Category: Console games

PlayStation Black Friday 2020: PS5 restocks and 6 more can’t-miss deals – Inverse

As the end of the year fast approaches, stores across the United States are preparing their biggest deals of the year for Black Friday. And given how recently next-gen consoles launched, the demand for a PlayStation 5 has never been greater.

This swath of deals includes some mighty fine steals for beloved PS4 classics, but you can also claim some of the latest games for cheap or add some amazing accessories to your collection. If scouring through various sites seems bothersome, then don’t bother.

We’ve done the hard work and uncovered seven amazing deals that you can’t miss this Black Friday on PlayStation games and accessories — but also your best chance at claiming a PS5 this week.

We only recommend products we love and that we think you will, too. We may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was written by our editorial team.

7. Persona 5 Royal

Persona 5 was a game so nice, Atlus sold it twice. Royal is a re-release of the original game with a boatload of new additions. The JRPG has added a third semester, rounding out a full calendar year to extend beyond vanilla P5’s truncated timeline. There are new Confidants, locations, activities, plot lines, and more dating sim/RPG hijinks. The re-release also comes packed with every bit of DLC from the original.

If you need more information, read our review.

While it normally goes for a full $60, you can pick it up right now for just $20.

6. Razer Kraken Headset

When you’re playing multiplayer, you’ve got to rely on your eyes, ears, and mouth to get ahead of the competition. You need to hear your enemies approach and immediately inform your teammates. Alas, such a thing can be impossible without the proper setup. What’s a good pair of headphones if you can’t even hear enemy footsteps? A shoddy mic could garble a crucial message like “Behind you!” to sound like “bees, heinie, or stew?”

With the Razer Kraken, you’ll hear all the essentials and more. You’ll feel like superman with this pair of aural allies by your side. For the holiday season, you can pick up these headphones for just $49.99. That’s $30 less than their normal asking price. You can’t go wrong here.

5. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla might feel like it released just last week, but the Viking romp came out two whole weeks ago. That fortnight is just long enough to for the game to get its very first sale. You can pick up the latest Assassin’s Creed game for just $48, 20 percent less than the usual asking price.

If you’re looking for a big holiday game to spend some time playing, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is the game for you. The game features an absolutely massive amount of activities. You can just get lost in the side activities for numerous afternoons.

You can read our full review.

4. PlayStation Plus

If you’re a gamer that likes to challenge yourself by facing other gamers online or cooperating with others, you need PlayStation Plus. The service is a requirement for everyone that hopes to play online. All members are gifted free games every month that they remain a member. Those that own the PS5 also have access to a massive collection of classics to enjoy at no extra cost via the PlayStation Plus Collection.

If you own a PlayStation of any sort, there’s no reason not to be a member other than price. That’s why this holiday season, Sony is lowering the barrier for entry. You can pick up PS Plus for 25 percent less than usual, placing it at a crisp $44.99 for an entire 12-month subscription. Not too shabby.

3. The Last of Us 2

If you’re yearning for your family this holiday season or you just want a darn good post-apocalyptic narrative, The Last of Us 2 should be your jam. In-game, characters can blame a viral outbreak for not getting enough quality time with their family and they constantly feel the scars from that situation. It’ll also force you to reckon with your actions as one seemingly good choice could easily go astray if you have the wrong motive.

Don’t just take my word for it, The Last of Us 2 has been nominated for numerous awards and it’s considered of the greatest games of the last generation. You can pick it up for just $30.

You can read our full review.

2. 2TB External Hard Drive for PS4

If a significant chunk of your gaming library is digital, you’ve already likely found that onboard storage space on your console is at a premium. That’s unlikely to change given the storage capacities of PS5 and Xbox Series X, so if you want to bring your older games over to your next-gen hardware, additional storage is a must.

This is 15 percent cheaper than usual and perfect to store some games on in preparation to transfer to your PS5 Their small size makes them easy to sock away into a drawer or cupboard when you’re not using them too.

1. The PlayStation 5

While Sony’s latest console isn’t technically a deal, it’s likely what the gamer in your life is hankering for this Holliday season as they stare at the hallowed shelves of their media cabinet. Alas, it’s hard to come by Sony’s latest media monster. This Black Friday, it’ll be in stock in a few locations.

