…and it’s an interesting looking console.
You would have to be living under a rock to not know that the PS5 is coming this Holiday 2020. Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve seen little glimmers of hope. I’d like to think the PS5 is a little reminder that there are still some good things that can come out in this day and age.
When I was a child, I still remember playing Army Men on the PS1 A few years after that, we’d play Smackdown! Here Comes The Pain on PS2. Years later, we’d get the PS3 and play a lot of sports games. When we got the PS4 around 2017, we played Mafia III, Assassin’s Creed and much more.
Each system provided a different experience. PS1 had blocky graphics, but it was a ton of fun. PS2 is probably the best game to play with friends. PS3 upped the graphics game and really showed how powerful a video game console can be. PS4 made streaming video games a breeze with its Share function and the PS5 just upped the ante once again.
Constantly surprising controls
Every generation introduced something different to make the gameplay experience different. For the PlayStation, the controller was always evolving from one generation to the next. We had the DualShock for the PS1 & 2 then, we had the Sixaxis on the PS3 and we got the Share Button on the PS4.
Prior to the reveal of the main console, the only thing we knew about the PlayStation 5 was that it had a redesigned DualSense Controller which replaces our good ol’ DualShock. We still had the classic setup of the D-Pad on the left, the action buttons on the right, the track pad in the center and the home button on the bottom. What made the new controller stand out for me was the renaming of the Create button into a Share button. There really isn’t much to discuss with that function as we don’t have a lot of information to mention yet.
The biggest changes for the controller would be the haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. Haptic feedback makes the user feel like they really are in the video game. For example, you’re driving through a muddy path in an adventure game. With haptic feedback, your controller will shake and feel like it’s stuck in the mud like you would in real life. The same goes for adaptive triggers. That means when you’re playing a game like Horizon, shooting an arrow would feel like you’re shooting an arrow in real life.
Eve’s little brother
As for the console itself, I was surprised to see a minimalist style applied to the system. It’s slick and clean, but it does remind of a certain Pixar movie. That’s right. I thought the new console looked like Eve from Wall-E.
I just couldn’t help but compare the two with each other. Take a look at Eve. She doesn’t just look like the inspiration for the Playroom robots, she also looks like the basis for the PS5 with its white design and blue lights. There was a clear vision for the PS5 to look as futuristic as possible and Eve is a good template.
Bye bye BD
Another surprise from the console reveal was the announcement of a PS5 Digital Edition that won’t have a disc drive. That means you won’t have game discs taking up space at home. All you will need is your system, an internet connection and a nice TV.
We don’t know how much either system will cost, but I think the lack of a Blu-Ray drive for the digital edition might result in a cheaper price point. Not only would a digital edition be cheaper, it could also signal the transition to purely digital copies of games. Personally, I am still a fan of having game discs on hand. It just doesn’t feel like a video game when you don’t have a physical copy to hold.
However, I understand how other players might feel with the digital edition. Like I said earlier, you don’t have to pay for the expensive Blu-Ray drive anymore. All you need is a ton of hard drive space and digital copies of the game. You’ll save so much on the disc drive and you could use it to buy more games!
A wide array of games
The PS5 isn’t playing when it comes to games either. Here’s a sample of the games that we’ll get in the near-future:
- Spider-Man: Miles Morales
- Horizon Forbidden West
- Gran Turismo 7
- Sackboy & Friends
- GTA V Enhanced Edition
- NBA 2K21
- Ghostwire Tokyo
- Resident Evil Village…and much more
That’s all that I’ve got from the PS5 announcement trailer. Two consoles that look like Eve from Wall-E. Tons of exclusive games and a long, long wait for the holidays. The PlayStation 5 comes out this Holiday 2020.