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For enthusiasts that have been looking to purchase next-generation hardware over the past few months, it has been a rough time. Not only have all of NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics cards been stricken with immediate sellouts, but the same has been true of Xbox Series X/S preorders (launches November 10th) and PlayStation 5 preorders (launches November 12th).  When it comes to the next-generation Xbox and PlayStation consoles, many weren't able to get in a reservation due to the circus-like preorder period or because bots were hoarding everything for resellers looking to make an extra buck. Some of these gamers that missed out were hoping that they might be able to score a console... Read more...
In about a week and a half, the PlayStation 5 will launch to retail, and it will not take long for the market to be flooded with third-party accessories, as is always the case. Ahead of the launch, however, Sony threatened legal action against a company that was selling custom PS5 faceplates, and it worked—refunds have been issued. It is kind of a bummer that Sony would go this route, rather than let people have fun with modifying their console's shell in such a manner. I also understand where Sony is coming from, but I still think it is being a spoil sport (same as how I feel about Nintendo's very hard line stance against ROMs and emulators, but that is a story for another day). The company... Read more...
Who says nothing in life is free? Sony is currently giving away free PlayStation VR camera adapters to every current owner who requests one, and they won't even need to pay for shipping. Sony announced that the existing PSVR headset can be used to play PlayStation 4 games on the upcoming PlayStation 5 console. PSVR owners will need to use their PS4 camera to play the games on the PS5. A PSVR camera adapter is required to make this entire set-up work. Unfortunately, this is an item that PSVR owners do not currently have.  Sony is thankfully giving away one free PSVR camera adapter per household. PSVR owners can go to this website to request their own adapter. The application process appears... Read more...
Sony's PlayStation 5 is scheduled to launch on in mid-November, but it appears that today was the big day for reviewers, who have started to receive the massive next-generation console. Actual reviews for the PlayStation 5 are likely under a strict embargo, so we won't be getting any thoughts on how games play or how it compares to the PlayStation 4/PlayStation 4 Pro just yet, but we are getting a look at the all-new DualSense wireless controller. As you may already know, the DualSense controller is the successor to the DualShock 4, and brings some new functionality to the table. The big additions are haptic feedback and adaptive triggers along with a complete redesign which makes... Read more...
The rather large-and-in-charge cooling fan inside the PlayStation 5 has been a hot topic ever since Sony's official teardown video gave us a view of the bulky part, which partially accounts for the PS5 being the biggest iteration to date. We also continue to learn new things about the fan, and the PS5's internal workings. The latest revelation is that Sony plans to adjust the fan's cooling properties for future games. There are two version of the PS5, the regular model with a bulge at the bottom for the optical disc drive (ODD) and a slightly slimmer disc-less version. Both are big consoles—the larger of the two measures 390mm high by 260mm deep by 104mm wide (15.4 x 10.24 x 4.09 inches),... Read more...
Remember when glass-free 3D felt like the endgame scenario for consumer displays and electronics? Efforts were made to go in that direction, like the legendary Nintendo 3DS, but it never quite took hold. It did not completely die, either. Proof that it did not resides in Sony's new Spatial Reality Display aimed at creators and 3D designers. Sony calls the Spatial Reality Display a "groundbreaking new product," and it was initially shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year. Using the company's Eye-Sensing Light Field Display (EFLD) technology, it is able to present a glass-free, high-resolution 3D modeling and visualization experience. "We're excited to bring the world's... Read more...
Sony today released Software Update 8.00 for the PlayStation 4, which included a bunch of new social features. Sony also stealthily added a voice “Party Safety” notification letting users know their voice chat may be recorded. Some gamers were taken aback by this and were quick to call it out, and Sony subsequently released a statement in attempts to quell the concerns. As we are just weeks away from the PlayStation 5 launch, Sony is gearing up its software in preparation. The update that came out included some tidying up of apps and features, as well as the aforementioned voice recording notification. According to Sony, “Voice chat recording for moderation is a feature... Read more...
