The PS5 or the PlayStation 5 is the next generation PlayStation console which we finally saw what the console actually looks like on June 12, 2020, at The Future of Gaming Event.
Sony, like Microsoft, has been slowly providing more information about its next-gen PS5 in recent months. Sony has not announced the release date and even the price. Both the consoles are expected to be out at the same time, later this year in November or December.
The console includes a white-and-black design to match the new controller that will be included in the box. The console has an Alienware-Esque, space-age design to it with a black centerpiece and a rounded white top and bottom.
The console can be placed vertically or horizontally underneath a TV or monitor. Sony has built a stand that works for either orientation, and the company is using what looks like a slightly different stand for the Digital Edition of the PS5.
The console has a completely revamped user interface that is characterized as accessible and informative, providing real-time updates so the player doesn’t have to search or wait to discover friends’ activities, multiplayer activities, and single-player missions and rewards are available.
Along with the console, the console’s accessories including a Pulse 3D wireless headset, DualSense Charging Station, a media remote, and a new HD camera, all of which match the design of the PS5.
We also saw a USB-A and USB-C port on the front, two physical buttons for power, and in the case of the main PS5 console, eject for the disc tray.
We also got a chance to see how the console will handle ventilation, which is crucial for sustained performance. It seems like Sony is using vents on the top of the console for heat dissipation.
The back of the console is awaited to see what it has in terms of inputs and outputs, but that’s likely to come in the future.
That was all about the design but it’s worth reminding everyone what the console has under the hood.
PS5 Standard Edition
PS5 Standard Edition includes an AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores at 3.5GHz and a 10.28 TFLOP custom RDNA 2 GPU that has 36 CUs at 2.23GHz. It uses a custom 825GB SSD and 16GB GDDR6 memory with streamlined system architecture.
The PS5 packs a UHD Blu-Ray player for playing back 4K UHD discs, something that was missing on the PS4 Pro.
PS5 Digital Edition
PS5 Digital Edition is a disc-less console – one that runs only on digital downloads. You’ll have to buy all your games from the PlayStation Store and keep them on the console’s SSD, on an external hard drive or in the cloud. It also has to stream movies or buy them from the store.
It will also support 8K graphics, 4K graphics at a 120Hz refresh rate, and 3D audio.
Losing the disc drive does make the Digital Edition look slimmer, and we suspect lighter too, though this hasn’t been confirmed.
The Digital Edition will be cheaper, allowing Sony to offer some form of the PS5 experience at a price that isn’t quite as high.
PS5’s DualSense controller
Sony also announced the PS5’s DualSense controller on April 7, 2020. The controller features adaptive triggers, haptic feedback, and a new create button that’s designed to share gameplay content. Like the company’s DualShock controllers, the D-pad and buttons will remain on the top half of the controller while its two analog sticks will be on the bottom. The DualSense will also have a center-mounted touchpad and a redesigned light bar that sits on each side of the touchpad.