Sony has finally revealed the looks of its upcoming PlayStation 5. The first hour and a half of the event primarily talked about gaming and hardware, and honestly, the gaming section was not really what I expected. However, Sony did mention a couple of decent ones including the new Horizon Forbidden West, Spider-Man Miles Morales, and classic Rockstar games re-release, particularly the Grand Theft Auto V.
Meanwhile, Sony’s industrial design team has seriously done a fantastic job on the PlayStation 5 hardware. The PS5 looks polished, futuristic, and fresh. The top has vents for heat dissipation while the front features the USB-A and USB-C ports. Sony is bundling the black-and-white PS5 with its new controller in the box.
Frustratingly, Sony didn’t reveal the price as well as the launch date during the whole event.
The PlayStation 5 alike the Xbox Series X does stand tall, while can stand both horizontally and vertically on the new stand. Sony disclosed two new versions that include a PS5 with 4K Blu-ray drive alongside a slicker Digital edition. And the digital version could be cheaper than the regular version.
The graphics, though, don’t seem to be a great improvement than the PS4 but the new iteration does come with ray tracing hence could provide enhanced lighting and shadow experience.
Sony, alongside the PS5, introduced several other accessories — all-new HD camera, media remote, DualSense charging station, and Pulse 3D wireless headset. Again, we don’t really know if they will launch alongside the console or not.
Sony has been teasing its PS5 for quite some months. The company released the specifications back in March 2020 revealing the eight-core AMD Zen 2 CPU, the custom AMD RDNA 2-based GPU, and the AMD processor that can give out 10.28 teraflops power on CPU and GPU.
The company noted the proprietary SSD can enhance gaming load times and offers 825GB storage and 5.5GB/s performance while asking games to be installed to the internal SSD for greater read speeds. Consider Epic Games that showed off the Unreal 5 tech on PS5 loading cinematic 8K assets and dynamic lighting. The PS5 incorporates 8K graphics and 4K graphics at 120Hz refresh rate, and 3D audio support.
Sony had introduced the PS5 DualSense controller back on April 7, 2020, featuring adaptive triggers, haptic feedback, and a fresh ‘create’ button for gameplay sharing. Much like the DualShock controllers, the new controller keeps the D-pad and buttons at the top half and the two analog sticks at the bottom. It even has a touchpad placed at the center aside a light bar on each side.
The new PS5 will support above 4,000 existing PS4 titles. Back in March, Sony stated, “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.” Ubisoft has had its words on getting its Assassin’s Creed Valhalla to PS5 scheduled for the holiday season.