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A brand new console generation is almost upon us and we finally know what the PlayStation 5 console looks like. Other details such as pricing have yet to be revealed.

The PS5 hardware will launch in two forms. One will come standard with a disc drive that will play 4K Blu Ray discs. The other ditches the drive and will be a digital only console.

SIE also announced some new PS5 accessories including:

  • PULSE 3D™ wireless headset – offering 3D audio support and dual noise-cancelling microphones;
  • HD Camera – featuring dual 1080p lenses for gamers to broadcast themselves along with their epic gameplay moments;
  • Media Remote – a remote control with built-in microphone to navigate movies and streaming services with ease; and
  • DualSense™ Charging Station – for convenient charging of two DualSense™ Wireless Controllers.

In this guide, we will compile all of the actual info that has been released for the console and it will be updated as Sony shells out additional details. Closer to the PS5‘s launch we will have a complete buyers guide that will include games, accessories and if applicable which edition is right for you.

Specs Education

Sony planned to reveal the specs behind the PS5 at an address to be given at Game Developers Conference (GDC). Since GDC was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the address was posted to YouTube. The presentation was given by Mark Cerny, the lead system architect for PS5. You should remember him for doing a similar presentation for the PS4. The system itself was not shown and the entire thing was designed to let developers and interested fans know what is under the hood of the next-gen PlayStation. You can watch the full video below:

PlayStation 5 Specs at a glace (courtesy of the PlayStation Blog):

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The DualSense Controller

For the first time since Sony took the original PlayStation controller and added analog sticks, rumble motors, and renamed it the DualShock we are seeing a fully new design for a PlayStation controller. Sure the DualShock 4 added new features like the Share Button and the Touchpad, but the overall design was largely unchanged since the PS1. Now, this has not been a bad thing but it is nice to see a fresh look for the PS5.

The new controller is called the DualSense and as you can see from the pictures, the layout of the sticks, buttons and the touchpad remain the same as to not put a long time PlayStation fan into a state of shock. Aside from the general shape change, the biggest difference in the DualSense that has been revealed so far is that the rumble feature has been scrapped in favor of Haptic Feedback. The Share Button has also been replaced with the Create Button. Son has promised to reveal more about what can be done with it closer to launch. Another new addition to the controller is a built in microphone.

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