Walmart will have PS5 stock available for a short time on Wednesday, November 25 at 9 p.m. Eastern. Per the official GameStop Black Friday reveal ad, GameStop locations will also have at least two PS5 units in stock when stores open at 7 a.m. Eastern.


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Why you should buy a Nintendo Switch Lite and Oculus Quest 2, instead of PS5 or Xbox Series X – CNET


Nintendo Switch, Oculus Quest: These are my next-gen consoles.

Scott Stein/CNET

There are new big-box, mega-graphics, super-horsepower PC-style game consoles here this fall, and they literally tower over the previous generation. The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are like gaming PCs you connect to your TV. They’re fast, made for 4K and are tuned for online streaming. But you know what? They’re also big, sit-in-front-of-your-TV game consoles. They don’t reinvent the experience of gaming. They just do it more nicely. And, by the way, they’re impossible to find in stores.

I’ve been much more drawn to devices and experiences that push gaming into strange new territories. It’s what fascinated me about mobile gaming when the iPhone became a hit. Or, Nintendo’s often experimental game consoles and handhelds, like the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, with extra screens and strange accessories. It’s what’s excited me about VR and AR, which promise to melt away the screen completely. It’s also why I love immersive theater and experimental real-world games.

The $299 Nintendo Switch (or $199 Switch Lite) and the $299 Oculus Quest 2 have been the best at breaking down boundaries in my gaming life. The Switch’s handheld/TV-transforming style has led to a lot of ways I already play games more, and bring games with me. The Quest is similarly portable — and wireless — and I can just turn any area into a game or workout space. With both, I don’t think about where I’ll set them up. They flow into whatever situation I need.

I play on an Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro, but not as much. I appreciate the games, I appreciate the idea of their power. Same for the PS5 and Xbox Series X. But, here’s the thing: Those consoles are sold out. They’re expensive. And the games that make the most of them will take a while to get here. Same with unique accessories. VR works on the PS5, but it probably won’t feel like next-gen VR until Sony updates its older headset in a couple of years. I’ve already started playing with an Xbox Series X, and while its speed and quiet design are impressive, there are barely any games as yet that really show off what it can do.

My favorite consoles this year have been the Switch and Quest, and it hasn’t been close.


Nintendo Switches have multiplied like rabbits in our house this year.

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A modest proposal

In the meantime, I’ll make a suggestion. The Oculus Quest 2 plus the Nintendo Switch Lite equals the cost of a disc-drive PS5 or Xbox Series X. Both those game consoles are still, in their ways, more next-gen to me despite limited graphics power. The math isn’t perfect. You might factor in an extra $100 for a full TV-docking Switch, or more storage for the Quest 2 (or a head strap accessory). But you’d probably need more controllers and games for those PS5 and Xbox purchases too, and right now those systems are frequently sold in pricey bundles.

It depends on what you think of as “next-gen.” If you like traditional games and want more horsepower, and better game and media streaming, or play a lot of games with friends online, the PS5 and Xbox Series X are more like living-room PCs. But if you’re excited to try something pretty different and experimental, the Switch and Quest 2 have a lot of totally unique experiences to offer.

Also, the Switch is, by far, the most family-friendly game console out there. And while my kids play on the Switch, I can disappear into VR worlds on the Quest 2. Below are some things to think about for each.

Oculus Quest 2Oculus Quest 2

The Quest 2 is better than last year, less expensive, and has fantastic games. But you have to use a Facebook account.

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Oculus Quest 2 ($300)

  • The Quest 2 can double as a PC VR headset with a long USB-C cable, and does it remarkably well.
  • The Quest’s motion controls are exciting and active, but keep an eye on kids to make sure they don’t injure themselves (you can look at what they’re playing by casting to phone or TV).
  • The $300 Quest 2’s 64GB of storage isn’t really enough for more than a couple of dozen games. You may want to consider the 256GB version, since storage can’t be expanded.
  • The Quest 2 requires a Facebook account and is technically not meant for kids under 13. Sharing between family members isn’t easy because it’s only one account per Quest 2. The Facebook requirement is not something I’m happy with, but the rest of the Quest experience is fantastic, and there’s nothing else out there that does what the Quest can.

