A new generation of consoles is upon us, and for the first time, we are given two distinct versions of each company’s newest hardware. Microsoft has their Xbox Series X and S models, which they have been hard at work explaining the differences in, while Sony has the standard PlayStation 5 and the PS5 Digital Edition.
While there are a few obvious differences between the two, some are a bit more subtle. The contrast isn’t nearly as extreme as it is with the two Xbox models, but there are some key differences you will want to know about before deciding between the PS5 and
Let’s start with the two most obvious differences between the two versions of the
The disk drive
After the price, the next difference you’ll be able to spot just by looking at the two consoles side by side is the fact that the Digital Edition, appropriately enough, is missing a disk drive. Part of the reason this version can be that much cheaper than the standard console is the fact that it doesn’t have any way to play disk-based physical media of any kind. That means you can’t purchase any games for the system physically or take advantage of it as a DVD or
The lack of a disk drive also cuts the Digital Edition’s value for some players by physically limited to only allowing digital games to be backward compatible. So, if you’ve got a nice library of PS4 games on disk, you’ll need to hang on to that old console if you want to revisit them. That could be extra painful considering how much of a boost even unoptimized PS4 games get just by being played in a
This is where things might get a little complex, but thankfully, Sony has made it very easy to understand what the power differences between these two versions are. Both systems, Digital and standard, have an eight-core AMD Zen 2-based CPU running at 3.5GHz, a custom AMD RDNA 2 GPU with 10.28 teraflops and 36 compute units running at 2.23GHz, 16GB of
There are a number of reasons why one version of the
PS5 Digital Edition
If you’re feeling the allure of that $100 price drop, you’re not alone. But are you actually ready to commit to a console with no disk drive? If you’ve already jumped on the all-digital bandwagon, then you may not have many physical games you would want to play on your
The Digital Edition is going to require a speedy and reliable internet connection, preferably without any data caps. Every game you purchase for it will need to be downloaded through that connection, and with games getting up to 100GB and more in size, that could be a long wait if you don’t have the internet speed to handle it. Plus, you also need to consider space more than ever. Sony has confirmed that you will be able to expand your
The market for used games has no doubt been shrinking but it hasn’t gone away completely, and many gamers depend on those used discounts or even borrowing games from friends to keep up with their favorite games. By going all-digital, you’re accepting whatever price the publishers want to charge you, which has already gone up for next-gen games. Yes, PSN sales are more common and can be good value, but if you’re on a budget, you could be waiting a long time for that one game you have your eye on to see a price drop, if ever.
And it should be at least mentioned that the design of the Digital Edition is a bit more appealing to some people. We don’t put too much stock in the minor difference the lack of a disk drive makes in the console — it’s going to be out of sight for most people anyway — but it is a difference you might care about.
For the most part, you can take all the disadvantages of the Digital Edition and just say the opposite about the standard
If you’re a collector, and by that we mean both of games themselves as well as the fancy limited editions that come out, you may end up having to buy a game twice if you want all that cool physical media but can’t actually play the game that comes with it all. It may turn out that future limited editions will have the option of coming with a download code, but until that becomes a standard, you will be much safer having a disk drive handy.
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