First PS5 Hands-On Demos Showcase Hardware and Games

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Sony invited Japanese publications and YouTubers to go hands-on with the PS5 and supplied us with some great images and videos that showcase the console.

Sony invited many Japanese publications and YouTubers to go hands-on with the upcoming PS5. This is the first time anyone had gone hands-on with the system and the first time we are seeing the hardware outside of some leaked images or promotional material. Those who got to see the new console in action provided both images and videos detailing how big the new system really is and gameplay of certain titles like Astro’s Playroom and Godfall.

Below you will see photos published from 4Gamer (via The Verge) that showcase the PS5 standing vertically as well as horizontally. On top of that, some of the other photos demonstrate how the PS5 will cool itself. 4Gamer pointed out that the fan inside the system was extremely quiet and it was not able to hear it. It also pointed out that the system did not exhaust much heat during the hands-on session.

PS5 Vertical

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There was one photo that 4gamer had published that showed off a little silver latch that is hidden in the upper-right section of the PS5. This may be where PS5 owners will be able to expand their storage capacity with regular SSD drives. However, that is yet to be the confirmed reasoning behind the bolt or latch.

PS5 Bolt

We know that the PS5 is going to be one chonker of a console, but now some images can give us some clarity on how big it really is next to a TV. This photo from Dengeki Online demonstrates how big it is compared to a TV while the system is standing vertically.

PS5 Vertical TV

Sadly we were not able to see a demonstration of the PS5 dashboard or UI elements. We did get what was possibly a taste of it back in June. But I believe that might have just been the initial boot-up screen. Sony has promised a fully redesigned PS5 dashboard so I am hoping we get a glimpse of it sooner or later.

Finally, we got a glimpse at some gameplay of Astro’s Playroom, Godfall, and Balan Wonderworld, three games that we have already seen plenty of in the past. I wish we got to see some footage of some other titles that we haven’t seen much of and could better demonstrate the fast SSD inside the console. You can take a look at footage of those three titles running on the PS5 in the video below.

The PS5 is set to launch later next month on November 12 for $499. The PS5 also will have an All-Digital Edition that lacks a disk drive and will cost $399. Pre-orders have mostly all been taken back during the great PS5 pre-order wars of 2020, but stock has become available every now and then at some retailers. If you are still looking to secure an order, you will have to be quick.

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