Now playing: Watch this: Oculus Quest 2 is better and cheaper… with one Facebook…


Nintendo Switch ($300, $200 for Switch Lite)

  • The Switch platform is now three-plus years old, and an updated pro version of the Switch could be coming next year.
  • The Lite can’t dock with a TV, and its controllers won’t detach. The $300 Switch’s TV-connected features are key for families and living-room playing, but the Lite is actually more comfortable to hold and smaller, and works with the same games.
  • Digital Switch games can’t be shared between accounts unless you’re willing to play the games online-only, so consider physical cartridges for families with multiple Switches.
  • You’ll want to expand the onboard storage with a MicroSD card to hold more game downloads if you’re buying lots of digital games.

Now playing: Watch this: Nintendo Switch 2: What we want to see



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Online Scam on Discounted Gaming Consoles Increasing – This Week In Worcester

The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about an online scam promoting fake deals for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 PRO, and the new PlayStation 5.

Scammers are advertising gaming consoles at reduced prices online and accepting purchases through PayPal and other payment methods.

Consumers who receive a package at all from the company, don’t receive the gaming console. Instead, the package contains a valueless phone cover or similar small object.

Since you technically received a shipment, you will be unable to contest the purchase with the third-party who processed the payment.

Attempts to contact the company are useless. No one answers your phone calls or emails.

The Better Business Bureau recommends the following tips for avoiding this and other scams:

Research the Company

  • It’s best to purchase items from sellers you already know and trust, but if you decide to purchase from an unfamiliar online store, do your homework first.
  • Read as many customer reviews as you can find, look up the business on org, and do an online search with the company’s name followed by the word “scam” to see if you find any complaints.
  • Make sure the company has legitimate customer service contact information (not just a form you have to fill out and hope for a response) and clear return and refund policies as well.

Avoid Impulse Buying

  • Scammers like to draw people in with “flash sales” and “limited time offers” in hopes you will hand over your money on impulse. Resist the urge.

Don’t Believe ‘Too Good to be True’ Prices

  • Before you start shopping, find out the price of the gaming console at a major retailer.
  • You can check prices online to get a general idea of what the console is selling for.
  • Keep that price in mind as you shop and be wary of sellers who offer the product at a steeply discounted price.
  • You could end up spending money on a defective or counterfeit product, or no product at all!

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Gift Guide: Which next-gen console is the one your kid wants? – TechCrunch

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Best Black Friday GameStop deals: up to 50 percent off select PS4, Xbox One, and Switch games – The Verge

If you are a gamer looking to expand your gaming library, this time of year is an ideal time to get a ton of games for less. Like many other retailers, GameStop is slashing the prices on many products.

Keep in mind that if you are looking to buy a next-gen console from the retailer, the supplies are limited. GameStop has confirmed that all of its locations will have the PS5 and Xbox Series X for walk-in purchase on Black Friday, but there will only be two units per console at each store with purchases limited to one console per customer.

If you are not planning to buy a next-gen console, then there’s a ton of game deals to take advantage of. Many games released for the PS4, Switch, and Xbox One are heavily discounted. including some of the most popular games released this year, such as Doom Eternal, Ghosts of Tsushima, The Last of Us Part II, and Watch Dogs: Legion.

The Last of Us Part II.
Image: Sony

Sony PlayStation game deals

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.

Nintendo Switch game deals

Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Ori and the Will of the Wisps.

