PlayStation 5 Logo Officially Unveiled By Sony, And It Looks Pretty Familiar
Sony has officially unveiled the logo for its upcoming PlayStation 5 console. As you can see for yourself below... it looks an awful lot like the PlayStation 4 logo, just with a 5 at the end instead of a 4. I guess Sony is a pretty big believer in the whole "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" adage.
Unveiled by PlayStation President and CEO Jim Ryan during CES 2020, I get the feeling those watching were hoping for something a little more substantial than a logo reveal. Unfortunately, a logo is all we got. That, and the reminder that the PS5 will be arriving before the end of 2020. I expect the console and controller will be shown at a later date, presumably during an official Sony event rather than a tech show like CES.
For now then, drink in the PS5 logo below. Look at it. Keep looking at it. Are you still looking at it? Good. Look at it just a little bit more, then you can stop.
We shouldn't be too surprised that the logo doesn't represent a massive change from its predecessor. I mean, the PS4 logo was itself near-identical from the PS3 logo. Clearly Sony believes in the importance of brand recognition, which I don't personally see as a bad or lazy move.
There's a lot of uncertainty around the future of console gaming as the next-gen hardware approaches and cloud services loom, after all. Presenting the world with a PS5 logo that doesn't stray from the beaten path is surely a mission statement of sorts: the next PlayStation will be the kind of traditional console people expect, a continuation of the PlayStation brand that doesn't completely rewrite the rulebook for gamers who just want a classic (albeit more powerful) gaming experience.
At least that's the vibe I'm getting from the logo. I could be talking right out of my tush, given that we still don't actually know that much about the PS5 in the grand scheme of things.
What we do know is that the PS5 will (obviously) be the most powerful PlayStation yet, with support for ray tracing, 8K, and a solid-state drive (SSD) which will apparently massively cut down on loading times. We also know that it will support PS4 games via backwards compatibility, and potentially even run PS3, PS2, and original PlayStation games - though this is currently unconfirmed.
Meanwhile, Microsoft has a bit of a head start on Sony in terms of next-gen reveals. In December last year, we got our first look at the Xbox Series X, which looks... an awful lot like a PC. That's no bad thing of course, and the newest Xbox has another key advantage in that we already know the console will support every generation of Xbox via backwards compatibility at launch. Xbox Series X is also due for release at the end of 2020.
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