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PlayStation apologizes for PS5 preorder fiasco, says process ‘could have been a lot smoother’ – Fox Business

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PlayStation took to Twitter on Saturday to apologize for the fiasco that ensued over the weekend after PS5 preorders were launched prematurely by retailers.

“Let’s be honest: PS5 preorders could have been a lot smoother,” the gamemaker said. “We truly apologize for that.”

The company noted that it will release more PS5 consoles for preorders over the next few days, with retailers expected to share more details soon. PlayStation added that more PS5s will be made available through the end of the year.


Sony revealed on Wednesday that the PS5 will cost $499.99 when it launches alongside the game maker’s $399.99 Digital Edition.

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The PS5 will launch on Nov. 12 in the U.S., Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea before being unveiled to the rest of the world on Nov. 19.

“We’re pleased to provide choice to gamers with two PS5 console options at launch, depending on if you want a digital-only experience or prefer disc-based gaming,” Sony said in a press release Wednesday. “Whichever PS5 you choose, you’ll enjoy the same breathtaking, next-gen gaming experiences.”

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The PS5 comes with a custom processor that supports 4K graphics and ray-tracing support and an SSD hard drive that provides “lightning-fast” loading speeds.


In July, Sony said it would offer plenty of advance notice as to when preorders for the highly anticipated console would go live.

However, the actual announcement came as a total shock to gamers, with Sony announcing that PS5 preorders would start as early as Thursday.

To make matters worse, retailers including Walmart, Target, Best Buy and GameStop all jumped the gun on the announcement by beginning to offer preorders just a few hours after the initial announcement was made. The move resulted in PS5 consoles running out within minutes and retailers’ websites crashing, leaving many gamers frustrated.


Microsoft’s Xbox took to social media following the trouble to mock its competitor, saying it would let gamers know “the exact time pre-orders start” for their upcoming next-generation consoles, the Xbox Series X and Series S.

Two days later, video game journalist Geoff Keighley shared the preorder times by country for the Xbox Series X and Series S, noting that he’s “heard Xbox will be penalizing retailers by lowering allocations if they break these embargoes.”

The Xbox Series X and Series S will begin preorders on Sept 22, with the consoles officially set to launch on Nov. 10 for $499 and $299 respectively.


In addition to details about the PS5, Sony released pricing for the console’s accessories, including the DualSense Wireless Controller for $69.99, PULSE 3D wireless headset for $99.99, an HD Camera with dual 1080p lenses for broadcasting for $59.99, a media remote for movies and streaming services for $29.99 and a DualSense charging station for $29.99.

The company also gave gamers sneak peeks at some of the console’s upcoming titles and announced the PS Plus Collection, which offers PlayStation Plus members the ability to download and play from a “curated library of PS4 games that defined the generation,” including Batman Arkham Knight; Bloodborne; Fallout 4; God of War; Monster Hunter: World; Persona 5; and many more.

The PS Plus Collection benefit will be included along with existing PS4 benefits that PS Plus members receive for a single subscription price.


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Live PlayStation 5 photos reveal a truly giant console – Engadget

Sony’s PlayStation 5 hasn’t really appeared in live photos, making it difficult to gauge the size of the console. However, the game console has finally made a real-world appearance in a filing at Taiwan’s NCC (via The Verge) — and it’s clear the PS5 isn’t meant for small cabinets. While Sony hasn’t been shy about mentioning the PS5’s 15.4-inch length (or height), 10.2-inch depth and 4.1-inch thickness, the NCC’s photos put those dimensions into context. You’ll have to make room for this beast, whether you’re buying the Digital Edition or the disc-based model.

As we pointed out in our specs comparison, this should be the largest console to date. It’s much larger overall than the Xbox Series X (if not as thick), and still bigger than legendary behemoths like the original PlayStation 3, the first Xbox, and the Xbox One. Sony also hasn’t included the stand or the “largest projection” of the PS5’s body into its figures.

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PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan says more PlayStation 5 units will be available than PS4s in 2013 – The Washington Post

The choice for buying a PlayStation 5 is simple. It’s $499, unless you don’t care about having a disc drive, then it’s $399.

