Sony PlayStation 5 Launches With 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc Drive

Sony Interactive Entertainment’s much anticipated PlayStation 5 video game system launches today (Nov. 12) in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea. The global rollout commences on Nov. 19 with bows in EuropeMiddle EastSouth AmericaAsia and South Africa.

The PS5 Digital Edition retails for $399.99 and the PS5 with an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive retails for $499.99.

4K Movie Essentials

Both PS5 models use the same custom processor with integrated CPU and GPU for high-fidelity graphics up to 4K, as well as the same SSD with integrated I/O that promises ultrafast loading. Both models also offer a deepened sense of immersion through the DualSense wireless controller and 3D audio capabilities, so players can experience the same transformative gameplay regardless of which PS5 console they choose.

In coordination with the PS5 launch, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is re-releasing on Dec. 1 select movies in 4K UHD Blu-ray — dubbed “4K Movie Essentials” — targeting PS5 gamers. Titles include: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; Spider-Man: Far From Home; Venom; Baby Driver; Bad Boys for Life; Bloodshot; Zombieland: Double Tap; The Fifth Element; Underworld; Pineapple Express and Hellboy.

PS5 compatible games at launch include: Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition (Capcom); Final Fantasy XVI (Square Enix); Five Nights at Freddy’s Security Breach (Steel Wool Studios and ScottGames); Hogwarts Legacy (Warner Bros. Games); A new “God of War” title (Santa Monica Studio); Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and Demon’s Souls, among others.

Sony Unveils Two PS5 Console Options, Games, No Pricing

Sony Interactive Entertainment’s much-hyped June 11 presentation offered a virtual open house for the pending PlayStation 5 video game console, including two console options for the new-generation system launching in time for the winter holidays.

Versions of the PS5 will include a model featuring a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc drive, and a digital edition without a disc drive. While there are some slight differences in the look of each model, for the overall design, Sony said it is delivering a console it says is “unlike” any previous generation of PlayStation. The new consoles include a wireless headset, a camera (with dual 1080p lenses), a media remote, and a charging dock for the DualSense controller. Sony did not reveal pricing or technical details for the new models.

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On the software side, Grand Theft Auto V will be rolling out an expanded and enhanced edition due in 2021. The title will feature a range of technical improvements, visual upgrades and performance enhancements to take advantage of the console’s new hardware, making the game more beautiful and more responsive than ever.

Plus, a new standalone version of Grand Theft Auto Online will be also available, free for three months on PS5. PlayStation Studios unveiled nine titles, including Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales — the next chapter in the partnership between PS Studios and Marvel Games. Insomniac disclosed Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, a galaxy-hopping new PS5 adventure in the fan-favorite Insomniac series.

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Guerilla is launching Horizon Forbidden West for PS5, a new adventure set in a distant land ravaged by massive storms. And Polyphony Digital unveiled Gran Turismo 7 featuring a “real driving” simulator. There’s also Demon’s Souls, a PS5 remake from Bluepoint Games and Japan Studio.

“When creating a new console, it’s essential to invite bright, talented independent [game] developers into the process early,” Sid Shuman, senior director, SIE content communications, said in a statement.

Indie PS5 titles include Bugsnax from Young Horses, a whimsical, narrative-driven adventure from the creators of Octodad.

Goodbye Volcano High from Ko_op is a cinematic narrative game taking place in the final days of civilization. Jett: The Far Shore from Superbrothers + Pine Scented is an interstellar trip to an oceanic planet in a narrative-driven action adventure, featuring a mix of storytelling and world exploration.

Kena: Bridge of the Spirits from Ember Lab is a story-driven action adventure game combining exploration and discovery with fast-paced combat.

Little Devil Inside from Neostream Interactive is set in a Victorian-like era offering missions to gain evidence and findings for a mysterious professor.

Oddworld: Soulstorm from Oddworld Inhabitants is a visual and cinematic lead for the celebrated series, featuring new gameplay mechanics and devices.

Other titles include: The Pathless from Giant Squid (Annapurna), Stray from BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna, Solar Ash from Heart Machine/Annapurna.

Third-party developers offered new PS5 titles, include Ghostwire: Tokyo from Tango Gameworks/Bethesda Softworks; Godfall from Counterplay Games; Project Athia from Luminous Productions/Square Enix; Hitman 3 from IO Interactive; NBA 2K21 from 2K Sports; Deathloop from Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks; Resident Evil Village and Pragmata — both from Capcom.

“We’re incredibly excited about the next chapter, and we’ll have more details to share about PS5 and the broader PlayStation ecosystem as we close in on launch this holiday,” Shuman said.