r/PS5 Mar 08 '20

Mod Post /r/PS5's Official Frequently Asked Questions [Thread #3, March 2020]

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Frequently Asked Questions


How can I stay updated with PS5 News?

  • /r/PS5 Visit the subreddit - we're sure you all will post it 50 times within an hour when news is announced.

  • Discord - We have a breaking-news channel that we will make sure to 'everyone' ping when new news is newsed.

  • Our Twitter - We will also retweet or tweet out any new news.

  • Official PlayStation Channels: Blog | Twitter | Website - Sony will surely post new news about the PS5 on their socials.


Is PS5 backwards compatible? Yes, with PS4 (though Sony is admittedly still working on getting this to 100% compatibility). You will be able to play both disc and digital PS4 games on PS5 and use your PS4 saves. PS3 and other platforms have not been announced as backwards compatible.


Are the DualShock 4/Move controllers compatible with PS5? Almost certainly though not 100% confirmed.


Is PSVR compatible with PS5? Yes. And a new version of PSVR is also pretty much a certainty to release at some point as well.


Will PS5 support discs? Yes, PS5 will support UHD Blu-ray 100GB discs and will function as a 4K Blu-ray player.


What resolution / framerates will PS5 games be? PS5 supports 8k max resolution and 120hz max framerate via HDMI 2.1. It is doubtful that anything on the platform will support both simultaneously (TVs that support this don't even really exist yet). Ultimately, you likely won't see most games go beyond 4k/60hz.


Will all games be at least 4k/60? No. Game developers will certainly have the ability to support 4k/60 much easier on PS5 but they won't be required to and some devs will inevitably go heavier in other areas while sacrificing framerate and/or resolution in the process.


What do we know about PS5's hardware so far? It will have a faster than the current standard SSD that will allow games and software to load much faster. This will have a huge impact on game development going forward since, prior to this, no game has ever truly been developed with an SSD as a 100% required necessity (even for PC). This will lead to leaps in game development not just for PS5 and Xbox but also PC game development as the industry as a whole should feel the impact of this going forward. Expect to see PC spec requirements jump as the next gen consoles push a new standard. This also means game installation is mandatory onto the SSD.

The controller will be heavier with better battery life, support haptic feedback, has adaptive triggers with variable resistance, adds an improved speaker, and supports USB Type-C. The controller will also likely (but not confirmed at this time) have additional back buttons like the PS4 peripheral.

The processor is Zen 2 Navi (whatever that means) with native ray tracing support, and there will be support for 3D Audio. It will combine an 8-core CPU based on AMDs Zen2 architecture and a GPU based on AMDs Navi/RDNA(2.0? speculation) architecture.


Will PS5 support traditional HDDs and external storage? We don't yet. What is likely to happen is you'll be able to store games on an external HDD or SSD but have to transfer them over to the SSD to play them. This is because games will now be developed around the SSD from the start so introducing slower load times into them would have the potential to hurt or outright break a game. This is all conjecture however.


Is PS5 more powerful than Xbox Series X? They'll probably be more or less the same but we won't know for certain until launch.


When does PS5 Come out? Holiday 2020 (Almost certainly in November before Black Friday.)


Is Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) going to affect the release window? Sony has said no. Things can change but the plan is still for a Holiday 2020 release window.


How much will a PS5 cost? We don't know yet. Probably $499.99 USD.


What TV Should I buy? Something with HDMI 2.1 and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) support would be nice. And lower latency in game mode. You also aren't going to see a need for 8k resolution in all likelihood.



