Should I wait for the PS5 or buy a PS4 Pro today? This is a question that I hear from friends, family, and coworkers and it’s something I can help you with too. The PS5 is available to pre-order if you can find it in stock.
Here’s a full rundown of why you should pre-order the PS5 right now. The short version is that if you find one in stock, you should pre-order if you want the console this year. I’ll walk through what you need to know before you make the decision to buy a new console this year or wait for the PlayStation 5 release date in 2020 and new features.
One thing is for sure, 2020 is going to be a big year for console updates, and they are now just weeks away from arrival.
PS5 Release Date Information
The PS5 release date is November 12th and pre-orders are open when the console is in stock. In most cases, you will see the PS5 delivered to your house, but GameStop is doing in-store pre-orders and those users can pick up a console on release day.
You shouldn’t count on walking into any retailer on November 12th and buying a PS5.
PS5 Specs & Features
Sony offered a look at PlayStation 5 features in an exclusive interview with Wired. In the interview, we learn that one of the features is no loading time, made possible with impressive specs. We also learn that the next PlayStation may not be called the PlayStation 5 or PS5, but we’re sticking with this name until we learn more.
- CPU: 8 core AMD Ryzen based on 7nm Zen 2
- GPU: Radeon Navi Based
- 3D Audio
- Supports 8K Resolution
- Backwards Compatible (PS4)
- Supports Physical Media
These specs come together to show us some of the PS5 features. With the SSD, you can expect to see load times drop dramatically. Sony showed Wired a PS4 Pro where it took 15 seconds to load Spider-Man fast travel and then did the same on an early dev kit on low speed and the same load time was 0.8 seconds — that’s roughly 15X faster.
We also know that the new PS5 controller will use haptic feedback instead of a traditional Rumble. Wired reports that this can translate feelings of the track in Gran Turismo and moving through water to the thumbsticks. We also know that there is a better speaker in the controller and developers and adjust the resistance of the triggers to change the tension throughout the game.
The PS5 is also capable of supporting 8K graphics. While there aren’t that many 8K TVs out there yet, this will downscale to 4K and even 1080P as current consoles can. This is a future-proofing feature that will likely pay off in the long run, but it could be very expensive on day one.
With Ray Tracing, the PS5 will be able to deliver incredible graphics akin to what you see on high-end gaming PCS. The video above shows off Battlefield V with Ray Tracing, which is something you just can’t get on the PS4.
You can also expect to play your favorite PS4 games, potentially with some support for older PS3 games, but PS4 is at least confirmed. We also get 3D Audio which will allow you to immerse yourself in the game in new ways and get better positional information. You can experience it with any headphones by watching the video below.
The PS5 arrives with Deathloop, Horizon Zero Dawn II, and a range of other games to take advantage of the new power.
With all of this in mind, this is why you should wait for the PS5, and why you should go ahead and buy a PS4 or PS4 Pro in 2020.
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