PlayStation 5 Set for Release in December
- Fans have been waiting for the arrival of the PlayStation five for some time, and we are finally within reaching distance.
The two major games console providers are going head to head as the new Xbox series X will also release at the same time. Sony have been developing their latest PlayStation 5 offering for well over five years now, determined to make it an instant hit.
PlayStation 5 Release Date
We are speculating that the PlayStation 5 will be released in December due to the fact that the rumours have been stating ‘holiday 2020’ for some time now. Potentially this is far enough away from the pandemic for this to cause any delays, and there has certainly been no suggestion that launch will not go ahead.
It will be an expensive console and Sony is anticipating that this may cause less of an uptake and have allegedly only manufactured between 5 and 6 million units for sale until March 2021. When the PS4 flagship launched there were over 7 1/2 million units involved because it wasn't quite so expensive, and Sony could guarantee the uptake.
What Do We Know?
There have been no firm leaks regarding the actual retail design off the console, but there are developer kit leaks, and these show a ‘V’ shaped console representing the number five. However, from previous history the developer kit rarely resembles the finished product so if you like the design you should not get your hopes up too high as it probably won't look like that at all. Along with the console we were expecting a new controller and this we do know more about. Sony actually launched their new
DualSense controller recently and confirmed that they are stepping away from the DualShock tag they have used previously. The new controller is clean and modern, it is almost all white with black accents. You have the familiar array of four buttons on one side and the navigation thumb controls in the middle with two buttons across the top.
PlayStation 5 Specs
In terms of the spec of the console we do know that it will be 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5 GHz CPU and Custom RDNA 2-10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz GPU. There will be an expandable storage using NVMe SSD slot, and USB HDD support, while the on-board memory will be 16GB GDDR6/256-bit RAM, 448GB/s and storage Custom 825GB SSD. It will also have a 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray optical drive.
During a press conference in January 2020 at CES, Sony revealed the new PS5 logo, which to be fair is identical to the PS4 logo but does at least confirm to those wondering that this is an evolution of current technology rather than a total rework.
There is little doubt that this will be popular among fans and it will be an interesting battle between this and the Xbox Series X. We also know that GTA6 has joined the race and will release for both consoles at a similar time, giving fans of the game motivation to upgrade to either one of the consoles. Play.co.uk will be keeping customers up to date with all three releases.