Microsoft had already sent us an Xbox Series X in advance at the beginning of October 2020, and a Playstation 5 provided by Sony has now arrived in the editorial office's home office.
We were particularly excited about the Dualsense, the console's new gamepad – after all, it will replace the Dualshock, which has been tried and tested for many years.
To put it straight: Although the Dualsense has almost nothing in common with the Dualshock at first glance, the new controller looked like the old one when we first touched it.
From an ergonomic point of view, there are surprisingly few differences; we hit all keys straight away without looking. The plastic surfaces look valuable, we find the weight pleasant the very first time we hold it in our hands.
The console itself also surprised us positively. It's not really clear from the videos published by Sony what the thing feels like. We had (even) expected more weight – you hardly notice the 4.5 kilograms when you carry it around.
The height of 39 centimeters is likely to pose problems for many players. Alternatively, you can also lay the console down. We shall deal further with this actually trivial subject.
No matter how we ultimately place the PS5 on our shelves or on the table: According to the manual, it should only be set up with a stand.
In addition to the console and the gamepad, there are three cables in the packaging: a power cable with a length of 1.55 meters and an approximately 1.5 meter long HMDI-2.1 cable as well as a 1.5 meter long cable for the Connection to the gamepad – e.g. for the initial setup. It has a USB-A port on one side and USB-C on the other.
After connecting it for the first time, we heard next to nothing from the fan – a very quiet noise can only be heard very close. The fan is the focus of a chapter in the free action game Astro's Playroom.
The PS5 is pretty high … (Image: Golem.de/Peter Steinlechner)
As a small blue-and-white Playstation creature, we hop through a couple of worlds that are thematically based on the Playstation 5 hardware. So far, Sony has only allowed the sections with the fan to be shown, so we are out and about in a cool swimming pool and ice landscapes.
The game is staged as sweet as sugar, but quite tricky – and obviously also intended to finally get along with the new gamepad. In Europe, the Playstation 5 should be available from November 19, 2020, but according to the current status all contingents are sold out in advance.
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