San Francisco, Jun 11 (efe-epa).- Japanese multinational Sony on Thursday staged a digital event at which it unveiled its new videoconsole – the PlayStation 5 (PS5) – which will sport a futuristic looking black and white design and an upgraded controller, along with a number of accessories.
The firm did not set a price for the gaming system but it announced that a standard edition and an “all digital” version – which does not have a disc drive but does have a 3d camera – will be available for purchase before the Christmas holiday season.
The black and white, asymmetrical console – with a set of fins emerging from the top – has a new controller: the so-called “DualSense” gamepad, and Sony displayed images of the console for the first time after devoting more than an hour to its new list of videogames that will be available this year and early in 2021, including – among many others – Spider-Man: Miles Morales, GTA V, the Gran Turismo 7 racing game, NBA 2K21, Hitman III, Oddworld Soulstorm, along with Capcom’s zombie horror game Resident Evil 8.
The Digital Edition will only be able to play downloaded games, this being the videogaming industry’s latest move in edging away from physical videogames.
Seven years after the release of the PlayStation 4, Sony opted to stream a pre-recorded video to announce the PS5 rather than stage a live event amid the worldwide social distancing regimes being pursued by governments because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The video featured Spider-Man swinging and bouncing among skyscrapers and both vanquishing his rivals and saving a pretty girl.
Amid the offerings for the whole family on the new console will be Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart and Sackboy! A Big Adventure, which promises to take the PS5’s graphic potential and playability to the max.
“Today’s the day that we’ve been looking forward to for years where we get to show you just some of the games that demonstrate our belief that PlayStation 5 marks the biggest generational transition our industry has yet seen,” PlayStation’s CEO Jim Ryan said Thursday.
The event had originally been scheduled for June 4 but the firm had delayed it during the recent protests in the US and around the world over the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd.
“While we understand gamers worldwide are excited to see PS5 games, we do not feel that right now is a time for celebration and for now, we want to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard,” the firm had said earlier this month in announcing the postponement of the unveiling.