I was fortunate enough to pick up a PlayStation 5 over the holiday period and have spent the last few weeks putting in some hours, getting to grips with this next generation console.
I opted for the disc drive version of the PS5 and visually I think it looks great. Whilst eyebrows were raised initially with the appearance of it looking a bit like a Wi-Fi router, the PS5 looks at home nestled in my TV cabinet. With the PS5 packing serious amount of power, means that the PS5 is bulkier than its predecessor so at first I was worried it may not fit into my TV cabinet but thankfully it just squeezed in (unlike the beefier Xbox Series X!).
Every time I play on the console I am still blown away by the DualSense controller. The DualSense controller has adaptive triggers with haptic feedback which makes gaming more immersive than ever. When playing Astro’s Playroom for example and drawing an arrow from a bow in game, the controller outputs the same tension and feeling as if you were to draw an arrow in real life. This absolutely changes the way in which games are played. Games that utilise the DualSense controller to the maximum of its capabilities, like Astro’s Playroom, become so captivating and enchanting that gaming essentially becomes a 4D experience.
The System Software
The whole UI has had a complete overhaul and the new home screen looks beautiful. Each game has its own splash screen which is a major improvement on the fairly statics screens on the PS4. The Control Centre from the PS4 interface has now gone and there is a much slicker menu section with the top level showing game related cards and the bottom level containing a row of icons including notifications, friends list and system settings.
One of the best parts about the removal of the Control Centre is that when a new trophy pops in the top right corner, pressing the PS button opens the trophy details up in further detail but the game still continues. On the PS4, bringing up more details on the trophy would take the player to the trophy menu and a new screen. The user would then have to switch back to the game to resume play. It’s neat little tweaks to the UI like this that make the whole PS5 experience so slick.
To date I have mostly been playing Spider-Man Miles Morales, Astro’s Playroom, Sackboy: A Big Adventure and a little bit of Fifa 21. All of the games, bar Fifa, are exclusive to PlayStation and whilst I wanted more exclusives released in tandem with the PS5, I would much rather receive the calibre of quality games we’ve received rather than rushed titles.
Astro’s Playroom comes pre-installed on every PS5 and whilst the game is only around 6-7 hours in length, it is a beautiful step into what next generation gaming looks like. I actually booted this up whilst I was waiting for Spider-Man to finish installing but got so hooked that I ended up completing the main story in one playthrough!
Sackboy is a joy to behold too, with the DualSense offering great feedback to players, again making the experience even more immersive. Likewise, Spider-Man uses the adaptive triggers when web-swinging and as whole, the game runs so smoothly on the new console. From the 8 or so hours I’ve played it’s a brilliant and logical follow up to the fantastic 2018 Spider-Man game.
Without getting too technical with teraflops and GPU’s, (because frankly I don’t know what half of them mean!) the PlayStation 5 graphics look beautiful. I’ve been playing at 4K at 60fps on my Sony XF70 and to date, have ran into no frame rate issues whatsoever. All the games I’ve played look like vast improvements on games played on the PS4 and I look forward to seeing what games will look like in the future.
The PlayStation 5 is a huge step in the right direction for gaming. It’s DualSense controller makes games more immersive than ever and it’s genuinely quality selection of launch games make the PS5 a must have piece of kit for any gamer.
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