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The PS5 logo we all wanted is here

(Image credit: Sony)

The PS5 logo (above) has been one of this year's most controversial logos, even though on the face of it, it doesn't look particularly offensive. It's essentially the same as the PS4 logo, but with a different number. 

Since the marque for the PlayStation 5 was revealed at CES 2020, countless designers, gamers and logo-lovers have called out Sony for being lazy (opens in new tab), with many suggesting that the electronics giant simply couldn't be bothered to come up with a new logo. 

And of course, where there is logo anger, there are also countless creatives who try and improve the logo with their own creations (if you want to give it a go, read our logo design (opens in new tab) guide first). We've seen various new takes on the PlayStation 5 logo, as well as a neat video (opens in new tab) speculating about how it came to be, but probably our favourite concept is the one by Bosslogic (below). 

PS5 logo concept

Get a load of that shadowy '5' (Image credit: Bosslogic)

Bosslogic (opens in new tab)'s concept takes the 'PlayStation' part of the logo, the intertwined 'P' and 'S' and riffs on it, adding a '5' as a sort of shadow, which echoes the shape of the 's' above. The beauty of this concept logo is that it gives people what they are looking for: a new PlayStation 5 logo that differentiates the console from previous iterations. It probably wouldn't be so effective for the PS4, for example, and that is no bad thing. The use of the red rather than sticking with stark black and white also adds a certain something.

Bosslogic's concept logo got a lot of love on Instagram, with many suggesting that it is actually better than the original logo. 

PS5, can't wait for E3! Bosslogic (opens in new tab)

A photo posted by @bosslogic on Jan 8, 2020 at 5:18am PST

Others praised it for its original and simple form, and then there were the usual arguments about whether or not the original logo was any good, and whether it needed to be changed at all. 

Overall, we don't think people should get too hung up on whether the original logo 'needs' changing or not. Concept logos are a great way for creatives to really consider what works and what doesn't about a logo, and then come up with their own take. It's all good practice for creative briefs. If, like us, you love a good concept design, check out these radical redesigns of famous logos (opens in new tab) or this minimalist concept for card game UNO (opens in new tab).

You can also see more concepts and art from Bosslogic on his Instagram page (opens in new tab).

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Rosie Hilder is Creative Bloq's Deputy Editor. After beginning her career in journalism in Argentina – where her blogging prowess led her to become Deputy Editor of Time Out Buenos Aires – she moved back to the UK and joined Future Plc in 2016. Since then, she's worked as Operations Editor on art and design magazines, including Computer Arts, 3D World and Paint & Draw, and got the 'Apple bug' when working on US title, Mac|Life. In 2018, she left the world of print behind and moved to Creative Bloq, where she helps take care of the daily management of the site, including growing the site's reach through trying to please the Google Gods, getting involved in events, such as judging the Brand Impact Awards, and helping make sure its content serves its readers as best it can. Her interests lie in branding and illustration, tech and sexism, and plenty more in-between.