Whether you’re lucky enough to already own a PS5, or you’re still waiting to get your hands on one. We look at some of the best features and top-selling points of the PS5 since launch; not just right now, but also those to come.
It’s already been just over a month since the PS5 burst onto the scene in a blaze of high def glory at it’s launch. And although that’s only a little more than 31 days, it’s long enough for many gamers and reviewers to hail the PS5 as “the future of console gaming”.
Not only is the insanely fast SSD and wildly inventive DualSense controller massive plus points. But the fact that the PS5 is also capable of supporting 8K graphics? Mind = blown.
But as we all know, its launch hasn’t all been smooth sailing. Although some gamers have been lucky enough to get their hands on a console. It’s just a drop in the ocean compared to the number of people who are still hoping to score one. Whether this was part of Sony’s plan all along – to release small batches and effectively drum up hype and desire for them. Or if it was simply a production-related error… who knows. Either way, it seems like there’ll be a lot of disappointed gamers this holiday season.
But whether you’ve got one, are waiting to get one, or are still unsure whether you should get one. We’ve put together a list of the top things you’ll want to know: from the PS5’s specifications to the games we’re all itching to play.
Top things we’ve learned since the PS5 launch
The PS5’s specs are what’s really set this console apart. Although much of this was reported before launch, we now have the finalised, live specs. And what that actually means for your gaming experience.
We’ve featured them below (with a side-by-side comparison against the PS4 Pro’s specs) for anyone who just wants to geek out on the jargon. Or, for an explanation of how this will blow your mind in-game, keep reading.
The PS5 CPU is an 8 core AMD Ryzen based on 7nm Zen 2 architecture. This is insanely confusing to most but, to put it simply, it’s a massive upgrade.
Currently available Zen 1 chips are up to four times faster than the Jaguar CPU used in the PS4. The PS5 uses a Zen 2 chip which, in layman terms, makes it a Hulk of a machine.
A GPU is all about the graphics and boy, does the PS5 deliver.
As we mentioned earlier, the PS5 is capable of 8k graphics. That’s an astounding 7680×4230 or over 33 million pixels.
Sure, there may not be that many 8K TV’s out there right now. But this will downscale to 4K and even 1080p, meaning that your gaming experience will truly be taken up a notch, no matter what your current setup.
Put bluntly, your games are going to look sexier than Margot Robbie being given a sponge bath.
Perhaps the most impressive and quantifiable difference for the PS5 is the load times.
Mark Cerny (PS5’s lead designer) demonstrated a particular loading process on Spider-Man which takes 15 seconds to complete on PS4. The same process on PS5 took 0.8 seconds, thanks to its use of an SSD. This means the PS5 loaded nearly 19 times faster.
These lightning-fast load times mean gamers are immersed in their favourite games faster than ever before. Rumour has it that Sony is working to banish loading screens altogether.
Sony really has thought of everything with this console – even down to the audio.
Those of us who are into our first-person shooters will know how important sound is in-game. But Sony has transformed the gaming experience by developing their own proprietary 3D audio format for the PS5 called Tempest.
This is such a huge breakthrough, promising unprecedented levels of sonic immersion. Why? Because, to give an example, in a game with inclement weather, rain is usually uploaded as a standard audio file. But Tempest’s ability to deliver vivid, object-based 3D sound in games is so powerful, you’ll be able to hear exactly where individual raindrops are landing.
One of the big disappointments of the PS4 – at least in comparison to the Xbox – was its lack of backwards compatibility. Gamers like to be able to use their old library of games on the latest console.
Thankfully, the PS5 offers just that, with almost all PS4 games playable on the PS5 since launch.
Of course, the clue is in the word ‘almost’. Although we knew that the PS5 would be mostly backwards compatible. One of the things we’ve learned since it launched is the specific games which can’t be played.
At the time of writing, we only know of 9 which aren’t. They are:
- We Sing
- Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma Volume One
- Hitman Go: Definitive Edition
- TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2
- Joe’s Diner
- Just Deal With It!
