The next generation consoles are finally here after 7 years. And of course, the Playstation, as the most selling console of the last generation is having the most attention with their new Playstation 5.
Playstation 5 comes in two models, the standard console with Blu-ray drive for $499, and the digital edition without Blu-ray drive for $399. With the second one you will need to buy all games digitally. It is released on the 12th of November in selected markets, including the United States and Japan, and on the 17th of November globally. So let's see what the new generation console is offering.
The new console can either have a Blu-ray drive or not, but both versions come with NVMe SSD. Both consoles have the same computing specs which are powerful enough to run games at 4K, 60 FPS.
Playstation 5 offers a Zen 2 based CPU with 8 cores at 3.5 GHZ, 16 GB of GDDR6 RAM, and a custom AMD GPU with an RDNA 2 architecture, having a computing power of around 10.28 teraflops. Playstation 5 brings ray tracing to consoles for the first time. It’s a highly demanded graphics technology NVIDIA RTX is famous for. The technology is powered by GPU to generate real time reflections that give an unparalleled feel in games.
Playstation 5 comes with an SSD that makes loading time faster, both starting the game and in the middle of it. PCs have been using SSDs for a while. Luckily SSDs are added in new generation consoles at cheap prices.
According to Sony's demonstration, the fast loading in Spider-Man that took 15 seconds on Playstation 4 with an HDD, will take just 0.8 seconds on Playstation 5 with SSD. Because the SSD storage is less than a terabyte in size (it’s possible to buy a larger SSD), the company is introducing the ability to configure downloads. This means you can download only the single player campaign of a certain game and ignore its online mode or vice versa. It also means you can delete the single player story or the multiplayer files at any time you want.
Sony has ensured the launch of Playstation 5 console is accompanied by some big games. These include the exclusive Spider-man: Miles Morales and Godfall, which launches also on PC. Other big games coming at the launch time include Cyberpunk 2077 as one of the most awaited games, also Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, Watch Dogs Legion and Call of Duty: Cold War.
The company has revealed more exclusives coming to Playstation 5 and Playstation 4 next year. These include the stunning Horizon: Forbidden West. The company is expected to reveal a new God of War game next year. Sony has also revealed Hogwarts Legacy, a new title set in the world of Harry Potter a century before the main character. This game is not a Playstation 5 exclusive.
Playstation 5 is backward compatible with Playstation 4 games, except a list of games that Sony has revealed. The 10 games that won't be backward compatible are:
The company has also revealed that cross generational play is supported. It means you can pick up games where you left on Playstation 4 and vice versa.
Sony doesn’t seem to bring a whole library of backward compatible games, unlike what Microsoft did since the last generation with Xbox. Playstation 5 won’t support the Dualshock 4 controller of the PS4. Another big feature of Playstation 5 is that it supports PSVR. The company confirms that it will keep enhancing the player's VR experience without a new VR hardware.
The new Sony console comes with a new controller called the DualSense. It offers haptic feedback, adaptive triggers and a high quality microphone array. The Share button is replaced with the Create button. The haptic feedback of the DualSense controller lets players enjoy a broader range of feedback while gaming. It means you will feel more difference between a car hit and a ball hit. The adaptive triggers feature has been integrated into the L2 and R2 buttons on the top. They allow developers to set the resistance of the triggers depending on the situation, leading to a more immersive experience.
The new interface of Playstation 5 is more dynamic, bringing many new features like the Control Center. It appears on top of games and lets you have access to settings, downloads and friends list, without actually closing the game. It also introduces the activity cards, which will let you jump into rewarding activities in games or view things you missed. You don’t have to leave the game for this, as they are viewed as picture.
Game Help also brings a new experience with walkthroughs and tips. The screen sharing feature has been overhauled to become much better.