Here’s food for thought: what design will the PlayStation 5’s boxes adopt? We already know that the device will include a Blu-ray player, so it’s unlikely you should expect a different shape or size of case to the PlayStation 4 – it’s not like it will have to accommodate Nintendo Switch-sized cartridges all of a sudden, for example.
Furthermore, PlayStation boss Jim Ryan has talked in detail about how important it is for the manufacturer to maintain consistency with its current product, so we’d expect it to adopt the same general format, with branding at the top and on the spine. But while some degree of uniformity is essential, it’s also going to want to ensure that PS5 products are set apart from PS4 ones.
As such, we think it’s probably going to come up with an alternative colour scheme, and we’ve dreamed up some mock-ups which imagine how the packs could look. These are all our own ideas, and shouldn’t be taken as confirmation of anything. Nevertheless, it’s interesting to speculate how PS5 games may look when they eventually hit store shelves.
Blue with Bumper
This box art is effectively exactly the same as the PS4 case, but with the PS5’s logo added to the header section. However, in order to set the next-gen system apart, it has a ‘PS5 Required’ bumper in the same style as the current ‘PSVR Required’ strip to avoid confusion.
Sony may want PS5’s cases to be completely different to the PS4’s, and we reckon these black boxes look very stylish. The problem is that they may not “pop” on store shelves when situated next to the electric blue of the company’s current console.
Black and Blue
One way of ensuring the box arts look different on store shelves but still maintaining the “pop” of the PS4’s blue is by combining it with black. This kind of colour scheme is currently being leveraged by the platform holder on the PlayStation Blog, and while it could be a coincidence, we can’t help but wonder whether the organisation is teasing something.
While the PS4 uses bright blue as its primary colour, it offsets this with white symbols and fonts. One easy way to set the PS5 apart is to simply flip the palette, with white being the primary colour and blue being the secondary. We reckon this scheme would look great in stores next to PS4 games, and the plastic of the cases could either be transparent or white.
Another option is for the platform holder to not focus on any colour scheme at all, extending the design of the box art through the branding at the top. In this example, Dreams’ purple pattern runs right to the top of the case, and it’s complemented by a transparent box.
These are some of our ideas for the PS5’s box art design, but what direction do you think Sony should go? Do you think the manufacturer should stick with blue, or adopt a different colour entirely? Which of our mock-ups do you like the most? Imagine a GameStop display in the comments section below.