November 12, 2020
Redesigned user interface for any game with stunning splash screens
PlayStation button has all new features
Integration of Spotify music returns on the PS5
Group chat gives you the opportunity to screen share
On November 12, 2020, the PS5 was launched in North America, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and New Zealand, just two days after the release of its next-gen competitors, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.
The console was released one week later on November 19 for the rest of the world.
To take full advantage of the console’s peak capabilities, you may indeed be tempted to run out and buy a 4K/120Hz TV with HDMI 2.1, but even without one, you will enjoy amazingly fast load times and a gorgeous new UI.
The PS5 feels like it was designed for ease of use as well as pure strength, from major improvements such as the super-fast NVMe SSD and powerful GPU that allow higher frame rates and ray tracing, to small touches such as the built-in microphone on the controller that can serve as a simple stand-in for a headset.
For the regular edition of the console with a 4K Blu-ray disc drive, you’re looking at $499.99/£449.99/AU$749.95 in terms of the PS5 price.
If that’s more than you want to pay, though, there’s the PS5 Digital Version as well, which doesn’t have a disk drive.
It costs $399.99 / £ 359.99 / AU$ 599.95, which saves over the regular model of $ 100 / £ 90 / AU$ 150.
That’s more than the PS4 and PS4 Pro launch prices, both of which came in at $399.99.
It’s still pricey, don’t get us wrong, but with what you’re getting, the price rise feels justified.
We appreciate that Playstation 5 went in a completely different direction in terms of design.
It looks crazy, but in this industry, we kinda need that stuff when it’s too easy for everything to look the same.
The PS5 would be in the heavyweight division if gaming consoles had weight classes. We measured it to be about 39 x 10.4 x 26 cm (H x W x D)-although the angled surfaces make it difficult to get an exact measurement-and it weighs in at 4.5 kg, giving it when you pick it up a noticeable heft.
The subtle lighting effect of the device, which produces a calming hue when the console is in service or resting mode, is one aspect that is a delightful touch.
PS5 is capable of running games of 4K/120fps gameplay.
It is also capable of outputting 8K resolution, but before it can do so, we will need to wait for a firmware update from Sony.
In fact, the only real problem with the spec sheet of the PlayStation 5 is that it only uses an 825GB SSD instead of, say, a 1TB or 2TB SSDD.
The decision was obviously made to reduce the cost of the console, but if you’re not careful about which games you keep loaded, you can easily run out of room.
You will be happy to hear that with your PS5 you get a DualSense controller in the package. The DualSense feels similar in the hand to the DualShock 4 shipped with the PS4, and for extended periods, we found it to be extremely comfortable to hold.
The two-tone color combination of the PS5 controller applies to the four face buttons, which still consist of the classic Triangle, Circle, Square, and Cross (or X); and these are now colorless, and remind us of the straightforward aesthetic of the PS Vita.
The new DualSense Controller feels like a revolution over the DualShock 4.
Battery life has been a monumental improvement over the DualShock 4 so far. During our research, we played through a handful of PS5 and PS4 games, including Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Astro’s Playroom, and after 12 hours and 30 minutes, the controller finally ran out of charge.
Design is one thing, but the feature set is what can really lift a console to the next level and, luckily, the PS5 delivers here.
This functions just the same as the fast menu, allowing you to access different sub-menus, such as your Friends list, ongoing downloads, alerts, and Spotify if you have your account connected.
You can also redesign the user interface for any game with stunning splash screens.
The PlayStation button comes with all new features.
Apart from gaming, the integration of Spotify music returns on the PS5.
PS5 allows you to chat with your colleagues and gives you the opportunity to screen share.