The wait is finally over as Sony's PlayStation 5 showcase granted gamers the first look at PS5 games under development as well as revealed the PS5 system itself. Picture: Reuters
The wait is finally over as Sony's PlayStation 5 showcase granted gamers the first look at PS5 games under development as well as revealed the PS5 system itself. Picture: Reuters

PS5 on sale from November in SA starting at R9,999.99

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Sep 17, 2020

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JOHANNESBURG - Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announced launch date and price details for its highly anticipated next-generation videogame system, PlayStation®5.

SIE also revealed new updates to the PS5™ game portfolio, including Final Fantasy XVI, Fortnite, Hogwarts Legacy, and a new God of War title.

On 12 November, PS5 will launch in seven key markets: the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea.

The global rollout will continue on 19 November with launches throughout the rest of the world*, including Europe, Middle East, South America, Asia and South Africa.

The PS5 Digital Edition will be available for a retail price (RRP) of R9,999.99 and PS5 with an Ultra HD Blu-ray™ disc drive will be available for an recommended price of R11,999.99.

Pre-orders will be available starting today at select retailers.

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 ultra-high speed SSD with integrated I/O that will deliver lightning-fast loading.

Both PS5 models also offer a deepened sense of immersion through the DualSense wireless controller and 3D audio capabilities, so players will enjoy the same transformative gameplay experiences regardless of which PS5 they choose.

“Since we first announced our next generation console last year, we have received astounding support from developers and gaming fans all around the world, and it’s truly humbling,” said Jim Ryan, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment.

“Now we are just a couple of months away from launching PS5, which will offer a new generation of experiences that go beyond players’ expectations of how games can look, feel, sound, and play. We can’t wait for our fans to experience for themselves the incredible speed, the heightened immersion and the breathtaking games on PS5 when we launch this November.”

Adding to its growing games portfolio, SIE unveiled several new titles coming to PS5, including:

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)

With titles such as Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and Demon’s Souls, the breadth of unique gaming experiences coming to PS5 represent the best lineup in PlayStation history.

Exclusive titles from SIE Worldwide Studios will be priced at launch from R1,299.99 on PS5.

To support the PlayStation®4 community as they transition to the next generation when they’re ready, SIE will launch PS4™ versions of a few exclusive titles: Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Sackboy A Big Adventure, and Horizon Forbidden West.

While these three games were designed to take advantage of PS5 and its unique next-gen features like the ultra-high speed SSD and DualSense controller, PS4 owners will also be able to enjoy these experiences when they launch.

The PS4 digital versions of launch games include a free upgrade on both PS5 consoles, while the PS4 disc versions of these games include a free upgrade on the PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-Ray disc drive.

In addition, SIE revealed the PlayStation Plus Collection**, a curated lineup of PS4 games that defined the generation, which will be available to PS Plus members to download and play on PS5.

The PS Plus Collection features critically acclaimed games, including Batman™ Arkham Knight, Bloodborne, Fallout 4, God of War, Monster Hunter: World, Persona 5 and many more.

SIE also announced the price for the following accessories that will launch alongside the PS5 console:

DualSense™ Wireless Controller (standalone) – R1,499.99 (RRP)

PULSE 3D™ wireless headset – with 3D audio support and dual noise-cancelling microphones R2,199.99 (RRP)

HD Camera – with dual 1080p lenses for gamers to broadcast themselves along with their epic gameplay moments R1,299.99 (RRP)

Media Remote – to navigate movies and streaming services with ease R699.99 (RRP)

DualSense™ Charging Station – to conveniently charge two DualSense Wireless Controllers R699.99 (RRP)

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