After having waited long enough for the next-generation PlayStation, gamers across the world are faced with a dilemma – which is better; PS5 or PS5 digital edition? The PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition are already officially on sale in the US, as well as the UK. The debate now stands between Sony Playstation 5 digital edition vs regular, so where should users splash out?  The PS5 Digital Edition is certainly cheaper, but it does not have a disc drive like its regular counterpart. 

This means that the disc-less Digital Edition can only stream music, games, films, and TV shows, and will not be able to run them from a DVD, CD or Blu-ray. But there are still many other considerations to bear in mind when comparing the two. 

Which is Better – PS5 vs PS5 Digital Edition

Sony has set the official price of the PS5 at £449 ($499, €499, AU$749). The disc-less PS5 Digital Edition is priced at £359 ($399, €399, AU$599). 

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By pricing the Digital Edition cheaper than the ‘complete,’ Sony continues the approach taken by others for such devices, the Xbox Series X and the all-digital Xbox Series S were also priced differently. However, the demand for a PS5 has been high, and after 2020, it is expected to remain so in the future. These consoles pretty much sold out before the launch itself and the restocking has been scarce. It was made available during last year’s Black Friday sale, just in time for Christmas. 

Similarly, Microsoft also informed that its Xbox Series X and Series S consoles would not be readily available for sale until at least April 2021. 

So the answer to the debate is that if the budget is short, the PS5 Digital Edition is a good pick. It also seems to be easier to obtain.

What is Sony Playstation 5 Digital Edition Console?

The Sony Playstation 5 Digital Edition Console is a PS5, but without the disc drive. This also makes it a little different in the design, since it is slimmer towards the base. The sculpted, sci0fi look of the device is enhanced in the Digital Edition because it is sleeker. 

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Apart from this, both the devices (PS5 & PS5 Digital Edition) have distinctive design elements like the high, white-collared shell separated from the black body by finned gaps for ventilation.

Check out the First Impressions that were posted on Youtube by Japanese game publication Famitsu.

Sony soon offered a first look of their own with the 4K animation and instant-loading capability, where the new Control Center makes it possible for users to dip in and out of game levels as well as videos without any lag. 

Sony Playstation 5 Digital Edition Specs

The PS5 Digital Edition boasts of a frame rate of up to 120fps with 4K resolution. While the new machine does support 8K, there is no way as of now to enable it in the console settings. Otherwise, there is the AMD Zen 2-based CPU, 16GB GDDR6 / 256-bit memory, with a 825GB SSD. It is said to run quietly and load games very quickly, according to reviews. When it comes to gaming, users are able to transfer most PS4 games to PS5, and also enjoy free upgrades like an increased frame rate on the side. The catch in the digital edition is that one needs to use the PS5’s disc drive to transfer the games into the next-gen console. Also, neither of the PS5 are able to support PS1, PS2, or PS3 games.

Coming to the entertainment and streaming part, PS5 Digital Edition supports Apple TV, Spotify, Twitch, Netflix, Disney Plus, and YouTube, and  MyCanal, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and Peacock are soon to follow.

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However, the lack of HDR Support, Dolby Vision video or Dolby Atmos sound has disappointed some optimistic users. Sony’s proprietary ‘gold standard’ 3D audio technology is keeping the devices at par with the industry standards as of now. ‘Tempest’, which is the PS5’s 3D Audio engine,  is able to deliver object-based 3D sounds that can help gamers “hear individual raindrops”.

Storage wise, both PS5s come with a next-gen 825GB SSD, but only 664GB of that is actually usable for games. 

According to these PS5 Digital Edition specs, it seems that this device shall appeal to gamers and streamers who don’t miss the physical game discs, but do not want any sacrifices on the performance.

Sony Playstation 5 Digital Edition – Where to Buy PS5?

Where to Buy PS5 Digital Console? Considering that the device is pretty much sold out everywhere, it is best to keep an eye on the online stores, and pre-order wherever possible. Officially, you can check out the availability at https://direct.playstation.com/en-us/consoles/console/playstation5-digital-edition-console.3005817

Considering that the only differences between the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition are the presence of a disc drive and the cost, it is the choice between having or not having a disc support that is the deciding factor. If gaming is the prime requirement in an entertainment set-up, but you also want a player for old DVDs and Blu-Rays, the PS5 is a good option, although it is slightly pricier. For pure gamers who want the device to only enable gaming, and those who have great internet that does not compromise on the speed, the PS5 Digital Edition is great for streaming and downloading.