Explore uncharted virtual territories and slay dragons with this sleek Sony PlayStation 5 gaming console. The 825GB SSD allows ultra-fast load times, while 3-D audio output produces crisp acoustics. This Sony PlayStation 5 gaming console supports haptic feedback for effortless communication in multiplayer setups, and adaptive triggers allow immersive gameplay.
Going over hardware and software. Not going over the every exact technical specs as you can easily look that up. Software can change overtime, this is review of software at launch. If any hardware hiccups or failures in near future I'll update this review
Looks futuristic yet tacky. In my personal opinion, looks doesn't really matter as long it can play next gen games well
Large console. Standing up it's the tallest home video console.
A lot of air-vents throughout making it aerodynamic, cool, quiet, and does not overheat or get hot with consecutive gameplay hours. This may change in the future if games require more performance out of the system, with similar fate like the PS4 where it was whisper quiet in beginning and became louder over the years with more graphical intensive games.
Has LED lights giving it a PC look (?)
Face plate easy to take out for future customization options (?).
667of 820gb of free download space in console
Swapping SDD is not as easy as Xbox Series X (with it's plug and play method) as you have to remove some screws. Upside is that it's standard and not a propriety SDD.
PS5 is compatible with most PS4 games. If you have an external SDD from PS4 it's just plug and transfer to PS5 internal storage
Comes with stand. Console is not entirely flat, so stand is required for horizontal position. You have console in vertical position without stand, but does not have grip (rubber feet) so may slide if bumped into or during an earthquake
Front of console: USB-C, USB-A, power, and eject button
Back of console: Two USB-A (Super Speed), LAN port, HDMI, and power port
Wished it had more USB-C ports to be future proof, but guess they kept USB-A for some current accessories to be backwards compatible. Disappointed the PS5 official 3D pulse headset and camera uses USB-A. Also no optical audio port means i can't use some of my surround sound headsets.
Load times for PS5 games are instantaneous. Ps4 games will load much faster, even without optimized patch.
Ps5 have ray tracing giving games realistic lighting effects
Console comes with one controller
Physically larger than past DuelShock controllers. Great for those with adult sized hands
Great tech demo included with 'Astro's Playroom'.
Haptic feedback. Similar to Nintendo Switch HD rumble, but more apparent. Not sure if developers will implement in future their games. Even with Nintendo first party; only '1-2 Switch' and 'Mario Party' from what I recall used HD rumble at great extent and it dropped off after that.
Adaptive triggers. Will feel resistance/push back on triggers if developers implement it in game.
Hope both Haptic feedback and Adaptive triggers say the entire lifespan and transfer to PS6 instead of dropping off like the six axis on PS3 and light bar in PS4
Has built in mic. Sound quality is similar to current smart phone on speaker. Has mute button
Similar to PS4, it has speaker and touch pad. Touch pad is more sensitive this time around
About double battery life of Ps4 controller. Able to get in 10 consecutive hours
Wished it came with back paddle buttons. Hopefully they release a DualSense Back Button Attachment like they did the DualShock 4
You can play PS4 games with DualShock 4 or DualSense . PS5 games only can be played with DualSense
UI, OS is the similar to PS4 with scrolling apps/games (left, right, up, down)
There's an activity row where you can track your progress on games
Other rows are News and PSN store
There are notifications popups, but you can turn on 'Do Not Disturb' mode
Similar to phone's swipe down tool bar for basic profile (trophy list, avatar, user info,etc), accessibility options, sound, Game Base, internet wifi select, controllers (see connected controllers), etc on home screen for easy access.
'Game Base' section is where you make party with friends and chat with them, view friend requests.
Share button this time around will pull up menu to take snap shot, record video, or save video previously played game session for up to 60mins
There's an 'Your Accolades' feature where you give props to other players. Reminds me of how to give endorsements (Sportsmanship, Good Teammate, Shot Caller) in Overwatch to encourage positivity in online community. For PS5 has Helpful, Welcoming, and Good Sport
There are accessibility options/preferences you can setup that transfers to your games
There's a 'Switcher' option where you can change games on the fly, but unlike the Xbox Series X's 'quick resume' does not leave where you left off, and will boot you back to the home screen of that game
Picture-in-picture mode if you want friends to help show you how to get through levels
PS4 games load faster on PS5 if downloaded to SSD. Graphical upgrade depends on publisher if they implement a 'PS5 upgrade" patch
-For PS5 trophies.
