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OK folks, it's that most wonderful time of year again. No, we're not talking about drinking eggnog and watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation for the 100th time; we're talking about the next scheduled "console drop" from a major U.S. retailer. In this case, Best Buy has announced its intent to restock its shelves with Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition consoles. The company says that the big day comes tomorrow, December 15th, as part of a larger 3-day sales bonanza. However, let's get one thing out of the way first: this won't be an in-store sales event. So, don't count on camping out in front of the store in the hopes of laying your... Read more...
Sony's PlayStation 5 has been available for about a month now, and quantities have been extremely limited, to say the least. Sony says the PS5 has been its largest console release ever and that absolutely every unit the company has made has been sold. However, so far the only way we've seen inside the console so far has been thanks to Sony's own pre-launch teardown. The cooling system is as big as the console itself -- which is to say, it's a monster -- but we haven't gotten a good look at the RDNA 2-infused chip inside until now.  The fine folks at iFixIt finally got their hands on one for a complete, thorough disassembly, and there's a lot to cover. In case you're unfamiliar with our previous... Read more...
If you wanted to experience Spider-Man: Miles Morales in ray-traced glory on the PlayStation 5, you would have had to trade off performance and drop the game down to 30FPS in “Fidelity Mode.” Running at 60FPS, or “Performance Mode” netted decent frames but dropped the ray tracing. Now, there is a compromise between the two settings with “Performance RT” mode so you can play the game at 60FPS and still enjoy ray tracing on the PS5. Overnight, Insomniac Games, the developers behind Spider-Man: Miles Morales, pushed a 261.9MB update to consoles that brought the “Performance RT” mode. This system hits 60FPS with ray tracing enabled by “adjusting... Read more...
Cyber Monday is here, and that means a continuation of deals and discount carried over from Black Friday, as well as brand new bargains. It also means you can snag a new smartphone and save some money in the process. Several different models are on sale at Amazon, including Google's excellent Pixel 4 XL, which is more than a third off right now. We like this handset a lot (check out our Pixel 4 XL review for full details on exactly why). For one, being a Google device, it delivers a squeaky clean pure Android experience without any custom skins or user interface tweaks. But more than just that, it offers great performance, long battery life, and fantastic camera performance. Perhaps most importantly... Read more...
Yesterday, thousands of PlayStation accounts were banned, primarily in Hong Kong, in what has been dubbed the “SIE Thanksgiving Day Massacre.”  Initially these accounts did not have an obvious reason for being banned, but ultimately it was found that they all had a recent receipt for Sony’s PlayStation Plus Collection in common. Sony's PlayStation Plus Collection is meant for new PlayStation 5 owners looking to score some great PS4 games as part of their new subscription. The PlayStation Plus Collection is a group of 20 PS4 games given out to PS5 owners who are part of the PlayStation Plus subscription. The collection includes games such as Battlefield 1, God of War, Fallout... Read more...
Sony's PlayStation 5 has been a smash hit with gamers, and has been incredibly hard to come across since it launched on November 12th. Even before its official launch, preorders sold out quickly and major retailers like Amazon even sent out emails to reservation holders telling them that they might not see their consoles arrive until late December. Needless to say, there has been a lot of animosity amongst gamers about the inability to purchase a PlayStation 5, the prevalence of bots grabbing new inventory in seconds, and scalpers turning around to make a profit of $500 or more on the consoles via third-party marketplaces like eBay. So, what does Sony have to say about all of this? ... Read more...
Console shortages have been a problem lately, and while people could blame it on artificial limits or the pandemic, perhaps the answer is simpler. In an interview with a Russian publication, Sony CEO Jim Ryan claims the supply and demand issues would have happened no matter what when it comes to the PlayStation 5.  When asked about the sales of the PS5, Jim Ryan reports that the launch of the PS5 has been “difficult,” but at this point, “Everything is sold. Absolutely everything is sold.” Now, rather than focusing on increasing demand, he is dialed-in on increasing supply to meet the demand. Also, barring a pandemic, the PS5 launch and console itself would have not... Read more...
If you happened to be up in the middle of the night early Sunday, then you might have come across a seemingly unbelievable find at the Kohl's website. The retailer, which isn't exactly the first place that we think of when it comes to game consoles, had the hard-to-find Sony PlayStation 5 in stock. And it wasn't just for a few minutes as is usually the case... the retailer [seemingly] had the console in stock for two hours. In this case, Kohl's was selling the PlayStation 5 console, an extra Dual Sense controller and Spider-Man: Miles Morales for $639.99. Given some of the more outrageously price console bundles we've seen over the past few months, this was an easy score as this is exactly the... Read more...
Have you been looking to snag some PC parts or a new console this year but have found that they are all out of stock? You are not alone in this endeavor, and we are here to help. Today we have some tips and tricks to get you the latest hardware that has been tough to come by in the last few weeks. r/buildapcsales Reddit is a great place to look for sales, new information, and where to buy items. The buildapcsales subreddit has plenty of people who have their fingers on the pulse (or maybe they are just bots). In any case, you can regularly check this subreddit to see if new AMD CPUs or NVIDIA GPUs are in stock. Moreover, you can also find some occasional killer deals here, so it is worth checking... Read more...
Today is the big day for the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, as both consoles are now available to customers. Those that were lucky enough to get in early pre-orders should be receiving their consoles today (or within the next few days). For everyone else that missed out, today is your latest chance to secure a console. A number of retailers will [supposedly] have stock today if you're quick enough to submit your order. It seems as though you might have your best chance at getting a console from Walmart, as the company will have four separate opportunities today for you to score a console: 12PM, 3PM, 6PM, and 9PM ET. Walmart is effectively spreading out the demand over the course... Read more...
Sony makes some...curious decisions from time to time, doesn't it? The company has been known to rile up gamers on occasion, like dragging its feet with cross-play support. However, it is Sony's decision to not offer native 1440p support on the PlayStation 5 that is the most recent example, which could potentially make the console a bad candidate for gaming on a PC monitor. Fortunately, the decision is not set in stone. Should native 1440p support never materialize, it would not be the end of the world. Sony likely reckons the vast majority of PS5 owners will connect their console to their TV set and either play at 1080p or 4K. And for those who do want to play at 1440p on a PC monitor, the PS5... Read more...
We already know how Take-Two and Sony feel about prices increases for next-generation games for Xbox Series S/X and PlayStation 5 consoles, but one major publisher that has been relatively silent is Electronic Arts. Any talk of raising the price of games from $60 to $70 is sure to rile up gamers, so EA was perhaps wise to stay out of the discussion until the dust cleared. However, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen finally decided to wade into the fray during the company's earnings call this week. And given his comments, it appears that EA is receptive to raising prices if the industry starts trending that way. "We've always said games are getting more expensive. The experience is getting deeper.... Read more...
Look, we all make bad decisions from time to time, like slathering ketchup on scrambled eggs or ordering a pizza with ham and pineapple. And maybe you think those specific examples are controversial. Fine (you're wrong, but fine). What some people may not find to be fine, however, is if Sony ends up shunning native 1440p support for its upcoming PlayStation 5 console. At this point, we are exactly one week away from the retail launch of the PS5, both the regular model for $499, and the Digital Edition (read:disc-less) for $399. And it is already in the hands of reviewers and, as much as I hate to use the term, social media 'influencers'. While the rest of us wait, and interesting report has emerged.... Read more...
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...
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...
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...
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