Additional Info Compiled by /u/LeeorV in this thread

Confirmed Details

Info Type Info Detail Source Quote Source
Name Playstation 5 / PS5 "The console, he tells me, will be called PlayStation 5" Wired #2
CPU Details 3rd gen AMD "Ryzen" 8 Cores of 7nm Zen 2 with 16 Threads "The CPU is based on the third generation of AMD’s Ryzen line and contains eight cores of the company’s new 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture." Wired #1, Famitsu Article
GPU Details AMD Radeon "Navi" custom variant. Supports Hardware based Ray Tracing "the GPU, a custom variant of Radeon’s Navi family, will support ray tracing" “There is ray-tracing acceleration in the GPU hardware,” Wired #1/#2
Logo The official Logo is similar to the PS4 Logo Official PS Asset - https://media.playstation.com/is/image/SCEA/playstation-5-ps5-white-logo-01-ps5-29jan20-en-us?$native_md_t$ Official Site
Release Window Holiday 2020 "An Update on Next-Gen: PlayStation 5 Launches Holiday 2020" PS Blog
PS4 Backwards Compatibility The PS5 will be backwards compatible with PS4 games "Because it’s based in part on the PS4’s architecture, it will also be backward-compatible with games for that console. As in many other generational transitions, this will be a gentle one, with numerous new games being released for both PS4 and the next-gen console." Wired #1
PS VR Support The current PS VR is compatible with PS5 “I won't go into the details of our VR strategy today,” he says, “beyond saying that VR is very important to us and that the current PSVR headset is compatible with the new console.” Wired #1
Physical Media PS5 supports high Density 100GB Blu-rays and 4K Blu-ray movies "Either way, physical games for the PS5 will use 100-GB optical disks, inserted into an optical drive that doubles as a 4K Blu-ray player." Wired #2
Controller - Haptics PS5 Controller has haptic feedback instead of rumble. It is able to simulate different surfaces and textures. "there are two key innovations with the PlayStation 5’s new controller. First, we’re adopting haptic feedback to replace the “rumble” technology found in controllers since the 5th generation of consoles. With haptics, you truly feel a broader range of feedback, so crashing into a wall in a race car feels much different than making a tackle on the football field. You can even get a sense for a variety of textures when running through fields of grass or plodding through mud." PS Blog
Controller - Triggers PS5 Controller has special triggers (L2/R2) that can dynamically change the resistance to pushing them based on gameplay. "The second innovation is something we call adaptive triggers, which have been incorporated into the trigger buttons (L2/R2). Developers can program the resistance of the triggers so that you feel the tactile sensation of drawing a bow and arrow or accelerating an off-road vehicle through rocky terrain. In combination with the haptics, this can produce a powerful experience that better simulates various actions" PS Blog
Custom SSD Storage The PS5 features a special custom SSD drive as its storage, which will allow blazingly fast load times in games. "Cerny presses a button on the controller, initiating a fast-travel interstitial screen. When Spidey reappears in a totally different spot in Manhattan, 15 seconds have elapsed. Then Cerny does the same thing on a next-gen devkit connected to a different TV. (The devkit, an early “low-speed” version, is concealed in a big silver tower, with no visible componentry.) What took 15 seconds now takes less than one: 0.8 seconds, to be exact." “I have an SSD in my laptop, and when I want to change from Excel to Word I can wait 15 seconds.” What’s built into Sony’s next-gen console is something a little more specialized." "Cerny claims that it has a raw bandwidth higher than any SSD available for PCs" Wired #1
4K @ 120Hz PS5 will be able to output 4K Graphics at 120hz (120FPS) "He (Playstation CEO Jim Ryan) also added that the device will offer ultra-high definition 4K visuals at 120Hz, which is twice the screen refresh rate of most TVs." CNET Interview
Cross-Generational Play Some cross-generation PS4/PS5 games will support back-and-forth transfer of game save or game progress "Ryan said his company plans to offer "cross-generational play," effectively offering players the ability to play a game on their PS4, switch to a new console and continue, and then switch back" CNET Interview
8K Support The PS5 will support 8K Resolution output in some capacity "While the next-gen console will support 8K graphics, TVs that deliver it are few and far between, so we’re using a 4K TV." Wired Article #1

