Is the Playstation 5 Worth Buying?
It’s been nearly half a year since the Playstation 5 launched. Despite being plagued by abysmal availability due to scalping, the next-gen console has broken records in terms of sales. It’s clear that it’s a winner. The hassle of picking one up, however, is still there, undoubtedly posing the question of whether it’s worth going through the trouble.
Let’s break down some of the most important reasons why the Playstation 5 is worth buying.
Games are Coming
As a lot of current PS5 owners will tell you, there’s a bit of a lack of true next-gen titles on the Sony device. That’s not even an exaggeration. The number of true PS5 games that aren’t also available on the PS4 is staggeringly low, with Demon’s Souls being the only real title going ga-ga over. Mid-to-late Spring 2021, however, is seeing a few great titles, like Returnal and Deathloop, arriving as true next-gen games. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is also slated for an early Summer release, promising to be a true showcase of the console’s potential.
Upgraded & Boosted PS4 Titles
That isn’t to say that titles available on both the Playstation 4 and Playstation 5 are necessarily equal in terms of experience. Miles Morales, for instance, takes advantage of the DualSense controller’s haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. It also offers the unique option of playing the game in performance mode at high frame rates or fidelity mode with better visuals.
A lot of PS4 titles have also been receiving upgrades that take advantage of the PS5’s better specs. In a lot of cases, such as Control: Ultimate Edition, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and Yakuza: Like a Dragon, they have received or are receiving this upgrade for free if you own them on the Playstation 4. Even if you don’t own a 4K TV or monitor, you can still experience upgraded games with better graphics at 60 fps.
Finally, several titles on the PS4 benefit from the PS5’s Boost Mode. This will typically vary from title to title. Ghost of Tsushima, for instance, can be played at 60 fps on the next-gen console, while Days Gone can also run at 60 fps and take advantage of dynamic 4K.
Without a doubt, the best place to experience the PS4 library right now is the PS5.
Insanely Fast Loading Times
One of the big game-changers of the Playstation 5 is its custom SSD drive. This enables the console to load games and game elements at lightning-fast speeds. We’re not even being dramatic. We observed huge differences between the PS4 and PS5 when loading into cities in Final Fantasy XIV. On top of that, notoriously buggy games, such as the much-maligned Cyberpunk 2077, run far better thanks to the console’s high-speed loading capabilities that allow for more graphical elements to render properly.
The Final Word
The Playstation 5 is a great console and definitely one worthy of the next-gen moniker. That being said, depending on your situation it may or may not be a buy worth making at the moment. If you’d love to experience your existing PS4 library with higher graphical fidelity, resolution, and frame rate, then it’s definitely worth the money. Even if you’re new to the Playstation ecosystem, Sony has made the PS Plus pot very sweet with its PS Plus Collection library. In either case, you’ll be greatly rewarded for your early adoption when the next-gen titles start rolling in soon. However, if you’re not fussed about the upcoming titles, then the purchase may not be worth it at the moment.