PlayStation 5 goes on sale in the UK TODAY for £449


Sony’s PlayStation 5 goes on sale today in the UK, with the Japanese company claiming it offers a ‘new era for gaming’.  

The PS5 is several times more powerful than the previous generation PlayStation 4 and is able to handle higher-quality graphics with significantly shorter loading times.

Its British launch comes just after a week after the Xbox Series X went on sale. Both consoles cost the same amount, with a price tag of £449. 

Sony is releasing a slimmer, digital-only version of the console which costs £349 – £100 more than the digital-only Xbox Series S. 

When the PS5 went on sale in the US on November 12, there was a huge scramble to source one of the coveted machines. 

Stores and websites soon sold out, and it appears British gamers are experiencing a similar situation, with online websites such as Currys and John Lewis forced to implement virtual queuing. 

The John Lewis website appears to have crashed this morning, with thousands of users claiming they are unable to access the site, according to DownDetector.

The Game and Tesco websites were also experiencing problems, according to reports. 

One Twitter user, called Nicole, said: ‘Trying to help my friend get a PS5 and there’s 120k people in the queue at Currys PC World LOL’.

Another person said they were forced to the back of the queue by a work meeting, finding themselves with 113,514 people in front of them. 

The PS5 is several times more powerful than the current generation PlayStation 4 and is able to handle higher-quality graphics with significantly shorter loading times

Sony's PlayStation 5 goes on sale today in the UK, with the Japanese company claiming it offers a 'new era for gaming'

 Sony’s PlayStation 5 goes on sale today in the UK, with the Japanese company claiming it offers a ‘new era for gaming’

People trying to get hold of a PS5 found themselves in enormous virtual queues, with hundreds of thousands of gamers trying to get their hands on one

People trying to get hold of a PS5 found themselves in enormous virtual queues, with hundreds of thousands of gamers trying to get their hands on one 

One Twitter user, called Nicole, said: 'Trying to help my friend get a PS5 and there's 120k people in the queue at Currys PC World LOL'

One Twitter user, called Nicole, said: ‘Trying to help my friend get a PS5 and there’s 120k people in the queue at Currys PC World LOL’ 

Jim Ryan, president and chief executive of SIE, said the new system had ‘limitless possibilities’.

‘I’m thrilled for the new worlds that players will begin to experience today,’ he said.

The console includes a new ultra-high-speed solid state (SSD) drive as well as the ability to run games in 4K resolution at up to 120 frames per second (fps).

The DualSense controller, which comes with the console, has also been given a major update and now features enhanced haptic feedback to more accurately recreate in-game vibrations through the handset.

It has also been given an aesthetic makeover, with a space-age appearance much different to that of its predecessor.   

When the PS5 went on sale in the US on November 12, there was a huge scramble to source one of the coveted machines. Stores and websites soon sold out , and it appears British gamers are experiencing a similar situation, with online websites such as Currys and John Lewis forced to implement virtual queuing

When the PS5 went on sale in the US on November 12, there was a huge scramble to source one of the coveted machines. Stores and websites soon sold out , and it appears British gamers are experiencing a similar situation, with online websites such as Currys and John Lewis forced to implement virtual queuing

The PS5 British launch comes just after a week after the Xbox Series X went on sale . Both consoles cost the same amount of money, with a price tag of £449. Sony is releasing a slimmer, digital-only version of the console which costs £349

The PS5 British launch comes just after a week after the Xbox Series X went on sale . Both consoles cost the same amount of money, with a price tag of £449. Sony is releasing a slimmer, digital-only version of the console which costs £349

The console includes a new ultra-high-speed solid state (SSD) drive as well as the ability to run games in 4K resolution at up to 120 frames per second (fps)

The console includes a new ultra-high-speed solid state (SSD) drive as well as the ability to run games in 4K resolution at up to 120 frames per second (fps)

‘Today marks a historic moment for the PlayStation brand, and all of us at SIE are pleased to celebrate the release of PlayStation 5 together with our community of fans, game developers, and industry partners,’ Mr Ryan said.

‘PS5 is a truly next-generation console representing the beginning of a new era for gaming.

‘I’m thrilled for the new worlds that players will begin to experience today, and I’m equally excited for the line-up of games still to come for PS5 that will continue to propel the gameplay experience forward.

‘We are humbled to work with a talented community of world-class game developers. Their creativity will bring limitless possibilities to what the future of gaming can look like on PS5.’

