PS4 and PS5 Owners Can Now Play a Former Xbox Exclusive

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When is the black ps5 controller coming out?

Like the standard DualSense controller, the midnight black DualSense will retail for $69.99 at launch. It's currently available for preorder at Amazon, Best Buy, and PlayStation Direct, the latter of which will ship the controller a week ahead of other retailers on June 11th. The VergeWhere to preorder the black and red DualSense controllers for the PS5

When are new ps5 controller colors coming out?

Pre-orders for the Cosmic Red and Midnight Black controllers are available at Sony's PlayStation Direct website. The Midnight Black DualSense is priced at $69.99 (the same price as the original DualSense controller), while the Cosmic Red DualSense costs $74.99. Both controllers have a release date of June 11. PolygonSony announces new DualSense PS5 controller colors: Cosmic Red, Midnight Black

A new PlayStation Store sale is live with a plethora of deals on PS4 and PS5 games. And as always, there are some absolute steals. If you're looking for Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, The Last of Us Part II, Returnal, MLB The Show 21, Ghost of Tsushima, and the latest and greatest PS4 and PS5 games, then the games below will disappoint you. However, if you're looking for quality PS4 games for less than $3.99, you clicked on the right article.

As always, each one of these deals is only available for a limited time, or, more specifically, until May 26. After May 26, each game will return to its normal price, which in the case of some, is a lot more than this limited-time sale price.

Unfortunately, if you're in the market for PS5 games, the games below will also leave you unfilled. Each can be played on the PS5 via backward compatibility, but none of them are proper PS5 experiences.

Below, you can check out each one of these ten total games. This includes not just a trailer, but an official description and a link to the PlayStation Store listing of each.

Pitch: "The Technomancer takes you to Mars, where you live as a mage-warrior. You’re capable of harnessing destructive electrical powers amplified by cybernetic implants. Feared and respected by all, you are on the verge of completing your initiation rite to become a fully-fledged Technomancer."

Pitch: "Oxenfree is a supernatural thriller about a group of friends who unwittingly open a ghostly rift. Play as Alex, a bright, rebellious teenager who brings her new stepbrother Jonas to an overnight party on an old military island. The night takes a terrifying turn when you unwittingly open a ghostly gate spawned from the island’s cryptic past. How you deal with these events, your peers, and the ominous creatures you’ve unleashed is up to you."

Pitch: "After the antics of Saints Row IV, many fans asked what we could do next… the answer? Shoot The Devil in the face. Play as either Johnny Gat or Kinzie as you tear apart Hell in a quest to save the Boss’ soul. Historical icons, old friends, older enemies, a talking gun, a full length musical number, and a whole lot of other shenanigans all await you in this open world standalone expansion playground."

Pitch: "What if someone knew your mind better than you did? The Swapper is an award-winning, narrative-driven puzzle game set in the furthest reaches of space. The Swapper takes place in an isolated and atmospheric sci-fi world. Players wield an experimental device which allows them to create clones of themselves, swapping their entire consciousness into new bodies to overcome the challenges of the environment."

Pitch: "The Mediterranean republic of Medici is suffering under the brutal control of General Di Ravello, a dictator with an insatiable appetite for power. Enter Rico Rodriguez, a man on a mission to destroy the General’s hold on power by any means necessary. With over 400 square miles of complete freedom from sky to seabed and a huge arsenal of weaponry, gadgets, and vehicles, prepare to unleash chaos in the most creative and explosive ways you can imagine."

Pitch: "Can you dig it? Step into the polished shoes of The Cleaner, a professional crime scene cleaner for the mob. There's no business like the cleaning business, and right now business is booming… Sneak around crime scenes avoiding detection from the guarding cops as you vacuum up blood, hide bodies and remove evidence in this 70's styled, fast-paced, 2D action/stealth game."

Pitch: "Garrett, the Master Thief, steps out of the shadows into the City. In this treacherous place, where the Baron’s Watch spreads a rising tide of fear and oppression, his skills are the only things he can trust. Even the most cautious citizens and their best-guarded possessions are not safe from his reach."

Pitch: "Life is Strange: Before the Storm features Chloe Price a 16 year-old rebel who forms an unlikely friendship with Rachel Amber, a beautiful and popular girl destined for success. When Rachel’s world is turned upside down by a family secret it takes their new found alliance to give each other the strength to overcome their demons." 

Pitch: "Follow the story of Max Caulfield, a photography senior who discovers she can rewind time while saving her best friend Chloe Price. The pair soon find themselves investigating the mysterious disappearance of fellow student Rachel Amber, uncovering a dark side to life in Arcadia Bay. Meanwhile, Max must quickly learn that changing the past can sometimes lead to a devastating future."

