It’s been known for a long time that Sony’s PlayStation 5 game console was set for release this holiday season, but now we know exactly when the next generation of the PlayStation will be arriving.
Sony announced at its PS5 Showcase this week that the PlayStation 5 will arrive in the United States on November 12, at a price tag of $399.99 for the digital-only edition, and $499.99 for the version that comes with an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive. The 12th is also the release date for seven markets, including America, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea, while the PS5 will arrive a week later in Europe, Middle East, South America, Asia and South Africa.
It was already known that the games that would ship with the PS5 would include “Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales,” ”Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War,” and “Demon’s Souls.” Several more games were featured at the PS5 Showcase, such as “Five Nights at Freddy’s Security Breach,” the Harry Potter game “Hogwarts Legacy,” “Final Fantasy XVI,” and a new “God of War” game.
“This year has been unlike any other, and there have been many challenges the world has faced,” Jim Ryan, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, wrote in the blog post. “Everyone at PlayStation, along with all of our partners in development, publishing, technology, and retail, have devoted a lot of effort to launch PlayStation 5 in time for the holiday season. We’re all working closely together to achieve our mission of delivering the best that gaming has to offer to our community.”
Ryan told the Washington Post this week that, despite reports about cut orders, there would be more PS5 units made available than PS4s were, when that console was first introduced in 2013. New console generations typically come out every seven years.
The PS5 is also the largest console in history, at 15.4 inches tall, 10.24 inches deep and 4.09 inches wide, making it larger than even some of the older consoles, Sony confirmed to The Verge. When it was first introduced, the PS4’s look was compared by some to an old-fashioned cable router.
Preorders for the PS5 opened Thursday but, per The Verge, the consoles were out of stock nearly immediately from most major retailers.
In July, Sony announced which TVs have been granted the designation of “Ready for PlayStation 5,” as how they will work with the new gaming consoles is clearly a question on the mind of many TV buyers this year. Sony gave that designation to the X900H 4K HDR Full Array LED and Z8H 8K HDR Full Array LED models.
Stephen Silver, a technology writer for The National Interest, is a journalist, essayist and film critic, who is also a contributor to Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review and Splice Today. The co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.