Sony has finally revealed the price and release date of the PlayStation 5. The standard version of the console that includes a disc drive will cost $499. The disc-less digital edition will cost $399.
The PS5 will be out on Nov. 12 in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea. The rest of the world will get the PS5 consoles on Nov. 19. According to Sony on Twitter, “PS5 pre-orders will be available starting as early as tomorrow at select retailers.” You can find where and how to pre-order here.
As you may have already noticed, the new Sony console is unlike any PlayStation consoles that have come before it in terms of design. The PS5 has a white shell — a first for PlayStation — with black insides and blue lighting. The console also boasts a curved design, which greatly differs from the Xbox Series X‘s more blocky appearance. Before you ask, yes, the PS5 can both stand and lie flat, so you can set it up based on your needs and space.
“The PS5 gameplay experience will be the same, so the choice is all yours,” said Sony in a blog post. “While there are some slight differences in the look of each model, for the overall design, we wanted to deliver a console that’s bold, stunning, and unlike any previous generation of PlayStation.”
Both consoles will have USB and USB-C ports in the front and come with quite a few interesting peripherals, which were also unveiled during the presentation. There’s an HD Camera, a charging station for two controllers, a headset that supports 3D audio, and a media remote with a built-in microphone.
Sony previously unveiled the specs for the console, boasting about the powerful SSD that many developers and industry insiders have said will revolutionize the way we play. The component is allegedly so fast that it will virtually eliminate load times and allow developers to create even more immersive worlds with little buffer between one area and the next.
If you haven’t seen them already, here’s a breakdown of the major PS5 specs you need to know about:
In our analysis of both consoles’ specs, we determined that the Xbox Series X is slightly more powerful than the PS5. But when it comes to the battle of aesthetics, we dare say that PS5 is the more eye-pleasing next-gen console. This will surely be a debate fans on both sides will have for the coming months.
If it’s the games you’re interested in, the PS5 has a pretty impressive lineup of exclusives so far. The roster includes Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon Forbidden West, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and the Demon’s Souls remake. We have a full list of the confirmed games coming to PS5.
We’ll keep you updated as we learn more about Sony’s next-gen console.