Sony Unveils Disc-Free PS5 Console & Games Ahead Of Holiday Season Launch
At its virtual unveiling event held yesterday, Sony gave gamers a closer look at its two PlayStation 5 gaming consoles as well as a range of new games that will be launched alongside the PS5 this holiday season.
Sony will be offering the PS5 in two forms: the PS5 console with an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive, and a PS5 Digital Edition, which will not have a disc drive. The move to a ‘digital only’ format could potentially cut out brick-and-mortar CE retailers that sell physical copies of games, such as JB HI-FI, Harvey Norman and EB Games.
Alongside the PS5 console, Sony is introducing numerous accessories, including a HD camera, remote, Pulse 3D wireless headset, and a charging dock for the DualSense controller.
In terms of games, Sony will be releasing an enhanced and expanded edition of the best-selling ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ for PS5 in 2021.
Aside from this, PlayStation Studio revealed nine other exciting game titles, due to be released with the PS5 this holiday season, including Marvel’s ‘Spider-Man Miles Morales’.
PS5 games from other developers were also revealed, including:
- Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart from Insomniac Games
- Bugsnax from Young Horses
- Goodbye Volcano High from Ko-op
- Jett: The Far Shore from Superbrothers + Pine Scented
- Kena: Bridge of the Spirits from Ember Lab
- Little Devil Inside from Neostream Interactive
- Oddworld: Soulstorm from Oddworld Inhabitants
- The Pathless from Giant Squid/Annapurna
- Stray from BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna
- Solar Ash from Heart Machine/Annapurna
- Grand Theft Auto V from Rockstar Games
- Ghostwire: Tokyo from Tango Gameworks/Bethesda Softworks
- Project Athia from Luminous Productions/Square Enix
- Hitman 3 from IO Interactive
- NBA 2K21 from 2K Sports
- Deathloop from Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks
- Resident Evil Village from Capcom
- Pragmata from Capcom
Microsoft is also launching its new Xbox Series X this holiday season. CE retailers believe these two products could be major drivers of sales later this year, especially as gaming has picked up significantly since the COVID-19 lockdowns.
Both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 will rely on an eight-core, 16-thread AMD processor and an RDNA 2 GPU. Pricing for both products has not yet been confirmed.