The successor to the PS4 is coming and will be hitting the shelves in winter later this year, which makes it a prime target for most people’s Christmas shopping and Thanksgiving. It will definitely be one hell of a rival to the Xbox Series X. It has been 7 years since the release of this predecessor, the PS4 and 4 the PS4 Pro. With next-level specs in 2016, the Pro offered some form of upgrade from its older sibling, the standard PS4 with an increase in power that made it 4K-compatible and established it as the best way to play exclusives like Horizon: Zero Dawn, Ghost of Tsushima, and The Last of Us 2. How will Sony’s next-generation console be any different if not better than the PS4 pro, we’ll dive right into that soon!
Written by: Farhan
Playstation 5 Release Date
The PS5 will be released on November 12 in the United States as well as Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Mexico, and South Korea.
The PS5 will cost $499.99 / £449.99 for the standard edition of the console, which contains a disc drive to allow you to play physical discs as well as disc copies of PS4 games. The Digital Edition of the PS5 will cost $399.99 / £359.99, which only allows you to play games downloaded from the PS5 and does not have a disc drive. The disc drive on the PS5 also allows you to play 4K UHD Blu-Ray discs.
The PS5 design was officially unveiled on June 11, 2020, gracing fans with what looked like a futuristic object. When it came to the reveal of the console itself, Sony nailed it – the icing on the PS5 games reveal event, and with a few surprises in store too. Not one, but two PlayStation 5 consoles will launch – a standard edition with a 4K Blu-ray disc drive, and a much more svelte, disc drive-free PS5 Digital Edition. Both of these devices utilize USB Type-C charging for their controllers, and can make use of an HD camera-like webcam accessory, alongside a new PS5 wireless headset and media remote. The consoles themselves feature a uniquely eclectic and striking design that’s sure to split fans’ opinions. A curvy fusion of black and white with blue highlights that are lit when activated, the ‘black box’ design is now a remnant of the distant past.
Upon scouring reviews, we have found that the PS5
- Capable of running 4K/120fps gameplay as well as support for 8K/60
- Faster loading times thanks to new SSD
- Tempest 3D audio tech is comparable to Atmos
- System runs cool and quiet nearly all the time
In terms of raw specs, the PlayStation5 is quite impressive. There's the new custom RDNA 2 GPU that can swiftly dish out 4K resolution at 120 frames per second, and the octa-core AMD Zen 2-based CPU with a 3.5GHz clock speed which essentially make it on par with some of the more powerful gaming PCs. Throw in 16GB of memory into the mix and the NVMe SSD and you would have a machine running on amazing specs which makes it almost nothing short of perfection!
Is the PS5 Tempest 3D Audio a Game-changer?
The PS5's 3D Tempest Audio is Sony's take on Dolby Atmos, or spatial audio in general. It works on any headset, with support for TV speakers coming sometime after the PS5’s launch. Reviewers have tested all kinds of spatial audio systems ranging from Windows Sonic to the Dolby Atmos before discovering that the PS5’s 3D Audio also provides a similar experience, although extensive testing on more games would be needed to fully discern how good the PS5’s audio quality is.
The Tempest 3D Audio will make you enjoy and appreciate the ambient sounds in the game. Ambient sounds is essentially the term used to describe background noises such as the ships flying past you in Astro’s Playroom or the thugs approaching you in Marvel’s Spider Man: Miles Morales. While reviewers have noted that the sounds are not that realistic in some parts, it is worth noting that the PS5 is still as fresh as a newborn and hopefully developers will add more features that include the Tempest 3D Audio mechanics in future content.
PS5 vs PS4 Pro
The PS5 is also the biggest(literally) and hottest console Sony has ever made, and it even dwarfs the sizable PS4 Pro. The PS4 Pro, on the other hand, looks more like a traditional console which sits unobtrusively within any home entertainment setup. It's slim, and lightweight at 3.3 kg while being not in the least divisive. The same can't be said about the PlayStation 5. The PS5's massive size does give it one significant advantage over the PS4 Pro, though: it's practically silent and tested to have produced a minimal amount of heat. The PS4 Pro, meanwhile, can kick up a fuss when playing certain games, and it's also found guilty of generating a lot of heat.
Sony's top-tier PS5 costs $499.99 / £449.99, while the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition (identical, except without a disc drive) comes in at $399.99 / £349.99.
The PS5 Controller
To usher this whole new world of console gaming, you need the Sony DualSense controller to light the way. The DualSense feature was first dangled in front of us when we found out that Travis Scott became the ambassador for the PS5, with a video of the rapper giving the PS5 a spin and highlighting the DualSense feature. Upon having the controller resting in your grasp, you can get a familiar sense of comfort similar to the DualShock 4 controller that came with the PS4, but more comfortable and lightweight. While the majority of the controller features a matte white plastic finish, the bottoms of the grips themselves have a slightly rougher texture that actually makes the controller easier to hold, and less likely to slip out of your hands. In fact, if you look closely, the texture is made up of tiny PlayStation face buttons, which is a neat little touch.
Most consoles don't launch with a full library of games right off the bat, so the bar might seem pretty low here and odds not that great for the PS5. That being said, what you make of the PlayStation 5's current game library largely depends on if you finished the masterpieces from the PS4's era – games like God of War, The Last of Us Part II, Marvel's Spider-Man and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. If the aforementioned games haven’t met the finish line or found their way to your console, you can take advantage of the backwards compatibility feature on the PS5 and play games from the PS4 era. Every PS5 unit also comes with a pre-installed Astro’s Playroom which showcases the features of PS5 and what the console can do. Even if Astro’s Playroom won’t win the gaming equivalent of the Grammy’s, it is still a silly yet incredibly fun game to play.
While the repertoire of video games is still limited as of now, you can try out the early list of heavy hitters like Marvel’s Spider Man: Miles Morales, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, and Demon Souls, which are from Sony’s first-party studios. To jazz up your gaming experience, you can also pick up some big-name third-party games like Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Godfall and Watchdogs: Legion.
PlayStation 5: Add To Cart or Remove From Cart
With all things considered, taking the jump from the PS4 to PS5 can be quite a dilemma. Similar to how you would normally go on about on upgrading to a new iPhone, replacing your PS4 with the brand new PS5