PS5 reviews round-up: Here’s what critics think about Sony’s new console

By Stephany Nunneley, Friday, 6 November 2020 15:07 GMT

The review embargo is up for Sony’s next-generation console, and it looks like critics are impressed with PS5 so far.

Sony sent out units to various critics and influencers, and PS5 reviews have started to land.

Without further ado, let’s have a look at what some of the critics think about Sony’s next-gen hardware.

You can also give the VG247 review a read here, where Tom stated the PS5 is a great way to play video games.

“I’m excited about the PS5, its superb controller, slick new UI, and that glimpse into next-gen with Demon’s Souls. For me, if you’re after that new generation thrill, PS5 is currently the only choice.”

PS5 reviews round-up

Polygon

The PlayStation 5 has definitely met and has the potential to exceed my hopes and expectations for the next generation. The first taste of higher framerates and ray tracing has been fantastic and the load speeds are absolutely wonderful. New UI elements such as Activities and Control Centre also make everyday tasks easier and open up new opportunities as well. There’s still a decent way to go in improving on things such as cloud saves and storage options, which will hopefully be rectified as time goes on.

VentureBeat

The PlayStation 5 is a big investment, but early adopters won’t regret their decision. Even in an era of diminishing returns, the PlayStation 5 manages to excite you. It’s not going to fundamentally change the way that you play video games. But it’s going to offer a significantly better experience, thanks to its fast loading times and stronger hardware than you had with your PlayStation 4.  If the PlayStation 5 has one big negative, it’s the SSD’s small storage space. It feels kind of silly that I can only keep a handful of games installed on the drive at any given time.

USgamer

While the exterior makes a broad, powerful statement, the day-to-day use of the PlayStation 5 feels a lot like its predecessor. What you actually gain are 4K and 60fps as clear, consistent benchmarks for many games, drastically-reduced load times, and the new haptic features of the DualSense controller. And while Sony and its third-party partners come to grips with the PS5, you’re able to play all your favorite PS4 games, some with impressive graphical improvements. This is a great foundation though, for Sony to repeat the great success the PS4 had this generation.

TheSixthAxis

The PlayStation 5 makes a phenomenal first impression with the sheer immersion that’s possible through the DualSense controller, the compelling Tempest 3D audio engine, and the gorgeous new graphical potential of its games, all of which are more connected than ever. There are quirks and rigidity to some parts of the system software, and it could be a challenge to fit the PS5 into your TV set up, but this is a generational leap that could really make games feel different to play.

Metro UK

The PlayStation 5 is an impressive console and while many of its features, such as fast loading and the ability to run games at native 4K or 60fps, are replicated by the Xbox Series X the superior games line-up and the new features of the DualSense stand above anything Microsoft is offering so far.

GameSpot

At launch, the PS5 is an excellent console that paves the way for a promising future where gaming experiences can evolve in interesting ways and the process of experiencing them is streamlined. Its custom SSD, unique DualSense controller, and powerful specs draw a distinct line between the last generation and the next. Faster loading times and system features like the PS5’s Activities make the SSD feel essential, while the DualSense’s substantial feedback makes a strong case for moving on from the DualShock 4. Of course, the performance and visuals that the PS5 is capable of pushing offer excellent experiences no matter what graphics mode you prefer. And even though its backwards compatibility implementation isn’t perfect, it’s still exciting to know that I can play most of my PS4 library on this new console with few if any issues–I even tested Guitar Hero Live, which works very well.

 With what we’ve seen so far from the console’s hardware, and games like Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Astro’s Playroom, this next generation has the potential to be great for PlayStation.

GI.biz

Over the last five years, PlayStation has established this identity as the purveyor of huge, expensive blockbuster games, and PS5 is the console manifestation of that. For studios making those sorts of experiences, and gamers who enjoy those products, this machine is purpose-built for them.

GamesRadar

The PS5 is already doing everything right. By gambling on a complete redesign of its hardware, controller, and key UI features, PlayStation has unlocked the next-generation of gaming. While the improved graphics and framerates are clearly a boon – and something we’ll no doubt see evolve over the coming years – it’s the improvements to gaming immersion that really define the generational leap. Wave goodbye to loading screens, and say hello to having more insight into your games at the touch of a button. There are quality-of-life improvements aplenty here, all wrapped up in a console that looks and feels like the future – even if not everyone will love the console design itself.

Destructoid

A few legacy issues aside, Sony is jumping into the next generation pool with both feet. The DualSense controller is markedly different from the DualShock 4. The PS5’s general look and feel is a stark departure. Its UI is entering new territory as well with some interesting features. It has bonafide (good) exclusives and first-party games to peddle day one. But not all of it is perfectly executed.

If you one day have the option to choose between the Xbox Series X and the PS5 and want to feel like “next-gen” is upon you, the PS5 will probably be a better fit as it has several real exclusives and the new DualSense tech. Both consoles have far more positives than negatives and simultaneously look to the future as well as the past.

COGconnected

PlayStation 5 is an outstanding piece of hardware. There are certainly areas Sony will want to build on where customization is concerned, but the bones are incredibly solid. It’s silent, runs cool, has a great user interface, and a strong launch lineup. If you’re interested in jumping into next-gen this fall, the PlayStation 5 is a stellar option.

Bloomberg

The PlayStation 5 is an impressive machine, but even with its advancements and standout controller, it’s hard to recommend the purchase of a console this year. Whether it’s the new PlayStation or Xbox, most gamers would be better served waiting a year or two. By then, the hardware will probably be available at a discount, and there should be a decent library of games you can’t play elsewhere.

Press Start

The PlayStation 5 has definitely met and has the potential to exceed my hopes and expectations for the next generation. The DualSense controller brings more immersion and is a solid improvement on the DualShock 4, my first taste of higher framerates and ray tracing has been fantastic and the load speeds are absolutely wonderful. New UI elements such as Activities and Control Centre also make everyday tasks easier and open up new opportunities as well.

There’s still a decent way to go in improving on things such as cloud saves and storage options, which will hopefully be rectified as time goes on. As a starting point and with the software line-up that it has for the remainder of 2020 as well as 2021, it looks like Sony isn’t easing up on the stronghold it already had thanks to the PlayStation 4.

Push Square

In many ways, the PS5 is a refinement of the PS4 experience in all the right areas, but Sony’s sprinkled some next-gen innovations into the mix.

The only other major downside, after hundreds of hours of play, is that the SSD simply doesn’t have enough space available, with under 700GB on offer at launch

Nevertheless, we’re extremely enthusiastic about the future of this platform.  Sony has created a console that feels very much prepared for the future, without forgetting what players love about PlayStation to begin with. This is the fastest, most convenient console the company’s ever created; a cunningly designed upgrade that takes the best of the PS4 and improves upon it. But it’s also got more than enough innovations beneath its popped collar to feel like something truly fresh as well.

PlayStation 5 launches on November 12 or November 19 depending upon your region.

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