- Sony plans to release two new PlayStation consoles in South Africa on November 19.
- The two consoles are identical with one exception: The Digital Edition has no disc drive.
- The digital model starts at R9,999.99 in South Africa.
- Here's every little detail we noticed about the futuristic-looking new console.
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Sony will unveiled the PlayStation 5 console in South Africa on November 19.
The PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, which doesn't comes with a disc drive, will have a recommended retail price of R9,999.99, while the PlayStation 5 will cost R11,999.99.
If nothing else, the PlayStation 5 looks distinct.
It is a relatively dramatic design departure from the last several generations of PlayStation console, with a two-tone finish, dramatic fins, and a glowing blue light emanating from the interior crevices.
Here is the standard edition PlayStation 5, which includes a Blu-ray disc drive:
The main PlayStation 5 - the "Standard Edition" - has an asymmetrical design, with the Blu-ray disc drive adding a bump to one side of the console. That unto itself is a departure from prior consoles, design-wise, to say nothing of the fins.
The blue glow comes from the interior space, where the black portion of the console meets the white exterior.
PlayStation consoles are no stranger to glowing lights, up to and including the PlayStation 4, but the PlayStation 5 features the most prominent glow yet - the entire console, wrapping around to the top, features a glowing blue.
Of note: There appear to be intake and exhaust vents for the console's interior lining the area where the lights are.
The front features two ports: One standard USB, and a USB-C port as well.
Sony didn't show off the back of the console, so there's no way to know what - if any - expansion ports are back there.
In the front, however, we can clearly see two USB ports: One standard, the other USB-C. Both the standard and digital editions of the PS5 have identical ports on the front.
There are also two buttons, and we're guessing they're for power and ejecting discs.
Whether they are mechanical buttons or soft touch remains to be seen, but Sony's last several PlayStation consoles used the latter.
Yes, it can be laid on its side.
You probably already guessed from the last image, but in case it wasn't already clear: The PS5 can rest on its side, horizontally.
As you can see in this image from Sony, the PS5 can be laid horizontally on its side with the disc drive on the bottom.
There are a few minor visual differences between the two PS5 consoles: The stand is slightly different, and the digital version has no eject button on the front.
Beyond the obvious visual difference between the two consoles due to one having a disc drive, a few other subtle visual differences are clear from what we've seen: The Digital Edition has no eject button, as there are no discs to eject, and the stands are slightly different.
The profiles are otherwise very similar.
Alongside the new consoles, Sony unveiled a variety of accessories: a new media remote, an HD camera, and new Pulse headphones. Here's the full lineup all together:
Take a look at the full debut video for the PlayStation 5 consoles right here:
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