Sony Announces South African Release Date for PlayStation 5


Sony announced the release date of their next generation gaming Console, the highly anticipated PlayStation 5.

The PS5, which comes 7 years after the release of the PS4, is Sony’s latest release and scheduled to hit South African stores on 19 November 2020. The PS5 also services as a direct competitor to Microsoft’s Xbox X|S which is also slated for a November 2020 release.

The console itself comes in two variants, a digital edition, allowing users to purchase games online, which will then have to be downloaded onto the console, and the standard version, with a traditional disk drive, which gamers will have to purchase the desired game in disk format from retail outlets.

Sony revealed multiple forthcoming games intended to serve as a companion release with the PS5, including Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, FIFA 21 and Hogwarts Legacy, the latest, and first Wizarding World story set at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry that is not a part of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts timeline, as it takes place in the 1800’s.

The PS5 is currently on pre-order at selected South African retailers, at R11 999,99 for the Standard Edition, and R9 999,99 for the Digital Edition.

Here is a brief overview of the PlayStation®5 Specifications:

  • CPU

x86-64-AMD Ryzen™ “Zen 2”

8 Cores / 16 Threads

Variable frequency, up to 3.5 GHz

  • GPU

AMD Radeon™ RDNA 2-based graphics engine

Ray Tracing Acceleration

Variable frequency, up to 2.23 GHz (10.3 TFLOPS)

  • System Memory


448GB/s Bandwidth

  • SSD


5.5GB/s Read Bandwidth (Raw)

  • Optical Drive

Ultra HD Blu-ray (66G/100G) ~10xCAV

BD-ROM (25G/50G) ~8xCAV

BD-R/RE (25G/50G) ~8xCAV

DVD ~3.2xCLV

  • PS5 Game Disc

Ultra HD Blu-ray, up to 100GB/disc

  • Video Out

HDMI™ OUT port

Support of 4K 120Hz TVs, 8K TVs, VRR (specified by HDMI ver.2.1)

  • Audio

Tempest 3D AudioTech

  • Dimensions

PS5: Approx. 390mm x 104mm x 260mm

PS5 Digital Edition: Approx. 390mm x 92mm x 260mm

  • Weight

PS5: 4.5kg

PS5 Digital Edition: 3.9kg

  • Power

PS5: 350W

PS5 Digital Edition: 340W

  • Input/Output

USB Type-A port (Hi-Speed USB)

USB Type-A port (Super-Speed USB 10Gbps) x2

USB Type-C® port (Super-Speed USB 10Gbps)

  • Networking

Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)

IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax

Bluetooth® 5.1

DualSense™ Wireless Controller Specifications

  • Dimensions

Approx. 160mm x 66mm x 106mm (excludes largest projection) (width x height x depth)

  • Weight

Approx. 280g

  • Buttons

PS button, Create button, Options button, Directional buttons (Up/Down/Left/Right), Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square), R1/L1 button, R2/L2 button (with Trigger Effect) Left stick / L3 button, Right stick / R3 button, Touch Pad button, MUTE button

  • Touch Pad

2 Point Touch Pad, Capacitive Type, Click Mechanism

  • Motion Sensor

Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope + three-axis accelerometer)

  • Audio

Built-in Microphone Array, Built-in Mono Speaker, Stereo Headset Jack

Output : 48kHz/16bit, Input : 24kHz/16bit

  • Feedback

Trigger Effect (on R2/L2 button), Vibration (haptic feedback by dual actuators), Indicators (Light bar / Player indicator / MUTE status)

  • Ports

USB Type-C® port (Hi-Speed USB), Stereo Headset Jack, Charging Terminals


  • Wireless

Bluetooth® Ver5.1

  • Wired

USB connection (HID, Audio)

  • Battery Type

Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery

  • Voltage

DC 3.65V

  • Capacity


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