Don’t be surprised if you see more of these pages appear at retailer websites in the coming months, either. A lot of money changes hands when a new console comes out, and all PS5 retailers will want you to buy from them.
As yet, we don’t know when preorders will go live, nor do we know the exact PS5 release date. What Sony has announced is that the PS5 will launch “in time for Holiday 2020.”
That said, the PS5 is beginning to come into focus. In addition to being significantly more powerful than current consoles, the PS5 aims to minimize game load times in part by using solid-state drives, which load faster than the HDDs in PS4 consoles. PS5 will feature backward compatibility with PS4 games, and even PSVR headsets. It’s also future-proof to the extent that it will support 3D audio and 8K TVs.
In terms of tech specs, PlayStation 5 will include an 8 core, 16 thread x86-64-AMD Ryzen “Zen2” CPU, which puts it in line with AMD’s mid-tier Ryzen 7 processors that are available now.
It doesn’t sound like the PS5 controller will be terribly different from the DualShock 4 controller, but it will have more intricate haptic feedback technology to replace previous PlayStation controllers’ rumble function. The L2 and R2 triggers will also have adaptive resistance that developers can deploy for extra gameplay feedback.
If you’re excited about the PS5 launch and want to be among the first to know about preorders, you can give Best Buy or Game your email address at the links above. We’ll also have full coverage of the preorder situation when it happens. Between PS5 and the next Xbox launching in 2020, it’s an exciting time to into games.
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Chris Reed is IGN’s shopping and commerce editor. You can follow him on Twitter @_chrislreed.