When did the PS5 come out? The future of console gaming is here

The PS5 is still hard to come by more than a year after its release, and it’s still difficult to find in stock around the world. That’s understandable, given that it’s a wonderful gaming system that represents a true generational jump above the PS4.

The PS5 not only offers 4K gameplay, but it also includes sophisticated haptics, a fast SSD, and immersive 3D audio. All of these features, as well as others, combine to create a system that is truly ready for next-generation, or even current-generation, gaming. There is one little snag: the console is quite large and may not appeal to everyone. However, it’s a fascinating console that’s well worth looking for in a PS5 replenishment.

What is the Sony PS5 in a nutshell?

Sony’s PS5 is the company’s next-generation gaming console. The Sony PlayStation 5, or PS5, is the official name for the console. That part shouldn’t surprise you because every previous iteration used the same naming system.

The Sony PlayStation 5 is a significant improvement over its predecessor, with more powerful specs and a futuristic look. The Xbox Series X and Series S, as well as, to a lesser extent, the Nintendo Switch, are its main competitors. In 2017, the home-handheld-hybrid console was released. While it is a fantastic system in its own right, due to its unique form factor and considerably decreased specifications, it isn’t necessarily a direct competition.

The normal PlayStation 5 and the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition are the two PlayStation 5 models. The two have identical specifications, except the Digital Edition can only play digitally downloaded games, as the name implies. It isn’t equipped with a disc drive.

The PlayStation 5 can be used as a media center, just like prior systems. It supports a variety of streaming apps, all of which are easily accessible using the PlayStation 5 Media Remote’s buttons (sold separately). However, because multimedia CDs aren’t supported, you’ll have to rely on streaming services like Spotify.

Sony's PS5 is the company's next-generation gaming console
Sony’s PS5 is the company’s next-generation gaming console

When Will PlayStation 5 Be Released? When Will PlayStation 5 Be Released?

In some areas, Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 5 will be released on November 12th. The United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea will be the first to receive the next-generation console. From November 19th, the rest of the world, including the United Kingdom and Europe, will be able to purchase the console.

PS5 Release Date: Will the PS5 Be Released at Different Times in the United States and Europe?

In other territories, the PlayStation 5 will be released on a different date. From November 12th, the first batch of next-gen consoles will be available in the United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea. From November 19th, the rest of the world, including European countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany, and France, will be able to purchase the console.

Is the PS5 a good investment?

Buying a PS5 will set you back a lot of money, whether you’re upgrading from a PS4 or beginning from scratch. As new games are released, consoles gain value over time, so before you spend your hard-earned cash, consider whether the PS5 is worth it.

The response is a resounding yes now that the console has been out for almost a year. There are a slew of next-gen games that take full advantage of the DualSense controller, and the system is gradually becoming more affordable. Instead of a truly game-changing experience on day one, you’ll receive better performance on games you already own. Better graphics and faster load times are nice, but they don’t make a significant difference.

If you don’t already own a console, a PS5 might be worth considering. The Xbox Series X, on the other hand, will be a tough competitor. Unless you’re searching for PlayStation exclusives (which are plentiful), Xbox Game Pass offers excellent value with access to a large number of first-party titles.

Surprisingly, the controller is one area where the Xbox Series X falls short. With the new PlayStation 5 DualSense, Sony has hit the ball out of the park. While playing games, improved ergonomics, adjustable triggers, and excellent haptic feedback make a tremendous difference. C. Scott Brown of Android Authority was utterly blown away by the experience, claiming that it has changed his entire perspective on console gaming.

Even if you’re excitedly awaiting a huge release that isn’t yet out, purchasing a PlayStation 5 console now will prepare you for what’s to come. There’s no point in waiting because you’re not going to save any money on the price for a few more years.

