Ever since the big release, PS5 has become one of the most desired consoles on the market. This new generation of game consoles created a competition similar to a sporting event, with waves of stock hitting shelves every now and then, only to sell out a few minutes later.
The global pandemic has understandably contributed to the great console rush, as many of us are still confined to our homes. The lack of systems, combined with PS5 scalpers that intercept supplies, means that many console gamers are looking for PS5 inventory and looking for any tips they can get.
While I admit that I was initially tempted to buy the PS5, I do not think I need one ̵
It clearly lacks PS5 exclusives
The fact that virtually all upcoming PS5 releases will be available for PS4 is reason enough to wait. With small exceptions like Deathloop, most of the PS5’s highly anticipated games, such as Resident Evil Village, Batman: Gotham Knights and Hogwarts Legacy is also scheduled to be released on Sony’s previous generation console.
One of the few exclusive games worth buying for PS5 is Demon’s Souls. This spring review of the game, our game editor called it a “standout title among PS5’s launch lineups”, noting that the remake is the “best reason to own a PS5” thanks to its exciting story and beautiful images.
When one of my most anticipated games, Little Nightmares 2, came out on February 10, I was surprised to see that the game was only available for PC, PS4, Xbox One, Stadia and Nintendo Switch. PS5 and Xbox Series X / S versions of the game will not be released later this year. Even game studios do not seem to be in a hurry to release games for the newer consoles, especially when so few players own one.
Compare the PS5 to the Nintendo Switch, for example. Despite its 2017 release, the portable console recently became it best-selling console at the moment, beat both the PS5 and Xbox Series X / S. The Switch is significantly cheaper than the next generation consoles. But more importantly, if you want to play popular exclusive Nintendo titles like Pokémon, Animal transition or The legend of Zelda, you simply do not have much choice.
My PS4 still does its job admirably
Compared to the PS4, the PS5 has significantly improved hardware. With technical specifications such as an AMD Ryzen 8-core CPU, 16 GB RAM, 825 GB SSD storage and beam tracking, the PS5 has PS4 Pro hit. PS5’s new DualSense controllers also present a clear upgrade over DualShock 4, with exciting features such as haptic feedback and adaptive triggers.
When I started playing actively in 2017, I bought my reliable PS4 Pro for about £ 350 ($ 480). From that moment on, the console became a staple in my setup, even after I bought it Razer Blade 15 quartz as my first gaming laptop. Even now I still turn to PS4 when I want to relax and play more “informal” single players on my couch.
The overwhelming backlog of games for PS4 also plays a role in my decision. With critically acclaimed games like God of War, Bloodborne, Ghost of Tsushima and Horizon Zero Dawn still haunting the top of my to-do list, it may take some time before I’m ready to box the PS4.
The bottom line
Being an early PS5 adopter would certainly be exciting. As it stands, due to the lack of exclusive games and the ongoing global stock shortage, you may want to think twice before sinking both your time and your hard earned money into a new console, just to have one. It’s likely that I’ll change my tune when more games come out and the PS5 becomes easier to buy. But now is not the time, at least for me.