Today during Sony’s “The Future of Gaming” show where the company and its partners revealed a slew of next-generation game titles, we also had a first glimpse of the physical design of the new PlayStation 5.

The new console is a significant departure for Sony’s console hardware which has retained a standard black design aesthetic ever since the PlayStation 2 (Although different colour scheme variants have been available). The new PlayStation 5 immediately stands out with its white-black design, as well for the fact that Sony is seemingly presenting the new console in a primarily vertical standing position.

The looks of the console are defined by an enveloping white rounded body that envelops a central glossy black middle section like some sort of cape. The black middle section at the top emits a blue light, illuminating the white side panels as well as the ventilation grills.

Today’s teaser showcased the first time what the console’s cooling hardware might look like. The new design looks to have ventilation grills throughout the whole top of the console as well as the top half of the front of the device, curving along the top corner of the design, with the grills present on both lateral sides. We don’t know if this is an exhaust or intake, or maybe even both, as we haven’t yet seen the back side of the new unit.

Sony’s presentation only showed the console in an upright position, so the design was possibly designed to be used like this in its most optimal fashion.

Another hint that the console might not be designed to be used in a horizontal position is the odd “hump” that appears where the BluRay disc drive is located. It’s a pretty unusual asymmetric design choice that inarguably will spark a lot of discussions.

Edit: Sony also showcasd the console in a horizontal position for a split second in the outro section of the show. It looks like the console is sitting on the "foot" that's depicted in the vertical position shots. This explains why the two feet look different in the previous picture - they both serve as the stands for the console in vertical and horizontal positions, with the odd shape of the foot designed to cup the round side of the console in the horizontal position, with the Digital Edition console having a different curve to it.

Sony is also announcing a Digital Edition of the PlayStation 5 which doesn’t feature a disc drive, getting rid of the hump in the design. Digital distribution has gained a ton of popularity of the last few years and Sony now releasing a digital only console certainly points out that the company envisions this trend to continue and grow.

Both console variants feature a minimalistic front – we only find a single USB-A port and a single USB-C port, alongside a power button, and for the regular version the disc eject button.

Alongside the two new PS5 variants, Sony also announced several new accessories for the console: The new DualSense controller which we’ve known for some time now, a new DualSense charging station which charges up to two controllers at a time, a stereoscopic HD camera, a media remote, and a new headset dubbed the PULSE 3D Wireless Headset.

3D audio is meant to be a big part of the new PlayStation 5 experience thanks to the console’s new audio hardware capabilities – so Sony releasing a first-party headset tied in with the console release isn’t too big of a surprise.

The Sony PlayStation 5 is scheduled to be launched this holiday season at a yet undisclosed price. It is powered by a custom AMD SoC employing 8 Zen 2 cores up to 3.5GHz, a new customised RDNA 2-based GPU with 36 CUs and up to 2.23GHz frequency, and a new ultra-fast SSD and storage architecture that is said to be multiple times faster than the best PC storage devices on the market.

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  • eastcoast_pete - Friday, June 12, 2020 - link

    Forgot TOA add: Not that Sony will sell them, but once economy of scale kicks in, this might happen. Having that raw speed in a HEDT or workstation would be nice, especially for 4K and 8K video editing.
  • Flunk - Friday, June 12, 2020 - link

    Techincally 1.00000001 x faster is a multiple. Those weasels will say anything.
  • Tams80 - Saturday, June 13, 2020 - link

    It's true though. "On the market".

    Now, it's going to be surpassed pretty soon, and before its launch, but it IS true.
    And the SSDs that will surpass it alone will likely cost at least half the price of the PS5 for a while. Even then, the PS5 will have a pretty decent SSD that won't be that much lower than the maximum of PCIE 4.

    And PCIE 5 isn't coming anytime soon.
  • Icehawk - Saturday, June 13, 2020 - link

    IKR? Any non-garbage SSD offers all the performance available pretty much, software/OSes still aren’t able to take proper advantage of their abilities.
  • yeeeeman - Friday, June 12, 2020 - link

    Looks like a Toyota. A million lines drawn from various places with absolutely no sense, beauty. Probably it has been designed by a Japanese teenager. This is the modern "art".
  • nerd1 - Friday, June 12, 2020 - link

    Absolutely horrible industrial design compared to new xbox. How is it supposed to cool itself? How much volume is wasted by the curved casing?
  • Valantar - Friday, June 12, 2020 - link

    Looks like a typical "aerodynamic" design, i.e. one that in real life is meant to look "techy" and "sci-fi". I would guess it takes in air from the bottom/widest side and expels it out the other side, though it might be in at both sides/front and out the back. As for wasted volume? Likely quite a lot. I would expect a mostly squared off steel casing inside the plastic panels.
  • willis936 - Friday, June 12, 2020 - link

    I wonder how much more force it hits the ground because of its low drag design.
  • ads295 - Friday, June 12, 2020 - link

    Sony has a thing for designing poor cooling into their consoles. The PS3 too was a disaster here right from the Fat to the Slim models (can't speak for PS4). There are many hacks available (one including a CPU delid and one involving drilling holes into the plastic casing above the CPU fan) that let it run at below 50°C. Standard operating temps routinely touch 70°C and some go as high as 85°C - which is when you get the red and yellow Colours of Death.
  • Exodite - Friday, June 12, 2020 - link

    I'm personally really happy to see a media remote announced from the start, as getting a decent one for the PS4 has been basically impossible on my end.

    Now my most wished for feature is a really quiet cooling solution (and UHD BD-player).

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