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PS5 Launch Guide -- Everything You Need for Sony's Next-Gen Console

Sony's next-gen console is finally here - get everything you need to dive into the PS5 at launch as the next member of the PlayStation family.

November 12, 2020

While we’ve known about it for some time, the time has finally come for Sony’s long-awaited next-gen console, the PS5. From the first time that we saw its logo to the reveal of the console itself, this week the PS5 finally hits in select parts of the world, with more areas and countries to start getting the system next week on November 19, 2020.

With the launch of the PS5 starting this week, we here at DualShockers are bringing you our round-up of everything that you need to know about Sony’s next-gen system. From the basics of the system, to the games you’ll be able to play at launch, to our staff’s opinions and deep dives into the system, below you’ll find tons of resources we’ve put together in the build-up to the launch of the PS5, whether you’ve already secured your pre-order or are waiting to pick it up down the launch.

Either way, next-gen is finally here, and we hope that our guides and features on the PS5 will help you jump in.


PS5 Review

Like everyone else around the world, we’ll be getting our PS5 systems at launch starting this week, and we’re as excited as everyone to dive in. Once we get our hands on the system, you can expect our official verdict on the PS5 later this month to take a look at its technical specs, features, and everything else it has to offer.

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Everything We Know About Sony’s Next-Gen Console

If you’re looking for the overall basics of what to expect from the PS5, we’d recommend starting here. Our “Everything We Know” guide runs through the highlights of the PS5’s technical specs, features, and everything that Sony has announced about the system to date.

Sony’s 5 Biggest Pros and Cons Heading Into Launch

Now that we know the basics of what the PS5 has to offer, especially when compared to Microsoft’s consoles, it’s time to put into context where the system’s pros and cons are at launch. In this guide, we take a look at some of the biggest reasons why you might want to get a PS5 at launch, and five reasons why you might want to hold off for a bit longer.

All The Launch Games Confirmed So Far

Both the PS5 and Xbox Series X will have a ton of different games to choose from, and in here, we take a look at all of the first and third-party offerings that will be available on the systems at Day 1.

All the First-Party Titles Coming at Launch

If you’re looking more specifically at which games you can only play on the PS5, don’t worry: we have you covered. In here, you’ll be able to take a quick look at all of the confirmed titles that will be available for the PS5 launch from Sony’s first-party teams at PlayStation Studios.

Next-Gen Game Upgrades — Here’s What We Know So Far

If you’re planning to pick up any PS4 games and wondering how you can upgrade them (for free or otherwise) to the PS5 version, here’s our breakdown on the basics of next-gen game upgrades.

The Best 4K TVs to Buy for PS5 and Xbox Series X

If you’re in the market to pick up a new 4K TV to play your PS5 on, here are our recommendations for the best sets to pick up from various brands and manufacturers. Whether you’re looking for a more affordable option or a 4K TV with all the bells and whistles, we have you covered at the features you’ll want to look for when picking out a 4K TV at varying price ranges and budgets.

PlayStation Studios — Here Are Sony’s 13 First-Party Studios to Date

Looking past this year, Sony and its roster of first-party teams at PlayStation Studios have a lot of exclusives and new games in the works. Here, we take a look at all 13 of the first-party developers at PlayStation Studios to see what projects they’re currently working on for PS5 and what they might have in store for the future.

PS5 Controller Discussion — Our Thoughts on the DualSense Controller

Alongside the console itself, Sony is also introducing players to a brand new controller, the DualSense. Featuring haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, and more immersion-bending features, here is our initial discussion of what we thought when the DualSense controller was first revealed.

The PS5 DualSense and Xbox Series X Controllers Show Evolution Over Revolution

Sony and Microsoft are obviously moving in very different directions for this generation, and the controllers are a great example of each company’s strategy for next-gen. Take a look at our thoughts on where Sony and Microsoft’s heads might be at while moving into next-gen.

In Defense of PlayStation: PS5 Exclusive Content Is a Good Thing

Exclusive content and games are not surprising to anyone that plays video games, and an important business strategy. Take a look at our thoughts on where exclusives are at and why they’ll continue to be a key factor for PlayStation heading into the future with the PS5, and how it will benefit consumers in the long run.

The PS5 Logo is the First Step to PlayStation Console Dominance

At the very beginning of the year, Sony finally showed us the logo of the PS5. It was pretty much what we might have all expected. However, looks can be deceiving, as we take a look into what Sony’s consistency and branding can tell us for the PS5.


The PS5 is now available in select countries as of today, followed by its worldwide release on November 19, 2020.

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Ryan Meitzler

Ryan is the Editor-in-Chief at DualShockers and has been a lover of games as long as he can remember. He holds a BA in English and Cinema and lives in New York City.

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