The PlayStation 5 (commonly called PS5) is a console released by Sony in November 2020 and is the successor to the PlayStation 4. It is also the 5th home console in the PlayStation family and Sony's entry in the ninth generation of console gaming.
Why It Rocks
- It uses an all-new M.2 SSD, which not only has incredibly fast read and write speeds but also allows for new possibilities for games, such as hopping through dimensions in the upcoming game Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart.
- Outstanding hardware that is a massive improvement over the PS4.
- It uses ray-tracing graphics, which allows for more realistic shadows and reflections in some games.
- It supports up to 8K 120FPS.
- People who don't plan to use optical discs with their PS5 can save a hundred dollars (a hundred euros, ninety quid, or ten thousand yen) by choosing the digital edition.
- It's backward compatible with nearly every PS4 title, with some of them getting special enhancements. Many games such as Kingdom Hearts III and Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage, Final Fantasy XV, God of War (2018), and numerous others are able to maintain a solid 60fps on the PS5, something which even the PS4 Pro struggled to achieve.
- PlayStation Plus members that own a PS5 get unlimited access to a selection of PS4 games.
- Owning select PS4 games allows you to get a free digital copy of their PS5 versions.
- The controller is quite universal. It can reportedly work with other consoles such as the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 3.
- The controller also has new features, such as advanced haptic feedback and adaptive triggers.
- First PlayStation console to support Ultra HD Blu-ray playback.
- The faceplates on the console can be swapped out and come in many different designs and colors.
- Although you can use a DualShock 4 controller with the system, you can only use it for PS4 games.
- The free upgrade feature mentioned above won't work if you have the digital edition of the console and the physical version of the game.
- Despite being backward compatible with PS4 games, the PS5 does not support PS3, PS2, and PS1 games. The lack of compatibility for PS3 games can be explained by the different architecture which would make emulation difficult for a lot of games. However, PS1 and PS2 emulation has been done even by Sony themselves so they should have at least considered backward compatibility for those games.
- Speaking of backward compatibility, the PS5 can't play CDs at all, like its predecessor.
- Like its predecessor, this console still charges for online multiplayer.
- The cross (X) button is now used to confirm in all regions including Japan. It has received heavy criticism from Japanese players and media who are used to the circle button to confirm and the cross button to exit. The circle button was used to confirm in Japanese PlayStations from the PS1 to PS4.
- Due to the console's soaring demand by gamers, scalpers have been scrounging both versions of the PS5 through many online retailers and charging outrageous prices with some even costing over $1000 - to the dismay of many gamers who were hurryingly trying to buy them whenever it's available, especially at their launch prices.
- Even worse, According to Youtuber ReviewTechUSA, some of these PS5s have been reported stolen by Sony and gamers who do decide to purchase the console at these ridiculous price tags will sometimes, unknowingly, be buying a bricked console and it will be unable to access the PlayStation Network. This is especially worse if they have chosen the Digital Version because this version requires the PlayStation Network to download games.
- The design is kind of silly, as it kind of looks like a binder between 2 pieces of paper. It’s also unnecessarily large.
- The console currently only comes colored white and black, and Sony has threatened legal action against third-party makers of all black and other custom colored cases.
- Much like it's Predecessor, some games will be affectted by Sony' Censorship policy.
- The following PS4 games can't be played on the PS5 (this is not an exhaustive list):
- Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma Volume One
- TT Isle of Man - Ride on the Edge 2
- Just Deal With It!
- Robinson: The Journey
- We Sing
- Hitman Go: Definitive Edition
- Joe's Diner
- Assassin's Creed: Syndicate
- P.T. (because Konami won't allow it)
- THE PLAYROOM (requires PlayStation Camera)