Sony finally lifted the veil last night with its The Future of Gaming show, revealing its upcoming PS5 and a whole slew of games that will be coming with it when it launches this holiday season. From the lineup of games that we saw, this is sure to be one of the best video game consoles we’ve ever laid our grubby paws on. And congratulations should be given to Sony for taking the bold risk of making the PS5 look like the world’s biggest WiFi router. Seriously, look at it.
"It" isn’t entirely accurate though, as there are actually two PS5 consoles - a standard version and a digital version which doesn’t have a disc drive. We can safely assume that the digital version will be cheaper. The existence of this digital only edition makes a lot of sense as physical media are becoming less relevant in our digital age.
As for the box itself, all jokes aside, it certainly is a striking design and a real divergence from the Xbox Series X, which has gone for the big, boring black box approach (though even that looks a bit like a fridge). We’re still not sure how we feel about the PS5 design yet, but the torrent of memes have already started endearing us to it.
The PS5 design memes have started strong pic.twitter.com/C7nwEg4W17June 11, 2020
On the games front, it was a great showing for Sony with games from both first party studios and its third party partners. On the first party exclusive front we had the announcement of Horizon: Forbidden West, the sequel to PS4 hit Horizon: Zero Dawn. There was also an announcement for Spider Man: Miles Morales which is a standalone expansion to the Insomniac Games’ Spider Man.
Elsewhere we saw reveals for big titles like Resident Evil 8, Hitman 3 and NBA 2K21, along with some charming and beautiful looking indie titles like Stray, which sees you playing as a cat in a futuristic robot inhabited world after the fall of humanity. Any game that lets us play as a cat is a winner in our book, so we’re calling this the game of the show. We’ve linked the full reveal show below so you can watch the whole thing for yourself.
One thing that Sony kept quiet on was pricing. It looks like Microsoft and Sony are locked in a price reveal staring contest, waiting for the other side to blink. Rumors and educated guesses have both Sony’s PS5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X in the $500-$600 range, but we won’t know for certain until somebody makes the first move.
Until then, if you've got the need to play games and can't wait until the holidays, check out our reviews of the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X - these will tide you over until the PS5 and Xbox Series X hit shelves later this year.
We’ll keep you posted on all the latest PS5 news as it comes in. For now we’re going back to Twitter to look for more PS5 memes.