PlayStation 5: Everything You Need to Know

A good seven years ago released a home video game console that took the world of gamers in its control. You’re right, we are talking about PS4 here. After its release in 2013 and successfully selling out 102M+ units so far, Sony Computer Entertainment has finally announced the release of PS5 after 7 desperate years of wait. The PlayStation 4 had a mid gen refresh with PS4 Pro, cool accessories like PS VR and PS Move. So, the expectations for the next gen console that’s releasing this holiday season is rocketing the sky.

A little into the technical updates of the new console: PS5 uses AMD’s brand new RDNA 2.0 architecture for graphics and ZEN 2 architecture for CPU as seen in AMD 3000 series desktop processor, comparing that to the AMD Jaguar architecture in PS4, it is advanced to a very high level. The OG PS4 roughly had 2 Teraflops of performance, whereas PS5 has 10.2 TFs which is 5x times more powerful than the latter. The brand-new AMD RDNA 2.0 brings Ray Tracing to consoles for the first time. Ray Tracing is the most advanced rendering technique, it enables the light to reflect and refract just like in real life, giving games better visuals. If you’re a tech geek you’d know that Ray Tracing in consumer range has been a thing since 2018 after the launch of nVidia’s RTX Series GPUs which costs $1200 for a high end model. But isn’t it fascinating to see that kind of technology in a home game console that costs only a fraction of the GPU itself.

PS5’s design was a little controversial among the fans, some really liked it and some didn’t. But it is true that the appearance does look very exotic. The biggest selling point for PS5 is its game line-up. Spider Man: Miles Morales, the semi-sequel of the award winning 2018’s Spider Man PS4, shares the same release date with PS5. Horizon: Forbidden West is the sequel of PS4’s massive hit Horizon: Zero Dawn. PS3’s exclusive hit Demon’s Souls is being remastered for PS5. Final Fantasy XVI, God of War: Ragnarok, Destruction All Stars, Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War, and Godfall are also some of the most anticipated games. Deathloop is another PlayStation Exclusive, but as Microsoft bought Bethesda Game Studios, the developers of Deathloop, it is doubtful whether it’ll continue to be released as a PlayStation exclusive.

The Digital Edition of PS5 that doesn’t have Ultra HD Blu-ray Drive, the one in which you can buy and download games from PlayStation Store costs $399. In correspondence with the previous releases, I’m guessing that it’ll cost around Rs.40,000 in India. PlayStation 5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray is priced at $499 and that’ll be around Rs.50,000 here. The games for PS5 costs $70 (Rs.4600), which is $10 over the cost of PS4 games. It’s confirmed that the release date in India is on the 19th November 2020 (1 week after it’s initial release in US) along with the most anticipated game of the year, Cyberpunk 2077.

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