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Sony PlayStation 5 Review

Written by Sadik Shaikh

The PlayStation 5 is one of the most advanced consoles currently available. Equipped with an SSD that enables games to load quickly and effortlessly, this powerful console offers superior gameplay experience.

Backward-compatible with PS4 titles and featuring an impressive collection of exclusive games, you can also upgrade storage by slotting in a Sony-certified M.2 SSD at a later time.

Features

Sony has made several small enhancements to the PlayStation 5 to make its setup process quicker and simpler, adding features such as video sharing between games and apps as well as groups, and revamping key parts of its user interface so things like setting default game presets and loading games are more user-friendly.

Of course, PS4 users will still find all the core features familiar. You’ll be able to jump directly into games your friends are playing quickly and set up groups easily; camera settings within individual games can even be adjusted according to personal preference for easier or harder gameplay experiences.

As is typical with console upgrades, PlayStation 5 is backward compatible with every PlayStation 4 title that’s been released to date – meaning you can start enjoying all your favorites immediately upon starting up a gaming session – making the upgrade well worthwhile.

Hardware-wise, the PlayStation 5 stands as one of the most capable consoles on the market. Supporting up to 4K resolutions and variable refresh rates with its SSD storage feature allowing it to load screens instantly compared with its rival Xbox Series X which only boasts slightly better graphics and framerate stability.

The DualShock controller has also been updated, featuring pointier handles and a more distinctive two-tone design, making it more comfortable to hold for long gaming sessions and with its new haptic feedback system, making your movements super responsive to.

Overall, it’s an impressive controller that helps democratise next-gen gaming for everyone. And software plays a huge role here too – with titles like Marvel’s Spider-Man, God of War Ragnarok and Horizon Forbidden West available exclusively on PS4, along with Astro’s Playroom included with every purchase giving PlayStation an edge from launch day onward.

Design

In addition to boasting power and graphics that surpass those found on Microsoft’s Xbox Series X consoles, the PlayStation 5 also stands out thanks to its sleek and distinctive design. The two white slabs that flank its face can be removed for quick access into its interior for dust removal or accessories replacement; providing more personalized customization than Microsoft’s boxy Xbox Series X system.

The PlayStation Store UI has also become more user-friendly with a cleaner design and more intuitive layout, making it easier for customers to locate games and deals than on PS4, creating an enjoyable browsing experience.

Technically speaking, one of the more impressive features of PS5’s UI is its 4K resolution with HDR support, providing a much sharper and richer display than previous generations. This makes the UI stand out and should provide a more immersive gaming experience on supported television sets.

Sony has also improved their DualSense controller, adding a Create button designed to share gameplay content. While D-pad and buttons remain in their traditional locations, the bottom has been altered slightly in order to accommodate a touchpad with built-in media controls.

Notably, the PS5 features an unconventional shape, which has proven popular among gamers. According to its design team, this angular appearance was intended to represent its “future facing” ethos; ultimately the goal was for it to look as great in your living room as it does as a piece of consumer electronics.

The PlayStation 5 stands out from other consoles with its distinctive form, making it easier to identify on a shelf or in a game store. This design choice also extends to its game software packaging – which features black logos on white backgrounds making the PlayStation 5 instantly recognizable compared to other formats.

Finally, the PS5 features custom AMD Zen 2 CPU and Radeon RDNA 2 GPU that offer significant performance increases over its predecessors. These gains are particularly evident when playing demanding titles that depend on its computing power, such as ray-tracing or real-time physics simulations.

System Requirements

Sony PlayStation 5 is one of the most advanced consoles ever produced, capable of running games at native 4K resolution and with far greater image detail than PS4. Furthermore, it boasts improved frame rates, ray tracing technology and super-speedy SSD storage – making it a worthy competitor to Xbox Series X.

The PlayStation5’s RDNA 2 GPU is specially tuned and optimised beyond simply its teraflop count, while its Zen 2-based CPU features variable frequencies up to 3.5GHz and an internal monitor which tracks workloads and adjusts CPU and GPU frequencies based on temperature and power consumption.

This means the PS5 can achieve GPU clock rates far beyond those possible on PC using comparable components, providing performance beyond anyone’s expectations. Furthermore, its processor has a new variable memory architecture which optimizes usage of available RAM by caching data more often and decreasing latency read rates.

All this adds up to an incredibly powerful machine capable of rendering 4K graphics at 120fps and supporting the new Unreal engine ‘Visual Studio’ tech for cinematic 8K visuals, dynamic lighting effects and reflections, high-fidelity audio playback, as well as real time rendering of physics-based objects allowing you to observe their movement and deformation as you look around them.

The system also boasts an SSD capable of reading data at speeds of up to 5.5GB per second – this significantly outstrips the older spinning hard drive found on a PS4, and can significantly decrease load times. Additional NVMe SSD drives may be added by plugging them into special slots but won’t provide as fast access speeds.

As with the Xbox Series X, backward-compatible PS4 games can run on the PlayStation 5, with some needing an update for optimal performance. Digital sales now account for about 70% of all PlayStation software sales; additionally, PS5-exclusive titles continue to increase in number.

Price

The PlayStation 5 is an affordable yet powerful gaming console available at a fair price. Competing directly against Microsoft’s Xbox Series X console, the PS 5 provides immersive 4K and VR experience and comes equipped with some exclusive titles like Horizon Forbidden West, No Man’s Sky and Thumper – plus additional accessories including PlayStation VR headsets that can be purchased separately.

The PS5 can be purchased in both the U.S. and select European countries for $450 for its Digital Edition or $500 with disc drive and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 or Spider-Man 2 preinstalled as part of a bundle offer.

Sony’s latest console has made past generations look outdated with its silky high frame-rate gameplay and innovative DualSense controller, as well as improved graphics and load times compared to their previous generation counterparts.

Though the PS5 was an overwhelming success, its size could use some trimming down. Luckily, Sony has now released a more compact version which weighs 18% lighter for Digital Edition versions and 24% lighter when equipped with disk drives; all other internal components remain the same so this new PlayStation will still deliver smooth gameplay and stunning graphics.

However, Sony has added another benefit of owning the Slim version: expanding storage by connecting an external SSD drive. They plan on offering a device compatible with this console sometime between 2023-2024 that you can plug into it.

As upgrading to an RTX 2080 or AMD Ryzen 5 equivalent GPU is necessary to enable ray tracing at any decent frame rate and resolution, upgrading is well worth your while in terms of financial savings and taking advantage of enhanced performance when playing older titles that don’t support ray tracing on original console.

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