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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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9 Rarest And Most Valuable Pokémon Cards In Existence

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If you’re one of the millions of people with a set of Pokémon cards stashed away somewhere, it might be time to dig-lett them out (sorry). Time to see if any of these babies are in your collection. Here’s our list of the top 9 rarest and most valuable Pokémon cards in existence.

Chances are you haven’t caught them all. But having even one of these could net you a large wad of cash.

Pokémon has been an on/off craze ever since it first started back in the mid-’90s. But despite releasing games, a cult anime series and several films, it’s those little cards that are making a profitable resurgence right now.

Even in just the last three years, rare Pokémon cards have been sold for thousands of dollars at auction. So now is definitely the time to check your collection. Time to see if you could be sitting on a small fortune.

9. 20th Anniversary 24-karat Gold Pikachu

Crafted in solid gold

Sold for 216,000 yen ($2,081) in October 2016.

You don’t get much more unique than a Pokémon card made from solid gold. Yep, you heard right. This insanely unique and incredibly rare Pokémon card was produced by Japanese jewellery maker, Ginza Tanaka. A limited number of solid gold cards were created as a replica of the original Japanese Pikachu card (affectionately nicknamed ‘Fat Pikachu’).

Made from 11 grams of pure 24-karat cold, the only way to get a copy of this ultra-rare Pokémon card was to enter a lottery held in 2016. If you won, you were given the chance to buy a copy of the limited-edition card for 216,000 yen (around $2,081/£1,700).

The solid gold card was shipped in its own unique box and housed in a plastic frame. And what makes this even more incredible is that, whilst most rare and unique Pokémon cards stem from early on in the game’s beginnings, this card appeared for the first time in just the last 5 years. Definitely one of the rarest (and coolest) Pokémon cards in existence.

8. Master’s Key

A more recent card – but no less rare

Sold for $21,000 in November 2019.

Like the 20th anniversary gold Pikachu, Master’s Key is another rare yet relatively new Pokémon card. It made its first appearance just over ten years ago when it was awarded to competitors in the 2010 Pokémon World Championships held in Hawaii.

Participants in both the TCG (Trading Card Game) and video game counterpart received a copy of Master’s Key. Only the trophy case differed depending on the category.

Only 36 copies of the card are estimated to exist – equal to the number of participants in all age divisions of the world championships. And to prove just how rare this Pokémon card is, one of them sold at auction in November 2019 for more than $21,000.

7. Espeon and Umbreon Gold Star POP Series 5

A pair of Gold Star Pokémon cards from one of the most valuable Pokémon sets of all time

Sold for $22,100 and $20,000 respectively between December 2020 and February 2021.

The Gold Star Pokémon cards are one of the most valuable Pokémon sets ever produced. At the time of writing, a near mint full set of 27 cards is for sale on eBay. The price tag? £35,000 ($49,717).

But it’s the Espeon and Umbreon which are the real moneymakers. Perhaps the rarest cards in the set, these two alone sold for over $20,000 in just the last few months.

The cards are named after the gold star that appears next to the Pokémon’s name at the top of the card. It signifies that the card features alternative colour artwork which is different from the common version.

Only 27 Gold Star cards were released from 2004 to 2007. Making them some of the rarest Pokémon cards in existence.

Whilst the Japanese versions of the cards remain the most valuable due to their limited availability, the English versions of the Espeon and Umbreon Gold Star cards still command a high price. PSA (Professional Sports Authenticator – the prestigious organisation that grades the quality, condition and value of trading cards) values the two cards at $194,209 and $187,277 respectively. Easily making them two of the rarest and most valuable Pokémon cards around.

6. 1999 Pokémon Japanese Promo Tropical Mega Battle Tropical Wind

An ultra-rare promo card – one of only 12 ever made

Sold for $65,100 in October 2020.

When it comes to availability, you don’t get much rarer than the Tropical Wind card.

With just 12 being given to the top players at the 1999 Tropical Mega Battle tournament, the Japanese Tropical Wind promo card is extremely rare.

This inaugural tournament – a precursor to the Pokémon World Championships – took place in 1999 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, Hawaii. The event was invite-only and was a battle between the best 50 players from Canada, Latin America, Europe, the United States, and Japan. During the event, a handful of trophy cards could be obtained. One of these was this baby right here.

This particular Tropical Mega Battle promo card (the 1999 Japanese-language copy of Tropical Wind) has sold at auction for as much as $65,100 in PSA Gem Mint 10 condition, with the most recent sale taking place in October 2020. PSA estimates its value to be as high as $148,482. Making the ultra-rare card a contender for one of the most expensive and valuable Pokémon cards ever made.

5. No. 1 Trainer

Quite possibly the most unknown Pokémon card of all time

Sold for $90,000 in July 2020.

Most people won’t have ever heard of No. 1 Trainer, and it’s even more unlikely they’ll have seen a copy in person. When it comes to rare Pokémon cards, they don’t get much rarer than this.

With only seven copies believed to be in existence, No. 1 Trainer may well be the least known card in existence.

No.1 Trainer is a holographic promotional card awarded to finalists in the Secret Super Battle tournament held in Tokyo in 1999. To earn a place in the competition’s finals (which were held in a secret location) players had to first win a regional tournament. Their prize was the No. 1 Trainer card, which granted them access to the finals.

