Sony releases PlayStation 5

12th November 2020
Sony releases PlayStation 5

Sony released the PlayStation 5 (PS5) on 12th November 2020 in North America and several other territories. The worldwide release was a week later, on 19th November 2020.

At launch, there were two variants of the PS5 available:

  • A base version with an optical BluRay disc drive, which played games from both discs and digital downloads.
  • A budget version with no optical drive, which only played digital downloads.

Sales of the PS5 were limited by worldwide stock supply issues, caused by a global chip shortage in the early 2020s.

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  • A customer purchasing the new Sony Playstation PS5 in Seoul
    Credit: AFP/Ed Jones/Jakarta Post. Images remain the copyright of the original copyright holder. Used under fair use policy for educational purposes only.

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