PS5 console design
The design of the PS5 is incredibly unique and a noticeable departure from all of the brand’s predecessors consoles. With its black and white color scheme, it is also positively bulky and ditches the relatively simplistic look of its predecessors. Sony has confirmed that there will be two different versions of the PS5 at launch, one with a 4K Blu-ray drive and the other without it, and it has opted for a purely digital solution instead. The first will be £ 90 more expensive.
Official footage showed that the PS5 has two USB-A and USB-C ports. This means that it should support old peripherals and look to the future with new technology. Not a fan of the white design? Then, you’ll be happy to know that the special editions have already been confirmed. PlayStation Vice President of UX Design Matt MacLaurin claims, “Personalization with special editions will exceed anything we’ve seen before.”
The Tempest 3D AudioTech for the PS5 console allows us to play sounds in a way that makes it easy for gamers to identify the devices around them. This is perfect for situations where you feel surrounded or just want to sneak up on machines, ”explains Mathges de Jong, director of games at Guerilla Games. Capcom’s Jun Takeuchi also talks about how sound will transform the horror experience in Resident Evil Village:“ Sound is an essential part of Driving the next generation of PS5 experience. It’s almost like 3D Audiotech designed specially for horror games. In the past, gamers had to invest a lot of time and money to obtain this spatial sound. Now if you put in a headphone, you will get a complete 3D sound experience.
Sony has confirmed that its stunning 3D audio will be available to headphones at launch and most current headphones can support this feature whether or not they are connected via Bluetooth or the 3.5mm jack. Unfortunately, the console will not be able to output 3D sound to the TV speakers on startup, although it is hoped that this will be added in the update soon after the update. It’s not the end of the world, although you’ll need a headphone to use the feature in November.
Sony has posted in-depth FAQs on the PlayStation Blog explaining exactly which current accessories will be compatible with the PS5 when it is released later this year. With the PS5 and Xbox Series X both providing future compatibility and promoting a growing ecosystem, it’s comforting that the two companies are now beginning to answer questions that consumers have been wandering around for months.
A recent blog post by Sony examines exactly which accessories are suitable for this next-generation console and whether compatibility is limited. It turns out that it will be, but it’s easy to see exactly where the Dualshock 4 and the other devices will be later this year.
PS5 Video Reality VR
The current PlayStation VR headset was confirmed to work when it launched with the PS5. Therefore, there are currently no plans to release a new hardware version alongside the Sony console.
This solves some concerns and at the same time raises a number of interesting questions. For example – are the virtual reality experiences explicitly developed for the PS5 also working on these headphones and will everything we need be transported? There are also peripherals such as the PlayStation Camera and motion controllers, both of which are essential for the use of the PSVR and so can be played on the new system without much effort on the part of the player. If so, we will be happy. If not, Sony would be better off putting things together during the final reveal of the console.
PSVR has now sold 4 million amazing headphones, making it one of the most popular form of VR on the planet. The accessibility that only requires a console and the choice of games makes it an attractive proposition for the average gamer. Sony understands this and feels the medium has a long way to go.
The DualSense controller is sure to be eye-catching, and the immediate response indicates it could be Marmite for a device. There is a lot to discover when it comes to small tweaks to the new DualSense (RIP DualShock 5). The new design will eliminate the colors we have become familiar with and will have a muted look and transparent / transparent design for the buttons as a whole. Elsewhere, you’ll find a new “Create” and “Options” button on the front of the console. Options retain their name, but have a new logo to replace the text. As the post has become a creation, it is represented by three popular lines. We don’t know yet what the transition from “sharing” to “creating” means, but Sony announced that there will be new ways to “create epic gaming content that can be shared with the world.”
On the black zone at the front of the console are the typical analog sticks and a new DualSense button. The analog sticks look very similar to the DualShock 4, but there appears to be a slight differentiation in the pattern. We don’t know yet if this difference means a new fabric for the sticks.
The first thing to note when moving to the top of the console is the absence of an optical strip. Instead, this has been carried over to a more subtle lighting effect behind the touchpad – indicating that PS VR support for DualSense may not be available. A recent process preview from Japanese outlets also confirmed that Dualsense offers similar functionality to the Dualshock 4, with the touchpad tying up with a number of interactions in the Astro playroom. You can even blow into the microphone!
The most interesting part here is the redesigned shoulder buttons. Sony is promoting the new DualSense buttons with new adaptive haptic feedback technology that also gets a new look – especially the bumpers. The PS5 console appears to be ditching USB-A along with modern smartphones and choosing a standard that is slowly becoming global – USB-C.
PS5 Backward Compatibility
The PS5 has been confirmed to be backward compatible, and as Mark Cerny (PS5 Systems Engineer) said, “PS4 graphics drivers work fine on PlayStation 5.” The Legacy Mode for PS5 was introduced, which allows developers to create PS4 titles for the next generation of console without losing functionality. These PS4 games are said to run at increased frequencies which could improve graphics and performance. However, PlayStation suggested that only the “100 best PS4 games” be supported by the PS5 at launch. It is expected that he will receive more necessary corrections at a later time. It is not known if the PS5 will adopt the “Smart Delivery” system like the Xbox X Series. This feature allows players to upgrade to the current next-generation versions for free, saving them a lot of money.
It is up to the developers to choose. So far, it has been confirmed that Witcher 3, Borderlands 3, and Destiny 2 are offering free upgrades from PS4 to PS5. When it comes to old platforms like the PS1, PS2 and PS3, the picture is more ambiguous and Sony has yet to confirm whether or not the new console will support it. Unfortunately, recent developments make this possibility increasingly unlikely. Ubisoft’s support site recently investigated the full level of backward compatibility on the PS5 and appears to have confirmed that the console does not support the PS1, PS2 or PS3 title feature in any capacity other than PlayStation Now.