That simplicity was by design, said Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO and President Jim Ryan in an interview with The Washington Post on Wednesday. PlayStation announced earlier that day the pricing of the next-generation machines, and a Nov. 12 launch date.

“We want to give gamers clarity, we want to give them certainty,” Ryan said. “We want to future proof them so that they know the console they buy will be relevant in several years time. It’s a considerable capital outlay, and we want to make sure people know they are buying a true next-generation console.”

This is in stark contrast to the Xbox series of consoles, S and X, which offer more nuanced differences (4K vs. 1440p resolution being one example), with an even greater price difference of $299 and $499 respectively. While the Xbox Series S will be the cheapest next-generation game console, Microsoft has caught some heat for a confusing branding strategy.

Ryan also claims that the pricing of the PlayStation 5 machines was decided “quite early this year,” and that Sony always intended to offer a version of the PlayStation 5 at the same price point as 2013′s PlayStation 4. The coronavirus pandemic hit, however, and new issues about distribution emerged. The canceling of the E3 event in June caused the entire industry to reconsider its plans.

For now, Ryan said Sony will have more PlayStation 5 units ready for sale than they had PlayStation 4 units in 2013. About 2.1 million PlayStation 4 units sold worldwide two weeks after its 2013 launch, with a million in the first day alone.

“For quite some time, in the early part of covid, that picture was far from clear,” Ryan said. “Just as the supply things was unclear, would there be any market? Would anyone be allowed to go outside? Would any shops be open? This has been a year like no other. But all of that just reinforced our resolve, and the path we determined at the start of the year was absolutely the right one.”

Ryan said he’s heard a lot of discussion about PlayStation’s more old-fashioned approach to the gaming business, betting on its suite of first-party developer studios to deliver exclusive titles on a generational basis.

“We’re not saying it’s perfect, but it’s our approach. We like it,” Ryan said. “We just like to be a bit more nuanced.”

No one can argue against the success of that approach. The PlayStation 4, with more than 112 million consoles sold over seven years, has had a stellar year with exclusive titles like “The Last of Us Part II,” “Ghost of Tsushima” and “Final Fantasy VII: Remake,” which take up three of the top five spots for best-selling titles in 2020 so far.

“We have quietly but very steadily been investing in those studios,” Ryan said. “We now have, I humbly submit, four or five of the best studios in the world.”

While it wasn’t mentioned in Sony’s official announcement, developers of certain games later confirmed that PS5 exclusives like “Horizon: Forbidden West” and “Spider-Man: Miles Morales” aren’t exclusive at all. They’re both releasing PS4 versions, which may irritate a few Sony fans who took to heart Sony’s commitment to “next gen” development. The belief is that developing games across generations stifles creativity, and hampers the technological ambitions of the game, since it has to cater to an audience with less powerful machines.

“No one should be disappointed,” Ryan said. “The PS5 versions of those games are built from the ground up to take advantage of the PS5 feature set, and we have an upgrade path for PS4 users to get the PS5 versions for free. It’s about people having choice. I’m really quite pleased about the situation.”

Ryan also said that of the thousands of games tested for PS4 backwards compatibility, “99 percent” can be played on the next console. Sony also announced a new service called PS Plus Collection, which will offer 18 PS4 first-party titles for download to subscribers to the PlayStation online service. It’s a tremendous freebie for anyone who plays their PlayStation online, and a good entry point for anyone new to Sony properties like “The Last of Us.”

Ryan said he expects up to four years for the PlayStation 4′s expected life span, which makes sense considering the console’s large install base. The PlayStation 2 had a life span of about 13 years, and developers continued to support it several years after the PlayStation 3 approached its middle age.

“The PS4 community will continue to be incredibly important to us for three or four years,” Ryan said. “Many will transition to PS5, we hope if we do our job well, but tens of millions will still be engaged with the PS4.”

Sony has also expressed increasing interest in porting games to the PC, as we saw earlier this year with the releases of “Death Stranding” and “Horizon: Zero Dawn.” Sony has also been pushing its brands and characters to film and TV shows, with an “Uncharted” Tom Holland vehicle and “The Last of Us” HBO show in the works.

