PS 5 best buyer’s guide: All there is need to know about Sony’s PlayStation 5 Console

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Sony PlayStation 5 design, The PlayStation 5 — or just PS5 for short — is the ninth-generation Sony console. It was officially released on November 12, 2020, and it has awesome big shoes to fill.

Its predecessor, the PlayStation 4, is one of the most popular gaming consoles of all time, selling over 116 million units as of July 2021, according to Statista. The legendary PlayStation 2 is the only home gaming console to surpass those numbers.

So, does the PS5 pack enough punch to woo gamers worldwide as the PS4 did? Here’s everything you need to know about the PlayStation 5.

The PS5 is the next-gen gaming console from Sony. The system is formally called the Sony PlayStation 5, or PS5 for short. Every prior iteration has adopted the same naming scheme, so that part shouldn’t come as a surprise.

The Sony PlayStation 5 is a massive jump forward from its predecessor, offering more powerful specs and a space-age design. Its main competitors are the Xbox Series X and Series S and, to a lesser extent, the Nintendo Switch. The latter home-handheld-hybrid console was released in 2017. While it is a great system in its own right, however, it isn’t necessarily a direct competitor due to its unique form factor and significantly reduced specs.

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There are two PS5 models: the regular PlayStation 5 and the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition. The two share identical specs, though, as the name suggests, the Digital Edition will only play digitally downloaded games. It does not have a disc drive.

Like previous consoles, the PS5 can also serve as a media center. It supports many streaming apps, which are readily available as buttons on the PS5 Media Remote (sold separately). However, it doesn’t support multimedia CDs so you’ll have to rely on streaming services like Spotify.

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Is the PS5 worth it?

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There are two PS5 models: the regular PlayStation 5 and the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition. The two share identical specs, though, as the name suggests, the Digital Edition will only play digitally downloaded games. It does not have a disc drive.

Like previous consoles, the PS5 can also serve as a media center. It supports many streaming apps, which are readily available as buttons on the PS5 Media Remote (sold separately). However, it doesn’t support multimedia CDs so you’ll have to rely on streaming services like Spotify.

worth it?

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Now that the console has been around for over a year, the answer is a hearty yes. There are countless next-gen titles that let you take full advantage of the powerful DualSense controller, and it’s slowly getting easier to acquire the console itself. You’re also getting improved performance on games that you already have rather than a truly game-changing experience on day one. Better graphics and faster load times are great, but they’re not transformative.

What the experts are saying about the PS5

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In Android Authority’s PS5 review, our reviewer Sarah Chaney was overall very positive about the new console. Upgrades to the internals and the controller make it a worthy successor to the PS4. The ability to choose between enhanced graphics with real-time ray tracing and higher framerates offers an experience closer to PC than previous consoles. There are two PS5 models: the regular PlayStation 5 and the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition. The two share identical specs, though,

Sarah also stressed how great the PS5 is for those new to console gaming. Combined with a subscription to PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus, you’ll instantly have a small collection of some of the best games from the PS4 era, along with a PS5 game each month.

Things are a bit more complicated for current PS4 owners. The improved loading times and (occasionally) upgraded graphics are great but not really worth the upgrade. Aside from Astro’s Playroom, which is more of a tech demo than a game, there were only three exclusive titles available at launch. Two of those were also available on the PS4.

But as of May 2022, we’ve seen plenty more high-profile exclusive titles hit the system. Horizon Forbidden West and Elden Ring made their debuts, and Ghostwire is fresh on shelves for gamers to test out.

One more thing to consider before buying is the console’s physical size. Sarah noted that you might have trouble fitting it into your entertainment center unless you have large vertical or horizontal spaces. Also, the all-white design might clash with black furniture. Dbrand has a solution for this problem, and Sony has announced their own as well. Read on for details about both. Sony PlayStation 5 design

Around the web

A number of other publications around the web have also chimed in with their thoughts on the PS5. Here’s a quick roundup:

TechRadar’s Nick Pino and Adam Vjestica called it “a superb console that offers a compelling next-gen gaming experience” in their review shortly after launch. Great graphics and high framerates were among the expected positives, with an extra shoutout to the new UI. They were critical of the console’s physical size, as well as the somewhat limited capacity of the included SSD.Wired’s Jess Grey was also positive overall in a pre-launch review. She stated that the 120Hz capabilities were “objectively marvelous, but buying a brand-new console and an expensive new TV is a bit much in the midst of a global pandemic.” Grey was also impressed by the improved battery life, haptics, and adaptive triggers of the new DualSense controller.IGN’s Luke Reilly was critical of the PS5’s “flamboyant” design but otherwise positive. He thinks that “what the PlayStation 5 lacks in subtlety it more than makes up for in potential, thanks in part to its amazingly fast SSD but mostly to its truly remarkable new controller.” However, he wasn’t convinced that the console lives up to that potential yet due to a launch lineup that’s largely available on the PS4 and limited storage.Michael Andronico from Tom’s Guide wrote in his PS5 review that the console is “a huge generational leap — even if you don’t need one yet.” Like others, he praised the new controller but did state that it “may feel too big for some.” Although critical of the lack of true next-gen launch titles, he wrote that the increased speeds create “almost zero friction between you and the games you want to play.”Cnet’s Dan Ackerman was “extremely impressed with the entire PS5 package” in his new console review. He mostly repeated the comments above, with the notable exception of recommending the Digital Edition over the standard one. “If you can find one, save $100 and get the all-digital version. Classic game disc collectors, used game shoppers, and Blu-ray hoarders will disagree, but it both costs less and gets rid of one of the most trouble-prone mechanical parts in any game console.” Sony PlayStation 5 design

What our readers think

We’re expecting to hear far more of your thoughts on the Sony PlayStation 5 now that it’s been out for months. However, prior to launch, fans seemed very eager to get their hands on one.

In an Android Authority poll last summer, we asked if folks were more interested in the PS5, Xbox Series X, or happy with another platform such as Switch or PC. An overwhelming 61.9% voted for the PS5 out of nearly 15,000 votes.