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PlayStation 5 review

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The PlayStation 5 is a well-designed console that delivers a truly next-gen gaming experience. With its powerful graphics tech, incredibly fast SSD, and new revolutionary DualSense controller, the PS5 allows for a level of immersion that simply wasn’t possible on previous consoles.

Our verdict

PROS (+)CONS (-)
A new whole experience, Clean UI, Gorgeous 4K visuals at 120fps, Revolutionary controller, Incredible Build For Power, Significantly faster load times, Cutting-edge GPUMassive size, Small size SSD (825GB – fills up quickly), Limited backward compatibility, No Dolby Vision or Atmos, Limited Availability

General Thoughts

Since its release on November 12, 2020, the PlayStation 5 made big waves in the gaming community. Compare to other gadgets like smartphones, where you get a new incremental update every year, in the video game console industry you really have to wait. In most cases, this kind of product launch event happens every 5 to 7 years. So when it does, we have big expectations for general improvements. For Sony fans, we have good news. The device almost marked all the checkboxes on our list. So let’s have a look together at all these aspects.

Specs

CPUx86-64-AMD Ryzen Zen 8 Cores / 16 Threads at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
GPURay Tracing Acceleration
Up to 2.23 GHz (10.3 TFLOPS)
GPU ArchitectureAMD Radeon RDNA 2-based graphics engine
Memory/Interface16GB GDDR6/256-bit
Memory Bandwidth448GB/s
Internal StorageCustom 825GB SSD
IO Throughput5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed)
Expandable StorageNVMe SSD Slot
External StorageUSB HDD Support
Optical Drive (optional)Ultra HD Blu-ray (66G/100G) ~10xCAV
BD-ROM (25G/50G) ~8xCAV
BD-R/RE (25G/50G) ~8x CAV
DVD ~3.2xCLV
PS5 Game DiscUltra HD Blu-ray, up to 100GB/disc
Audio“Tempest” 3D AudioTech
Video OutHDMI Out port
Support of 4K 120Hz TVs, VRR (specified by HDMI ver 2.1)
Dimensions15.4 x 4.09 x 10.24 inches or
390 x 104 x 260 mm (width x height x depth)
Weight9.9 pounds or 4.5kg
Input / OutputUSB Type-A port (Hi-Speed USB)
USB Type-A port (Super Speed USB 10Gbps) x2
USB Type-C port (Super Speed USB 10Gbps)
NetworkingEthernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)
IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
Bluetooth 5.1

Design

Therefore, looking at the above spec sheet, the PlayStation 5 is the biggest game console in modern history. It’s significantly larger than the Xbox Series X or any previous PlayStation console.

What is the official design?

For some time now, Sony has embraced black as the primary color of its console designs. But not for its latest arrival. With its brilliant white and black color scheme and blue lighting elements, the design of the PS5 is definitely something to look at. When Sony unveiled the colossal tower of white plastic, many of us had quite an interesting reaction.

Similar to the PS4, the system’s subtle lighting effect is something that we really like. It creates a soothing hue when the console is in operation or rest mode. Now the light turns orange when the console is in resting mode, and when it is turned on the colors change from blue to white.

The glossy plastic down the center spine of the PS5 is definitely a minus. It could be easily scratched over time because of the USB port location. And not to forget that glossy materials don’t go hand in hand with dust and fingerprints.

Is the stand necessary?

Due to its size and shape, finding a place for the console is not as easy as it was with PS4. And, whether you want to place your console horizontally or vertically, you’ll need to wrap your head around the PS5’s stand first.

PlayStation 5 horizontal stand
PlayStation 5 horizontal stand

Even though the support feels slightly cheap in the hand, it keeps the console slightly elevated. This helps with the airflow as well as keeping the console’s vibrations from being too distracting.

Performance review

Compared to the PS4 Pro, the new console is in another league entirely. The PlayStation 5 is a technically impressive piece of hardware, and beyond a few notable omissions, it easily stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the Xbox Series X.

It’s powered by an AMD Zen 2 processor comprising eight cores running at variable frequencies, with the clock speed topping out at a respectable 3.5GHz.

The GPU is also an AMD custom unit, capable of reaching a maximum of 10.28 teraflops at 2.23GHz. With these specs, it’s more than sufficient to maintain performance and graphical features such as hardware-accelerated ray tracing.

Can you expand PS5 storage?

In fact, the only real issue with the PlayStation 5’s spec sheet is the small SSD capacity. For instance, the gadget has only 825GB. We were thinking that let’s say, 1TB or 2TB would be more suitable for a gamer’s need. Pretty sure this was made to cut down the cost of the gadget. In conclusion, it means you will run out of storage quickly if you don’t pay too much attention to the games you keep installed.

Still, this inconvenience can be solved with an external hard disk. You could easily connect an external SSD through the USB port. The downside is you won’t experience the same lightning-fast load times that you get from the built-in hard disk.

Sound

How good is the 3D Tempest Audio?

The PlayStation 5 handles audio just as impressive as the way it handles graphics. This is all thanks to the 3D audio engine, called Tempest, which delivers vivid, object-based 3D sound in games.

In conclusion, this technology will transform your gaming experience. The effect is so powerful that you will be able to hear ships flypast over your head in Astro’s Playroom or hear where individual raindrops are landing in a game’s environment.

PS5 Game Titles to Support Tempest 3D Audio Tech

DualSense wireless controller

The DualSense is one of the best wireless controllers Sony has ever released. At first glance, the PS5 controller looks like a futuristic redesign of the DualShock 4.

PlayStation 5 Dualsense wireless controller
PlayStation 5 DualSense wireless controller

Comfort and Features

Due to its wider handles, the new controller is slightly larger and heavier than its predecessor. We actually found it to be incredibly comfortable to hold for extended periods.

The analog sticks are in the same place, and the face buttons are now transparent, giving the controller a more premium look. The touchpad remains on the front of the controller, with the same light bar from the DualShock 4. Additionally, the Options and Create buttons now project from the surface of the controller, making them easier to press. There is a new button beneath the new PlayStation-symbol-embossed home button which allows you to mute the controller’s built-in microphone.

Battery life

The only downside with the DualSense is how long you will be able to use the controller. The battery life is kind of disappointing because it only provides around 9 to 10 hours of playtime before you have to recharge it. This can take a little while, but you can do it while playing if you connect the controller to the included USB cable.

Our verdict

In conclusion, the PlayStation 5 is a superb console, that proves itself to be both powerful and very well-designed.

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4 replies on “PlayStation 5 review”

Storage will be a major issue next gen it seems. It is good that PS4 games can be stored on an external HDD. PS5 for me is about what it’ll bring in the future. In seven years time we’ll probably not recognise this original review because the console will have evolved so much.

Can you change the UI background color?
I would love to have that classic PS wave, in the background, just as on the PS3/PS4, but I guess it’s gone now.

Whew what a review! Seems like there’s definitely a good amount of room for improvement but it all sounds like a great foundation!

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