PS5 Design Revealed: Stylish Console, Controller, And Accessories

We finally have our first clear image of what the next-gen PlayStation console from Sony looks like.

396 Comments

The PlayStation 5 reveal event wouldn't have been complete without the big reveal. To that end, Sony showed off the physical hardware for its next-gen console for the first time, giving us the first clear image of what the PS5 actually looks like.

What The PS5 Looks Like

An upright PS5 and DualSense controller.
An upright PS5 and DualSense controller.
The PS5 lying flat on its side next to a DualSense controller.
The PS5 lying flat on its side next to a DualSense controller.

Like the DualSense controller, the PS5 breaks away from the all-black color scheme that has defined it since the PlayStation 3 in favor of a two-tone, black-and-white design. It is also a notable divergence from the blocky PlayStation 4, with a "wavier" outer shell that initially made fans question whether or not it was possible to position the console horizontally. The good news is yes, the PS5 can be laid flat.

While Sony has not provided official dimensions for the console, fans have taken to social media and other forums like Reddit to mock up their own predictions, comparing images of older consoles side-by-side and using the USB ports and disc drives to estimate measurements.

PS5 Disc-Less Digital Edition

As for the PS5 itself, Sony revealed that much like the Xbox One S, it will be available in two variants: one with a disc drive, and one without. The discless model, called the PS5 Digital Edition, is noticeably slimmer, although it still bears the same form factor. However, while we finally got to see the actual system, PS5's price and release date were not announced--that will come later, the company says.

PS5 and the disc-less PS5 Digital Edition.
PS5 and the disc-less PS5 Digital Edition.

PS5 Accessories

We also got a look at some PS5 accessories, including a charging dock for the DualSense controller, HD camera, Pulse 3D wireless headset, and media remote. The PS5 DualSense controller, which was unveiled earlier this year, features haptics and adaptive triggers, allowing developers to adjust the trigger tension and give more precise feedback than the classic rumble tech. It will also retain the light bar from the DualShock 4, though its placement on the controller has been tweaked.

The full suite of PlayStation 5 hardware and accessories from Sony.
The full suite of PlayStation 5 hardware and accessories from Sony.

Of course, we also saw a ton of PS5 games during the reveal event, many of which hadn't previously been announced. Some of the highlights include Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, a brand-new entry in the beloved platforming series "built from the ground up" for PS5, and Resident Evil 8. Sony saved perhaps its biggest announcement for last: a Horizon Zero Dawn sequel. You can catch up on more news in our PS5 reveal event recap.

Please use a html5 video capable browser to watch videos.
This video has an invalid file format.
00:00:00
Sorry, but you can't access this content!
Please enter your date of birth to view this video

By clicking 'enter', you agree to GameSpot's
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Now Playing: First Look at PS5 Console | Sony PS5 Reveal Event

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Join the conversation
There are 396 comments about this story
396 Comments  RefreshSorted By 
GameSpot has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to toxic conduct in comments. Any abusive, racist, sexist, threatening, bullying, vulgar, and otherwise objectionable behavior will result in moderation and/or account termination. Please keep your discussion civil.

Avatar image for StonerDemon
StonerDemon

1040

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Edited By StonerDemon

Wireless controller charging would have been neat, but who knows, maybe it will come in the form of an accessory or it's in fact a yet to be revealed feature of the console. And I still have the hunch that Dreams will come pre-installed by default, something a la Playroom on PS4. That "create" button gives quite a hint. Other than that, I like the design but those curvy corners+its big size might make it a very delicate console. I just hope it will be phat PS3-like in terms of build quality and materials.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

3213

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

I just hope we have the option to turn off all the silly little led lights, we are not 14 yr asian girls (we just play one online) that need overly bright led lights on every consumer electronic product out there.

Please tone down the lights or at least give us the options to turn em off.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for StonerDemon
StonerDemon

1040

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Edited By StonerDemon

@jenovaschilld: I think it's a very necessary option for PSVR, I mean the light on the controller. I don't really feel bothered by that light when playing normal games, but when playing with PSVR and using sight glasses, good lord is so distracting. But I found a good trick: I use Covid masks to cover the gap created by the glasses hahaha, it actually works very well.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

3213

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

@StonerDemon: I agree with VR use and options for brightness for different room setups. Just the options to turn them off or on, ahh sounds awesome.

I use a black perma-marker for many of my led irritants.

I am not against lighting though nor do I play in a dark dim room. I am a huge fan of 'bias lighting' for both my TV and gaming monitor. But bright blue, white leds shining directly into your eyes, even small ones reduce color fidelity, contrast, and needless extra blue light that causes strain. I also use directional lighting that does cause glare.

I am using my money to get the nicest picture and graphics possible, not for cosmetic lights that take away. Give gaming consumers the choice to turn em off.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for shamanixx
Shamanixx

1

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

Edited By Shamanixx

Unfortunately I think Sony made a mistake with the new design. Looks plasty and honestly rather ugly to me. That together with inferior specifications vs Xbox is however secondary to me as an equally important parameter is exclusive titles.. With that Demon Souls remake coming up as a PS5 exclusive Sony already won my money. Give us a release date please and take my money!

Upvote • 
Avatar image for gamerbum
GamerBum

1032

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Boy is ps5 bad. It’s the worse design I’ve ever seen for a ps console. It’s too big. It’s bigger than XseX yet not as powerful. That’s not good. And it’s even worse when layed horizontally it’s fugly af.

Sony need to release a slim/pro version fast coz this thing is hideous lol.

