Sony’s PlayStation 5 Coming Out November 2020

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Marielle Ambulo, Freshman

In June 2020, Sony announced that the new PlayStation 5 is set to be released on November 12th. When compared to the PS4, the PS5 has major improvements, which has fans waiting anxiously to get their hands on this console.

With the system having larger amounts of RAM to work with and a much faster storage system, loading and downloading times will be much more efficient. This also changes and improves how developers can make games. 

Brian Horton, the Creative Director for Spider-Man: Miles Morales comments, “Beyond near-instant loading and fast-travel, the SSD and its speed allows us to more quickly load and display more detailed assets.” Offering more RAM to the console gives developers more areas to work with and it allows the system to load larger portions at once instead of having to do it in small chunks. 

The PS5 also offers backwards compatibility with a majority of games, supporting games from all previous PlayStation consoles.

There are 2 versions of the PS5, the regular and the digital edition. The PS5 on launch costs $499.99 and the digital version $399.99. 

With the new PlayStation, Sony is releasing a new voice chat policy that has already taken place in the PS4, but it is receiving mixed feedback. The new policy allows party chat members to record their conversations and send them to moderators for review. Reddit user pookac81 explains, “As a black gamer who grew up from Nintendo to now (40 years old) you guys aren’t aware how many times I’ve been called aggressive racial slurs from 14 year olds.” While it does benefit those who have undergone harassment by others, many still argue that the policy is not needed and feel that their privacy is being threatened.

Introducing faster and better graphics, the PS5 uses an AMD Zen 2-based CPU, an AMD Radeon RDNA GPU, 16GB of RAM and now uses SSDs instead of HDDs. There is also an m.2 expansion slot for additional storage. These new parts will make significant changes in both gameplay and performance of the player. 

While the PS5 has gained positive feedback, many players are now noticing a large decrease in performance in their PS4. Some are even speculating that it has something to do with the upcoming launch of the PS5.