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Play Life, Live Games column: PlayStation 5 offers some game-changing features

Dusty Ricketts
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Columns share an author’s personal perspective.

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I hope everyone reading this had a wonderful weekend. Not trying to brag, but it probably wasn’t as good as mine.

I have been trying to get a PlayStation 5 since pre-orders for the system went live on Sept. 17. Finally, on Jan. 7, I was able to order a bundle that included the system, an extra controller and two games from GameStop.

While I wasn’t expecting to receive my console until the end of the month, it arrived on Jan. 16 and I have been basking in the glory of 4K graphics, ray tracing lighting and super-fast load times ever since.

Before I get into my initial thoughts on the new system, getting a PS5 or an Xbox Series X/S is still incredibly difficult. My initial strategy for getting a PS5 was just to check the Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy, Walmart and Target apps at random times throughout the day and hope I got lucky.

I never did.

If you’re wanting to get one of the new consoles, my recommendation would be to follow someone like IGN Deals on Twitter. IGN Deals has been tweeting every time any of the national chains release a new batch of systems available for order. But be sure to turn on your notifications so you are alerted as soon as they tweet, because the stock of systems does not last long.

Even following IGN Deals and trying to put the system in my shopping cart and then trying to check out as soon as I could, the stock available would sell out before I had a chance to complete my order. About a week or two after I started following IGN Deals though, I was able to complete my order.

My first reaction to the console itself was that the PlayStation 5 is huge, much larger than the PlayStation 4 Pro and even larger than the original Xbox.

The controller also has more heft to it than the DualShock 4, but the new controller also is my favorite thing about the new system so far. All the new bells and whistles that Sony put into it work great. The adaptive triggers added to the controller are amazing. The L2 and R2 triggers can now offer resistance, so using them to pull back a bow to shoot an arrow feels completely different from pulling a trigger to fire a gun.

It’s such a gaming revelation that it reminded me of the first time I played “Metal Gear Solid” for the original PlayStation with the then-new DualShock controller and it vibrated when a helicopter was flying overhead.

The PS5’s use of an ultra-fast solid state drive over a traditional hard drive also is a game-changer. Games now load incredibly fast, usually in a matter of just a few seconds. That goes for the large open-world games like the two Spider-Man titles.

I’m still getting to know the PS5 and all of its features, but so far the new generation of hardware is not disappointing. The only thing I need now is more software to play on it.

Dusty Ricketts is the editor of The Destin Log and The Walton Sun newspapers and can be reached at dricketts@thedestinlog.com.