Pitch: "Green screen! Lasers! And a tower full of deadly monsters! When Dick Starspeed crash lands his rocket on the planet of Gravoria, he’ll have to fight through dinosaurs, nukular ants, and other skilled, costumed stuntmen to make it up the deadly tower of monsters.

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PSA: This Is Your Last Chance to Get Horizon Zero Dawn Free 15 May, 2021 - 07:01pm

Sony has announced when PlayStation owners can grab the last two drops of content for their 2021 Play At Home promotion. You have until the end of today to secure Horizon: Zero Dawn for free, with a further drop of bonus content in a selection of games coming afterward.

Ending today at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT is Sony’s giveaway of one of their best PlayStation 4 exclusives, 2017’s Horizon Zero Dawn. The team at Guerrilla Games is currently hard at work on the sequel Horizon Forbidden West, so now is the perfect time to experience Alloy’s original adventure in a far-future wasteland.

Following that, on May 17, PlayStation owners can grab packs of bonus cosmetic content and in-game currency for a host of popular titles. This includes packs for Rocket LeagueBrawlhallaDestruction AllStarsMLB The Show 21NBA 2K21, Rogue CompanyWorld of Tanks, and Warframe. While several of these games are free to play, the others will require a purchase in order to take advantage of the free offer.

Rounding out the offerings for this year is a set of 5 Double XP tokens for Call of Duty: Warzone. Fans of Activision’s free-to-play battle royale can log on May 20 and grab them from the PlayStation Store for free.

Check out the list of freebies below:

This is the last Play At Home content drop for 2021. Originally created as a feel-good initiative amidst the global pandemic, it’s unclear if Sony will continue the program next year or let it fade into memory.

PS5 review six months later — what it's like for the lucky few

Tom's Guide 15 May, 2021 - 07:01pm

It's been 6 months since the PS5 launch. Is it all it cracked up to be?

It's not just the internal architecture that got an upgrade; Sony broke away from the traditional 'black rectangle' formula that previous generations have broadly adhered to, presenting us with a silhouette that wouldn't look out of place in a sci-fi skyline.

It's not just the internal architecture that got an upgrade; Sony broke away from the traditional 'black rectangle' formula that previous generations have broadly adhered to, presenting us with a silhouette that wouldn't look out of place in a sci-fi skyline. 

There's a lot to love about the PS5, but there are still some niggles that Sony has yet to iron out, despite months of feedback. Hopefully some of them get addresses, because I know these pet peeves aren't all just a me issue.

So here's what I think about the PS5, six months post-launch. 

Booting up a game on the PS5 and picking up my phone to absentmindedly scroll is a thing of the past — there’s just no time!

The drastic reduction in load times is one of the biggest advances between console generations. Booting up a game on the PS5 and picking up my phone to absentmindedly scroll is a thing of the past — there’s just no time! The Switcher feature plays into this, providing a shortcut to switch between recently used and suspended apps. So you save even more time by not flipping through your games and media library to pick up where you left off. 

It would be great to see Sony take inspiration from Microsoft on that front, but for now, the near instantaneous booting up of games, and brevity of in-game load times will do nicely. 

If you’ve heard people gushing about the PS5’s controller and thought they really need to get out more, you’re severely underestimating what the DualSense is bringing to the PS5 party. Sony’s dedication to making a new piece of hardware that truly feels like a next-gen console extends from the specs, to the divisive color and form factor of the console, to the controller itself. 

The DualShock moniker has been tossed out for the new DualSense, and Sony has made sure that you can’t use it with the PS4 (or the DualShock 4 with the PS5) to hammer home the message that this is a whole new hardware generation. The design has also been overhauled for a larger, chunkier peripheral than its predecessor.

In Returnal, when your character is in the rain, you can feel the raindrops pattering through the controller.

Using the example of Returnal again, the title uses the adaptive triggers to differentiate between standard and alt fire, so it opens up the opportunity for developers to further refine how they incorporate the L2 and R2 triggers into games. 

One of my favorite additions is the haptic feedback, which adds another layer of immersion to gameplay. And coupled with a pair of headphones that also incorporate haptic feedback, things get pretty wild. Circling back to Returnal, when your character is in the rain, you can feel the raindrops pattering through the controller. 

The downside is that all of these little touches take a massive toll on the battery. The DualShock 4 was put on blast for its battery life, but the DualSense constantly seems to be on the cusp of death. Even if you’re using it for media apps, the upgrade from the DS4’s 1000 mAh battery to the DualSense’s 1,560 mAh isn’t actually that noticeable. By the time you’ve accounted for the always on mic, LED light bar, haptic motors, and adaptive triggers, the controller runs out of juice at an alarming pace. 

