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This Is the PlayStation 5; Also Offered in Digital-Only Version

The day has finally come: Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) finally revealed the design of the PlayStation 5. Just like the DualSense controller, the PS5 sports the same white-and-black colour scheme with a rather futuristic-looking design. On top of that, it is offered in two distinct variants as well.

No, it’s not a PS5 Pro model. Rather, it’s a digital-only version of the next-generation console, aptly dubbed PS5 Digital Edition. It looks identical to the standard PS5, but the digital-only model doesn’t have an optical disc drive. This gives the Digital Edition a slimmer, more symmetrical design.

Besides that, in the hardware reveal trailer above, it’s pretty clear PlayStation is highlighting the “V” silhouette of the PS5 when it is placed vertically. This is likely a nod to the Roman numeral for the number five, which is quite a nice touch in our opinion. There are also some nice underglow surrounding the console.

At a glance, it seems like the PS5 cannot be placed horizontally on its side; both sides of the console appear to be curved, after all. However, the closing sizzle trailer of today’s PS5 event does show the console placed on its side; there seems to be an attachment of sorts that makes this possible. It’s possible the same stand is used to place the console vertically and horizontally.

Port selection of the PS5 has been revamped as well. At least, that’s the case for the front of the console. The PS4 offered two USB-A connections at the front of the system, but the PS5 features a USB-A port as well as a USB-C connection. The console seems to have pretty elaborate vents for heat dissipation as well, suggesting a pretty robust cooling system.

While PlayStation finally revealed the actual design of the PS5, pricing and availability of the next-generation console have not been detailed yet. However, we do know that the PS5 will hit store shelves by the end of the year, and several big games, such as Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, will be launched alongside the system.

It’s quite interesting that PlayStation is introducing two different variants of the PS5, though we imagine most gamers will stick with the standard model; physical copies of games are still preferred in many parts of the world. That being said, there’s a good chance the Digital Edition will be more affordable, given that it doesn’t have a disc drive. We’ll just have to wait for the PS5’s retail prices to be revealed to find out.