PS5 storage expansion
Finally! After almost a year, Sony is letting gamers expand their PlayStation 5’s internal storage with the installation of an M.2 SSD. If you’re looking to expand your PS5’s storage, then we recommend the Seagate firecuda 530, which comes with a heatsink. It costs £175 (Currys.co.uk).
“A cooling structure, like a heatsink, is something all PS5-compatible SSDs require in order to work correctly, and it’s nice that you don’t have to do a hatchet jot of installing your own with this Seagate model,” our writer said in their review. “The firecuda 530 lets you conveniently download, copy and launch PS5 and PS4 games straight from the internal storage, as well as media apps like Plex. Transfer speeds are blazing fast as well, with Seagate saying that it delivers speeds of up to 7,000MB/s.”
Want an external PS5 SSD? Take a look at our best PS5 accessories for our top pick.
Alistair Charlton19 January 2022 14:30
Game is out of stock once more
Game’s PS5 restock has now dried up again, with the bundles offered for pre-order this morning no longer available. Some branches of Game occasionally have PS5 consoles on their shelves, but stock levels have flat-lined for most of January. Hopefully this situation will improve again soon.
Alistair Charlton19 January 2022 14:24
The best 4K TV for your new PS5
While we wait for the next PS5 restock, it’s time to think about upgrading your television. The PS5 outputs video at 4K resolution and can even handle games running at 120 frames per second. That’s something not all TVs can manage, so if you want to see your new console running at its best, a new TV could be worthwhile.
We’ve rounded up nine of the best 4K TVs available right now, from manufacturers including Samsung, LG, Sony and Panasonic, among others. And the great news is you don’t need to spend a fortune to get a great 4K television – prices of our favourites start at under £400.
Alistair Charlton19 January 2022 14:01
How big is the PS5?
Not as strange a question as you might think, because the PS5 is massive. It’s often an easy joke to say how big the next generation of game consoles are, ever since the chunky original Xbox arrived, followed by the even bigger PS4.
But, while the Xbox series X is also rather large, it’s the PS5 that is least likely to fit under your television. The digital edition is slightly slimmer, due to not having a disc drive, but both consoles are equally tall when stood on end.
They are 390mm tall and 260mm deep, while the disc edition is 104mm thick and the digital edition is 92mm. Both consoles are intended to be stood upright, but also come with a plastic stand to help them rest on their side – likely the only way most buyers will fit the console under their TV.
Alistair Charlton19 January 2022 13:02
What’s the difference between the two models of PS5?
Sony sells two versions of the PS5. These are known as the disc edition and the digital edition. They have the same performance, design and technical specifications, but the digital edition does not have a disc drive. This means games can only be played by downloading them, and obviously there’s no way to play DVDs or Blu-ray movies.
The digital edition is also cheaper, at £359.99 compared to £449.99 for the disc edition.
Alistair Charlton19 January 2022 12:03
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart’ PS5 review
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart was one of our favourite games of 2021 and won a spot in our round-up of the best PS5 games.
“Rift Apart has charm to burn, in its character design, lively combat mechanics, and explorable levels that feel large without seeming maze-like, busy without being cluttered,” our writer said in their review. “This is one of the best looks yet at what the new console generation has to offer. It’s big, it’s bright, and it’s almost impossible not to love”.
Alistair Charlton19 January 2022 11:30
Can you play PS4 games on PS5?
You sure can! The overwhelming majority of the PS4 games you own are playable on the PS5. You’ll be able to download any games you bought through the PlayStation store on your PS4 and play them on the next-gen console.
If you’ve got the disc edition of the PS5, you’ll also be able to insert your PS4 discs into it and play them that way, too. Obviously, because there’s no physical disc slot on the digital edition of the console, you won’t be able to play any PS4 discs you own. We’ve compiled together a list of our favourite PS4 games, and most of them have dropped in price since the PS5 came out.
Alistair Charlton19 January 2022 11:06
PS5 vs Xbox series X
Stuck on which console to choose? The Independent’s technology editor, Andrew Griffin, weighed in with his comparative review of both consoles when they were first released, and it’s well worth a read if you’re struggling to decide.
“Both consoles offer a host of improvements on their predecessors: new designs, vastly improved performance, and new games”, he said. To find out his verdict, read his review of the PS5 and Xbox series X.
Alistair Charlton19 January 2022 10:35
Is the PS5 sold directly from Sony?
Yes, but guess what? It’s sold out. Sony brought its PlayStation Direct online store to the UK in late-2021 and had loads of stock available in the run-up to Christmas, with five restocks in November and four in December. We last saw consoles available from PS Direct on 17 January, but they quickly sold out. We’ve a feeling Sony will do everything it can to keep its own store stocked with consoles, so hopefully PS Direct will be one of the first retailers to get fresh stock before the end of January.
Alistair Charlton19 January 2022 10:15
Can you buy a PS5 from Game?
Not at the moment, no. Game last had a PS5 restock on 18 January, yesterday, but before that we hadn’t seen any consoles since the Christmas period, when stock was available between 23 and 31 December. Game sold loads of consoles through November, with no fewer than six restocks, so perhaps it’ll be a quieter January as the retailer stockpiles ahead of its next drop. There’s no indication yet on whether another PS5 drop will land at Game in January or not.
Alistair Charlton19 January 2022 09:55