I’ve only just managed to get hold of a charging cradle for it — which seems as difficult to procure as the PS5 itself — and will be getting a second controller so I can switch between them. Of course, you can opt to plug it in instead, but being a tad clumsy, I’ve come close to wrenching my PS5 off its shelf, or going flying across the room after getting entangled in the cable, so I’m prepared to shell out $69.99 / £59.99 / AU$109 for another one to avoid all of that.

Of course, now that a couple of new PS5 DualSense colors have been announced, I’m glad to have the excuse to treat myself, but you’re going to have to do the same, or live with your controller semi-permanently tethered to your console. But that’s the price we have to pay for greatness. 

If being forced to use headphones with your console, regardless of the games or apps you’re using, is getting irksome, it’s time to upgrade. Bookmark a PS5 stock tracker and treat yourself! Aside from the sporadic, and very subdued fans kicking into action, the PS5 just sits there quietly. The loudest thing about it is its size and shape, and I can’t describe what utter bliss that is after living with a PS4 and PS4 Pro for years. 

If a peaceful living/bedroom isn’t enough to sway you, perhaps the next-gen exclusives will. Sony and Microsoft have taken a different tact this time around, with Xbox Game Pass providing a backlog of games you don’t have to pay for outright thanks to its subscription model. The downside is the lack of proper, next-gen titles exclusive to the platform thus far.

Personally, I don’t mind the absence of a Game Pass copycat on PS5; I don’t often replay games and love diving into new titles. Of course, that’s not to say I’d turn my nose up at a subscription service that lets me play new releases for $9.99 / £7.99 / AU$10.95 per month (or $15 / £10.99 / AU$15.95 for Game Pass Ultimate), but as it stands, if you’re looking to pay out for a next-gen experience, the PS5 won’t disappoint. 

As far as the PS5 dashboard goes, I am still not a fan. Why no long press to turn off the console? Why no dynamic themes, or any real way to customize themes and backgrounds? Why is the capture gallery buried when sharing pics and videos on social media is so commonplace? And why the f*ck is there a profanity filter to stop adults who have just shelled out $499 / £449 / AU$749.95 on a piece of tech from using naughty words when sharing captured content? 

Why no long press to turn off the console? Why no dynamic themes, or any real way to customize themes and backgrounds?

I think most people transitioning over from the PS4 will have the same complaints about the dashboard. The Switcher feature is probably the only addition to the interface that I’ve found useful. Everything else feels like it’s been overhauled for the sake of it, and takes away from the user experience rather than adding to it. But what kind of world would it be if corporations actually listened to consumer feedback, and every iterative product actually addressed complaints rather than adding to them? And is there a portal that will transport me to such a place? 

There’s no denying that buying a PS5 is going to make a sizeable dent in your wallet, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise. At this stage, the real question is whether to hold out and try to snap one up once a PS5 restock drops, or whether to spend the money on a different, lavish treat.

If you spend a significant amount of time gaming, then I wholeheartedly encourage you to leave that piggybank untouched and bide your time. While chip shortages have meant that consoles, GPUs, and even smartphones are in short supply, the upgrade will be worth it. 

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PS5 restock tracker: live Twitter updates for Walmart, Best Buy and Target

TechRadar 15 May, 2021 - 07:01pm

Here's where to look this weekend, as our PS5 restock Twitter tracker works overtime

We're fairly confident the next major PS5 restock is Wednesday, May 19 and the time could be 7:40am EDT at Target. Matt Swider will send you an alert as soon as PS5 order open so that you can simply add the console to your cart as fast as possible.

There are other US retailers that could have the PS5 console in stock before then, but we only say that because we don't know the date and time we'll see them next. We're expecting to see an Amazon PS5 restock between now and Amazon Prime Day in June, while the much smaller, but reliable online store Antonline promises at least one next-gen console restock per week. PS5 Disc is overdue there, as it has had the PS5 Digital console most recently for the last two cycles. Sony Direct PS5 restock opportunities have become extremely rare, but always happen in the afternoons. Costco hasn't has a restock since April 22. It could launch orders at any time.

Yes, we did see Best Buy sell out of the PS5 within 30 minutes this past Thursday, and this has been the second week in a row that the US retailer's restock date and time has been a Thursday at 3:40pm EDT. It used to launch orders on Fridays.

The Best Buy PS5 restock is different from others retailers in that you shouldn't refresh the page in order to successfully purchase the PS5, according to our buying advice. Instead, Best Buy has set up what's almost like a Sony Direct queue system right inside the yellow add-to-cart button to prevent scalpers and automated bots from buying the Sony console.

