This is what the PlayStation 5 looks like – regular and digital editions revealed

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.

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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.

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26 Comments

  1. Really hope they release a black version! Tbh there weren’t many games revealed that interested me so I’ll probably wait anyway, and hopefully they’ll bring it out later at least.

  2. Well, I’ll find a way to store it away somewhere, behind some piece of furniture, so that I don’t need to see it.

  3. I think it looks brilliant – really makes the Series X look like a big black box – though that’s been MS default from the start. It had better lie down, I already know the Series X won’t fit in the AV cabinet I spent lots of money on, though my wife has just said it looks good enough to sit next to the TV, so that’s a plus!

  4. I like it, it’s different. A grower.

  5. Hopefully an all black one is coming as really not a fan of the contrasting colour scheme.

    #blackconsolesmatter

  6. It’s very cool and i’m still getting used to it but i’m pretty sure i like it.

  7. I wonder how it would look in original PlayStation colours? There must be another anniversary coming.

    • Well, if it launches around October/November time, that’ll be 20 years since the PS2 launched (outside of Japan where it launched in March).

      So maybe a special version in PS2 colours?

      Everyone just wants it in black, so that’d be a win for everyone. Although the white is growing on me.

  8. Think it looks ok. Enjoyed the show on the whole but little that really grabbed me. Nice Resi 8 reveal but Stray looks most interesting so far to me. Interesting to see Sony doing digital edition but Now service still needs some work and I’ve had most consoles in my many years so I’m not biased but game pass is far superior at present.

  9. I really don’t like the design and my wife doesn’t either. Also, the lack of images of the back worries me. I really really really hope they will add a couple of USB ports on the back because charging my controllers, plugin in the headset dongle and external drive in the front just looks stupid. Especially the headset and drive!

    • The big worry about the USB ports is if external drives have to work the same way as they do on the PS4. You can’t plug them into a hub. They have to be connected directly.

      So with the lack of internal storage, it’s going to need more than 1 USB port as everyone will need external drives.

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