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  • The PlayStation 5 feels like a truly next-generation console. From its towering, unique design

  • to its tech which powers some utterly jaw-dropping visuals, the PlayStation 5 is already an extremely

  • impressive console. While only a handful of games will be truly exclusive at launch, those

  • that straddle the line between PS4 and PS5 deserve to be played on the latter. Other

  • than a few confusing changes to the user interface making navigating the menus slightly more

  • difficult, it's a system that's hard to find fault with. The visual power and the

  • mind-bending speed of loading times make the PS5 a worthy successor to Sony's sales juggernaut

  • and the dual sense controller is a genuine leap forward that you need to play to believe.

  • The PS5 has a swagger about it. From the bombastic opening animation to the aesthetics of the

  • menu, everything about it screams, you've just purchased a piece of high-end tech. This

  • is mirrored in it's design which is both sleek and utterly enormous. It's a swagger

  • well earned, Sony dominated the last generation via a very simple message, they have the services,

  • we have the games, a theme that's mirrored in both the launch of the PlayStation 5 and

  • the Xbox Series X.

  • Unfortunately, this is limited to PS4 and PS5 games as sadly, despite rumours to the

  • contrary, PS5's backwards compatibility efforts still pale in comparison to the suite

  • of options on the Xbox.

  • But speaking of those PS5 games, the ones I've been able to test which is about half

  • of the games that will be available at launch will make you forget all about that.

  • The marquee title is Marvel's Spider-man: Miles Morales, a half-step sequel to 2018's

  • Spider-man and the game that most, if not all PS5 owners will pick up with their systems.

  • It follows, shockingly, Miles Morales as he navigates his way through his first year of

  • being Spider-man and moving to Harlem from Brooklyn. Visually, the game is probably the

  • single best-looking video game I've played so far on next generation piece of hardware.

  • Offering both a performance mode which locks the game at a solid 60FPS with adaptive 4K

  • and a fidelity mode which sits at 30FPS with ray traced lighting. I was repeatedly smacked

  • across the face with how good the game looks.

  • The game isn't a full length title, think Uncharted: Lost Legacy but this is reflected

  • in its price and the fact that it's based on the same open world from Spider-man 2018,

  • but you soon forget that because Miles as a character is so incredibly charming and

  • engaging that you forget about Peter Parker and his new face. While obvious comparisons

  • will be drawn to the best superhero film ever; Into the Spider-verse, instead of shying away

  • from that, Miles Morales embraces it, although sadly, he doesn't wear Jordan's.

  • Gameplay wise it is extremely similar, but this is no bad thing. Spider-man 2018 was

  • fantastic, there's a reason it sold roughly one billion copies. They'll be making Spider-man

  • games till the end of time, but they'll never had to update the swinging because Insomniac

  • have perfected it.

  • The story is also incredibly heartfelt, and the performances are fantastic, I can't

  • wait to see what a full Spider-man 2 will look like.

  • The pack in title, Astro's Playroom is a beautiful love letter to the history of the

  • PlayStation. A game that you may write off as a simple tech demo, it both serves its

  • purpose to show off the power of the new controller and revels in the long history of PlayStation's

  • hits and, with good humour, it's misses. I've purposefully not included any of the

  • moments that made me stop and gooh my god they referenced thatin this footage,

  • which to be honest was hard because there's so many of them. I even teared up at the end.

  • I'm a massive Playstation fan, I bought these bloody shoes, but even if you're not

  • as big a fan of the PlayStation, Astro's Playroom is a fantastic way to start your

  • PS5 journey while something else installs.

  • The other first party titles, Demon's Souls and Sackboy's Adventure were not available

  • at the time of this review. But, in the case of Demon's Souls, if it's anything like

  • the quality of BluePoint's Shadow of the Colossus remake, it's not to be missed.

  • Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition brings the world's favorite emo boys screaming into

  • the next generation with a remaster of their latest adventure. Featuring ray tracing and

  • a new playable character, it looks fantastic, but it's largely the same game.

  • As mentioned, the PS5 doesn't have the mammoth library of backwards compatible titles that

  • the Xbox does, but it does support just about every PS4 game. They also receive benefits

  • such as an upgraded or more stable framerate purely based on the power of the system and

  • some titles have or will receive patches to upgrade their specs.

