Which Sony PlayStation to get?
(Pocket-lint) – The PlayStation 5 is now available worldwide, hurray!
However, in addition to the standard PS5 – this is the one with the disc drive – there is a slightly thinner version in the form of the PS5 Digital Edition. So which one should you buy?
We’ve got the key facts about what’s different and what’s the same between the two PlayStation 5 models to help you make that decision.
What is the same between the PS5 and the PS5 Digital Edition?
The key thing to know about both versions of the PS5 is that almost all of their components are the same – you get the exact same graphics performance, the same processor, and the same storage options no matter what you choose.
This means that both have an eight-core Zen 2 processor, running at 3.5 GHz per core, with 16 GB of GDDR6 RAM to use.
This is backed up by a GPU capable of handling 10.28 TFLOPS across 36 CPUs, a bunch more than even the PS4 Pro could handle. When it comes to storage, both PS5s feature custom 825GB SSDs, capable of reading data at blazing 5.5GB / s while you play. Long loading times are a thing of the past.
The two consoles also have very similar designs, both featuring the same wing tip style flared sides and white casing, with blue lighting accentuating the ensemble nicely.
They are the same size in height when placed vertically, but the standard PlayStation 5 is significantly thicker due to its disc drive. This is more visible at the base of the console, where this change was made.
What is the difference between the PS5 and the PS5 Digital Edition?
As you may have already understood, there are only two key differences between the two versions of the PS5: the disc drive and the price.
The standard PS5 has a 4K Blu-ray player that will let you play games from physical discs, as well as watch Ultra HD movies. This naturally means that you can trade games after playing them and lend them to friends. It also means that almost any PS4 game you have on disc will work thanks to backward compatibility as well.
In contrast, the PS5 Digital Edition does not have a disc player, which means all the games you play will have to be purchased digitally and you will only be able to stream media content rather than playing it from the player.
The lack of a disc drive of course makes the digital edition of the PlayStation 5 cheaper than the full version. That’s $ 100 / € 100 / £ 90 / ¥ 10,000 less, which could be a deciding factor depending on your budget.
Which one should you get?
Choosing between the two PS5 models depends on several factors: how you buy your games and whether you want to watch 4K Ultra HD DVDs, Blu-rays, and Blu-rays.
If you’ve been loving digital storefronts for ages and hardly ever pick up a record these days, then digital editing makes sense. This will save you money up front, reduce the size of the console, and save you the clutter of game boxes.
However, if you like having physical disks or using recovery services all the time to get new releases, you will be severely hampered by digital editing.
It’s worth noting that you’ll likely either have the PS5 for a good number of years, so it won’t take long to make up the price difference between the two models by swapping games or lending and borrowing copies with your friends. or your family.
That is why we would lean towards the PS5 containing discs. However, everyone has different preferences and situations, so it’s handy that you should be having a new generation share of fun anyway.
Written by Max Freeman-Mills. Edited by Rik Henderson.