PlayStation 5 launches on November 19th in the UK for £450 / £360 – here’s everything you need to know

Sony have officially confirmed the PlayStation 5 will launch on November 19th in the UK and will cost £449.99 for the version with a 4K UHD Blu-ray drive and £359.99 for the digital edition. Pre-orders will go live as soon as tomorrow!

We’re getting the console slightly later than some other territories. The US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea can get their hands on the console on November 12th. In other territories the console will cost $499.99 / €499.99 /  ¥ 49,980 for the disc version and $399.99 / €399.99 /  ¥ 39,980.

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Here are the hardware specifications for the new console!

CPU 8 Zen 2 Cores @ 3.5Ghz w/ SMT (variable)
GPU 10.28 TFLOPS – 36 CUs @ 2.26Ghz (variable)
Memory 16 GB GDDR6 (448GB/s)
Internal Storage 825 GB Custom NVME SSD
I/O Throughput 5.5 GB/s (Raw), 8-9 GB/s (Compressed)
Expandable Storage Approved M.2 third party SSDs in dedicated expansion bay
External Storage USB External HDD Support for PS4 games
Optical Dirve Ultra HD Blu-ray, up to 100GB/disc
Video Output HDMI 2.1 – Up to 4K at 120Hz, 8K, VRR
Audio Tempest Engine 3D audio

 

Sony have confirmed that the “overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles” will play on the PlayStation 5, although some of them may need to be patched by the creators. Here’s more from Sony:

With all of the amazing games in PS4’s catalog, we’ve devoted significant efforts to enable our fans to play their favorites on PS5. We believe that the overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles will be playable on PS5.

We’re expecting backward compatible titles will run at a boosted frequency on PS5 so that they can benefit from higher or more stable frame rates and potentially higher resolutions.

“Whether it’s backwards compatibility or the possibility of cross-generational play, we’ll be able to transition that community to next-gen,” SIE president Jim Ryan told CNET. “It won’t be a binary choice about whether you have to be either on PlayStation 4 or next-gen to continue your friendship.”

Sony have also mandated that all PS4 games published after 13th July must run on PlayStation 5. It’s unlikely PlayStation 1,2 or 3 games will run natively on the console, since Sony has the PlayStation Now streaming service for those.

The first TV spot for the PlayStation 5 has also arrived with Sony tring to describe to people what it will feel like to play games on their next-gen console, wrapping together things like 3D audio, haptic feedback and adaptive triggers.

It’s quite a high concept video, showing a woman adventuring in a weird and mysterious world. The opening line says, “Welcome to a world where you can feel more,” and this is a key part of Sony’s pitch for the next generation. The DualSense controller features adaptive triggers to relay different pressures to your fingers, while more advanced haptic feedback is to be incorporated to add more nuance compared to the rumble motors found in the DualShock 4. 3D audio with advanced HRTF processing to simulate different ear shapes will also aim to make audio more immersive and spatial, regardless of whether you’re hearing sound from a TV, set of headphones or an existing surround sound set up.

Here are some of the games confirmed for PlayStation 5:

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25 Comments

  1. Just to be pedantic but I’m pretty sure I saw £449 and £359…?

    • That’s what I thought.

      • Yes, it definitely said £359.

        Possibly because a £90 difference looks like less than £100? Cuts out some of the “why’s it £100 more to have the blu-ray drive in?”

    • Good spot, my brain saw 349 too! Given the differences between digital & physical, how far will £90 get you before you were better off going for the main console?

    • Yup. We caught that as soon as I spotted the error. It’s £359.

  2. What’s the reason behind the staggered release?
    It’s also more than I thought – £399 was my bet, although £349 was the price I was expecting for the digital version. We still need to see those confirmed SSD storage prices as 1TB will not last long at all, especially with the PS4 back catalogue on PS+!

    • Hopefully they’ve got a good system in place to move things between the internal SSD and an external drive.

      • You’d hope they’re using USB 3.2 Gen 2, otherwise it will be slooooow!

      • Are they supporting external drives? I thought the storage expansion was via a second m2 slot so it should be pretty speedy.

      • Even 3.0 can do 500MB/s. So less than 2 minutes to move a 50GB game. Or around a weekend for Call of Duty.

        3.2 Gen 2 can do 2.4GB/s. So that’d take 20 seconds.

        Assuming you had an external drive fast enough. Probably going at more like a quarter of that 3.0 speed if you’re not using an external SSD.

      • I think they’re offering both internal expandable storage, as well as external storage. However, I’d expect that you can only play games off the NVMe storage and the external HDD is just for backing up games to save you redownloading them.

      • I think they explained this. If I remember right, PS4 games will be playable from an external drive (with load times), but PS5 games won’t be playable unless installed internally. I assume you can backup PS5 games to an external drive but don’t recall either way.

    • As people have said, it makes sense to use a normal external drive for non PS5 game data

      Just had a quick look and there is a 500GB external SSD for £45 which should do the trick

      For an SSD expansion, the drives still don’t exist yet, and I can see them being at eye watering prices when they do start appearing late this/early next year

  3. Excellent, thanks TC! Is there any news on when preorders will open yet?

    • Still nothing official yet!

      • It’s tomorrow!

      • Chris, that was a boring presentation and the line up looks so lackluster. Nothing but cross gen and multiplatform – even the the “exclusives” are coming out on everything that can play a video game.

      • *Christ*…

      • Thanks Dom 👍🏼

  4. Interesting way to look at the prices from the BBC. They’ve gone for “Sony opts not to undercut it’s rival” and the digital edition costs “about 40% more than the low-end Xbox Series S”.

    Not “20% less than the Series X”. And then found a friendly “video games journalist” to say nice things about the Series S and Sony not having an answer to it.

  5. Disc version. Camera. Headphones. Two Controllers. Miles Morales. As well as preordering the majority of the tiles announced. Man… PlayStation took a wrecking ball to the competition again and again. Cannot wait man. #LongLiveTheKing #LongLivePlayStation

    • Can’t spot it myself but someone on a different site that there is no camera plugin….

      • … as in the PS4 where there is a separate camera plugin.

      • Well, we knew that would be the case. It was only the PS4 that had a special camera connection.

        Previous cameras (on the PS2 and PS3) used USB. The PS4 camera used USB, but put a special connector on the end. And they’ve already announced that will work on the PS5 with a free adaptor.

        The PS5 has 2 type-A and a single type-C USB ports, with 1 of each on the front and a type-A on the back. Hopefully the PS5 camera (and the adaptor for the PS4 camera) can just plug into that rear USB port, and it doesn’t use type-C, which would mean another adaptor to plug it in around the back. Or an adaptor for the adaptor if you want to use the PS4 camera.

    • Wow, you went on a shopping spree there… ;-)
      I only ordered the disc version, a second controller and the remote for now. :-)

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