It’s a weird one! Consoles have either been black boxes or made by Nintendo for as long as I can remember, but the PS4 is going for a sort of mod spaceship look, with big white plastic fins on the side. There are two versions: one with a disc drive bumping out, and one without. Both are gigantic, and likely the biggest console you’ve ever owned.
Amazon France briefly listed the PlayStation 5’s price and release date before taking that information out of the listing.
This comes via Ben Geskin on Twitter, who stumbled on the listing prior to Amazon scrubbing it. He took screenshots, however, and those aren’t going anywhere.
Geskin, a content creator and concept designer with over 100,000 Twitter followers, tweeted this screenshot:
The Amazon France listing has prices for both the PS5 and PS5 Digital Only editions. The PS5 is listed at €499 and the Digital Edition clocks in at €399. This converts to approximately $565 USD and $450 USD respectively (£447/£358 in the UK).
That’s quite expensive, and certainly more than I expected Sony to sell the new machine. Then again, around $450 for the Digital Edition seems reasonable and honestly that seems like the way to go. I almost never watch Blu-Rays these days given that most of my TV and movie watching is via streaming services. Same with games. I rarely pop a disc into any of my consoles.
Release Date: A question mark, though not quite such a big question mark as price. Consoles typically come out in November as prep for the holiday season: the PS4 came out on November 15, and the PS3 came out on November 17 (in North America). Before that, things were not quite as standardized, but nobody really expects things to change all that much. Look for something in late November, maybe 19 or 20.
Specs: Sony revealed the specs for the console before it showed the machine itself, so we know what’s inside the box:
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- CPU: AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
- GPU: 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
- GPU architecture: Custom RDNA 2
- 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 (PS4 games only)
- Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray drive