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Things We’ve Learned About The PS5 Since Launch

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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.

*Not included in the PS5 Digital Edition

PS5 CPU

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.

PS5 GPU

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.

Loading times

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.

Audio

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.

Backwards compatibility

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
  • DWVR
  • Hitman Go: Definitive Edition
  • TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2
  • Shadwen
  • 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
  • Battlezone
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  • Chicken Police
  • Clan N
  • Close to the Sun
  • Crossout
  • Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade
  • Daylight
  • 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
  • Entwined
  • EVE: Valkyrie – Warzone
  • Everybody’s Golf
  • Feral Fury
  • Filthy Lucre
  • Flinthook
  • Frisky Business
  • Game of Thrones
  • Gensokyo Defenders
  • Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions
  • Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered
  • GRIP
  • 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
  • Lightfield
  • LittleBigPlanet 3
  • Mafia III The Complete Edition
  • Mafia III: Definitive Edition
  • Manhunt
  • Metal Slug Anthology
  • MLB 14 & 15 The Show
  • MLB The Show 16 to 19
  • MOTHERGUNSHIP
  • NBA 2K19
  • NBA 2K20
  • Need for Speed
  • NHL 19
  • Nobunaga’s Ambition Souzou
  • Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence
  • OKAGE: Shadow King
  • Onigiri
  • Operation Warcade
  • Paddle Vs. Paddle
  • Pinball Arcade
  • PixARK
  • PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate
  • Prey
  • Primal
  • 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
  • RISK
  • Roundabout
  • 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
  • SMITE
  • 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
  • Godfall
  • The Pathless
  • Sackboy: A Big Adventure
  • EA Sports Fifa 21
  • NBA 2K21
  • Watch Dogs: Legion
  • Fortnite
  • 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
  • Returnal
  • Destruction AllStars
  • EA Sports Fifa 21
  • Marvel’s Avengers
  • Hogwart’s Legacy
  • Deathloop
  • Ghostwire: Tokyo
  • Project Athia
  • Final Fantasy XVI
  • Outriders
  • Scarlet Nexus
  • Balan Wonderworld
  • Tribes of Midgard
  • Doctor Who: Edge of Reality
  • Five Nights At Freddy’s: Security Breach
  • Riders Republic
  • RIDE 4
  • Graven
  • Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  • Poker Club
  • Vigor
  • 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
  • TemTem
  • 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
  • PES
  • Steelrising
  • Heavenly Bodies
  • Maquette
  • Recompile
  • Haven
  • Worms Rumble
  • Planet Coaster: Console Edition
  • Quantum Error
  • Cris Tales
  • Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One
  • Dustborn
  • Pragmata
  • Little Devil Inside
  • Solar Ash
  • BugSnax
  • Kena – Bridge of Spirits
  • Goodbye Volcano High
  • Oddworld Soulstorn
  • Stray
  • Jett: The Far Shore
  • Chorus
  • 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

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7 Xbox Games To Be Excited About

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Here’s your guide to 2021’s most anticipated Xbox games. Games ranging from horror to survival and first-person shooters to be excited about on Xbox.

With the PlayStation 5 hitting stores in November 2020, Xbox released their advanced console, Series X and there are plenty of games to get excited about. With its updated, sleek new design, the X console allows high definition experiences. Having the ability to produce up to 120 frames ps, 8K HDR and Velocity architecture. It’s faster, superior and more powerful than any previous design. Alongside word of series X, Xbox has announced exciting, challenging and captivating games. But new releases are worth your time and money? We take a look.

1. 12 minutes

Featuring the voices of Daisy Ridley, James McAvoy and Willem Dafoe, 12 minutes is set in the apartment of a married couple. We focus on the husband and his ability to overcome a range of different obstacles.

Publisher Annapurna Interactive has gone with a retro click-to-step player mode. All to simulate organic transitions throughout the emotionally difficult yet enticing distortion of time. This unique and underrated style of gameplay allows for an encompassing experience. One that radiates emotional and practical outcomes over combat style games. And permits for an enjoyable break from more well-known survival and RPG games. With the release date yet to be announced, 12 Minutes, has the potential to become one of 2021’s most waited on games yet.

