The PlayStation 5 (PS5) is a home video game console developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Announced in 2019 as the successor to the PlayStation 4, the PS5 was released on Australia, Japan, New Zealand, North America, and South Korea, and November 19, 2020 onwards in other major markets except China. The console is scheduled to be launched in India on February 2, 2021. The platform was launched in two variants: a base model with an Ultra HD Blu-ray-compatible optical disc drive, and a Digital Edition lacking this drive, serving as a lower-cost model for those who prefer to buy games through digital download.
The PlayStation 5’s main features include a solid-state drive customized for high-speed data streaming to enable significant improvements in storage performance, an AMD GPU capable of 4K resolution display at up to 120 frames per second, hardware-accelerated ray tracing for realistic lighting and reflections, the Tempest Engine allowing for 3D audio effects.
The PlayStation 5 is powered by a custom system on a chip designed in tandem by AMD and Sony, integrating a custom 7nm AMD Zen 2 CPU with eight cores running at a variable frequency capped at 3.5 GHz. The integrated GPU is also a custom unit based on AMD’s RDNA 2 graphics architecture. The GPU has 36 compute units running at a variable frequency capped at 2.23 GHz, making it capable of a peak theoretical performance of 10.3 teraflops. The GPU supports hardware accelerated real-time ray tracing, a rendering technique that allows for realistic lighting and reflections. The console has 16 GB of GDDR6 SDRAM with a peak bandwidth of 448 GB/s, and integrates Bluetooth 5.1, and 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6). backward compatibility with most PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR games.
Sony has announced that the PS5 will be launched in India on February 2. Pre-orders for the next-gen console will begin on January 12 (12PM). The PS5 will be available for pre-orders at Amazon, Flipkart, Croma, Reliance Digital, etc. The PS5 will cost Rs. 49,990 while the PS5 Digital Edition will cost Rs. 39,990. The India price of the PS5 is in line with Microsoft’s for its competing console aka Xbox Series X. The Xbox Series X is currently available in India at a price of Rs. 49,990–though it has been extremely hard to find since the first batch of sales. How much did you like this beastly console and will you be buying it? Do tell us!