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PlayStation 5: Everything we know about the Sony PS5

Published: 3/Jan/2020 17:19 Updated: 3/Jan/2020 17:29

by Calum Patterson

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Sony confirmed back in October 2019 that the PlayStation 5 will be the official name of their next console, and revealed that it will release in holiday 2020. Even as of January 2020 though, we still don’t have a specific release date.

The console was first teased by Sony in an interview with WIRED, who have now have released another exclusive look into the new console, alongside PlayStation’s own confirmation.

“These updates may not be a huge surprise, but we wanted to confirm them for our PlayStation fans”, Sony states, with WIRED giving the first details of the new controller.

New controller

According to WIRED, the prototype they were given was visually similar to the current-gen Dualshock 4, but Sony’s Mark Cerny was apparently keen to point out new features.

One such feature is “adaptive triggers”, which “offer varying levels of resistance to make shooting a bow and arrow feel like the real thing.”

There’s also an improved speaker on the controller, and new haptic feedback, as opposed to the traditional ‘rumble’ vibration.

There are some drawbacks though, namely the bigger battery and new haptic feedback causing the controller to be heavier.

PS5 confirmed

As for details about the console itself, there hasn’t been any more news in recent months, at least in an official capacity. Sony are likely keeping that under wraps until closer to launch with February being rumored as when the full reveal will occur.

Apart from finally confirming the name as the PlayStation 5, which realistically everyone expected anyway, there’s not much that we don’t already know.

The next-gen PS system will feature an SSD, ray-tracing technology and up to 8K playback as some of its headline features.

Xbox more powerful?

While where haven’t heard any official news since October 2019, a recent leak has suggested the new Xbox could be more powerful than the PS5. This would mean Microsoft could keep their title of making the world’s most powerful console, something which they aren’t shy about advertising.

It has been estimated that the Xbox Series X could have a GPU 30% more powerful than its PlayStation 5 counterpart. This is fascinating considering the initial specs suggested the two consoles would be neck and neck in terms of what’s under the hood.

It is important to note however, that this is a leak and is certainly not confirmed at this stage.

Xbox Series X PlayStation 5
CPU 8-core AMD Zen 2 8-core AMD Zen 2 at 3.2Ghz
GPU AMD RDNA with 56 CUs at 1.7Ghz AMD RDNA with 36 CUs at 2Ghz
RAM GDDR6 at 560GB/s GDDR6 at 448GB/s

Backwards compatibility

If the new Xbox is indeed more powerful it may not affect the PlayStation all that much. Sure, there will be a number of players who want the most powerful console but they are other factors to consider. There is also the price point to consider, too.

One of those is the widely discussed topic of backwards compatibility. Sony has several generations of games, which players still want to be able to enjoy today. Fortunately, if reports are to be believed, the PS5 will be backwards compatible with each of the PS1, PS2, PS3 and PS4 – that’s a lot of nostalgia right there.

Those reports come primarily from HipHop gamer who has been proven correct in the past. He discussed the potential PlayStation 5 backwards compatibility below.

Devkit leak confirmed

This leaked image of a devkit, which many dismissed as fake due to its rather unorthodox design, is apparently actually pretty close to the real deal.

WIRED state that “on quick glance”, the real devkit “looks a lot like” the leaked version:

This bizarre design isn’t far off the real devkit.

PS5 Pro?

There has been a rumor circulating that Sony will actually launch with two consoles – a reasonably priced PS5, and a more pricey PS5 Pro, for the more ‘hardcore’ players.

There’s no mention of this in the October 8 announcement though, so we will have to wait on more details.

Could there be a PS5 pro?

A pro version would certainly make sense though, as it would perhaps allow Sony to sell the base version, complete with an expensive SSD, at a lower price point, while making up the margins with the pro version.

The PS4 Pro was a resounding success, so it would be no surprise if the repeated the model for the next-gen too.

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 PS5 gameplay revealed and it looks incredible

Published: 25/Nov/2020 12:02

by Kieran Bicknell

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Despite suffering numerous long delays, fans are still hyped for CD Projekt Red’s dystopian Cyberpunk 2077. As the release date edges closer, we’ve had our first look at the game on PS5, as well as a comparison between PS4 Pro and PS5 graphics.

Cyberpunk 2077 is shaping up to be one of the most hotly-anticipated games of 2020. With its dystopian open-world setting, insane customization, and intriguing storyline, it looks set to become a truly epic title.

It’s not without its issues though, having suffered a number of consecutive delays, along with controversy over the dreaded ‘crunch’ for devs.

However, it seems that we may be on the ‘home stretch’ for the release of Cyberpunk 2077. Devs have now released the final teaser of gameplay footage, along with a first glimpse at the game running on the next-gen PS5.

Cyberpunk 2077 PS5 footage
YouTube: Cyberpunk 2077
The rain effects and lighting in Cyberpunk 2077 take on a whole new depth on PS5.

Cyberpunk 2077 on PlayStation 5

There’s no doubt that Cyberpunk is a fantastic looking game. With cutting-edge graphics, the visuals have stunned even the most doubtful of critics. So far, we’ve only seen the game on current-gen consoles, but CD Projekt Red has now revealed the first preview of the game running on the next-gen PlayStation 5.

Technically, the game is running via backward compatibility in the footage. However, the game will be available on PS5 at launch.

Starting at the very beginning, the footage shows the initial stages of the ‘Nomad’ life path. On PS4 pro the game looks absolutely gorgeous, with plenty of fantastic light effects, incredible detail, and lots of immersive scenes.

However, around the 4:30 mark in the video below, the footage switches over to PS5, and the difference is immediately noticeable.

Next-gen footage starts at 4:32

The shadows become immediately deeper, without losing any of the detail. The rain also suddenly takes on a whole new dimension, creating streaks on the windows that look impressively realistic.

Lighting also changes, with more natural-looking flares when looking up at streetlights through car windows, and the traditional ‘haze’ from the neon lights of the city also taking on more of a prominent role.

Highlights become more controlled, and the falloff between light and dark extremes feel more natural, with a more gradual transition between the two.

Sadly, we were only shown just over two minutes’ worth of footage. However, if those two minutes are anything to go by, Cyberpunk 2077 is going to look absolutely fantastic on next-gen consoles.