As new games are released, consoles gain value over time, so before you spend your hard-earned cash, consider whether the PS5 is worth it
As new games are released, consoles gain value over time, so before you spend your hard-earned cash, consider whether the PS5 is worth it

What the experts have to say about the PlayStation 5

Sarah Chaney, who reviewed the PS5 for Android Authority, was generally positive about the new console. Internal improvements and a new controller make it a viable successor to the PS4. The ability to pick between better graphics and real-time ray tracing, as well as greater framerates, provides a more PC-like experience than prior consoles.

Sarah also emphasized how well the PS5 is suited to folks who are new to console gaming. When you combine it with a PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus membership, you’ll have access to a modest library of some of the top PS4 titles, as well as a PS5 game per month.

For existing PS4 owners, things are a little more tricky. The faster loading times and (sometimes) updated graphics are nice, but the upgrade isn’t really worth it. There were just three exclusive titles available at launch, aside from Astro’s Playroom, which is more of a tech demo than a game. Two of them were also playable on the PlayStation 4.

However, as of May 2022, the system has received a slew of high-profile exclusive games. Horizon Forbidden West and Elden Ring made their debuts, and Ghostwire is still available for purchase.

Another factor to consider before purchasing a console is its physical size. You might have trouble fitting it into your entertainment center unless you have a lot of vertical or horizontal space, according to Sarah. In addition, the all-white design may clash with black furnishings. Dbrand has a solution for this issue, and Sony has also released one. Continue reading for more information on both.

Around the web

A lot of other online sites have also expressed their opinions on the PS5. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s new:

  • In a review published shortly after debut, TechRadar’s Nick Pino and Adam Vjestica dubbed it “a great system that provides a compelling next-gen gaming experience.” Great graphics and high framerates were among the expected pluses, with the new UI getting a special mention. The physical size of the console, as well as the rather limited capacity of the accompanying SSD, were also criticized.
  • In a pre-release review, Jess Grey of Wired gave it a thumbs up. The 120Hz capabilities were “objectively fantastic,” she said, but “purchasing a logo console and an expensive new TV in the midst of a global epidemic is a bit much.” Grey was particularly delighted by the new DualSense controller’s enhanced battery life, haptics, and adaptable triggers.
  • The “flamboyant” look of the PS5 was criticized by IGN’s Luke Reilly, but he was otherwise enthusiastic. “What the PlayStation 5 lacks in nuance, it more than makes up for in promise,” he believes, “thanks in part to its incredibly fast SSD, but largely to its absolutely spectacular new controller.” However, due of a limited launch lineup, he isn’t confident that the system lives up to its potential.
  • In his PS5 review, Michael Andronico of Tom’s Guide stated that the console is “a major generational leap – even if you don’t need one yet.” He appreciated the new controller, too, but cautioned that it “may feel too huge for others.” He noted that the improved speeds produce “almost zero friction between you and the games you want to play,” despite his criticism of the absence of actual next-gen launch titles.
  • In his latest console review, Cnet’s Dan Ackerman was “very delighted with the full PS5 package.” He essentially reiterated what had been said previously, with the exception of advocating the Digital Edition above the ordinary edition. “Save $100 and acquire the all-digital edition if you can find one.” Collectors of classic game discs, used game buyers, and Blu-ray hoarders may disagree, but it saves money and eliminates one of the most troublesome mechanical pieces in any game console.”

What our readers have to say

Now that the Sony PlayStation 5 has been out for a few months, we hope to hear a lot more from you. Fans, on the other hand, appeared to be very keen to get their hands on one before it was released.

Last summer, we asked if people were more interested in the PS5, Xbox Series X, or another platform like Switch or PC in an Android Authority survey. Out of approximately 15,000 votes, the PS5 received 61.9 percent of the vote.

Sarah Chaney, who reviewed the PS5 for Android Authority, was generally positive about the new console
Sarah Chaney, who reviewed the PS5 for Android Authority, was generally positive about the new console

Design of Sony PlayStation 5

The PS5 has been extensively explored, but it is a very massive piece of equipment. Sony’s 15.4 x 10.2 x 4.1-inch console eclipses almost every game system released in the last ten years, including the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro. It’s also far larger than its new next-gen competitor, the Xbox Series X, and makes the Xbox Series S look like a toy for kids.

