Sony unveiled the long-awaited PlayStation 5 console on the 11th of June 2020. Social media was abuzz with excitement over the new gadget and the sleek design. The redesign features two versions of the PlayStation 5; the standard version and digital edition.

The standard PS5 will have a Blu-Ray disc drive, and the digital edition PS5 that doesn’t contain a disk drive will only support digital downloads. The removal of the disk drive in the digital edition could signify the gradual elimination of physical media in gaming.    

Sony showcased the PlayStation 5 design in this video:

The new design is sleek and is set to be less expensive than the standard model. There are still a lot of burning questions like what are the specs, retail price and the launch date in South Africa. This is what we know so far:

How much will the PlayStation 5 cost? 

Sony, unfortunately, did not reveal the exact cost of the PS5. According to TechRadar, however, analysts predict that the PS5 will likely be in the region of $499 / £449 / AU$749 so we can roughly estimate that it won’t be any less than R10 000.

When is the official release of the PS5? 

Sony is also keeping tight-lipped about the exact date of the release. But it is estimated to be between October and December.

What are the PlayStation 5 specs? 

Here is a list of the specs taken from TechRadar:

  • CPU: AMD Zen 2-based CPU with eight cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
  • GPU: 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
  • GPU architecture: Custom RDNA 2
  • Memory interface: 16GB GDDR6 / 256-bit
  • Memory bandwidth: 448GB/s
  • Internal storage: Custom 825GB SSD
  • IO throughput: 5.5GB/s (raw), typical 8-9GB/s (compressed)
  • Expandable storage: NVMe SSD slot
  • External storage: USB HDD support (PS4 games only)
  • Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray drive

We will update this article when more information is available. 

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