More than four months have passed since the launch of PS5, and we have come across very positive things and aspects that are not so, and although there are still years ahead for the new Sony console, we believe that the time has come. to know its pros and cons.
If you already have a PS5, surely you are interested in knowing which are its best points and in which it should improve, and in case you do not have it yet, you are even more interested. Learn about the four pros and four cons of PS5 after the first few months of its launch.
Pros and cons of PS5 after the first few months
Before starting with the pros and cons of PS5, we want to mention a detail that has affected the video game industry in general. It is about the lack of stock of PlayStation 5 in stores around the world, which is why many of you still cannot enjoy the new Sony console. This is something that also affects Xbox Series X (its main competitor) and NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX graphics cards.
Jim Ryan, CEO of PlayStation, has spoken numerous times on this topic. The absence of semiconductors and the added problems in the factories have made PS5 very difficult to find in stores, and to that, we must add resale and the scourge of speculation.
However, it seems that this problem will be solved in the coming months. UK stores are restocking units more frequently. Of course, you will have to be quick and sharp if you want to get one.
Sony’s forecasts for the end of this month are to sell 7.6 million units of PlayStation 5, something they can achieve, although it will not be easy. At the end of February, the figures were almost 5.8 million consoles sold, so everything will depend on the stock available during this next week.
Exclusive PlayStation games
Sony continues to bet heavily on exclusive titles on its consoles. Although PS5 still does not have too many next-gen exclusives, the PlayStation releases for its two generations (PS4 and PS5) continue to deliver with the note. In November, we had Marvel’s Spider-Man Miles Morales, Demon’s Souls Remake, and Sackboy: A Big Adventure, with many more to come in the coming months.
Nor can we forget the hilarious Astro’s Playroom (which is included in the console), games like Destruction All-Stars or the imminent Kena: Bridge of Spirits, Ratchet & Clank A Dimension Apart or Returnal, and authentic bombs such as Horizon are already flying on the horizon II Forbidden West or God of War Ragnarok. Unfortunately, we will have to wait until 2022 to enjoy Gran Turismo 7.
The great novelties of the DualSense
One of the great novelties of PS5 is its DualSense controller which is an incredible improvement over the DualShock 4. With a very striking design and surprising haptic feedback, this controller is a giant leap for the PlayStation brand, changing even the shape of play with our PS5. We loved testing its adaptive triggers, zone haptic vibration, and other features.
Some things remain to be polished (such as battery life or drift issues) but the DualSense paves a new way for upcoming Sony PlayStation controllers. The best thing is that in the coming months’ titles such as Deathloop or Ratchet & Clank A Dimension Apart will arrive, which will continue to bet on these new functions that increase the player’s immersion in the titles.
New features like activity cards or game aid
Without a doubt, one of the most positive things about PS5 is its new features compared to PS4. The new Sony console has great surprises, such as the new Twitch app, the ability to record and share video clips or captures, watch videos while playing, or the interesting PS5 Remote Game. But if we have to choose, we are left with the activity cards and the game aid.
Activity cards give players new incentives to complete challenges, break their own records, collect the maximum number of trophies and chop for hours. And what about the Game Help, which allows us to see small guides (in text or video) to get a certain trophy or overcome a specific area, as we could see in Astro’s Playroom. Two very well implemented surprises.
The new interface and the benefits of the SSD
The intuitive and fast interface that Sony has included in PS5 is appreciated, which goes a step beyond what was seen on PS4. There are many shortcuts from the command itself, simple and aesthetic navigation, attractive menus, and functions that we can access in a few seconds. And all this is thanks to the fast SSD of PlayStation 5, which contributes to a better user experience with the console.
But the SSD is also a great advantage within video games themselves. The loading times of PS5 are almost non-existent, the performance much smoother than in PS4 and, above all, the ability to adapt the size of the games is another great incentive. For example, Spider-Man Miles Morales and Spider-Man Remastered occupy less on PS5 than on PS4, and the same goes for Control, the Remedy game.
Releases on both generations PlayStation
For Sony to release their games on PS4 and PS5 is a joy to many users, but also a potential drawback. A few months ago, PlayStation claimed that it believed in generations and that its great exclusives could only be played on PS5. That has not been entirely the case, as Sackboy or Spider-Man Miles Morales have appeared on PS4, and Horizon II and the new Ratchet & Clank will follow the same path.
Obviously, this can slow down visual advancements in new PlayStation exclusives. Although Demon’s Souls Remake or the upcoming Returnal cannot be played on PS4, there are still plenty of releases coming out for both generations. We are left in the eternal doubt whether launching Horizon II Forbidden West on PlayStation 4 is a good idea, and we will see how the game responds on that platform.
Errors and failures (Sleep mode, drift in the DualSense …)
It is common with the launch of a new console, and PS5 has been no exception. However, this time we find a good series of bugs and errors, more common than in the competition. From the early Sleep Mode (which we already showed you how to deactivate ), crashes and hangs, DualSense disconnection problems, error codes or controller drift problems.
Fortunately, many of these problems have solutions. We have already described the most common PS5 problems, and how to solve some of them, and hopefully Sony will fix these errors in the coming months. Cases of ” coil whine ”, excessive fan noise, and other cooling problems have also been reported on the Sony console.
Confusion when playing optimized PS4 titles and backward compatibility
When Sony confirmed that PS5 was not going to be backward compatible with PSX, PS2, and PS3, the disappointment was capitalized. Luckily, we can enjoy almost the entire PS4 catalog on the new console, with resolution and performance improvements. However, it is inevitable to feel sadness for not being able to play those wonderful classics, even more so after knowing that the PS Store of PS3, PSP, and Vita will close permanently.
As with the competition, on PS5 you can get free next-gen updates to many PS4 titles, such as Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War or Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. But the process is somewhat confusing (here we explain how to do it correctly ), and it has even been the case that you are playing the PS4 version of a game, instead of the PS5 version, due to confusion.
A PlayStation Game Pass is missing
We applaud Sony’s latest measures, including great games like Final Fantasy VII Remake in the free PS Plus games, or the Play at Home initiative, which allows us to keep titles like Ratchet & Clank (2016), Horizon Zero Dawn or Subnautica, forever. among many others. However … we miss a service of the size of Xbox Game Pass on PS4 and PS5, and PS Now seems insufficient.
Microsoft is turning Game Pass into a gaming fortress with continual new games (like the 20 new Bethesda titles) and service enhancements. With the transition to digital inevitable, we think that PS5 should have its own ” PlayStation Pass ”, with titles from all its generations, classics, enhanced games (such as FPS Boost), and additions on day 1 of launch.
Do you agree with these four PS5 pros and cons? What would you improve on PS5 in the coming months? Sony’s new console is a big step forward for PlayStation, with new technology, flashy exclusives, and a surprising DualSense, but there is still a long way to go in this next-gen. In your hand is the decision to get PS5 or decide on the competition … or get both, of course.