Sony PS5 Review

Original and Slim models tested.

Key Features
• High performance gameplay Can play supported games at an ultra-sharp 4K resolution and ray tracing, offering far more detail and image sharpness than the PS4. • New slimmer design Released in 2023...
...the new model offers a small footprint than the original PS5. • Fast storage The integrated SSD allows the PS5 to blaze through loading screens and it now comes with 1TB as standard. You’re also able to upgrade the SSD storage via M.2 if needed.
✔   Refined slimmer and lighter design.

✔   Absurd power meets brilliant user interface.

✔   DualSense controller is a step forward.

✔   Removable disc drive adds flexibility.

✔   Better library of first-party exclusives
❌   Mid-cycle refresh doesn’t improve internals.

❌   Lags behind Series X and S when it comes to loading times.

❌   Still expensive
Should you buy it?
You should buy if
You want a powerful PlayStation experience
You shouldn't buy if
Features like higher frame rates and ray tracing make the PS5 feel truly new-gen (to console gamers at least), while the DualSense is an amazing controller that really enhances games when used well.
You already own a PS5 or want even more power
The improvements Sony has made are welcome, but not worthy of upgrading your machine. The PS5 Pro might change that paradigm if any when it launches, so those seeking ultimate console power might want to wait
Final Thoughts
Chris Smith
The new PS5 “Slim” is still a beast of a console and more exciting out of the box than the Xbox Series X. The controller is amazing, and with ray tracing, games like Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart look incredible. That said, Sony’s own games often ask you to choose between fidelity and frame rate, where I originally thought we’d be able to have it all. With a more compact body, a boost to storage and improved I/O, the PS5 Slim offers a number of welcome improvements that go beyond cosmetics.