PlayStation Is Giving Some PS4 and PS5 Players Free Money

Technology 22 July, 2021 - 06:23pm 60 views

When does Playstation summer sale start?

PS5 and PS4 owners should head on over to the PlayStation Store, where Sony is holding a big new sale. The PlayStation Summer Sale runs from July 21 until August 18, although some games will leave the sale on August 4. Likewise, a selection of different games will join the promotion on Wednesday, August 4. FortnitePlayStation Summer Sale out now: PS5 and PS4 game deals galore on PSN

Is New World on ps5?

Anyone hoping to play New World on a mainstream console is out of luck: The official Twitter account confirmed in March 2021 that the game “will only be available on PC.” That means we likely will never see a console port for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and especially not Nintendo Switch. Inverse'New World' beta end date — and what to know about PS5, Xbox ports

The biggest PlayStation Store sale of 2021 is here, with over 1,000 discounts on both PS4 games and PS5 games. This includes first-time sales on some new 2021 games and PS5 launch games, as well as deep discounts on some of the best games on PS4. With over 1,000 games featured, the sale has a little bit of something for everyone, and features franchises and games like Uncharted, Star Wars, Spider-Man, Batman, Borderlands, Call of Duty, Battlefield, FIFA, Mass Effect, Assassin's Creed, BioShock, Dark Souls, Devil May Cry, Lord of the Rings, Avengers, Hitman, Far Cry, and Spyro.

As always, each deal featured is a limited-time offer. More specifically, every deal featured in the special promotional sale -- the PSN Summer Sale -- is available until August 18. After this, every game featured will revert back to its normal price.

Below, you can check out a complete list of every game on sale, ordered alphabetically. If you keep scrolling, you'll see some 2021 games and some PS5 launch games highlighted with links and pricing information. And then all the way at the bottom of the article, is a link to the entire sale.

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Massive PlayStation Summer Sale now live with over 1,200 digital game deals up to 70% off

9to5Toys 22 July, 2021 - 11:10pm

After seeing a collection of Nintendo game sales this month, it’s time for the massive PlayStation Summer Sale. This annual PSN promotion tends to offer up over 1,200 price drops on digital PlayStation games, DLC and more, and the 2021 event is no exception. With over 1,200 deals on tap here starting from just $1, now’s a great time to complete your backlog of titles, score some DLC you’ve had your eye on, and even land some big-time deals on major releases like Spider-Man, Demon’s Souls, HITMAN 3, the latest Call of Duty, and much more. Head below for some top picks from the PlayStation Summer Sale. 

The first phase of this year’s PlayStation Summer Sale starts today and will run through August 4, 2021. At which time, “additional games” will join the party. But having said that, there is already an absolutely gigantic list of price drops available on PSN and you’ll find some of our top picks below. Just be sure to dive into today’s games roundup for some price matches on physical copies as well. 

Make sure you go grab the July PlayStation Plus FREE games while you still can and check out this ongoing deal on Nyko’s 2021 DualSense Charge Arc Station for PS5. Then go explore our coverage of the potentially upcoming new PlayStation 5 model, details on the Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut, the latest Sony State of Play presentation, and the new Hori Gaming Neckset for PlayStation 5

The massive Summer Sale comes to PlayStation on Wednesday, July 21. It brings with it thousands of titles discounted for a limited time*, with additional games joining the promotion on August 4. See the full list of games in the promotion below, then head to PlayStation Store to find out your local discount pricing. 

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Game PS5 restock update: PS5 disc and PS5 Digital Edition bundles now in stock

TechRadar 22 July, 2021 - 11:10pm

Game's PS5 restock included plenty of bundles

The latest PS5 restock is now live at Game, who continues to be one of the more reliable retailers in the UK for PS5 stock drops. Game is selling both the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition, but only as part of bundles this time around.

We've seen Game offer the consoles as standalone options in the past, but it's not the case with this drop. Nevertheless, bundles tend to stay in stock longer, as demand isn't as high due to the more expensive price tag. While the idea of getting a cap and a T-shirt with your PS5 may seem pointless, it's honestly your best bet if you really want PS5.

In the US? Check out our US PS5 restock tracker

As usual, Game's website has a queuing system in place and you'll need to complete one of those annoying "I'm not a robot" tests before you can join the queue. Wait times will vary depending on how early you got in, and there's no guarantee that stock will be available once your wait time is up. However, it's worth being diligent and sticking it out until the end as we have seen people have success, even after waiting for quite some time.

