Sony finally unveiled the PlayStation 5 on the 11th of June 2020. The unveiling was held virtually due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and so this event was a bit different compared to other gaming console announcement events that were held previously. PlayStations started off with nearly an hour of PS5 game announcements.
Over an hour of teasing the Playstation lovers tuning in from all over the globe, Sony revealed the hardware and specs of the new PS5 which is mentioned below.
The PS5 includes a white and black design for both the console and the controllers, which is interesting because Sony has always favoured full black designs for their consoles. But that said, they went for black and white designs for their PlayStation VR set and maybe the PS5 colours were inspired by that particular design. The PS5 stands vertically and comes with a vertical stand built in.
The PS5 comes in two Versions-
- PlayStation 5 (includes 4K Blu-ray drive)
- PlayStation 5 Digital Edition.
The Digital Edition looks much thinner than the regular version. Not including the drive for Blu-Ray must mean that the street price of that version should be cheaper than the regular version. How ever the prices of the consoles hasn’t been announced yet; and the shipping dates for the console hasn’t been announced yet officially either.
The new stand which comes with the PS5 allows users to keep the PS5 vertically or horizontally just like the Xbox one X series so you can place its monitor underneath a TV or monitor. The vents appear to be placed on the top of the PS5, with a USB-A and a USB-C port at the front.
There is a number of accessories for the PS5 including a DualSense charging station, a new HD camera, a Pulse 3D wireless headset, and a media remote. Again, Sony has not yet revealed any of the pricing for above devices as well.
Sony, like Microsoft, has been slowly providing more information about its next-gen PS5 in recent months. The console will arrive in the holiday season and is powered by an eight-core AMD Zen 2 CPU and a custom AMD RDNA 2-based GPU. Sony announced the PS5 specs in March, and the custom AMD chips will provide 10.28 teraflops of power using variable frequencies on both the CPU and GPU.
Sony is also using a proprietary SSD solution to boost load times for games. The SSD will provide 825GB of storage and 5.5GB/s of performance. They are ensuring that all games be installed to the internal SSD to make use of the read speeds. Epic Games recently provided a stunning Unreal 5 tech demonstration running on the PS5, showing off the loading of cinematic 8K assets and dynamic lighting effects. The PS5 will also support 8K graphics, 4K graphics at a 120Hz refresh rate, and 3D audio.
Sony also announced the PS5’s DualSense controller on April 7th. 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.
The PS5 will also support an “overwhelming majority” of the more than 4,000 PlayStation 4 titles that exist today. “We’re expecting backward compatible titles will run at a boosted frequency on PS5 so that they can benefit from higher or more stable frame rates and potentially higher resolutions,” Sony said in March. And Ubisoft has already said that Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is headed to the PlayStation 5 this holiday season.