Top Best 2 PS5 Consoles: PlayStation 5 Consoles in November 2021

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Sony - PlayStation 5 Console
Description

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.

10 Features
  • Integrated I/O: The custom integration of the PS5 console's systems lets creators pull data from the SSD so quickly that they can design games in ways never before possible.
  • Stunning games: Marvel at incredible graphics and experience new PS5 features.
  • Ultra-high speed SSD: Maximize your play sessions with near-instant load times for installed PS5 games.
  • HDR technology: With an HDR TV, supported PS5 games display an unbelievably vibrant and lifelike range of colors.
  • 8K output: PS5 consoles support an 8K output, so you can play games on your 4320p resolution display.
  • 4K TV gaming: Play your favorite PS5 games on your stunning 4K TV.
  • Up to 120 fps with 120Hz output: Enjoy smooth and fluid high frame rate gameplay at up to 120 fps for compatible games, with support for 120Hz output on 4K displays.
  • Tempest 3D AudioTech: Immerse yourself in soundscapes where it feels as if the sound comes from every direction. Through your headphones or TV speakers, your surroundings truly come alive with Tempest 3D AudioTech in supported games.
  • Haptic feedback: Experience a haptic feedback via the DualSense wireless controller in select PS5 titles, and feel the effects and impact of your in-game actions through the dynamic sensory feedback.
  • Adaptive triggers: Get to grips with immersive adaptive triggers, featuring dynamic resistance levels which simulate the physical impact of in-game activities in select PS5 games.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Tdox, 10 out of 10
    happy days

    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

    --Hardware:

    Physical:

    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

    -Controller:

    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

    --Software

    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 system

    Apr 30, 2021 16:07
  • Review by Ina100years, 10 out of 10
    The next gen console we've all been awaiting...

    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
  • Review by Clutch, 10 out of 10
    A real review.

    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
  • Review by Matt, 10 out of 10
    the PS5 is beautiful

    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
  • Review by rtx3080ti, 10 out of 10
    best console ive got

    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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    Oct 18, 2021 23:56
  • Review by TJLO, 10 out of 10
    Tjlo

    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
  • Review by ThaMonkeyClaw, 10 out of 10
    Amazing console, love it!

    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
  • Review by Gamer100, 10 out of 10
    Everyone in the world wants this!!

    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
  • 9.8score
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    Sony - PlayStation 5 Digital Edition Console
    Description

    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.

    10 Features
  • Integrated I/O: The custom integration of the PS5 console's systems lets creators pull data from the SSD so quickly that they can design games in ways never before possible.
  • Stunning games: Marvel at incredible graphics and experience new PS5 features.
  • Ultra-high speed SSD: Maximize your play sessions with near-instant load times for installed PS5 games.
  • HDR technology: With an HDR TV, supported PS5 games display an unbelievably vibrant and lifelike range of colors.
  • 8K output: PS5 consoles support an 8K output, so you can play games on your 4320p resolution display.
  • 4K TV gaming: Play your favorite PS5 games on your stunning 4K TV.
  • Up to 120 fps with 120Hz output: Enjoy smooth and fluid high frame rate gameplay at up to 120 fps for compatible games, with support for 120Hz output on 4K displays.
  • Tempest 3D AudioTech: Immerse yourself in soundscapes where it feels as if the sound comes from every direction. Through your headphones or TV speakers, your surroundings truly come alive with Tempest 3D AudioTech in supported games.
  • Haptic feedback: Experience a haptic feedback via the DualSense wireless controller in select PS5 titles, and feel the effects and impact of your in-game actions through the dynamic sensory feedback.
  • Adaptive triggers: Get to grips with immersive adaptive triggers, featuring dynamic resistance levels which simulate the physical impact of in-game activities in select PS5 games.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Kevin, 10 out of 10
    It's Somewhat Next-Gen

    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
  • Review by Beto, 10 out of 10
    Must have system

    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
  • Review by Gamer100, 10 out of 10
    Best Next-Gen Console!!

    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
  • Review by 710Gordo, 10 out of 10
    PS5 Secured

    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
  • Review by Renatoriost, 10 out of 10
    Virtual now rocks !

    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
  • Review by BostonBird, 10 out of 10
    Be patient, it will turn yellow. Then it’s yours.

    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’all

    Mar 20, 2021 13:26
  • Review by Nirvash, 10 out of 10
    Awesome console!

    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
  • Review by Timothy, 10 out of 10
    Finally!!!!

    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
  • 9.8score