The Covid-19 pandemic has everyone thinking twice about going out and instead, has people spending more time inside their homes. That said, gamers of all levels—from casual, fun-chasing button mashers to the professional, geared-up, wireless warriors—have taken the opportunity to sit back, relax and enjoy all the first-person shooter campaigns, quick-fix battle royale modes or sports championship runs they can handle.
After months of teasing, Sony has finally revealed its next-generation gaming console on June 12, Friday (PHT): The PlayStation 5. Only time will tell how the PS5 ranks in terms of supremacy in gaming console history. But for now, here is what we know about the much-anticipated console:
The older PlayStations have been a steady release of sleek, black consoles, with a few, fun colored options out in the market for gamers to choose from. This time, the white-and-black design is a departure from what most PlayStation fans are used to seeing. It's a bold statement: Out with the old, in with the new.
The PlayStation started out like most consoles, lying flat on its back. Through time, it gradually flirted with the idea of having the option of "standing" to save space. The PS5 seems to be comfortable pushing for the opposite: Vertical-position first, and then having the option of laying it down horizontally. Of course, this could all just be a marketing move making the console stand out among the rest of the competition. Regardless, Sony is selling a stand for either orientation.
Digital-era For the first time ever, Sony will be producing the first "no disc drive" console through the PS5 Digital Edition variant. While the standard PS5 comes with a 4k Blu-ray drive, the Digital Edition will not have one, expecting gamers to download their games straight from the PlayStation Store online. Minus the optical drive, the Digital Edition looks thinner. Maybe the Digital Edition is cheaper, too? By the way, the air vents, USB-A and USB-C ports are still present.
Called DualSense, the new controllers feature adaptive triggers, haptic feedback and a "Create" button for sharing gameplay content. The D-pad and buttons stay on the upper half, and the two analog sticks will be on the bottom. The DualSense also has a centre-mounted touchpad and a redesigned light bar.
Accessories and tech
There are several accessories to make the most of one's PS5 experience: There's the DualSense charging station, a new HD camera, a Pulse 3D wireless headset and, our favorite, a media remote. The last one makes our Netflix streaming experience a little less clunky. Expected to be released by the fourth quarter of 2020, the PS5 is powered by an eight-core AMD Zen 2 CPU and a custom AMD RDNA 2-based GPU. The custom AMD chips will provide 10.28 teraflops of power using variable frequencies on both the CPU and GPU. The console also boasts of its proprietary SSD (solid-state drive) solution to boost game load times. The SSD provides 825GB of storage, 5.5GB/s of performance. The PS5 also supports 8K graphics, 4K graphics (120Hz refresh rate) and 3-D audio.
News has been going around that the PS5 can play games from older-gen consoles. “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 last March. PS5 console architect Mark Cerny goes on the record saying that the PS5 can only play some PS4 games, and that old PS1, PS2 and PS3 games won't be supported via discs. Well, there's the PS5 Digital Edition this year that won't need any disc at all. At this point, anything's possible.