Last week, we learned about several key details about Microsoft’s upcoming next-gen Xbox consoles (perhaps sooner than Microsoft might have planned), and today, we’ve heard Sony’s response. In an online presentation Sony dubbed the “PlayStation 5 Showcase,” the company finally shared more info for its own next-gen hardware. The PlayStation 5 will launch first in North America on Nov. 12 at a price of $499.99. Meanwhile, the Digital Edition, which ships without a built-in 4K Blu-ray player, will retail for $399.99.
These latest details follow the announcement late last month that Sony was opening registrations for a chance to receive a PS5 preorder invitation. That initial launch on Nov. 12 also includes Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. The company is also targeting Nov. 19th for release in the “rest of the world” — though Sony notes a launch in China is still being explored.
Unlike Microsoft’s tactic of launching a high-powered Series X console alongside a much cheaper, lower-end Series S, the disc-drive-free PS5 Digital Edition is functionally the same console as the standard PlayStation 5. Though, without the disc drive in place, users of both the Xbox Series S and the PS5 Digital Edition will have to rely on online downloads from their respective marketplaces to purchase games.
Sony also announced a new feature for its PlayStation Plus subscription service, a PS5 option called PlayStation Plus Collection, which includes an impressive array of PS4-era titles. During the video stream, the company showed off footage from hits like God of War, Uncharted 4, Final Fantasy XV, and more. Sony says you’ll be able to download games from the collection onto your PS5 when the console launches.
We’re still waiting on more specific details on streaming service support, but as we’ve mentioned previously, it’s fairly safe to assume these new consoles will offer support comparable to their current-gen counterparts. And with their emphasis on responsiveness thanks to speedy storage systems, loading those various streaming services and apps should be faster and more seamless than ever.
Update (09:16): Sony followed up on its online event with a tweet mentioning preorders would start tomorrow, Sept. 17th.
Second update (09/16): It looks like multiple retailers have started accepting preorders earlier than Sony announced and we’ve seen multiple reports of preorder pages going live today instead of Sept. 17th. Unsurprisingly, these initial offerings have been disappearing quickly, but we’ll keep an eye out and let you know about future opportunities.
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Philip has spent most of the past two decades as a journalist and photographer. Before joining the team at Cord Cutters News, he worked for Engadget and Reviews.com. Philip cut the cord years ago and hasn't looked back since.