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.
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.
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.
The two consoles are marked by the lack of the 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 somewhat more awkwardly proportioned.
The overall design aesthetic is exactly the sort of outlandishness that one would expect from the first iteration of any new PlayStation generation. It matches the DualSense controller design perfectly, which already foreshadowed the white and black aesthetic back in April. Compared to Microsoft’s stark and minimal Xbox Series X design, the PlayStation 5 looks like something out of science fiction.
Sony also showcased a range of accessories for the new consoles. We have already been made familiar with the aforementioned 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 also showcased a ton of new games, 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 performance enhancements when it releases on the PS5 in the second half of 2021.
Aside from all of that, we don’t yet know the pricing and the precise launch date. Expect to find out all of that as we get closer to the end of 2020 launch.
You can check out the new trailers and more on the PlayStation Blog in the link below.