Sony introduces PS5 console and launches games

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Sony has finally unveiled its next-gen console, the PlayStation 5, and gave gamers a preview of some of the games they will be able to play when the PS5 releases later this year.

With the coronavirus restricting a live event, the big launch came in the form of a pre-recorded stream that was shown online, and it gave players plenty to get excited about.

A bit away from the all-black design of the PS4, the PS5 is a mix of glossy white edges, a black center, and vibrant blue hues.

The DualSense control pad follows this color scheme, being predominantly white with black keys. The new design of the PS5 and its control pad really gives a futuristic “next generation” feel.

As is customary on next-gen consoles, the PS5 will offer dramatically improved visuals over its predecessor, and it also has a custom hard drive that could see drastically reduced load times. It also comes with some awesome new features in the form of 3D audio and a 4K Blu-ray player.

Seven years after the PS4, the new PS5 will be available in two versions, the Standard Edition and the Digital Edition, which apparently do not have a disc drive.

Along with the long-awaited console reveal, Sony has also given the world a taste of the games its legions of fans can find themselves in, and it’s an impressive selection.

Some of the PS4’s most beloved titles have sequels, with familiar faces returning in next-gen glory. In what would be an expansion of 2018’s blockbuster superhero adventure, a Spider-Man follow-up was shown in a trailer and this time it will be Miles Morales instead of Peter Parker. Impressive details have shown what the new machine is capable of, with effects we might not have seen on the PS4.

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There was also a trailer for the latest installment in the long and hugely popular Resident Evil series. Serving as a direct follow-up to Resident Evil 7, the new title adopts the same first-person style and looks more terrifying than ever.

Horizon: Forbidden West, Hitman III, and Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart were also some of the sequels revealed along with new titles such as Deathloop, from the makers of Dishonored, and a sci-fi horror named Returnal.

Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO Jim Ryan said, “With the PlayStation 5, we’re taking a big step forward to deliver a truly new generation of transformative gaming experiences that will redefine expectations of what can be the games.

“The worlds will be richer and more beautiful, they will captivate your senses in ways you never thought possible, and you will be able to experience them much more smoothly, with super-fast loading.”

“Today’s showcase is just a glimpse of what’s to come in the next generation, and we want to thank our community for taking this journey to the PS5 launch with us.”

However, two things were missing: a firm release date and perhaps more importantly a price. Rumors suggest Sony’s latest hardware could cost over £ 500, but we do know Sony’s machine will launch towards the end of this year.

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