Sony has finally revealed its next-generation console, the PlayStation 5, which was anxiously awaited by gamers all over the world. After almost an hour of PS5 game unveils during the PS5 live event that took place yesterday, the tech giant has revealed the console’s hardware design.
The PS5 comes with a white-and-black design to match the brand new controller that will be included in the box. Among the games revealed by Sony, there were some exclusive titles such as Rocket League / Twisted Metal hybrid Destruction Allstars, a Pixar-looking action-adventure title in Kena: Bridge of Spirits, and Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Other games such as NBA 2K21, Hitman 3, and Grand Theft Auto V would also be shared with Xbox and PC community.
PS5’s Design and Specs
The PS5 stand vertically, just like the Xbox Series X, was mainly designed to stay and will come in two versions: one with a 4K Blu-ray drive and a pure Digital Edition. The console version without the optical drive is a bit thinner than the other model, because of the drive removal.
The lack of a drive should mean that the Digital Edition of the console is cheaper, as well, but Sony has not mentioned any pricing yet. The tech giant has just revealed the design during its live event, but it did not give any details regarding the release date or exact pricing for either model.
The top of the device also seems to include vents for heat dissipation, and the front hosts USB-A and USB-C ports. Sony has also included a few accessories for the PS5, such as a DualSense charging station, a new HD camera, a Pulse 3D wireless headset, and a media remote. Just like with the pricing details, Sony has not mentioned whether the accessories will launch with the new PS5.
Similar to what Microsoft did, Sony has also been slowly offering more information about the PS5 in the last few months. The console will be released in the holiday season and is powered by an eight-core AMD Zen 2 CPU and a custom AMD RDNA 2-based GPU. The company announced the specs of the PS back in March, and the custom AMD processors will provide 10.28 teraflops of power using different frequencies on both the GPU and CPU.
The developer is also using a proprietary SSD approach to enhance load times for games. The SSD will come with 825GB of storage and 5.5GB of performance. Sony asked that all games be installed on the internal SSD in order to use the read speeds. Epic Games has recently posted an outstanding Unreal 5 engine demonstration running on the PS5, depicting the loading of cinematic 8K features and stunning lighting effects. The console will also support 8K graphics, 4K graphics at a 120Hz refresh rate, and 3D audio.
Along with the other announcements, Sony also revealed the PS5’s DualSense controller, which packs adaptive triggers, haptic feedback, and a new create button that is made for sharing gameplay content. Similar to the company’s DualShock controllers, the D-pad and buttons will be placed on the top half of the controller, and its two analog sticks will be located on the bottom. The controller will also have a touchpad mounted in the center, as well as a tweaked light bar on each side of the touchpad.
Sony’s console will also support most of the over 4,000 PS4 titles that are currently available.
“We’re expecting backward compatible titles will run at a boosted frequency on PS5 so that they can benefit from higher or more stable frame rates and potentially higher resolutions,” Sony said in March.