Microsoft Xbox game deals

  • You can get three months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $30 (usually $45)
  • You can buy a 2TB external hard drive for $70 (usually $80). This is a great way to store your older games if you plan to upgrade / own an Xbox Series X / S so you do not use limited space on your SSD.
  • Watch Dogs Legion is $37 (usually $60). The game is also available on the PS4, PS5, and Xbox Series X / S. If you buy either version and upgrade to that console’s successor, you will receive the next-gen version free of charge
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps is $15 (usually $30). If you own or buy an Xbox Series X / S, you will receive a free upgrade for this game via Smart Delivery.
  • FIFA 21 is $27 (usually $60). The game is also available on the PS4, and if you buy either version and upgrade to that console’s successor, you will receive the next-gen version free of charge until FIFA 22 releases
  • Madden NFL 21 is $27 (usually $60). The game is also available on the PS4, and if you buy either version and upgrade to that console’s successor you will receive the next-gen version, free of charge until Madden 22 releases
  • Doom Eternal is $17 (usually $60). The game is also available on the PS4.
  • Gears 5 is $10 (usually $30). If you own or buy an Xbox Series X / S, you will receive a free upgrade for this game via Smart Delivery.

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Xbox Series X available before Black Friday? Check restock availability at Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart and more – CNET

Attention, Xbox fans: The $500 Xbox Series X (along with the $300 Xbox Series S, its less powerful little brother) was officially released on Tuesday, Nov. 10. The gamers of the world can now buy the new console that Microsoft touts as having “four times the processing power of the Xbox One.” It also delivers backward compatibility with the vast majority of Xbox One games (everything that’s not a Kinect title), and even some Xbox 360 and original Xbox titles. The problem? As anyone who’s been trying to get a new Xbox — or a new PS5 — knows, they’ve been nearly impossible to find since preorders started in September. 

Andrew Hoyle/CNET

Unlike Sony, which conducted an online-only launch for the PS5, Microsoft stocked the shelves both online and in stores. But as you scour the web and brick-and-mortar stores for inventory, temper your expectations: They’re nowhere to be found, and it doesn’t look like it’s getting any better: Microsoft is now saying that Xbox inventory could be tight through April 2021.  

While most retailers haven’t been very transparent about when they expect to have units for sale, Walmart has been keeping customers informed about exactly when it’s dropping its next batch of inventory of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. According to Walmart, your next chance to buy an Xbox online will be at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET on Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving. Best Buy and GameStop are also teasing Xbox availability for Black Friday week, but without any specific details.   

If you still want to try your luck, here’s a list of the major retailers selling the Xbox Series X. Our advice is to seek out the $500 retail price, and avoid those pricey retailer bundles (which include extraneous controllers, accessories and games).

Best Buy was the last retailer standing back in the preorder days of September, but now stands ready for your Xbox Series X purchase as inventory allows. 

Amazon is selling the Xbox Series X and the less expensive Series S from this same product page. 

Walmart does a solid job of noting availability windows for PS5 and Xbox on its Twitter feedYou might also want to visit the retailer’s Xbox landing page for both new consoles. To be clear, Walmart says your next chance to buy an Xbox online will be at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET on Nov. 25.

GameStop had touted “very limited number of Xbox Series X and S console bundles for purchase” but those are currently sold out.

This is Target’s product page for the Xbox Series X. 

This is where you can purchase the Xbox Series X at Newegg when the retailer has inventory. 

If you want to get the latest on the Xbox Series X, there’s probably nowhere better than Microsoft’s own Xbox Series X home page. Here you’ll find the latest specs, announced game titles, details on the new controller and more. 

Now playing: Watch this: Xbox Series X and Series S offer a fine-tuned, streamlined…


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The connected car will be the new gaming console – VentureBeat

Some 2.5 billion people around the world play video games, with tens of millions more joining their ranks amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Gaming’s growing popularity isn’t only affecting how people spend their time cooped up at home. Indeed, its impact is even poised to extend to driving.

Struggling to see the nexus between the automotive and gaming industries? Take that up with Elon Musk, whose Tesla has already rolled out the Tesla Arcade — an in-car gaming console platform — in four models, with plans to expand hiring and potentially develop games exclusively for Tesla drivers. For its part, Mercedes-Benz unveiled a gaming console-equipped CLA Coupé last year.

Other manufacturers are all but certain to follow in the two luxury automakers’ paths. Indeed, among drivers younger than 30, 77% are interested in owning vehicles equipped with VR technology, which can allow in-car gaming, a recent Accenture survey found.