The PS5’s huge chassis allows it to deliver substantial performance while remaining mainly cool and silent (something we’ll go over in more detail later), but its sheer size may be an issue for people with modest entertainment rooms.

If you want to stand your PS5 upright, you’ll need a specific tiny table unless you want to set it on the floor. I just about squeezed the PS5 into my entertainment center in a horizontal arrangement. As a result, before you set up a PS5 at home, you should measure your available area.

The PS5 comes with a retractable stand that lets you to arrange the enormous console either vertically or horizontally. In vertical mode, the stand screws into the bottom of the console (the PS5 contains a screw but no tool to install it), and in horizontal mode, it clamps on to the PS5’s back port area.

It would be wonderful if the PS5 came with a tool for unscrewing the base, but I was able to attach and remove it with ease with a quarter. With the base attached, the system stands stably in vertical position, however I found the base to be significantly more problematic in horizontal mode. It took a few attempts for me to get it to rest flat and secure on the base. I ultimately got the PS5 to sit horizontally in my entertainment center, but the fact that it slid off the base very readily unless it was positioned perfectly gives me pause.

Still, I’ll probably keep the PS5 in horizontal mode for the majority of my time with it, just because I’m afraid of tipping the outrageously tall chassis over as it rests on my table (especially when my hyperactive nephews are over).

Since its unveiling, the PS5’s eye-catching, futuristic appearance has sparked much controversy, and I still have mixed thoughts about it. Because of its sharp white side panels and the asymmetrical heft introduced by the Blu-ray drive, I think the console appears like an unattractive, large cable modem when standing upright.

However, I’ve grown to prefer how it looks when positioned horizontally beneath my television, when its curves and edges seem to stand out more (even if it looks like a miniature Barclays Center). I particularly enjoy the slicker and more pronounced LED status lights on each side of the inside, which are both slicker and more pronounced than the PS4’s status light. The hidden PlayStation controller icons within the inner panels are a nice touch as well. Whether you like it or not, the PS5 is a system that pays close attention to detail and looks unlike any other console we’ve seen.

Official PS5 covers, which modify the color of the console’s faceplates, will be available starting December 13, 2021. They won’t change the overall look of the system, but you won’t be stuck with a boring white color palette.

The PS5 has been extensively explored, but it is a very massive piece of equipment
The PS5 has been extensively explored, but it is a very massive piece of equipment

Ports and expansion of Sony PlayStation 5

The PS5 comes with a fairly typical set of connections, as well as some modern conveniences. Up front, you’ll find a USB Type-A Hi-Speed port as well as a USB Type-C SuperSpeed port. It’s great to see a console with USB-C support out of the box, especially for connecting modern peripherals and storage drives.

Two SuperSpeed USB-A connections, an Ethernet jack, an HDMI 2.1 port, and an AC adaptor are located on the back panel. (For TVs featuring HDMI 2.1, see our list of the best gaming TVs.) The PS5 does not include the optical audio port found on the PS4, which may be a disappointment for those who have high-end audio devices with optical connections. However, some firms, such as Astro with their Astro A20 headset, currently sell optical-to-HDMI splitters.

There’s a PCle 4.0 M.2 expansion port on the PS5 that you can reach by opening up the console if you wish to expand on the console’s built-in 825GB of SSD storage. Not all SSDs are supported; you’ll need one that meets Sony’s stringent requirements(opens in new tab), such as the Western Digital SN850, Samsung 980 Pro, or Sony’s future Nextorage M.2 NVMe SSD.

The expansion slot was closed at launch, but it has now been unlocked by the latest PS5 software update, allowing owners to install an extra SSD for additional capacity. While the functionality was still in beta, we put it through its paces and got some fantastic results.

The PS5’s SSD expansion slot adds another arrow to its quiver in the fight against the Xbox Series X. In contrast to Microsoft’s console, which necessitates the purchase of a costly proprietary SSD card, Sony’s SSD expansion option allows you to choose from a variety of third-party versions ranging in price. Standard external hard drives are also compatible with the PS5, but solely for transferring digital PS4 games or save files.