  • The technology behind the PS5 is incredibly impressive. Like the Xbox Series X, the move

  • to an SSD has had a massive impact not only on the previously mentioned backwards compatible

  • titles, but where it truly shines is in the first party launch games.

  • Look how fast Miles Morales loads in from the main menu. It doesn't even seem possible.

  • Astro Bots levels load with barely a blink. For me, that moment of clicking in Miles Morales

  • and being in the game in less than 10 seconds is truly the most next gen thing about either

  • of these consoles. The only thing that lets it down is that the PS5 has no equivalent

  • to the Xbox's Quick Resume. Weirdly, the PS5 has a “switcher' which holds the last

  • few games you've played, but they aren't suspended, they're just sitting there. This

  • feels like the groundwork for a similar feature to be introduced, but for now it's a real

  • miss on the PS5

  • Download speeds are also much quicker on the PlayStation 5 thanks to the sheer strength

  • of the PS5's internals. A game like Miles Morales which was around 40gb downloaded in

  • half the time that a similarly sized file would download on the PlayStation 4.

  • This is essential, especially because of my biggest problem with the PS5. The available

  • storage is incredibly small. At just over 660GB available from the 8250gb on the box,

  • the PS5 simply isn't big enough for the size of modern games. Especially with 4K textures

  • and games like Warzone taking up 102GB on their own, I filled up my PS5 within the first

  • day. Like the Xbox Series X, the SSD will be expandable, but the feature isn't available

  • at launch, due to Sony having to approve each SSD individually, so you're stuck with moving

  • games from an external storage system back and forth. The lack of storage space is a

  • big letdown for both these new consoles. The only hope is that the compatible drives for

  • the PS5 aren't as expensive as Xbox's proprietary memory cards.

  • The user interface is very clean and navigating through your games is easy, but the back end

  • of the system isn't that different from the PS4. It definitely looks better, but a

  • few more quality of life features are needed before it reaches the level of ingenuity and

  • ease of use on the PS4. Although, what it has in spades over the PS4 is speed. My library

  • of PS4 and PS5 games sits at around 450 and they all load into the library tile instantly.

  • You can also now check how much time you've spent playing an individual game, which I

  • thought would be a great featureuntil I checked FIFA 20.

  • It's not even a good FIFA.

  • For me, the main event of the PS5 is the controller. The dual sense is a true step forward for

  • controller design and its features are so revolutionary that I pray that more than Sony's

  • first party make use of them. Astro's playroom shows this off really well, but no amount

  • of description compares to trying the thing for yourself. Triggers have resistance to

  • them, the controllers' haptics can make it feel like you're skating on ice or walking

  • through mud, it's something that I think a lot of very innovative developers could

  • take advantage of. It's also more comfortable to hold in my option, although thus far the

  • battery life hasn't been exceptional. This will obviously vary depending on how much

  • of the controller extra features like the haptics are used.

  • The console itself looks like a skyscraper from the year 3000 and I love it. It's massive,

  • almost egregiously so, but I really like the way it looks. Honestly, the console could

  • be the size of the moon, just as long as it was quiet and thankfully, I'm thrilled to

  • report that the danger to the West of Scotland posed by my PS4 exploding is over. The PS5

  • is whisper quiet.

  • The PS5 is a generational leap. From setting it up, to holding the controller for the first

  • time to then being dazzled by Astro's Playroom and the visual and technical fidelity. The

  • moments in Spider-man like the ray traced lighting or the hyper fast loads that made

  • me stop and thinkthis is the next generation of games.” I didn't think a controller

  • could possibly shock me in 2020 but the dual sense does that. It has all the potential

  • in the world to be the differentiator for the PS5 and the ways that it's already used

  • in Astro's Playroom and Miles Morales show that. It makes the Xbox Series X controller

  • feel so standard by comparison. The launch lineup is by far the stronger of the two boxes

  • and while I wouldn't say it justifies the consoles price on it's own, if you get one

  • you're going to feel like you're sitting down to a leap forward in tech. It made me

  • feel the way I did when I first got my PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4. If the PS4 was greatness

  • awaits, the PS5 is greatness realised.

  • Thanks for watching this review. If you enjoyed it, be sure to check out another on BBC The

  • Social, including our review of the Xbox Series X. Until then, I'm Jordan Middler, see you

  • later.

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