After months of secrecy, Sony finally revealed the design of its next-generation PlayStation 5 console. Actually, it unveiled two of them, a standard edition and a digital edition with no optical drive.
Now as someone that owns the complete set so far this was an interesting showcase for me and equally as interesting for the boys.
My Playstation journey began back in the mid 90’s with the release of the PS1. I loved that console and still have it. We now have 2 under this roof, literally just under the roof, as they are in the loft. The missus had one too you see so they now get gather dust together from within the same cardboard box.
We also have 2 PS2’s, again now in the loft. We have however played one of these recently though, when we fancied a game of Buzz Junior. Best Game Ever.
Just like with the PS1 we still have about 20 or so games for the PS2, which look good on the bookshelf and give us reasons to say ‘best game ever’ whenever we look along the spines at each and every one of them. By today’s standards they are no longer that good though.
To cut a long and boring story short we also have 2 PS3’s and 2 PS4’s. Plus loads of games for each of them. Mainly the same ones actually. Call of Duty, FIFA, Singstar, that sort of stuff.
Obviously the PS3’s are in the loft but the PS4’s are current and getting lots and lots of use. During lockdown we haved moved one out of the front room so that the two youngest boys can each play them in their rooms without disturbing our viewing of Bargain Hunt.
Anyway, it looks like the PS5 will be out in time for Christmas so does it look any good?
The PlayStation 5 has a sleek, vertical design dominated by white panels on either side sandwiching a curved black interior. The center portion has what looks like a standard USB-A and a USB-C port on the front along with blue LED lighting and vents along the top curve. The back of the console remains a mystery for now.
Ooooh, not the standard black box. Oh well, still gonna get it.
The PS5 is placed within a vertical stand, something Sony has always had for its consoles starting with the PS2. Whether this stand is part of the design or a separate accessory is yet unknown.
This early look seems to show that this device will not lay flat – not good for people like me with my kind of furniture! Oh well, still gonna get it.
An interesting point is the lack of a 4K UHD Blu-ray drive on the Digital Edition. This model is thinner and has a more symmetric design while the standard edition is bulkier and will no doubt be a fair bit more expensive.
Sony also showed us a range of accessories for the new consoles. We have the as expected DualSense controller, which will feature haptic feedback and a built-in microphone. There will also be a Charging Station for charging two DualSense controllers simultaneously, an HD Camera for possible motion tracking, a new Pulse 3D Wireless Headset, and finally, a Media Remote for using the console as a Blu-ray player and streaming box.
Sony showcased a ton of new games too, including Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Resident Evil Village, NBA 2K21, Deathloop, Hitman III, and more. There’s also an update for GTA V, which will get additional content, technical improvements, visual upgrades, and interstingly also be included in the price of the console.
There were a few things we didnt get though! No release date, no price and no backwards compatibility announcement.
Oh well, we will get that soon enough. £599 is the expected price for the Full edition. Add another controller, a few accessories and a couple of games and people will be looking to splash out a grand just in time for christmas.
Oh well, still gonna get it.