Everything you need to know about the PS5


Nic Gulizia, Editor

The PS5 has been out for over a year now, and even today it’s still extremely hard to purchase one. The supply of the highly anticipated next-gen console didn’t meet the demand, leaving millions of people empty-handed in the past year, many of them still looking.

Luckily, I was able to get my hands on one recently through Sony online. It matches up well against its current-gen counterpart, the PS4. 

Lots of gamers have been skeptical about whether the PS5 is actually worth the upgrade, or if it’s just a more expensive and fancy PS4. Countless people have called the PS5 a complete waste of money.

They couldn’t be more wrong. The next generation of gaming is in good hands with the PS5.

The next-gen console has incredible graphics in comparison to the current-gen. According to Jacob Roach, a writer at Digital Trends, the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) of the PS5 is about 8 times more powerful than the PS4, giving the PS5 an incredibly high graphical performance.

In my experience, the graphics of the PS5 are noticeably better than my old PS4. In every game, the clarity, smoothness, and colors make the gaming experience much more enjoyable and realistic.

Uncharted, Call of Duty, and the various sports games like Madden and 2k are just part of the list of titles that have clear and enhanced graphics.

The PS5 also supports 4k resolution, whereas the base PS4 only outputs up to 1080p.

The PS4 pro still costs about $400, and the PS5 comes in at about $500 and $400 for the digital version (no disks). At this price, you might as well buy the next-gen console since the prices are very similar and the PS5 can do everything better than the PS4, including backward compatibility for all its games.

Storage of a console is always important as it ensures that you have enough room to keep all your games and saved data. With the Playstation 4, your original storage is only 500 GB’s which isn’t that much considering some games can take up to 100 gigabytes of storage. 

However, the PS5 adds that additional boost of storage you will most likely need. It can hold up to 825 gigabytes, which is much more satisfying and not so worrisome. 

I’ve found that I have plenty of room for my games and data with the PS5, and I don’t have to worry about running out of room on my console storage.

Speaking of the games themselves, PS5 next-gen has a fairly good amount of games that have already been released, with even more games coming in the future. 

The loading speeds, graphics, and next-gen capabilities make gaming on the Playstation 5 even more enjoyable than before. For example, on MLB the Show 21, the PS5 has a feature where you can create your own stadium, a feature that the PS4 doesn’t have.

One of the more important aspects of a console, to many people, is the controller. The DualSense controller for the PS5 has a different feel and size than the Dualshock 4 for the PS4.

The feel of the controller and which one you prefer are all based on preference and your own opinion. I prefer the DualSense Playstation 5 controller since it seems to fit my hand more comfortably.  

Despite whatever controller you may like more, there are some undebatable features that the PS5 controller has. It has a built-in microphone and a button for muting and unmuting, unlike the PS4. The DualSense also has a “create” button that allows users to live stream their gameplay or share screenshots with other people.

Some other pros of the next-gen controller are better battery life, adaptive triggers, and different amounts of tension on your triggers depending on what you are doing in the game. 

I have certainly enjoyed these features on the new controller, putting it ahead of the old DualShock 4 controller for me.

Lastly is the noise the console makes. After a while of owning the console, the PS4 is super loud when loading up games. It is a much smaller unit, so the cooling system is not as effective as the PS5. 

The PS4 gives off tons of hot air and can change the temperature of the room very quickly. It gets annoying after a while when it sounds like a jet is taking off in your room.

Luckily, you won’t have to worry about that nearly as much with the PS5. The console is huge, and the fan is great. For me, the console is almost silent and does not give off hot air or change the temperature of the room. This itself was very refreshing for me. 

The PS5 is a big step in the right direction for the gaming community. For many, including myself, the next-gen console was completely worth it. Its price, graphics, storage, loading speeds, games, controller, and minimal noise are all huge upsides to the new face of gaming for the time to come.