Amid an automotive paradigm shift that is redefining the car itself — transforming it from a means to get from one place to the next into a service-oriented, software-driven computer on wheels — vehicles are rapidly becoming extensions of our digital lives. And as the ongoing pandemic makes public transportation and ride-sharing less attractive to consumers, the private car is mounting a comeback, just as the ink was drying on its obituary.

With more consumers set to continue relying on personal vehicles in their daily lives, automakers will do what they’ve always done: vie for buyers with attractive amenities and standout features that will often have started out in high-end luxury models before going mainstream — and that means more in-car gaming. As the game industry continues to boom, especially on online digital gaming marketplaces like Steam and smartphone app stores, automakers are now looking for the opportunity to incorporate more gaming features into vehicles to satisfy consumer demands.

Reimagining the in-vehicle experience

From drivers waiting curbside to pick up friends or family to passengers looking for entertainment alternatives beyond listening to music or even long family trips where kids are given tablets, phones, or handheld consoles to pass the time, commuters crave experiences to help fill the downtime spent in their vehicles — and with more people than ever turning to games to fill the void, it’s only natural that automakers are beginning to build systems catering to that demand.

While older drivers may not be clamoring for newfangled infotainment systems, the consumers who will soon be driving the market have been clear that they expect a transformed in-vehicle experience. And while safety regulations will preclude active drivers from participating in games, the arrival of full autonomy will free up erstwhile drivers’ time — and increase demand for in-vehicle entertainment.

Not new, but different

Nintendo Gameboy.

Above: The Game Boy was a back-seat mainstay.

Gaming in cars predates the sleek new Tesla and Mercedes models just now hitting the roads. For years, passengers brought portable gaming devices — Game Boys, PlayStations, and smartphones — into vehicles. With the rise of the mobile phone, passengers and drivers alike take part in mobile gaming within their cars. But, as vehicles begin to mirror the capabilities of our smartphones, a new “mobile” gaming industry is emerging — one that is exclusively available in the vehicle. Games have come a long way since the days when arcade cabinets were all the rage — and the in-car gaming experience is only just beginning to catch up.

Mercedes software engineers integrated SuperTuxKart — a spinoff of Mario Kart — into the CLA Coupé’s center console, while Tesla’s in-built console supports games like Cuphead, Stardew Valley, and the classic Mario Kart, all playable via the car’s steering wheel.

As developers take in-car gaming to the next level, the user experience will be paramount. Drivers will demand more than just the ability to remotely connect their phones to an available dashboard: they are searching for a truly outstanding system that delivers optimal graphics. Video games can be made more enjoyable thanks to graphic processing units (GPUs), which are already delivered as a part of more powerful infotainment and autonomy systems.

From luxury to mainstream

It may be tempting to dismiss Tesla and Mercedes’ experiments in gaming as marginal phenomena with no real significance for what it will mean to drive a car in, say, 2030. But consider how many vehicle amenities started out as features only available in high-end models: Seat massagers, heated seats, steering wheel warmers, navigation systems, parking cameras, and more were long available only for buyers willing to dig deep into their pockets. But these features eventually made their way into mainstream models as consumer expectations evolved and economies of scale were achieved. A similar trend is playing out vis-à-vis connected car features like AR, VR, and gaming.

The more software-oriented vehicles become the norm and consumer demands evolve in tandem, the more gaming and other once-novel amenities will become mainstream. Is the connected car set to become the next arcade?

Grab your controllers and fasten your seatbelts.

Idan Nadav is the CSO and cofounder of the automotive industry’s first cybertech tier supplier, GuardKnox.


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Xbox Series X/S vs. PlayStation 5: Our launch-month verdict – Ars Technica

picture of Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S
Enlarge / L-R: Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S.
Sam Machkovech

Though this year’s newest consoles have only been on store shelves for less than two weeks, we’ve already published tens of thousands of words about the Xbox Series X/S and the PlayStation 5. Between months of tech previewspicture-filled unboxings, comprehensive reviews, coverage of some of the biggest launch games, and more, you could spend all day doing nothing but reading our detailed thoughts about Sony and Microsoft’s new consoles.
If you don’t have the time for all that, we understand. That’s why we’ve put together this handy, head-to-head summary comparing the most important features of both systems directly. By the end, we hope you’ll know if it’s time for you to upgrade your console, and which path you should take if it is.

