Sony on Thursday released its highly-anticipated gaming console ‘PlayStation 5‘ just two days after rival Microsoft released its newest Xbox. The game unit of Sony Corp touts the new console’s data-processing capacity, saying it is 100 times faster than the PS4, its predecessor launched in February 2014. The company also said the new console has advanced audio technology, reports Japan Today. Also Read - PSN Down: Sony PlayStation Network still down; suffering issues for over 48 hours
The PS5 is currently available in Australia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, North America and South Korea, but gamers elsewhere will have to wait until November 19. Also Read - Microsoft Xbox Live was down for over five hours; here's what happened next
In the US the Sony PS5 has been priced at $499.99 for the Standard Edition and the Digital Edition has been launched at $399.99. Meanwhile, its India pricing has also been announced. In India, the PS5 will come in two variants – the standard version will cost Rs 49,990 and the Digital Edition will retail at Rs 39,990. Sony hasn’t announced any release date for the PS5 in India. Also Read - Sony brings back Play At Home initiative, offers Ratchet & Clank PS4 and more for free
Recently, UK-based data analytics company Ampere Analysis predicts that Sony could sell around 17.9 million units of the PS5 consoles by the end of 2021 and more than 67 million units by 2024.
Sony launched the first PlayStation in 1994. The PS2, introduced in 2000 with a built-in DVD player, was a global success and recorded worldwide sales of about 155 million units. The PS5 uses an eight-core AMD Zen 2 CPU and a custom AMD RDNA 2-based GPU, which provides 10.28 teraflops of power with 36 compute units running at 2.23GHz each.
The PS5 will have a solid-state drive (SSD) and will support features like real-time ray tracing. It will also support 4K graphics at a 120Hz refresh rate, 8K graphics and 3D audio.
Written with agency inputs