- The PlayStation 5 finally got its grand reveal on June 11.
- The new console is primarily white – a departure from the last three generations of black PlayStation consoles – and it comes in two versions.
- At launch, there will be a standard edition of the console, as well as a “Digital Edition,” which doesn’t have a disc drive.
- Sony says the new console will arrive this holiday. The Japanese electronics giant did not reveal the price or release date of the PS5.
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Sony offered fans a long-anticipated first look at the PlayStation 5 in a presentation on Thursday afternoon.
The new console is a major visual departure from previous PlayStation hardware. It’s white, asymmetrical, and has a set of fins sticking out of the top.
The PlayStation 5 console matches the new controller – the so-called “DualSense” gamepad – which was revealed earlier this year.
Sony is launching two versions of the PlayStation 5 this holiday. There’s a “standard” PlayStation 5, with an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive, and a “Digital Edition” without a disc drive, the company said in a press release.
Here are the two consoles side-by-side:
Design-wise, the two PS5 consoles are very similar.
As seen above, the digital edition is symmetrical, while the standard edition has a bump where the disc drive is located.
It’s unclear what the price difference will be between the two versions, but the functional difference is evident: The “digital model” is unable to read discs, while the standard model can.
In practice, that means that the Digital Edition is only able to play downloaded games – the latest step that the video game industry is taking to move away from physical video games.
Watch the full video of the PlayStation 5 hardware reveal right here: