What is it?

A next-generation games console from Sony.

Good points?

As you would expect from any updated console, the hardware has been drastically improved from the previous PlayStation 4 configuration. Optical mechanical storage drives have been dispensed for a solid-state variant which gives faster game load speeds, quieter running and a more satisfying overall experience.

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Combining the third-generation AMD Ryzen processor, AMD Radeon RDNA graphics and 16GB of GDDR6 memory, the system can perform advanced visual rendering techniques such as ray tracing which simulates individual light rays. This creates a spectacularly immersive viewing experience that is extremely resource intensive.

The graphics hardware can also support 8k resolution through an HDMI 2.1 cable provided you have a compatible display.

The PlayStation 5 is backwards compatible with PlayStation 4 games, so you can continue to play any unfinished games without needing to run two consoles at the same time.

A new DualSense controller with granular haptic feedback allows you to feel specific blows with varying degrees of power.

Bad points?

Game backwards compatibility is restricted to PS4 titles, unlike the new Xbox Series X which can play games from any previous Xbox type. The selection of available games at launch is limited but will rapidly grow heading towards Christmas.

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Best for ...

Those who want to experience the latest immersive gaming technologies while still being able to play old favourites.

Avoid if ...

You can't wait to get your hands on one as most current stock is sold out with the next phased release expected around mid-December. It is advisable to keep checking retailer websites for updates.

Score: 9/10.

Sony PlayStation 5, £449.99 (playstation.com)