“The vision is that while we very much respect the primacy of PlayStation as the principle resting place for the great gaming intellectual property we have, we kind of think it’s time to explore extending the IP,” Ryan said. “We think both of these steps are perfectly logical and rational things for us to do. We should be making that IP work a bit harder as an acquisition tool for the PlayStation community.”

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Sony will stream a PlayStation 5 games showcase on September 16th at 4PM ET – Engadget

Sony has taken numerous opportunities to show off PlayStation 5 gameplay ahead of the console’s launch, but it’s ready for another. The company has announced a PlayStation 5 games showcase event that will stream live on Twitch and YouTube on September 16th at 4PM Eastern. It didn’t tease what games would appear, but the 40-minute virtual presentation would include titles from Sony’s Worldwide Studios and “development partners” and include games arriving on launch “and beyond.”

Of course, there’s a lingering question: what about price and availability for the PS5 itself? Now that Microsoft has revealed Xbox Series X and S pricing and ship dates, Sony doesn’t have much of an excuse to keep quiet on PS5 release details. There’s no guarantee you’ll hear about availability during the showcase stream, but now would be as good a time as any. After all, you can’t pre-order the system without those key details.

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First Look At Sony PlayStation 5 UI – Essentially Sports

PlayStation 5 event date was previously postponed due to the intolerance and injustice that plagued the USA. While Sony led the way, as a beacon of solidarity, several other companies followed. At that time, the best people could do is stand beside one another. 

An advertisement on Twitch, along with an official post from PlayStation, confirmed the event date. Scheduled on June 11th, one can expect people to be extremely hyped up for this. The fact that everyone had to wait too long for PS5 makes this news much more exciting. 

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??Gang! Just published PlayStation 5 Concept UI on the dribbbs… #InVisionStudio #PS5

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Joshua, The Creator‘s tweet clearly mentioned the word “concept UI.” What we see here is merely a fan-made concept. However, whatever we do see here is better than all the console tech demos we have seen so far. Let’s hope PlayStation 5 delivers on its promise to give us the next-generation of gaming experience. 

With Unreal Engine 5 as its backbone, there is no telling what are the exact limitations of this console, if any. We were a little disappointed as we could not see any games being revealed. Nevertheless, we also learned that a new Gran Turismo game might be featured on PS5.

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We saw popular games like Archer, Red Dead Redemption II, Fifa 20, Horizon Zero Dawn II as thumbnail options. As a PlayStation fan, this video will excite one to get their hands on a PS5 as soon as possible. For now, all we can do is wait patiently for the PS5 event on June 11th. 

While the event is for PS5 games, we can hope for a little something about the console too. A first glance at the next-gen console is sure to give some satisfaction to the fans. It has been a long time coming, after all.

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‘Xbox Series X’ Vs ‘PlayStation 5’: Microsoft Has Three Huge Advantages Over Sony – Forbes

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Xbox Series X beats the PlayStation 5 in a few important ways.

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I’m still not 100% convinced that Microsoft and Sony will be able to deliver their respective next-gen consoles this holiday, but we’ll keep discussing the upcoming systems as though they’re coming out in time for Christmas.

Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging, the global economy is still contracting and there’s no telling how a combination of supply chain issues and high levels of unemployment could impact the release of the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.

In any case, we keep learning more and more about each one, especially the Xbox Series X which showed off thirteen third-party games yesterday morning. You can watch all the trailers for those right here.

Today, I’ll talk about a few ways that Microsoft is leading the next-gen pack. Right upfront I’ll freely admit that I am still in the PS5 camp overall, for one very good reason: Sony’s PS5 exclusives will be on PS5 only (at least for a good long time), whereas Microsoft has committed to launching on all Microsoft platforms, which includes PC. From a purely practical standpoint, having a gaming PC and a PS5 makes the most sense.

But Microsoft is making a compelling case for the Xbox Series X—even if those games they showed off yesterday just don’t look all that next-gen. Let’s take a look at the three biggest advantages Microsoft’s system has over the PlayStation 5.

1. Xbox Game Pass is a Killer App

There is nothing quite like Xbox Game Pass in the gaming industry. There are other services that are similar, like EA Access or PS Now, but Game Pass is the best. Subscribers get access to a huge game catalog that’s constantly updating, much like Netflix does each month.

