It’s coming up on seven years since the release of Sony’s PlayStation 4, and we are eagerly awaiting a new release.
All summer, Sony has been teasing the release of its new PlayStation with possible designs and a confirmation of its name (PlayStation 5, not surprisingly). They just recently released the official design of the console itself, as seen below. There are two versions of the console, the original release (left) has a disk slot for old PS4 disks, and the digital edition (right) has no disk slot and can only support downloadable games.
Because it has been so long since the last release and people have acquired quite a collection of games, Sony has decided to make the console backward compatible with the PS4. Releasing a console without backward compatibility may have caused people not to buy the new console and stick with their old one since they would have to re-buy all the games they had.
Along with the looks, Sony has released its over-the-top specs for the PS5. They say their console can support up to 120 fps (frames per second) and 120 Hz output (refresh rate for TVs/monitors). They also stated that the SSD (memory) is much quicker and has “near-instant load times”. They say that the PS5 can also support 8k output resolution, which is way overkill because 8k TVs and monitors cost almost as much as the system itself.
As far as the controller, Sony advertises adaptive triggers that would further immerse you in certain games. The adaptive trigger means the trigger gets more challenging to pull back the further it is pushed. Having adaptive triggers makes for a more realistic experience while depressing the brake when driving or drawing a bow to shoot an arrow.
Designers also decided to put a built-in microphone inside the controller, eliminating the need for separate headphones.
Ever since the PS2, Sony has named their controllers “DualShock,” referring to the controller’s dual vibration motors. With the PS5, they changed the name to “DualSense,” possibly because of the added features such as the internal mic and the adaptive triggers.