Sony’s next generation console the PlayStation 5, is getting ready for its launch this winter 2020. The recent reveal of the PS5 DualSense controller with its Storm Trooper inspired looks, has managed to get the excitement going. The new design is a radical shift from the previous gen controllers, therefore points to a new direction the console might be heading to. With PS5 reveal let’s take a look at what is to be expected.
The 5th Generation
The successor to the PS4 was announced back in April 2019. In the days of cloud gaming platforms, the relevance of dedicated gaming consoles looks bleak. But the PS4 proved that the consoles are here to stay.
On March 2020, Sony had a reveal event and introduced the new DualSense controller for the upcoming PS5.
The console will be a direct competitor to Microsoft’s Xbox series X.
- CPU: AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores at 3.5GHz
- GPU: 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz
- GPU architecture: Custom RDNA 2
- Memory interface: 16GB GDDR6 / 256-bit
- Memory bandwidth: 448GB/s
- Internal storage: Custom 825GB SSD
- Expandable storage: NVMe SSD slot
- External storage: USB HDD support (PS4 games only)
- Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray drive
The Xbox series X is promising a 12 teraflop graphic processor compared to the 10.28 teraflop offered in the PS5. But we can expect both the consoles to offer quite similar performance, though it seems for now the Xbox is having a slight edge.
The key advantage in the fifth-gen is the shift towards SSD. The fast transfer and read speeds of the SSD will allow faster game loading. Large open-world games can have much rich content, providing an immersive experience for players.
DualSense PS5 Controller
The new controller is called the DualSense. It’s a departure from the usual DualShock brand name of the previous PlayStation controllers.
The two-tone design is also strikingly different from the old grey or black color for the default controllers. It seems likely that this design would be passed over to the game console as well.
The Lightbar is now placed around the touchpad. The new haptic feedback is said to replace the rumbling vibrators. The trigger buttons on the shoulder will be adaptive and can be programmed by developers. This would allow the players to feel the tension of their actions, like drawing a bow.
The controller has a built-in microphone and is expected to keep the speaker introduced in the PS4 DualShock. This will allow players to communicate directly through the controller during multi-player gaming sessions. Sony is said to replace the ‘Share’ button with a new ‘Create’ button.
PS5 release date and pricing
The pricing will not be revealed until the official launch in late 2020. Sony has confirmed that launch will not be delayed due to the Covid-19. The target date would be before the winter holidays of 2020. Going by the previous PlayStation history, a mid to late November launch seems most likely.
The PS4 had a launch price of $399. But the PS5 is rumoured to be priced higher. The rising shipping cost and the trade war between America and China, the cost of manufacturing could turn out to be higher. So we will have to see how Sony manages to price its new console.
But it’s said that the cost of components like SSD, DRAM and NAND memory is driving the price higher. With smartphones having flagship models now sitting comfortably at $1000 price range, we might see a pricier ‘Pro’ version also launched along with the PS5. A pricing below the $500 mark would be ideal, but we will have to see if Sony can manage to keep their cost down.