The First Year of PS5 and Xbox Series



  • I’ve had it since March 2021 but I really haven’t played too too much in that time. I’d still say that PS5 is what I wished the PS4 Pro was. There really is so much PS4 DNA in the PS5 that it’s hard not to just imagine it’s an updated PS4.

    My biggest takeaway is how much faster the UI and game loading is. I can hop in and out of games efficiently and loading up your friends list or chat isn’t a slow chugging process.

    For MONTHS I had the infamous Rest Mode issue and thankfully it seems to have been patched out but that was beyond frustrating.

    Idk, it’s a PlayStation so I take comfort in that stamp of quality for hardware and software but I haven’t played enough next gen games to really dig in. Knowing that it literally comes with a Best Of PS4 is an awesome feature and kinda makes me wish I skipped the PS4 gen altogether and focused more on being a good student from 2014-2017 and caught up later but it is what it is.

    Honest review of 3D audio—I can’t even tell if it’s working. With headphones on Demon’s Souls the audio is incredible but through my 3 speaker stereo system… it sounds about the same as PS4…



  • I was rather reluctant to buy into this generation, mostly due to the new RRP on AAA games. I did cave last week though and have a PS5 coming to me this week =)
    I'll let you know my thoughts after a week of play.



  • @sheria Awesome, I hope you'll enjoy it



  • @bam541 Thanks :)
    It's still really difficult to get one here in the UK but thanks to some time off in the morning and constant refreshing I managed to snag a bundle with an extra controller and Ratchet & Clank.
    I plan to pop into town and buy Demons Souls, Deathloop and Tormented Souls once it arrives.



  • It's a weird gen, in a good way. The transition to the SX was super smooth. Feels more like upgrading a PC, nothing really changes but everything is better.

    There's this perfect storm of; returning to Portugal exactly as Covid happened, more free time, Gamepass and then the SX releasing that landed me in gaming heaven.



  • PS Blog: The PS5 Turns 1 Today

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    No shade towards anybody putting hours into those Top 10 games, but it's obviously an extremely vanilla list. Then I see Demon's Souls at #9! Nice!

    My buddy's girlfriend found him a PS5 in the wild yesterday and he immediately downloaded Demon's Souls so I know a lot of people played it to see a true next-gen game, but I really think it stood out as an amazing game by 2020/2021 standards. It's crazy to think the Bluepoint remaster looks significantly better and more atmospheric with better overall presentation than From Software's next-gen game, Elden Ring.

    Honestly, and I know this is such a "big corporate" thing to suggest, but I wouldn't be mad if Sony just said to Bluepoint, "here's the keys, go make Demon's Souls 2 or Bloodborne 2". Yeah, it'll feel sour that a massive corporation is just profiting off of something they didn't directly make, but I feel like Bluepoint has the chops.



  • PS5 was a letdown and I don't see it's going to be as beloved as previous generations with Jim Ryan's new greedy and antipathetic ideas about brand's future. Like I said before: As an exclusive lover and a big fan of Playstation, this year was the end for me in a way. Specifically Days Gone PC announcement was the reason but Death Stranding's/GoT's/Horzion 2's weird and stupid kind of deals between versions etc. didn't help either. Oh and then there is that event where we waited for a year to watch and it was just lame as hell. I still will be there on day one for GoW, Spidey, new IPs but I don't have any sympathy for the brand anymore.

    Again and again: If you are going on this route you should be as clear as day and not act shady.



  • @scotty

    The dumb variation of SKU's is definitely a bit shady, but in the end, life is too short for me to fret about corporate nonsense so long as it's something I can avoid. I only buy games that I want to play nowadays so in the end, I only care about the quality of the game. The cross-buy or lack thereof isn't a deal breaker for me. Sony, M$, Nintendo, and everybody else just takes turns nickel and diming and I just try to ignore it nowadays.

    Personally, I think it's waaaaay too early to call PS5 a let down. We're only 365 days in and it's been a solid first year relative to other console gen's.



  • @dipset

    There are better ways to ask for money and still not become this greedy. I was a big fan besides quality games and they lost me in that aspect.

