Sunday 29 November, 2020

Playstation 5 Fever – What's all the fuss?

via Sony

via Sony

Gamers from all over the world have been waiting in anticipation for the release of the Sony PS5 since it’s announcement.

Sony unveiled not one, but two editions of the PlayStation 5 at the June 11 Future of Gaming virtual event: a version with a disc drive priced at US $499 and a digital only edition for US $399.

Since then, it has been a battle of who deserves a PS5. Many have posted memes on social media stating if their girlfriend or boyfriend doesn’t get them a PS5, then they’re not the one. Others have shown people willing to do anything for the game. But why the fuss over a game? Let’s take a closer look at what makes the PS5 so special.

At first glance, the sleek, sexy design of the PS5 is what really catches your attention. The curvy mixture of black and white plastics with blue highlight lighting, it’s far removed from the ‘black box’ designs of previous PlayStation consoles.

The console’s white and black design matches the controller and stand vertically. The top of the PS5 unit also appears to include vents for heat dissipation, with USB-A and USB-C ports at the front. Sony has also created a few high-tech accessories to compliment the game’s unique design including a DualSense charging station, a new HD camera, a Pulse 3D wireless headset, and a media remote which will be priced separately.

When it comes to gamers, the physical console design isn't that important but specs are what can ultimately make a gamer fall in love. The PS5 is rocking an AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores at 3.5GHz, 16GB of GDDR6 memory, and a custom RDNA 2 AMD GPU that puts out 10.28 TFLOPs of processing power.

That might sound like nonsense if you're not up on this kind of jargon, but prospective PS5 players have a lot to be excited about. It means that gamers can look forward to smooth gameplay and next-level graphics for launch window titles like the Demon Souls remake, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Spider-Man: Miles Morales, as well as Triple-A games coming next year like God of War Ragnarok, Horizon Forbidden West and Resident Evil Village.

The PS5's backwards compatiblity is another win for gamers. It will launch with support for the majority of the top 100 PS4 games, but it's been suggested support will extend to most of the PS4's library. No such luck for original Playstation, PS2 and PS3 backward compatibility though.

Sony has officially confirmed that the PS5 release date is November 12 for the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Mexico and South Korea, while the rest of the world will have to wait a week for the PlayStation 5 to arrive on November 19.

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