After weeks of hints and teasing, Sony has finally revealed what the PlayStation 5 looks like. Behold!
We’ve discussed the PS5 specs and all about the new DualSense controller from our previous articles. What’s important to talk about here, is that Sony will be releasing two — two — versions of the PS5. The Standard Edition and the Digital Edition. The sole difference between the two, is that the Digital Edition is disc-less. All games purchases will be made through online and download.
This was a move that many people saw as inevitable. At some point in time, in an era where people can download games and cloud gaming is trying to step up, game discs are slowly going to fade. But at least Sony is trying to ease the transition with two PS5 versions. Anyone who has crazy fast internet can grab the Digital Edition.
As of right now, Sony has released no prices. We’ve been hearing rumors about Sony struggling to lower the price of the PS5. The Digital Edition also appears to be part of the solution, due to having no disc drive, it should also mean it might be slightly cheaper. We’ll have to wait and see.
PS5 specs includes eight AMD Ryzen Zen 2 cores with up to 3.5GHz frequency, Radeon RDNA 2 graphics engine that supports ray tracing, 16 gigs of GDDR6, 448 gigs of memory bandwidth, and 825 gigs of custom internal storage. It will support 4K at 120 frames per second and has an expansion option. Expansion storages were soon announced that it would only be Sony certified. The PS5 is also backwards compatible, 120% clearing any doubts. Though it’s concerning since Sony did mention “Almost all” titles would be playable. We can expect some of the most popular ones to be included.
For the DualSense controller, it features more rounded edges and a two-tone color scheme with black and white. The Share button from the PS4 didn’t live long and is now replaced with “Create”. There’s now microphone, which effectively makes voice chat somewhat convenient in online games. Also, USB type C.
Haptic feedback has replaced standard rumble technology. According to Sony this will improve immersion. Haptic feedback was also applied on the L2 and R2, called “Adaptive triggers,” adjusting the buttons’ resistances from presses. What this means, is if player pull a bow, they will “feel” the tension of how much or how little you’re pulling.
The classic PlayStation logo you see below the touchpad is actually the PS Button. And speaking of the touchpad, it is now flanked by the light bars.
Sony retained most of the features and look from the DualShock 4. This includes the classic D-Pad on the left and the Square-Triangle-Circle-X buttons on the right, and the two analog sticks below them, unlike what most controller designs are quite fond with these days.