- Robinson: The Journey
If any of these are among your top PS4 games, you may want to keep that in mind before upgrading to the PS5.
Likewise, there are also some PS4 games which may exhibit errors when played on the PS5. These aren’t necessarily major issues, but you may find minor graphical glitches or bugs.
The full list of all PS4 games that may exhibit errors on PS5 is as follows:
- A Summer with the Shiba Inu
- Active Soccer 2 DX
- American Ninja Warrior: Challenge
- Anomaly 2
- APB Reloaded
- Ape Escape 2
- Arcade Land
- India: Assassin’s Creed Chronicles
- Russia: Assassin’s Creed Chronicles
- Trilogy Pack: Assassin’s Creed Chronicles
- Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
- Assetto Corsa
- Assetto Corsa Ultimate Edition
- Atrapa La Bandera
- Batman: Return to Arkham – Arkham City
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
- Chicken Police
- Clan N
- Close to the Sun
- Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade
- Dead Island Retro Revenge
- Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition
- Xtreme 3 Fortune Dead or Alive
- Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Fortune Free-to-Play Version
- Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Scarlet
- Deliver Us The Moon
- Dino Frontier
- Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King
- Doki-Doki Universe
- DOOM VFR
- Dungeon Rushers
- DYNASTY WARRIORS 8 Empires
- Free Alliances Version DYNASTY WARRIORS 8 Empires
- DYNASTY WARRIORS 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition
- EVE: Valkyrie – Warzone
- Everybody’s Golf
- Feral Fury
- Filthy Lucre
- Frisky Business
- Game of Thrones
- Gensokyo Defenders
- Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions
- Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered
- Hardware: Rivals
- Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
- How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition
- Kickbeat Special Edition
- Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
- Left Alive
- Let’s Sing 10
- Let’s Sing 2018
- LittleBigPlanet 3
- Mafia III The Complete Edition
- Mafia III: Definitive Edition
- Metal Slug Anthology
- MLB 14 & 15 The Show
- MLB The Show 16 to 19
- NBA 2K19
- NBA 2K20
- Need for Speed
- NHL 19
- Nobunaga’s Ambition Souzou
- Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence
- OKAGE: Shadow King
- Operation Warcade
- Paddle Vs. Paddle
- Pinball Arcade
- PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate
- Pro Evolution Soccer 2018
- Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 LITE
- Project CARS
- Project CARS GOTY Edition
- Pure Hold’em
- World Poker Championship – Pure Hold’em
- Pure Pool
- Realm Royale
- RIGS Mechanized Combat League
- Saint Seiya: Soldiers’ Soul
- Sea of Solitude
- Season Match 2 HD
- Season Match 3 Curse of the Witch Crow
- Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal
- Senran Kagura Estival Versus
- Peach Beach Splash Senran Kagura
- Shuttle Commander
- Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition
- Space Junkies
- Star Ocean Second Evolution
- Till The End Of Time: Star Ocean
- STAR STRIKE ULTRA & VR
- Bridge Crew: Star Trek
- Super Kids Racing
- Super Stardust Ultra & VR
- Survive Said The Prophet VR Experience
- Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan
- Tennis World Tour
- The Golf Club 2019
- The King of Fighters 2000
- The Surge
- The Tomorrow Children
- The Walking Dead: Season 1
- The Warriors
- Tooth and Tail
- True Fear: Forsaken Souls Part 2
- Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
- Valhalla Hills
- Velocity 2X
- Werewolves Within
- WRC 8 FIA World Rally Championship
- Zero Escape: The Nonary Games
PS5 games available now
Of course, being able to still play your old catalogue of PS4 games on the PS5 is a big deal. But we all still want to know what PS5-specific games are available now, as well as those to come. Especially when these games will have been configured to showcase the PS5 potential in all its glory since launch.
At the time of writing, here are the titles currently available as a PS5 edition:
- Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
- Demon’s Souls
- Astro’s Playroom
- Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
- Dirt 5
- Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition
- The Pathless
- Sackboy: A Big Adventure
- EA Sports Fifa 21
- NBA 2K21
- Watch Dogs: Legion
- Madden NFL 21
- Immortals Fenyx Rising
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
- Cyberpunk 2077 (currently removed for purchase by Sony)
PS5 games coming soon
The PS5’s game lineup is off to a strong start, but there are plenty of huge titles ready to dominate in 2021 and beyond.