5 • 
Avatar image for VGjunkie87
VGjunkie87

242

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 6

User Lists: 0

Anyone who thinks 2 TFlops will make a bigger difference than literally double I/O throughput to the gaming experience doesn’t know much about storage tech and how fast Sony’s SSD architecture is. It’s going to be so snappy, both in and out of games (+how they can be developed), apps, home screen, setting etc.

I don’t even see how some sites are giving the Series X the edge in potential performance, am I wrong in this line of thinking? There’s nothing wrong with variable vs fixed frequency with this Zen2 7nm tech, at least I would hope not.

2 • 
Avatar image for gamerbum
GamerBum

1032

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

@VGjunkie87:

Yes you are wrong with that line of thinking. The XseX has also been designed to take advantage of an SSD to be able to stream large amounts of data almost instantly. The Xbox velocity architecture enables this kind of thing I think. XseX takes advantage of advanced mesh shaders, VRS and lots and lots of other software that boosts these capabilities. And of course XseX is a lot more powerful than ps5. Ps5 is not a 10.2tflop console. It cannot run its GPU and CPU at peak performance at the same time. If the GPU is running at peak performance then the CPU has to cut back and vice versa. This means that it will not run at 10.2 tflops of performance. Ps5 is a 9.2 tflop console just as the rumours suggested and Digital Foundry reported.

XseX is 12.16 tflops. It’s way more powerful than ps5.

4 • 
Avatar image for nilsdoen
NilsDoen

382

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

Edited By NilsDoen

I'll have to buy an xbox series x and place it infront of the PS5. I wont ever use the xbox ofc

Upvote • 
Avatar image for ssdd_again
ssdd_again

219

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

@nilsdoen: Yeah, safer to stay with the herd eh.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for nilsdoen
NilsDoen

382

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

@ssdd_again: what herd? i mean the ps5 will be by far the most ugly thing ive dragged into my home for at least 10 years.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for ssdd_again
ssdd_again

219

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

@nilsdoen: The herd of sheep draggin the PS5 into their homes in spite of its ugliness...based on hollow arguments against anything Xbox that were started seven years ago, that herd.

Noses cut off to spite faces.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for johnny0779
johnny0779

699

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

it's not just the PS5's over designed router looks but its massive size.

Polygon has an article stating the unsettling size of the PS5.

https://www.polygon.com/2020/6/12/21288597/ps5-hardware-size-dimensions-playstation-5

Yeah, even bigger than the fat PS3

2 • 
Avatar image for nilsdoen
NilsDoen

382

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

@johnny0779: looooooooooool holy **** this is insane

Upvote • 
Avatar image for gamerforlife96
Gamerforlife96

743

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

@johnny0779: mehh.. Still better than series x

Upvote • 
Avatar image for gamerbum
GamerBum

1032

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

@gamerforlife96:

Technically the XseX is better than ps5. If your judging how good these systems are by how powerful they are how well they run games then there’s no question. XseX is the better console.

Ps5 isn’t a 10.2 tflop console. In practice it’ll turn out that ps5 is the 9.2tflop console that Digital Foundry reported on months ago. Why?

Because the GPU and CPU cannot run a peak performance simultaneously. If the GPU is running at peak performance then the CPU will have to throttle back and vice versa if the rolls are reversed. This means that ps5 will most likely be the 9.2 tflop console rumoured previously.

This means that XseX will be 35 to 40% better. Maybe even more with all the awesome software in the new Xbox.

XseX is 12.16 tflops

ps5 is 9.2tflops

4 • 
Avatar image for sladakrobot
sladakrobot

9057

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

@gamerforlife96: you already own both nextgen consoles?
I wish i were you

2 • 
Avatar image for gamerforlife96
Gamerforlife96

743

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

@sladakrobot: everyone wish to be me that's why iam the best in the world

Upvote • 
Avatar image for livedreamplay
LiveDreamPlay

5769

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 5

@gamerforlife96: Not the best at English apparently.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for ssdd_again
ssdd_again

219

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

The PlaySandwich 5 - possibly the worst hamburger I've ever seen. The cheese isn't even, the portions are all wrong - what were they thinking?

Also, why are they plugging Haptic/Adaptive Feedback like it's something new? Even the much derided and hated Xbox One has had controllers with haptic feedback since 2013.

4 • 
Avatar image for jumalan75
jumalan75

424

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 25

User Lists: 0

@ssdd_again: vibration is basically the only haptic feature other controllers have had up to this point

It’s supposed to have a wider range through both variable tension, I’m assuming variably vibration, clicks with controller speaker assistance, that sort of thing.

Whether or not it’s this amazing thing is yet to be felt, but if it’s pretty nifty then it will surely translate to whatever move controllers they bust out next for psvr2

Upvote • 
Avatar image for systemoverload
SystemOverload

840

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Just wait to see how well it is implemented.

PS4 controller touchpad?

PS3 Sixaxis controller?

Upvote • 
Avatar image for boom4real
Boom4Real

91

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

@ssdd_again: Console looks classy to me. One of the most exciting designs In a long long time.

2 • 
Avatar image for ssdd_again
ssdd_again

219

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

@boom4real: At least someone likes it then. Personally, I don't think it will age well at all. The XseX may look more boring but it will age well at least

Upvote • 
Avatar image for tingtong
tingtong

530

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 20

Edited By tingtong

It looks fresh & futuristic.. just the makeover PS was needing. You know it’ll come in other flavors eventually though.

Now compare it to Xbox.. completely void of style or sex appeal. Just a black brick looking thing.. already forgot since it wasn’t very mesmerizing.

2 •