The next generation of games consoles starts now.
Here it is, the number one product this winter holiday season and, as such, the console gamers the world over are currently really struggling to land.
The PlayStation 5 is an absolute beast of a console in terms of proportions. This is a system that tops out at just under 40cm in height, and is 26cm deep, and 10cm wide – though the all-digital edition, which eschews the 4K Blu-ray drive, is a little slimmer. If you want something that’s compact and easy to conceal in your entertainment setup, the PS5 isn’t it.
It comes in a compartmentalised white cardboard box, which as well as securely holding the hardware, also delivers its base, DualSense controller, cables and paperwork. The base can be affixed to the console either in its vertical or horizontal orientation, although it’s obvious that the primary usage is for when positioning vertically. The base screws into the PlayStation 5 in the vertical position, and just clamps on to one of its flared case wings when displayed Horizontally.
Those wings have divided opinion, but we think that both its size, and futuristic, flared design, generate a sense of awe and power.
This is a special portal to another world of mind-blowing experiences, and it should be treated with respect as the piece of futuristic, almost alien technology it is. Its top-mounted vents, for example, look like they should be on a hypercar like the Pagani Zonda, while the tiny cross, triangle, circle, square, pattern on the inside of the console’s flared panelling is a really nice touch.
It’s a bolder design than PS4, and there must be some method behind the madness, as it runs more quietly than its predecessor. From a firmly practical point of view, you will need to think about where you can put this system in your setup. Its size will, most likely, make putting it in a TV cabinet impossible, and that might not be ideal for cooling either.
The way the gaming industry is going, this may be the last traditional console generation we ever see, and if it is then the PS5 will be a fitting swansong. Console generation wins aren’t decided on paper – they’re decided with real-world performance and, even more importantly, the gaming ecosystem itself. Without games and gamers, it doesn’t matter how strong your console is. The PS5, while not blowing anyone away with its launch game offering, does have a few more exclusive new titles at launch ,including the show piece cross-gen PlayStation exclusive Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. At launch, this gives the Sony system the edge in terms of software. For confirmed PlayStation gamers there can be only one choice in the next-gen of consoles, and that is the PlayStation5. It’s a great system today and, when a few of its minor annoyances, like low storage space, are rectified in the coming months, it is a console that is going to deliver epic experiences for both hard core gamers and the merely game-curious for years to come.
- Bold console design
- Powerful hardware
- Excellent controller
- Console is very big
- Limited storage
The PS5 console unleashes new gaming possibilities that you never anticipated