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On 3/10/2024 at 4:11 PM, guitarmas said:

I'm thinking about getting a new PS5.

Is this a good deal?




It's ok. Just normal retail. Having the disc drive isn't like past consoles though. I only own a couple disc games and it's seems kinda pointless this generation on PlayStation. They have to install, it's not like you're playing off the disc. Then every game has a giant patch or update whether you have a disc or digital download anyways. I had 100gb download internet til PS5 then had to upgrade that too. That would get eaten up in just the free games every month with the online subscription. all my PS4 games are playable from my digital locker though, the convenience is really great. And the 4K and faster loading over PS4 is worth it too. Games like No Mans Sky and Battlefield 5 are much more stable on PS5. Same with MMOs like Destiny and Destiny 2.

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On 6/25/2024 at 8:17 PM, WavyGravy said:

I went for a disc drive, but mostly because I wanted a 4k Blu Ray player, not because the games are any better on disc. I wouldn't have gone for it otherwise. Hell, most games don't even come with printed manuals anymore.

You can buy a dedicated Sony/Panasonic/LG 4K UHD player for around £100.  I don't see any reason for DVD/Blu-Ray/UHD playback to be a factor in the buying decision for a console these days at all.  The PS2 might have sold a lot of units on that basis but IMO it sucked for DVD playback.


I have a huge film collection (VHS, DVD, HD-DVD, Blu-Ray and UHD) and I like the devices that play them to be of the best quality possible, not an afterthought.  The commercial film market has changed from the PS2 era in that the casual user no longer relies on DVD for films which leaves the more discerning collector as the target market.  To me, there's just something not quite right about having a nice collection of films and watching them on a games console.

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Right, my original point was that if you don't want to watch movies on it, don't buy the disc version. That $100 is the price difference between the disc and  non-disc version of the PS5. I was going to buy the PS5 regardless, and I was also going to get a Blu-ray player, so I went with the PS5 that can do both. Now I have one less box under my TV and one less remote, input taken up, etc. The PS5 will likely have much better parts and support lifetime than one of those cheap standalones as well. A $100 BD player isn't going to be the creme de la creme, anyway, but whether it's your PS5 disc drive or one of those boxes, it's still going to be a lot better than streaming and give you the advantage of not losing your movies because a licensing deal expired.

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7 minutes ago, CPUWIZ said:

At this point, I would wait for the Pro.  Also, sure if you don't want to own and be able to display games, maybe later sell them, you don't need a disc drive.

This is my plan as well is to wait for the 'Pro' version release of the system. I do hope the Pro version still comes with a disc drive option though because I still play a buy physical PS4 stuff to play on my current PS4 Pro. So the idea is that the PS5 would replace my current PS4.

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