If you are into gaming, Sony’s PlayStation will not require any introduction. This line of the gaming console has seen significant success in terms of both popularity and sales and with a massive fanbase of its own. In an event held on June 11, Sony revealed the design of its latest Playstation 5 console. And today, Sony announces it will be available for purchase starting Nov 12 in seven markets with a global rollout on Nov 19.
PlayStation 5 Unveiling: The Build-Up
We had news about the upcoming PlayStation 5 as early as March last year. Sony revealed some of the features of the console in its Investor Relations Strategy Meeting (IR 2019). Hardware specs like 7nm Octa-core AMD processor, high-speed SSD, and graphics from AMD’s Radeon Navi Family were revealed, alongside features such as Ray Tracing, backward compatibility, disc support, and 3D audio.
Sony PlayStation 5: Delayed Unveiling
Sony promised an hour-long event on June 5, where it was going to unveil new games for the upcoming PlayStation 5. The announcement came through its official Twitter handle on May 29. This event would have created much-needed excitement and anticipation among fans who are eagerly waiting for the launch of PlayStation 5.
Reason for the postpone
However, things didn’t really go according to the plan. Following the death of George Floyd and the political unrest that followed, Sony has backed down from its decision to host an event that week. The company felt that it was not the right time to conduct any gaming event.
First, the company announced to stand with the Black community against systemic racism and exploitation. Both fans and Sony’s console rival Xbox appreciated the post. Xbox even retweeted the very same post with the caption “We stand together.“ Some of the fans had also asked Sony to cancel the event on June 5, which they did later through a separate tweet.
In an official statement, the official twitter handle for PlayStation postponed the event on June 4. In the statement, PlayStation had stated that “it is not the right time for celebration, and it is more important to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard.”
The event was later scheduled for June 11 where the company revealed the design and few gaming titles for the upcoming PlayStation 5.
Sony Playstation 5: The Design
There are two variants of the console. The only difference between the two is the availability of optical drive, since the standard edition is equipped with a 4K UHD Blu-ray drive that the Digital Edition lacks.
The new Sony PlayStation 5 sports a futuristic look. Sony is right on its claim that the design is bold, stunning, and unlike any previous generation of PlayStation. The black and white color scheme on the console matches the DualSense controller that the company showcased months ago. It is well complemented by the blue lighting effect as well. The Standard Model is recognizable thanks to the bulge because of the incision of the disc drive. The Digital Edition doesn’t have that and is thus, less bulky.
The console, as revealed by Sony sands vertically, however, it can also be placed horizontally on a flat surface. According to The Verge, the stand supports both horizontal and vertical orientation. It is clear from the picture above that the stand on the Standard model is different than that of the Digital one. Maybe it has something to do with the extra bulge as Sony has already clarified that there will be no performance difference between the two variants.
Sony also revealed several accessories for the upcoming gaming console. It includes controllers, HD cameras, Media Remote, Charging Socket for controllers, and a Wireless Headset. All of them come in a black and white color scheme that matches the vibe of the actual console.
|PS5 Accessories Model||Price|
|DualSense Wireless Controller||$70|
|PULSE 3D wireless headset||$100|
|DualSense Charging Station||$30|
Sony PlayStation 5 Specifications:
- Dimensions: Approx. 390mm x 104mm x 260mm (PS5); 390mm x 92mm x 260mm (Digital Edition)
- Weight: 4.5Kg (PS5); 3.9Kg (Digital Edition)
- Processor: Custom 8 cores / 16 thread AMD Ryzen Zen 2-microarchitecture CPU up to 3.5GHz with SMT (variable frequency)
- Graphics: Custom AMD Navi/RDNA 2-family GPU with 36 CU at 2.23GHz (10.3 TFLOPS, FP unit n/a) (variable frequency)
- VRAM: 16GB GDDR6 memory with a 256-bit interface (448GB/s)
- Storage: Custom 825GB SSD + 1x NVMe SSD expansion bay + USB HDD support
- I/O: USB Type-A port (Hi-Speed USB); USB Type-A port (Super-Speed USB 10Gbps) x2; USB Type-C port (Super-Speed USB 10Gbps)
- Network: Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T); Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1
- Video: HDMI 2.1, up to 8K resolution, up to 4K/120fps refresh rate (VRR)
- Optical Drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray 66G/100G) ~10xCAVBD-ROM (25G/50G) ~8xCAVBD-R/RE (25G/50G) ~8xCAVDVD ~3.2xCLV (only in the Standard Model)
- Audio: Sony Tempest 3D AudioTech
- Backward Compatibility: PS4 games
Sony PlayStation 5 Price and Availability in Nepal
Sony PlayStation 5 Digital Edition will be available for a retail price of $399 and the PS5 with an Ultra HD Blue-ray disc drive will cost $499. It will be available for sale starting at the end of Nov in Nepal via Sony Centers.
|Console Model||Price in US||Price in Nepal|
|Sony PlayStation 5 Blue-ray Edition||$499||Rs. 65,000|
|Sony PlayStation 5 Digital Edition||$399||Rs. 50,000|