Your tech news digest, by way of the DGiT Daily tech newsletter, for Monday, 5 October 2020.
1. Out of Japan: First PS5 hands-on reviews
Japanese reviewers are the first in the world to get their hands on Sony’s new PlayStation 5. A bunch of outlets showed off photos and video of the console in the flesh, and had the chance to play a few games, with some early vision of load times and gaming.
- It’s a beast. The PS5 is the biggest console ever and early photos (still with plastic film on!) from 4Gamer, uploaded in very high-resolutions. Do check out what you see, even if most people will need Google Translate!
- The images just lack the classic banana-for-scale type arrangement to really figure out sizing and dimensions, but hopefully no one should be surprised that it’s a big unit by the time first boxes are being delivered.
As noted by The Verge, there are a few hints at bits of metal hiding in the fins and vents, with this metal bit here supposedly a latch:
- The latch (or is it just a bolt/screw?) may be semi-accessible to open up the hardware box to add expandable storage with an SSD.
- Sony promised this would be possible, but it hasn’t yet been explained exactly how it’ll work, including which type of connection is needed to connect your SSD of choice.
- (4Gamer also explained that they hadn’t removed dust due to rushing through the photography and post-production process, but the non-matte finish may well collect dust anyway.)
- Putting the console through its paces in a gaming session, 4Gamer said the console warmed up but remained cool: “As mentioned above, the exhaust was gentle, and I could hardly hear what seemed to be the rotating noise of the fan,” via translation.
Sony has invited a number of Japanese publications and YouTubers to get a closer look at the PlayStation 5. It’s the first time we’ve seen the PS5 hardware outside of leaked images from Taiwan’s National Communications Commission. A variety of publications have now published detailed hands-on images and videos of the PS5, providing a more realistic look at how big the console is and gameplay of titles like Astro’s Playroom and Godfall.
4gamer has published photos of the PS5 standing both vertically and horizontally, demonstrating how the stand works in either position to hold the console in place. Some photos also show how the PS5 will cool itself, and 4gamer notes that it wasn’t able to hear the fan inside the console or feel much heat exhausting from it during its limited time with the hardware.
Although these PS5 previews are clearly in a very limited environment, one of 4gamer’s photos does reveal a mysterious silver latch or bolt hidden inside the top-right section of the PS5. Sony has said PS5 owners will be able to expand storage with regular SSD drives in this new console, but we’ve yet to see how this will work in reality.
This latch could be how you access the ability to expand PS5 storage, with it presumably allowing the side to be removed. There’s no other obvious way to slot an SSD into the PS5, but we’re still waiting on Sony to confirm how it will handle expandable storage.
We’ve known for weeks that the PS5 is the biggest console in modern history, and Dengeki Online helps put that into perspective with a shot of the PS5 next to a large TV. It’s clear if you want the PS5 to sit vertically in a TV stand then you