After 7 years with the PS4, we’re about to enter a new chapter with Sony’s revolutionary new console, the PlayStation 5.
It’s the dawn of a new era. It’s the beginning of a new age. It’s evolution. It’s progression. The future of gaming is here.
Released alongside a plethora of games, including exclusive triple-A titles, the PlayStation 5 is a marvel – not only in terms of its capabilities and it’s graphics, but also in the looks department. It’s made to attract attention, and it does.
This is not a console you hide in the corner of a shelf. No, it’s meant to be placed in the centre of your home, in a position where it can be appreciated as a spectacle for all to see – illuminating in all its glory.
I imagine this is exactly what Sony had in mind when they created the PlayStation 5, easily their most attractive-looking console to date.
It’s not just about the teraflops, the high frame rates, or the megabit speeds. It’s about creating the ultimate gaming experience in the convenience and luxury of your very own home.
The way they’ve done this is by re-imagining the key parts of the PlayStation console gaming experience and enhancing features that needed refining. It’s not an overhaul. It’s advancement.
The PlayStation 5 is simpler to setup. The UI is easier to navigate. And the controller immerses you into every game you play.
The PlayStation 5 is huge!
As I mentioned in the unboxing article, the best way to describe the PlayStation 5 is BIG.
BIG in size.
BIG in design.
BIG is speed.
BIG in new features.
And, most importantly, BIG in games.
This is a console made to not only be a beast in size – it will dwarf every other console before it – but also performance. It’s fast. Very fast.
And it’s something you’ll notice from the very first time the console lights up in the distinct PlayStation blue.
The console boots up lighting fast. Faster than the PlayStation 4. Faster than the PlayStation 4 Pro.
It’s much easier to navigate.
Alongside the redesigned UI, which is much easier to navigate, the PlayStation 5 comes with a new PlayStation App. Install it to your phone and you’ll have all the controls and settings in the palm of your hand.
The app will notify you when your new games have downloaded, how far you’ve progressed, how many trophies you’ve collected, and even allows you to purchase titles from the store – all this without touching the console remote. You can even launch a title from it.
While this might not sound all that revolutionary, it all makes gaming more seamless.
And that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? Cutting load times, offering better sharing options, and making gaming an easier and more social experience.
With the PlayStation 5, you can switch between games easily. You no longer have to close one in order to open the next one. You can simply jump to the next game and pick up exactly where you left off.
The PlayStation 5 is out of this world.
Again, as I mentioned in the unboxing article, the most revolutionary piece of hardware is the DualSense controller. From the moment you hold it in your hand, you can tell that this is where most of the tech advancement has gone into. It’s really hard to explain but, when the vibration feedback kicks in, the PS5 controller transports you into the game.
It rumbles. It moves. It shakes. And it genuinely feels alive.
Swing around as Spider-Man in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and you can feel the wind brisk past you. Fight bad guys and you can feel a punch to the stomach. Climb walls and you can feel each step. Again, it feels alive.
And that’s not exclusive to Miles Morales either. It’s true for every gaming title I’ve had the pleasure of testing – Demon Souls, Sackboy: Big Adventure and Astro’s Playroom.
This, plus the realistic graphics and the fast load times, all make the PlayStation 5 an impressive console. Sony should be proud. They’ve created something special.
The big question is whether or not the PS5 is worth the asking price of R11,999, locally. The short answer is yes. The long answer yes, definitely.