Sony PlayStation 5 (PS5) – everything we know so far…
Sony has finally given gamers a first look at the new design of it’s next generations console and we love it!
After Microsoft announced earlier this year that they would be releasing a new version of the Xbox (Xbox Series X), we knew it was only a matter of time before Sony followed suit, however they have been keeping their cards pretty close to their chest. A few months ago, we were teased with a glimpse at the new PS5 logo, but little else was revealed, until last night at the PS5 gameplay reveal event, where fans were given their first sight of the new console.
Sony also announced a new Digital Edition of the console, taking a leaf out of Microsoft’s book, that doesn’t feature the disc tray / 4K Blu-ray player, but we’ll talk more about this later on.
Sony’s new DualSense PS5 controller follows the same alien-esque design and does away with outdated rumble technology, instead offering haptic feedback. This spectacular new controller is designed to help gamers feel more immersed in the game and provides an incredible range of feedback right to your fingertips, which will vary depending on what you’re doing. For instance, veering off the track into the gravel trap will feel completely different to being in a gruelling fight with your arch-nemesis. New adaptive triggers (L2/R2) will also provide different sensations, taking your gaming experience to the next level.
Time for a closer look…
The new curvaceous design has a very futuristic, space aged look to it with a black centre piece and rounded white outer casing. Throughout the event, the console was displayed in a vertical position mounted on a stand, however since then Sony have confirmed that it can be laid flat. There are vents on either side of the console, to keep it cool and aid performance, and two buttons on the front for power and disc tray eject.
We are yet to be shown the back of the console to see what inputs and outputs are available, but it shouldn’t be long before we find out more.
What are the specs like?
Taking a sneak peek ‘under the hood’ the PS5 will be powered by a 3.5GHz eight core AMD Zen 2 processor and a 2.23GHz graphics processing unit, with the aim of outputting 8K 120fps gameplay. It has a custom 825GB solid state hard drive and 16GB memory with streamlined system architecture, that Sony has claimed will “eliminate bottle necks” and load game content almost twice as fast.
It will also feature a 4K UHD Blu-ray drive, or in the case of the Digital Edition, you can stream movies or buy them from the online store.
What games will be available?
As you can imagine with a gameplay reveal event, most of the announcement was devoted to new games – the main spectacle being the new Spider-Man: Miles Morales game, alongside a remake of fantasy game Demons’ Souls. We were also treated to clips of Gran Turismo, Resident Evil, Hitman, NBA and Horizon:Zero Dawn, so plenty to get excited about.
Sony has confirmed that the PS5 will be backwards compatible, meaning you will still be able to play many PlayStation 4 games and the advanced performance offered by the new console, should mean that these older games also run faster.
How much will it cost?
The missing piece of the jigsaw. Sony have yet to tell us a final price for the new console, with it looking set to be a bit of a stand-off with Microsoft, as to who will reveal their price first. Bloomberg have previously reported it to be around £380, making it Sony’s most expensive PlayStations device. The Digital Edition will probably be ever so slightly cheaper, but we will have to wait and see.
When will it be released?
An official release date has not yet been announced, however it is expected to be available in the last few months of 2020, ready for the Christmas season. And we really can’t wait to range it for employees through our Technology Schemes… so keep your eyes peeled!
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