Today’s PlayStation 5 event was all about games – usually a good sign when your system expires by the end of the year. But after more than an hour of capturing real PS5 gameplay, Sony had one more important thing up its sleeve: the console. Announced back at CES in January, we’ve seen far fewer hardware thus far than last month’s DualEyes controller review.
Sony Finally reviewed the PS5 Tower with all its pride – and I’m willing to admit, the damn thing seems too slow. It doubles when placed against the Xbox Series X, which obviously looks a bit more than a router I think was most expected. The PS5 is not completely un-router-like, but at least it has a sleeker appearance. While it seems likely that we will see a number of color options, the unit that featured prominently in the event was displayed with the same white-colored trim color scheme that we saw on the controller review.
Here, however, there are some sharp search and radical angles that can make it difficult to place the system in a horizontal configuration, if you are not so inclined. Meanwhile, there is an exposed black surface with a fairly large cooling vent at the back. There are two different versions of the system, as seen above. On the left is the standard PS5 and on the right is the digital version, which digs out the familiar disk drive. It seems that Sony is not yet ready to give up physical games. Like Microsoft’s digital version of the previous Xbox, the system will most likely come with a price cut of the standard model. It also appears a bit thin.
In particular, we know that we’re paired with an AMD Zen2 CPU and 16GB of RAM and 825GB of SSD for AMD’s rDNA2-based GPU – there’s no word on whether the final bit differs between models Will it or not. There is also a separate HD camera accessory and matching Pulse 3D headphones, suggesting that the 3D audio Sony has been emphasizing for a long time. Too many details to come – including the price – ahead of the system this holiday season.