Thinking About Becoming an Early Adopter of the New Gen Consoles? Consider These Factors First.

Sony’s latest console, the Playstation 5, launched last week and (of course) has taken the world by storm. With stock impacted by the virus-that-shall-not-be-named and some insane scalping going on, you’re probably going to have your hands full just trying to get the damn thing. I’ve always been one to advocate for waiting a handful of years for the kinks to get ironed out and a robust library built when it comes to new consoles. However, with many of us still stuck at home, I know people will be looking to hop on board if they’re lucky enough to secure a console. I won’t stop you, but there are some things every consumer ought to know before battling flippers and (socially distanced, I hope) crowds. Without further ado, here’s what you need to know before shelling out the $500+.

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PS5 Titles are going to be even more expensive

While not all of the heavy hitters will jump up to $69.99, Sony and other publishers have confirmed that there will be many titles taking a price hike. 2K Games noted back in July that NBA 2K21 will be one of those titles, claiming that the $10 premium “fairly represents the value of what’s being offered: power, speed, and technology that is only possible on new hardware.” Sackboy: A Big Adventure and Spiderman: Miles Morales may be priced similarly to the previous generation’s titles. I wouldn’t be surprised if $70 becomes the norm early on in the console’s life.

You can still expect plenty of love for the PS4 in the coming years

Titles like Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart will never show up on the PS4, but plenty of titles are developed for the older hardware. Sony executive Hideaki Nishino has projected that support for the PS4 will continue for the next three years and has reassured that we’ll be seeing many “cross-generation” games in the future.

“In terms of compatibility, it is important to move PS4 titles on PS5, but I have insisted that forward compatibility (supplying the same titles as PS5 to PS4) is important,” says Nishino.

The premise of “cross-generation” games is a smart move on behalf of Sony. If you aren’t in a position to immediately shell out the money on new hardware and pricier games, it assures you won’t be left out in the cold just yet.

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There’s some exceptions to PS4 backwards compatibility

There’s one advantage Microsoft has had in the past console generation; it’s their care into getting as many 360 and classic Xbox titles up and running on its new hardware. Sony appears to have caught onto this and, as a result, is making strides for backward compatibility with the PS5. Many titles should run without a hitch. It’s ultimately up to you as a consumer to take a look at your current library and research through a case-by-case basis before deciding to retire your PS4. Kotaku has suggested that over 100 titles may experience issues of varying severity.  They also linked to a nifty little tool that will allow you to do your homework on the matter. Just punch a name in, and it will find any technical issues at the current time.

There’s still a lot of bugs to be squashed

Although it may be a no-brainer, you can’t expect the PS5 to be perfect out of the box. PushSquare has already addressed several hardware and software woes that early adopters are currently facing. For starters, Insomniac is presently investigating a bug that crashes the entire system when the pricey special edition of Miles Morales is running in Sleep Mode. Other titles are also apparently causing the PS5 to crash. Simultaneously, in Sleep mode, transferring data from the PS4 to PS5 also seems to be a cause for concern. Last but not least, some users are reporting a phenomenon dubbed as “coil whine.”

For some, none of the above is going to be a big deal. Just don’t forget that we’re still in the middle of a pandemic should you take the plunge. If you wind up having to make that dreaded call to customer support and Sony determines that you’ll need to ship your console for repairs, it’s safe to say you may have to wait longer than you would when things were the norm.

I want to stress that I’m not attempting to deter anyone from trying to get their hands on Sony’s latest right off the presses. Ultimately, it’s your call as a consumer to make. Just remember that you’re not going to be left out if you’re sticking with the PS4. The mentioned hardware and software issues (as well as whatever else comes through experience) will likely take longer to get ironed out with the world’s current state. 

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