Both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S are big consoles, compared to previous generation models. Part of the reason is assumed to be that these are basically fast PCs in console digs, with custom hardware based on AMD's Zen 2 CPU and RDNA 2 graphics architectures. And that is true. But regarding the PS5 specifically, Sony's Otori Yasuhiro explained exactly why the console is as big as it is, and what it would have taken to make it smaller. There are two versions of the PS5—one with a bulge at the bottom to accommodate the built-in optical disc drive, and one without the bulge/ODD. The bigger model measures about 390mm (H) by 260mm (D) by 104mm (W), or 15.4 by 10.24 x 4.09 inches, while... Read more...
New Xbox Series S/X and PlayStation 5 preorders have been incredibly scarce since the initial preorder window opened. Consumers have been buying them up like hotcakes, so it is a big deal when more preorders are available. If you are looking to get your hands on a new console, antonline, an online technology reseller, will have “extremely limited” amounts of Xbox and PlayStation preorders starting today at 2 PM EST. 2020, among other things, has become the year of preorder hell. Between the NVIDIA, Xbox, and PlayStation preorders, few people are thrilled about how things shook out. Even if some people have managed to get preorders, their orders could be pushed back to 2021. It remains... Read more...
We’ve been hearing conflicting news about PlayStation 5 backwards compatibility over the past few months, but Sony is looking to set the records straight in a support document today. Thankfully for those gamers out there with an extensive PlayStation 4 game catalog, you’re in luck. Sony say that the vast majority of the over 4,000 games available on the PlayStation 4 are playable on the PlayStation 5. Even better is the fact that some of these games will support Game Boost technology, which will use the immense processing power of the AMD Zen 2-based CPU and Radeon RDNA 2 GPU to deliver increased FPS and smoother playback. However, backwards compatibility isn’t perfect, as you... Read more...
Microsoft versus Sony, Xbox Series X versus PlayStation 5. We’re sure to see plenty of back and forth both from the manufacturers of these next-generation consoles and from the gamers that will be getting them in their hands over the next few weeks (and months). Today, however, Microsoft is poking fun at Sony over its massive PlayStation 5 and the steps that are required to situate it horizontally or vertically. Sony showed off the process today in a teardown video that it posted for the PlayStation 5 (skip to the 1-minute mark). In it, we see a somewhat involved process with a single screw and a plastic baseplate that is needed to put the console in either its vertical or horizontal... Read more...
A generational leap in console hardware should facilitate a generational leap in gaming graphics, should it not? And the PlayStation 5 is certainly a big upgrade over the PlayStation 4, the same of which can be said of the Xbox Series X/S versus the Xbox One X. I bring up the PS5 specifically, though, because someone posted a video comparing the gameplay graphics of NBA 2K21 on the PS5 and PS4. This is made easy because 2K Sports launched NBA 2K21 on the current-generation consoles first, since the next-gen hardware does not arrive until the middle of next month. And overall, it looks pretty good on today's consoles. But the trailers for the version built for next-gen consoles, including a recent... Read more...
Building and tearing into a desktop PC is relatively easy, once you have done it a few times. Dedicated game consoles can be a little trickier, in part because of their compact nature, and proprietary design. Today's consoles are more like PCs than ever, though, so have things changed? You still probably should not gut a console unless you have a really good reason to, but that said, Sony posted an interesting teardown video of its upcoming PlayStation 5, and it does not look all that daunting. Not that Sony is encouraging eventual PS5 owners to perform surgery on their shiny new consoles—I'm sure that would void the warranty. But kudos to Sony for giving us an up close and personal look... Read more...
In an interview with Korean publication Naver, Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, commented on the sales forecasts for the PlayStation 5 and price increases for games with the next generation of consoles. While quelling concerns of stock limitations and justifying price hikes, the statements could be construed as opposite of the information that we are currently seeing. Thanks to the power of Google Translate, we could get a glimpse into the interview with Jim Ryan. The topic on everyone’s minds is the availability of the PlayStation 5 (PS5). In a question about preorders and plans, Ryan said that “We believe the PS5 will sell more in its first fiscal year than it sold... Read more...
Since we are a month and change out from the PlayStation 5 launch day, we are getting some new information about the console through various channels around the world. In Japan, Sony worked with YouTube Gaming and some content creators to produce videos showcasing hands-on gameplay. Out of Russia, some questionable leaks appeared on reddit and other forums showing off what appeared to be UI and SSD information from the new PS5. In the Western world, gamers are hoping to get English YouTube videos showcasing the PS5 and official announcements about the UI from Sony to quell concerns. Japanese Content Creators Get To Play On The PS5 Since Sony is based in Japan, it is no surprise that Japanese... Read more...