Trophies that have collectables there is a progress bar showing how much left to collect.
There are also tutorial videos for some games that implement it.
Some trophies once selected will drop you into the level/section where you can obtain the trophy. Again depends on game developer if they implement it.
PS4 trophies on PS5 act the same
Base price for games are $70 ($10 more than last gen); Excluding Special/Collector's editions, DLC, micro-transactions, loot crates, and surprise mechanics
Overall, aside from some odd design choices very capable next gen system. There are some features especially on the controller that developers have to utilize and may not be present in all games. If anything like the PS3 and PS4, going to have thousands of gameplay hours on this systemApr 30, 2021 16:07
It was quite difficult to pre-order the PS5, but I truly lucked out because even with all the restocks certain retailers have had... it is still unbelievably hard to place the order. I hope anyone that still wants one gets one soon because it really is unfair that the gamers aren't able to land one whilst scalpers have thousands.
The PS5 has run beautifully and so intelligently from what I've experienced. The set up was of course easy and fast. The new UI is smooth and I definitely like it more than the old one on the PS4.
The Dualsense Controller is AMAZING. It is probably the next best thing (only second to the console itself) with the way it works. It's not as slippery like the Dualshock and feels great in hand. Even after hours of gaming, I did not feel any fatigue in my hands. The battery life is probably similar to its predecessor.
Overall, the console runs very smoothly and I have not experienced any sort of loudness with it. I do recommend when playing games, to choose performance over the resolution. You will absolutely get a higher FPS and I think it just runs a lot better that way.
Would highly recommend this to anyone that wants to experience next gen even though we've just merely begun to play those games.Nov 25, 2020 23:18
An actual buyer here!!! The console has been great. No issues so far (Crosses fingers). No glitches (like many who don’t work in the tech field claim). I’ve tried plenty of PS4 games and they all work normal. I have Spiderman, 2K, COD and Valhalla and they are all good games. The adaptive triggers on the controller definitely stand out as a highlight. I turn them off for multiplayer in COD because they can be a distraction.
I’m sure the Xbox has some benefits, but I’m sticking with Sony. Hope everyone is able to get the console they want.Dec 12, 2020 17:19
listen, i know how difficult it is to get the PS5. but you gotta keep trying. the ability to have 2-3 second load times is an ability i never knew i wanted. the games are so much fun, i am deeply addicted to my PS5. i am currently attempting to get the platinum trophy on Demon Souls Remastered. Keep trying ladies and gentlemen, i hope you are able to get a PS5 at some point! i also bought black PS5 plates off dbrand and they make the PS5 look even better!Oct 27, 2021 09:59
Oh my goodness!!! This thing is amazing! Best controller and console by far!!! I can’t believe I actually got it!!!! I was so excited when I purchased it but now that I have it I know that it was worth the excitement!!
