Playstation 5 Review: Next-Gen Console Gaming

Performance: 10
Features: 9
Design: 8
Value: 9

Overall Score: 9

Price: From $499.99

Pros:
  • Super-fast SSD
  • Attractive UI
  • Ground-breaking DualSense controller
  • Great backward compatibility
  • Extremely fast load times
  • 4K-ready

Cons:
  • Limited selection of PS5 games
  • Large size
  • No Quick Resume feature

The new PS5 is a massive improvement compared to its predecessor, and it is definitely worth the hype. Let’s find out why.

Sony has been a leader in the world of entertainment for decades. Since 1994, its Playstation line of consoles has been a staple in console gaming, and the latest edition looks to be the best one yet. This review will cover all the aspects of the new console and tell you about all the relevant PS5 specs.

Price and Where To Buy

You can choose from the PS5 for $629.99 and the PS5 Digital Edition for $499.99. Both can be bought at Walmart, Best Buy, or Amazon.

Interface

The interface of the PS5 is attractive and clean-looking. The specs of the PS5 are impressive, and Sony has made sure to provide the best gaming experience regardless of which game you play. Navigation is fast, easy, and intuitive, and although PS4 already had a pretty good interface, it almost feels messy and unpolished compared to the new one.

Like with PS4, the most recent games are shown in a horizontal row. When highlighting a game, its artwork will be shown across the home screen alongside its background music.

The PS5 system allows you to customize your control center and have quicker access to certain features. This is clearly something that the creators wanted to improve, as this option on PS4 took a significant portion of the screen.

A useful Explore tab helps you see updates and news, and the Game Library enables you to download your collection of PS4 games right away. Moreover, just like on the PS4, you can take screenshots and videos and stream your games via the Create button. This is one PS5 tech we’re glad Sony has kept from earlier PS iterations.

The feature to organize your games into folders is sadly gone. What’s also new is that a tap on the PlayStation button will now take you to a control center where you can check notifications, see your friends list, and switch apps.

Sadly, the PS5 game console has nothing like the Quick Resume feature on the Xbox Series X, which allows you to suspend up to six games and resume them within seconds. Instead of being able to navigate between many games and resume every game where you left off – with the PS5, you’ll have to start each game from the beginning.

With the console’s fast load times, many users might not mind the lack of Quick Resume, but it is still unclear why Sony didn’t address this apparent advantage of its main competitor. It’s not exactly tech you could implement overnight, but we hope that the design team behind the PS5 reviews the idea for their next console (PS5 Pro, anyone?).

When you tap the PlayStation button, you’ll see the Activities menu. All the information regarding your game progress, missions, or trophies is shown, and you can easily switch to the in-game activities.

For players who cherish their time, the creators of the PS5 have come up with less time-consuming options for when you want to experience a particular part of the game. You can simply jump into the side missions straight from the Activities menu and save a lot of time instead of trying to find these options in-game.

Performance and Load Times

Compared to the PS4, there have been improvements in design, hardware, and interface. Statistics show that Sony PlayStation was the largest brand name in the gaming industry in 2021, so clearly, Sony’s new console is a winner with audiences. Part of the reason for that is the powerful hardware under the hood.

Sony PlayStation 5 is equipped with an 8-core AMD Zen 2 processor, an incredibly fast SSD, and a 10.3 teraflops of graphics power, making it one of the two most powerful gaming consoles on the market (alongside the Xbox X).

Sony’s new console delivers a gaming experience similar to a high-end PC. Provided you have the right screen, the HDR colours are vivid, textures are detailed, and players are completely immersed in 4K gaming.

Sony also has a Performance mode and the option to turn on Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) for more demanding games. It’s already out for numerous hit games such as Deathloop, Ratchet & Clank, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Destiny 2, and Resident Evil Village.

While the Sony Playstation 5 is a video game console capable of impressive ray-traced graphics, it’s the lightning-fast SSD that perhaps most 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 fighting evil guys.

Loading times are such a massive improvement over the PS4 that it’s tough to get used to the older console after spending some time with the PS5.

If you want to see how much load time has improved compared to PS4, you should play The Last of Us Part II on both consoles. This game starts twice as fast on the PS5. Another example is Star Wars Battlefront II, which takes more than one minute on Playstation 4, whereas on PS5, the boot time is 33 seconds. The beastly PS5 processor combined with a state-of-the-art HDD makes all of this possible.

Backwards Compatibility

Sony has made the PS5 compatible with almost all PS4 games. The games work faster, and the overall experience is better, even if the games haven’t received any graphical upgrades.

The new PS5 works well with licensed PS4 accessories, so DualShock 4 will work great with PS5. The same goes for headsets and the new DualSense controller’s 3.5 mm audio jack.

It is important to note that the older controller version will only work with the PS4 games compatible with PS5 and not on the new PS5 titles.

Hardware and Design

The PS5 dimensions make it difficult to fit the console under the TV, but you can also display it more prominently since the design is rather sleek and sophisticated.

