The PS5 has been Sony’s most anticipated console release of the year. With their previous console selling over 100 million, absolutely decimating the competition, it seems like Sony’s dominance in the console market has no end! Recently, however, with the growing popularity of Gaming PC’s and hardware advances, Sony’s base PS4 seems a bit outdated in terms of specs. The PlayStation 4 has had a long life span, but its glory days are reaching an end, and as technology advances, older hardware may not be able to sustain itself. Sony knows that the PlayStation 4 can’t live forever, so they have been working hard on a brand-new iteration of PlayStation known as the PlayStation 5.
The PlayStation 5 is said to have brand new features such as a new user interface, better graphics, and backwards compatibility with PS4 games. These are your typical new console improvements, but the backwards compatibility is definitely a welcome addition. A common critique/criticism of the PS4 was its lack of backwards compatibility which was a huge letdown during its release. This is not the case for the PS5, as you get full backwards compatibility with all PS4 games. This means you can play games from the previous generation. This feature does have its limits though; for one, you are not able to play Pre-PlayStation 4, meaning that you won’t be able to play PlayStation 3, 2 or 1 games at all.
Despite previous PlayStation generations being practically dead, there are still some great classics on previous generations of PlayStation that are often missed out on. It could be argued that Sony does offer PlayStation Plus, but that is subscription-based and not all of the Classic PlayStation games can be found there anyway. This lack of full backwards compatibility is a huge letdown in Sony’s department. Xbox, Sony’s competition, for example, offers full backwards compatibility with all previous Xbox series games making the library of games remarkable. Unfortunately, the PS5 does not have this luxury as the hardware is limited to PS4 games only. You could in theory emulate older PlayStation games, though don’t be surprised if Sony terminates your account. Overall, its lack of full backwards compatibility is a disappointment, but nonetheless, players will probably adjust to this defect over time.
The hardware for the PlayStation 5 is very impressive compared to the previous console generations. The PlayStation 5 specs are significantly more powerful than the PlayStation 4 hardware. This means that you will be getting very good performance and graphical capabilities. The PlayStation 5 comes with an AMD CPU clocked at 3.5 GHz, so you know you’re in for a ride.
The PlayStation 5 is a fairly good console but it isn’t without its flaws. While it may be a super popular and mainstream device, does that justify buying this console? Perhaps this list of pros and cons can give you a good idea of what you’re getting into.
- Easy to use/convivence
- Backwards compatibility with PS4 games
- Faster SSD
- Upgraded technology
- Compatible with streaming
- Exclusives (well that’s kind of a given)
- PlayStation Plus
- Graphics and Resolution
- It’s quite large
- Not all PS4 games are playable on the PS5
- Lack of full backwards compatibility
- Controller may be awkward for some users
Should You Buy?
Sony’s PlayStation 5, despite its minor flaws, is a great new iteration of the PlayStation series and has so many features that are hard to pass upon. Its lack of full backwards compatibility is a huge bummer, but likewise, its amazing hardware, streaming compatibility, and upgraded graphics are hard to pass up. As of now, prices for this bad boy are quite high, but once they lower down, I would highly recommend purchasing the PlayStation 5 as it’s a great gaming platform with solid performance, good graphics, and great exclusives on the way.
PS4 owners you might have to wait a while to ask yourself if the upgrade is worth it and if you are willing to make the purchase. Upgrading does have its benefits though, as you are able to transfer all of your PS4 data to the PS5 via the Cloud. This makes data transfer quite efficient. Along with getting your old data back, you will also be getting the added upgrades with the PS5, like better hardware, faster performance, streaming, PS5 compatibility, and more. Still though, at the high price it is currently at, some PS4 users might be better off just waiting until the price goes down.