Listings for Xbox Series X and PS5 preorders sold out incredibly quickly, making next-gen gaming one of the hottest items of the holiday season. With all the excitement around the pair of next-gen consoles, you might be asking yourself if you need to shell out for a new TV once you have one of the two. The PS5 and Xbox Series X both support 4K and 120Hz. There aren’t many TVs that feature both a 4K resolution and 120Hz refresh rate, and if you’re reading this article, yours likely doesn’t either.
The simple answer is that a 120Hz-capable TV is not required to enjoy next-gen gaming, but you will see some benefits from having one. Here’s what you need to know about upgrading your TV for next-gen and the best TV for PS5 and Xbox Series X.
In general, you’re going to want a good gaming TV, one with decent
Did you miss your window to preorder a PlayStation 5? It’s probably best you wait until more stock is made available, if eBay is anything to go by. For the princely sum of £7,600 ($9,800), you can buy yourself a standard “disk edition” (sic) PS5–with an extra controller(!)–from a British seller who’s aiming to make the biggest payday in history, and become the most legendary scalper in the south-east of England.
Based on the U.K.’s standard PS5 retail price of £449 ($579), plus the additional controller cost of £60 ($77), the listing boasts an incredible 1,393% mark-up on the recommended retail price. Luckily, the automatically applied PayPal Credit option is gracious enough to allow you to pay in 24 installments of just £359 ($463) per month, equivalent to the cost of 19.6 PS5s at U.S. cost price.
If you want to play 2020’s biggest upcoming games on both your current gaming hardware and the upcoming next-gen consoles, console manufacturers and game publishers are making the transition a bit smoother than usual. Microsoft is unifying its Xbox One and Xbox Series X physical discs by offering one “Xbox” version that is compatible with both platforms, touting how backward-compatible the Series X will be with other Xbox console games. Meanwhile, pre-order listings for PS5 games show two different boxes, one for next-gen and one for PS4, but plenty of PS4 games will have free upgrades to PS5, which will probably be a little confusing for those who are window-shopping at major retailers at launch. The distinction also has the potential to cost you more money if you aren’t careful.
PS5 pre-order listings for a trio of upcoming Ubisoft games–Watch Dogs Legion, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and Far Cry 6–are currently
We’ve finally had our first look at NBA 2K21 on PS5 and Xbox Series X. A first-look trailer has shown off the visual and environmental improvements introduced for the next-gen version, including updated player models and various new court details. The trailer, captured on a PS5, shows of both of these improvements before and during a game.
Prior to this we’d seen just a tiny snippet of the PS5 version; this is much more extensive, offering some gameplay segments in a game between the Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors. One of the standout elements, aside from the impressive lifelike look of the individual players, is how crowded the court and crowd appear, particularly during the pregame segment. That said, the frame rate is somewhat unstable, though it’s unclear if that’s representative of the game or not.
In the next-gen version, every single person on screen in the lower court
PS5’s Demon’s Soul’s remake won’t be easy, and experiencing a power outage right before the next checkpoint could be downright catastrophic. Isn’t that game already hard enough as it is?
This past week, power protection leader Schneider Electric announced the imminent release of its new gamer-focused interruptible power supply, the APC Back-UPS Pro Gaming UPS. The upcoming gadget seeks “to protect gaming gear and maintain [players’] connection through power irregularities”, this according to the official press release.
In typical gamer aesthetic fashion, the device will feature 12 customizable RGB LED lights. Sinewave battery backup power, coupled with AVR (Automatic Voltage Regulator), promises to supply a silky smooth electrical current to your Xbox Series X, PS5 or PC gaming rig during dangerous power irregularities and outages.
Even routers and modems will be protected. For those unfamiliar with this sort of technology, after the
When you go on my Twitter timeline right now, you see a ton of Microsoft’s Xbox Series X. People are talking about load times, AI-assisted HDR, performance increases, all that good stuff Microsoft wants in the air before launch. The reasoning is pretty simple, and it’s not because the entire conversation shifted overnight to focus exclusively on Microsoft’s console over Sony’s PS5. It’s because Microsoft has been sending people a ton of consoles, and they’re talking about them. Pretty straightforward, actually.
We’re now on what appears to be the second round of a preview program that has seen Microsoft sending out consoles to a ton of people across the industry: influencers and journalists, who naturally take to social media to talk about what they’re seeing with their shiny new toys. I haven’t gotten one—it’s fine. But it’s a smart move, especially considering the fact that
The PS5 doesn’t release for over a month, but Japanese YouTube creator Pocky Sweets was one lucky player who already got his hands on one, and he showcased new gameplay in a video. Not only do we see an extended look at some of the system’s launch games, but we also get to see just how massive the console really is.
Placed vertically in the video, the YouTube Gaming team had the console on top of a table so it would be easier to see, but we’re also not entirely sure it would fit in the entertainment center that housed the television. You may need to move some things around to get your system to fit in your setup.
The first game on display in the video is Astro’s Playroom, which comes pre-installed on every PS5. The 3D platformer is designed to showcase the controller’s unique features, and its structure
Sony has invited a number of Japanese publications and YouTubers to get a closer look at the PlayStation 5. It’s the first time we’ve seen the PS5 hardware outside of leaked images from Taiwan’s National Communications Commission. A variety of publications have now published detailed hands-on images and videos of the PS5, providing a more realistic look at how big the console is and gameplay of titles like Astro’s Playroom and Godfall.
4gamer has published photos of the PS5 standing both vertically and horizontally, demonstrating how the stand works in either position to hold the console in place. Some photos also show how the PS5 will cool itself, and 4gamer notes that it wasn’t able to hear the fan inside the console or feel much heat exhausting from it during its limited time with the hardware.
Although these PS5 previews are clearly in a very limited environment, one of
Sony finally revealed the launch date and price points for the PlayStation 5, which means it’s time to start looking for a PS5 preorder. Launching November 12 at $500 for the standard console and $400 for the digital edition, the PS5 went up for preorder right after the recent PS5 event, and since then, stock has sold out at all major retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, GameStop, and Target.
GameStop had a second wave of PS5 preorders available to preorder on September 25, both online and in stores. Once again, the retailer had a virtual queue. Multiple GameSpot staff members waited in the queue for more than an hour without any success, so online preorders apparently sold out very quickly once again. GameStop issued an update on Twitter confirming that PS5 stock sold out once again. This included a starter bundle that came with Demon’s Souls, Spider-Man: Miles Morales
The year of 2021 looks bright for PlaySatation, with huge titles like God of War: Ragnarok and Horizon Forbidden West hitting the PlayStation 5. But, if you were lucky enough to snag a preorder for Sony’s new console, what games will you be able to play on Nov. 12 when the PS5 launches?
The PS5 has fewer games on day one than the Xbox Series X, but more PlayStation exclusives. Below are the games you’ll be able to play on Nov. 12.
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Note: Not included on this list is Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, which will release during the PS5’s “launch window.” Also in the launch period is Watch Dogs Legion, which will