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Why were the PS5 and Xbox Series X pre-orders so chaotic?

Buying a new, next-generation console is supposed to be an exciting thing. But this generation, pre-orders for the two upcoming consoles, the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X, were more of a time for frustration and disappointment as the preorder periods for both consoles turned into complete fiascos. So what happened? The PlayStation 5 pre-orders were the first to launch — prematurely, apparently. While pre-orders were supposed to start on September 17, they actually went live on September 16 with almost no warning. Within minutes, both versions of the PS5 were sold out everywhere, and even those who thought they’d managed to snag one would find it vanishing from their carts. For those who’d made the dreadful mistake of eating dinner because they weren’t expecting the pre-orders to go live (such as myself) they completely missed even the opportunity to buy one. Sony later apologized for the mess, saying it “could have been a lot smoother” (you don’t say) and promising to release more of the consoles for pre-order. Let’s hope that’s true because, according to Press Start’s Shannon Grixti, at least one retailer has already sold their total 2020 stock. One wonders if the company is having to scramble to make more PS5s, as initial reports said it’d limit supplies at launch. Let’s be honest: PS5 preorders could have been a lot smoother. We truly apologize for that.  Over the next few days, we will release more PS5 consoles for preorder – retailers will share more details.  …Continue readingWhy were the PS5 and Xbox Series X pre-orders so chaotic?

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Buying Spider-Man Remastered on the PS5 is going to be needlessly confusing

2018’s Spider-Man is headed to the PlayStation 5, but buying it won’t be straightforward. Sony has confirmed to Kotaku that Spider-Man Remastered — the updated PS5 version — won’t be sold as a standalone title or offered as a free upgrade for existing Spider-Man owners. Instead, the only way to buy it will be as part of the $69.99 Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition bundle, which couples the PS5 version of the upcoming spinoff with Spider-Man Remastered. (Miles Morales typically costs $49.99 on its own.) The issue is, as with several other cross-generational games, there are actually two versions of Spider-Man: the regular PS4 version that’s been around since 2018 and a new edition of the game called Spider-Man Remastered, which will feature specific next-gen improvements to take advantage of the PlayStation 5, like faster load times and ray tracing. (The games are separate enough that you apparently won’t be able to transfer save files between them.) Some developers — like CD Projekt Red or Ubisoft — are allowing players to upgrade to the next-gen versions of their games for free. Others, like 2K Games or Control publisher 505 Games, are charging players for their next-gen-optimized versions. The confusion (both for Sony and in general) is the fact that the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X and S are still both backwards compatible — which means that for players unwilling (or in the case of Spider-Man, unable) to shell out to buy the game again for next-gen, you’ll still…Continue readingBuying Spider-Man Remastered on the PS5 is going to be needlessly confusing

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A Metal Gear Solid remake could be coming exclusively to PS5

Metal Gear Solid is reportedly getting a full remake, and it could be a PS5 console exclusive.  The PSOne game, which originally released in 1998, has been previously remade once before. Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes released on the Nintendo GameCube in 2004 and introduced many gameplay mechanics from Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.  This reported new remake, which comes from RedGamingTech, a YouTube channel that specializes in gaming hardware, states that the “stealth espionage action” game will be built from the ground up for PS5, and will also come to PC. Furthermore, RedGamingTech’s source believes that Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots will also be getting HD remasters on PS5. It’s likely that these will be more akin to what we saw for the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, which had better resolutions, frame rates and trophy support. The HD remasters are tipped to be exclusive to PS5, though Metal Gear Solid 2 might also come to PC. War never changes With Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Bethesda and its parent company ZeniMax Media, Sony will be looking to strengthen the appeal of the PS5 via more exclusives. Rumors continue to circulate regarding a new Silent Hill game from Konami, but so far nothing has materialized. However, having timed or full exclusivity over a franchise as popular as Metal Gear Solid would certainly be a boon for Sony. Via GamesRadar Source linkContinue readingA Metal Gear Solid remake could be coming exclusively to PS5

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These are the TVs to buy to make the most of PS5 and Xbox Series X

