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PLAYSTATION 5: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SONY’S NEWEST CONSOLES
With the release of the PS5, PlayStation has finally entered a new era. This time around, Sony appears to be sticking with the strategy that made the PS4 so successful: selling consoles that can play first-party games from Sony’s storied franchises as well as great third-party titles. The PS5 will support high refresh rates, which should result in smoother gameplay and better graphics (if you have a display that supports those refresh rates). It’s also possible that the PS5’s custom SSD will revolutionize the design of games, allowing them to load much faster.
The PS5 has already been reviewed and found to be quite good. Compared to the PS4, the Xbox One’s new controller is fantastic, and the console’s user interface is simpler and more intuitive. There aren’t many next-generation titles yet, but the impression it gave us was excellent.
Both Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S are powerful consoles, but the Xbox Series X promises better graphics and faster loading times. You can play Xbox games on a PC, but the company doesn’t care if you do so through Xbox Game Pass, its Netflix-like subscription service. In contrast, the new Xbox consoles support backward compatibility with Xbox One, Xbox 360, and even some original Xbox titles.
Ultimately, we’ll have to wait to see which console is a better investment. In the meantime, though, here’s everything we know so far about the PS5. (Also, check out Sony’s PS5 FAQ for more information.)
THERE ARE TWO PS5 CONSOLES BUT THEY’RE LARGELY THE SAME
Sony’s upcoming next-generation console, like Microsoft’s, will be available in two configurations. There is a 4K Blu-ray drive available for $499.99 on the PS5. However, the Digital Edition PS5 is available for just $399.99, saving you a substantial sum of money (which also looks noticeably thinner than its more expensive sibling). The only differences between those two consoles, in contrast to Microsoft, are whether or not they feature a disc drive and their respective prices.
📰 Galactic Purple, Starlight Blue & Nova Pink PS5 console covers are available to preorder on PlayStation Direct
🗓️ Release Date: Jun 17, 2022
— PS5 In Stock Alerts (@PS5StockAlerts) May 17, 2022
Eight-core AMD Zen 2 processors power the PS5’s eight-core AMD Radeon RDNA 2 GPU, which provides 10.28 teraflops of raw power. As a result, when the PS5’s CPU isn’t running at full capacity, the graphics may be able to run at a slightly faster rate than normal. Even though this technical presentation (skip to 35:30) suggests that the difference is negligible, it’s worth noting:
Lastly, remember that revolutionary solid-state drive I mentioned earlier? Fast enough for developers to build levels without things like elevator rides or winding corridors that hide the loading of levels in the background, it has 825GB of storage and 5.5GB/s throughput. PS5 games loaded significantly quicker than their PS4 counterparts during our testing:
PS5 LOAD TIMES
|Spider-Man: Miles Morales||17 seconds||1 minute, 27 seconds|
|No Man’s Sky||1 minute, 34 seconds||2 minutes, 52 seconds|
|Final Fantasy VII Remake||35 seconds||1 minute, 29 seconds|
|Genshin Impact||59 seconds||2 minutes, 57 seconds|
|Ghost of Tsushima||1 minute, 4 seconds||1 minute, 10 seconds|
|Days Gone||1 minute, 18 seconds||2 minutes, 54 seconds|
|Death Stranding||54 seconds||1 minute, 50 seconds|
You should know, however, that some of that 825GB of storage space are used up by system data, meaning that you only have 667.2GB of usable space. With the ever-increasing size of games, you may quickly exhaust your available storage space. For example, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War consumes 133GB or about 20% of the console’s total storage space.
There will be no way to add more storage to the PS5 when it launches, but Sony-certified M.2 SSDs will be available in the future. For the time being, we have no idea when those SSDs will be available. Sony’s chief system architect Mark Cerny predicted that SSD testing would take place “a bit beyond” the launch of the PS5 in March of this year.
Xbox Series X will have a custom SSD with a less-than-ideal throughput of 2.4GB/s, but it has 1TB of usable NVMe storage. In practice, this could mean that the Xbox Series X has slower loading times than the PS5 based on several factors.
Quick Resume, a feature unique to the Xbox Series X and S, allows you to switch between games in as little as 10 seconds. Even if it’s not available in every game, it’s a useful feature When you start a new game on the PS5, you may have to wait a little longer for things to load.