Sony Unveils Two PlayStation 5s, Including a Digital Edition Without a Disc Drive

Sony Unveils Two PlayStation 5s, Including a Digital Edition Without a Disc Drive

Two boxes for two different kinds of players.

After months of waiting, we finally know what the PlayStation 5 will look like sitting on the shelf. Sony revealed the console during today's big PS5 showcase, and both version of it at that.

The console has a bit of a curved look to it, with Sony using a white-and-black sceheme with blue accents similar to the DualSense controller. It was only shown standing upright, but I do have to wonder what it'll sit like if you lie it down on its side. It looks a bit like a curvy, esports-oriented router, to be honest.

Two versions of the PS5 were shown: the standard edition and a digital edition, which has no disc drive. It seems like Sony will be offering two different styles straight from the get-go, with one oriented towards players who only download games, though it hasn't confirmed whether there's a substantive difference outside form factor.

The two PlayStations, stood up alongside some additional hardware revealed during the stream like a camera and headset. | Sony

While we got a glimpse of the DualSense—Sony's next-gen DualShock controller with haptic feedback and adaptive triggers—in April, this is the first time seeing the box in full. By comparison, we've already seen the size and form of Microsoft's Xbox Series X, an imposing monolith of hardware and power.

Alongside knowing what the console looks like, we've also seen a number of games that will be coming to the next-gen PlayStation. Resident Evil 8, Hitman 3, Horizon Forbidden West, Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales and a number of others are all making their way to the system. Now we can at least say we've got a true glimpse of what the next generation of PlayStation looks like.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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