The PS5 is merely few days away now and we finally have all the bits and pieces of information we need. We know about its user interface, price, specifications, launch game and release date. So let’s talk about all the things you need to know before you buy the new PS5.
What’s inside the box?
PS5 is a huge console when compared to PS4 so the overall dimension of the box is huge as well. To be exact, the height of the box is 43cm, the width is 47cm, depth is 18cm and it roughly weighs around 6.7 kilograms. Now, once you open the box, you are introduced to the user manual, console, new Dual sense controller, a stand to support PS5, a HDMI cable, power lead, USB C to USB cable.
Astro’s Playroom comes pre-installed on PS5 which showcases what the new machine and the new Dual sense controller has to offer.
The overall look and the feel of PS5 is quite different from its predecessor. The first thing you are going to notice is how big the PS5 is and how unique it looks it terms of design, something we haven’t seen before. The main reason why the PS5 looks so big is because of their new cooling system, so that heating and noise issues can be resolved. But that bigger design also comes at a cost, as you might not be able to fit the console on your desk or your closet. PS5 can be placed both vertically and horizontally, but in order to do so you will have to mount the stand on the PS5 which comes in your box.
NEXT-GEN DUALSENSE CONTROLLER
To navigate through the UI and to play games PS5 comes with a gamepad- namely, the new Sony DualSense Controller. The DualSense is quite similar in hands to DualShock Controller, which was shipped with Ps4.
The new DualSense Controller is on a whole new level and is quite different from what we have seen before. DualSense is fairly light-weight and balanced. While the majority of the controller features a matte white plastic finish, the bottoms of the grips have a slightly rougher texture which makes the controller easier to hold. The overall layout remains the same, such as the Touchpads and the joystick. The DualShock 4’s “share button” has been converted to the “Create button” on the DualSense, though it has similar functionality.
Sony has decided to ditch their color scheme of red, green and blue on triangle, circle, square and cross buttons which was found on the previous generations of controller and have decided to go with a Two-tone color scheme which matches with the overall looks of PS5.
Now, let’s talk about the haptic feedback Sony has been boasting about. The new haptic feedback really feels like next Gen and it’s not just the Traditional rumble, but it gives different levels of feedback depending on what’s happening in your game and on what surface you are walking in the game. The controller also have “Adaptive triggers” that can simulate different levels of resistance and tension when you are pulling back the bow or shooting in a game. Astro’s Playroom really showcases what the new controller can do and even Call of Duty Cold wars does a pretty good job of utilizing the adaptive Triggers and Haptic Feedback technology.
The DualSense also has a built-in microphone in addition to a speaker, but there’s still a 3.5mm headphone jack that you can plug your headphones into, if you prefer. It’s also the first Sony controller with a USB-C port.
USER INTERFACE AND FEATURES
Design is one thing, but what can really elevate the console charm is the features it has to offer and its overall user interface and PS5 exactly does that.
The PS5 innovates on what Sony’s console has done in the past, so it might take a minute or two to get used to some new user experience. For example, the PlayStation button on controller no Longer brings up the quick menu, but instead brings up a new control Center.
One of the most important new feature Sony has introduced is PlayStation cards, with most unique being the ‘Activity card’. These cards have lots of features such as tracking your Trophies, In-game Challenges, jumping to Multiplayer, and you can even track how much percentage of the game you have completed. You can even watch your Friend’s gameplay using Picture-in-Picture mode, which is a really cool feature. By pressing down on the D-pad or flicking down on the analog stick, you can see the available Cards at a glance, circumventing the need to visit a game’s main menu or a particular mode to find out what’s going on.
Overall, the Cards are a really useful addition, which adds a sense of verticality to the user interface and maintain the overall aesthetics of the interface. Other than that, the features which were available on PS4 are still available on PS5, like easy video sharing.
STREAMING VIDEO SERVICES AND OTHER APPS.
Modern age consoles can do a lot of things other than gaming, they can be used as a streaming video player.