New Xbox and PlayStation consoles are almost here, which means you might need two things: To learn terms like “8K” and “120Hz,” and to eventually buy a new TV. If you refresh enough retailer websites, you might be able to nab a pre-order for the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series S and X. Sony’s machine launches on Nov. 12, while Microsoft is getting a head start on Nov. 10. Both consoles bring more graphical horsepower than their predecessors, but that means you might also need to upgrade your TV to get the most out of them.  It can be a little confusing to figure out exactly what these consoles can do and what you might need to accommodate them. Allow us to explain. What do 8K, 120Hz, and all those other terms mean for me? TVs have gotten wild. Image: Wu Xiaoling / Xinhua via Getty Images Video games are fun, but nothing is more fun than screen resolutions. Actually, maybe a lot of other things are, but this is still important to know if you want a PS5 or Series X. There are four different screen resolutions that will come into play: 1080p: This is probably the max resolution your current TV outputs, unless it’s either really old or really new. The high watermark of the “HD” era, 1080p is shorthand for 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels high. Supported by all modern consoles. 1440p: A sort of half-step resolution that measures 2560×1440 on a regular display. Supported…Continue readingThese are the TVs to buy to make the most of PS5 and Xbox Series X

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Sony apologizes for PS5 preorders mess, promises more stock over ‘next few days’

Sony has apologized for PS5 preorders being a bit of a mess. “Let’s be honest: PS5 preorders could have been a lot smoother,” says Sony from the official PlayStation Twitter account. “We truly apologize for that.” Preorders for the new PS5 console began on Wednesday, a day earlier than Sony had said retailers would take orders. It led to a scramble as Walmart and others started randomly opening up their PS5 preorder slots. Some preorders even disappeared after around a minute. Sony now says it will release more PS5 consoles for preorder “over the next few days,” promising that retailers will share more details. It’s not clear if these preorders will be delivered on launch day, and Sony is also promising “more PS5s will be available through the end of the year.” Amazon also started warning customers yesterday that some of its PS5 preorders might arrive after launch day, most likely because the retailer doesn’t know exactly how many units it will receive. Let’s be honest: PS5 preorders could have been a lot smoother. We truly apologize for that. Over the next few days, we will release more PS5 consoles for preorder – retailers will share more details. And more PS5s will be available through the end of the year. pic.twitter.com/h1TaGsGBun — PlayStation (@PlayStation) September 19, 2020 The chaotic preorder situation kicked off just weeks after Sony started an invite-only registration for PS5 preorders which looked like it would avoid the messy situation we saw unfold this week. Eric Lempel,…Continue readingSony apologizes for PS5 preorders mess, promises more stock over ‘next few days’

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PS5 pre-order deals and price: where to find PlayStation 5 in stock

Big news: PS5 pre-orders will be back in stock “over the next few days,” according to Sony, and we have the links directly to stores that will carry the new console. Sony actually apologized on how badly the PS5 pre-order rollout was last week and gave us the good news about the next wave of orders. Stores like Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, Very and Curry’s are linked below. If you do see a PS5 or PS5 Digital Edition pre-order in stock, you’ll have to be fast to snag it simply because there’s overwhelming interest. It may be your only chance to buy a PS5 in 2020. PS5 pre-order deals: quick links US: Amazon: pre-orders live previously – stay tuned Walmart: pre-orders live – keep refreshing Best Buy: pre-orders live previously – more on the way GameStop: occasionally higher-priced bundles in stock Sam’s Club: pre-orders live previously – more on the way UK: Currys: new stock previously available – stay tuned Box: pre-orders previously live – more coming soon Amazon: pre-orders live previously – awaiting stock Argos: pre-orders live – awaiting stock AO: pre-orders live previously – awaiting stock Ebuyer: pre-orders live previously – more stock coming soon Very: pre-orders previously live for second round – sold out John Lewis: PS5 pre-orders previously live – page now gone AU: The latest: PS5 pre-orders at Walmart and Very PS5 pre-orders have most recently been available at Walmart in the US and Very in the UK. While both retailers are now showing as…Continue readingPS5 pre-order deals and price: where to find PlayStation 5 in stock

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Sony promises more PS5 pre-orders ‘over the next few days’

You can’t find PS5 pre-orders and Sony knows it. That’s why the company is offering an apology over the weekend as well as hope that more PS5 pre-orders are coming. “Over the next few days,” Sony tweeted on Saturday, “we will release more PS5 consoles for preorder – retailers will share more details.” This may be my shot for PS5 pre-order. Anyone else left in the lurch? Sony’s statement (and apology!) holds promise. https://t.co/5lCcczy3EVSeptember 19, 2020 In other words, it’s a good idea to constantly check retailer websites like Walmart, Amazon, Target and Curry’s, to name a few, that currently say out of stock. At any moment, these stores could flip the switch to display the green “in stock” message. PS5 pre-order strategy shifts at retailers Demand for PS5 pre-orders has been overwhelming, according to US retailers that TechRadar reached out to. It has led to shifting plans both online and in stores. “Due to the incredible interest we received from the online pre-order, Walmart has decided not to proceed with the planned store pre-order to control store traffic and keep our customers safe and socially distanced,” a Walmart spokesperson told TechRadar on Thursday. When the PS5 price and release date were announced on Wednesday, some retailers didn’t hold back on starting PlayStation 5 pre-orders. At random times, orders for the new Sony consoles started and were gone within minutes. To further add to the confusion, Walmart PS5 pre-orders turned on and turned off several times, as the largest US…Continue readingSony promises more PS5 pre-orders ‘over the next few days’

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What does the PS5 HD Camera accessory do, and should you buy it?