It can be placed to stand vertically or laid horizontally. Both the PS5 and the Xbox Series X are sizable consoles because the creators wanted to improve ventilation, which required using larger fans. Moreover, this reduced noise, making the PS5 practically silent in operation.

While some next-gen consoles are subtle-looking, the PS5 is anything but discreet. The futuristic aesthetic may not be to everyone’s taste, but it’s certainly eye-catching.

Many  PS5 components have been improved. The PS5 has a USB-C and a standard USB port. The buttons for ejecting disks and turning the console on are shaped like a pill. There are two USB slots around the back of the console, the HDMI 2.1. and an Ethernet connection. Wi-Fi 6 is supported.

When it comes to storage, an 825 GB SSD is available for storing the games. However, only 667.2 GB is usable, as the rest is used on the OS and settings. The PS5 has 16 GB GDDR6 RAM plus a secondary 512 MB of standard DDR4 memory.

PlayStation 5’s size is 400 mm x 104 mm x 280 mm. The LED lights glow while you play, which is a nice touch.

The PS5 also offers a VR experience, which enhances gaming significantly. Many argue that VR is the future of gaming, and Sony is undoubtedly one of the technology’s biggest supporters.

The basic PS5 tech specs for its GPU (called Oberon) are 16GB memory, a core clock of 2233 MHz, and a memory clock of 1750 MHz.

DualSense Controller

Many gamers were delighted to see the new controller, which is one of the things that makes this console truly the next-gen. Adaptive triggers, haptic feedback, and built-in speakers work perfectly together, ensuring that the player has the best possible gaming experience.

Astro’s Playroom is a pre-installed game that shows how powerful PS5’s new controller is. While playing this game, you’ll be able to experience all the tiniest details, such as skating over ice, touching the sand, or walking in the rain.

Almost every detail can be felt through the controller’s feedback. PS5 specs are not just numbers – everything is combined to make the virtual almost feel real.

The DualSense can also be used on your PC. Moreover, the battery life has been significantly improved compared to the previous model. Our model’s battery ran out of power after playing Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Astro’s Playroom for 12 hours and 30 minutes.

The DualSense controller also has a built-in microphone, which can be used for chatting while playing with friends.

Games and Apps

The PS5 library is made of cross-generation games. The PS5 standard for titles has raised the bar even higher than the previous consoles, featuring smash hits such as Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Demon’s Souls, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, Returnal, Destruction AllStars, and Grand Turismo 7. There are also excellent third-party games such as Resident Evil Village, Watchdogs: Legion, and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

Sony thought of everything this time – not just the games. If you decide to purchase the console after this PS5 review, you’ll have access to more or less every entertainment app you’ll need. Alongside Apple TV Plus, you can also use Prime Video, Netflix, and Youtube.

These apps work seamlessly, and the Media tab organizes them neatly together.

PlayStation Plus

Sony decided to change things up for PlayStation Plus as well. Everything from before stays the same, with an option to access PS Plus Collection games. If you buy a PS5, you’ll be able to enjoy some of the best PS4 games without any extra charge.

Some of the games you can play include Resident Evil 7, Days Gone, God of War, and Fallout 4.

Xbox Series X vs PS5: Specs and Comparison

These two consoles are in constant rivalry, both having their own advantages and disadvantages.

Their specs are very similar, but PlayStation 5 has a revolutionary controller and a better lineup of exclusives, while the Xbox has a fantastic Game Pass service and the brilliant Quick Resume feature.

The design language of the two consoles couldn’t be more different, and some will prefer the simplicity and unassuming nature of the Xbox X and S models, while others will praise the “edgy” look that Sony went for.

Sony PlayStation 5 reviews will usually cover this comparison, but the final decision will likely come down to your game preferences. The two consoles are rather evenly matched overall and cost exactly the same, after all.

Final Thoughts

The PS5 is a powerful console, and the fact that it’s often out of stock only shows how well-received it is. There are numerous improvements over the previous iteration of the Playstation across many different aspects, from interface to hardware.

Although there is still room for improvement, Sony has managed to create another console that will be a hit with fans everywhere. Say goodbye to endless loading screens and annoying buffering; this machine is fast, revolutionary and as entertaining as ever. It’s not just the PS5 specs, either:  this is simply a masterfully designed console with innovative ideas and creative design.


FAQ

How much RAM does the PS5 have?

PS5 has 16 GB of GDDR6 memory as the main pool and 512 MB of secondary DDR4 memory.

What GPU is the PS5 using?

The PS5’s GPU is called Oberon. It’s equipped with 16GB memory and has a core clock of 2233 MHz and a memory clock of 1750 MHz. 

What CPU does the PS5 have?

The PS5 has ​​a custom AMD Zen 2 8-core/16-thread CPU with a max clock of 3.5 GHz.

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Overall Score: 9

Price: From $499.99

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