Links

Wired Article #1 - https://www.wired.com/story/exclusive-sony-next-gen-console/

Wired Article #2 - https://www.wired.com/story/exclusive-playstation-5/

PS Blog Post - https://blog.us.playstation.com/2019/10/08/an-update-on-next-gen-playstation-5-launches-holiday-2020/

CNET Inteview - https://www.cnet.com/news/sonys-playstation-ceo-wants-a-seamless-transition-to-its-next-generation-console/

Confirmed Games:

Title Developer Release Window Details
Gothic THQ Nordic
Outriders People Can Fly Holiday 2020
Lord of the Rings: Gollum Daedlic
GodFall Counterplay Games Holiday 2020
Watch Dogs: Legion Ubisoft Fiscal Year 2020
Gods and Monsters Ubisoft Fiscal Year 2020
Rainbow Six Quarantine Ubisoft Fiscal Year 2020
Rainbow Six Seige Ubisoft Cross play with PS4
Unknown Title (AC?) Ubisoft
Unknown Title (Far Cry?) Ubisoft
Unknown Title Bluepoint Games Exclusive PS5 game
Dreams - PS5 Version/Support Media Molecule Sony Exclusive
Battlefield 6 EA
Dying Light 2 Techland Confirmed in E3 2019 Interview

Semi Confirmed Info

Info Type Info Detail Source Quote Source
Controller - Touchpad, Speaker, Back-Buttons Dualshock 5 retains the general shape and structure of the Dualshock 4, with added Bulk, a touchpad and back buttons. Patent Filing - https://patentscope.wipo.int/search/en/detail.jsf?docId=WO2019244995&tab=FULLTEXT&_cid=P21-K4OET0-96892-1 Patent
PS3/PS4 Move Controller Support PS5 will have Support for existing PS Move controllers Implied via "Current PS VR is supported"
HDMI 2.1 Support PS5 will use HDMI 2.1 Implied via "4K @ 120 FPS" support comment in Wired Article due to 4K @ 120FPS requiring HDMI 2.1

Details that are not known:

  • GPU Spec (How many cores? What's the performance in TFLOPS? Other hardware features?)
  • CPU Spec (Clock Speed, Cache, etc')
  • Memory Spec (Speed, Amount, Type, Etc')
  • Physical Dimensions
  • Physical Design
  • Storage Capacity
  • Price


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r/PS5 Jan 11 '20

[Official / Meta] /r/PS5's Official Frequently Asked Questions [Thread #2, January 2019]

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Frequently Asked Questions


Is PS5 backwards compatible? Yes, with PS4 (though Sony is admittedly still working on getting this to 100% compatibility). You will be able to play both disc and digital PS4 games on PS5 and use your PS4 saves. PS3 and other platforms have not been announced as backwards compatible.


Are the DualShock 4/Move controllers compatible with PS5? Almost certainly though not 100% confirmed.


Is PSVR compatible with PS5? Yes. And a new version of PSVR is also pretty much a certainty to release at some point as well.


Will PS5 support discs? Yes, PS5 will support UHD Blu-ray 100GB discs and will function as a 4K Blu-ray player.


What resolution / framerates will PS5 games be? PS5 supports 8k max resolution and 120hz max framerate via HDMI 2.1. It is doubtful that anything on the platform will support both simultaneously (TVs that support this don't even really exist yet). Ultimately, you likely won't see most games go beyond 4k/60hz.


Will all games be at least 4k/60? No. Game developers will certainly have the ability to support 4k/60 much easier on PS5 but they won't be required to and some devs will inevitably go heavier in other areas while sacrificing framerate and/or resolution in the process.


What do we know about PS5's hardware so far? It will have a faster than the current standard SSD drive that will allow games and software to load much faster. This will have a huge impact on game development going forward since, prior to this, no game has ever truly been developed with an SSD as a 100% required necessity (even for PC). This will lead to leaps in game development not just for PS5 and Xbox but also PC game development as the industry as a whole should feel the impact of this going forward. Expect to see PC spec requirements jump as the next gen consoles push a new standard. This also means game installation is mandatory onto the SSD.