2. Psychonauts 2

The long-awaited sequel of the 2005 original game Psychonauts is finally launching. But is looking as if it will be closer to the end of 2021. With its obscure character style, humorous scripting, and easily playable combat and navigational skills. It’s understandable why fans have donated $3.8 billion to its development. Picking up from the original plotline, the sequel will follow Raz on his journey with the Titular team, overcoming new styles of combat, dangers and threats.

Set in the 1980s, Raz achieves his dream of reaching Psychonauts headquarter, helping the psychic spies with their missions. This multiplatform game has been long-awaited. It has the potential to not only bring you back to a childhood classic but launch you into a world of thrilling new adventures.

3. Hitman 3

With the official tagline for the release of Hitman 3 being ” A dramatic conclusion to the world of assignation trilogy” there are high expectations of the game.

But with both previous Hitman games being the quality and experience they are, there’s little doubt that the third game will be anything less than an amazing and surreal escapade.

This multiplatform game incorporates all the best locations and characters from the previous two games (as long as you already own them). As well as exotic new locations from around the world.

With the ability to play with VR headsets, this advanced version of the Hitman trilogy has the prospective to be the best of the three. With IO interactive releasing a limited description of the plotline, there is lots to hope for with this stealth game launched in late January 2021.

4. Chernobylite

With no official release date, Chernobylite looks like one of 2021’s most gripping survival games to come. Playing as a scientist from the 1986 catastrophe, this science-fiction game follows the conspiracy’s surrounding the danger zone of the aftermath of the nuclear explosion at Chernobyl.

The multiplatform game allows for free exploration of the map, challenging combat situations with various villains and an intertwining plotline. With the developer being that of “Get even” and “NecroVisioN” Farm 51 is known for the enticing, sombre visual graphics that enhance gameplay.

Delving into a profound personal story, with intense character and graphics, Chernobylite is a game that, by the seems of it, will keep you interested for hours on end.

5. Chorus

Benefiting from the impressive power the Xbox series X can be seen to have, the adventure game Chorus utilises amazing graphics, with 60 frames per second, as well as acute detail to lighting and terrain.

Optimised for the new console, this game follows cult member Nora and her mission to defeat her evil creators.

Despite sounding like a game set in ancient times with cults, Chorus focuses on a futuristic world with AI technology, space battles and a thrilling next-level plotline. aiming to send this style of game into the future, Chorus is rumoured to experiment with the powers of mental abilities as well as physical skills.

Developed for the new series X, Chorus can be found on multiple platforms. With such a strong and alluring plot, we can only hope that the release date is sometime soon.

6. Resident Evil: Village

With the eighth game in the series being announced, Resident Evil: Village, follows suit from game 7, Biohazard. Using reliable old characters as well as introducing new villains, heroes and locations.

With ultra-realistic graphics powered by the RE engine, we get a more advanced class of weaponry, combat styles and resources to use throughout the rescue and side missions. This classic style of jump-scare horror embodies the original games whilst allows adapting to modern technologies and demands.

Launching in May, this game can be found on nearly all platforms. But will be enhanced with the usage of Xbox’s new powerful console, ideal for such horror games.

7. Halo Infinite

Creative Director Joseph Staten stated, “this was the Halo we imagined back in 2000, finally coming to life, after 20 years of technical and creative innovation”.

Exclusive to Xbox consoles and other Microsoft devices this is one of the biggest games to be excited about. Halo Infinite has been adapted especially for the new Xbox series X for the best playable experience, flawless visuals and rapid load times.

Reusing original artwork to simulate older versions of the game and the reappearance of a more humanistic Master Chief, Halo Infinite will be a throwback of nostalgia for many fans.

But, graphics should be better than ever. With improved illustrations on global illumination, ambient occlusion and shadowing. All for better atmospheric quality and advancement in craftsmanship of lighting, weaponry and adjustments to terrain visibility.

Halo Infinite should be a next-level, first-person shooter game, with immense and microscopic detail throughout the playable world.


And that’s our list of seven Xbox games to be excited about this year. Which one are you looking forward to most of all? Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments section below.


Read about the worst console launches of all time HERE.

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