Here are some of the PS5 games we can expect to see in the near future:
- Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
- Grand Theft Auto V (and Grand Theft Auto Online)
- Horizon: Forbidden West
- God of War: Ragnarok
- Gran Turismo 7
- Resident Evil Village
- Far Cry 6
- Hitman 3
- Destruction AllStars
- EA Sports Fifa 21
- Marvel’s Avengers
- Hogwart’s Legacy
- Ghostwire: Tokyo
- Project Athia
- Final Fantasy XVI
- Scarlet Nexus
- Balan Wonderworld
- Tribes of Midgard
- Doctor Who: Edge of Reality
- Five Nights At Freddy’s: Security Breach
- Riders Republic
- RIDE 4
- Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
- Poker Club
- White Shadows
- Little Nightmares 2
- Dragon Age 4
- Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead
- Unknown 9: Awakening
- Nour: Play with your Food
- Puyo Puyo Tetris 2
- Gotham Knights
- Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
- Braid: Anniversary Edition
- Hood:Outlaws and Legends
- The Pedestrian
- The Pathless
- Guilty Gear Strive
- Overcooked: All You Can Eat
- People Can Fly AAA Project
- Earthlock 2
- Balan Wonderworld
- Yakuza – Like a Dragon
- Heavenly Bodies
- Worms Rumble
- Planet Coaster: Console Edition
- Quantum Error
- Cris Tales
- Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One
- Little Devil Inside
- Solar Ash
- Kena – Bridge of Spirits
- Goodbye Volcano High
- Oddworld Soulstorn
- Jett: The Far Shore
- Metal: Hellsinger
- Chivalry 2
- Paradise Lost
- Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
- Observer: System Redux
- The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
- WRC 9
These are the main things we’ve learned since the PS5 launch and how they affect your gaming experience. We hope you’ll agree, it’s damned exciting stuff.
There’s a genuine desire here to propel gaming in new directions and provide gamers with a way to immerse themselves in games like never before.
What we have in the PS5 is a console that – as Mark Cerny says – “embraces both revolution and evolution”.
What do you think of the new PS5 since launch? Are there any games we missed? Which game are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments box below.
Credits: Eurogamer.net, GAME, Dexerto.com, pushsquare.com, tomsguide.com, Playstation.com
Read our other PS5 articles HERE.
Animal Crossing 2.0 – Review
On November 5th, Animal Crossing 2.0 alongside the DLC Happy Home Paradise was released. It was the last major free update to hit the latest game in the franchise and added a host of new features to the game. After almost a month of playing it, here’s our review and everything new in Animal Crossing 2.0 from Nintendo.
Animal Crossing has been around for 20 years, with its first release on 14th April 2001. Since then it’s released several versions of the game for the DS, Wii, and so on.
The latest version, New Horizons, came to the Nintendo Switch at just the right time; at the very beginning of Quarantine. It was easily the most popular Nintendo game last year. But it had a fatal flaw; rather than including everything upfront, Nintendo would release periodic updates where they would add to the game. The goal was to keep the game feeling fresh, but the result was that New Horizons felt unfinished. The game was bare-bones compared to past versions of Animal Crossing and didn’t have half as much to do. With the release of the last free update, New Horizons finally feels like a complete game. So what’s new? While there were a lot of things added and small things fixed, we’re just going to focus on the major gameplay changes and additions.
The beloved pigeon, Brewster, has been in Animal Crossing since 2005. He runs a cosy coffee shop, The Roost, usually located in the Museum. But he has been missing from New Horizons. A fan favourite, his absence has definitely been felt. Brewster is one of the most demanded additions to New Horizons. With the update, you can find him gyroid hunting on one of Kapp’n’s Islands and invite him to your island, where he will set up the Roost once more. You will also find some of your residents and NPCs there and can invite current and past Animal Crossing characters to the Roost via Amiibo card.
