The PlayStation 5 starts at $400 and will launch on November 12

The PlayStation 5 and Playstation 5 Digital Edition.Sony
  • Sony's next-generation game console, the PlayStation 5, will arrive on November 12 in select territories, with a worldwide launch coming on November 19.
  • The PlayStation 5 starts at $400 for the digital edition.
  • There are two versions of the console: one with a disc drive and one without. The disc-drive console costs $500.

The PlayStation 5 is nearly here: Sony's next-gen PlayStation console arrives on November 12 and starts at $400.

The Japanese electronics giant announced the long-awaited details during a livestream on Wednesday. The console will arrive in North America, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea on November 12. Its worldwide launch is scheduled for November 19.

The PlayStation 5 Digital Edition costs $400, while the version with a Blu-ray disc drive costs $500.Advertisement

Though the two consoles are capable of powering the same next-gen games, the digital edition is unable to read discs, while the standard model can. In practice, that means that the digital edition is able to play only downloaded games — the latest step that the video-game industry is taking to move away from physical video games.
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Sony first unveiled the look of the PlayStation 5 in June during a similar livestream event.

The new console is a major visual departure from previous PlayStation hardware. It's white, asymmetrical, and has a set of fins sticking out of the top.
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The PlayStation 5 console matches the new controller — the "DualSense" gamepad — which was revealed earlier this year.

Designwise, the two PS5 consoles are very similar. As seen above, the digital edition is symmetrical, while the standard edition has a bump where the disc drive is located. Advertisement

A handful of major games have been announced for the next-gen PlayStation, including first-party games like "Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales" and next-gen versions of "Assassin's Creed" and "Call of Duty." Returning favorites like "Fortnite" will move to the PlayStation 5 at launch this November.

Check out the livestreamed PlayStation 5 showcase event right here:

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