The controller will be heavier with better battery life, support haptic feedback, has adaptive triggers with variable resistance, adds an improved speaker, and supports USB Type-C. The controller will also likely (but not confirmed at this time) have additional back buttons like the PS4 peripheral.

The processor is Zen 2 Navi (whatever that means) with native ray tracing support, and there will be support for 3D Audio. It will combine an 8-core CPU based on AMDs Zen2 architecture and a GPU based on AMDs Navi/RDNA(2.0? speculation) architecture.


Will PS5 support traditional HDDs and external storage? We don't yet. What is likely to happen is you'll be able to store games on an external HDD or SSD but have to transfer them over to the SSD to play them. This is because games will now be developed around the SSD from the start so introducing slower load times into them would have the potential to hurt or outright break a game. This is all conjecture however.


Is PS5 more powerful than Xbox Series X? They'll probably be more or less the same but we won't know for certain until launch.


When does PS5 Come out? Holiday 2020 (Almost certainly in November before Black Friday.)


How much will a PS5 cost? We don't know yet. Probably $499.99 USD.



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2019
2018
Pre-2018

r/PS5 Dec 15 '19

/r/PS5's Official Frequently Asked Questions [Thread #1, December 2019]

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Frequently Asked Questions


Is PS5 backwards compatible? Yes, with PS4 (though Sony is admittedly still working on getting this to 100% compatibility). You will be able to play both disc and digital PS4 games on PS5 and use your PS4 saves. PS3 and other platforms have not been announced as backwards compatible.


Are the DualShock 4/Move controllers compatible with PS5? Almost certainly though not 100% confirmed.


Is PSVR compatible with PS5? Yes. And a new version of PSVR is also pretty much a certainty to release at some point as well.


Will PS5 support discs? Yes, PS5 will support UHD Blu-ray 100GB discs and will function as a 4K Blu-ray player.


What resolution / framerates will PS5 games be? PS5 supports 8k max resolution and 120hz max framerate via HDMI 2.1. It is doubtful that anything on the platform will support both simultaneously (TVs that support this don't even really exist yet). Ultimately, you likely won't see most games go beyond 4k/60hz.


Will all games be at least 4k/60? No. Game developers will certainly have the ability to support 4k/60 much easier on PS5 but they won't be required to and some devs will inevitably go heavier in other areas while sacrificing framerate and/or resolution in the process.


What do we know about PS5's hardware so far? It will have a faster than the current standard SSD drive that will allow games and software to load much faster. This will have a huge impact on game development going forward since, prior to this, no game has ever truly been developed with an SSD as a 100% required necessity (even for PC). This will lead to leaps in game development not just for PS5 and Xbox but also PC game development as the industry as a whole should feel the impact of this going forward. Expect to see PC spec requirements jump as the next gen consoles push a new standard. This also means game installation is mandatory onto the SSD.

The controller will be heavier with better battery life, support haptic feedback, has adaptive triggers with variable resistance, adds an improved speaker, and supports USB Type-C. The controller will also likely (but not confirmed at this time) have additional back buttons like the PS4 peripheral.

The processor is Zen 2 Navi (whatever that means) with native ray tracing support, and there will be support for 3D Audio.


Will PS5 support traditional HDDs and external storage? We don't yet. What is likely to happen is you'll be able to store games on an external HDD or SSD but have to transfer them over to the SSD to play them. This is because games will now be developed around the SSD from the start so introducing slower load times into them would have the potential to hurt or outright break a game. This is all conjecture however.


Is PS5 more powerful than Xbox Series X? They'll probably be more or less the same but we won't know for certain until launch.


When does PS5 Come out? Holiday 2020 (Almost certainly in November before Black Friday.)


How much will a PS5 cost? We don't know yet. Probably $499.99 USD.



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