New PS5 Console
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The PS5 has been out for several months now and has received some mixed reactions. Suppose you still haven't decided on purchasing Sony's next-generation console. In that case, this article will help you decide if the Playstation 5 is worth it. Let’s begin!

PS5 Pros & Cons

Huge Demand But No Supply

As you might know, the PS5 has been really hard to get a hand on. The demand for this console is incredibly high, but unfortunately, Sony’s supply is limited. So if you are lucky enough to secure a pre-order, you still might have to wait for a couple of weeks or even a couple month for it to arrive.

PS5 Performance

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If you have never experienced 4k gaming before, this would be a big step up. But quality isn't always a reason to buy the PS5. 4k gaming has been around for a while. The Xbox One X and the PS4 Pro already have this feature. Also, higher quality can take away from the experience of the frames per second (FPS).

Coming from the original PS4, I’ve seen a significant improvement with load times, FPS and image quality. If you have an 8k TV, that’s also available.

After using the PS5 for a couple of months, I have experienced a few crashes and software bugs, but there will be issues as any new product comes out. I’m just hoping the fixes come sooner rather than later.

Also, the amount of storage given for games is relatively ok if you only play a few games. After installing the software for your PS5, you are given 667GB SSD out of the 825GB SSD to use. With games like Call of Duty, which takes up over 220GB of storage, the balance might not be enough. GamesRadar goes into further detail about this.

At some point, third-party brands should be producing external SSDs that are compatible with the Playstation 5. Until then, you will have to pick and choose the game you want to play.

Future Versions

Hardware

The previous generations of consoles always came out with an improved version of the original console. For example, there were multiple versions post the original PS4 and the PS4 Pro.

So if Sony follows the same game plan, there should be an updated version of the PS5 in the future. Potentially being smaller, faster and more storage.

Am I being too optimistic?

I don't think so, the last PlayStation lasted 7 years, so there’s a lot of time for improvement. The only thing that they don't need to change is the Dual Sense Controller. The adaptive triggers and the overall feel of the controller is the best controller I’ve used.

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PS5 Games

As of January 2021, there still isn’t a lot of PS5 specific games. There are a few out there, such as Marvel’s Spider-man: Miles Morales and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – but the current game gallery is overrun with PS4 games. When the announced PlayStation 5 games have been released, that would be a time to get the PS5. You can see a full list of games from PSU.

TL:DR;

I wouldn’t recommend buying the PS5 just yet. I’d wait until there are either more PS5 specific games or an upgraded version is released. The console is great, but there are too many negatives as of now. With so little supply, it is too hard to get one in the first place.

If you are lucky enough and can’t wait for the next version, go right ahead. But, you have been warned about the low stock, limited PS5 specific games and storage constraints.

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