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PlayStation 5: first look, release date, response and review

On June 11th 2020, at Sony’s “The Future of Gaming Event” saw the big reveal of PlayStation 5 (PS5) and the games it comes with including “Horizon Forbidden West” and a remake of “Demon’s Souls”. The PS5 is available for purchase sometime between October and December of 2020. The PS5 has a black interior core, encased in a white curved edging with a blue glow

Figure 1:PlaySation5 console and DualSense Controller (a) front view (b) side view 

The PS5 is to be launched alongside Microsoft’s Xbox Series X whose design was also revealed and has excited supporters

Figure 2: Xbox Series X and controller

Although gamers and technology enthusiasts are impressed by both consoles’ stats and the huge steps in the advancement of future gaming taken by both companies – social media users have extensively ridiculed the design of both – with the PS5 being compared to a “WifiRouter” and the Xbox Series X being compared to a “mini-fridge”, “coffin” and “dustbin”. The negativity is predominantly directed towards the Xbox product – as PlayStation now has nearly twice the number of users as the previous models - PlayStation 4 sold 108 million consoles whilst Xbox One sold 49 million, whilst Nintendo Switch sold more with 53 million copies.  

The cost of purchasing a PS5 is yet to be revealed, however, the design specifications of the console andDualSensePS5 controller have been made available to the public. According to “Techradar”, the DualSense controller is “impressive” and contains features such as:

  • haptic feedback, adaptive triggers

  • built-in mic, and a colour scheme 

  • a new “space-age black-and-white” design completely different 

PS5’s lead system architect “Mark Cerny” revealed the inner workings of the PS5 design specs, and these include: 

  • CPU: AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)

  • GPU: 10.28 TFLOPs, 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

  • IO throughput: 5.5GB/s (raw), typical 8-9GB/s (compressed)

  • Expandable storage: NVMe SSD slot

  • External storage: USB HDD support (PS4 games only)

  • Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray drive

The PS5 will also be compatible with most PS4 games; and, hence, it’s revealed at “The Future of Gaming Event” in addition to online marketing via social media platforms has proved to be extremely successful – reaching audiences all over the world fully describing what their latest technology is capable of delivering.  In summary, audiences have ridiculed the PS5 design, but are extremely satisfied with the design specs. 

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