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

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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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Is it able to rest on it's side? I'm not a fan of the look.
 
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I mean, the joypad was sort of a give away on the colour, but this is... I don't know, weird?
The disc model looks like it's got a beer belly...

Also, one more game trailer/tease.
 

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Is it able to rest on it's side? I'm not a fan of the look.
This is very important - to be able to place it horizontally in order to fit in narrow and short in height TV tables, etc furniture.
 

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This is very important - to be able to place it horizontally in order to fit in narrow and short in height TV tables, etc furniture.
Agreed, and failed to mention that in the original piece. Updated with the insights on this comment thread :toast::lovetpu:
 
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It's ugly as sin. Sony couldn't design an optical drive into the main chassis body without creating this modern art disaster? Yikes.
As we say where I come from "smaken är som baken, delad". It doesn't translate too well, but it's something alone the line of taste is like your butt, split/divided. Some people seem to like it, some hate it. I guess it's how it goes with most things with a fancy design...

Also, another teaser.
 
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As we say where I come from "smaken är som baken, delad". It doesn't translate too well, but it's something alone the line of taste is like your butt, split/divided. Some people seem to like it, some hate it. I guess it's how it goes with most things with a fancy design...
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...
 
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To me the design looks like inspired by a perfect female figure
The bit between their legs?
I was thinking it looks like a clam shell on it's side, but whatever turns you on I guess. :laugh:
 
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As we say where I come from "smaken är som baken, delad". It doesn't translate too well, but it's something alone the line of taste is like your butt, split/divided. Some people seem to like it, some hate it. I guess it's how it goes with most things with a fancy design...

Also, another teaser.
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. Thousands of slim laptop and desktop designs with an integrated optical drive, some from Sony themselves, and they settled on "just kinda stick it on the side and encase it in plastic. Yeah that's good."
 
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Is it able to rest on it's side? I'm not a fan of the look.
Yeah, this is a big deal for me as well. I have all my consoles in a TV entertainment unit and I need to be able to have them sit horizontally. It's one of the reasons I'm not even considering an Xbox Series X
 
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I'm disappointed they have not disclosed PS5's price and the only game that left a good impression so far was Square Enix, Project Athia and nothing else. I wonder if this will be the last fighting chance for consoles because the way things are going, I see consoles doomed, their existence in a distant future is very low.
 
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I like this design. At least they tried something other than just a rectangle.
 
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I don’t love it or hate it, but maybe a bit surprised by the design. I imagine it won’t look as extreme when the make a jet black edition. Also, the launch PS4 Pro had some noise, but the later revision was pretty quiet. At least nothing you could hear over the game audio. Anyway, my console would go behind my TV, so as long as there is a wall mount kit, we’re good.

Edit: Just watch the HZD and GT7 trailer. Sign me up. I don’t care if the XSX is faster, those games looked awesome enough for me.
 
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Gotta say, I'm not a fan of the look or color scheme. I hope they make an all black version. Usually I'd wait and go for the slim model.. but they're coming out swinging with a new Spider-Man game. I may not be able to resist for long. :laugh:
There were some very interesting unexpected games in the presentation.

Also, great to see a digital only console! If the price difference is right, I'll pick up that one for sure.
 
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This makes no sense, the digital version should never exist and the only version should be used to play games from the disc or downloaded from the internet.
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?
 
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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?
Is the drive so expensive? Probably sony charges a lot for the drive.
 
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Even with discs, once you pop the game in, you get GBs worth of updates to download. Anything multiplayer requires all those updates in order to play online. My original copy of Destiny is literally just a physical placeholder instead of a digital one. I’m not even sure you can play the version with Peter Dinklage‘s phoned-in ghost voiceover.
 
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