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Sony's PlayStation 5 Launches Today

...if you can find one

Poorna Shankar Updated: Posted:
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This is it. Today is the day. Sony’s PlayStation 5 is releasing today.

The release of the PS5 follows the release of Microsoft’s own consoles, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, earlier this week on November 10. Like Microsoft, Sony is offering two versions of the PS5. However, unlike Microsoft’s consoles, Sony’s versions are identical in every way except one. The Digital Edition simply doesn’t have a disc drive. Apart from that, the hardware and capabilities inside are the exact same.

The difference you’ll notice, however, is in the price. The “normal” disc-based PS5 costs $499 (like the Xbox Series X), whereas the Digital Edition PS5 is priced at $399. This means that the Digital Edition PS5 is $100 less expensive than the disc PS5 and Xbox Series X, but $100 more expensive than the Xbox Series S.

Sony first gave us a glimpse of the PS5 hardware in June of this year during one of their presentations. You can catch the trailer for that here. As for release games, you’ll be able to play Spider-Man Miles Morales, Demon’s Souls, and the bundled Astro’s Playroom.

Of course, like the Xboxes, current gen games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will see a “next gen” experience on the PS5. Stay tuned for our full review on that, but in the meantime, check out our review in progress.

Were you one of the lucky ones able to get a PS5?


Poorna Shankar

A highly opinionated avid PC gamer, Poorna blindly panics with his friends in various multiplayer games, much to the detriment of his team. Constantly questioning industry practices and a passion for technological progress drive his love for the video game industry. He pulls no punches and tells it like he sees it. He runs a podcast, Gaming The Industry, with fellow writer, Joseph Bradford, discussing industry practices and their effects on consumers.