Sony PS5 Is Official: Here’s Everything You Need to Know

It’s been years in the making, but the next-gen console from Sony is finally (almost) here! We’ve seen the rumors and covered them on this blog, but now the official announcement regarding the Sony PS5 has shed more light. The tech press has had its first opportunity to get its hands-on review units, too, so we’re starting to see some real-worlvd impressions.
Below is everything you need to know about Sony’s impressive (and expensive) new console. Buckle up! And if you’re hovering on that pre-order button, don’t forget the most important component: an extended console warranty.

Release Date of the Sony PS5

Hot on everyone’s mind is this question: When can I get my hands on a new PS5?
If you live in the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Japan or South Korea, you have a chance to grab a brand-new PS5 on November 12. The rest of the world waits a week until November 19.
Of course, we’ve seen this move before: there are likely to be shortages. Don’t expect to waltz down to Wal-Mart or Best Buy on November 12 and see a large stockpile of PS5s. Available stock will go fast. Your best bet to guarantee a console on day one is to pre-order right away.

Price

The PS5 is a brand-new console, and it’s not cheap. The full console will set you back $499 in the US, and that only gets you the console, a single DualSense controller, base, plus cabling and instructions. No games are included from the get-go. Before you can play with a friend or family member, you’ll need to pick up a second controller (to the tune of $70!).

Hardware and Accessories

The most important accessory is the new DualSense Wireless Controller. It looks an awful lot like the last three Playstation controllers, but there’s a lot more tech inside. Rumble is out and Haptic is in, making for a completely different experience. There’s also a pad that accepts swiping gestures, plus microphone and speakers on the controller itself. Plus new adaptive triggers offer resistance, enabling a whole new range of control (so long as developers embrace the technology).
Other accessories include a DualSense Charging Station, an HD Camera, a Pulse 3D wireless headset and even a media remote. VR fans, rejoice! PS5 supports current PSVR hardware, with potential second-gen hardware coming soon.
Most official PS4 accessories and inputs will work here when playing PS4 titles. That’s as much as we know about accessory compatibility at this point.

Digital Edition

If you’re concerned about the price, Sony has your back (ish). By purchasing the PS5 Digital Edition, you’ll save $100 off the cost of the full console. There are plenty of trade-offs here, though: no used games, no trading discs with friends, and no playing your PS4 back catalog without re-purchasing them on the digital store.
We can’t really recommend the discless edition for these reasons, but if $100 is the difference between no PS5 and having a PS5, then it’s nice to have the option.

Specs

This console is beastly.
Powering it all are a custom AMD Zen 2 8-core CPU with 3.5GHz of speed and a custom RDNA 2 AMD GPU with an insane 10 teraflops of processing power, plus 16GB of GDDR6 memory. If you don’t know what any of that means, that’s ok: it means this console is insanely powerful.
Tech heads will recognize the term ray-tracing, which is the latest rendering technology and a beauty to behold. Yep, it’s on board the PS5.
Additional quality of life elements include an SSD (allowing for lightning-fast loads), a 4K Blu-ray player and wide (but not universal) PS4 game compatibility. For even more details, check out TechRadar’s full PS5 hub.

Pre-Ordering a PS5? An Extended Warranty Brings Peace of Mind

Before you go drop $500 on a Sony PS5, think about what would happen if you do and it breaks. Sure, there will be a manufacturer’s warranty to get you started, but you plan to use this console for years to come. Doesn’t it make sense to get protected?
And what about those controllers? At $70 a pop, they aren’t exactly disposable. There’s a lot of tech packed in, and what happens if something fails?
This is where a console extended warranty and a controller extended warranty from Upsie come into play. For a reasonable fee, you get 2 or 3 years of warranty coverage plus accident protection on your console or controller. Just about no matter what happens, including drops and falls, you’re covered. With a modest deductible, you’re covered for repairs or replacement. And Upsie’s rates are affordable, often saving you significant amounts over the competition.

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