The PS5 comes with a fairly typical set of connections, as well as some modern conveniences
The PS5 comes with a fairly typical set of connections, as well as some modern conveniences

Interface of Sony PlayStation 5

The PS5 interface is a development of the PS4 software that is clean, appealing, and quick. Jumping in and out of games and browsing menus is almost instantaneous, so much so that the PS4 system suddenly feels sluggish and cluttered in contrast. While I would want to see more features added to the PS5 interface, it does bring some fascinating new methods to get to what you’re playing even faster. Even yet, there are a slew of PS5 secret features to explore.

PS4 owners will recognize the home screen, which features a horizontal row of tiles displaying your most recent games. When you highlight a game, its art will take up the full home screen while its music plays in the background, which is a nice touch. There’s an Explore tab that shows news and updates, as well as a Game Library tab that let me start downloading my PS4 games right away. With a fast push of the Create button on the PS5, you can capture movies and images, as well as stream to YouTube or Twitch, just like on PS4.

Overall, I enjoy how clean the PS5 software looks, although I do wish there was a way to organize your games into folders like there is on the PS4. While it’s interesting to have the backdrop change depending on the game you’ve selected, I’m amazed there isn’t a way to create unique wallpapers instead. (At the very least, there’s a simple technique that changes your PS5’s logo into the classic red, yellow, green, and blue emblem present on previous generations of the machine.)

A tap of the PlayStation button now brings up a control center that lets you switch apps, view your friends, check notifications, monitor your controller’s battery life, and more from the bottom of your screen. Long-time PS4 users will have to shake some muscle memory, as a tap of the PlayStation button now brings up a control center that lets you switch apps, view your friends, check notifications, monitor your controller’s battery life, and more.

Even better, the control center may be customized to provide you rapid access to features like network settings, accessibility choices, and broadcast controls. It’s a major step forward over the PS4’s fast menu, which took up a lot more screen real estate and wasn’t as responsive or customisable.

Fast and clear software is fantastic, but when you start playing a game, the PS5 interface really comes to life. While playing a PS5 game, pressing the PlayStation button brings up the Activities menu, which displays information such as your mission’s current status, a list of trophies you can earn, and a list of in-game activities you can start right away.

For example, in Spider-Man: Miles Morales, I was able to jump immediately into a series of side quests and challenges from the Activities menu, rather than having to hunt them down in-game, saving me time I would have otherwise spent swinging around Manhattan. You may also access the Activities menu from your Game Library before starting a game, which meant I could get immediately into a certain level of Astro’s Playroom without having to navigate through any menus.

As someone who doesn’t always have a lot of free time, being able to skip to a specific section of a game at the system level isn’t just useful; it’s revolutionary. While it may appear to some as a minor concession, the Activities menu has the potential to change the way we play games, and I’m excited to watch how developers use it in the future years.

On a software level, my major beef with the PS5 is that, unlike the Xbox Series X and S, it doesn’t appear to be able to pause numerous games at once. While the Xbox’s Quick Resume feature allows you to skip between half-a-dozen games and pick up precisely where you left off in each, the PS5 compels you to start each game from the beginning.

What’s worse, the console doesn’t warn you when your current game will close in favor of a new one, potentially causing you to lose unsaved progress. While the PS5’s load times are so quick that the lack of Quick Resume isn’t a big deal, it’s still disappointing that Sony’s console lacks one of the Series X’s most useful features.

Users can trial the upcoming PS5 beta software starting in February 2022, which should improve chat, navigation, and voice command functions.

The PS5 interface is a development of the PS4 software that is clean, appealing, and quick
The PS5 interface is a development of the PS4 software that is clean, appealing, and quick

DualSense controller of Sony PlayStation 5

The PS5 DualSense controller may be the most cutting-edge feature of Sony’s new platform. The gamepad’s haptic feedback, adjustable triggers, and built-in speaker all work perfectly together to create a level of physical immersion I’ve never felt before when playing a game.

