The PlayStation 5 (PS5) was announced in 2019 as the successor to the PlayStation 4 and then released in November 2020, however, due to chip shortages and the Covid-19 pandemic, owning one almost two years later is still a hassle.
The PS5 is part of the ninth generation of video game consoles, along with Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and Series S consoles, which were released in the same month.
The PlayStation 5’s main hardware features include a solid-state drive (SSD) customized for high-speed data streaming to enable significant improvements in storage performance, an AMD GPU capable of 4K resolution display at up to 120 frames per second, hardware-accelerated ray tracing for realistic lighting and reflections, and the Tempest Engine allowing for hardware-accelerated 3D audio effects. Other features include the DualSense controller with haptic feedback and backward compatibility with the majority of PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR games.
Owning a PS5 in Kenya
The PS5 standard and digital editions are becoming slowly available in the Kenyan market, however, you will have to part with a huge chunk of cash ranging upwards of Sh100,000.
Whether you are a pro gamer, a gaming enthusiast, or maybe you just want to use the PS5 for that cool factor, you can experience the next-gen gaming without spending that much money, I found out. First is the normal gaming dens in your local towns, here you can enjoy the PS5 experience for an hour or so for a few hundred bob.
The other alternative is leasing one, sorry for the clickbait, it is basically owning one though, for a week? no? Offering such services is UTL Kenya. The e-commerce company leases gaming consoles, the PS4 and PS5 for Sh200 and Sh400 per day respectively.
“We ventured into PS5 lessening late 2021 around November-December,” says Eddy Nganga, founder at UTL KENYA, adding that Kenyans continue to express immense interest.
According to Nganga, most people prefer hiring the consoles and games and enjoying them from the comfort of their homes rather than visiting the gaming dens.”This also allows us to save on a number of overhead costs like electricity, rent, and the purchase of supporting equipment like TVs since we only issue the console and games alone.”
Nganga is optimistic that leasing consoles as a business still has momentum as Kenya experiences growth in the gaming sector. He lists the damage to equipment as the only problem the company has encountered so far.
In order to lease a console, you will need to get in touch with UTL Kenya and request to lease the PS5, provide a copy of your National ID and proof of residence (This can be strictly confirmed by a copy of the tenancy agreement or title deed) for sign up and that’s it, they will dispatch a delivery person to deliver the PS5, once your lease has expired, they send the delivery guy to pick it up.