Thursday, June 11th 2020

Sony Showcases Two PlayStation 5 Console Versions, Platform-Exclusive Next Generation Games

Sony today via a livestream finally showcased their hardware design for the next generation of consoles, and let's get one thing right out of the way: the company will be launching two console versions. This is a relatively unexpected twist - unexpected, because if anything, we were expecting two new consoles from Microsoft (remember the Lockhart rumors?), not from Sony. However, the PS5 will be eventually launching in two versions - a mainline console, and an all-digital spinoff.

For now, details are all but absent - the only thing we know for sure is that the digital version of the PS5 won't be carrying a 4K BluRay player. That will undoubtedly reduce the final pricing of the digital version compared to the mainline console. It's unclear whether this console has some sort of streaming integration with a service such as PS Now, offloading games processing to the cloud. If it doesn't, though, and if the only hardware difference between the two versions is the presence of the 4K BluRay player, we're likely talking about a $100/€100 difference - tops. Remember that the Xbox One S, which currently retails for around $250, too possesses a 4K Blu Ray player, so there's only so much that can be recouped from cutting that particular hardware piece. As you might've guessed by now, pricing is still being manifested as if it were a unicorn.

The overall PS5 design is a sleek combination of whites and blues - something that was already teased with the Dual Sense controller reveal. The design is like that of a sleek spacecraft, with organic curves, blue lighting and an Alienware-esque outlook, and is nothing like some expected the console to be in terms of size. It remains to be seen how Sony has managed to dissipate the heat being output by the admittedly powerful hardware inside the console - one would expect not to see a repeat of the roaring jet engine present in the PS4 Pro.

The look also raises the question of whether the console can lay on its side. The relatively thin design likely means the console is taller than the Xbox Series X, which could make it difficult to fit in some entertainment cabinets - whether vertically or horizontally. However, the existence of that black stand and the console's own curved design seem to put a horizontal orientation out of consideration; this could be a very, very relevant detail for some users. Take a peek at the PS5 hardware reveal trailer below.


When it comes to games, Sony showcased some known quantities from their first-party studios. Horizon: Forbidden West promises to expand on the world, gameplay and concepts seen in the original, amazing Horizon: Zero Dawn (which is hitting the PC scene soon enough, mind you). A new Ratchet and Clank game, under the subtitle Rift Apart, was also showcased. There was some Pixar-quality level of detail there, with the newfound power of the new SSD architecture showcasing nanosecond-level environment transitions, and raytracing being very well-represented in real-time reflections.

Gran Turismo 7 was also showcased, with unprecedented, jaw-dropping levels of detail seen on car models, real-time environment reflections being showcased on the cars' sides and hoods, and beautiful lighting. A new, PS5-exclusive Square Enix game in the form of Project Athia is being developed by Luminous Productions, the same developers of Final Fantasy XV, though not much was shown regarding that one. That's just some of the games, and below, are some of the trailers. Check a complete list of the revealed games after the videos, by order of reveal in the livestream.






Games announced on the PlayStation livestream:
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 ("expanded and enhanced" - Rockstar Games/2K) - 2021
  • Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Insomniac Games) - Holiday 2020
  • Gran Turismo 7 (Polyphony Digital) - TBA
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games) - TBA
  • Project Athia (Luminous Productions/Square Enix) - TBA
  • Stray (Bluetwelve/Annapurna Interactive) - 2021
  • Returnal (Housemarque/SIE Worldwide Studios) - TBA
  • Sackboy: A Big Adventure (Sumo Digital) - TBA
  • Destruction Allstars (Lucid) - TBA
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits (Ember Lab) - TBA
  • Goodbye Volcano High (KO_OP Mode) - 2021
  • Oddworld: Soulstorm (Oddworld Inhabitants) - TBA
  • Ghostwire: Tokyo (Tango Gameworks) - 2021
  • Jett: The Far Shore (Superbrothers & Pine Scented) - Holiday 2020
  • Godfall (Counterplay Games/Gearbox) - Holiday 2020
  • Solar Ash (Heart Machine) - 2021
  • Hitman 3 (IO Interactive) - January 2021
  • Astro's Playroom (Japan Studio/Team Asobi) - TBA
  • Little Devil Inside (Neostream) - TBA
  • NBA 2K21 (2K) - Fall 2020
  • BugSnax (Young Horses) - Holiday 2020
  • Demon's Souls Remake (BluePoint Games/Japan Studio) - TBA
  • Deathloop (Arkane Lyon/Bethesda Softworks) - TBA
  • Resident Evil 8: Village (Capcom) - 2021
  • Pragmata (Capcom) - 2022
  • Horizon: Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games) - TBA
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110 Comments on Sony Showcases Two PlayStation 5 Console Versions, Platform-Exclusive Next Generation Games