It's important to note that these orders are pre-orders, with the console expected to ship on July 30. Those who opt for Priority Insured delivery can get the console a little earlier.

The PS5 continues to be one of the hottest products of 2021, and retailers are struggling to provide enough stock to eager consumers who are desperate to own Sony's next-gen console.

Sony has admitted that supply may continue to be restricted into 2022 due to high demand and the ongoing global semiconductor shortage, so we expect stock to remain constrained throughout the year. 

If you do miss out on Game's latest PS5 restock or simply want to know where to buy PS5 quickly, you'll find all the links to buy PS5 at various retailers below, including the PS5 Digital Edition. Keep checking these links as you never know when more consoles will hit the shelves.

It's likely that more PS5 consoles will appear throughout 2021, so we'd recommend not paying over the odds to scalpers as Sony is committed to delivering 10 million PS5s this year. That means sooner or later, supply will comfortably meet demand.

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Dreams – DreamsCom ‘21 Preview Trailer | PS5, PS4

PlayStation Universe 22 July, 2021 - 11:10pm

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The DualSense is a great PS5 controller, but it's not the only one worth using with Sony's next-gen console.

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The PlayStation 5 ships with an incredible new first-party controller, the DualSense, and in 2021, it's undoubtedly the best PS5 controller to own and buy multiples of, especially now that it comes in three different colors. But while compatible third-party PS5 controller options are currently somewhat slim, some of the best PS4 controllers are directly compatible with Sony's next-gen console, while others can be used with backwards compatible PS4 games on PS5.

Whether you're looking for the best PS5 controller for general use (spoiler: It's the DualSense) or options for fighting games, racing games, and streaming Netflix, there are a handful of great controllers we recommend using with the PS5 from reliable brands like Logitech, Razer, and Trustmaster. Though this list will most certainly continue to grow and evolve as we get further into the PS5's lifespan, here are the best PS5 controller options to consider so far. And for more great gamepads, see the best Switch controllers and best Xbox controllers for 2021.

Sony has yet to release any first-party PS5 controller options beyond the DualSense, which is the successor to the PS4's DualShock 4. The DualSense is comfortable to hold for long gaming sessions and has slightly longer sides with curved back triggers for a grip that gently supports your hands and index fingers. It's a major improvement over the DualShock 4 in terms of ergonomics.

In addition to just being a great-feeling controller, the PS5 DualSense wireless controller features haptic feedback, which, in plain terms, is just a fancy vibration feature--but in practice, it's actually kind of magical when you play PS5 games that actually implement it well, like Astro's Playroom and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. Adaptive triggers on the L2 and R2 buttons also provide realistic tension based on different situations, like the feeling of pulling back a bowstring or switching between different guns. The DualSense wireless controller has a built-in microphone for online play, and as with the DualShock 4, there's a 3.5mm jack to directly plug in your PS5 headset for hearing other online players or just enjoying game audio.

The PS5 ships with one DualSense controller, of course, but if you're picking up a second PS5 controller, it's honestly not a bad idea to snag a second DualSense to switch to when the other is charging or for local multiplayer. The official PS5 DualSense charging station is worth picking up for this purpose as well. You can check out our PS5 review for more on why the DualSense is such an impressive next-gen accessory.

The Razer Raion is a wired PS4 controller that'll work with backwards compatible PS4 games on PS5. Currently, it's still the best fight pad for PlayStation games, featuring a clicky eight-way D-pad with a six-button layout that resembles a fight stick. The buttons are slightly larger than usual with Razer yellow switches for instantaneous inputs. You can even disable extra buttons you don't need with a button lock function so you can avoid accidentally hitting the wrong inputs during tournaments. The Razer Raion is also light enough that it's comfortable to hold in one hand and, with your other hand, tap the buttons piano-style. You won't need to switch to a fully-featured controller for things like character customization either, thanks to a switch that lets you map the D-pad to the left and right analog sticks. While the lack of analog sticks and triggers means you can't use the Raion with most games on PS5, it's an awesome pickup for fighting games like Mortal Kombat 11, Tekken 7, and Injustice 2.

Our pick for the best PS4 fight stick continues over for the PS5 as well: the Victrix Pro FS. A premium option with PS5 compatibility, the Victrix Pro FS is made of sturdy aluminum with parts that feel extremely solid, including an accurate and satisfying stick and eight action buttons that are just as satisfyingly clicky. This PS5 fight stick also includes programmable buttons, customizable audio and lighting, and an easy access door to swap out components for modding. It's also quite travel-friendly with handles, a plastic organizer to wrap the cable around, and a removable joystick that can be stored in the bottom. The Victrix Pro FS costs $350 (and its limited editions cost $400), so we recommend it mainly for hardcore fighting game fans--for a great mid-range option, check out the Razer Panthera Evo.

