Sony finally revealed the next generation PlayStation 5 design on 11th June after PS5 game announcement. They unveiled two variant, one with a 4K Blu-ray drive (Standard edition). And other with no optical drive (Digital Edition).
The PlayStation 5 has a sleek vertical design. Here, the curved black interior is sandwiched by white panel on either side. The design of the console matches the new controller which will be included in the box. There is a couple of USB port in the front – regular USB-A and a USB-C. Along with the blue LED lightning and vents. The vents dissipate the heat generated. The I/O in the back remains a mystery for now.
Sony hasn’t disclosed the pricing yet. But, digital variant will be cheaper to some extent as there is removal of drive. Therefore, the digital edition appears slimmer with more symmetric design.
The PS5 can be placed in any orientation either vertical or horizontal as Sony has built the stand that works for both. However, the stand is a separate accessory or part of the design is yet unknown.
Along with the new console Sony also displayed number of new accessories. Accessories includes DualSense charging station for charging tow DualSense controllers simultaneously, a new HD camera for motion tracking, a Pulse 3D wireless headset and a media remote for using the console as a Blu-Ray player and streaming box. Sony hasn’t announced pricing for any of these either.
Under the hood, the PS5 console is powered by an octa-core AMD Zen 2 CPU and a custom AMD RDNA 2-based GPU. Sony is also providing 825 gigs of SSD storage with 5.5GB/s of performance to boost load times for games. The PS5 will support 8K graphics, 4K at 120Hz refresh rate and 3D audio.
Furthermore, we are familiar with the DualSense controller. The controller features haptic feedback, adaptive triggers and a built in microphone. You can share the gameplay content via a new create button. The controller also have a center mounted touchpad and a redesigned light bar on each side of the touchpad. Similarly the D-pad and buttons will remain on the top half of the controller similar to the company’s DualShock controllers.
Games on PlayStation 5
Sony also flaunted ton of new games including Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Resident Evil Village, NBA 2K21, Deathloop, Hitman III, and more. Similarly, PS5 provides backward compatible thus, PS4 games can run at a boosted frequency on PS5. And Assassin Creed Valhalla and an updated GTA V is headed to the PS5 this holiday season.
Price and Availability
Now, Sony has announced the pricing and availability for the PlayStation 5. As mentioned above, the standard version with disc drive is priced at $499 which is equivalent to €500 and ₤450. And then comes the digital edition which comes without a disc drive is priced at $399 which is equivalent to €400 and ₤360.
The PS5 console will be available from November 12 in the US, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia and South Korea. Some other countries will receive it a week later on November 19. However, the Chinese launch date is yet not finalized and will be announced at a later date.
|PlayStation 5 (Standard Version)||$500/€500/₤450|
|PlayStation 5 (Digital Edition)||$400/€400/₤360|