Sony has given fans a number of reasons to rejoice at its just-concluded ‘The Future of Gaming’ event. The Japanese company not only shared the exclusive titles coming to the PS5 console later this year but also revealed the PlayStation 5 design and a bunch of other details. Let’s dive into the juicy details about PlayStation 5 such as its design, specs, accessories, games, and more.
PS5 design and accessories
The console has a sleek vertical design with a black and white theme. The interiors appear black while the two sides are white in color. It gets a blue LED lighting, a USB-A port, and a USB-C port on the front. Sony had already announced the DualSense controller for the PS5 in April this year.
The next-gen console will be available in two different versions – a 4K Blu-ray drive edition and a Digital Edition. The only major difference between the two is that the Digital Edition is slimmer because it lacks the 4K Blu-ray drive. Sony told fans that the “gameplay experience will be the same, so the choice is all yours.”
Sony announced a ton of accessories that will go with the PlayStation 5. The accessories include a DualSense charging station, a media remote, a new HD camera, and a Pulse 3D wireless headset. All these accessories have the same black and white theme as the console. The company hasn’t revealed the prices or release date for the accessories, though.
PlayStation 5 controller
Sony officially revealed its next-gen controller called DualSense in April. The controller will support haptic feedback instead of the old “rumble” of the previous generation controllers. It will allow for a more immersive gaming experience, according to Jim Ryan.
The new DualSense controller has a two-tone design. It gets adaptive L2 and R2 triggers, and haptic feedback to create an element of “sense.” The controller also has a new Create button, a built-in microphone, and a USB-C connection. It is powered by a rechargeable battery. Sony has promised that the new controller will deliver better battery life than its predecessor.
PlayStation 5 release date and price
Sony has assured fans that the COVID-19 pandemic will not affect the PS5 launch schedule. The Japanese company hasn’t confirmed the pricing details yet. Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan has told media that the PS5’s price will present its value proposition.
Speaking to Games Industry, Ryan said Sony is focusing on “providing the best value proposition that we can.” “I don’t necessarily mean the lowest price,” he said. Ryan added that the value proposition is a combination of things such as the number of games, quality of games, depth of games, and price of games.
Twitter tipster IronManPS5 has spilled the beans on the release date and pricing details of Sony’s upcoming console. In a series of tweets, the leaker said that the console would hit the store shelves in North America and Europe on November 20. It will retail for $499/ £449/ €499 at launch. The anonymous tipster said in a follow-up tweet that the PS5 Digital Edition would go on sale on the same day at $399/ £349/ €399. It means the Digital Edition will cost $100 less than the Blu-ray model.
According to the tipster, the PlayStation 5 will first launch in Japan on November 14. It will retail for ¥49,980 (US$466) for the Blu-ray model. Sony will launch the DualSense controller and all other accessories alongside the console.
IronManPS5 reports that the DualSense controller will cost $59.99/ £54.99/ €59.99. The HD camera will also cost the same. The charging cradle will likely have a price tag of $29.99/ £24.99/ €29.99. The PS5 remote will be available at $29.99/ £24.99/ €29.99. Sony will also be selling the vertical stand for $24.99/ £16.99/ €19.99. The Pulse 3D Wireless Headset will be the most expensive accessory with a price tag of $159/ £129/ €179.
PS5 Features and specs
The upcoming PlayStation 5 will have a blazing-fast SSD, vents for heat dissipation, support for 8K graphics, a built-in 4K Blu-ray player, 3D audio, USB-A, and USB-C ports. It will also have 8K graphics at a 120Hz refresh rate. The console would offer 825GB of SSD storage and 5.5GB/s of performance.
Powering the PlayStation 5 is the octa-core, 3.5GHz AMD Zen 2 CPU. The PS5 features a 10.3 teraflops AMD RDNA 2. The console would pack a staggering 16GB of GDDR6 RAM and offer backward compatibility with PS4 titles. The super-fast SSD will dramatically reduce or even eliminate loading times, letting players enjoy the best experience.
Gaming titles could make or break a console’s launch. The PS5 will be backward compatible with titles for previous generations of PlayStation. CD Projekt Red has indicated that their upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 will arrive on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.
During the hour-long online stream, Sony announced tons of highly anticipated games for the PlayStation 5. They include Gran Tourismo 7, Spider Man: Miles Morales, Resident Evil 8, Horizon Forbidden West, Destruction All-Stars, GTA 5, and more. The GTA 5 will arrive with new features, content, and improvements for PS5 in 2021. The release date for Horizon Forbidden West is not clear yet.
So far, developers have confirmed the following games for the PS5:
- WRC 9
- Dying Light 2
- Battlefield 6
- Observer: System Redux
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
- Call Of Duty: Warzone
- Horizon Zero Dawn 2
- Rainbow Six Siege
- The Lord Of The Rings: Gollum
- Gods And Monsters
- Rainbow Six Quarantine
Meanwhile, Fortnite developer Epic Games has announced that it has rolled out an update to its Unreal Engine to add support for the upcoming PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. The Unreal Engine update optimizes a variety of games, including Fortnite, for the next-gen consoles from Sony and Microsoft. Version 4.25 of Unreal Engine will also help developers better prepare for the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
This article has been updated with the latest information on June 29, 2020.