Every day new gamers are born who sometimes ask themselves the question, “but where do I start?”. And among the first steps, there is the fact that you need to choose the right platform. In this, we will help those who may want to enter the world of gaming now, or who may have changed their current gaming platform.
It is important to note that our article only deals with currently available platforms. It will not cover machines and services that are already out of date, nor will it include the already announced but not yet available console generations – there will be plenty of material on the latter. In the columns of our family.
To the best of our knowledge, we have tried to gather as much information as possible about each platform that may be useful to a user about to purchase. Still, our article should not be confused with a step-by-step setup guide, as there is plenty of material on the Internet.
Still, to give a little extra help to users stuck between buying and using, we’re linking to relevant forum topics on each platform, where forum-savvy forums and their more clueless peers can exchange ideas.
The Sony PlayStation probably won’t need to be introduced to anyone, as you’ve even heard of it from someone who doesn’t follow the console market anyway. The PlayStation is on its 5th generation platform, but it’s not worth buying a console older than the PS4.
The “older” version, the PlayStation 4, is also not to be discarded as it also supports HDR (High Dynamic Range) display. Still, the 4K resolution is the exclusive privilege of the Pro, as is the 1GB of primary storage for the Slim of 500GB.
However, if you’re dreaming of a PS5, it’s worth knowing a few things about it. The new console is large enough: set to 39 cm high, 26 cm deep, and 10.4 cm wide without a base, so taller and broader in its thickest parts than the first, fat version of the PlayStation 3. And if we talk about the design, we should mention that the manufacturers have promised us new colors for the cover.
The four-and-a-half-pound console can be stored upright and down. The base package includes the necessary footing, the mandatory power and HDMI cable, DualSense controller, and accompanying charging cable. It is also interesting that the white covers are easy to snap off, which suggests that there will be a good chance that versions will be available in the future, which will vary the machine’s appearance.
At the front of the console, the power and disc eject buttons are located in a barely noticeable way, as well as a USB-A (2.0) and a USB-C port, an HDMI 2.1, a LAN, and two USB-A (3.1) ports on the back. ) next to the power outlet. The machine also supports Bluetooth 5.1 and WiFi 6.
Underneath the enclosure is an eight-core, 16-thread, 3.5GHz AMD Ryzen Zen 2 processor with an AMD-based RDNA-2-based graphics chip with 10.3 teraflop computing capacity. This is complemented by 16 GB of GDDR6 RAM and an 850 gig SSD. The latter is incomprehensible in that the PlayStation 4 Pro was already introduced with a 1-terabyte drive three and a half years ago, and out of 850 gigabytes, only roughly 620 GB can be used after the first turn-on.
In terms of performance, it’s at least double that of the PS4 Pro, yet lags behind the Xbox Series X in terms of pure raw power, but that doesn’t mean anything is much nicer or faster on a competing machine. The PS5 can also display 4K / 60 fps, and Sony says there will be games that can squeeze in at 120 frames per second.
Of course, this also requires a display with an HDMI 2.1 connector, which is essential for data transmission. It is also worth noting that the console is relatively quiet at idle. I did not measure more than 35 decibels of noise while inserting digital games, but the optical drive was hot when copying data, in which case 45-50 decibels was not uncommon. And when it comes to discs, the PlayStation 5 is finally capable of playing UHD Blu-rays.
As for the controller, we can see that it has not only changed in appearance compared to the DualShock 4 but has been endowed with features that are a significant improvement over the previous generation. The shape is reminiscent of the Xbox solution, but the button layout hasn’t changed, and this time we won’t be without a touch-sensitive interface or light play.
One of the novelties is that the controller already has a microphone, so you no longer need a headset for communication, and a related change is a new LED button to mute the microphone. Regardless, the traditional jack is also missing, so connecting a headset or a flat ear is also possible. The latter is also important because the PlayStation 5 still does not support Bluetooth headphones, so only official accessories can be connected to the machine.
DualSense has been given a 1560 milliamp-hour axle, one and a half times the battery in the DualShock 4, and provides up to 13 hours of power, a significant improvement over its predecessor. However, this time interval may vary depending on the game you are playing, as each program uses the engines in the controller in different ways and amounts.
The most cost-effective solution is, of course, a desktop PC assembled from components of your choice, where we can decide which components to spend more on and which to spend less on, depending on what we want to achieve. We will not give a specific example of the different parts this time, as this would be an infinitely long article, but our news and tests on the inserted links and, if applicable, our category analysis provide a great starting point or forum topics where everyone can get help tailored to their personal needs.
There are plenty of options, tests, and comparisons for the processor, motherboard, graphics card, and memory quartet on the Internet, but it’s relatively rare to summarize what we need in addition to the above to get to the start of the game.
In addition to the components mentioned above, we must also buy a processor cooler (in case we do not get one for the processor at the factory or if it would not be efficient enough), a power supply for the power supply, and a machine housing in which we can install all the components. you also need to get the best operating system, Windows 10, to run games, due to its prevalence. Another pro for the PC is its variability and complexity because while on a console you can only play and watch movies, a PC can do much more. It’s a great work tool, whether you need to do presentations or video editing, also you have lots of free games on the internet, that don’t even have to be downloaded, like online blackjack games.
However, assembling the right expertise and/or courage, we can do the assembly ourselves, but most specialist shops undertake to put together the selected parts for us for a small surcharge. It is recommended to use this option. This way, we can ensure that the delivered device consists of compatible parts and that the computer arrives with us in a working condition.
Of course, some manufacturers already offer factory-assembled desktops (such as the Acer Predator Orion series), and distributors like to sell their ready-made models, and there have been notebooks specifically designed for gaming for quite a few years now, which are not necessarily they were designed for on-the-go gaming (since the battery lasts no longer than 1-2 hours with such use), they tend to move more easily than a desktop computer.
In addition to the PC, we will need a mouse and keyboard, which are essential for controlling games. Instead of the latter, we can also choose special input devices such as the steering wheel, joystick, or controller, which can be more convenient and accurate in their various simulation games (car, truck, plane, etc.) than their button-click counterparts.
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