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Sony unveils the PlayStation 5

Sony has unveiled its forthcoming PlayStation 5 and a raft of titles set to land on the next-generation console.

The Japanese technology giant finally revealed the machine’s physical design for the first time, after months of teasing features due to appear on the follow-up to PS4, which was launched seven years ago.

In a pre-recorded streaming event, Sony showed two versions of the console, a standard PS5 and another known as the PS5 Digital Edition, which appears to be without a disc drive.

The firm has also maintained that the device will be released in the southern hemisphere summer this year, despite industry concerns that the coronavirus could have an impact.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales was among the roster of games set to appear on the PS5, an alternative incarnation of the Marvel Comics character that does not focus on the original superhero incarnation of Peter Parker.

It will launch in summer this year, following 2018’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse movie and the last Spider-Man game to be released exclusively on PS4 in the same year.

New titles

The PS5 will also mark the return of Ratchet & Clank in a new title called Rift Apart, in which the duo travel through different dimensions via portals, alongside a female lookalike of Ratchet – although the release date was not confirmed.

Elsewhere, gamers saw trailers from familiar franchises such as Gran Turismo 7, Oddworld Soulstorm, Hitman 3, Resident Evil Village, Horizon: Forbidden West, Sackboy: A Big Adventure and NBA 2K21.

Other titles shown included Project Athia, Stray, Returnal, Destruction Allstars, Kena: Bridge Of Spirits, Goodbye Volcano High, Ghostwire: Tokyo, Jett: The Far Shore, Godfall, Solar Ash, Astro’s Playroom, Little Devil Inside, Demon’s Souls and Pragmata.

Watch the hardware reveal trailer:

Grand Theft Auto will also be coming to the PS5 with “enhanced and expanded” versions of GTA V and GTA Online set to launch in the second half of 2021.

Aside from the console itself, Sony gave further glimpses of the PS5’s new haptic controller, as well as an HD camera, pulse 3D wireless headset, dual charging station and a media remote.

Sony is yet to reveal pricing of the consoles.

The PlayStation 5 will go head to head with Microsoft’s own next-generation offering, the Xbox Series X, at the end of the year.

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