How to Cut the Cost of a PS5 Console

May 17, 2023
Justin Ankus

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The PlayStation5 is an impressive next-generation gaming machine with lightning-fast load times and unique changes to its DualShock controller that is setting new standards in console gaming. As digital downloads and streaming become increasingly popular, PlayStation must deliver on its promise of an enjoyable gaming experience to keep its promise.

The PS5 stands up to this objective with ease and then some. A behemoth of an electronic console, it will undoubtedly be at the center of most living rooms for years to come. While its design may divide opinion among some people and delight others alike, its significance as a game-changer will no doubt surpass that of Xbox Series X.

Hardware wise, its specs are remarkable: an eight-core AMD Zen 2 CPU coupled with a custom 10.3 Teraflop RDNA 2 GPU powers this next-gen machine which can play [email protected] games at least on paper - although optimization and specific title can make more of a difference than expected. Furthermore, its NVMe SSD provides lightning fast loading times and an enjoyable gaming experience in every way possible.

However, it should be taken into account that there are some notable flaws with the Xbox Series X that should be taken into account: one being its lack of any real innovation beyond speed; two being its extremely expensive price and three its slow download speeds which severely limit online gaming experience.

There are a few strategies you can employ to bring down the cost of owning a PS5 console. First off, purchasing it without a faceplate could save around $20; for additional savings you could use an external SSD drive as storage on its base unit.

There's also the cheaper, all-digital PS5 Digital Edition, which is identical to its counterpart but lacking a DVD drive - meaning disc-based games cannot be played. But you could save money by buying digital copies and trading them back for physical copies at exchange shops.

If you enjoy the unique appearance of the PS5, there are official and third-party faceplates available that allow you to customize its color scheme and design. Furthermore, by removing two white slabs of plastic on either side of it you gain immediate access to its interiors allowing you to upgrade its NVMe SSD or simply clean off. Unfortunately however, Sony currently does not permit installing external SSD drives; therefore you'll have to settle with using its built-in storage instead unless prepared to spend serious cash.

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