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PS5 First Impressions: Does Sony's New Console Live Up to the Hype?

Brett Nichols

Posted on June 15, 2020 02:07

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My first impressions towards the PS5's look, games, pricing and it's overall "it" factor. While we see that it's cool, how much does it cost!?

 

Just a few days ago, Sony finally revealed its fifth iteration of the Playstation, the "PS5" -- as it is so aptly called. With a fancy and fast new SSD, haptic controller feedback, faster processing power, and a nice list of games -- including a new "Ratchet and Clank" game, "Resident Evil 8," "GTA V" (making it to release on three different generations of Sony's consoles), and the sequel to PS4's "Spiderman" released in 2018, focusing now on Peter Parker's eventual (and greatly anticipated) successor, Miles Morales -- to only name a few.

The PS5 looks sleek with its nicely polished black and white color scheme. It's actually the first time since the PS2 Sony has diverged from the pitch-black look for their base model systems. Sony also tends to usually release limited edition white consoles, so it looks like Sony is attempting to draw in two of their most predominant colors to draw a nice contrast between the old and the new. On a similar point of old and new, Sony has decided to give the PS5 backward compatibility, allowing for PS4 games to be played on it. They may be even faster than before with the PS5, specifically having faster loading times due to the new SSD. Backward compatibility was actually something that the PS4 lacked altogether and only some of the earliest models of the PS3 had to play games from the PS2 and PS1.

I have been a fanboy of the Playstation since the late '90s. Whenever I am bored, you betcha I go on Youtube and listen to the satisfactory sound of the PS1's startup music. However, one thing that worries me that has plagued Sony ever since the release of the PS3 is … expensive entry console prices. Where the PS1 and PS2 started at $299 (which -- to the broke post-grad -- it still holds a financial gut-punch. But, if it's between food or Playstation, you really have to take priorities into account -- Playstation first, of course. My belief in attaining a moderately affordable Sony console slowly diminished over the years when the PS3 started at the insane $499-$599 price range. And the PS4 only about a hundred dollars cheaper (better but still "meh"). Since the PS4 was cheaper than the 3 (a big, oddly-shaped large piece of shiny plastic), I was holding out this year for a more affordable price. Now that it is coming to the wire, I am starting to lose faith in Sony helping us … uh … poor people.

There has been no released price for the console but some websites are stating that the PS5 will cost even more, or about the same as PS4 at launch. Ultimately, here's to hoping that the PS5 will make the games of console's past speedier and seamless. As well as so that it's like we're playing new games all over again because Lord knows we won't be able to afford new ones after buying the PS5!

Brett Nichols

Posted on June 15, 2020 02:07

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