Though there's a wide range of options when it comes to PlayStation racing wheels, the Logitech G923 is a solid, budget-friendly option that's easily available at Amazon and other stores (the Thrustmaster T300 RS GT is another popular pick, but it's unfortunately sold out everywhere). The Logitech G923 is often described as a great beginner's racing wheel, and it's compatible with racing games on PlayStation and PC with integrated game controls. It notably features the company's TrueForce technology, which delivers high-definition force feedback for heightened racing realism. The downside is that the number of games compatible with TrueForce is still small: Grid, Assetto Corsa Competizione, iRacing, Gran Turismo Sport, Showrunner, and Dirt Rally 2.0.

It also has a programmable dual clutch, a 24-point selector, and progressive brake spring to help maximize your control of your vehicle. G Hub software also allows you to build multiple profiles, adjust your wheel sensitivity, and more. Though it's not the most premium PS5 racing wheel on the market, it's a reliable, relatively affordable, and easily obtainable wheel with a durable aluminum build made to last.

Though an official PS5 flight stick hasn't been released yet, one of the best PS4 options, the Thrustmaster T.Flight HOTAS 4, will work just fine with backwards compatible flight sims on PS5 like Star Wars Squadrons or Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown. This officially licensed $90 flight stick is the more budget-friendly option and makes for a better entry-level flight stick. Though it doesn't have a headset jack, the T.Flight HOTAS 4 is easy to set up and use with a dual-rudder system, detachable throttle, and adjustable resistance so you can customize how your flying feels.

The other main flight stick option for PS5 is the Hori HOTAS flight stick, which is much more expensive at $200 and adds an integrated headset jack, vibration motor, and throttle resistance, though its build quality doesn't quite match the high price tag. Still, this is a great option as well (particularly if you've used flight sticks in the past) though harder to find in stock.

PlayStation consoles have been streaming machines for several generations now, and the PS5 is a particularly great option for watching movies and TV as it's capable of streaming content in 4K; the standard model can also play 4K Blu-ray discs. (Of course, you'll need a 4K TV to take advantage of this as well.) If you're someone who likes to use the PS5 for media streaming, the PlayStation Media Remote is a no-brainer purchase that'll make the process feel way easier. It comes with quick access buttons for Disney+, Netflix, Spotify, and YouTube along with pause, rewind, and fast forward buttons. With the media remote, you can power on the PS5 and navigate its menus, functioning just like the DualSense with the PS5 interface for a more intuitive feel. The PlayStation Media Remote is designed specifically for PS5 and costs $30.

PSN is Down [UPDATE]

GameRant 22 July, 2021 - 11:44am

It appears as though the PlayStation Network, Sony's online service for its PS4 and PS5 consoles, is down. The PSN problems appear to be widespread, with thousands of people online claiming to have issues with the service. Sony is aware of the problems with PSN and is likely working on a solution. But until Sony manages to fix the ongoing problems with PSN, players won't be able to use their PS4 or PS5 consoles online.

The services impacted by the current PlayStation Network problems are account management, gaming, PlayStation Now, PlayStation Video, PlayStation Store, and PlayStation Direct. Essentially, this means that one's PlayStation console is useless when it comes to anything that needs online connectivity right now. The problems have been going on for at least 20 minutes or so at the time of this writing, but they will hopefully be fixed sooner rather than later.

This isn't the first time that PSN has gone down, of course. Like any online service, the PlayStation Network occasionally goes down or users lose access to some of its services. Luckily, Sony is usually pretty quick about getting things fixed, so fans shouldn't have to wait too long to jump back online.

It's highly unlikely that this latest PSN outage is due to anything as serious as the Lizard Squad attacks, so users shouldn't have to worry. In fact, there are some online who have reported that their PSN services are already being restored. Others are still having issues, though, so it seems that mileage may vary, but it looks like Sony is getting close to getting PlayStation Network services back up and running like usual.

We will update this post once the PlayStation Network services have been fully restored.

PS Plus August 2021 predictions: Confirmed free games and reveal date

HITC - Football, Gaming, Movies, TV, Music 22 July, 2021 - 07:22am

While the next batch of freebies will come out in early August, the PSN Store summer sale has already begun. It includes dozens of fantastic games at mouth-watering discounts, and we’d recommend buying smaller hitters such as Hunt Showdown, Remnant from the Ashes, and Ancestors The Humankind Odyssey.

