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.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) June 11, 2020
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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