Sony unveiled the much anticipated next generation console, PlayStation 5 on June 11, 2020. The PS5 reveal comes roughly 6 and a half years after the release of the original PlayStation 4 which went on to become one of the best selling consoles of all time selling more than 106 million units as of December 31, 2019. The PlayStation 4 saw much success in its era with Sony further releasing the PS4 Slim & the PS4 Pro on September 7, 2016 & November 10, 2016 simultaneously. Sony Interactive Entertainment triumphed over Microsoft's Xbox One which managed to sell only 46.9 million units (estimated) during the last generation console war and now what seems to be the final 6 months of the current generation we get a glimpse of what the future holds.
At launch, Sony is offering two consoles for purchase: a PlayStation®5 console with an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive and a PlayStation®5 Digital Edition without a disc drive. According to them the PS5 gameplay experience will be the same, so the choice is all yours. Personally I will be going for the Disc Edition due to having a slow internet connection which makes downloading games a very lengthy process.
While there are some slight differences in the look of each model, for the overall design, we wanted to deliver a console that’s bold, stunning, and unlike any previous generation of PlayStation. - Sony
The PS5 was initially announced in 2019 as the successor to the PlayStation 4 by Mark Cerny. At CES 2020, Sony revealed the logo for their new console which was followed by the PS5 DualSense Controller reveal a couple of months later. The console still relies on AMD's customized 8 CPU cores Zen 2 microarchitecture with a variable frequency cap of 3.5 Ghz. The custom GPU is said to be capable of achieving 10.28 TeraFlops which slightly falls behind Xbox Series X's 12.147 TeraFlops. However the main game changer is said to be the PS5's SSD which will make loading games lightning fast, especially when it comes to streaming open world games such as Horizon Zero Dawn & Death Stranding which were both developed by Sony first party studios Guerilla Games & Kojima Productions simultaneously.
The console has also completely revamped the user interface with a focus on making it more accessible, informative and providing real time update to the players. Mark Cerny stated "We don't want the player to have to boot the game, see what's up, so all of these options will be visible in the UI" Matt MacLaurin, the current vice president of UX design at PlayStation, described the redesigned user interface as a "very interesting evolution of the OS" further adding that it is a "100 percent overhaul of the PS4 UI and some very different new concepts". Matt also stated that the performance of the user interface will be extremely fast and that a new visual language will be implemented, to highlight the evolutionary growth of the PS5's software design.
Jim Ryan, President of SIE announced that the PlayStation 5 will be launching later this year (2020) which puts it in the same launch window as Microsoft's Xbox Series X. An exact launch date or window is yet to be provided by it is widely anticipated to be between November 15, 2020 and December 15, 2020. On the other hand Microsoft has already announced their launch title being the highly anticipated Halo Infinite which will continue the Master Chief's journey but at the same time also serve as a soft reboot to the acclaimed franchise. A launch title may be one of the most important components when it comes to launching a new console, it is a crucial piece to any console which drives the initial launch sales so it will be definitely interesting to see how Sony plays this card because as of today we have no clue what the launch title might be.
Knowing Sony we can expect a library of Indie games, remastered versions of previous titles and backward compatibility for PS4 games but launching the PlayStation 5 without a PS5 exclusive title will be highly unlikely. Microsoft has already revealed their Xbox Series X exclusive title to be Halo Infinite and honestly if Sony decides not to launch the PS5 console with an exclusive AAA title from one of its first party studios then I will prefer purchasing the Xbox Series X at launch and wait for a PS5 "worthy" title to be announced before purchasing the latter. Whether Sony decides to go down the same road or not only time will tell but for now lets take one more look at the PS5 below.