So, you’ve managed to pick a PS5 pre-order. Maybe even a PlayStation 5 bundle with an extra DualSense controller and a few PS5 games. Well done! You’ve taken your first steps towards the next-generation of gaming. But Sony’s also shipping a load of accessories to go with its new console too, from headsets to media remotes. They’re self explanatory – but what can you do with the new PS5 HD Camera? How much does the PS5 HD Camera cost? And when will it launch? The PS5 HD Camera will launch alongside the PS5 itself on November 12. It costs $59.99 / £49.99 / AU$99.95. What is the PS5 HD Camera for? (Image credit: Sony) It films you! Of course! But that’s a really useful tool if you’re one of the growing number of gamers, professional or amateur, how are keen streamers, sharing your views on games with an audience in real-time as you play. Applications like Twitch and YouTube Gaming have huge audiences and many popular celebrity streamers, many of whom make a living through sponsorship deals – such is the size of their audiences. The PS5’s DualSense controller has a dedicated ‘Create’ button, letting you jump straight into the consoles broadcast and video editing functions. The camera itself captures 1080p video – so isn’t of the highest resolution by today’s 4K standards, but does feature dual wide-angle lenses. These are not only great for getting a wide view of your surroundings from a relatively close position to the person…Continue readingWhat does the PS5 HD Camera accessory do, and should you buy it?

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Amazon warns PS5 preorder customers that consoles might arrive after launch day

It seemed a little too good to be true the other night when Amazon successfully processed a bunch of PlayStation 5 preorders after other retailers dropped the ball spectacularly. And, well, maybe it was. Today, the company has sent out an email to many who preordered a PS5 — both the regular and Digital Edition consoles — advising that shipments might not arrive in time for the November 12th release date. “We’re contacting you about your order of PlayStation 5 to let you know in advance that you may not receive this item on the day it is released due to high demand,” the email reads. “We’ll make every effort to get the item to you as soon as possible once released.” This is probably a situation where not even Amazon yet knows exactly how many PlayStation 5 units it will be receiving, so the retailer is trying to play it safe and warn people that there’s no guarantee of launch-day delivery. Those customers will now be left with a choice to make: you can keep the current preorder in place in hopes that Amazon will wind up with a strong supply and manage to hit the November 12th target, or you can try your luck elsewhere. At least they’re not canceling orders, I suppose. Anyone getting this email seems to be guaranteed a PS5 at some point. And if any retailer is likely to wind up with extra PS5 stock, you’ve got to imagine it’ll be Amazon. Source linkContinue readingAmazon warns PS5 preorder customers that consoles might arrive after launch day

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Here’s how to preorder the PS5, when it ever becomes available again

Sony’s PlayStation 5 will launch on November 12th in the US starting at $399.99. That price will get you the digital edition of the console that doesn’t have a Blu-ray disc drive. If you want a disc drive for playing disc-based PS5 games, 4K Blu-ray movies, and PS4 games that may end up being compatible, there’s a larger version of the console that has that for $499. Preorders are now available, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be able to find one. The stock that was available at retailers like Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy, Target, Sam’s Club, and Walmart came and went incredibly fast. It’s been a whole fiasco. These are the stores most likely to get more preorders in stock down the line, so as unproductive as it might seem, you might want to check back from time to time to see if you have any luck. Hopefully, it won’t be long until things calm down. But hey, it’s 2020, so that’s unlikely to happen. To be more helpful, we’ll try to keep this post updated with news of more stock coming to retailers — like how Walmart just added another batch of pre-orders at 6PM PT / 9PM ET. PlayStation 5 (with disc drive): Amazon, Walmart, GameStop, Target, Best Buy, B&H Photo, Sam’s Club PlayStation 5 (digital edition without disc drive): Amazon, Walmart, GameStop, Best Buy, Target, B&H Photo Just keep in mind that stock has been selling out very quickly, so on the off-chance you get a console…Continue readingHere’s how to preorder the PS5, when it ever becomes available again