Sony has finally announced the price and release date of the PlayStation 5, as well as new exclusives Final Fantasy 16 and God Of War 2.
The PlayStation 5 will cost £449.99 in the UK and will be out on 19 November (12 November in North America, Asia, and Australasia), although it’s not known yet when pre-orders will begin.
The PlayStation Digital Edition, which does not have a disc drive but is otherwise largely identical – so not the equivalent of the less powerful Xbox Series S – will cost £359.99 and will be out on the same day.
That’s the news fans have been waiting months for now and since it’s exactly the same price as the Xbox Series X it’s considerably cheaper than many feared, especially as Sony also announced a rough equivalent to Xbox Game Pass.
The PlayStation Plus Collection isn’t exactly the same as Game Pass, because it doesn’t include any PlayStation 5 games, but it will allow you to download a very impressive selection of PlayStation 4 games, that includes some of the best of this generation’s first and third party titles.
It’ll be available at launch and rolled in as a standard part of PlayStation Plus, so you won’t have to pay any extra for it. Thanks to the addition of Sony’s exclusives it’s arguably already a better line-up of games than Game Pass, but whether it will expand to include next gen titles remains to be seen.
We’ll get into some of the bigger game announcements in separate articles but to summarise, Square Enix announced Final Fantasy 16 as a console exclusive (implying the only other format will be PC).
The long-rumoured Harry Potter game Hogwarts Legacy was also announced, and looked graphically very impressive, but it’s a multiformat game for both current and next gen systems.
The first gameplay footage of launch game Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales looked great, as did Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Resident Evil Village, console exclusive Deathloop, and the newly announced Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition – which will be available digitally at launch.
Sony also showcased Oddworld: Soulstorm, Five Night At Freddy’s: Security Breach, and had a decently long gameplay demo for Soulsborne remake Demon’s Souls.
Fortnite was also reconfirmed as a launch title but the final tease – and it was a tease because no visuals, or even the name, were shown – was a 2021 release for God Of War 2.
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