In this article, we lay out the differences between the PS4 and PS5 to help you decide.
The next generation of game consoles is finally here and there are plenty of avid gamers looking for the shiny new boxes from Sony and Microsoft. Specifically, the PS5 launched in mid-November 2020 and is flying off the shelves.
Some wonder if the upgrade is worth it. How does it compare to the popular PS4?
There’s no doubt that Sony’s Playstation 5 is a much more powerful console than its next-gen offering.
We will not bore you with the crux of the matter. Suffice it to say, it has a more powerful processor, more RAM, and a racehorse than a graphics card.
What’s worth noting, though, is that the PS5 has a few tricks up its sleeve over its big brother.
- For starters, Sony’s new beast is capable of 4K resolutions that can reach up to 120 frames per second. Frame rates are largely dependent on several factors.
- Some games can switch between modes, achievements and fidelity.
- The former will be where frame rates between 60-120 fps are possible, while the latter will favor better graphics over the frame rate.
The other hardware factor that makes the PS5 special is its custom SSD drive.
Many may have amassed less than 1TB of storage, but the drive makes up for that with its blazing-fast loading speeds.
During the presentation of Sony we got an idea how fast the console can load games. In Ratchet and Clank, entire levels and their NPC inhabitants were loaded in the blink of an eye. This allows game developers to create experiences previously unattainable with PS4 hardware.
Your first look at what the Fortnite game will look like on PlayStation 5 with Unreal Engine 4. Source: PlayStation
When it comes to features, both the PS4 and PS5 have their advantages.
Sony’s latest controller, the DualSense, has a host of new tricks on its PS4 sibling specifically. For starters, haptic feedback goes way beyond rumble, making it possible to feel every gust of wind, every little touch and click, even the rain that falls on your character. It’s hard to give you a complete picture of what the DualSense feels like. It’s really a great experience when you play with the PS5 bundle game Astro’s Playroom.
One minor feature that the PS5 lacks relative to its big brother and probably won’t affect most people is an optical output port. This allowed PS4 owners to output the audio from their console to their home theater system and other audio devices, such as Astro Gaming headphones.
If you’re a Twitch streamer, you might also miss this feature as it was critical to bringing your game audio to your audio interface.
Sony has gone to great lengths to ensure that the latest console is compatible with PS4 games. In fact, over 99% of the latest generation games work perfectly with a PS5. Plus, more than 100 of them take advantage of what Sony calls Boost mode, where games are boosted at higher resolutions and frame rates. This makes the PS5 a relatively attractive purchase, even if the truly exclusive titles are scarce.
If you do, however, choose to hold off on updating, quite a few PS4 titles offer free PS5 updates. With games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Cyberpunk 2077 and Watch Dogs Legion, you can download the PS5 version for free when you finally choose to jump to the next generation.
It’s also worth noting that the Playstation 4 can stream games from a PS5. That’s an extra incentive to keep your old console longer.
What it comes down to for you is how you feel about the update right now. It is true that the PS5 does not have many games that are not available on the PS4. The only title worth having is Demon’s Souls Remake. If you’re not worried about playing your games at higher resolutions and frame rates, waiting might be the best solution for you.
Of course Fortnite can also be played on other consoles such as Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. What is the advantage of choosing one console over another?