Hardware design

Both the PS5 ($499 with disc drive, $399 without) and the Xbox Series X ($499) are really big. The Series X astounds as a chunky, minimalist cuboid, with a minimum 6″ clearance on any of its sides—making it a nightmare for an average entertainment center’s shelves. The PS5 gets its minimum clearance down to 4.25″, but that comes at the cost of being 50 percent bigger than Series X in total volume. Once you find a place to put either, the other differences boil down to your aesthetic preferences: black monolith with mild green accents, or a curvy popped-collar tower?

Both are quiet (excepting discs spinning in the disc drives) but the PS5 has a slight discernible fan noise, whereas Xbox Series X is literally whisper quiet. While we’ve seen reports about “coil whine” affecting certain PS5 customers, we haven’t been able to duplicate that noise issue.

While those two consoles’ cooling systems are not identical, their silicon makeup is similar enough to explain why they draw very similar amounts of power. Each maxes out at roughly 205W at next-gen games, though they run closer to 190W on average.

Xbox Series S ($299), meanwhile, is as quiet as its Series X sibling (owing to, among other things, an identical 12″ fan system), while shrinking to a form factor on par with 2017’s Xbox One X. The longer we’ve sat with it, the more we’ve grown to like its “Bluetooth speaker” design of a black ring on an otherwise white box—especially as slotted into a crowded entertainment center. Its power draw is also phenomenal, never exceeding 90W on the console’s highest-drawing games.

Hardware power

Put aside all the talk of GCN compute units, RDNA 2 cores, Zen 2 Jaguar cores, and the like. When it comes to running actual games, the Xbox Series X and the PS5 are practically indistinguishable. Third-party titles available on both systems look and run almost identically, and you’d be hard pressed to pick one from the other in blind tests.

Series X power usage
Rest mode 16-30.5W
Rest mode (w/ download) 33-55W
Idle on menu 62W
Netflix 64W
Playing 4K Blu-ray 64-76W
Gameplay (Spelunky X360) 101-104W
Gameplay (Gears 5 XSX) 170-198W
Installing Dark Souls II from disc 70 – 71.5W
Playing Dark Souls II (w/ disc in drive) 103-105W
Series S power usage
Rest mode 8.6-17.5W
Rest mode (w/ download) 16-18W
Idle on menu 31W
Netflix 40W
Playing 4K Blu-ray n/a
Gameplay (Spelunky X360) 53W
Gameplay (Gears 5 XSS) 50-85W
Installing Dark Souls II from disc n/a

Only one title proves an exception at this point: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. While both PS5 and Xbox Series X target identical graphical settings and not-quite-4K resolutions (and they look good doing so), its Series X version currently struggles to lock to 60fps as well as PlayStation 5 does. That’s not enough data to declare PS5 the “stronger” console, and we’ll be coming back to that question as we compare more third-party games in the coming months.

Compared to their predecessors, games on the new consoles do look better, taking advantage of higher resolutions and graphical techniques like ray tracing (which is especially noticeable in reflections). But depending on the game, the increase in fidelity is more marginal than you might expect for a $500 upgrade. The seven-year-old hardware Sony and Microsoft are looking to replace has aged better than you might have expected, and the mid-generation upgrades that came out in 2016 and 2017 continue to hold up quite well.

Where you’ll see a huge jump in 2020’s consoles is in frame rates. Games like Yakuza: Like A Dragon, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla look quite similar when comparing screenshots across “last-gen” and “next-gen” systems. But the bump from 30 fps on older consoles to 60 fps on newer consoles makes a huge difference when seeing these games in motion.

