A year has passed completely and completely since the launch of the new generation platforms PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, and millions of gamers have gone to buy the platforms as soon as they are released with huge amounts of money to experience the latest games and technologies. As a reminder, in this type of article we discuss all aspects of the platform to finally reach the final opinion: is the platform currently worth buying or not? We’ve already talked about Xbox Series X|S, and now it’s time to talk about PS5.
What did the PlayStation 5 do to make it significantly better than the PlayStation 4?
- The platform introduced many new technologies that were not possible before on home devices such as ray tracing technology and high-quality 3D audio, with an incredibly fast SSD that has the ability to dramatically reduce the size of games.
- Any game released on the device since November 2020 to this day has been running in 4K (or a resolution close to that) and supporting 60 frames per second with launch, even some popular games like Call of Duty and others supported 120 frames per second on the console platform, and this too It was not possible on any platform in previous generations.
- The platform also offered an impressive collection of games that were only available on it, such as Demon’s Souls Remake, Returnal, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, all of which have 86+ ratings.
- And the last feature is the Dual Sense controller, which some consider the best controller for a home device in history because it is full of new technologies that make the gaming experience more enjoyable, such as Haptic Feedback and Adaptive Triggers. Adaptive Triggers makes you feel the pull of a bow and arrow in a game like Horizon, or when you fire various shots from your weapons in Call of Duty. As for the Haptic Feedback feature, it gives you a distinct feel for the surfaces you are walking on in different games. For example, when you drive your car in the game Gran Turismo 7 that comes to us in March 2022, you will feel the difference when you are driving on sand, desert or grass.
PlayStation 5 is the most in-demand platform in the history of home consoles as it managed to sell more than 13 million copies in its first year of release. The demand for the device is increasing day by day and Sony cannot keep up with these demands especially due to the lack of manufacturing resources. In addition, many people buy the device at its original price and then sell it at a price that is twice as high (Scalpers). Despite this happening, players continue to buy the platform even at those exorbitant prices!
Have the developers been able to exploit the capabilities of the PlayStation 5 platform?
The answer is easy to this question, unfortunately not. Currently, the PlayStation 5 platform offers you higher resolutions and frames with some technologies as mentioned such as ray tracing. But if you decide to compare the overall graphics of any game between PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, you will not find the huge difference that makes you dazzle in the level of graphics. PlayStation 4 is still capable of displaying games with a world of detail and you will enjoy its graphics even in 2022.
Unlocking the capabilities of the PlayStation 5 platform will not happen until 2023 when all developers have finished releasing their games on the previous generation and put all their focus on the new generation. At that time, we will find a giant graphical shift that brings the gaming world closer and closer to the reality we live in. Ray-tracing technology still needs major improvements in order to work in the best possible way and take advantage of the least power possible from the specifications of any device you are working on. This applies to any new technology that has been introduced or will be introduced on new generation platforms.
If you have purchased a PlayStation 5, we advise you to enjoy Astro’s Playroom. This game is a completely free trial that you will find on your device’s hard drive as soon as you start it and its main goal is to show off the capabilities of the Dualsense controller. Team ASOBI (developer of Astro’s Playroom) is arguably the best studio that has harnessed the capabilities of the Dualsense controller to date. This happened at the beginning of the PlayStation 4 generation, where we saw many uses of the touchpad in the hands of the Dualshock 4 controller, but with the passage of months and years the studio began to move away from adding touch features in its games and the main use of the touchpad is to open the map, for example, in some games.
What services does the PlayStation 5 offer?
Unfortunately, Sony has not created a new service to launch with the PlayStation 5 to compete with Xbox Game Pass. Currently, you can subscribe to two services on the platform, the first is the PlayStation Plus service, which allows you to try online Multiplayer modes of paid games and offers you two or three games per month that you can add to your account and enjoy them throughout the period of your subscription to the service.
As for the second service, it is PlayStation Now, and it is the closest to Xbox Game Pass. PlayStation Now offers you more than 500 games and about 4-8 new games are added every month. Although the service is well priced and offers good games, it is not as powerful as the Xbox Game Pass. The Xbox service adds dozens of games per month, and you can take advantage of all first-party exclusives at the time of release. PlayStation Now may one day reach the level of Xbox Game Pass, but that will only happen if Sony decides to add all of its exclusives to the service like Xbox does today.
Would we advise you to buy the PlayStation 5 now, after a year of its launch?
The objective and logical answer would definitely be no especially if you own a PlayStation 4 / 4 Pro. You still have a great device that will be heavily supported by first- and third-party developers until late 2022. Sony itself will be supporting the device by releasing many great exclusives on it over the next year such as Horizon Forbidden West, God of War Ragnarok and Gran Turismo 7. Plus, we We will also see the online multiplayer mode of The Last of Us Part II on the platform.
If you own a PlayStation 4 console, we advise you to continue to save your money for the time being as the PlayStation 5 is selling at exorbitant prices, and you really don’t need it right now as the 2022 exclusives are all coming to you.
We know that upcoming games like God of War Ragnarok, Horizon Forbidden West, and Gran Turismo 7 will offer higher resolutions and frames with relatively better graphics than PlayStation 4, but the game’s content, story, and gameplay will remain the same on both platforms. Even the studios developing the 2022 games promise that they will deliver great graphics and detail on PlayStation 4. If you own a PS4, the best time to buy a PlayStation 5 is one year from now (late 2022) so you’ll have taken everything your PlayStation 4 has to offer to the last minute. , then update to the new generation to enter the year 2023 and its giant games like Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 with a device capable of running them.
If you don’t own a PlayStation 4, we can’t convince you not to buy a PlayStation 5. Now is the time for you, as someone completely new to the PlayStation world, to experience the exclusives released earlier, and prepare yourself for the games of years to come.
10 games in particular that we recommend you to try if you are completely new to the world of PlayStation and its exclusivity:
- God of War 2018
- Ratchet and Clank 2016 + Rift Apart
- The entire Uncharted series
- Horizon Zero Dawn
- Marvel’s Spider-Man 2018 + Miles Morales
- The Last of Us Part 1 + Part 2
- Shadow of the Colossus
- Days Gone
- Final Fantasy VII Remake
The bottom line is that the PlayStation 5 platform did not provide the required innovations in the first year of its release, so that anyone who currently owns a PlayStation 4 does not need to sacrifice a huge amount to get a new generation device. Your 8-year device is still able to run games and will make you enjoy them, especially since the capabilities of PlayStation 5 Not fully exploited yet, and the console still offers a PS4-like experience especially if you’re playing on 1080p, my advice to you is to save your money.