Sony has invited a number of Japanese publications and YouTubers to take a closer look at the PlayStation 5. It’s the first time we’ve seen PS5 hardware outside of leaked images from Taiwan’s National Communications Commission. Several publications have now released detailed hands-on images and videos of the PS5, providing a more realistic look at how big the console is and the gameplay of titles such as Astro’s Playroom is Godfall.
4gamer posted photos of the PS5 standing both vertically and horizontally, demonstrating how the stand works in both positions to hold the console in place. Some photos also show how the PS5 will cool down as well 4gamer notes that he was unable to hear the fan inside the console or feel a lot of heat running out during his limited time with the hardware.
While these PS5 previews are clearly in a very limited environment, one of the 4gamerPhotos of S reveal a mysterious silver latch or bolt hidden in the upper right section of the PS5. Sony has said that PS5 owners will be able to expand storage with regular SSDs in this new console, but we have yet to see how it will work in reality.
This latch could be how you access the PS5’s ability to expand storage, presumably by allowing the side to be removed. There is no other obvious way to insert an SSD into the PS5, but we’re still waiting for Sony to confirm how it will handle expandable storage.
We’ve known for weeks that the PS5 is the largest console in modern history and Dengeki Online helps put that into perspective with a shot of the PS5 next to a large TV. It is clear that if you want the PS5 to be placed vertically on a TV stand, you may need to free up some space or use the console horizontally. The PS5 appears to be flat and should fit most TV stands.
Most of the videos don’t show the PS5 in too much detail, as it mainly focuses on the gameplay. One from FamitsuThe YouTube YouTube channel offers a brief look at the hardware up close.
In addition to the console itself, these Japanese publications and YouTubers have also taken a closer look at the new DualSense controller. This new design includes haptic feedback (which replaces the old rumble technology) and adaptive triggers that can adjust the resistance of the triggers for different game effects. Sony has even included a microphone, along with a USB-C.
We have seen Sony demonstrate the pack-in game for PS5, Astro’s Playroom, several times previously, and the company used it again during these hands-on videos to highlight the capabilities of the DualSense controller. AV clock it also reports that the confirm button on PS5 will be X instead of O forward, which means Japanese gamers will have to retrain their body’s muscle memory to get used to that significant change. There is still little else to report on the controller, but 4gamer provides a good overview of the different colored LEDs on the DualSense.
Unfortunately, none of the publication videos were able to show the PlayStation 5 dashboard or UI elements. These remain a mystery, despite Sony making fun of what appeared to be the startup experience or main dashboard. of PS5 until June. Sony also promised a completely redesigned PS5 dashboard with “no pixels intact”.
We are still waiting to see exactly what Sony does with the new PS5 UI and hope to see it before the November 12 launch date.
Elsewhere there is also a lot of gameplay Astro’s Playroom, Godfall, and even Balan Wonderworld. We’ve also seen a ton of footage of this game before and none of the previews seem to dig too deep into SSD performance or game load times.
All three games look as smooth as you’d expect on PS5, but it’s disappointing not to see any more Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart the gameplay given that title seems like the perfect demonstration for the PS5’s fast SSD. Either way, you can find the latest PS5 gameplay in the video below.
These limited PS5 previews don’t answer all the questions we still have about the PS5 and hopefully Sony will start providing some answers soon. We’re still waiting to hear about the PS5 dashboard, how you use the expandable storage in the console, and how Sony’s backward compatibility works for PS4 games on the new PS5.
There is still more than a month left until the PS5 launch on November 12, so Sony has plenty of time to reveal much more about its next-gen console. For now, these early previews have provided a much-needed closer look at the PS5.