Right now, you will be able to find a lot of supported streaming services on PS5 such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon prime, Disney Plus, Peacock and Apple TV. You can even find some niche services such as Twitch, Crunchy Roll, and WWE Network.
One might say that’s a lot of services, but the problem is we don’t know which all streaming services will be available in India. Secondly, not all these apps will be able to run 4k/HDR content, Apps such as Netflix, Amazon prime can run 4k/HDR content but that’s all I guess, for now at least. Support for Dolby Atoms or Dolby Vision is not available right now in India, but in future updates they might make it available.
PS5 is like the middle child in terms of Streaming services as it can run most of the things mentioned above, but it can’t beat the dedicated streaming devices such as NVIDIA shield, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV or the new Roku Ultra.
In terms of performance and specifications, PS5 is a really impressive piece of hardware. There’s the new custom RDNA 2 GPU that can push 4K resolution at 120 frames per second, and the octa-core AMD Zen 2-based CPU with a 3.5GHz clock speed. Add that to on 16GB of GDDR6 memory and 825GB NVMe SSD. Now that’s what makes it awesome!
But the problem with these generations of consoles is the Storage capacity, as PS5 comes with only 667.2GB of usable storage; which means you will be able to store around 16 games which are: Astro’s Playroom, Spiderman Miles Morales And various PS exclusives such as God of war, Uncharted and many more. Obviously your mileage will vary depending upon the types of games you install.
It is possible to upgrade the internal storage via PlayStation certified NVMe SSD, but the problem is that there is no SSD available at launch of PS5 so you might need to wait for few months before Sony decides to launch the new NVMe SSD.
You can use your external HDD in your PS5 to load some games, but keep in mind you won’t get that lighting Fast load time that you get from the in-build SSD.
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|
|Ghost of Tsushima||1 minute 4 seconds||1 minute 10 seconds|
|Days Gone||1 minute 18 seconds||2 minutes 54 seconds|
As you can see from the above charts, Load times in games like Marvel’s Spiderman Miles Morales is instantly reduce to few seconds and in game load time have completely disappeared thanks to the new NVMe SSD, and this will only get better in future.
Now, talking about graphics and performance Astro’s Playroom is locked in at 60 fps at 4k which is really a good looking game. While Spiderman Miles Morales get two graphics options which are Fidelity mode and performance mode. In fidelity mode, players will be able to play the game in 4k, 30 fps with Ray-Tracing On. Fidelity modes really showcases what PS5 can do with Ray-Tracing and the overall output is really phenomenal. In performance mode, players will be able to play in 4k, 60 fps, but Ray-tracing will be turned off. Overall, the textures and lighting looks really good and the new facial animation looks quite great as well. Overall, the Launch Title that is Spiderman Miles Morales looks great in whichever mode you choose to play in.
Some games like Devil May Cry V will also support 120 fps and Ray-Tracing, but do keep in mind to run all these games in 4k and 120 fps you will need a HDMI 2.1- compliant TV.
So what can be expected from this generation of gamers is that, you will get faster loading times, a better Frame rate in Performance Mode and Higher target Resolution everywhere else. So it’s up to you which option you prefer.
Nearly every PlayStation 4 game will work on PlayStation 5. To quote Sony on the matter: “more than 99 percent of the 4,000+ games available on PS4 will be playable on PS5.” And some games will even run on Higher Frame Rates on PS5 thanks to Game Boost which Sony has introduced.
You will be able to play some PS3 and PS2 games on Ps5 through Sony’s PlayStation Now cloud gaming service, which Sony recently revealed would support the new console. But that’s it, when compared to Xbox Backward compatibility, Sony doesn’t stand a chance as Xbox does a really good job of backward compatibility and that’s a bummer for a lot of people.
Both versions of PS5 will launch on November 12th in USA, Japan, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea. They’ll launch on November 19th in the rest of the world.
There are few exceptions, such as in china Sony haven’t declare any official release date. Same is the Situation In India as the official release date yet to be announced.