The DualSense shines brightest in Astro’s Playroom, a free, pre-installed game designed to show off the capabilities of Sony’s new controller. You may feel and hear the tiny impact of grains of sand while strolling through a storm in this colourful 3D platformer, or enjoy a smooth gliding sensation when skating over ice, to mention a few instances. Everything from pulling a rope to gliding through the air in a jetpack creates a high amount of force feedback. It’s the kind of stuff you have to experience firsthand to believe.

If you’re already debating between the PS5 DualSense and the DualShock 4, the new controller comes out on top in terms of sheer inventiveness.

The adaptable triggers are particularly impressive, as they can grow more difficult to activate depending on what’s going on in the game. When I was controlling my character in a spring-loaded jumpsuit, for example, the triggers provided significantly more resistance, effectively imitating the sensation of pressing down on a spring and then releasing it. Games can also use the DualSense’s built-in microphone, as I discovered when I had to blow on the controller to move an ice platform in Astro’s Playroom.

Sackboy: A Big Adventure also makes excellent use of the PlayStation controller, as I had a sudden sense of resistance while walking through tall grass thanks to some consistent haptic patterns. During sequences, I felt sensations in various portions of the controller, and I appreciated the subtle taps that accompanied Sackboy thrashing his feet around while floating in the air. And I felt the triggers tense up in Godfall’s sword-based combat to provide added weight to the impression of slicing through adversaries with heavy attacks.

During cutscenes in Spider-Man: Miles Morales, I experienced subtle but extremely nuanced vibrations, as the controller perfectly matched the clinking of glasses or the distant stomps of Rhino’s feet with tactile feedback. When I used the triggers to web-swing over Manhattan, I liked the small resistance, as well as the subtle buzz of electricity that came out of the speaker every time I charged up Miles’ Venom attacks.

When you don’t have a gaming headset on hand, you can use the built-in microphone on Sony’s new controller to speak with friends. And in a pinch, it’s perfect. I had a full vocal conversation with my colleague Marshall, who was also using his DualSense, and we could hear each other perfectly through the controller’s built-in speaker. During a competitive Call of Duty encounter, you’ll undoubtedly want to utilize a specialized headset to hear your game and chat sounds, but the fact that you can talk to pals on PS5 without needing a headset is a nice addition.

The DualSense already has a lot of potential, but it will only be as amazing as the games that use it. While titles like Astro’s Playroom, Spider-Man, Godfall, and Sackboy accomplish interesting things with Sony’s gamepad, I’m interested to see how many developers fully utilize the DualSense’s unique characteristics as more PS5 games are released.

The DualSense performs admirably as a normal controller, despite its sophisticated haptics. It’s a lot bigger than the DualShock 4 gamepad, with a weighty feel and an ergonomic design that seems to take a page from the Xbox Wireless Controller. While the DualSense’s meatier grip is enjoyable to grasp, I wish it were a little more compact, since I found my hands cramping when playing more intense action games like Godfall and Devil May Cry 5.

The good news is that the DualSense’s buttons and triggers are quite responsive in everyday use. Thanks to the controller’s smooth D-pad and fast face buttons, I had no trouble performing my standard Mortal Kombat 11 combos. When I was shooting down Rebels in Battlefront II, the thumbsticks and triggers felt responsive and accurate. The touchpad is significantly larger this time, and I enjoy how the built-in lightbar extends around the center instead of being concealed at the top as on the DualShock 4, as it was on the DualShock 4.

The PS5 DualSense controller may be the most cutting-edge feature of Sony's new platform
The PS5 DualSense controller may be the most cutting-edge feature of Sony’s new platform

Performance and load times of Sony PlayStation 5

The PS5 promises some of the strongest performance ever from a games system, with an 8-core AMD Zen 2 processor, 10.3 teraflops of graphics capability, and a fantastically fast bespoke SSD. And, despite the fact that I’ve only played a few games built to take advantage of the PS5’s capabilities, I’m already amazed with what Sony’s platform can produce in terms of fidelity, framerate, and, most significantly, load times.