#26
Metroid
Rahnak
We'll find out once Sony reveals pricing. I tried googling prices but most drives do writes as well. I did find what looked like an external 4k blu ray player that was just shy of $50. If I were to guess, maybe a $30 difference between versions?
To me, for them to make a different version, must have been $100 plus difference. $30 or $50 don't think they would have bothered about. Let's wait and see, good question.
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#27
Lionheart
I like the design, the event was boring asf though, only thing I enjoyed was Resident Evil 8 Village. :pimp:
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#28
iO
Rahnak
My PS4 blu ray drive's only use was the games it came with. All of my purchases were digital. If others like me can save some money for buying it without the drive, then why not?
Might save you a few bucks initially. But losing the ability to sell games and game for cheap with second hand games really isn't worth it IMO.
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#29
Chloe Price
Now that's ugly. PS2, PS3 & PS4 original designs looked great.

edit: And no RGB?! :laugh:
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#30
Rahnak
iO
Might save you a few bucks initially. But losing the ability to sell games and game for cheap with second hand games really isn't worth it IMO.
I haven't done that since the PS3 days, but it's a very good point. For sure, it's not for everyone, I'm probably their ideal target for the digital version.
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#31
Chloe Price
Rahnak
I haven't done that since the PS3 days, but it's a very good point. For sure, it's not for everyone, I'm probably their ideal target for the digital version.
Personally I don't even remember when I've bought a console game as new. Skate 3 on X360 probably. These days I just buy old console games from ebay and everything digitally for PC.
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#32
Hotobu
This is all I could think about when I saw the PS5 just now.



A Red/Black mod with green eyes would be both great and hilarious.
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#33
Tomgang
Yeah I don't know what to say. With out the disk it looks... Well not overly bad, but not perfect either.

The disk version :fear:. Good god, that looks like PS5 just got tumor or something.

I prefer design on the older consoles to be hornestly.
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#34
Chloe Price
IMO it just needs a black version. This black & white design looks stupid.
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#35
sepheronx
I like physical media. I am not a fan of how video games are going tbh. Maybe it is just me but with the events happening around the world now and of hearing how things are pulled from digital streaming systems and what not because of some disagreements on historical point of view or whatever, proves that having physical is important. Plus what ever happened to simply throwing in a cartridge or disk and play the game? Are people that lazy now? I also love the idea of collecting. Having a collection you can display so one day you are bored and want to do something, you simply go to your library of games, look and choose. I used to do it all the time and was just....fun (if that makes sense).

The system looks OK. I don't care too much for it of course but I never found the PS4 that appealing either. More appealing than this though. But oh well. The games don't much appeal to me either besides as someone else here said - Resident Evil 8 and the Square Enix title. We will see.
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#36
Hyderz
the rendering gave it a cheap flexible plastic feel to it.
maybe when we see the product in hand, might be different
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#37
Pumper
Terrible design and the console is giant compared to the rest:

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#38
1d10t
White and blue LED, I think of Atlas from Portal 2...



I think XSX won this round, from hardware and certainly form factor. Yeah I said it, it was UGLY.
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#39
lexluthermiester
Fouquin
Oh I like the digital edition, it's aesthetically appealing. But the way they just bulged out the chassis and created this plastic tumor to house the optical drive... It's just gross.
Function over fashion....
Rahnak
My PS4 blu ray drive's only use was the games it came with. All of my purchases were digital.
And when the PSN shuts down, all of your games will be gone. Those with physical discs will still be able to play their games...
Darmok N Jalad
Even with discs, once you pop the game in, you get GBs worth of updates to download.
...even without updates.
Darmok N Jalad
My original copy of Destiny is literally just a physical placeholder instead of a digital one.
I haven't seen this yet. However, my PS4 Library isn't that extensive.
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#40
ShurikN
1d10t
I think XSX won this round, from hardware and certainly form factor. Yeah I said it, it was UGLY.
But they lost brutally in the only department that matters. Games. 5 seconds of Ratchet and Clank had more gameplay than the entire XBox "gameplay" presentation.
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#41
Valantar
sepheronx
I like physical media. I am not a fan of how video games are going tbh. Maybe it is just me but with the events happening around the world now and of hearing how things are pulled from digital streaming systems and what not because of some disagreements on historical point of view or whatever, proves that having physical is important. Plus what ever happened to simply throwing in a cartridge or disk and play the game? Are people that lazy now? I also love the idea of collecting. Having a collection you can display so one day you are bored and want to do something, you simply go to your library of games, look and choose. I used to do it all the time and was just....fun (if that makes sense).
I don't disagree with you, and I definitely wouldn't buy an all-digital version, but physical game sales have been down the toilet for half a decade or more (hi, former game retail worker here). Also, "throwing in a cartridge or disk and play[ing] the game" hasn't been a reality since the X360/PS3 generation - optical drives don't have the bandwidth required to load anything even remotely modern directly off hte disk. At the very least it needs installing to a drive, but it also likely needs a ton of updates given how broken a lot of games are at launch.
ARF
To me the design looks like inspired by a perfect female figure - 90/60/90... Very weird - I bet women will like it more than men...
That post is such a cluster****, I'm impressed that it's just two sentences long. Pretty please keep your sexist drivel to yourself? It would be much appreciated.



