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PlayStation 5 – What to expect?

Nearly seven years to the day after Sony released the PS4, the electronics giant released the PS5 on November 12, 2020. The console is a re-imagination of the PS4 and delivers a wealth of potential for the future of gaming. Although the first run of PS5 games is limited, there is a lot of promise behind the new console and what is on the horizon.


PS4 may be just seven-years-old and still releasing a wealth of games, but the PS5 offers a lot of potentials. As the number of games increases for the all-new console, you may have plenty of reasons to purchase a PS5 now.


What’s inside the PS5?


There are plenty of reasons to grab a PS5 sooner rather than later. The console has fast load times and a user interface like never before. Its focus is on new-gen gaming and producing an online gaming experience for the future. It comes with a super-fast NVMe SSD and a powerful GPU. The upgrades enable higher frame rates and ray tracing.


You will also notice slight touches like a built-in microphone on the console’s controller. Now, you do not need a headset to communicate online with other gamers. Rather, you can speak through the microphone instead of using the cumbersome headset.


One of the first aspects of the PS5 that you may notice is it is streamlined – though not in physical size. The future of gaming is smaller, less equipment, and full of power. The console has a mammoth 667.2GB and 16GB of GDDR6 memory.


Although the console looks attractive, it is large in size. In fact, it is the largest PS console Sony has released. The size unfortunately can make it an eyesore in rooms in which the entertainment center has been streamlined to look minimalistic. In spite of its size, the PS5 runs smoothly and quietly.


PS gamers should rejoice to know that the system is backward compatible. This means that PS4 games can be played on PS5. You can download the games you previously purchased from the PlayStation Store for PS4 to play on PS5. Moreover, you can play PS4 discs on the PS5.


What is PS5’s price?


Seven years ago, when the PS4 launched, it cost gamers $399 US. In 2020, gamers can expect to spend $100 US more on the PS5 console than they did on the PS4. When it launched on November 12, the PS5 debuted with a price tag of $499, a high price that is likely to keep some gamers from immediately running out and picking one up.


The Standard PS5 comes with a 4K Blu-ray disc drive. There is another option for gamers, a slightly cheaper one at $399 US, that comes without the 4K Blu-ray disc drive. Picking up one of the Digital Edition consoles rather than the Standard Edition may be ideal for gamers seeking an excellent experience with slightly fewer bells and whistles; especially if their PS4 has some serious miles on it.


Is it worth the price?


Purchasing a PS5 is truly up to the gamer and the experience each player wants. The PS4 is an established console while the PS5 has potential. It could be a year or two away from reaching its full promise, however. If you are a gamer that wants to take things to the next level or an early adaptor to new tech, then it is certainly worth your money now. Otherwise, waiting for more games to be released may be worth your while.

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