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What is the best choice: PlayStation 5 digital or with a disc reader

With two models of Playstation 5 available, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for the consumer. The most frequently asked question by users of the console from Sony that is, whether to opt for the PS5 with a 4K Blu-Ray drive, or spend a little less and buy the PS5 Digital Edition.

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But when it comes to a comparison between the PS5 Digital Edition and the original PS5, there are people who made the wrong choice by choosing a version that didn’t suit their tastes. At first glance, you’re forgiven if you think Sony’s black-and-white behemoths are exactly the same. However, there are some clear differences between the regular version of the PlayStation 5 and the digital model that every consumer needs to be aware of, which could influence the final decision.

Then, TechMarkup brings a comparison of the PS5 with the PS5 Digital Edition in each area, from price to specifications, to help make the best purchase decision.

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PS5 vs. PS5 digital version: specifications

Here are the full official PS5 specs straight from Sony, iIncluding differences for both editions where indicated by yellow highlighting. The two PS5 models are identical in terms of performance.

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The only difference is that the most expensive PS5 console has an Ultra HD Blu-ray drive; otherwise, they use the same custom processor and feature the same 825GB SSD.

CPU:

x86-64-AMD Ryzen Zen 2, 8 cores / 16 threads, variable frequency, up to 3.5 GHz

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GPU:

AMD Radeon™ RDNA 2 based graphics engine, Ray Tracing Acceleration, Variable Frequency, up to 2.23 GHz (10.3 TFLOPS)

System memory:

Bandwidth GDDR6 16GB/448GB/s

Optical drive (base unit only):

Ultra HD Blu-ray (66G / 100G) ~ 10xCAVBD-ROM (25G / 50G) ~ 8xCAVBD-R / RE (25G / 50G) ~ 8xCAVDVD ~ 3.2xCLV

SSD: 825 GB, 5.5 GB/s read bandwidth (raw)

PS5 game disc:

Ultra HD Blu-ray, up to 100GB/disc

Video output:

HDMI OUT port, compatible with 4K 120Hz TVs, 8K TVs, VRR (specified by HDMI ver.2.1)

Audio:

Tempest 3D AudioTech

Dimensions (PS5 digital is slimmer than PS5 with reader):

– PS5: Approx. 390mm x 104mm x 260mm (W x H x D) (excludes largest projection, excludes base)

– PS5 Digital Edition: Approx. 390mm x 92mm x 260mm (W x H x D) (excludes largest projection, excludes base)

Weight (PS5 digital is lighter than PS5 with reader):

– PS5: 4.5kg

– PS5 Digital Edition: 3.9kg

Energy (PS5 digital consumes less power than PS5 with reader):

-PS5: 350W

– PS5 Digital Edition: 340W

Input and output:

USB Type-A port (USB Hi-Speed) USB Type-A port (USB Hi-Speed ​​10 Gbps) x2, USB Type-C port (USB Hi-Speed ​​10 Gbps)

Networks:

Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.1

Both consoles include a single ps5 dual sense wireless controller, which features adaptive triggers and haptic feedback that help elevate the sense of realism in your games.

Both consoles can also play PS4 games, and an external hard drive can be purchased for additional storage to play these older titles. Nevertheless, You still can’t store or play PS5 games from external hard drives or SSDs.

Video games on PS5 and PS5 digital version:

Fortunately, this is the easy part. Aside from the fact that one plays from discs and the other is exclusively from the console’s internal storage system, PS5 and PS5 digital editions play the exact same PS5 games in exactly the same way.

With identical internal specs, you can enjoy 4K gaming at fast refresh rates on both the PS5 and its digital-only counterpart, and don’t expect to see differences in gameplay between the two.

Where things get a little negatives of one version against another is on the backwards compatibility front. As well, the digital edition of the console will play PS4 titles, but of course your existing record collection won’t be playable. Instead, the user will probably have to buy it digitally new.

Final decision

It is difficult to make a call about financial matters: if the user is an avid gamer without the money to make the big leap to the top-tier PS5, it is better to go for the digital console. Next-gen gaming is sure to be a treat on that model too.

But, if the person can afford it, it is better to choose the standard disc-based PS5 console. That user will still be able to watch Blue-Ray movies, not to mention the potential money they’ll save over the years by trading disc-based games with their friends and at exchange stores.

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