If you’re a racing game fan looking for some next-gen action on your new PlayStation 5 console, then we have some good news. Codemasters has now confirmed that the upcoming DIRT 5 will be a launch day title for PS5.
The November 12 release date for the PS5 version of DIRT 5 is pretty much what we’d been expecting. Originally scheduled for October 9, DIRT 5 had seen a month’s delay to its current-gen release, to November 6. That’s close to the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X launch dates, of November 10.
This appeared to be largely down to logistics. Game distributor Koch Media didn’t want to ramp up production and delivery twice in a month, first for XB1/PS4 and then for XSS/XSX/PS5. By moving the current-gen date back a month, it meant only one launch window rather than two.
It seemed only reasonable to conclude then that Codemasters would time the PS5 launch similarly. While it’s taken a little while to confirm, we now know that this is the case. As a strange sidebar, this also means that DIRT 5 will be available for PS5 before PS5 is available in most of the world; games and accessories will launch worldwide on November 12, but the console itself only arrives on that date for the USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea. Outside of these regions, the console launch is November 19.
As with the Xbox versions you’ll see above, the PlayStation iteration of DIRT 5 offers a free upgrade. That means that if you simply can’t wait and need to buy the PS4 version on November 6, you can then upgrade it to the PS5 version any time you like, for free. The game will support 4K and 120fps on PS5, as well as the features of the new DualSense controller. You can also play cross-gen with your PS4 friends who don’t upgrade!
We’ve seen plenty from DIRT 5 over the last few months, and we’re sure there’s more to come before that November 6 launch.