This has been the most impressive PlayStation console for me since the PS1. While now a grown adult, I had the same gleeful expression and excitement as when I first played the PS1 as a teenager! Yes, the PS5 has amazing graphics, 4KUHD player and almost non existent load times but it's the controller that is the star of the show. You have to experience the dual-sense haptic feedback yourself to just get a sense of how impressive it is. Included on the PS5 is Astro's Playroom that acts like a tech demo to showcase the new capabilities of the PS5 controller. While I say tech demo its actually a full on platformer, reminding me of how Ape Escape demoed the capabilities of the PS1 dual shock controller with Astro doing the same for the PS5 controller. Oh yeah and there is Horizon which is an amazing looking open world game just like the original. It does of course support the haptic feedback though not as pronounced as Astro, used for smaller things such as drawing a bow or prying open something. The package includes the console, stand, controller, USB cable, 2.1 Hdmi cable, power cable and a digital key for the PS5/PS4 Horizon game. It does not come with a headset but the included speaker/microphone on the controller can be used in place of a headset. While the included SSD space is a bit meager, there is an additional M2 slot where a SSD can be added. In operation, the system does push quite a bit of heat so you may want to give some consideration to where you place it. Fortunately it is relatively silent in operation and no where near the noise levels of the original PS4. As for the cons I think the initial price tag should have been 500 flat with Horizon included but then again games have unfortunately gone up to 70US which is significant. While subjective, the console looks more like some kind of art design concept and will probably stand out in any entertainment center. The stand included can be adjusted to work for both horizontal and vertical orientation. I have it horizontally and it just lies loosely on the stand feeling as though it can easily slide off with a bump. It's a minor gripe as I have it deep within a shelf of my entertainment center. It is an impressive piece of hardware and while expensive, once you spend some time using it and experiencing the full capabilities, you will realize that it is amazing that they were able to sell this piece of hardware for the given price point.
Reviewed in the United States on September 16, 2022 by Riva Iron Grip