what's so shocking? It's following up Sony's 2nd best selling console (the PS4) with a console that not only does everything the Ps4 does but also does it better and does more. it's early in its own life cycle, but just like the PS2, the Ps5's library can play virtually everything from the prior generation.
If we look outside backwards compat.. The PS5 has mostly the same games as PS4, only for the latter there's a more titles and higher quality ones at that. Which should be the case as its been out for a lot longer. And we have yet to see big games on Sony on the PS5 (apart maybe a select few from Guerilla games, and Insomniac). Thus far we have maybe a few big releases like Spiderman: Miles Morales which is a smaller expansion type game, Returnal, R&C and Horizon Forbidden West and GT7 and bunch of remakes/remasters and up-ports from last/current gen.
And yet the PS4 isn't even on most peoples radar when they think of their best Sony console. Granted everyone has different expectations and enjoyment of said consoles.. I just don't see what the PS5 offers outside some better QoL, performance and graphics and a few select games so far. But to be fair people's experiences with next gen consoles could make it their go-to and fave one.
Not knocking it, I like the PS5 and enjoy playing on it. Its just the games aren't quite there for me yet. Ofc its understandable since the pandemic really threw a spanner in the works for Sony and the games industry but the games barely feel like they've barely moved. And since.. it feels like a PS4.5 for me so far. The one lasting game that left an impression on me was Elden Ring.. and that's a third party game that can be played basically on any current gaming platform/s; well, apart from the Switch.
Ofc its still early in the generation.. Maybe once we get a fully fledged new Final Fantasy, God of War, Suckerpunches and exclusive ND game that might change my look in it lol.
so you're saying that only exclusives matter? because I hate to break it to you, but basically since the beginning of the medium, new generations cross-released a lot of stuff. This idea that stuff like Ghost of Tsushima or Horizon Forbidden West or Spiderman Miles morales 'don't count' becuase they are cross generational is just silly, ESPECIALLY when you consider the way this generation (for both PS5 and XSX) has handled that sort of thing. MOST games that are cross generational have little to no upgrade fee, you just download it and can play the newer version once you get the new console. Sure, PS5 does require you to pay a nominal fee for the upgrade, which isn't ideal, but it's better than having to pay for a whole new game like you would have in prior generations.
The backwards compatibility and the cross-generational options are part of why I love this generation so much. In the first year of the PS5 alone I had something ludicrous like 30 games on my system, and while almost all of them were just PS4 games with a coat of polish and 60 FPS, that's still really awesome to me.
So I stand by my statement: The PS5 is everything the PS4 can do but more and better. And that's not a dig against the PS4, but when it comes to thinking about 'which one is your favourite', it's hard to not see the PS5 as an objective improvement. Does it have, on its own, the longevity and impact of the PS4? Way too early too tell, but it's absolutely reasonable to say that I (and apparently many others) like it better for those reasons.
Plus there's the controller functions, which matter.
before the PS5 came out the PS4 was my favourite PS console. but within just a few months that shifted. The PS5 is basically a PS4 with better performance, a better controller, and even more games as well as virtually every Ps4 game. It can do virtually everything the PS4 can but can do it better and can do more. You're free to say that none of that 'counts' but that seems rather silly to me. Seems like you're just trying to enforce arbitrary rules on the system because of recency bias.
My Console Library:
PS4, PS3, PS2, PS1, WiiU, Wii, GCN, N64 SNES, XBO, 360
3DS, DS, GBA, Vita, PSP, Android
Top 6 this generation:
Bloodborne, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, God of War, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Dark Souls III, Red Dead Redemption II, Rock Band 4