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The PS5 feels like an actual step forward into the next generation of gaming from the speed to access games and within games to the new UI to the new controller. The PS5 feels like something new. Which I assume is what your looking for when you buy a new generation of console. one feature of note in the new UI is the cards that give you a custom estimation of how long you would need to play a particular mission or section in a PS5 game or how much progress you’ve made towards a new trophy and simple as this is it really helps so you can better plan your “gaming session”. If you’re lucky enough to finally get your hands on one of these you won’t be disappointed. Pro tip if you have games on your PS4 I would recommend you move them to an external HD so you can easily access them on your PS5.Oct 25, 2021 11:20
I have owned many game consoles over the years, including all of the PlayStations, lots of Nintendo, some of the Xboxs and a lot of old generation systems as well. I have had this system since launch day and it has been a blast so far, even the free game Astro's Playroom that is installed on the system was really fun to play. The system is virtually silent when running (finally!) has a pretty decent line up games for having just come out. The controller is beyond amazing, the haptic feedback and adaptive triggers definitely make the games feel more alive than in past generations. I hope all consoles going forward have these features! Can't wait for more PS5 only games to come out for it!Sep 03, 2021 13:42
What can I say…this is the MOST in-demand next-gen gaming console. It’s so hard to get your hands on it that people are paying a premium above MSRP to resellers. The picture quality is amazing on a 4K TV (recommend high refresh rate 120 MHz 4K TV if you can afford it). It functions as a media center and allows you to watch amazon prime videos for example in addition to gaming. It’s the console that once you play on it, you won’t want to go back to the earlier gen PS consoles. Get it while you can!! (oftentimes you only seconds to buy before going out of stock)Sep 22, 2021 20:33
Battle villains, explore new worlds or dominate the field with this PlayStation 5 Digital Edition. Support for DualSense wireless controllers, Tempest 3D AudioTech and an HD camera let you enjoy an immersive gaming experience. This PlayStation 5 Digital edition features a 825GB SSD for fast loading speeds and delivers up to 120 fps, so you can keep up with the action.
Honestly, what do you expect? It's next-gen. The console itself to begin with looks like some type of alien object that's casually placed in your living room. The controller is fantastic, much bigger so it can grip in my hands properly now. I always liked the PS4 controller but now holding this I can see how much less of a controller it is compared to the PS5's. Lastly, you honestly won't get the full next-gen experience until HDMI 2.1 4k monitors come out that runs over 120hz. So if money is a little tight I would wait till it dies down. Not worth paying over retail for this console. So if you were thinking of buying it from those scalpers don't.Dec 18, 2020 19:18
Order came in earlier than expected! The entire process was so smooth. The guys at the front desk were kind and quick with helping me with my order, I was out of the store in no time. As for the Ps5, this thing is rockin. I haven't put it down since I got it. The controller is on another level and don't get me started with the graphics. I recommend purchasing a monitor compatible to get full 120 FPS on games that are capable because the graphics are next level. I went with the digital version, and that being said it comes with more than enough storage for all your games. I highly recommend playstation, as this console covers all the bases for my gaming needs.Aug 30, 2021 03:12
This is the MOST in-demand next-gen gaming console. It’s so hard to get your hands on it. The picture quality is amazing on a 4K TV (recommend high refresh rate 120 MHz 4K TV if you can afford it). This console has no disc drive so will have to download games online. It functions as a media center and allows you to watch amazon prime videos for example in addition to gaming. It’s the console that once you play on it, you won’t want to go back to the earlier gen PS consoles. Get it while you can!! (oftentimes you only seconds to buy it before going out of stock)Sep 23, 2021 18:45
Going back to Playstation after 'main-ing' the Xbox one/ one one x for years is a def welcoming experience. PS plus games has amazing selection to choose from and you can keep them all in your library. The community is fantastic and I keep adding friends to the list. I have so much to catch up on when it comes to PS4 titles. As far as ps5 titles they're a little scarce but what's out def takes advantage of what Sony is pushing for in the next gen. Astro's PLAYROOM, COD Black Ops: Cold War and Descruction Allstars all utilize the 'Adaptive Triggers' on the controller and its such a game changer. Being able to feel the game react to your gamplay is phenomenal. Follow @mattswider on Twitter for live PS5/XBOX Series X restock times on different websites. I was lucky enough to get my PS5 through his link on Best Buy . com website. Remember just be signed in w/ card info saved and never give up!Apr 09, 2021 09:55
People usually buy the other version, but let me tell you that this totally worth. Anyway, you always will need to buy an external drive (I prefer SSD) for your digital games. What about disk games? You can still play them in your old ps4, is not a big difference (load speed is the only difference that I notice) if is a normal game that doesn’t support a ps5 upgrade. Otherwise, I recommend virtual games because they can’t break and you always will have them in your library, so if you travel a lot like me, and you want to bring your ps5 with you, you don’t need to care for make some space in your baggage for a bundle of discs.Jun 05, 2021 11:45
Best Buy is the way to go to avoid scalpers. Just be patient and wait for it to be added to the cart. The button will turn yellow. I promise. Once it’s in the cart it’s yours. I love my new system, the data saved on my Seagate drive, with all my PS4 data crossed over in seconds, only the new PS5 games bought with cross gen had to download. PlayStation 5 is awesome, can’t wait for grand Tourismo to drop.