We may see the next PS5 restock at Best Buy this upcoming Thursday, May 20 at 3:40pm EDT, if the electronics retailer sticks to its ongoing pattern.

We're tracking the Walmart PS5 restock date and time to be this Thursday, April 20 at 3pm EDT. Since Walmart is the biggest retailer in the US, it sometimes has two-hour long restock marathon in which thousands of people, but ever since March 18, we've seen only smaller PS5 drops and some weeks we don't see any inventory of the next-gen console.  

We're more confident in the Walmart PS5 restock date of April 20, however. A lot of the customers we spoke to in advance of this news story indicate that they've either received their PS5 shipment from Walmart, or it's on its way (and no longer stuck in the dreaded "preparing for shipment" stage). Matt Swider often knows about the Walmart PS5 restock ahead of time a few minutes after 12pm EDT.

GameStop has PS5 in stock between every week and two-week time frame. Since we saw limited PS5 orders open up last Wednesday at GameStop, that means we could see it anywhere from Wednesday, May 15 to the following Wednesday, May 26. A few times we've seen GameStop just split the difference by launching its PS5 restock on a Friday. 

The GameStop PS5 restock almost always involving paying for pricier bundles, however, the cost is worth it for most people as consoles stay in stock longer and deter resellers who can't much as much of a profit off of bundled games and accessories.

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PS5 restock update today: Track on Twitter, Walmart, Best Buy and more

Tom's Guide 15 May, 2021 - 07:01pm

PS5 restock updates from major U.S. retailers

So we're here to help you secure PS5 stock when inventory returns, by tracking rumored PS5 restocks on Twitter and keeping an eye out for surprise PS5 drops from dozens of retailers. We've also pulled together a list of the top U.S. retailers, including Target, GameStop, and Amazon that sell the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back often for the latest updates on all things PS5. 

As of May 15 at 6:50 a.m. ET, there is no PS5 restock available. GameStop, Sony Direct, and Best Buy had PS5 restock this past week. Our PS5 restock tracker indicates Walmart and Target could be the next retailers to offer PS5 consoles. To help with your PS5 search, below you'll find our PS5 restock tracker along with links on where to buy the PS5 right now. 

It's been a hectic week when it comes to PS5 restocks with Sony Direct and GameStop both dropping stock on Tuesday (May 12). Then Best Buy followed up with another Thursday drop (May 13). This was its second non-Friday drop in a row, so it's safe to say that Best Buy drops are no longer solely on the last day of the working week as they had been previously. 

We don't expect to see any further drops, however, Target is being tipped for a drop next week. Word on this potential drop comes from Jake Randall, a YouTuber and full-time PS5 stock tracker, who has very reliable sources at Target. 

If the big red retailer does have a PS5 restock next week it will most likely be Thursday (May 20) sometime before 9 a.m. ET. It's worth noting that this estimated date is purely based on previous drops, and as Best Buy has proved just because a retailer typically drops a specific day of the week doesn't mean they always will. 

In frustrating restock-related news, Sony has confirmed that supply of the PS5 isn't expected to get any better this year. This would mean restock shortages continuing into 2022. Fear not, however, we'll be here every single week tracking restocks until the console is available without issue. 

Prime Day will be here sooner than you think, but don't get your hopes up too high. Chances are there won't be any Prime Day deals on the PS5. The console is in such high demand, that Amazon doesn't have to discount it on Prime Day. That said, it could offer a surprise PS5 drop in the days leading up to Prime Day, so we definitely recommend keeping an eye on Amazon the next few weeks. 

No one knows when Amazon will release its PS5 consoles for sale — or if it even has any. However, it's been quite some time since their last PS5 restock. One thing to keep in mind — Amazon restocks tend to sell out in seconds. So you'll want to try this Amazon trick to increase your chances of getting a console.

Best Buy used to offer PS5 restocks on Friday afternoons, but the retailer has been fresh out of inventory for over a month. That said, the retailer is long overdue a PS5 restock and rumors indicate next Friday could be the big day. A few things to keep in mind: Best Buy's drops always occur on Friday afternoons (between 12pm ET and 3pm ET) and they always offer the consoles at list price: $499 for the PS5 and $399 for the PS5 Digital. 

Target PS5 restock dates have been hard to nail down. That's because the retailer tends to drop inventory in certain regions. For instance, someone in Chicago could see PS5 inventory at their local store, whereas a New Yorker might not see any inventory whatsoever. In addition, Target tends to do early morning restocks that occur around 8 a.m. ET. That said, their last restock sold out in minutes. 

