Sony has confirmed they’re working on the future generation of PlayStation as early as last year and by March 2020 we already knew all we needed to know about the new console. Everything except what it will look like. Microsoft were much more eager to showcase their new Xbox Series X design in December of last year. Sony, on the other hand, preferred to let anticipation build up by first unveiling the design of the new DualShock controller back in April. This keeps the general Dual Shock layout that we all know and love, but dresses it up in a refreshed design. The public’s curiosity was piqued and the enthusiasm would’ve been indeed much more visible if it wasn’t of that pesky SARS-CoV-2 pandemic raining on everyone’s parade.
Even though they didn’t get to have a grand launch in front of a cheering audience, Sony at least delivered a 2-hour online showcase of its newest titles, starting with a GTA V remake and following up with the likes of Destruction Allstars, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, Returnal, Stray, Project Athia, Ratchet and Clank: A Rift Apart, Gran Turismo 7, și Spider-Man: Miles Morales, but also Horizon Zero Dawn 2: Forbidden West, Resident Evil 8 și Hitman 3.
That was all fine, and the titles do show promise, but after a presentation this long, the public was weary that the actual console might still not show up and be kept under wraps. Happily, it wasn’t so and Sony delivered big time.
The new PlayStation 5 looks like it came from the future and landed in front of your TV. It has futuristic asymmetric lines that go perfectly with the redesigned DualShock controller. A black core sandwiched between white sides and bearing blue LED strips in the upper side (or the right if you happen to lay it out horizontally). That’s where the cooling vents also reside.
By contrast, the new Xbox and it’s boxy mini-PC look appears quite dull. PS5 looks like it belongs in the living room of the future and is sure to stand out each and every time. It will come in two flavours: a regular one with a disc drive and a Digital Edition which skimps on the Blu-Ray for a slimmer and more symmetric waistline. We’re finally getting UHD 4K Blu-Ray support which PS4 owners were deprived of for some unknown reason (most likely to keep the PS4 from competing with the company’s own dedicated Blu-Ray players).
The specs have been known for a while now and consist of an 8-core AMD Zen 2 CPU aided by a AMD RDNA-2-based GPU. In place of the hard-disk we now have an 825GB SSD. All of these help the PS5 support 8K and 4K 120Hz graphics as well as 3D audio.
Sadly, Sony was mum on the price of the two PS5 variants. The exact release date is also a mystery, but is slated of Holiday Season 2020. All in all, I’m personally very excited about the new console and keeping my fingers crossed for a new God of War game to go with it besides the already many interesting titles that were announced so far.
You can watch the whole presentation below.