The pics I used are from my Xbox X order, process was the same.
Good luck y’allMar 20, 2021 13:26
Had a few issues at launch which have been fixed with updates over time and now it works great. Will have to trade in though, if there's ever a PS5 Pro announcement.Oct 28, 2021 08:30
I have been trying to get my hands on one of these since they came out last year and Best Buy made it very easy!Oct 01, 2021 01:30
Fortnite fans, rejoice! (And while you’re at it, show off your best emotes!) A special Fortnite Nintendo Switch bundle will be available to purchase at select retailers at a suggested retail price of $299.99. The bundle represents a great value, and includes a uniquely designed Nintendo Switch system with special art on the system and Nintendo Switch dock, a yellow Joy-Con (L) and blue Joy-Con (R), the Fortnite game pre-installed, 2,000 V-Bucks, and a download code for The Wildcat Bundle. The Wildcat Bundle is an in-game pack that includes cosmetic items like the Sleek Strike Back Bling and the Wildcat Outfit.
This was purchased for a Christmas gift for my grandson, pretty much is all he has played with!!!
He is very happy with his Nintendo switch!!Dec 28, 2020 05:17
Great deal for the holiday season can’t beat it especially when your kids want something lolDec 01, 2020 15:08
The Nintendo Switch Console Fortnite Wildcat Bundle is a great deal. I really like it's limited edition look and being able to connect it to a HDTV makes it seem like you have 2 systems since you can take it on th go with you too!!!Dec 16, 2020 19:59
Brought for my son for Christmas. Great girlfriend especially when they were all sold out and people were selling them for over $400. Great buy. He loves itJan 08, 2021 19:04
Perfect. Been waiting for this. I didnt got the mario bundle but this one is better.Jan 08, 2021 17:15
Overall it’s pretty good. Only complaint is that when I received it. It was open and not sealed. The inside cardboard near the switch console was a little ripped but it’s all good. Everything inside the box was thankfully sealed so that’s good. :)Dec 02, 2020 15:17
The kids love it and the ability to pay Mario Kart again is awesomeJan 01, 2021 15:59
It was a Xmas gift for my son. He loves it. Easy set up.Dec 27, 2020 12:15
This Nintendo Switch™ system takes you to new heights with art inspired by the flagship monster, Magnamalo, from the action-RPG title Monster Hunter Rise. The eye catching metallic artwork features game inspired iconography on the Nintendo Switch console, Joy-Con™ controllers, and the Nintendo Switch Dock. As a bonus, this Nintendo Switch bundle includes a digital code for Monster Hunter Rise + Deluxe Kit DLC that includes the game and additional in-game content.
The switch is the undisputed king of portable gaming. How do you stand out in a sea of basic consoles? Well, you get a limited edition version! The monster Hunter rise edition is a mixture of grey with gold highlights. The dock desires a great design as well as the joy cons. Even after playing with the console heavily since I bought this, the design still holds up and is not being rubbed away. That was my concern with this being a portable console after all.
Unlike some limited edition consoles I got in the past, I was edited to see that this came with the deluxe version of the game!
An amazing limited edition Switch that will complete any collection. Very happy with this purchase!Nov 05, 2021 20:49
Hard to find console. I stumbled across it and was in awe it was available. No sooner than I'd got it, they were nearly unattainable outside of eBay.Aug 21, 2021 11:41
A design that far outweighs the Generations Ultimate design. Comes with the V2 switch, the game, and the deluxe code to receive extra DLC goodies! Finally a Switch model that comes with the game, unlike the Mario or Animal Crossing editions.
