PS5: What’s in the box?
The PlayStation 5 is finally here! It’s been over a decade since Sony’s PlayStation 4 hit the market, but now it’s time to look ahead to what comes next in the gaming sphere and what comes inside the PS5 box. Here are all the components you’ll find in the PlayStation 5 box when it arrives on your doorstep…
Sony has confirmed that a PS4 gaming headset will be compatible with PS5. No new features have been announced for it so far, but you’ll still need to buy one separately—it comes in at $60. PS4 headsets can be used as is, but there’s no way to adjust audio volume on-the-fly with just a Dualshock 4 controller. Plus, if you want to use voice commands (or play games that support voice communication), you’ll need to get yourself a compatible USB mic. And don’t forget your actual game discs!
We don’t know what Sony’s new PS5 controller looks like yet, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a good sense of what it will include. The PS4 DualShock 4 controller includes two analog sticks and touch pads; an infra-red motion sensor; a headphone jack and dedicated share button. It connects via Bluetooth to your PlayStation 4 console or PC, and also supports basic motion sensing so you can control games with motion controls. There’s a Share button on top of it that lets you capture your greatest gaming moments and then broadcast them on social media, making your friends envious (or jealous) as they gaze upon that coveted platinum trophy.
There’s no reason to believe Sony will stray from its tried-and-true controller design, so if you’ve used a DualShock 4, you’ll know what to expect here. The biggest difference is that we expect it will be packed with new features and haptic feedback. We hope Sony adds a headphone jack so you can plug your headphones directly into your controller without having to plug them into your PlayStation or rely on Bluetooth or USB-C audio. With Nintendo changing things up with its Switch Pro Controller, it would be nice for Sony to do something similar. As for other buttons, we hope all of them are customizable and don’t force users into buying new controllers just because they want certain button layouts or button remapping.
Video Cord (HDMI)
All PS4 games are playable via an HDMI connection to a TV. If you want to use your console away from home, you can connect it to your network via wired or wireless internet. But if you’d prefer not to have another device cluttering up your living room, use your PS4 as a dedicated Blu-ray player instead. Simply plug one end of an HDMI cable into your TV and plug the other into your PS4. The same HDMI port is also used for audio out (stereo). You can connect headphones or external speakers if you prefer. If you don’t have a video-capable television, Sony sells an official PlayStation 4 Component AV Cable that lets you connect via component connections.
Audio Cord (RCA)
The PS5 comes standard with an audio cord (also known as a RCA cable) for connecting your new console to speakers, or headphones. Want to use your wireless headphones instead? No problem! Simply purchase one of our optional PS5 Gaming Headset Adapters. Your headset will then work seamlessly just as it does with any other controller. In addition to giving you access to chat features and an expanded range of stereo sound, these adapters will let you stream high-quality surround sound from your games directly into your ears without needing a bulky set of speakers or TV nearby. The Surround Sound feature on PS4 is not supported by these adapters, but we expect it to be available at launch on PS5 hardware.
Just like today, you’ll need to provide your own power cord to get connected. Fortunately, you won’t need a separate one for every country. The PS5 will come with a universal charging unit that works anywhere there’s electricity. This is great for travelers since you can use a single charger no matter where you go. Just be aware that some regions still have antiquated electrical systems, so while it might be possible to plug your PlayStation into them, they might not have sufficient wattage to charge it up again afterwards.
If you live somewhere like that, then you should consider getting an inverter (basically just an adapter) which will allow your system to run off of batteries instead of regular AC current. You can find these at any hardware store and they are relatively inexpensive. As long as you keep enough charged batteries on hand, then you’ll never have to worry about running out of juice when playing games on-the-go! 4K TV: The PS5 comes with a 4K TV tuner built right in. This means that if your television supports 4K resolutions (and most do), then you’ll be able to play all games in their native 4K format without needing any additional hardware or equipment.
New console purchases come with a one-year limited hardware warranty. If your PS4 or PS4 Pro ever breaks down during that year, Sony will repair it for free. To find out how to get your console serviced by Sony, check out their service website . You can also purchase an extended warranty from most major retailers if you’d like extra peace of mind (or have an expensive TV on hand that you wouldn’t want to damage). Some third-party sellers offer longer warranties for around $10 or $20, but be sure you’re buying from a reputable retailer or else you’ll just be wasting your money.