PS5 Release Date and Feature Rumours

by Rob Duke | Jul 30, 2020
Banner graphic of the PS5 and PS5 controller

Wanna find out more about the PS5? Here’s all the latest info about Sony’s highly-anticipated new games console. 

When will the PS5 be released?

An official release date hasn’t been announced, but Sony recently explained that the pandemic hasn’t affected its plan to launch before the end of 2020. Great news for eager fans who were concerned about it getting pushed back to next year.  

Judging by the pattern of previous PlayStation releases in the UK, we believe it’ll hit the shelves on either the second or third Friday in November (so either the 13th or the 20th) to give people the chance to pick one up before Christmas.

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How much will it cost?

Regardless of which version you go for, it’ll be pretty darn expensive. The PS5 with a 4K Blu-Ray drive will likely set you back between £450 and £500. The Digital-only edition without a disc drive will reportedly be around £100 cheaper. 

If you can’t make your mind up about which one to go for, keep in mind that the PS5 will be backward-compatible with most PS4 games, so if you’ve got a big library of discs, the more expensive option might be a better fit.

Also, if you do go for the digital-only version, you’ll be tied into buying games on the PlayStation Network and unable to pick up bargains and second-hand discs in physical shops – so it might end up being more expensive in the long run. 


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When will the price reduce?

£350 to £500 is a big chunk of cash, so if you’re like me, you’ll be waiting for the price to drop before investing. 

If Sony stays true to form, we’ll likely see a universal discount of around £50 to £100 around June 2021 (along with some more aggressively priced bundles with games included). 

Which games will be available at launch?

There’ll be more announced in the coming months, but the confirmed launch-day games causing the biggest stir are sequels to two PS4 smash-hits.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales will introduce a new young protagonist to the series and allow you to explore New York in all its next-gen glory. Horizon: Forbidden West will expand on Aloy’s huge and incredibly detailed mechanised world. 

Other key releases coming soon after launch, and possibly just in time for Christmas, will include Assassins Creed: Valhalla, Call of Duty: Black Ops (Cold War), and of course, FIFA 21. In other words, there’s a lot to look forward to. 

Will it be worth an early purchase?

As with any console release, some people will want to jump right into a new world of improved graphics and connectivity. However, game-producers tend to take a little while to get to grips with new tech and that means the best games usually don’t arrive until a while after launch. 

With a few massive titles in the pipeline for 2021, potentially including a completely remastered version of Grand Theft Auto 5 (and possibly even - whisper it - Grand Theft Auto 6), we reckon most people might be better off sticking with their current consoles until the price drops. 

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