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Sony announces PlayStation 5 release date and price

If you are keen, I’m sure you’ve noticed that gamers are extremely happy today and it’s because Sony has finally announced the release date and price of the PlaySation 5.

Sony PlayStation 5

On its website, the tech giant has indicated that the long-awaited console will be will be available in 7 markets on November 12. They are; the US., Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.

The PS5 will then be rolled in the UK out to the rest of the world on November 19.

Pricing

The PS5 Digital Edition $400 (approximately KSh43,360 at current exchange rates) while the PS5 that has a disc drive will cost $500 (approximately KSh54,200 at current exchange rates.

However, if taxes and transportation costs are added, the total cost of buying the devices could shoot up by about KSh10,000 to KSh15,000 assuming you are in Kenya and you are purchasing it from abroad.

Salient Features

One of the salient features of the PS5 is its size. “It’s huge,” as Trump often says. Some websites are even calling it the biggest console in gaming history.

According to Sony, the PS5 is 390mm (15.4 inches) tall, 260mm (10.24 inches) deep and 104mm (4.09 inches). The model without the disc drive pretty much the same just 12 millimeters slimmer.

Specifications

Here’s what we’ve got under the hood of the PS5:

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CPU

  • x86-64-AMD Ryzen™ “Zen 2”
  • 8 Cores / 16 Threads
  • Variable frequency, up to 3.5 GHz

GPU

  • AMD Radeon™ RDNA 2-based graphics engine
  • Ray Tracing Acceleration
  • Variable frequency, up to 2.23 GHz (10.3 TFLOPS)

System Memory

  • GDDR6 16GB
  • 448GB/s Bandwidth

SSD

  • 825GB
  • 5.5GB/s Read Bandwidth (Raw)

Optical Drive

  • Ultra HD Blu-ray (66G/100G) ~10xCAV
  • BD-ROM (25G/50G) ~8xCAV
  • BD-R/RE (25G/50G) ~8xCAV
  • DVD ~3.2xCLV

PS5 Game Disc

  • Ultra HD Blu-ray, up to 100GB/disc

Video Out

  • HDMI™ OUT port
  • Support of 4K 120Hz TVs, 8K TVs, VRR (specified by HDMI ver.2.1)

Audio

  • “Tempest” 3D AudioTech

Dimensions

  • PS5: Approx. 390mm x 104mm x 260mm (width x height x depth)
  • (excludes largest projection, excludes Base)
  • PS5 Digital Edition: Approx. 390mm x 92mm x 260mm (width x height x depth)
  • (excludes largest projection, excludes Base)

Weight

  • PS5: 4.5kg
  • PS5 Digital Edition: 3.9kg

Power

  • PS5: 350W
  • PS5 Digital Edition: 340W

Input/Output

  • USB Type-A port (Hi-Speed USB)
  • USB Type-A port (Super-Speed USB 10Gbps) x2
  • USB Type-C® port (Super-Speed USB 10Gbps)

Networking

  • Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)
  • IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
  • Bluetooth® 5.1

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