The long-awaited finally arrived. Through a live stream, Sony officially revealed the form of PlayStation 5 as a whole after previously uncovering the specifications and the controller.
If the Xbox Series X looks like a gaming PC, the PS5 actually does, but that usually comes from the Alienware brand. Yes, the design immediately reminds me of the PC made by Dell gaming division, and although the promotional pictures show the PS5 in a vertical position, it actually can also be positioned horizontally.
One thing that is very surprising (and very smart in my opinion) is that there are two variants of the PS5: one with Blu-ray disc drives, another without optical disc drives at all with the label “Digital Edition”. The specifications and performance are both identical, but of course the Digital Edition variant cannot function as a Blu-ray player. For those who are curious about its performance, the demonstration of Unreal Engine 5 (which runs on PS5) recently should be able to give an idea.
This PlayStation 5 Digital Edition is a very smart move, because I’m sure there are many consumers out there who are really lazy about dealing with physical storage media (I’m one of them). The selling price is also definitely more affordable than the standard variants that are equipped with Blu-ray drives.
The standard version of the PS5 with Blu-ray drive may have a price tag that is more expensive than the PS5 Digital Edition – unfortunately Sony hasn’t detailed the price of each variant – but consumers have the option to sell their physical game collections if they want.
In addition to the PS5 console itself, Sony also revealed a number of accessories that would accompany it. Starting from the charging dock for the DualSense controller, wireless headsets with 3D audio support, remote media with voice command support, up to a pair of 1080p webcams, all of which will be marketed with PS5 into the holiday season.
9 Exclusive Games from PlayStation Studios
Do you still remember PlayStation Studios? The new name from Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios has prepared 9 exclusive titles to be enjoyed on PS5.
The first is Horizon Forbidden West, Horizon Zero Dawn’s sequel that is stunning in terms of graphics, story and gameplay.
In Forbidden West, players will return to running Aloy, this time in new locations that are more varied. An even bigger adventure awaits the fans of this action RPG Guerilla Games.
Next, there’s Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, a sequel to Marvel’s Spider-Man by Insomniac Games. Those who have watched Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the name of Miles Morales should sound familiar. Yes, the main character of the animated film from 2018 will be the main protagonist in this game.
Besides Spider-Man, another Insomniac Games for PS5 is Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. You don’t have to be a fan of the Ratchet & Clank series to be able to appreciate this newest game; Insomniac successfully utilizes a narrative game with the theme of cross-dimensional adventure to maximize PS5 hardware capabilities, especially the super-fast SSD that allows the play to move from one world to another without being interrupted by a loading screen.
Next, there is Demon’s Souls which is a remake of the game with the same title from FromSoftware. The graphics offered by this remake version look special, and the reputation of the developer (Bluepoint Games) is at stake. Yup, they are the same studio that worked on the Shadow of the Colossus remake for PS4 two years ago.
The new PlayStation without the new Gran Turismo does not seem right, and for this reason Gran Turismo 7 exists. In addition to the increasingly stunning graphics, Gran Turismo 7 will also return the legendary GT Simulation mode, a more realistic driving experience thanks to haptic feedback on the DualSense controller, and 3D audio support to show the position of competitor cars.
The next game certainly sounds familiar to fans of the LittleBigPlanet series. Sackboy A Big Adventure is ready to invite players to adventure with the cute LittleBigPlanet mascot. The adventure also does not need to be traveled alone; this game also supports multi-player co-op up to four players at once.
Next, there is Returnal which is a third-person shooter but with roguelike elements. So every time the main character dies, the game is not over, but instead brings us to a new world that changes completely. Returnal is done by Housemarque, a studio from Finland whose portfolio includes games such as Resogun and Nex Machina.
Twisted Metal with a silly nuance in the style of Rocket League, that’s the impression I got after watching the AllStars Destruction trailer. I honestly have forgotten when I last played a vehicle-based combat game like this.
Finally, there is Astro’s Playroom which will be available free of charge (pre-loaded) on PS5. This game continues the adventure of the funny robot named Astro who previously could only be enjoyed via VR medium.