[Note]: Original buttons are black, but I decided to install some 3rd party colors for extra flare!Apr 16, 2021 20:10
Switch V2. Longer battery life included monster hunter rise deluxe edition digital code. Great console and excellent game!Apr 02, 2021 11:11
Its amazing. The game is awesome on the switch. The design is very sleak and eyepopping. I bought some accessories to make it pop too.Apr 30, 2021 15:46
The console design is very detail and even on the joy-cons which looks awesome. It also comes with the Monster Hunter digital copy of the game with some bonus content. I would say everything is good so far, but one con would be that it says 32gb storage capacity and I know the storage is not going to be exactly that but it really only has 15gb total capacity. So if you download a lot of digital games, you can use other SD card brands and lookout for a good sale for one too. Overall, It is a awesome edition and if they restock again soon, keep a lookout!Apr 08, 2021 23:33
The console is great other than the screen has a weird yellowy tint to it. It's been in and out of repair since I got it in March (it's July as of this writing), so I can't return it to Best Buy. They've replaced the screen a bunch and even the console, so I'm convinced that Nintendo is using "warm white" screens that have this yellow tint to them. My day one Switch screen is perfect and the whites look actually white.
Extremely disappointed in Nintendo for their lack of quality in this otherwise beautiful console.
The top Switch in the picture is my Day One Switch and the bottom is the Monster Hunter Switch.Jul 09, 2021 15:54
I love how this design is, for once I managed to find one not scalped either. It’s very sleek and clean. Most of the limited edition consoles have been vivid colors this one takes a more darker tone and I definitely enjoy it. Love that this came with the deluxe version of the game as well albeit I wish it was physical it was nice it was preloaded either!Apr 10, 2021 21:46
Atari returns to the living room with the Atari VCS — a completely modern gaming and video computer system, blending the best of consoles and PCs to delight a whole new generation of gamers and creators. Featuring a stunning new Atari hardware design “Inspired by the past. Built for the future.”
Nice piece of kit; Nostalgia at its finest. The real wood is sweet touch. The attention to detail is beyond belief and the classic games have never played better, love that they are in 4K and the added rumble support for centipede and others has brought a tear to my eye. Thanks AtariJun 23, 2021 12:15
Absolutely wonderful! Ok, so you saw the negative reviews? They're wrong. Not their experience, or opinion there of, but their reasons for buying it.
The wrong reason to buy it: Atari games for $399, original internal OS
The best reasons to buy it: emulators! Beautiful console in your living room, a machine that is as gorgeous as it is a functional - look at PCs, tell me which TINY laptop currently at retail gets you a 2gb graphics card on board and can be upgraded to 32gb of ram?
If you guessed "none" - you are right.
You buy this for the beauty of this machine and to have a compact PC in your living room - not fast enough? Upgrade the RAM. It can run Steam games at 1080 on medium or low settings, which means you should be able to play Doom or Fallout right on your TV, AND switch right over to video editing/photo editing and work related tasks with a gorgeous box sitting in your Ikea drawer.
Would I pay $399 for access to original Atari games? No, but I would pay $399 for a miniPC with a built in low power graphics card that lets me video edit and play games all at once from the comfort of my couchJul 20, 2021 20:26
I had an Atari growing up and I so wanted to like this, I did like the fact that I could have this as a multi boot unit and will use it as a PC.
I'm going to continue to mess around with this and will update as it progresses.
The games imho simply do NOT play the way that they used to, I'm using the joy stick as I do on my 2600.
I cannot put my finger on it.
I do think the design of the device is great and it does appear to be a quality piece of hardware. I hope that this does not turn into PC for the TV, but that is what it is starting to feel like.
With that said - it is NOT a bad piece of hardware and should perform well once I upgrade storage and ram.
Updates - it did take quite a bit of time for all of the updates to be applied to the system. I do NOT see this as a negative as other people do- thank goodness you can update and resolve issues.
Do be prepaired for updates and this will take time, but it is worth it.
