PS5 to come in two versions, one with 4k Blu-ray player

posted on Friday, 12th June 2020 by Steve May

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Sony has finally unveiled its PlayStation 5 console, confirming that two versions will be made available for the holiday season2020. The lead PS5 comes with a built-in 4k UHD Blu-ray player, the other is dubbed the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, and comes without any disc drive at all.

The design of the new console is striking. Unlike the large, utilitarian Xbox Series X, the PS5 is all curves and flourishes. It’s clearly dressed to impress. These sleek lines are rather spoilt by the provision of that slot loading disc drive on the main version, but needs must.

However it presents a challenge for home cinema enthusiasts, as it’ll not easily be accommodated within a standard AV rack system. The console can stand upright, or be mounted on its side.

Reflecting its Blu-ray functionality, Sony will also offer an optional media remote control, as well as a matching Pulse 3D audio headset. Unlike the Xbox Series X, games will not support Dolby Atmos. Instead PlayStation 5 games will offer 3D audio via headphones. This could prove an issue for home theatre gaming.

Conspicuous by its absence from the PS5 launch event was the PSVR. There’s was no talk of new PSVR games, nor an updated PSVR2 headset. It seems we’re going to have to wait a little longer to see just how the increased horsepower of the incoming console can upgrade the VR experience.

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The PlayStation 5 was unveiled along with an impressive line up of next gen games, some familiar titles, but many new.All looked spectacular. The POS5 will support 4k/120Hz gaming, and in some cases 8k, although this is unlikely to become a standard resolution fixture for some time.

Prices have yet to be announced, although the 2TB version with integrated hard drive did briefly appear as a listing on Amazon at £599, although the retailer later described this as a mistake.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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