Gamers, do you hear that sound?
Me too, because that’s the sound of Sony finally unveiling the new Playstation 5 (PS5)!
Thank you, based Sony.
While the initial reveal was delayed for a week, the Playstation YouTube channel finally uploaded the reveal on 11 June.
To say that I’m hyped is a gross understatement.
Today, we’re going to take a closer look at the up and coming console which might be coming sooner than we think.
Likely taking notes from its competitor the Xbox One, there will be two versions of the PS5.
There isn’t much to say about the regular version aside from how sleek that design looks.
The writer needs to stop fanboying or he’ll never finish his work.
Take note off that CD slot at the side because that’ll be important for the second version of the PS5, the PS5 digital.
This version doesn’t read physical discs and can only load games that have been bought online.
It may seem counterproductive but purchasing games online has become something of a trend over the last few years. It helps saves physical space too!
As much as I want to add this to my collection of numbered PSs, I’m going to be real.
This thing is mad pricey.
There’s been a leak or two recently, showing that there would be a 1TB and 2TB versions of the PS5. Along with that came the prices.
The 1TB model had a pricing of around S$1056.
If you suddenly can’t find your wallet then forgive it, for now, it probably ran away.
The 2TB model oddly has the same price tag but we can assume that it’s a placeholder for now.
Which only means it’s going to be more expensive.
Luckily, you can start saving now.
Sony has stated that it’ll release around Holiday 2020 which we can assume will be around the end of the year.
The real question is how many one-dollar coins I have now.
Some Cool Features
There’s a whole list of cool system specifications on the PS5, but we’ll talk about the ones that really stand out.
Namely, the change of the PS4s hard disk drive (HDD) to a solid-state drive (SDD).
Basically, the games will not only be able to load but it’ll be faster with a speed rivalling that of a strong gaming PC.
This is something the console needs, especially with games getting so big nowadays. New titles like Final Fantasy 7 Remake are around 100GB and trust me when I say, this isn’t even the biggest one.
Having fast load times will definitely help out.
It even will have a new sound system to help audio feel more cinematic. Time to never remove my headset, then.
But personally, I think one of the coolest features is the console having backwards compatibility.
Players who currently own a PS4 can directly port their titles over to the new console.
What the PS5 basically does is that it has ‘Legacy Modes’, one each for the PS4 and PS4 Pro. This lets PS5 mimic the hardware of the previous machines in order to run titles that are optimised for them.
I’ve been waiting for this feature to come back since my PS4 couldn’t run PS3 games.
I’m slightly sad about this one.
For the longest time, PS controllers were called dual shocks. However, it seems Sony has decided to forgo that in favour of something new.
The controller aims to bring a new sense of sound and ‘feel’ immersion to players, the former we touched on a bit earlier.
However, as sound aims to simulate positional accuracy, the haptic feedback aims to add more immersive sensations as players grip the controller.
Long story short, it aims to stimulate scenarios in-game such as going through different environments or holding weapons.
A motion sensor will also be present in the Dualsense Controller to add an additional layer of gameplay to upcoming games.
Finally, Playstation Asia’s Facebook post also has a glimpse of some accessories to come.
From left to right after the console we can see a remote, a charging port for the controllers and a webcam.
There’s no getting off the Sony hype train now and we can only now eagerly await the console’s end of year release.
But for my wallet, it was probably over.