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Official: Sony PlayStation 5 Details Announced

Sony has officially unveiled the PlayStation 5 logo at CES 2020. The styling and font have been carried over from the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 logo, with no fancy aesthetic tweaks whatsoever along with an identical colour scheme. Sony also highlighted a few features of its upcoming console such as 3D audio sound, high-speed SSDs, hardware-accelerated ray tracing, and Ultra HD Blu-Ray support, along with the arrival of haptics feedback and adaptive triggers for the next-gen PlayStation 5 controller. Apart from the logo reveal, Sony has divulged the sales figure of its PSVR (PlayStation VR) virtual headset as well as the PlayStation 4 series of consoles.

Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO, Jim Ryan took the stage at Sony’s CES 2020 presentation and revealed the PS5 logo. He also mentioned some achievements of the company’s console business. According to Sony’s Press Release, the company has sold over 106 million PlayStation 4 consoles, making it the second best-selling console in the company’s lineup behind the PlayStation 2. The total number of PS4 titles sold has reached 1.15 billion as of now. Sony has also clocked 5 million PlayStation VR (PSVR) unit sales so far. In terms of software, the monthly active user count of the PlayStation Network (PSN) service has reached 103 million (as of December 2019).

Ryan has also indicated that the PlayStation 5 will be an evolutionary upgrade in terms of capabilities, offering features such as hardware ray tracing, in-built Blu-Ray player, fast SSDs to reduce loading time drastically, and 3D audio effect. Sony, on the other hand, has also confirmed some hardware details of the PS5 such as a 7nm AMD CPU based on the third-gen Ryzen processor and the Zen 2 microarchitecture, while the GPU is a custom variant of Radeon Navi family with RDNA architecture.

The PlayStation 5 will offer backward compatibility for games released for previous-gen consoles going all the way back to the PlayStation 1.

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