This morning, the PlayStation 5 arrived at the Ars Orbital HQ, which means we’re allowed to say a few things—emphasis on “few”—as the new console’s November 12 launch date draws nearer.
First off, take a look… at the box! You can look as long and hard at the console’s box as you wish. As part of our console review agreement with Sony, we’re not allowed to share photos of anything inside the box yet, but we are allowed to confirm that there is indeed a working PlayStation 5 console in there. (Not cake.)
But we really can’t say anything else about its contents. Anything that resembles an “impression” is off limits at this point, so if your many questions haven’t already been answered by a Sony promotional video or social media post, we can neither confirm nor deny. (Our box absolutely pales compared to one of Sony’s lead hardware engineers tearing an entire PlayStation 5 apart.) At the very least, we can zoom in on the box’s fine text, which you’ll find in the above gallery.
One of those images confirms the exact contents you can expect, including a single DualSense gamepad, a packed-in copy of the new Sony game Astro’s Playroom, and cords for HDMI and power. Curiously, the box doesn’t confirm the HDMI cable’s rating. Is it HDMI 2.1, to support the box’s claim of “4K/120fps” imagery in HDR, or freaking 8K? Or will newer TV owners need to buy an additional cable? Even we’re not allowed to clarify at this point.