After months of speculation, and a gazillion different dates, yesterday we all got to see what the new PlayStation will look like, and we are in love!
Well, for starters, two options have been launched: a PlayStation®5 console with an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive and a PlayStation®5 Digital Edition without a disc drive. The PS5 gameplay experience will be the same, so the choice is all yours.
While there are some slight differences in the look of each model, for the overall design, Sony wanted to deliver a console that’s bold, stunning, and unlike any previous generation of PlayStation.
On the software side, the industry’s most talented developers unveiled a lineup of games that will define PS5 when it launches this holiday. Grand Theft Auto V started the party, revealing an expanded and enhanced edition due to hit PS5 in 2021.
PlayStation Studios also served up a massive buffet of extraordinary PlayStation 5 game reveals totaling nine titles. It kicked off with Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales — the next chapter in the acclaimed partnership between the legendary studio and Marvel Games and is due out for PS5 this holiday. Insomniac also revealed Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, a galaxy-hopping new PS5 adventure in the fan-favorite Insomniac series.
The PS5 will come with a new gamepad, one that Sony is dubbing the DualSense PS5 controller, not the DualShock 5, like you’d expect. The controller now has a black-and-white colour scheme that is bold – and likely to be divisive. That’s the confirmed design in the picture above, and it’s closely mirrored by the PS5 console design, as you’ve already seen. The two-tone PS5 controller colon scheme extends to the four face buttons, which still consist of Triangle, Circle, Square and Cross (or X), but they’re devoid of colour. There is a pop of colour around the side of the central touch-pad, as the PS4 Light bar has moved from the top of the game-pad on the PS5.
The DualSense will include a microphone inside of the controller, so ditch that headset when communicating with friends. And the ‘Share’ button is dead. Long live the ‘Create’ button. That’s what Sony is calling the the button that’s in the same spot and still intended for gameplay content to share with the world.
Quick-Fire Questions! – What everyone is asking!
- When will it release? “Holiday 2020” in the US, says Sony, so between October and December 2020.
- What can I play on it? Loads of games! They include a new Spider-Man entry, a Horizon Zero Dawn sequel, a Demon’s Souls remake, Resident Evil 8 and much more to come.
- Will PS5 have VR? YES! It will be compatible with current PSVR hardware.
- What will the PS5 cost? This is to confirmed but many have suggested around the €499 mark.
- Can I play PS4 games on the PS5? The PS5 will definitely be backwards compatible with “almost all” PS4 games – earlier generations are still to be confirmed. It will launch with support for the majority of the top 100 PS4 games, according to Sony’s Mark Cerny.
…and as for the specs!
- CPU: AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
- GPU: 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
- GPU architecture: Custom RDNA 2
- Memory interface: 16GB GDDR6 / 256-bit
- Memory bandwidth: 448GB/s
- Internal storage: Custom 825GB SSD
- IO throughput: 5.5GB/s (raw), typical 8-9GB/s (compressed)
- Expandable storage: NVMe SSD slot
- External storage: USB HDD support (PS4 games only)
- Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray drive
Well, we don’t know about you, but OUR Christmas List has officially started today!