PlayStation 5 design finally revealed
We finally got our first look at the PS5, with a look at some of the games and the console itself. It’s certainly a lot to take in, so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to put everything we know about the PS5 into one place.
Release Date & Cost
We’ve still got no idea how much the console’s going to cost, nor do we have an exact release date beyond the ambiguous Holiday 2020 confirmed so far.
As you’d imagine there’s a significant improvement in terms of specifications from the PS4. Perhaps the standout feature is the new custom-built 825GB SSD which should help boost performance and load times. Ray tracing is a key feature being talked about for the console too, allowing games to more realistically render light particles, basically meaning better-looking games. The key specifications are listed below:
- CPU – 8 Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz
- GPU – 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz
- Memory – 16GB GDDR6/256-bit
- Storage – 825GB custom SSD
- Optical Drive – 4K UHD Blu Ray
We’ve also been given full information on the new Dualsense controller. It will feature the likes of motion sensors, a built-in microphone and speakers well as a headphone jack. The key new developments though are adaptive triggers and haptic feedback. Adaptive triggers essentially alter the resistance felt when pulling the triggers to adapt to different situations such as tension on a bow and arrow or differences between guns. Haptic feedback is basically an improvement to the rumble feature on existing controllers, supposedly enabling you to feel different surfaces through the controller.
The PS5 design is definitely a departure from what we’ve seen from the company in previous iterations. It’s certainly been divisive amongst the community, but does the design really matter all that much anyway? Perhaps the standout news on this front was the announcement of the PS5 Digital Edition, which will, of course, feature no disc drive.
There was also the announcement of a host of accessories for the console revealed along with the new Dualsense controller, listed below:
- Controller charging station
- HD Camera
- Pulse 3D Headset
- Media Remote
Probably the most important aspect of any console launch is the games, we’ve seen a whole load of games including AAA exclusives, indies, new IPs and sequels.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales – Holiday 2020
Launching with the console, more Insomniac Spider-Man is always a good thing. Following on from the previous title, you’ll take control of Miles Morales as he learns the ropes of being Spider-Man. Don’t expect it to be as fully-fledged as the first game though, it’ll most likely be a more mid-sized game to fill the gap before Spider-Man 2 releases.
Gran Turismo 7
Not much needs to be said here, Gran Turismo 7 is Sony’s racing sim for next-gen, no doubt it’ll take full advantage of the console’s technical specifications. There does seem to be more of a focus though, in this game, a welcome return after one of the main criticisms of GT Sport at launch was the lack of single-player content.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
More from Insomniac, as we got a look at some gameplay from the new Ratchet & Clank game. This will feature inter-dimensional hopping alongside the standard 3rd person action we’ve come to expect from the series. You can also expect it to take full advantage of new features such as ray tracing.
A new IP from Housemarque, Returnal sees you control a woman caught in a time loop on a strange planet. The gameplay looks to be that of a third-person shooter, bringing side-scrolling and roguelike elements to the table as well.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
A stunning looking new IP from Ember Lab, Kena: Bridge of Spirits is described as a story-driven action-adventure game. You’ll be working with a team of adorable companions called the Rot to solve puzzles and change the environment to help you achieve your goals.
Godfall – Holiday 2020
Developed by Counterplay Games, Godfall puts you in Aperion as you play a Valorian knight. These are powerful warriors capable of wielding Valorplates, which enable you to master melee combat. You’ll have a whole host of weapons, armour and abilities to unlock, with the game able to be played in both single and multiplayer.
Hitman 3 – January 2021
Hitman 3 sees the return of Agent 47 for the conclusion of the World of Assassination trilogy. Once again you can expect to travel to a whole range of exotic locations with the freedom to choose how you want to approach each area. Hitman 3 will also be released on PS4 when it arrives in January.
The latest game from Arkane Studios, Deathloop sees you stuck in a time loop trying to escape an island while everyone tries to kill you. Your goal is to eliminate 8 targets in one loop, where one death leads to you starting again. There’s a multiplayer element to the game as well, with rival assassin Juliana taking place stepping into the mix. This is a character who may be controlled by another player, or yourself if you fancy it.
Resident Evil Village – 2021
Resident Evil Village is the 8th core game in the franchise. The game is set to feature a broader scale than the mansion of RE7, with the fear element coming from the unknown aspects of the village and exploration. Village will also see the return of Chris Redfield to the franchise.
Horizon: Forbidden West
The follow up to 2017’s brilliant Horizon: Zero Dawn, Forbidden west sees Aloy return as she travels to the west coast of America. You can expect gameplay to be similar to the previous game with new enemies including robot elephants and the ability to explore underwater. The game itself looks absolutely incredible, with some exceptional looking landscapes.
Those are some of the big hitters that have been unveiled, with plenty more covered below.
- GTA V – expanded and remastered for PS5
- Stray – A stray cat lost in a city populated by robots has to find its way home.
- Sackboy: A Big Adventure – A return for Little Big Planet’s Sackboy, in a multiplayer platformer.
- Destruction Allstars – A demolition derby featuring both cars and on foot action.
- Goodbye Volcano High – A narrative driven game centred around a group of anthropomorphic animals.
- Oddworld: Soulstorm – The sequel to 2014’s Oddoworld: New ‘N’ Tasty
- Ghostwire: Tokyo – Puts you in Tokyo as you fight spirits off to protect the city.
- Jett: The Far Shore – Space-based action adventure
- Solar Ash – The next title from Hyper Light Drifter developer, Heart Machine.
- Astro’s Playroom – Pre-loaded onto every PS5, small platformer
- LittleDevil Inside – Impressive art style in an action-adventure RPG.
- NBA 2K21 – This year’s NBA game
- Bugsnax – Uncover a mystery on an island filled with adorable bugs.
- Demon’s Souls – Remake by Bluepoint Games, the team behind the Shadow of the Colossus remake
- Pragmata – Mysterious lunar adventure game.
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