News 17 September 2020
Author: Seth P

Here’s everything you need to know about the PS5

17 September 2020

As you may have heard, the PS5 release date, and price as announced last night. As we know there are two versions of the console available to consumers on release. The cheaper “Digital Edition” of the console retails at £359, the higher end version comes in at a hefty £449.

The difference between the two consoles is one will have an Ultra HD Blu Ray drive, and one won’t. This will mean for gamers copping the cheaper of the two, they’ll need to download all their games from the PS Store, and will not have the option of buying discs. However, it’s important to note that performance wise both machines are the same – whereas the cheaper X Box Series S will have slightly lower specs that its bigger brother the X Box Series X. 

PS5 Accessories:

A charging station for the new controllers (can house two controllers), a media remote and a HD camera with dual 1080p lenses

We’ve listed the techy stuff below, for those interested in exactly what is going on under the bonnet of Sony’s next gen machine. 

CPU x86-64-AMD Ryzen Zen 8 Cores / 16 Threads at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
GPU Ray Tracing Acceleration
Up to 2.23 GHz (10.3 TFLOPS)
GPU Architecture AMD Radeon RDNA 2-based graphics engine
Memory/Interface 16GB GDDR6/256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 448GB/s
Internal Storage Custom 825GB SSD
IO Throughput 5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed)
Expandable Storage NVMe SSD Slot
External Storage USB HDD Support
Optical Drive (optional) Ultra HD Blu-ray (66G/100G) ~10xCAV
BD-ROM (25G/50G) ~8xCAV
BD-R/RE (25G/50G) ~8x CAV
DVD ~3.2xCLV
PS5 Game Disc Ultra HD Blu-ray, up to 100GB/disc
Audio “Tempest” 3D AudioTech

One thing that’s important to note about the above specifications, is that the storage which comes in at a couple hundred shy of 1TB, is customisable for those with the know how. Meaning you’re able to buy larger storage if you feel the need. Certain games will also offer customisable installation, meaning you’ll be able to delete part of the game, IE a single player campaign, but keep the multiplayer, thus saving you space! 

Considering you’re shelling out a sizeable amount of your hard earned cash for the PS5, it would be criminal if you were then no longer able to play some of your favourite PS4 games. Fear not, Sony have confirmed that at least the top 100 PS4 games will definitely be backwards compatible. For games that are going to be released on both the PS4 and the PS5, most developers will be offering free next gen upgrades for whenever you decide to make the jump. 

Playstation Plus Collection: 

The Playstation Plus Collection, is going to be a PSN based service exclusively for the PS5 offering a wide range of classic PS4 games for you to play when the console launches in November. It’s not been made explicitly clear how much this will cost, although we’d wager that your current subscription to PSN will include the new offering. Here is a list of games that have been confirmed to be part of the Playstation Plus Collection:

Batman: Arkham Knight

Battlefield 1


Days Gone

Detroit: Become Human

Fallout 4

Final Fantasy XV

God of War

Infamous Second Son

Monster Hunter World

Mortal Kombat X

Persona 5

Ratchet and Clank

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

The Last Guardian

The Last of Us Remastered

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Until Dawn

Exclusive Launch games

The bells and whistles are all well and good, but what can we actually play? What PS5 games can we sink our teeth into on launch. To help you navigate the clutter online, we’ve complied a list of titles that will be available to play on launch: 

Final Fantasy XVI
Horizon Forbidden West
Destruction All Stars
Astro’s Playroom – Comes preinstalled on the PS5
Sackboy: A Big Adventure
Project Athia
Demon’s Souls
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
Gran Turismo 7
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morlaes
Devil May Cry 5

There will be a whole heap of other cross gen games available on launch, but the ones listed above are the PS5 exclusives. 

Be sure to keep it locked on GRM Daily for any further developments!