“The Sony PlayStation 5 is expected to launch later this year, and its logo looks just as expected.”
Sony took to the CES stage last night to reveal the official logo for the PlayStation 5, which will be more commonly referred to as the PS5. The logo in question looks just as expected, keeping the design language constant with how the PS3 and PS4’s logos looked like. The overall design is fairly simplistic, with typical PlayStation font and the PlayStation logo accompanying the number ‘5’ for this generation of the PlayStation console. There are no added design flairs about the logo, and unlike Microsoft, Sony has refrained from offering any further details on what the PS5 would officially look like.
Additionally, Sony used its stage time to talk about how much its consoles have sold in recent times. According to Sony, it has sold over 5 million units of the PlayStation VR, the virtual reality-based gaming headset and system that is more commonly known as PSVR. The total sales figures come after the Sony PSVR was officially put up for sale in October 2016. Sony has further revealed that it has sold over 104 million units of the Sony PlayStation 4 in the entire lifetime of the console, pegging it as the second most popular gaming console of all time, behind the Sony PlayStation 2 (which sold a reported 158 million units through its lifetime). This somewhat suggests that despite its popularity, and the mid-life refresh that saw the PS4 lineup being segregated into PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro, Sony’s juggernaut gaming console will not exceed the number of units that the company sales numbers of the iconic PS2. However, given the more affordable price tag of PS2, this can be marked as an even bigger achievement from the company.
Sony’s upcoming gaming console, the PS5, is set to launch in 2020 itself, with more details about how the console looks like and the processing power it comes with set to be unveiled at E3 2020. Sony has touted 8K graphics playback ability, SSDs onboard for superfast load times and fast travel in games, ray tracing and backward compatibility with the PS4. In terms of performance, rumours have suggested a quad-core processor based on the AMD Zen 2 core architecture, while the graphics are expected to be handled by a custom GPU based on AMD Radeon Navi. Sony is also keeping its controller design largely similar, but is expected to offer refinements such as a new haptic feedback mechanism, as well as adaptive triggers that let you adjust how much pressure would you want on your controller’s triggers.
Gaming consoles are set to step into a dubious future, with game streaming technology led by the Google Stadia expected to go mainstream over the coming years. Nevertheless, the immediate future is expected to hold enough demand from consumers for dedicated gaming consoles, even as eSports and gaming competitions grow into a burgeoning field right now. Consoles such as the Sony PS5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X are expected to lead the console gaming lineup over the next half a decade, but given the rising demands of the gaming industry, it remains to be seen how dedicated gaming consoles adapt to the cloud-based gaming technologies that are already knocking on the door.