PlayStation 5 – First Look

Good news, gamer dads!

Sony have just released more details for the upcoming PlayStation 5, including pictures of the final product.

There will be two versions of the highly-anticipated new PlayStation – an Ultra HD Blu-ray version and a Digital Edition. Both share a similar aesthetic, although the digital-only version is slimmer due to the absence of the Blu-ray drive. Both can stand in the upright position or lie flat and the machine is just as striking in either orientation.

PlayStation 5

The Digital Edition is the more interesting in my view – with the NBN finally delivering decent download speeds to more Australian households, physical media may finally be a thing of the past. I’d guess that the lack of an optical drive should bring down the asking price slightly, but those details haven’t been released yet. Then again, the pre-owned bins have long been the haunt of the savvy gamer dad, so a Blu-ray drive may still be the better choice if there isn’t much difference in the price tag.

Games announced today include some crackers that are sure to leave seasoned PlayStation dads salivating. They include an enhanced and expanded version of the evergreen GTA V, NBA 2K21, a new Resident Evil and the next version of everyone’s favourite PlayStation racing game – Gran Turismo 7.

More than two dozen games have now been announced for the next generation console and backward compatibility ensures that an extensive library of games will be available from launch.

Sony also today announced a range of accessories for the upcoming PlayStation 5, including: PULSE 3D™ wireless headset – offering 3D audio support and dual noise-cancelling microphones; HD Camera – featuring dual 1080p lenses for gamers to broadcast themselves along with their epic gameplay moments; Media Remote – a remote control with built-in microphone to navigate movies and streaming services with ease; and DualSense™ Charging Station – for convenient charging of two DualSense™ Wireless Controllers.

PlayStation 5 Peripherals

This new information builds upon what we already knew about the hardware. The PlayStation 5 will use an AMD Zen 2 CPU clocked at 2.33GHZ, with a custom 16GB AMD GPU and a 825GB SSD. That all packs a punch, but it will be wait and see on the pricing before many of us dads decide to waltz down the next gen console path, or if our hard-earned is better spent on slotting a shiny new graphics card into the good old gaming PC.

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