As for this console design .... eugh. I get what they are going for, but when what they are going for is "15-year-old's idea of a cool sci-fi-looking gadget", that doesn't add up to me. Most gamers are adults. The vast majority of game hardware buyers are adults. This obnoxious monstrosity would never reach my living room, no way, and I would imagine most people above the age of 15 would say the same. I will be getting both new consoles down the line (need them for work if nothing else), but they'll be living in my office. The XSX will likely be brought out to game on the TV regularly, but this thing? It will stay safely tucked away where I don't have to look at it more than I absolutely have to.


Edit: I believe I found the origin of this design (courtesy of Eurogamer commentators). The colour scheme might be reversed, but there sure is a strong family resemblance.
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#42
3rold
Looks like someone was very inspired from Lucy when making the trailer. 100% brain time.
Not a fan of the design tho, Now the new Xbox looks much better.
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#43
sepheronx
Valantar
I don't disagree with you, and I definitely wouldn't buy an all-digital version, but physical game sales have been down the toilet for half a decade or more (hi, former game retail worker here). Also, "throwing in a cartridge or disk and play[ing] the game" hasn't been a reality since the X360/PS3 generation - optical drives don't have the bandwidth required to load anything even remotely modern directly off hte disk. At the very least it needs installing to a drive, but it also likely needs a ton of updates given how broken a lot of games are at launch.
No, I agree to an extent. But what I am saying is that I am OK if the physical information is installed on the local disk but the cartridge is used for certain things and the protection as well. Heck, cartridges could be way faster than disk now and while still kind of pricey, not as bad as it used to be.

But yeah, the amount needed to download to fix a game at launch is ridiculous. That though boils down to poor development and developers.
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#44
Valantar
sepheronx
No, I agree to an extent. But what I am saying is that I am OK if the physical information is installed on the local disk but the cartridge is used for certain things and the protection as well. Heck, cartridges could be way faster than disk now and while still kind of pricey, not as bad as it used to be.

But yeah, the amount needed to download to fix a game at launch is ridiculous. That though boils down to poor development and developers.
It's more on publishers frankly, they're the ones demanding strict deadlines and forcing developers (most of which are in extremely precarious economic situations unlike a lot of publishers) to release things that ideally would get half a year or a full year more development to fix bugs and polish everything.

Cartridges could indeed be good, but that would be really expensive - let's say they go with a base x2 NVMe controller, and use HMB to make it DRAMless, that's still a significant cost compared to a $60 sales price even for 64GB of flash, let alone the 128GB or more that many games would need. Remember, they couldn't use the bargain-basement flash found in USB drives and low-end SD cards, it simply isn't fast enough.
Pumper
Terrible design and the console is giant compared to the rest:


Who made that comparison? It's pretty well done, and important - without context, I never would have imagined it to be that damn huge.
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#45
Xex360
I like the design if in a more classy dark, till now only the 360 was beautiful in white (excluding special editions).
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#46
lexluthermiester
Valantar
Also, "throwing in a cartridge or disk and play[ing] the game" hasn't been a reality since the X360/PS3 generation - optical drives don't have the bandwidth required to load anything even remotely modern directly off hte disk.
I still do it, on consoles anyway.. Prefer it that way. But then again, I'm an odd duck.
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#47
Valantar
lexluthermiester
I still do it, on consoles anyway.. Prefer it that way. But then again, I'm an odd duck.
I also use disks, and would say I prefer them even if most of my purchases these days are digital due to convenience. The artifact itself has value. But you haven't been able to buy a game disk, insert the disk, and play the game without some sort of installation for more than a decade (and these days likely a 20+GB download). That is all I said.
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#48
Chomiq
I don't mind the design. MS should take major lessons from Sony's event. This is how you present your games, no bullshit, straight trailers with as much actual gameplay as possible. It got to the point when compared to the previous ms event Sony was just pounding them to the ground with great titles. Sure, there were 2 or 3 that were meh but the rest looked great. I'm not counting multiplats here, btw.
As for digi vs physical. I prefer physical copies and will grab that version once it's available. There are folks that have no preference and will buy what's cheapest, which will be digital. Once again, it's a matter of choice. I doubt that digital will sell well in Japan though, since they love their physical copies so much.
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#49
shk021051
looks like router to me i perfer series x design
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#50
Rahnak
Chloe Price
Personally I don't even remember when I've bought a console game as new. Skate 3 on X360 probably. These days I just buy old console games from ebay and everything digitally for PC.
I never bought a used console but I did sell my PS3/games though.
lexluthermiester
And when the PSN shuts down, all of your games will be gone. Those with physical discs will still be able to play their games...
It would take something catastrophic for PSN to shut down. And even if it did, you'd probably be able to download the games beforehand. All of my PS4 games are installed on the disk, so I'm all set there.
My approach to console gaming is a little different however. I don't expect to keep the games forever. I gave my PS2 away with all of the games. I sold my PS3 and most of the games. And I'll probably end up giving away my PS4 as well.
And PC works pretty much the same way, the majority is digital these days and if a digital store goes puff it might just take your games with it.
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