Finally, the day came and Sony announced the all-new Playstation 5 at their dubbed Sony’s Future of Gaming event, and well, of course, it left me jaw-dropping.
While watching the announcement, Sony had a big awesome announcement they managed to keep from us up until the last 15 minutes of the event, A PlayStation 5 version that only supports digital versions of all the available games.
This version of the normal Playstation 5 is called PS5 Digital Edition, this has no optical disc drive and is a little bit thinner than the normal version. You will also quickly notice there is no disc drive space hence the thinness as a result.
The box is predominately white and features sleek curves. There is a black middle section that slopes like a skateboard ramp. This is where the components are held and there appears to be some ventilation on the edges for cooling. Sony’s signature blue lighting accents the edges of the box, giving the console a futuristic look. On the front of the console are USB-A and USB-C ports.
Based on the brief glimpse we got of the console, it appears to be sitting on a removable circular base that elevates the front end of the console when it is positioned vertically. We’ll need to see it in person to see exactly how it all works. Regardless, the PS5 can be placed on its bottom or side for a vertical or horizontal orientation. I’ve got to admit, it looks a bit funky on its side.
Like is explained earlier about the digital version, there will be two versions of the PS5, a regular PS5 with a 4K Blu-ray drive and a PS5 Digital Edition without a disk drive. The all-digital version is slightly thinner than the standard edition and it has a slightly smaller base. We are still waiting on pricing and a release date for the PS5.
Sony also showed off a Pulse 3D headset, an HD camera, a media remote and a charging station for the DualSense controller. Again, the price and release date of these accessories were not discussed.