Sony Goes Digital With Unveiling Of Two Versions of PlayStation 5

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Electronics giant Sony unveiled the highly anticipated PlayStation 5 during the “Future of Gaming” live stream hosted virtually on Thursday June 11 and watched by half a million fans, including 254 News.

The virtual announcement was the first of such kind in PlayStation’s history necessitated as part of directives to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Like the Xbox Series X, it was shown standing upright, though like the PlayStation 4 it can also be placed on its side.

Like the new DualSense controller debuted earlier this year, the console has a striking white and black design with hints of a blue glow.

There will be two versions of the PS5, one that has a disk drive, and one that is digital only, dubbed the “Digital Edition” This is the first time in Sony’s history to have a console without a disc drive and the second console to go digital after Microsoft’s XBOX One S.

The release of the digital version comes at a time more gamers are purchasing games online, seemingly ditching the physical disc versions which were so dominant over the years.

The PS5 is thought to resemble a futuristic internet router with visible fins on its front end and blue light. The model they displayed is white in colour which matched the white DualSense pad. And that’s just on the outside.
On the inside it gets pretty interesting. It features an 8 core Zen 2 based AMD CPU that runs at 3.5ghz. The GPU is a custom solution based on AMD’s next generation RDNA 2 architecture which has 36CU’s running at 2.23 Ghz and generates 10.28 teraflops, which is pretty high end. The whole system shares 16GB of GDDR6 memory with a 256bit interface.
The PS5 also has a console best in class 825GB PCIe SSD that has a throughput of around 5.5GB/s, which is so much faster than the best selling PS4. This storage can be expanded by another NVME (Non-Volatile Memory) storage solution

In terms of accessories, there will be a wireless headset, a camera, charging dock and a media remote. The camera has dual 1080p lenses which could be used for streaming. The Pulse 3D wireless headset features the 3D audio support that Sony has prized over and dual noise-cancelling microphones. The media remote will have a mic for voice commands. The DualSense charging station is for charging two controllers at the same time.

What remains for gaming fans to know about is the price of the console and the accessories. It is another waiting game fans will have to participate in as the console turns focus to its official release during the holiday season of this year. (End of this year)

However some reports have raised questions around COVID-19′s impact on the console supply chain and the number of units that will be available at launch.

“We’ve shared technical specifications and shown you the new DualSense wireless controller. But what is a launch without games?” wrote Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, in a blog post announcing the event.

“The games coming to PS5 represent the best in the industry from innovative studios that span the globe. Studios, both larger and smaller, those newer and those more established, all have been hard at work developing games that will showcase the potential of the hardware.”
Also revealed were new PlayStation 5 games that arrived before the console’s reveal. They include existing, popular franchises such as “Ratchet & Clank,” “Spider-Man,” “Gran Turismo,” “Resident Evil,” “Hitman” and “Horizon.” A remake of “Demon’s Souls” was also announced, alongside a slew of new IPs and smaller titles with indie aesthetics.

Others include NBA 2K21, Resident Evil VIII: Village and the 2013 release of Grand Theft Auto Five (GTA V) which is coming to PS5, in an “expanded and enhanced” form, in 2021. Additionally, GTA Online will be free for PS5 players. Sony also offered $1 million per month in GTA online cash to all PS4 players until the PS5 releases.

Sony’s official announcement was published via the PlayStation blog and recommended watching the stream with headphones on, citing “cool audio work in the show.”

In a March 18 tech presentation, Mark Cerny, the lead system architect of the PlayStation 4, announced a series of innovations to the audio tech packaged in the PlayStation 5.

The event was previously scheduled for June 4, but was pushed back one week on account of the widespread protests in response to the killing of George Floyd by the police in Minneapolis, USA.

“While we understand gamers worldwide are excited to see PS5 games, we do not feel that right now is a time for celebration and for now, we want to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard,” explained a Sony spokesperson at the time.

Watch the release video and check out the photos below:

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