This does display well on 75" TV in all resolutions - no lag or jitter - -granted I'm playing games from the 1980s so i do not expect there to beAug 28, 2021 11:13
This is a great micro console/PC. Atari themselves have said this is not a competitor to the likes of Xbox or playstation. Anyone comparing it to them just don’t understand the intent. The VCS is a micro computer with a “console” style OS as default. I can play stadia and other steaming gaming services like antstream and AirConsole. Yes some you can play on mobile or pc but now I can do it on my tv instead of mobile with crappy controls or hooking up a pc to my tv. It has a game store that has a decent start to games that fit perfectly with this system. Chrome is the default browser so all google apps work natively. If you want, side load windows or another os to give you the full pc experience. They are supposedly going to announce several new games soon and a few I know of coming down the pipeline look fantastic. As long as they keep the games coming I’m a happy camper.Jul 19, 2021 09:20
Excellent versatile system. VCS mode is light on content for the moment, but there are some quality gems available with more on the way. Easily install Linux, Windows, etc. to expand your options dramatically. Right now I have Ubuntu Linux installed running my Steam games, runs great! Don't go into it expecting xbox/ps quality, but for what it is, it's a cool little system.Jul 09, 2021 06:55
Honestly I didn't expect much from this product. From the first day it was announced almost every website and podcast I regularly follow has universally panned it as over-priced and doomed to failure, and on those points, they may be right. But I purchased it anyway because of the nostalgia factor. I expected it would be buggy, slow, and pretty useless...but it isn't.
It's not an Xbox series x or a ps5, it might not even be an Xbox one or a ps4, but it's not a Raspberry pi either. This thing is really slick and polished. I've only been using it for two days but everything I've tried on it has worked really well.
Downloads are really fast. I purchased pixel cup soccer, which is about a 2 gig download and it finished in seconds. For me, that's faster than Steam and the PlayStation store.
I launched into the YouTube app and tried to navigate with the Classic controller but it didn't seem to work with that controller (i didn't try the modern controller), so I launched the companion app on my smartphone. The companion app allows you to control your vcs through your phone and has a slick interface that emulates a mouse and or keyboard. Controlling YouTube with this app was intuitive and snappy. I played a couple music videos and found the picture quality to be excellent. I found the YouTube app plus the companion app to be an excellent combination and far superior to using a controller for input. This same companion app can be used to control other apps as well, such as Chrome and Netflix etc...
The Atari is good for...
Airconsole.com and antstream.com
playing Atari 2600 games
playing old Atari arcade games
A second PC in another room (ability to install other OSes)
The Atari is not good for...
running modern games
competing with modern consoles
not a lot of games available on the store just yet
ABOUT THE PRICE...
Is $400 too much? Yes AND No. Everyone knows that Microsoft and Sony subsidies their consoles because they know they can make up the loss in software and subscriptions down the line. They can afford it. I remember reading that the PS3 was losing $300 for every console they sold at launch. Atari can't compete with that. They have to sell it for a reasonable price, or lose their shirts. Unfortunately, that probably means they are pricing themselves right out of the market...but it's a catch 22, and I just don't see what else they can do about it.
If you love Atari...buy this product.
if you want a decent mini PC for the price...buy it.
if you want to tinker with a neat little machine with a lot of heart, and very little hope...buy it.
if you want to play anything modern...don'tJul 04, 2021 16:44
This is a solid all in one media device. It comes with classic Atari games, the controllers are pretty solid and can run a bunch of streaming services. You can install windows on it via a flash drive, external SSD, or if you’re a more experienced user you can put an M.2 SATA inside. I put in a 1tb M.2 SATA, installed windows. It runs Windows very well even with the stock RAM (which is also uogradeable). This can easily be used to surf the web and for office apps etc. It’s not large (size of a small console) and looks nice.Sep 29, 2021 22:25
Very happy with this purchase. The system is so flexible, from classic gaming and cool controllers to including all of the major game streaming services. I am playing Xbox Online, Google Stadia, Amazon Luna, Ant-stream and more. Not to mention supporting some great indi developers.Sep 08, 2021 13:41