A PlayStation 5 embargo has lifted, and the Western press is finally able to share some thoughts on Astro's Playroom. Pre-installed on every PS5, the game is likely to be one of your first experiences with the new console. So, how is it? According to these early previews, it's sounding like an excellent showpiece.

The above video from IGN shows off some pure gameplay footage of one of the levels, but critics are talking up the game and how it utilises the DualSense controller to full effect. With each area meant to represent the inside of your PS5, Astro's Playroom shows off all the console's bells and whistles, with instant restarts thanks to the SSD and a very tactile experience with the controller. Haptic feedback apparently makes each different surface "feel" unique to run across, while the adaptive trigger buttons come into play when the robot hops into a spring suit. You're able to feel the tension of the springs as you push down on the L2 and R2 buttons.

Aside from all that, it sounds like the game is just an extremely solid 3D platformer. Anyone who's played Astro Bot Rescue Mission on PlayStation VR can attest to this, but Japan Studio has really nailed down a smooth, slick platforming experience that's a joy to play. It sounds as though that continues with Astro's Playroom on PS5.

Early impressions are very positive, then, but what do you think? Are you excited to play Astro's Playroom when you get your PS5? Tell us in the comments section below.

[source youtube.com, via ign.com, polygon.com]