PS5 Review – Read Before Buy
PS5 Review – We expected great things from the PS5, and Sony’s next-gen console definitely delivers what matters most: gaming. It manages to create a real sense of excitement for those who will come with some innovative features and a brand new look.
Sony has reinvented important parts of the experience, from a simpler setup and thoughtful new user interface to a revolutionary controller and additional bonuses for PS Plus members. The result is a console we can’t help but impress, and it helps Sony have an appealing game sequence to play on day one, many of which are exclusive to Sony’s machine.
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Of course, we would love to see more of our own games at launch (there were only four if you included Astro’s Playroom game) and it would be nice to see more support for older generations of PlayStation games, not just the PS4. games, but the PlayStation 5 seems like a solid investment and we’re sure the PS5 experience will only get better as it ages.
It may be tempting to hurry up and buy a 4K / 120Hz TV with HDMI 2.1 to take full advantage of all the console’s features, but even without that, you’ll enjoy extremely fast load times and a gorgeous new UI.
The PS5 caters to the next generation of gamers, both ready and prepared, and lukewarm PS4 owners looking to dive into the future of the game, and for the latter, it’s a console that bridges the gap between the latest generation and the next. so perfect that you probably won’t need to restart your PS4.
The PS5 is designed for ease of use and full power, from massive upgrades like the ultra-fast NVMe SSD and powerful GPU that enables higher frame rates and ray tracing, to subtle touches like the controller’s built-in microphone that can quickly replace a headset.
We haven’t gotten the PS5 Digital Edition yet so we may feel different, but if you’re still hesitant about purchasing a PlayStation 5, we can wholeheartedly recommend the console as a welcome upgrade over the PS4. and an exciting portal for next-generation games.
PS5 launched in North America, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and New Zealand on November 12, 2020; that’s just two days after the release of its next-generation rivals, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. The console went on sale a week later on November 19.
In terms of PS5 price, you are looking for $ 499.99 / £ 449.99 / AU $ 749.95 for the standard version of the console with a 4K Blu-ray disc drive. However, there’s also the PS5 digital version without a disc drive if you’re more than willing to spend it. It costs $ 399.99 / £ 359.99 / AU $ 599.95, which means a savings of $ 100 / £ 90 / AU $ 150 over the standard model.
That’s more than the PS4 and PS4 Pro’s launch price, which comes at $ 399.99, but now came seven and four years ago, respectively, and here you’re getting an intergenerational leap in just a few hundred more hardware. It’s still expensive, don’t get us wrong, but the jump in price justifies what you get.
However, Sony is not the only console manufacturer to have new hardware on the block; You should also consider the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, which are available almost at the same time.
Priced at $ 499 / $ 449 / $ 749 and $ 299 / $ 249 / $ 499 respectively, each has its own separate reviews, so we won’t spend too much time talking about them here, but be sure to check. our series. PS5 and Xbox. For more details on how consoles compare, see X.
Performance of PS5
When it comes to specs, the PS5 is technically an impressive piece of hardware. There’s a new dedicated RDNA 2 GPU capable of pushing 4K resolution at 120 frames per second and an AMD Zen 2 eight-core CPU clocked at 3.5GHz.
Add 16GB GDDR6 memory and 825GB NVMe SSD and this is a machine with some really impressive features. The PS5 can also produce 8K resolution, but we’ll have to wait for a firmware update from Sony before doing so.
In fact, the only real issue we have on the PlayStation 5 spec page is the amount of storage space available. Use 825 GB SSD instead of 1 TB or 2 TB SSD.
This decision was clearly made to lower the cost of the console, but it means that if you don’t make sense about the games you keep installed, your storage could run out quickly.
The console comes with 667.2GB of usable storage, which we find to contain about 16 games: two PS5 games that are Astro’s Playroom and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and several PS4 games like God of War and Detroit: Beyond. Human.
The available space was actually a little beyond what we thought, but your distance will vary depending on the size of the games you have installed.
It is possible to upgrade the internal storage with a PlayStation certified NVMe SSD, but the problem here is that Sony blocks this option at startup. When Sony finally unlocks this expansion port in the future, you’ll have to remove the plastic faceplates of the PS5 to reveal the empty SSD slot.
This is not the most intuitive method and sounds like a little oversight from Sony, but hopefully, this is something you only have to do once.
The good news is that you can also use external hard drives and SSDs by connecting them to the USB port. You won’t experience the blazingly fast loading times you get with the built-in SSD and optional SSD slot (not to mention it’s locked). But if you are using an external SSD, you will continue to see a huge increase in load time performance compared to a regular mechanical hard drive.
We plugged an external SSD into one of the PS5’s USB ports and the setup process was simple. The console detected that an external drive was connected and we were able to store and transfer PS4 games after formatting. However, you cannot store PS5 games or save data to external storage, so keep that in mind.
If you’re running out of space or you’re confused about how storage works on the PS5 in general, take a look at our helpful explainer. You can also learn how to transfer saved data from PS4 to PS5.
While a few of the games that have been released will really pay off for new hardware, we can already see the potential in Sony’s updated hardware.
For example, while loading times in Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered dropped from 15-20 seconds on PS4 to less than a second on PS5, Astro’s Game Room dropped 60 frames per second in 4K resolution and did not drop. . A game that looks magnificent.
In the future, more titles will be able to run at 4K resolution at 120 frames per second, and some low-graphic intensity games are likely to go up to 8K / 60fps.
For now, we don’t expect many games to reach this ambitious goal (most will downgrade 4K resolution to achieve a higher frame rate), but some games are likely to hit this noticeable 4K / 120 fps output. down the line.
A small portion of the PS5 launch library supports 120 frames per second and includes Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Devil May Cry V: Special Edition, Dirt 5, Rainbow Six Siege, and WRC 9, but it’s a compatible HDMI TV. With 2.1 to display the 120Hz refresh rate at a resolution higher than 1080p.