to play on the PS5 Digital Edition will need to be downloaded to its SSD or an external HDD.

PS5 Games

Marvels Spider Man Miles Morales September 2020

Marvels Spider Man Miles Morales September 2020Source: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Outside of the launch titles like Godfall and Spider-Man: Miles Morales, there’s a huge list of games that have been confirmed for the PS5. Here are some of the highlights that we know of:

PS5 Backward compatibility

The PlayStation 5 is backward compatible with nearly every PS4 game ever released. Though some games aren’t properly optimized and you may encounter visual glitches, the vast majority run extremely well. Thanks to PS5 Game Boost, some of these games also benefit from improved resolution and frame rate. Nearly all of them also benefit from increased load times. In our experience, load times are cut down by half in most scenarios.

Sony confirmed that only the 10 following PS4 titles won’t be backward compatible on PS5:

  • DWVR
  • Afro Samurai 2 Revenge of Kuma Volume One
  • TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2
  • Just Deal With It!
  • Shadow Complex Remastered
  • Robinson: The Journey
  • We Sing
  • Hitman Go: Definitive Edition
  • Shadwen
  • Joe’s Diner

PS5 PlayStation Plus Collection

PS Plus Collection

PS Plus CollectionSource: Sony (screenshot)

The PlayStation Plus Collection for PS5 is program that allows members to play select PS4 games on PS5 free with their subscription.

So far, Sony has announced 20 games that will appear in the PlayStation Plus Collection at launch.

From Worldwide Studios:

  • Bloodborne
  • Days Gone
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War
  • Infamous Second Son
  • Ratchet and Clank
  • The Last Guardian
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • Until Dawn
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

From third-party publishers and developers:

  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Battlefield 1
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Zombies Chronicles Edition
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  • Fallout 4
  • Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Mortal Kombat X
  • Persona 5
  • Resident Evil 7

PS5 DualSense controller

Dualsense Trigger Closeup

Dualsense Trigger CloseupSource: Jennifer Locke / Android Central

The next-generation PlayStation controller is officially called the DualSense. Sony revealed its design in a post on its blog. It features haptic feedback technology, adaptive triggers, a built-in microphone array, and a new Create button to replace the Share button.

To that end, there are two key innovations with the PlayStation 5’s new controller. First, we’re adopting haptic feedback to replace the “rumble” technology found in controllers since the 5th generation of consoles. With haptics, you truly feel a broader range of feedback, so crashing into a wall in a race car feels much different than making a tackle on the football field. You can even get a sense for a variety of textures when running through fields of grass or plodding through mud.

The second innovation is something we call adaptive triggers, which have been incorporated into the trigger buttons (L2/R2). Developers can program the resistance of the triggers so that you feel the tactile sensation of drawing a bow and arrow or accelerating an off-road vehicle through rocky terrain. In combination with the haptics, this can produce a powerful experience that better simulates various actions.

Geoff Keighley went hands-on with the DualSense during the Summer Game Fest and gave us our first look at the controller in action. As you can see in the above image, taken by Keighley, the DualSense appears to be slightly larger than the DualShock 4. Keighley also noted that it feels heavier as well, but this added weight still feels fine to hold.

PS5 Accessories

Several accessories launched alongside the PS5, including a new headset and DualSense charging station. All of these accessories work on both PS5 models.

  • PULSE 3D wireless headset – Offers 3D audio support and dual noise-canceling microphones — $99.99.
  • HD Camera – Features dual 1080p cameras for gamers to broadcast themselves without needing a separate camera — $59.99.
  • Media Remote – A remote control with a built-in microphone to navigate movies and streaming services with ease — US$29.99.
  • DualSense Charging Station – So you can easily charge two DualSense Wireless Controllers at once — $29.99.

PS5 Virtual reality

Beat Saber on PSVR

Beat Saber on PSVRSource: Android Central

Though you shouldn’t expect a new VR headset to launch alongside the PlayStation 5, Sony has big plans for virtual reality going forward. Sony Global Head of R&D for PlayStation Dominic Mallinson wants the next headset to be lighter, easier to put on, and have fewer cables. A fully wireless headset is difficult to put on the market right now because it would be more expensive for consumers, but he believes that is the way the market is trending.

Mallinson is excited about the possibilities of eye-tracking, and stated that he expects the resolution to almost double in future VR headsets, with FOV increased to over 120 degrees.

PlayStation System Architect Mark Cerny has also said, “VR is very important to us and that the current PSVR headset is compatible with the new console.”

Sony has patented a new, wireless VR headset however you should still not expect this headset at launch alongside the PlayStation 5.

PS5 Issues and bugs

Ps5 Back Closeup

Ps5 Back CloseupSource: Jennifer Locke / Android Central

No console launch is without its issues. We’ve compiled a complete list of known PS5 bugs and other errors that people are encountering. Some of the most common problems are being unable to connect to the PlayStation Network, issues with data transfer, accessories not connecting properly, and more. We’ll keep the list updated as we learn of additional bugs and fixes.

Other PS5 things you need to know

The user interface on the PlayStation 4 is fast and works well, but it’s also static and can not provide a ton of information. The PS5 changes this. As the company already indicated, the PS5 UI is a lot more dynamic than ever before. Some of its biggest, most notable new features include a Control Center, Activities cards, Game Help, and changes to the way parties work.

With the press of the PS button, you’ll bring up the Control Center while whatever game you are playing continues to run in the background. This is the one stop shop for everything you’ll need to immediately access on your console, including your settings, downloads, friends list, and much more.

The PS5 User interface is much more dynamic.

Activities show up as cards above the Control Center, allowing players to jump into a specific level or point in a game they’re playing. “Activities enables you to discover new gameplay opportunities, go back to things you missed, jump directly into levels or challenges you want to play, and much more. Some Activity cards can be put in picture-in-picture mode, so you can view them without having to leave the game,” according to Sony.

Game Help is a benefit for PlayStation Plus members that allows them to view tips and walkthroughs for certain games. The example shown in the video is a level in Sackboy where it provides hints as to where to complete an objective. This ensures that you aren’t being spoiled and are getting exactly what you’re looking for. Game Help will not be enabled for all games.

Another big change comes to its party system. Players will now be able to Screen Share games they are playing with other members in their party, which those people can then open in a picture-in-picture view or on the side of their own screen.

Next-gen is here

PS5

Next-gen is finally here

PS5 is the place to be for exclusives like Spider-Man and Horizon Forbidden West. Get yours before they sell out. The standard PS5 boasts a disc drive so that you can play 4K Blue-ray DVDs and use your physical PS4 games through backward combability. This comes at a higher price tag than the Digital Edition.

All-digital

PS5 Digital Edition

Get rid of your old discs

Cheaper than the standard PS5 but lacking a disc drive, the PS5 Digital Edition can still deliver the very best exclusives entirely digitally. You may not be able to play physical games, but the future is digital anyway. The PS5 Digital Edition features an 825GB SSD.

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