There’s also juggernauts like Dark Souls, Borderlands, and Overwatch to tickle your fancy, but don’t forget to claim the platform’s July freebies while you still can.

The free games are expected to be announced on July 28th. Sony always announces the next batch of freebies in the final week of the current month and it typically occurs on Wednesday.

As for when the new selection of games will become available to download, the PlayStation Blog says they will be added to the PSN store on August 3rd. This date is when A Plague Tale Innocence, WWE 2K Battlegrounds, Call of Duty Black Ops 4, and Virtua Fighter Ultimate Showdown will be replaced.

Although WWE 2K and Call of Duty are available for anyone interested, we strongly encourage every PS5 owner to claim A Plague Tale Innocence. It’s one of the best looking games on next-gen and it has a harrowing story impossible to forget.

One of the free games confirmed for PS Plus August 2021 is Hunter’s Arena.

It will be available for both PS4 and PS5 systems, and it’s a brand new battle royale experience that supports up to 30-players. But rather than just another shooter, it instead focuses on melee and magic.

There will be huge battlefields to fight across, and they will be covered with demons to defeat in exchange for loot and XP. It will boast a roster of 17 hunters to choose from and it will launch with the following three modes:

And, as you can see from its trailer, it has a quirky side with some pretty outlandish attires.

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Our PS Plus August 2021 predictions are Godfall and The Olympics 2020 official video game.

The Olympics is part of PS Now meaning its inclusion may be slim, but it’s surprisingly a really enjoyable collection of mini-games. And its inclusion would be very timely with the showcase of shredded immortal men and women happening as we speak.

Seeing as Hunter’s Arena will be available for both PS4 and PS5, we reckon the PS5 exclusive offering could be Godfall because it releases for PS4 on August 10th and giving it away for free on next-gen could boost its amount of players.

A different prediction would’ve been the intriguing horror game In Sound Mind as it was originally scheduled to come out on August 3rd. However, it’s unfortunately been delayed to September 28th.

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PlayStation Summer Sale: 7 discounted games to buy now

CNET 22 July, 2021 - 06:41am

I recommend you scroll through the entire sale because, as noted, there are hundreds of discounted titles. But below you'll find seven picks to get your started. Note that some games are on sale until Aug. 19, while others are discounted only until Aug. 5. 

Demon's Souls is the one that started them all. Dark Souls, Sekiro, Bloodborne, Elden Ring -- and games not made by FromSoftware like Nioh -- all have DNA that can be directly traced back to Demon's Souls. Originally released in 2009, the game came out alongside the PlayStation 5 and was the console's biggest exclusive until Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart. 

Final Fantasy XIV began its life in 2010 as a disaster. But Sqaure Enix managed to rebuild the game with Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn in 2013, and it's grown significantly since then with four expansion packs. The most recent, Endwalker, launched earlier this year. Final Fantasy XIV remains one of the world's most-played MMO games, and is considered a top-tier modern Final Fantasy game. 

The entire package is available now on both PS4 and PS5 for $24.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon is a Yakuza game for a new generation. That's because it introduces a new character, radically changes the franchise's combat, and is the first Yakuza game on the PlayStation 5. It's also excellent.

Call of Duty is timeless. Though each new game takes place in a different time and place, picking up and playing Call of Duty is always fun. That's especially true if you're into online multiplayer, as Cold War offers the typical expansive Call of Duty fare plus huge sprawling Warzone maps. The Summer Sale has it discounted on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

Hitman 3 is the culmination of IO Interactive's Hitman reboot, which kicked off in 2016. Though it's without Hitman 2's multiplayer element, it takes the fantastic level design of its predecessors, adds new spins and improvements and sends this incarnation of the franchise off in the right way. You can also play it in VR, if you're into that kind of thing. 

Disco Elysium achieved many accolades upon its 2019 release, including a perfect score from GameSpot, many Game of the Year nominations and several Best Narrative wins. The expanded Final Cut made it an even more attractive deal, drastically improving the presentation by adding over a million words' worth of voice acting. Disco Elysium: Final Cut is just $24 until Aug. 19.

Sackboy is one of PlayStation's most renowned mascots, and in A Big Adventure he gets a specially-crafted outing all of his own. The LittleBigPlanet games were outings for ol' Sackboy, but whereas those games were all about your creativity, this is a 3D platformer with levels created by by the developer's, Sumo Digital. The level-design element may be gone, but what remains is a colorful and vibrant 3D adventure. 

This deal is on until Aug. 5. 

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