Earlier in September, Sony apologized for the PlayStation 5 preorder catastrophe and promised more console preorders soon. It seems; however, the preorder nightmare never ends as GameStop Ireland has begun to email customers stating they will likely not be getting a PS5 for quite some time. When the PlayStation 5 preorders kicked off, it was utterly chaotic. Preorders went out of stock near instantaneously, and Sony later apologized. Then, retailers such as Amazon began to crumble, announcing customers who preordered the PS5 may not get it on launch day. Now, our tech friends across the pond are encountering similar issues to a higher degree with Ireland’s GameStop chain indicating... Read more...
Yesterday, we came across more pictures of Sony's next-generation PlayStation 5 console with specific for qualification at the FCC and Taiwan's NCC -- and quite frankly, it's more than a bit porky. Insults were leveled against the Xbox Series X when it was fist unveiled, with people pointing to its towering monolith-like design. But the PlayStation 5 and its PlayStation 5 Digital Edition sibling take things to a whole new level, dwarfing even Microsoft's next Xbox. While we presented pictures and dimensions of two PlayStation 5 consoles yesterday, these two aspects of the consoles don't tell the full story of how big they are. However, new renders that were created by 3D modeler @keisawada... Read more...
The PlayStation 5 preorder launch was less than stellar by most metrics. Despite prior fears of lack of stock and the initial preorder sell-out, Sony realized they had some work to do. Today, they are trying to make amends with gamers by apologizing and promising to make more consoles available for preorder. On Wednesday, Sony announced pricing and availability for the PS5 via a YouTube stream, and soon thereafter, the preorders were out of stock almost immediately. It seems the PS5 preorders went the way of NVIDIA Geforce RTX 3080s, where they are making it to eBay for scalping. Earlier today, the PlayStation Twitter sent out this apology: Let’s be honest: PS5 preorders could have been... Read more...
Is bigger always better? This appears to be the philosophy that Sony has adopted for its next generation console. It was recently revealed that the PlayStation 5 is the largest console in recent history and the real-life photos only emphasize its massive size. Photos of the PlayStation 5 were taken by the Taiwan National Communications Commission (NCC). These photos were later shared on Twitter by Roberto Serrano. The photos feature the PlayStation 5 and its various retail box contents being measured. The measurements of the PlayStation 5 are no longer a mystery, but the photos truly highlight the behemoth. The PlayStation 5 is 390 millimeters x 104 millimeters x 260 millimeters or roughly 15.4... Read more...
Almost from the get-go, Sony has been talking about backwards compatibility with its upcoming PlayStation 5 console, having previously confirmed that it be capable of playing most PlayStation 4 games. Or as Sony put it back in March, it will support the "overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles" out there. But what about games for the PlayStation 3 and earlier models? Don't get your hopes up. For some people, backwards compatibility is a big deal, whether because they have accumulated a large library of older titles or simply want to revisit games they remember playing in the past. Going back in time before the PS4, however, starts getting into retro territory, and it is just not in the... Read more...
Today, Sony hosted their PlayStation launch stream. During the stream, they showed off a plethora of games and now, we finally have pricing for the PS5.  The PS5 comes in at $499 and $399 for the normal PS5 and the digital-only PS5, respectively.  This puts the normal PS5 on par with the Xbox Series X while the PS5 digital is $100 more expensive than the Xbox Series S. The PS5 editions will be available in the United States on November 12th with the rest of the world following on November 19th.   Sony also showcased over 10 different game trailers before getting to the meat of the stream. Some of these games we had seen before, some we got to see more of, and some... Read more...
Whether you are able to get your hands on a next-generation game console at or close to launch, and in particular the PlayStation 5, is yet to be determined. As it applies to the PS5, there was a report of a manufacturing issue having forced Sony to downgrade its initial order count by 4 million units, but according to Sony, everything is hunky-dory. Sony offered a statement on the matter, saying outright that the report was "false" and that its original order count for PS5 consoles still stands. "While we do not release details related to manufacturing, the information provided by Bloomberg is false. We have not changed the production number for PlayStation 5 since the start of mass production,"... Read more...
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