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PlayStation 5 Showcase: pricing, release date, gameplay, and more revealed

Pricing and release dates have been announced during the PlayStation 5 Showcase, as Sony and Microsoft gear up for the next generation of console wars.

Not to be outdone by the announcement of launch details for the Xbox Series X and S last week, Sony have unveiled the pricing and release dates for their next-gen console at the PlayStation 5 Showcase.

Next-gen Playstation 5 consoles will be made available to Australian gamers on November 12th, alongside their release in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, and South Korea. The rest of the world will have to wait for the global rollout to continue on November 19th.

The RRP for the fully-featured PS5 in Australia will be $749.95, with the Digital Edition retailing for cool $599.95. Pre-orders are now available via EB Games, JB Hi-Fi, Amazon, Harvey Norman, and a bunch of other Australian retailers.

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Australian gamers sick of paying the ‘Australia Tax’ premium will be happy to note that, like the Xbox Series X and S, pricing on both versions of the PS5 is slightly lower than our counterparts in the US of A, once their state tax and our GST are accounted for.

The recent PS5 showcase has also revealed details on a handful of launch titles, including:

  • Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
  • Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition
  • Demon’s Souls
  • Sackboy: A Big Adventure
  • Astro’s Playroom
  • Destruction All-Stars
  • Fortnite

Those following recent Playstation news might note the absence of Spider-Man: Miles Morales, which was expected to be included in the lineup above, but will instead be released in the ‘Holiday 2020’ period. At least commiseration will be available from those getting angsty over the delay of Halo Infinite.

But there’s good news too, a sequel to God of War has officially been announced. No, God of War: Ragnarok will not be coming as a PS5 launch title, but the much-awaited continuation of the franchise is expected to land in 2021.

The PS5 launch title lineup will be bolstered by backwards compatibility with a majority of PS4 titles, as well as a number of current-gen titles that will receive next-gen updates in the not-too-distant future.

Speaking of PS4 titles, the PlayStation 5 Showcase also introduced the Playstation Plus Collection, a number of games which will become available to all PS+ subscribers when the PS5 launches. The library is huge, covering many of the PS4 generation’s most acclaimed titles such as Bloodborne, God of War, Unchartered 4: A Thief’s End, Days Gone, Until Dawn, The Last of Us: Remastered, and more.

Check out the full list of Playstation Plus Collection games in the Introduction trailer below:

All in all, November is shaping up to be a huge month for gaming. Check out all the new footage that was revealed at the PlayStation 5 Showcase below:

PlayStation 5 Showcase – Opening Sizzle

FINAL FANTASY XVI – Awakening Trailer

Hogwarts Legacy: Official 4K Reveal Trailer

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales – Gameplay Demo

‘Nowhere Left to Run’ Teaser – Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War

Resident Evil Village – 2nd Trailer

Oddworld: Soulstorm – Molluck Returns Trailer

Five Nights At Freddy’s: Security Breach – Teaser Trailer

Demon’s Souls – Gameplay Trailer

Fortnite – Unreal Engine 4 Gameplay

DEATHLOOP – Official Gameplay Trailer 2: Two Birds One Stone

If you’d prefer to watch the stream in full, check it out below: