Sony gave a sneak peek at the PlayStation 5, their highly-anticipated next-generation gaming console, revealing new details about the PS5’s console’s design, deep lineup of new games coming to the system, and various accessories for it.
The PlayStation 5 has an odd design. Sony spins it as a “bold, two-tone design marking a radical departure from previous PlayStation consoles.”
The PlayStation 5 with have two variants to choose from, one with an Ultra HD Blu-ray drive and a slimmer Digital Edition without a disc drive.
Scheduled to arrive in time for the holidays, the Sony PS5 will feature an eight-core AMD Zen 2 CPU and a custom AMD RDNA 2-based GPU. The AMD chips will provide 10.28 teraflops of power using variable frequencies on both the CPU and GPU. The SSD will deliver 825 GB of storage and 5.5GB/s of performance. All games are required to be installed on the internal SSD to make use of the read speeds. The PlayStation 5 will support 8K graphics, 4K graphics at a 120Hz refresh rate, and 3D audio.
The PS5 DualSense 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.
Other accessories include a PULSE 3D wireless headset, an HD camera featuring 1080p lenses for gamers to broadcast themselves along with their epic gameplay moments, and a Media Remote control to navigate movies and streaming services with ease.
Upcoming games for the PS5 include Gran Turismo 7 and Grand Theft Auto V. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is coming. Sony also confirmed that the PS5 will be backwards compatible with most of the over 4,000 PlayStation 4 titles and uprating them to higher frequency for added performance and stability.
Expect retail price in the $400 to $500 range