The text on the front of the card translates to: “The Pokémon Card Game Official Tournament’s champion is recognised here, and this honour is praised. By presenting this card, you may gain preferential entry into the Secret Super Battle.” It’s almost like a modern-day, real-life Golden Ticket to Willy Wonka’s factory.

As only seven regional tournaments were held, it’s believed that just seven copies of the No. 1 Trainer card were made – easily making it one of the rarest Pokémon cards in existence.

4. Pikachu Illustrator

Extremely expensive and extremely rare

Sold for $195,000 in October 2019.

The Pikachu Illustrator card is an incredibly rare Pokémon card. It still holds the Guinness World Record for the most expensive Pokémon trading card sold at auction (although, more about this later…).

Pikachu Illustrator was originally given to winners of promo contests held in 1997 and 1998 by Japanese magazine CoroCoro Comic. 39 copies were officially awarded to the winners. While two copies were reportedly later discovered by one of the creators of the card game, seemingly bringing the total number of Pikachu Illustrator copies to 41.

As well as being ridiculously rare, the card is unique in a number of ways. It’s the only Pokémon card to say “Illustrator” instead of “Trainer” at the top. And has a one-off pen icon in its bottom-right corner to acknowledge its creation for the design contest. The card’s artwork of Pikachu is by Atsuko Nishida, the original illustrator of the fan-favourite Pokémon.

Approximately 19 copies of the card are believed to still exist, with 10 having been certified by the PSA.

A near-flawless copy of the card graded at Mint 9 (one grade under perfect condition) sold at auction in 2019 for $195,000 and broke a Guinness World Record. But arguably, there are a couple of contenders to that crown.

3. Black Star Ishihara Signed GX Promo Card

A signed card to celebrate the Pokémon founder’s 60th birthday

Sold for $247,230 in April 2021.

Of all the cards featured on this list, this rare and incredibly valuable Pokémon card is definitely one-of-a-kind.

Just last month on April 26, 2021, a copy of the Black Star Ishihara Signed GX Promo Card made headlines when it sold for nearly a quarter of a million US dollars.

The card depicts the Pokémon company founder and current president, Tsunekazu Ishihara. It was given to staff as a celebration of his 60th birthday in 2017.

What makes this specific version even rarer is that Ishihara actually signed this near-mint card to boost its price even further.

The ability “Red Chanchanko” refers to the red vest which is traditionally worn on 60th birthdays in Japan and prevents the effect of any attack, ability or trainer card against Ishihara. Meanwhile, its GX move “60 Congratulations” tells you to flip 60 coins, and take a present for each one. A truly unique, legendary card.

2. Pokémon Blastoise #009/165R Commissioned Presentation Galaxy Star Hologram

Quite possibly the only card one in existence

Sold for $360,000 in January 2021.

This Blastoise card is probably the single rarest Pokémon card in existence. One of only two such Pokémon cards ever made, it sold for a whopping $360,000 (£266,000) in January 2021.

This Pokémon card was created in 1998 as a presentation piece by Magic: The Gathering maker Wizards of the Coast to convince Nintendo executives to allow it to handle the TCG’s English-language release. The game would eventually make its international debut one year later in 1999.

While two Blastoise ‘Presentation’ cards were produced, this is the only one that has been seen publicly. Even more impressively, it has been graded at a NM/Mint+ 8.5 level by certification website CGC, meaning that the 20-plus-year-old card is in near-perfect condition. The location and state of the other Presentation card remain unknown. This either means that this card is the sole one remaining, or someone somewhere is unknowingly sitting on a small fortune.

1. 1999 First Edition Shadowless Holographic Charizard #4

The card that every kid wanted

Sold for $369,000 in December 2020.

Charizard. The card that absolutely every kid (and adult too now, apparently) wanted. And while the shiny Charizard has always been a firm favourite, this particular variant is even rarer.

While a number of top quality, first-edition cards from the Pokémon TCG’s early days are worth some money, due to their limited availability and age, this specific version of the holographic Charizard absolutely stands out as one of the rarest and most valuable Pokémon cards ever released.

What sets the card apart is the lack of a shadow underneath the dragon graphic. This was a printing error which was corrected for most of the cards printed but the few that sneaked passed quality control are incredibly sought after.

According to auction house Iconic Auctions, the rare card is “the Holy Grail of Pokémon cards, the most iconic and important card to both the Pokémon franchise and its die-hard fans”.

A mint-condition first-edition shadowless holographic PSA 10 Charizard sold at auction in October 2020 for a staggering $220,574 to the retired rapper – and Pokémon fan – Logic. Then, just two months later in December, another one of the same quality sold for a mind-blowing £350,000.

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But as if that wasn’t enough, just a few hours after that, yet another card broke all records, selling for a mind-numbing £369,000.

Although this hasn’t officially been recognised by Guinness World Records, this certainly knocks the Pikachu Illustrator off its perch, as well as the staggering sum held by the Blastoise Galaxy Star Hologram.

Either way, despite not being the rarest, this is definitely the most valuable Pokémon card sold to date. But with the desire for rare Pokémon cards showing no signs of slowing, the big question is: how much higher can their value go?

One thing’s for sure, if anyone out there truly has caught them all, that would make for one incredibly valuable collection.


And that’s our list of the 9 rarest and most valuable Pokémon cards in existence. Did you ever have any of these? Which is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.


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