The elusive Playstation 5 beats past consoles, for now


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The PS5 is a definite upgrade, but needs more games to choose from to truly distance itself from the PS4.

The Playstation 5 has been released officially for almost two months, and it is still nearly impossible to obtain.

The new PS5 console has two different models — the digital version and the disc-drive version. The digital version costs $400 and the disc-drive version costs $500, if a customer is lucky enough to get their hands on one before bots and resellers clear out inventory.

It’s a small upgrade from PS4 to PS5 — in terms of performance and graphics — but an upgrade that’s worth purchasing as soon as stores have enough systems in stock.

There is a definite difference in graphics between the PS4 and PS5. Games that are specifically made for PS5 have moments which will leave the customer feeling satisfied with their purchase, which at $400-500 is a “treat yourself” item.

The difference between the PS4 and the PS5 isn’t worth $500, but it’s a worthwhile investment for anyone who plays console video games consistently and also uses streaming services instead of using cable.

The PS5-base version has more storage than the PS4, a much better dashboard and some new innovations, which make it worth the purchase. Additionally, the latest model will be the current generation of consoles for about seven years. 

One feature that sticks out the most of the new console is the controller. The new controllers have haptic feedback, which means vibrations from the controller will feel tailored to the game experience, as well as the triggers being more resistant and responsive to the user. 

Astro’s Playroom — a game that is pre-loaded onto PS5s — shows off the haptic feedback really well. The game uses different features of the controller in different platformer levels, taking the user through an adventure through Playstation and Sony history. 

The way the controller vibrates and changes intensities really works with the platformer format, making Astro’s Playroom’s strength an unexpected surprise for what seems like a throwaway game. 

While the PS5 excels in the new controller, it lacks in solid titles for the new system. There are some good options for someone looking to test out the strength of the system, but at the moment there isn’t a large game selection.

Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Demon’s Souls and Spiderman: Miles Morales are three games that have earned positive reviews on the new console. 

However, with only about 20 games for the new system, it is tough to get value out of buying a brand new console when there are only a handful of games people will find interesting.

Despite the new system being a definitive upgrade from the PS4 — at $400 minimum — it is tough to justify purchasing a PS5 right now. If someone wants to buy the new system, they should buy it only if they have the disposable income to comfortably drop almost $500. 

Even though the system has been impressive in numerous ways after launch, it’s very difficult to obtain and expensive to justify a small jump in performance. 

Those who aren’t too serious about video games or feel $500 would be a huge purchase should wait until the PS5 is more obtainable, and there are a wider selection of Playstation exclusives. Then they can truly get their money’s worth.