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PlayStation 5 battles next-gen Xbox in holiday 2020, Sony confirms

Sony's next-gen PlayStation is called the PS5, and will release holiday 2020, Sony confirms

By Derek Strickland | Oct 8, 2019 10:59 am CDT

Sony's new ultra-powerful next-gen PlayStation 5 console is coming in holiday 2020, Sony today confirmed.


"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," Sony Interactive President Jim Ryan today announced. Microsoft's next-generation Xbox console, codenamed Project Scarlett, will likewise release holiday 2020. The console wars are far from over.

According to inside sources, the PS5 is a true generational leap ahead of current console tech. The system leverages AMD's new potent Zen 2 CPU and Navi GPU tech to deliver up to 120FPS, 8K graphics, dedicated ray-tracing lighting,and is outfitted with a potent PCIe 4.0 SSD to massively accelerate gameplay. Rumor has it the PS5's GPU is nearly as fast as an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2080 GPU to deliver high-end 4K gaming and 1080p with higher FPS.

The PS5's devkit also features a radical V-shaped ventilation design, likely so that developers can stress test it and push it way beyond its limits. Sony has obviously yet to confirm the console's final design, and devkits often look different than actual retail builds, but it's still a good sign that Sony is taking its next-gen system very seriously.

Sony is expected to reveal the PS5 in a special event in February 2020.

PlayStation 5 confirmed specs:

  • Navi GPU Zen 2 CPU
  • Ultra-fast SSD (likely via PCIe 4.0)
  • Support for 4K 120 Hz TVs
  • Ray-tracing enabled
  • 8K graphics support (probably video, not gaming)
  • Plays all PS4 games
  • New controller with extensive haptic and tactile feedback
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