Speaking of Kapp’n, the turtle is back. In past versions of the game, Kapp’n is usually the one taking you to your new village at the start of every game. Whether it be by taxi, bus, or train, Animal Crossing typically kicks off with the retired seafarer. But New Horizons didn’t feature Kapp’n at all; until now. Now you can have him take you on island tours via his little boat off your dock. Some of these islands are extremely rare and feature exclusive items. He also sings you a little song while you make the journey..
Gyroids have, once again, been a part of every Animal Crossing game until New Horizons. They are little singing things that can be placed like furniture. In New Horizons, you can find a fragment on Kapp’n’s islands, bury it, water it, and a gyroid will grow the next day. Or some may be buried on your island after a rainy day. While past versions of gyroids have been annoying, the New Horizon’s gyroids are adorable and delightful. In New Horizons, Brewster is an avid collector. You’ll even get a Brewster gyroid after drinking enough coffee.
Cooking / Farming
Cooking has also been added to the game, something entirely unique to New Horizons. You can purchase crop starts from Leif, start a farm, and then cook the produce you grow. This opens up a whole host of fun recipes, and you can gift your creations to your residents. Eating a meal will make your villager stronger for longer, the same effect eating fruit previously had.
You can also host a group stretching event in the plaza. Random villagers and NPCs will join you. You can use your controllers to actually stretch with them, or use the joysticks if you’re stuck with a Lite or don’t feel like standing up.
Harv’s Island was previously… pretty useless. There was really nothing to do there aside from taking pictures, which is fun once. Now you can help him build an open-air Farmers Market/Commune. For 100,000 bells each, you can invite NPCs to set up a permanent shop. Among these are Leif, Redd, Kicks, Saharah, Reese, and Cyrus, who have all been seen in New Horizons. But it also introduces the return of Tortimer, the mayor from past games. (Who some fans theorized was dead until now). Harriet, a hairdresser who introduces a ton of new hairstyles to the game. And the fortune-teller Katrina. This expansion to Harv’s island is a huge resource.
You no longer have to wait for these NPCs to come to your island to purchase goods from them. It also opens up more customization for previously uncustomisable items. And it’s another goal to work towards after you pay off your home loans.
You can now issue Ordinances through Isabelle in the town hall. These include things like adding a Bell Boom so that you find more bells and goods are worth more, but things also cost more. Or the Beautiful Island ordinance, which will have your villagers pick up weeds and trash and will cause your flowers to grow faster. You can also issue that your villagers wake up earlier or go to bed later.
Happy Home Paradise
In addition to 2.0, a DLC was added to the Nintendo Store. Happy Home Paradise allows you to “get a job” building vacation homes. You report to your boss Lottie for work, alongside your coworkers Niko and Wardell. From there, you choose a character and build a home for them. They will give you a theme and some items they want to see in their home. You can also design facilities, like a cafe or school and assign characters to work in them. Using an amiibo card, you can also design homes for NPCs like Isabelle or Tom Nook, where you will have free reign over the design.
Happy Home Paradise also introduces partition walls which allow for more design options in your house. It also includes a lot of new furniture. When you’ve designed enough vacation homes, you are able to then redesign the houses on your island.
HHP adds a lot to the game. Animal Crossing’s flaw has always been that it gets too repetitive. HHP adds some flavour and a lot more to do. So even long after you’ve paid off your home loan and made your island pretty, you can still really engage with the game. It adds to and boosts life on the island, but also extends the world a bit. You can interact with more characters beyond just your residents and have more interaction with NPCs beyond purchasing goods from them.
All in all, the 2.0 update and Happy Home Paradise have elevated New Horizons. It makes the game feel new and adds what many fans have been asking for. While they are both great, it’s hard to shake the feeling that this all should have been included from the get-go like past versions of the game. After playing a skeleton of a game for a year, we now truly have a new Animal Crossing game.
Do you like Animal Crossing 2.0? Do you agree with our Animal Crossing review? Let us know in the comments below.
We compare Animal Crossing with Stardew Valley HERE.
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