PS5 power usage
Rest mode 28-32W
Rest mode (w/ download) 42-45W
Idle on menu 67W
Netflix 71-73W
Playing 4K Blu-ray 76-79W
Gameplay (Downwell PS4) 70-76W
Gameplay (Tony Hawk 1+2 PS4) 116-130W
Gameplay (Miles Morales PS5) 156-205W
Installing Knack from disc 124 – 134W
Playing Knack (w/ disc in drive) 116-127W

In the case of some games, like the PS5-exclusive adventure of Demon’s Souls, that extra 60 fps fluidity contributes to atmosphere in incredible ways. But even that game is mechanically identical to its source material, which dates back to PS3. And another Sony exclusive, the surprisingly charming Sackboy: A Big Adventure, is so similar between its PS4 and PS5 versions that we recommend anyone missing out on new consoles rush to play that family-friendly game on their last-gen machines.

All of the new consoles enjoy blistering fast loading times, thanks to the now-standard PCIe 4.0-rated NVMe storage. It’s not quite a return to the “hit power and start playing instantly” days of cartridge gaming, but it’s close.

The PS5 appears to have the loading time edge in some cases (like the aforementioned Assassin’s Creed Valhalla), but the differences across next-gen consoles are minor at this point. Meanwhile, Xbox Series enjoys the benefits of Xbox Quick Resume, allowing near-instant swapping from game to game. on the PS5, you have to endure a (quick) load from the main menu when swapping to a new title, rather than resuming directly from where you left off.

As of press time, though, some Series X/S games choke on this Quick Resume feature. We hope Xbox fixes these edge cases soon, because even with faster storage, PS5 feels sluggish in comparison without its own version of Quick Resume.

One important note: Xbox Series S has been advertised as able to play Series X’s up-to-4K games, only pared down to resolutions ranging from 1080p to 1440p. In action, that sales pitch is mildly misleading, as visual downgrades from X to S also include reductions in shadow resolution, level-of-detail (LoD) scaling, ambient occlusion, and other features, depending on the game. For the most part, we’ve seen identical frame rates between Series X and Series S, which is arguably a bigger deal, but Assassin’s Creed Valhalla remains a striking exception: only 30fps on Series S, compared to 60fps on Series X. Until we compare more next-gen Series X/S games, this issue remains a huge asterisk for the $299 Series S.


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Xbox One S Console, Games, and Controller Bundle – 2000 Rmb *Negotiable Price* – The Beijinger

2000 RMB – Xbox One S Bundle Including:

1tb Xbox One S Console ( Comes with HDMI cable, power adapter and the original box)

10 + Games (5 digital, and 3 disks)
– Ark Survival Evolved
– Call of Duty Modern Warfare
– Call of Duty WW2 (Disc)
– Cricket 19
– Fifa 20
– NBA 2k 19 (Disc)
– The Crew 2 (Disc)
– UFC 3
– Other games are uninstalled but still remain on the console

4x Controllers (3 regular, and 1 slightly damaged elite controller. 2 controllers have got a rechargable battery pack that work with a wireless charging dock (also included), the other two use regular batteries)

1 Wireless Charging dock for the controllers

Everything is in good condition.


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The Best Nintendo Switch Bundle Deal for Black Friday (2020) – WIRED

The Nintendo Switch never stays on store shelves for long. It doesn’t sell out as often as it did early in its life, but it’s still a very hot item and for good reason: It’s still a great console to get, even compared to next-gen offerings like the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. That’s why I’m stoked to see it sort of on sale. This kinda price is as good as it gets, folks.

It’s on sale for $300, which is admittedly its actual retail price, but this bundle includes Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a party game every bit as essential as Scrabble. (Yes, Scrabble is a party game, leave me alone and let me drink my sherry in peace.) Usually these bundles stop there, but this one also includes three months of Nintendo Online service, so you can get schooled by Mario Kart players a third your age. This version of the Switch can be docked to a TV or played as a handheld.

Altogether it’s a value a bit over the sticker price. You’ll save about $68 on the bundle. Some states (mine included) are going back under lockdown through the upcoming holiday, which leaves me plenty of time to play through Spiritfarer for the hundredth time (here’s a list of our favorite games).

Before the quarantine, I used to love taking it to a cafe or on the bus. Now it just comes with me from my couch to my bed to the floor, or wherever I’ve decided to make a nest and be cozy for a few hours. It’s the perfect gift for this deeply accursed year.

Nintendo says it will also be available at Amazon, but isn’t as of publishing.

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