Friday, November 27, 2020

PlayStation 5

US $499 / ZAR R11999
8

Score

8.0/10

Pros

  • Unusual design
  • Great looking games
  • Easy to use and setup
  • Dual Sense is incredible

Cons

  • Software feels half-baked
  • Quite big, might not fit in some setups
  • Black glossy finish is a fingerprint magnet & scratches easily
  • Limited storage

Reviews: Gaming

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