This library includes access to all of Microsoft’s first-party exclusives on day one. Given the fact that Microsoft has seriously ramped up its first-party production, acquiring a bunch of development studios in the process, this is going to become much more valuable than ever with the Xbox Series X—to both consumers and Microsoft.

Game Pass Ultimate combines Game Pass with an Xbox Live With Gold subscription for $14.99/month which is a fantastic deal that gets you access to online games and apps, free monthly Games With Gold and Game Pass. It’s an outstanding value and it will continue to be for Xbox Series X.

(See what games are coming to Xbox Games With Gold in May here. See the new games coming to Game Pass this month here).

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Xbox All Access gives Xbox gamers an affordable way to get a new system.

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2. Microsoft is going big with All Access.

In a recent interview with IGN, Xbox chief Phil Spencer told the publication that Microsoft was going to “go big with [Xbox All Access] at the launch of the consoles.”

This is great news for any gamer on a budget and could give Microsoft a huge advantage at launch even if the Xbox Series X costs more than the PlayStation 5—which seems likely.

For one thing, as noted above the COVID-19 pandemic is taking a serious tole on the economy and peoples’ spending money.

“We would be remiss if we did not talk about the economic realities that could be here [in the Fall],” Spencer added in the same interview. “Not to be all doom and gloom, but you saw the jobless claim numbers that came out. There is a lot of uncertainty [in the market]. I think gaming is a luxury and we should all understand that.”

All Access could make a big difference for a lot of gamers. It let’s gamers pay for an Xbox Series X the same way you’d pay for a smart phone—monthly over a 24 month period.

I’m not sure how it would work on Xbox Series X, but right now gamers can buy a new Xbox One X or Xbox One S with no upfront cost, pay it off monthly (starting at $20/month for the discless Xbox One S, and up to $25/month for Xbox One X) and get a free 2-year Game Pass Ultimate subscription as part of the deal.

Remember, Game Pass Ultimate costs $15/month already, so you can get that and a console for just $5 to $10 more a month. It’s an insanely good deal.

Better yet, after 18 months you can trade it in and upgrade to a next-gen system. Even if the Xbox Series X is very expensive, this makes it way more affordable, especially since Game Pass Ultimate is included in the deal, meaning you could conceivably just not buy any new games for a couple years and still have over 100 titles at any given time to play, including the latest Microsoft exclusives.

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Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla is a Smart Delivery game on Xbox Series X and Xbox One, meaning you’ll … [+] only have to purchase it once to play on both systems.

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3. Smart Delivery adds tremendous value to Xbox One owners.

Smart Delivery is certainly smart. Microsoft isn’t guaranteeing that every single Xbox One game that also releases on Xbox Series X will only be a single purchase, but it has committed to two things.

First, all of Microsoft’s exclusives for at least the foreseeable future will be released on both Xbox One and next-gen, and you’ll only have to pay once for both versions.

Second, any game that’s tagged as Smart Delivery from third-parties will also be available on both generations as a single purchase. For instance, if you buy Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla on Xbox One and then a year from now upgrade to an Xbox Series X, you’ll get the Xbox Series X version free of charge. It’s unclear whether a game like Destiny 2 will be Smart Delivery, however.

This isn’t the same thing as backward compatible. We should expect many of our current-gen games to be backward compatible on both Xbox Series X and PS5. This is different because you’re actually getting the next-gen version of the game for no extra charge.

Maybe Sony will implement something similar down the road, or announce it when they fully reveal the PlayStation 5. But as of right now, this is just one more huge advantage for the Xbox Series X, and another way Microsoft is making gaming just a tiny bit more affordable for Xbox gamers.

The one-two-three punch of Game Pass, All Access and Smart Delivery make the Xbox Series X (and presumably the Xbox Series X) a remarkably good value for consumers. Now the real question becomes: Will the console actually release this holiday and, if it does, will there be enough supply to meet demand?

These questions are so far up in the air it’s best we don’t even try. But right now Microsoft has done a terrific job making its next-gen system(s) appealing, affordable regardless of price and full of value for all gamers.

Will you be purchasing an Xbox Series X at launch or are you leaning toward the still-mysterious PS5? Let me know on Twitter or Facebook.

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