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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 Playstation 5 Games To Be Excited About

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The release of the PS5 has created a lot of hype and excitement for PlayStation 5 players, 2021 comes with the promise of new and exciting games releases!

Below we’ve listed seven up and coming PlayStation 5 games to look forward to.

1: Horizon Forbidden West

Release date: 2021

Genre: Action, Adventure and RPG

Developer: Guerrilla

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Horizon Forbidden West is the exciting sequel to the hit game – Horizon: Zero Dawn. The original ps5 game attracted many players, and even has its own board game allowing gamers to explore the universe in a new way.

Horizon Forbidden West takes us on a whole new adventure to a far-future America. Where you, the gamer, can encounter new enemies, cultures and characters. It has new mechanical enemies to face, strategic gameplay and enormous human mounted machines. Gamers can take these on using weapons, gear and traps crafted from salvage.

Players can look forward to getting stuck in with the story, strategy, challenge and mystery on offer with this up and coming release. With stunning visuals, Aloy’s new journey proves promising with new secrets and history to unlock.

Horizon Forbidden West trailer

2: Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Release date: 2021

Genre: Action, Platform and Shooter

Developer: Insomniac Games

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

A brand new, colourful adventure awaits with this new Ratchet & Clank game.

Ratchet & Clank is a series of third-person shooter and action platformer games. This franchise has many games in the series going as far back as the original PlayStation, with even an animated feature available.

For series fans, this new science fiction adventure promises to make full use of the PS5’s quick load times. Gamers can look forward to travelling through dimensions at high speeds in this new adventure, combined with more outrageous gadgets!

Once again, Ratchet & Clank take on evil forces threatening to take over the world. This time, there’s a twist! A robotic emperor from another reality is working around the clock to destroy all organic life, with Ratchet & Clanks dimension next in line!

With new faces, new gadgets and interdimensional hopping gameplay. Players can enjoy the thrill of gameplay that makes full use of the PS5’s stunning visuals and DualSense™ controller.

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart trailer

3: Gran Turismo™ 7

Release Date: 2021

Genre: Racing

Developer: Polyphony Digital Inc.

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Gran Turismo is an old name in the racing genre, and it is hitting the PlayStation 5 games chart with this exciting new release! Gran Turismo 7 promises cultivation of the 22-year history of the franchise, to bring you an experience beyond pure racing. This game takes advantage of the DualSense™ Controller and promises reduced loading times thanks to the increased processing power of the PS5.

With the GT Simulation Mode’s reintroduction, players can embark on a single-player campaign within the game, alongside other features that take it beyond just racing. Gran Turismo 7 includes evolved tuning and customisation of hundreds of cars in the garage. Players can also improve skills and strategies using the games Driving School. Combine this with other classic features such as special events and championships, this game is a promising release.

Gran Turismo 7 trailer

4: Resident Evil Village

Release Date: 2021

Genre: Survival Horror

Developer: Capcom

Publisher: Capcom

This chilling next chapter to another long-running series will be hitting the PS5 in 2021. Resident Evil Village makes full use of the power of the PS5 to enable gamers to experience horror in a brand new way. This series is set a few years after the events of Resident Evil 7- Biohazard, with character Ethan Winters and his wife building a new life together in peace, just before tragedy hits once more.

With first-person gameplay, players take on the role of Ethan. Gamers uncover the mysteries of this chilling village as they attempt to escape, bumping into new enemies and familiar faces.

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5: Hogwarts Legacy

Release Date: 2021

Genre: Action role-playing

Developer: Avalanche Software

Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Fans of the world of Harry Potter are awaiting this big-budget RPG with bated breath. With 105k people following its progress just on Twitter, this ps5 game proves to be an exciting addition to the Harry Potter universe. I am excited to see exactly what kind of structure this game will take.

Set in the late 1800s, players will choose their Hogwarts House and live a Hogwarts student’s life as they attend classes. Hogwarts Legacy promises to be a more immersive and open world for players. With adventure and opportunities to explore renowned locations on offer, players can tame magical beasts, brew potions and master other magical combat abilities.

Hogwarts Legacy trailer

6: Final Fantasy XVI

Release Date: TBC

Genre: Action role-playing

Developer: Square Enix Creative Business Unit lll

Publisher: Square Enix

Final Fantasy XVI is the next up and coming game in the Final Fantasy franchise. This game, for some time, will be a PS5 exclusive.

Set in the fantasy world of Valisthea controlled by six factions on the verge of conflict. The game looks visually fantastic, with a deep storyline from what we can see from the first trailer and pre-release gameplay.

The gameplay and combat system looks more responsive. We can see from the pre-release that a combination of melee-based attacks and magical abilities will be incorporated into the gameplay. Players and fans can hopefully gain more information as it nears its release on ps5.

Final Fantasy XVI trailer

7: Deathloop

Release Date: 21st May 2021

Genre: Action-adventure

Developer: Arkane Studios

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

Deathloop offers stunning visuals, fast loading times and adaptive triggers to fully immerse players in this game. Fighting to survive in a hunter vs hunted game, players engage in first-person action that combines weaponry with powers.

This game offers both multi-player gameplay and single-player mode. Players can experience the main storyline, or to take control of assassin character Julianna to sneak into other players campaigns. The aim of the game? Break the time-loop by successfully taking out eight targets before the end of the night.

deathloop trailer

Can’t Wait?

Finding you can’t wait for these new releases? Check out the PlayStation Plus collection! Full list of games and details available HERE including games from the Ratchet & Clank and Resident Evil series for anyone needing to catch up.


And that’s our list of seven PlayStation 5 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 all about the things we’ve learn’t about the PS5 HERE.

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