Various Japanese publications and YouTubers have been given the first ever hands-on session for the PlayStation 5 over the weekend and if impressions are anything to go by, then the PS5 (so far) is looking to be worth the wait.
One such publication, 4Gamer, has shared a number of new images of the machine in the flesh, showing various angles of the console. You’ll also notice that the black portion in the middle of the console looks to be glossy, which gives off a contrast in material compared to the outer shell.
One image, in particular, shows a screw on the top part of the console, possibly indicating where the console will open up to replace or upgrade the internal SSD. If this is true, then it would make sense that the side panels are snap on or easily opened, and can be removed or replaced as well, offering numerous customization options for gamers who don’t want to buy an upcoming limited edition since they already have the console.
Dengeki Online, via Nibel on Twitter, shared that the fan was very quiet and that they were shocked at the performance, which is something they payed attention to since a lot of people were curious about it. 4Gamer shares the same thoughts as well regarding how quiet the PS5 was, saying it can be “hardly heard” during gameplay. They played Astro Bot’s Playroom and Godfall (among other games), both of which may not be the most punishing of games to the system, so it would be nice to see the console be put to the test with some really heavy games.
Dengeki also shares an angle of the PS5 nearby a TV set, confirming its size. As we can already tell, the PS5 is a really, REALLY big machine.
As for gameplay Demos, you can check out the video below where Astro’s Playroom, Godfall, and Balan Wonderworld was previewed. You can immediately notice the very fast loading times, especially in Godfall where the system loads in between deaths.
One big piece of the puzzle has not been answered yet and that is how the UI looks and performs. It was mentioned before that the new UI is a “100% overhaul of PS4 UI and some very different new concepts”, so understandably everyone is pretty excited to see how it works.
In light of Sony’s silence towards the subject, some UI leaks have appeared online, showing the UI and even the 664GB hard drive space after system and OS files. There’s no reason to fully believe that this is official, so we’ll have to wait and hear from Sony, which we hope is sooner rather than later.
The PlayStation 5 will be priced at $499 (around PHP25,000) for the Standard Edition and $399 around PHP20,000) for the Digital Edition. Both editions will release on November 12 in selected territories (US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea) and November 19 worldwide.