It should come as no surprise that games perform beautifully on Sony’s latest platform. As I gawked at the stunning reds and purples of Spider-Man and his opponents exploding off the screen in 4K, Spider-Man: Miles Morales seemed more like a high-end PC game than a PlayStation release. Manhattan’s towers reflected off one another accurately, as did a sequence of genuine puddles in a crowded Times Square, thanks to the console’s ray-tracing capabilities.

Miles Morales for PS5 has a special Performance option that disables things like ray tracing and instead uses upscaled 4K for a higher fps. I felt like I was experiencing something that couldn’t be done on previous-gen consoles when I switched to this mode and sped across the city at a silky 60 frames per second while still enjoying magnificent sights. This made returning to the PS4 version of Miles Morales, which frequently chugged below 30 frames per second, exceedingly difficult.

This is expected to improve in the future, as Sony has confirmed that variable refresh rate support (VRR) will arrive on the PS5 in 2022.

While the PS5‘s ray-traced aesthetics and 60 fps performance settings are impressive, it’s the console’s lightning fast SSD that actually makes it feel next-gen. When you start a game like Spider-Man: Miles Morales, there’s almost no time between selecting it from your home screen and being out on the street slaying bad dudes. I was able to start playing the PS4 version after about 20 seconds of the same process.

Astro’s Playroom is just as quick, as I was able to hop from the game’s main hub area to its many colorful levels without having to wait for a single loading screen. The PS5’s fast SSD also allows you to skip to specific parts of a game via the Activities menu, and upcoming games like Ratchet & Clank: Rift will take advantage of this feature. Apart than that, I’m sure they’ll come up with some really creative uses for it. We’ll have to wait and see how other games use the SSD, but it already feels like one of the most significant advancements in console gaming in a long time.

When testing titles like God of War and Mortal Kombat 11, the variations in load speeds were less pronounced, but every game I tested loaded faster on PS5.

The PS5 promises some of the strongest performance ever from a games system, with an 8-core AMD Zen 2 processor, 10.3 teraflops of graphics capability, and a fantastically fast bespoke SSD
The PS5 promises some of the strongest performance ever from a games system, with an 8-core AMD Zen 2 processor, 10.3 teraflops of graphics capability, and a fantastically fast bespoke SSD

Backwards compatibility of PS5

The PS5 is backwards compatible with practically all PS4 games, which is a significant improvement from Sony’s previous generation’s complete lack of backwards compatibility. On PS5, I tested almost a dozen PS4 games, including The Last of Us Part II, God of War, Mortal Kombat 11, Tetris Effect, and Resident Evil 2, and almost all of them loaded and ran faster than they did on my initial PS4. My PS5 played both digital and disc-based PS4 games flawlessly, and my physical movies played flawlessly on the system’s 4K Blu-ray drive.

Games with better resolution or frame rate modes gain the most from Sony’s new platform, since it allows you to take advantage of any PS4 Pro advantages. Coming from a PS4 with no high-frame rate mode or Tetris Effect in 4K, the chance to finally experience God of War’s high-frame rate mode or play Tetris Effect in 4K was almost worth the price of admission in and of itself (the aforementioned load time boosts don’t hurt, either).

Most first-party and officially licensed PS4 accessories are compatible with the PS5, and I had no trouble transferring my existing last-gen gear. My existing headsets worked great with the DualSense’s 3.5 mm audio port, and pairing my DualShock 4 to the PS5 was as simple as hooking it in via USB cable.

Third-party wired controllers, like my Hori Fightpad and Victrix Pro FS Fight Stick, also worked flawlessly in Mortal Kombat while I slammed buttons. Keep in mind that the DualShock 4 is only compatible with PS4 games that are backwards compatible, so you won’t be able to use it with PS5 games.

