Sony finally lifts the veil on the PS5. We still have some questions, though.
Sony's live event on Thursday gave us a long-awaited peek at their next-gen console.
Well, Sony has finally let the cat out of the bag...
Sony finally blessed us by unveiling it's entry into the upcoming battle for console gaming supremacy on a Thursday afternoon live webcast. At long last, the aesthetics and physical form of the long anticipated Playstation 5 console was revealed, though the producers of the event saw fit to tease us with glimpses of it's form throughout the presentation. The bulk of the presentation, however, was centralized around some of the upcoming games coming out on the platform. Before we get any further down the rabbit hole, let's take a look at some of the proposed specs on the platform:
- CPU: AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
- GPU: 10.28 TerraFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
- GPU architecture: Custom RDNA 2.
- Memory interface: 16GB GDDR6 / 256-bit.
- Memory bandwidth: 448GB/s.
- Internal storage: Custom 825GB SSD.
As expected, the specs are comparable with Microsoft's next-gen offering, the X-Box Series X. Some of the games Sony gave a sneak peak to during the presentation looked absolutely amazing. Spider-Man Miles Morales, Pragmata, Deathloop, Returnal, and Ghost-Wire were some of the more stunning games visually that were shown during the Sony presentation. There were also a couple of PlayStation mainstays that were hinted at during the presentation as well. Ratchet & Clank's new offering looked pretty intriguing, with the brief demo glimpse showing off the prowess of the SSD's capabilities in terms of what seamless, non-loading gameplay could look like. Grand Turismo, Resident Evil, and Horizon Zero Dawn all had sequels shown during the event that looked to be top-notch in terms of visual detail. It's going to be interesting to see just how many titles the folks at Sony have under wraps between now, and the release of the PS5 during the holiday season this year.
Speaking of a release date, the presentation didn't give the public any indication of when the EXACT launch date of the new console will be. Most people anticipate a release time frame that will coincide with the 2020 holiday shopping season. We also didn't see any hints at the pricing of the platform, though estimates place both the digital and the full-fledged platform at a range of anywhere between $400 to $499.00 prior to its launch. Whether that estimate is close to accurate remains to be seen. regardless of actual pricing, the console looks to be in high demand when the release date is finalized.
Much like its competition, the PS5 will have a cult following of fans that simply love the platform and will shell out cash to be the first folks to cop the system. As a longtime PlayStation fan, I'm gonna be in line for the release of the console just like everybody else. How many other titles are going to be announced before the platform launch? What other accessories will be announced for the console? What's the future of backward compatibility on the platform? How will the PS5's media capability look for customers that still want a centralized media platform in addition to a gaming console?
There are still a TON of questions to answer as it pertains to what the holiday release of the platform is gonna show, but Sony's done a great job of wetting the consumer palette for the console enough to keep the excitement and momentum going for potential consumers. That's enough to have consumer curiosity at a fever pitch when the 2020 holiday season hits.
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