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Playstation 5 (You Know, the Sequel to PlayStation 4)

Positronic Brain

Out Of Warranty
it's like two PS4s taped together! In volume, at least. This thing is huge. Like, pictures don't do it justice. It's a behemoth.

It's also an interesting machine with an interesting set of decisions. I don't know why they changed the way the PS guide button works to be less intuitive, or why there's not a generic trophy option in the menu. Or why there's no way to keep a PS4 disc game from installing when you are only using the disc to unlock the PS5 versionm.

But it has some really nice details. It's ridiculously silent. The setup is a snap! And activities are nice, although I haven't seen the promised time estimates in the one game I've tried, Astro's Playroom.

Which, to be honest, is a really nice surprise! It's been so long since consoles came with a pack-in, and this is a very charming platformer full of references to PlayStation story. It's basically a Dual Sense tech demo, but it's a charming and fun one. And I have the GPU song stuck in my head.

So, how's been your PS5 experience so far?


False is the dawn that promises anything
I've heard the fan kick on maybe a handful of times during Demon's Souls and AC: Valhalla but that was after playing for hours, and the fan never stays on for long nor is it loud, which is far more than I can say for the PS4. Yes, the system runs quiet otherwise. Loading times in both of those games are not eliminated but are barely perceptible.

My favorite feature thus far is probably the DualSense. I have a tendency to turn off vibration immediately in any game I play but the haptics in this thing have been so nice, I haven't been tempted to turn them off, especially in Demon's Souls where you can feel the chug-chug of the elevators or the roar of the dragon. In addition to that, the Tempest 3D audio is actually pretty cool. I don't care to play with headphones but I started up Demon's Souls with them on, just to try out the audio, and I was fairly impressed. I don't think it was game changing but it certainly made the world feel fuller, richer. I'll have to give it a go in some other titles to really get a bead on it but it piqued my interest enough to consider seriously looking at a 7.1 surround setup.

I haven't tried any PS4 games on it yet because I suspect some of them will be getting patches for PS5 play but I'm curious about revisiting (and maybe finally finishing) Horizon Zero Dawn on this system. Also curious how Overwatch fares here; some of the loading/rendering in that game is bad even on a PS4 Pro (when compared to a One X and certainly PC.)