More recently, a new patent application submitted by PlayStation designers suggests that the PS5 will be able to run PS1, PS2, and PS3 games at some point in the future, providing you yet another reason to buy a PS5.

A significant improvement from Sony's previous generation's complete lack of backwards compatibility
A significant improvement from Sony’s previous generation’s complete lack of backwards compatibility

Game lineup of PlayStation 5

The launch roster for the PS5 is off to a good start. Spider-Man: Miles Morales, a magnificent and exciting follow-up to 2018’s Marvel’s Spider-Man with ray-traced graphics and a selectable 60 fps performance level, is the console’s big launch game.

Sackboy: A Big Adventure is a basic but fun 3D platformer with plenty of character customization options, but Astro’s Playroom, the free add-on game that showcases the DualSense controller, may be even better. Sony’s new platformer is brimming with interesting treasures and easter eggs for ardent PlayStation fans, and it’s the first time since 2007’s Nintendo Wii that a machine has launched with a major game included out of the gate.

If you prefer mature action, Godfall is a fun and stunning action-RPG that seems like a cross between God of War 2018’s heavy combat and Destiny’s complex loot system. Looking for something a little more stylish? Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition is an improved edition of the outstanding 2019 slasher that includes ray-tracing and 120 frames per second performance settings.

Demon’s Souls, a stunningly gorgeous remake of the acclaimed 2009 action/RPG of the same name, is one of the PS5’s biggest true launch exclusives. Stay tuned for additional impressions as we continue to test Bluepoint’s updated take on the cult classic.

The problem is that many of these titles don’t require a PS5. Many of the huge third-party games that were out at launch, such as Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Sackboy: A Big Adventure, are also available on PS4.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate, The Pathless, Dirt 5, and NBA 2K21 are among the games. All of these games will be accessible on PS4, although features like real 4K gameplay and 60 fps frame rate settings will require a PS5. It’s also worth mentioning that Fortnite was designed for the PS5 from the start, and titles like Madden NFL 21 and Watch Dogs Legion will give free PS5 upgrades to PS4 owners.

Major PS5 exclusives like Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, God of War Ragnarok, and Horizon Forbidden West (the latter of which will have a PS4 version) are expected to arrive in 2021 and beyond.

While you don’t need a PS5 to play some of the greatest new games from Sony and third parties, the new system will provide you considerably better versions of them. Don’t forget that you’ll be able to bring the majority of your PS4 collection with you, with considerable aesthetic and performance improvements for certain games.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales, a magnificent and exciting follow-up to 2018's Marvel's Spider-Man with ray-traced graphics and a selectable 60 fps performance level, is the console's big launch game
Spider-Man: Miles Morales, a magnificent and exciting follow-up to 2018’s Marvel’s Spider-Man with ray-traced graphics and a selectable 60 fps performance level, is the console’s big launch game

Apps of PlayStation 5

Whether I was binge-watching Chappelle’s Show on Netflix or keeping up on wrestling news on YouTube, every app I tried loaded swiftly and streamed reliably. But, more crucially, the PS5’s streaming apps are now easier to find than ever before, due to a convenient Media tab on the home screen that’s only a button click away. That’s a big improvement over the PS4, which had all of its streaming apps buried under a sluggish TV & Video menu.

As a precaution and caveat, PS4 jailbreaks are rumored to operate with the PS5, potentially opening it up to a slew of homebrew software and apps. However, we recommend that you avoid doing so because it may cause issues, something you don’t want to happen now that the PS5 is still hard to come by. Check out our PS5 exclusives vs. Xbox exclusives comparison to see how the two libraries compare.

The PS5's streaming apps are now easier to find than ever before
The PS5’s streaming apps are now easier to find than ever before

Heat and noise of PlayStation 5

The PS5 stayed cool and quiet during my time with it thanks to its huge internal fan and large vents along the interior of the chassis. Even though I spent hours exploring Astro’s Playroom or web-slinging villains in Spider-Man, I hardly heard any noise coming from the console. When I first put Blu-rays in the system, I could hear discs spinning very loudly, and I noticed some rare periods of audible noise when running Star Wars Battlefront II. However, as compared to the jet-engine-like noises that my PS4 makes when downloading a game, the PS5 is blissfully quiet.

