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PlayStation 5 (PS5) is a videogame platform developed by Sony Computer Entertainment as the sucessor of the PlayStation 4. Released in 2020, it is not a console like its predecessors, but a paid online multimedia service (used primarily for gaming) that can be accessed by PCs or smart TVs.
The Angry Video Game Nerd will spend the last five years of his life reviewing games for the PlayStation 5 before being killed by a drunk driving accident in the year 2024. People who comment on YouTube videos would scorn the way that he "harshly criticized" the 3D platforming games of the PlayStation 5 while glorifying the sports games, role-playing video games and first-person shooters that the PlayStation 5 had to offer between 2020 and 2028.
While the Great Recession would end by the year 2020, department stores had a hard time selling consoles at first because people were still playing the bulk of the PlayStation 4 video games. Wal-Mart came up with this promotion where a player took his favorite PS4 game to the store and compared to a closely related PS5 launch title game. If he liked the launch title game better, he was automatically entered in a contest where he could win the PlayStation 5, the launch title game that he played and a 10% down payment towards his first purchase of a PlayStation 5 video game.
The only "accessory" for the PS5 is its controller, the Dualshock 5, which is considered a better way to perform certain actions in games, althought it isn't strictly necessary, considering that there is a wide variety of controllers compatible to the PS5.
The best highlights from gaming sessions are automatically sent to the person's Facebook wall (if he has one); where all of his Facebook friends can choose to "like" it. Some of the more kid-friendly games for the PlayStation 5 could be previews at any participating McDonald's restaurant between 2020 and 2024; when Sony withdrew their promotion from McDonald's. This modern web service consists in a portal directly connected to the PlayStation Network (PSN) where users can download numerous titles directly from their official sources, besides talking and interacting in several ways. Examples of top-selling games from 2020 include Saints Row VIII, Grand Theft Auto X and Euro Truck Simulator 4. Due to its advanced AI, 75% of PlayStation 5 games are either real-time strategy games, simulation games or roleplaying games.
They can play games with photo-realistic graphics and highly-designed gameplay and also enter the PlayStation Tunnel (PST), a backward system that allows users to play any game from the four past generations: 1, 2, 3, and 4. For a nominal monthly fee, players can also opt themselves into the Sega Tunnel (ST), a backwards system that allows players to play these following systems: Sega Master System, Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear, Sega CD, Sega 32X and Sega Dreamcast. Gamers can also choose to omit the in-game music soundtrack in favor of Internet radio stations from around the world. More than 30 genres are used including news, weather and world beat music.
In 2022, Sony launches an acessory designed to play with the Virtual Reality (VR) feature, that direcly connects the play to the world he is inserted in through special glasses and other body implements. The intended audience for PlayStation 5 advertisements will be divided into four different demographics: teenage males, males over 35, sports fanatics and "hardcore" Facebook gamers. By 2027, annual tournaments are set up in Los Angeles and New York where the winner goes to Sony Headquarters to challenge Japan's greatest video gamer in a $10,000,000 grand finale match.
Sadly, the PlayStation 6 was released on December 2029; the PS5 was all but forgotten by August 2032.