One of the best ways to find out when PS5 restock hits online retailers is by following the Sony Twitter account. We also recommend following Twitter accounts such as @PS5StockAlerts, @GYXdeals, @mattswider, @PS5Drop and @Wario64, which are often first to have the latest updates on availability. 

Keep in mind that PS5 restock availability can also be regional and limited to select stores. Either way, make sure to keep this page bookmarked and to check the retailer listings regularly.

PS5 Digital: $399 @ Sony Direct

The Sony Direct Store is expected to have PS5 restock soon. You'll need to form an online queue for your chance to get the console for $399.View Deal

Multiple sources have reported an Amazon trick that improves your chances of scoring a PS5. We tested this trick four times and each time we succeeded in getting a next-gen console into our cart. (We tested it with an Xbox Series X, but there's no reason why it shouldn't work with a PS5). Other PS5 retailer tips to follow include: 

Get prepared: Make sure you have all the right payment card details and two-factor authentication available and to hand when you find a PS5 ready to buy. Units can go so fast that if you’re fiddling around trying to find your credit card you could miss your chance to secure a PS5 order.

Select a retailer: As you can see from our list above, there are plenty of retailers to choose from, which can actually make the whole process of buying a PS5 a bit complicated. We suggest you select a couple of major retailers like Walmart and Amazon, and keep an eye on their PS5 landing pages.

Sign up for stock alerts: Plenty of retailers offer to alert you to when they have PS5 restock. We suggest you sign up to those services for the retailers that are offering them.

Find the right product page: It might sound obvious, but make sure you’re on the actual buying page for the PS5 or the PS5 Digital Edition. If you’re on a landing page, you might end up missing the moment new stock arrives.

Sign in to retailers: Make sure you sign in to any retailers you might already have an account with. This will make things a lot faster when buying a PS5 if you spot one on sale. And speed is of the essence today.

Keep refreshing and don't give up: It can be a little demoralizing trying to find PS5 restock when everywhere looks sold out. But regularly refresh product pages to see what pops up; you might get lucky. And also keep checking back here for any PS5 stock updates. 

You can also make it a habit of checking Slickdeals, the online collection of deals that run the gamut from household appliances to gaming consoles like the PS5. The website has a few specific forum threads for everything PS5 that users continue to update. If you follow the thread, head to the last page and keep refreshing to keep up with all the latest news.

It's also a good idea to check a few of the subscription-based wholesaler retailers like Sam's Club, BJ's Wholesale Club, and Costco. You do need a paid membership to shop at these retailers, but that means reduced competition to snag a unit there. You may need to pay extra for a bundle, but it's worth checking out these locations either way. Currently, there are no online listings for these retailers to check, but it may be worth heading to each brick-and-mortar store to try your luck at this point. 

It's been a fairly difficult process during this console generation to lock in any sort of next-gen purchase. But as we near the holidays, it's highly likely there will be additional PS5s available for purchase at some point as Sony catches up with those looking to buy PS5s.

The PS5 with disc costs $499, whereas the PS5 Digital Edition costs $399. Unfortunately, it's gonna be a long time before we see any discounts on the consoles. However, we have noted some sales on PS5 accessories. Make sure to follow our PS5 deals coverage for deals on everything related to the PS5. 

Unfortunately, one of the main reasons for the shortage of PS5 consoles is due to scalpers. These opportunistic people have been using bots to scan retailers for PS5 stock when it becomes available and buy as many of the consoles as they can in one go. 

While this isn’t illegal, it’s not exactly the most morally sound thing to do. But at least it’s not as bad as some people who’ve been pretending to sell PS5 consoles on eBay by simply posting photos of the console and scamming people to bid for them when there was no PS5 on offer.  

It might seem absurd to buy a PS5 for over $1,000, especially as its launch game lineup isn’t particularly profound. But with the coronavirus pandemic seeing more people staying at home, some PlayStation fans are clearly desperate to get their hands on a new console to keep them entertained. 

We advise you avoid buying from such resellers, fake or otherwise. At $499 the PS5 is still quite an expensive console and it currently doesn't have a huge library of games. So if you can wait until later this year, you’re likely to have a lot more PS5 games to choose from and Sony should have more consoles available. 

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UK: Nintendo Switch best-selling platform in April 2021 - My Nintendo News

My Nintendo News 14 May, 2021 - 12:30pm

Nintendo accounted for almost a third (32.5%) of all physical games sold in the UK last month. Switch games (including non-Nintendo games) accounted for practically half the market (49.6%). The best-selling boxed game of the month was Nintendo Switch exclusive New Pokémon Snap, despite only being on sale for two days during this reporting period.

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