First up, let’s address the important questions.

Is there an exact release date for the Sony PlayStation 5?

No. Jim Ryan, who became the CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment back in April posted a blog update via the official PlayStation blog on October 8th simply stating the Next-Gen Sony PlayStation console would be available for purchase ‘Holiday 2020’.

“Today I’m proud to share that our next-generation console will be called PlayStation 5, and we’ll be launching in time for Holiday 2020” were his exact words.

Do we know how much the Sony PlayStation 5 will cost?

No official launch price has been announced. When the PlayStation 4 was launched back in 2013 it came with a starting price tag of US$399.99, €399.99, £349.99. So we can expect the PlayStation 5 to be at least $500.

What will the PlayStation 5 look like?

Although Sony has not released any details of this themselves, LetsGoDigital published digital renderings of patent drawings that were confirmed by an anonymous game developer to Gizmodo who did say the image below is an accurate representation of the Sony PlayStation 5 Dev Kit.

“the 3D product renders that LetsGoDigital designed in August 2019 from the Sony PlayStation 5 Dev Kit, based on a series of patent sketches, are broadly correct” -

What about PlayStation 5 Specs?

At this stage, there are no real hardware specs to analyse. Sony has not released a great deal of confirmed information regarding any aspect of the Sony PlayStation 5, that we’re aware of when it comes to hardware. Wired did report that “physical games for the PS5 will use 100-GB optical disks, inserted into an optical drive that doubles as a 4K Blu-ray player” and that “The next-gen controller uses a USB Type-C connector for charging”.

Sony has not given a time frame as to when it’s going to release more information about the console. So, we still have no confirmation on specs or design. What we can look towards though are potential launch games that might accompany the next-gen PS5 in 2020.

Potential PlayStation 5 launch title games

It’s staggering to think that the first Sony PlayStation hit the shelves 25 years ago when it made its debut in Japan on December 3, 1994. At the time, the PlayStation One was the most impressive gaming consoles most users had ever seen. Many of which had taken a giant leap from the popular Sega Genesis straight over to the futuristic graphics of the Sony PS1. Japanese gamers were treated to games like Ridge Racer, Crime Crackers, and Mahjong Station Mazin. Whilst US gamers got to enjoy NBA JAM Tournament Edition, ESPN Extreme Games and Street Fighter - The Movie. European gamers were given Wipeout and a 3D demo of a dinosaur that you could sit and spin around for hours.

The US launch of the PlayStation 2 released to the public in the year 2000 enjoyed almost 4 times the amount of release games as its predecessor. These included Dead or Alive 2: Hardcore, Tekken Tag Tournament, Madden NFL 2001, Street Fighter EX3, NHL 2001 and more.

The most common theme we’ve seen running through the historical launch games for Sony consoles is that of fairly generic titles such as sports games and fighting games. The introduction of Call of Duty 3 to the European launch of the PlayStation 3 in 2007 was certainly a welcome one.

The PlayStation 4 also enjoyed 26 brand new titles when it launched back in 2016. These games included Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, NBA Live 14, Need for Speed: Rivals, and Just Dance 2014 to name a few.

With the upcoming release of Call of Duty - Modern Warfare due October 25th 2019 across current-gen platforms, this only leaves a one year gap for the completion of any next-gen Call Of Duty title currently in development to accompany the PlayStation 5 on launch day. However, Call Of Duty has been pretty consistent in releasing a new title almost every year during the last decade. Call of Duty - Ghosts in 2013, Advanced Warfare in 2014, Black Ops III in 2015 followed by Infinite Warfare, WWII, BO4, and the aforementioned Modern Warfare release for 2019. It really wouldn’t be a surprise if we saw an exclusively next-gen Call Of Duty game to be released the same day.

It’s probably safe to assume you’ll be able to grab a copy of a new FIFA, NFL, and NBA title on launch day, given the success of the previous editions.

Although Jim Ryan didn’t give much away in terms of games, he did make an interesting point regarding the new adaptive triggers. “Developers can program the resistance of the triggers so that you feel the tactile sensation of drawing a bow and arrow”. Whos the one person we know that can’t keep her hands off a bow and arrow? You guessed it. Lara Croft.

This little give away does lead us to believe we could be in for a next-gen title of Tomb Raider when the PS5 drops. Previous Tomb Raider releases include Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015) and more recently, Rise of the Tomb Raider that was released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows released September 2018.

Tomb Raider is a huge franchise and often likes to give the user a large world to explore with impressive graphics so the PS5 would be a perfect platform for Crystal Dynamics and Sony to show off their new tech.

What about Gran Turismo and Grand Theft Auto 6?

The last Gran Turismo title to grace a gaming console was Gran Turismo Sport back in 2017 and there have been reports of it being run on the PlayStation 5 Dev Kit, which could mean it’s being given a shiny makeover to make an appearance for launch day in 2020. This could also hint at some current gen-games enjoying some enhanced backwards compatibility with the PS5. Similar to Xbox One release Xbox One X enhanced titles.

Grand Theft Auto 6 could also be a contender for launch day. Rumours have led Rockstar fans to believe the next GTA game will land around August 2020 which is suspiciously similar to the now confirmed release window for the Sony PlayStation 5 of ‘Holiday 2020’. In an article last month published on GamesRadar, they said: “based on historical delays between console GTA announcements and release, we’d be waiting around 22 months – so August 2020”.


You can almost count on it.

Author Bio: AC Speed

Senior Editor

I started my career as a music journalist in 2013 and have been involved in the music industry as a touring musician, studio engineer and artist consultant since 2002, as well as previously being a signed artist. My passion for delivering high quality, informative music-related news is a daily driving force behind the content I create. Also a huge gaming nerd! Born in the United Kingdom and currently living in Sweden. Skål!


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