Game Inbox: Is the PS5 Worth the Hype?

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On Friday’s inbox, we share stories of people who got or didn’t get the PS5 yesterday. One reader is very pleased to hear about Project 007.

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It all worked
So my PlayStation 5 eventually appeared on Thursday and … it’s great! I don’t like the design, it’s too big and the way it wobbles on the stand even when it’s horizontal is a strange design decision. I’m glad I didn’t have anything like a cat to climb here and there.

Other than that, it looks great. DualSense really seems to be responding to hype. When you first launch Astro’s Playroom, you’ll see a few demos of all the features, and the adaptive triggers are very impressive. I’m really looking forward to seeing how this works in other games. I love how new and next generation it is.

I haven’t had a chance to play Demon’s Souls yet, but a brief introduction to Spider-Man: Miles Morales makes a clear difference, even in basically the same city. The reflections from all the skyscrapers around you are really impressive. To be honest, this seems like a next-generation leap bigger than many of the games I’ve already seen, and it’s only partly a new game.

I am very happy that everything went smoothly and I was in time. The next role in the current generation!

Successful day
I know a lot of people have problems, but my PlayStation 5 worked almost exactly as expected today. Given the problems they may have, I’m very happy to have ordered from John Lewis instead of GAME or Amazon.

Everything seems great too. I only got Demon’s Souls for all prices, but the graphics are really great. I’m a little surprised that it was okay to get to the Vanguard Demon. I did it right away, but it took me 30 minutes to get there. So I was pretty confident that I could do this.

DualSense is also very good, with a very delicate range of vibrations and the amount of pressure required for the trigger. It’s a good day to play games in my book, as I’ve been impressed so far and have no regrets for the buyer. I’m glad I took a break from work!
Purple Ranger

GC: At least in the first round, everyone dies in the Vanguard Demon.

End rescue
Well, at least this week, I don’t seem to get a PlayStation 5. I followed all the online advice and tips and did everything I could, but the website didn’t work, crashed in the middle, or was left in an endless queue that didn’t lead anywhere.

I don’t know who to blame here. It was at least fair, but at least the site didn’t go on sale until 9am, but the whole thing is very frustrating. I wish I could go to the store and buy it. Queuing around the block for a few hours is fine as long as you guarantee one at the end, but this endless wait and crash of navigating from website to website only provokes anger.

I’ll try to get as much as I can, but I don’t think I’ll try most of the day again. And when I see all the people who sold them on eBay, I’m fine. Scalper … well, I’m sure we’re all thinking the same about what should happen to them.

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Upgrade path
I got an Xbox Series X from GAME last week and a PlayStation 5 from Currys last night. I need advice on upgrade paths such as Spider-Man Remastered. Do I need to purchase Ultimate Edition to play Miles Morales, or does PlayStation 4 Spider-Man work for the same in-game rates as Call Of Duty: Black? Ops Cold War.

Also, has anyone noticed that Cyberpunk 2077 Xbox One X gameplay struggled and jumped from place to place? I think it should have been postponed until next year, but I’ll see if a megapatch is coming.
bigboss1960 (PSN ID)
PS: I’m looking forward to the Serious Sam Collection, does GC know its release date?

GC: The PlayStation 4 version of Spider-Man works through backward compatibility, but you’ll need to purchase the Ultimate Edition or pay for it from the Miles Morales in-game menu to get the remaster. The Serious Sam collection was announced on Tuesday.

Hardware error
I had PlayStation 5 delivered on the release date. I think it’s great until you open the box and run out of AC cables. Fortunately, the PlayStation 4 power cable works fine.

This isn’t too bad for me, but imagine if this happens at Christmas for those who happen to have no spare AC sitting.

Keep up all the good work people.
Shura_Charger (PSN ID)

Compulsory purchase
There seems to be no doubt that the PlayStation 5 will be a huge seller, but does Astro’s Playroom “sale” count as a pack-in title? Or does the fact that it’s not on disk like Wii Sports mean it’s likely to be considered part of the operating system infrastructure?

Categorizing Wii Sports as one of the best-selling games in history has always seemed a bit strange to me. But the only difference here (except for the nature of the technology that Astro’s Playroom introduces) seems to be in the format of the game …?

GC: Many people bought the Wii for special play, ignoring the fact that Wii Sports is sold separately in Japan. It’s fun in itself, but not in the Astro playroom. But yes, I think Astro’s Playroom will sell exactly the same number of copies as the PlayStation 5.

7 years stretch
I know it’s flooded with stories about the next generation, so I’ll keep my thoughts short and sweet. So far, in just a few hours on the PlayStation 5, I’m already in love.

All the splendor confirms and verifies that we really have reached the next generation. Astro’s Playroom is really the perfect intro to it. Experience the goodness of the game for the next 7 years!
Noise Cat 83

GC: In fact, yesterday I had fewer letters than any other month. I think everyone was too busy playing on the PlayStation 5 and refreshing Amazon.

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Hope for generations
Excellent work by GC of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X / S. A well thought out and fair summary of the current state of the next generation.

The reason the Xbox Series X / S lags behind the PlayStation 5 in terms of development is that Microsoft has chosen to wait for AMD’s complete RDNA2 feature set. As a result, their development tools lag far behind Sony. As a result, earlier rumors spread that it was Sony that had the more powerful console. So what we have at launch is basically a PlayStation 5 port to the Xbox, with no features such as variable rate shading or mesh shaders.

However, I think the GC is correct, but I don’t think it’s much different from a third-party title anyway. Demonstrating the functionality of these consoles may result in a first party. Sony is good at getting the most out of the studio, even though the PlayStation 5 is definitely inferior to the Xbox Series X in terms of paper.

I have great expectations for this generation. It’s the first time I think hardware is at the cutting edge without any explicit restrictions. We hope that developers will focus on game design rather than more beautiful visuals and make some progress with artificial intelligence. Machine learning features are especially interesting.

It’s a good time for all gamers. PC players can benefit from the console pushing the boundaries, and Nintendo won’t be content with glory with Switch’s successor. The game brought the very necessary excitement and rest from the 2020 Recycle Bin fire. So put these console wars on hold and enjoy the game!

GC: Thank you.

Also run inbox
In the morning, I waited for my PlayStation 5 and put it in John Lewis’s basket, but it crashed many times.

I didn’t expect the announcement of IO Interactive to be a James Bond game. I’m really looking forward to it, they seem like a great mix … yes, I now want a remake of GoldenEye 007!

This week’s hot topic
This weekend’s inbox topic was suggested by reader CarrotCakeIsYum (PSN ID). He asks for your unpopular game opinion.

What do you disagree with in terms of games regarding games, developers, consoles, or other qualities?

Do you tend to disagree with many common wisdom, or are these examples exceptions to the rules? What was the most surprising or disappointing thing you’ve ever expected to be very good or very bad?

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