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The Best And Worst Things About The PS5

The PlayStation 5 has been making waves in the gaming community since its release on Nov. 12, 2020. Every new console comes onto the market with its share of pros and cons — a key component to the ever-lasting console wars. The most important aspect of a console should always be quality.

The PlayStation 5 has been noted to have several advantages over its competitors, which is especially positive when you consider the console's hight price point. You would not want to spend a sizeable amount of money without knowing exactly what you would be purchasing. So even though the PlayStation 5 has numerous advantages over its competitors — how does it stand as a gaming system overall? Are the technological advances worth the money being spent? And more importantly, does it have everything you are looking for in a gaming console?

Here are the best and worst things about the PlayStation 5.

BEST: Exclusives, exclusives, exclusives

Sony and PlayStation are known for their abundance of exclusive titles. There will be various PlayStation franchises that will continue onward to the PlayStation 5. PlayStation 5 owners can expect to see familiar titles such as Gran Turismo, God of War, and Ratchet & Clank

Apart from the continuation of exclusive franchises, players will be able to enjoy the PlayStation 5's backward compatibility. Only a very short list of PS4 games won't be playable on the PS5.  

Probably one of the biggest features of the PlayStation 5 is its new DualSense controller. The DualSense draws much influence from the original DualShock of the PlayStation 4. The controller has been much improved with the newly added features that are designed to stimulate the senses and create a better immersive gaming experience. Critics have raved about the functionality of the DualSense, as well as the PS5's exclusive pack-in game, Astro's Playroom, which shows off what the controller can do.

WORST: Size matters

For everything that the PlayStation 5 did right, Sony sure got a good bit of stuff wrong. In fact, one of the biggest issues is probably the sheer size of the game console. The dimensions are astronomical when compared to something like the Xbox Series X. According to IGN, the dimensions of the console are roughly 15.74" x 8.79" x 3.97".  In other words, it's a bulky system, and owners of the PS5 should look to allocate enough space for the console. 

The PlayStation 5 was equipped with a lightning-fast solid-state drive. Players will receive quicker load times, but unfortunately, the drive is 825 gigabytes. That doesn't sound so bad, but players should know that a portion of that space will be specifically utilized by the formatting and operating system. Owners of the PlayStation 5 will be left with a measly 667 gigabytes of active game storage — hardly enough space for multiple AAA games, which continue to get bigger and bigger.

The PlayStation 5 has some definite drawbacks. Luckily, it also comes equipped with great features. It'll be up to you to decide.