The console, which first released in the United States and several other countries last week, has so far received positive reviews from critics.

The gaming giant has partnered with Transport for London (Tfl) to celebrate the launch of the new console by giving a new look to Oxford Circus Tube station.

Outside the four entrances of the station the characteristic London underground sign has been replaced by Sony’s X, triangle, circle and square button icons. 

The characteristic London underground sign has been replaced by Sony's controller icons

The PlayStation button symbols have taken over Oxford Circus Tube station

The characteristic London underground sign has been replaced by Sony’s controller icons as part of a marketing stunt 

The gaming giant has partnered with Transport for London ( Tfl ) to celebrate the launch of the new console by giving a new look to Oxford Circus Tube station

The gaming giant has partnered with Transport for London ( Tfl ) to celebrate the launch of the new console by giving a new look to Oxford Circus Tube station 

The marketing stunt is located right in front of a Microsoft store - the company behind rival console the Xbox - although it is not clear if this was an intentional swipe by Sony

The marketing stunt is located right in front of a Microsoft store – the company behind rival console the Xbox – although it is not clear if this was an intentional swipe by Sony 

It is not yet clear how much Sony paid TfL for the unusual advertising campaign – which will only be in place for 48 hours. 

As well as the the Tube’s roundels, its tunnels, entrances, exits, Victoria, Central and Bakerloo line platforms have also been transformed and now feature the four PlayStation shapes.  

The marketing stunt is located right in front of a Microsoft store – the company behind rival console the Xbox – although it is not clear if this was an intentional swipe by Sony.

Another four Underground stations across London have undergone some changes as Mile End station has become ‘Miles End’, paying homage to Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Lancaster Gate is renamed to ‘Ratchet and Clankaster Gate’, Seven Sisters has turned ‘Gran Turismo 7 Sisters’ and West Ham station has become ‘Horizon Forbidden West Ham’. The changes will be live until December 16.

The PS5 looks very different to all other consoles to be released in recent years, including all previous PlayStation iterations since the first one went on sale in 1994.

It is also considerably larger, measuring 15.4 inches (39cm) tall, 10.2 inches (26cm) deep and 4.1 inches (10.4cm) wide.  

How does the PlayStation 5 compare to the Xbox Series X? 

With the launch of the PlayStation 5 in the UK, both major console makers have now released their next-generation devices to gamers.

But how does the new PS5 compare to its rival system, the Xbox Series X?

– PlayStation 5

Standing at around 39cm high when in its upright position and with its stark black and white design, the PS5 is not a subtle console.

At 4.5kg, it is not light either, but the system houses some impressive specs that make it significantly faster and more powerful than previous console generations.

In terms of performance, it has up to 10.4 teraflops of processing power available, and utilises ray-tracing technology to better render light within games.

Combined with the new ultra-high-speed solid state drive, it means games load and run significantly faster than before.

The console is also designed to make them look better because as well as the ray-tracing, the PS5 looks to run games in 4K resolution at up to 120 frames per second (fps).

It can even support 8K resolution where available.

The DualSense controller which comes with the console has received a significant upgrade, including a new haptic feedback vibration system which realistically recreates a much wider range of in-game vibrations than ever before, improving the immersion of gameplay.

In terms of games, Sony has introduced backwards compatibility on the PS5, meaning users are able to play a back catalogue of PS4 games as well as those coming to the PS5.

The PlayStation 5 is priced at £449.99, but is available in a digital-only version, without the Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive which comes on the main console, for £349.99.

– Xbox Series X

Microsoft’s new flagship gaming system is also priced at £449, but comes in a more compact package.

It measures in at 15.1cm x 15.1cm x 30.1cm, making it smaller than the PS5, although it does weigh 4.4kg, which is similar to the PlayStation.

Inside too it is similarly powerful – using what Microsoft calls Velocity Architecture, the Series X offers 12 teraflops of processing power.

The Series X will run games in 4K resolution at 60fps, with further support for 120fps too.

The new Xbox also has its own way to quickly load games, through a feature called Quick Resume which allows players to jump between and back into games in seconds.

And in terms of an expansive games catalogue, Xbox owners can choose to join Game Pass, the console’s library of more than 100 games which can be streamed instantly.

Much like Sony, Xbox also has a digital-only version of its new console, the Series S, which has many of the same features of the Series X, but is considerably cheaper at £249.



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