Sony PlayStation 5 PS5 Revealed!

The reveal trailer for PlayStation 5 PS5 from Sony

The Future of Gaming, Sony’s big PlayStation 5 games reveal event finally materialised! There were lots of games that were demonstrated during the reveal event. How about counting the PS5 game shown? With a release date confirmed for late 2020, the newly announced PS5 does look pretty futuristic, with a towering white and black profile and matching accessories, such as the earlier announced DualSense 5 controllers, also in the same style. The DualSense 5 featured haptic feedback, built-in mic, adaptive triggers and is rechargeable via USB-C connectors.

The hardware innards of these new beast of a console include an AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores at 3.5GHz, 16GB of GDDR6 memory and a custom developed RDNA 2 AMD GPU that puts out a staggering 10.28 TFLOPs of processing power – amazing performance for the new console! Oh, did we say it will also ditch the hard drive, and come with solid state drive (SSD)? If you had taken 8 seconds to load Spider-Man in PS4, you would have needed less than a second on the PS5!

As for the price, there had been speculations and some informed guesses between US$399 to about US$599, the latter being a leak on Amazon, which remains to be confirmed by Sony.

Futuristic look of the new console from Sony

The list of exciting games that were announced included:

So while we anticipate the pricing to be announced, let’s take a look at the games we would like to play on this new console in time to come!

For Xbox fans, the Xbox Series X was announced during E3 2019 as “Project Scarlett” and is also scheduled for release in late 2020. These news consoles share a lot in common, but major features like PS Now, Xbox Game Pass, exclusive games for each platform, features of their controllers and super zippy SSDs will ways to differentiate themselves from the competition.

HardwarePlayStation 5Xbox Series X
Processor8 x AMD Zen 2 CPU cores clocked up to 3.5 GHz (variable frequency, SMT)8 x AMD Zen 2 CPU cores clocked at 3.8 GHz
Graphics10.28 teraflops, 36 CUs clocked up to 2.23 GHz (variable frequency) with AMD’s SmartShift technology12.16 teraflops, 52 CUs clocked at 1.825 GHz with AMD’s SmartShift technology
StorageCustom 825GB SSD1TB SSD
Expandable StorageNVMe SSD slot1TB Microsoft expansion card slot
Optical Drive4K UHD Blu-ray drive
(PS5 Digital Edition will ship with the same hardware specs as the main model, without the 4K UHD Blu-ray drive)
4K UHD Blu-ray drive
I/O Throughput5.5GB a second raw, 8-9GB a second compressed2.4GB a second raw, 4.8GB a second compressed
Max Resolution8K8K
Max Refresh Rate120Hz120Hz
VR SupportYesUnlikely
Cloud GamingPlayStation NowMicrosoft Project xCloud
Backwards CompatibilityYes, to PS4Yes to Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Dimensions15″ high, 3.5″ wide (Estimated)11.85″ high, 5.94″ wide, 5.94″ deep,
ColorFuturist Black and White Black
Release DateComing Holiday 2020Coming Holiday 2020
Quick Compare of the two console platforms
Real-Time Demo (Unreal Engine 5) Running on PlayStation 5

Wow, 2 new consoles to watch out for in the later part of this year. It would be a glorious Christmas (and gift) time for console gamers!

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