Sony gave gamers all over the world a first look at the design of the PlayStation 5; which is set to be released in the fall of 2020.
During the revel, Sony also announced the featured titles that were set to be released along with the PlayStation 5 late 2020 and early 2021. Although there are still details to be revealed about the console such as the price and the exact release date, those in attendance and many watching around the world were impressed with what looks to be the future of gaming.
The PS4 outsold the Xbox One globally by more than a 2:1 margin, although the gap was much closer in the US.
Jim Ryan, chief executive and president of Sony Interactive provided motivation behind the design of the console: “The PlayStation sits in the living area of most homes, and we kind of felt it would be nice to provide a design that would really grace most living areas. That's what we've tried to do. And, you know, we think we've been successful in that.”
Sony want their gamers to have the ultimate experience. For those who purchase the console, they can expect to receive a HD camera, that will include dual cameras (1080p). They will also receive a Pulse 3D wireless headset that delivers 3D audio and noise-cancelling microphones. A Media Remote is on tap for those who’ll treat their PS5 more like a media hub, and a DualSense Charging Station can top up two controllers without having to plug in a cable.
Along with better graphics and faster loading times, Jim Ryan believes that the PlayStation 5 offers a ‘paradigm shift’, explaining: “We think the functionality of the new controller, which again has to be experienced to be fully appreciated, is a paradigm shift. We think the the SSD [solid state drive] storage mechanism, and the way that it can actually help you move between worlds in games and eliminate loading times is a paradigm shift.”
“You know, we went to great lengths to show that off with considerable length in The Ratchet and Clank demo. You saw the way that Ratchet was moving from world to world. On previous generations, the character would have needed to walk down a corridor while loading was going on in the background. Now it just happens instantaneously.”
The economic struggles the world has faced due to the coronavirus outbreak is being considered: “I emphasise value as opposed to price.” Said Jim Ryan.
We must be more attentive than ever before to ensure that the overall value proposition in terms of the console and the games - the range of games, the quality of games, the quantity of games - makes this something that our community aspires towards.”