3D audio of PlayStation 5

The Tempest Engine on the PS5 allows it to deliver 3D audio for approved games, allowing you to hear game sounds with more directionality than basic stereo can provide. Most existing headphones and headsets will function with the PS5’s 3D audio, while Sony’s new Pulse 3D Wireless Headset is tailored for the technology. So far, we’ve only used an Astro A20 headset to test 3D audio, and while the results have been fairly mild, they show a lot of potential.

The PS5’s audio gimmicks were most noticeable in Astro’s Playroom, where I could plainly hear the rain falling from above me and pinpoint the sound of a tornado spinning between my left and right ears as it hurled my character skyward. When swinging around in Spider-Man: Miles Morales, it was also simple to tell where automobiles, planes, and opponents were coming from, but I didn’t notice much of a difference when the effect was on or off.

It will ultimately be up to developers to make the most of the PS5’s 3D audio technology, just like it will be up to them to make the most of many of the console’s other features. We can’t wait to try out other titles that support 3D audio, as well as get our hands on the Pulse 3D headset to enjoy the entire experience.

The Tempest Engine on the PS5 allows it to deliver 3D audio for approved games, allowing you to hear game sounds with more directionality than basic stereo can provide
The Tempest Engine on the PS5 allows it to deliver 3D audio for approved games, allowing you to hear game sounds with more directionality than basic stereo can provide

Verdict of PlayStation 5

The PS5 is a true step forward in console gaming, with spectacular 4K resolution, lightning-fast load times, and a game-changing controller that makes gaming more immersive and tactile than ever before. It supports nearly all PS4 games and, in many situations, improves their performance and loading times.

However, there are a few reasons to hold off on purchasing Sony’s latest console – assuming you can locate it at all. There are few must-have exclusives on the PS5’s launch list, since PS4 users can still enjoy key releases like Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. For individuals with limited room, the console’s large size may be a worry, and the DualSense controller itself may be too big for those with smaller hands.

The PS5 will only get better with time, like with most system debuts, with more exclusive titles and features for those who prefer to wait. Microsoft’s $499 Xbox Series X, which has somewhat greater power and works with four generations of Xbox games, is also worth considering. If you can get your hands on a PS5 right now, you’ll be treated to a real next-gen experience, complete with enhanced haptics, stunning graphics, and virtually no friction between you and the games you want to play.

The PS5 is a true step forward in console gaming, with spectacular 4K resolution, lightning-fast load times, and a game-changing controller that makes gaming more immersive and tactile than ever before
The PS5 is a true step forward in console gaming, with spectacular 4K resolution, lightning-fast load times, and a game-changing controller that makes gaming more immersive and tactile than ever before

Some Frequently Asked Questions about Sony PlayStation 5

When will the PS5 be released?

In the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea, the PS5 was released on November 12, 2020. On November 19, the system was launched across Asia, Europe, the Middle East, South Africa, and South America.

What games are available for the PS5?

You can play most PS4 games in addition to the many new PS5 games! Some PS3 titles are also supported, however the selection is smaller.

Is it possible to play multimedia discs on the PS5?

Although the digital PS5 does not support discs of any kind, the conventional PS5 can play DVDs, Blu-Ray discs, and 4K Blu-Ray discs. However, audio/music CDs are not supported by the console.

What are the prices of PS5 games?

For the time being, most games are around $59.99, which is the same price as new PS4 releases. Retail prices, on the other hand, are predicted to rise to $70 in 2022 and beyond.

How much does the PS5 set you back?

The PlayStation 5 Digital Edition costs $399, whereas the basic PS5 model (with a disc drive) costs $499.

Is the PlayStation 5 compatible with virtual reality?

Yes! The original PSVR hardware will be supported in a number of new PS5 games. Sony has also teased the PSVR 2, but no official release date has been announced as of yet.

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