    Letdown part comes from the ongoing change in the company's policies and I don't think they will backtrack from that change.



  • Got a Series X to pickup tomorrow after work. Will give impressions when I get it.

    Also did not resort to a scalper.

    Edit: it arrived today

    Edit 2: Console is home and downloading games



  • Well, after about 2 weeks with my PS5 I'd say it's a bit of a mixed bag. I think my only real issue is kind of what I expected it to be, in that it just doesn't really feel like a new console generation, at least comparing it to how it used to be. I had the same issue with the PS4 though to be honest so I guess things will never be like they used to with regards getting a new, more powerful console; due to diminishing returns I guess.
    On the positive side though I really love the "crispness" of everything and It's kind of highlighted just how much of a waste of money my PS4 Pro was. I have four games so far but I've yet to try R&C. So far though, I honestly think my favourite experience with the console has simply been revisiting Death Stranding, it's just that beautiful, now even more so ^.^



  • @sheria

    I hear everything you're saying and agree for the most part, but when I played PS5 for the first time, I felt like the next-gen factor was a bit undersold. Between Astro's Playroom, Demon's Souls, and playing BFV on PS5, I couldn't believe how smooth and buttery the experience was. On top of that Demon's Souls has such an amazing presentation with an additional layer of atmosphere brought with a lot of love and attention to the audio design.

    So all this to say, I actually felt the leap from PS4 Pro to PS5 much more than I felt the leap from PS3 to PS4. I agree that PS4 Pro was a waste of $500 and I should've just waited 2 years for the PS5. But even from the Pro >> 5, I feel so much more satisfied with PS5.

    But I hear you, it is an iteration of a pre-existing device so the leap feels less impactful, but it's still a satisfying improvement in my opinion.



  • I guess I like the rush of the pre-order craze because I had zero interest in getting either but then jumped into the pre-orders day of and managed to get one of each. The Xbox I sold to a friend before it had even arrived. The PS5 another friend wanted and then changed his mind so I kept it.

    I'm not sure if anything has changed but I remember the UI felt super barebones and beta to me. I was pretty disappointed with the launch lineup but was fortunately in the middle of Borderlands 3 so got to play the PS5 version of that a lot. Save transfers didn't work properly and it stopped tracking my progress. I didn't see any games that interested me so that was when I decided to sell it. While I would say the price isn't justified, once I went back to Borderlands on PS4, I really saw the difference. The load times and frame rate on PS5 are insane. I have barely played Borderlands since. Still doesn't justify the PS5 price to me but super impressive stuff.



  • Maybe being a basically 2000s kid kinda made me less caring for generation jumps. I certainly understand people who feels that way, but I dunno. I'm just happy that I get to replace my sluggish old console with a faster new one. That being said, having 60 FPS games being the norm automatically makes this gen at least a bigger jump than the PS3-PS4 jump for me, and the DualSense certainly helped that. I also appreciate the immediacy and user friendlyness of the new consoles, although that's not really exclusive to these consoles.



  • @dipset said in The First Year of PS5 and Xbox Series:

    @sheria

    I hear everything you're saying and agree for the most part, but when I played PS5 for the first time, I felt like the next-gen factor was a bit undersold. Between Astro's Playroom, Demon's Souls, and playing BFV on PS5, I couldn't believe how smooth and buttery the experience was. On top of that Demon's Souls has such an amazing presentation with an additional layer of atmosphere brought with a lot of love and attention to the audio design.

    So all this to say, I actually felt the leap from PS4 Pro to PS5 much more than I felt the leap from PS3 to PS4. I agree that PS4 Pro was a waste of $500 and I should've just waited 2 years for the PS5. But even from the Pro >> 5, I feel so much more satisfied with PS5.

    But I hear you, it is an iteration of a pre-existing device so the leap feels less impactful, but it's still a satisfying improvement in my opinion.

    For me a smoother experience is not enough for a next gen jump. It's more like what the PS4 Pro should have been.

    I do think the jump from PS3 and PS4 was also not that big at first. I'm sure after some years things will get better for ps5 and Xbox series X.