Sony's PlayStation 5: From specs to accessories, here's everything you need to know about
It's almost here. Probably one of the most anticipated tech releases of 2020, Sony's PlayStation 5 has just been released in the United States, and is set to arrive on our shores on November 19th. We've been seeing endless sneaks since its launch announcement earlier this year, and judging from all the excited squeals and even misleading IG filters that the pro gamers have been directing at this long-awaited console, we think it's safe to say that the next generation of gaming is undoubtedly here. And if you're new to gaming completely (symptomatic of 2020, perhaps), you might want to cast your gaze over the PlayStation 5 Digital version: not only is it more affordable, it's probably a more practical option for the long run too, if you're not looking to collect the regular discs that games are traditionally stored on. So from mad spec upgrades to its overall change in aesthetic, we're taking you through all the reasons for this new babe to be the talk of the town, below.
The Solid-State Drive (SSD)
What's an all-new gaming console without a superior set of specs that's worth raving about? Without a doubt, the PlayStation 5 is set to remodel the future of gaming with their ultra high-speed custom SSD that's boasting a raw read bandwidth of 5.5GB/s that is higher than any read on a PC and hence, you're pretty much ensured a faster load time for your games.
The Graphic Processing Unit (GPU)
The GPU is definitely one of the most important things for a gaming console, and in comparison to the PS4 and PS4 Pro, the PS5's promised GPU performance will peak at 10.28 teraflops. Whilst not as comparable to the Xbox Series X, the graphical capabilities of the PS5 are already more impressive with its increased core speed and efficiency all-around.
The frame rates
One of the most enticing features of the PlayStation 5 is undoubtedly the massively smooth and high frame rates we're being promised. For its compatible games, you're ensured gameplay at up to 120fps, with support for up to 120Hz output on your 4k displays, and yes, it even supports 8k output, if you're really going to be playing it on that scale. And it's only natural that the HDR tech comes along with it, promising the most vibrant and stunning visuals for overall game experience.
Just from the aesthetics alone, the PlayStation 5 is clearly setting the stage for a futuristic gaming future that lies ahead of us. Not only are they moving away from their all-black aesthetic, the overall design is updated in a new white matte texture with a glossy interior. It's also much bigger, compared to both the PS4 and the Xbox Series X, so if space is a concern for you, you might want to get your measurements down.
And the shape? It's clean, it's modern, and there's something a little architectural about it, especially when you stand it on its side, which is another key change in the regular aesthetic of the PlayStation series. But if you like it old-style and prefer it flat down, it's got a little stand accessory that comes with it for you to ensure its stability.
Right off the bat for this list, the PlayStation 5's accompanying controller is stealing the show. The DualShock is no more, but instead, the DualSense is a controller that's looking to provide a more immersive gaming experience due to the haptic feedback and adaptive triggers that are promised along with it. The triggers on your controller are set with adaptive tension levels that will play according to what you're doing on-screen. Think of the potential tangible difference that can be felt between shooting a rifle and a bow and arrow in-game, perhaps.
And the haptic feedback? It's precise: what you feel when you're running on sand will vastly differ from let's say, what you feel when you're walking on water in-game. It also comes with a charging dock, for a neater storage look right next to your console.
The headphones that comes with, is also looking to be clean, minimal and suited to the new aesthetic of the whole console's package. It's sleek, touted to be pretty comfortable, and of course designed to be wirelessly compatible with the PS5.
And last but definitely not the least — the games. With the release of the PS5, tons of game developers have also been busy updating their games set for the all-new console. Whilst far from exhaustive, here's some of the most hyped games that you can look forward to with the new PS5 release, below.
Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Release Date: 19 November 2020
Release Date: 19 November 2020
Sackboy: A Big Adventure
Release Date: 12 November 2020
Immortals: Fenyx Rising Shadow Master Edition
Release Date: 3 December 2020
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Release date: 10 November 2020