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PS4 or PS5: Is it time for an upgrade?

PlayStation 5

If you enjoy video games, the allure of a brand-new console is difficult to resist. If you own a PS4, you’ve probably had many years of happy gaming—the first iteration of the console was released in 2013—and you might be considering upgrading to the PS5 after-all.

However, before you fork over your cash for the new PlayStation 5, you should ask yourself a series of questions to determine whether it is time to upgrade your Sony console. We’ll go over these questions in order to help you decide.

  1. Price

The first question you should ask yourself is whether you can afford a PS5. To be honest, it’s not a cheap machine. The recommended retail PS5 price in Kenya is between 90K to 100K.

Prices for PlayStation consoles typically fall over time, but this has not been the case with the PS5, despite its November 2020 release date. It’s even more surprising that Sony announced the prices of the PS5 will be going up in some countries like; USA, Canada, and Australia due to the challenges of the “global economic environment”.

When deciding to purchase the PS5, you must also consider the additional cost, or ‘hidden cost,’ as many people refer to it. You may want to subscribe to PlayStation Plus, purchase a second DualSense controller, or purchase as many high-end games as possible. If you’re not careful, these additions can easily break your bank.

  1. Space/Gaming Setup

The PlayStation 5 is a massive machine. The dimensions of the base model are (390 x 260 x 104mm), while the Digital Edition is (390 x 260 x 92mm). Before you buy it, make sure you have enough physical space to store it because its enormous size may prevent it from fitting on your shelf.

A slim version of the PS5 is likely to be released in the future, but for the time being, you’ll need to clear enough space for the PS5 or invest in a proper PS5 setup.

You should also make sure you have a TV that can handle the power of the PS5. While the PS5 will work on most TVs, a large 4K TV with a variable refresh rate, and low input lag is ideal. This will be costly, but it will allow you to fully enjoy your games.

  1. Games Catalogue

Is There Enough Game Content on the PS5? To be honest, the PS5 doesn’t have a large library of exclusive games—most are found on the PS4—so this is an important factor to consider when purchasing a ps5.

You should also think about the games you enjoy playing. If you enjoy first-person shooters or puzzle games and the PS5 doesn’t have enough of such games to satisfy you, you should reconsider purchasing it and stick to playing your PS4

  1. Uncompleted PS4 Games

If you’ve had your PS4 for a while, you’ve probably amassed a sizable game library. The PS4 is jam-packed with amazing must-play games, such as God of War, FIFA, and GTA V just to mention a few.

Examine your library to see how many games are still unfinished. If you still want to play them, there’s no reason to upgrade to a PS5. You may become distracted by the PS5’s games and abandon your old ones—not only is this a waste of money, but you may also miss out on some enjoyable experiences.

The PS5 has an advantage in that it has a feature called Game Boost. This feature improves the performance of many backward-compatible games meaning some of your PS4 games will likely run better on the PS5

  1. Game Time

If you’ve read this far and believe that purchasing a PS5 is the right decision for you, ask yourself this one final question: do you have enough free time to enjoy it?

While many of us recall endless gaming as children, the unfortunate reality is that adulthood often leaves you with any time to enjoy some of the things you were accustomed to. If this describes your situation, despite the many cool features the PS5 has to offer like improved visuals, 3D Audio, and DualSense controller, now might not be the best time to buy one. Continue to enjoy your PS4 when you have the opportunity, and perhaps upgrade to a PS5 when you have more time.

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