The next generation of video game consoles are finally here. I’ve been a fan of Sony’s PlayStation series of consoles and gaming since I was three and my dad bought me a PlayStation 2 for my birthday.

Since then, games have been a huge part of my life, and if I wanted to, I could talk about the gaming industry all day. That’s why November 12, 2020 was a pretty important day for me as that was the release date of the PlayStation 5.

I don’t usually get consoles on release day, but I figured it was my duty as a media journalist to pick one up on release day to tell the world about my experience no matter if it was good or bad.

I was lucky enough to order one during the pre-order fiasco and started messing around with the console immediately.

For starters, the PlayStation 5 is a very large console. It’s about a quarter larger than the first model of the PlayStation 4 on all accounts; it’s wider and longer than its predecessor.

You might have to clear some room on your setup to get it to fit, but otherwise you shouldn’t have too much trouble setting it up.

I have it set horizontally, but the stand it comes with is a little flimsy. If I move the console towards me a little bit, it’ll disconnect from the stand and due to its size and placement in my setup, it’s slightly annoying to have to put back together.

That’s the only qualm that I have about the console itself, but I think it looks really nice under my TV. It’s easily the most futuristic looking console I’ve purchased.

One of my favorite parts about the PS5 is the backwards compatibility it has with the PS4. I utilized a two-terabyte external hard drive for my PS4 game applications, and the device can be plugged into one of the two USB drives on the back of the PS5 for immediate access to all of your previous games.

I highly recommend getting an external hard drive for your PS4 games that you want to put on the PS5 because it doesn’t have a lot of usable data.

Aside from the application data, save data, and capture gallery, there’s also an “other” option that uses more and more data as you download more games. The PS5 uses a solid-state drive instead of a hard-disk drive, so games load and perform faster.

There is an option to add more SSD data, but Sony is not implementing that until a future update, not to mention SSD expansions are very costly. So, if you plan on playing PS4 games on the PS5, you absolutely need an external hard drive.

The PS5 user interface takes a minimalist approach with all of your games and apps being shown on the top left of the screen. Whatever game you hover over will have a screen-wide banner with music possibly accompanying it.

Say if you’re hovering over “Spider-Man: Miles Morales,” Miles will be in the middle of your screen in the pose he’s in on the cover art of the game itself while a song from the game plays in the background.

Speaking of games, they play better and feel better on the PS5. They heavily utilized the SSD so that there’s little to no loading times in the games. Comparing the “Miles Morales” loading times to the 2017 “Spider-Man” is a 17 second difference because “Miles” loads up almost instantly, which is super impressive.

Finally, I can’t talk about the PS5 without mentioning the ambitious controller, the “DualSense.” Sony absolutely killed it with this controller, funnily enough it’s the most next gen feeling thing about the PS5.

It utilizes haptic feedback, which lets the L2 and R2 trigger buttons have a bit of force to them by feeling the weight of a weapon as you aim it in “Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War” to the pressure of the release of Miles’ web shooters in “Miles Morales.”

The vibration functionality has evolved to let you feel various sensations such as the crackle of electricity as well.

All in all, the PlayStation 5 reels in the next generation in some of the most innovative ways that I’ve seen the series of consoles do before.