Sony’s PlayStation 4 debuted seven years ago in 2013, while the Slim and Pro versions were announced in 2016. Gamers across the world have been waiting for a long time for Sony’s next-gen console. The Japanese brand finally revealed the PlayStation 5 at its ‘Future of Gaming’ online-only event. Previously, the company has confirmed a few features of the upcoming console.
Sony also announced a ton of games coming to the PS5. Earlier in April this year, gaming enthusiasts got a look at the all-new PlayStation 5 DualSense controller. It’s worth noting that Sony hasn’t revealed the pricing and release date of the PS5 yet.
Sony PlayStation 5 specifications and features
Sony has announced the PS5 in two versions: one with a 4K Blu-ray drive and a Digital Edition. The latter does not come with a disk drive and is thinner compared to the regular model. The PlayStation 5 is designed to be placed vertically like the Xbox X series. Additionally, it can also be placed horizontally. The console features a dual-toned black and white design which matches the DualSense controller. The device has curved wings at the top that house vents for heat dissipation. There are USB-A and USB-C ports at the front.
As for the PS5 DualSense controller, it comes with an adaptive trigger and a new haptic feedback mechanism. It sports a more rounded design and smoother edges compared to the PS4 controller. The new DualSense controller also features an integrated microphone and a USB-C port. The handgrip is bulky and thicker and the touchpad has a blue lightbar on either side. The ‘Share’ button has been renamed ‘Create’. The layout of joystick and buttons is still the same as its predecessor.
As for the hardware, the PS5 is powered by an eight-core AMD Zen 2 processor and a custom AMD RDNA 2-based GPU. The console packs 16GB GDDR6 RAM and is equipped with an SSD instead of a hard drive. The PS5 will also support 8K graphics, 4K graphics at a 120Hz refresh rate and 3D audio. The upcoming console is confirmed to be backwards compatible with PS4 games.
Alongside the PS5 console reveal, Sony also displayed a range of accessories including a wireless headset, a camera, a media remote and a charging dock for the controller. The upcoming games announced for the next-gen console include Spider-man: Miles Morales, Gran Turismo 7, Resident Evil 8 and more.
Sony PlayStation 5 pricing and availability
The PS5 is scheduled to launch worldwide later this year. Pricing will be announced closer to the release date.