Published: June 12th , 2020 | 10:46am UTC + 2
After all of the hype surrounding the launch event, Sony has officially announced its latest next-gen console. The new PS5 sports a futuristic design which is like nothing we’ve ever seen before on a console. The PS5 also comes in two variants with one featuring a traditional optical disc drive and the second being an all-digital edition for gamers who prefer to download games directly from the Playstation store. This is a bold move from Sony who have stuck to safer, more conventional designs for their consoles in the past and it is also the first time we’ve seen an all-digtal Playstation console.
Sony also revealed a new DualSense charging station for the previously revealed DualSense controller along with a new and more compact HD camera, a Pulse 3D wireless gaming headset and a media remote control however they have not yet announced pricing for any of the accessories, or whether they will all launch alongside the new PS5 consoles.
The console is set to arrive in the holiday season and is powered by an eight-core AMD Zen 2 CPU and a custom AMD RDNA 2-based GPU and the custom AMD chips will provide 10.28 teraflops of power using variable frequencies on both the CPU and GPU. Sony is also using a proprietary SSD solution to boost load times for games. The SSD will provide 825GB of storage and 5.5GB/s of performance.
The PS5 will also support an “overwhelming majority” of the more than 4,000 PlayStation 4 titles that exist today. “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
The company also highlighted some of the next-gen game titles coming to the console including the all-new Gran Turismo 7, a PlayStation staple, and Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon Forbidden West, Returnal, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart and Sackboy A Big Adventure.
In many ways, this was the equivalent of a PS5 E3 conference, and we now have a strong idea of what to expect from Sony’s next-gen machine.