PlayStation 5


Brandon Chan, Staff Writer

After one year of teasing their new console to gamers everywhere, Sony finally revealed their PlayStation 5 (PS5). With this new PlayStation, users will have a better, smoother gaming experience as the graphics and refresh rates will both be significantly improved. 

Some may not know that Sony is actually selling two different PS5 consoles. The one thing that separates these two is that one version has a disc drive, which increases the price by a little bit. The PS5 with no disc drive is about $100 less ($399 vs. $499). This disc drive will allow you to broaden the scope of home entertainment that you can enjoy with friends and family because it enables you to insert movie DVDs and Blu-ray discs in addition to PS5 games. 

The PS5 DualShock controller has also changed, as this new controller has pointier handles, broader lines, and is a little wider.

In case you are worried that your old PS4 discs won’t work on the PS5, no worries, Sony said that 99% of their old game discs will function as expected. 

Since this PS5 has multiple USB-A ports and an Ethernet port on the back of it, the console will be the biggest gaming console in modern history. It is significantly bigger than other gaming consoles such as the new Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S. 

On that note, Microsoft has also recently announced the release of their new gaming consoles, as mentioned above. The Xbox Series X will cost $499 while the Xbox Series S can be purchased for $299. 

In comparison with the new PS5, the Xbox Series X actually has better graphics, faster running rate, and more storage space (1 TB to be exact). Similarly to the two different PS5 consoles, the Xbox Series X will have a disc drive while the Xbox Series S does not. 

Some exclusive games for the Xbox consoles include Halo Infinite, Gears 5, Scorn, STALKER 2, The Medium, State of Decay 3, The Ascent, Call of the Sea, Chorus, Scarlet Nexus, and Second Extinction. Games exclusive to the PS5 consoles include the very hyped Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Horizon Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7, Sackboy, Demon’s Souls, and Destruction All Stars.

Senior Joshua Yeh remarked, “I don’t think I’m going to buy this PS5 because it’s a little pricey and I already have a PS4.”

Fellow senior Elton Luk shared the same sentiment. He stated, “It looks cool and all, but I need to save my money to spend it on more essential things.”

However, junior Jonathan Liu said, “I’m definitely buying the PS5 because I think it’s significantly better than its predecessor.”

Over the past decade, there has been a so-called console war, clashing over whether Sony’s PlayStation or Microsoft’s Xbox is better. Honestly, both consoles are fantastic and it truly comes down to your preference of video games.


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