Sony have revealed the design of the PlayStation 5, and it’s curvaceous and sleek as anything. In fact, it’s not just one design, but two, with a version of the console that features an Ultra HD disc drive, and a Digital Edition one that goes disc free.
If you didn’t like the dual tone DualSense controller, then you likely won’t be enthralled by the new design of the PlayStation 5 itself, which sandwiches a black central segment with white plastic. This helps to disguise the large number of vents that are tucked underneath allow for the console to draw enough air to consistently cool itself.
Another thing that seems clear is that it’s intended to stand upright, with a large round base allowing it to do so. The curved white casing doesn’t look to be particularly designed with a horizontal orientation in mind, though I’m expect that will be possible… probably.
Update: here’s the PlayStation 5 lying on its side. The disc drive slot it at the bottom of the console. Also, while you cannot see it in this shot, the black disc stand used to support the console’s vertical orientation is also required to support the console horizontally.
The hardware makes a few jumps forward with connectivity, with both a USB-A and USB-C port visible on the front of the device. Below that are a power button, but the console with a disc drive also has a second button presumably for ejecting those discs.
The console will also come alongside a bunch of new white and black accessories. The DualSense, as we are already familiar with, will be joined by a new DualSense charging station, a Pulse 3D wireless headset, remote control for media playback, and a cute little camera.
Though they’ve now shown off the console, Sony have kept mum about the specifics of the system’s release. They’re still planning for a date later this year, but haven’t given us any clues beyond that. Similarly, they’re still keeping quiet about the price of the console, as Sony and Microsoft play chicken to see who will go first. However, with two SKUs available, Sony could potentially try to undercut with the digital edition, or offer a benefit to going digital in the form of increased SSD capacity.