It's been a long wait for pricing and release information on the PlayStation 5. After more than a year of teasing, Sony finally showed off its divisive console design on June 11th, but made us wait until today to find out more. PlayStation 5 starts at $399 and will be available on November 12th. But there are two versions of the console, and a heap of optional accessories to consider. Here's everything you need to know.
The new consoles are almost here and the key word is choices. You have lots of them. Microsoft and Sony are each releasing two consoles, for starters. And in Microsoft's case at least, there are some outside-the-norm options for buying them. Then there are the tie-in subscriptions which, if you can afford them, add lots of value to your hardware.
Microsoft has announced that pre-orders for their next-generation consoles, the Xbox Series X and Series S will begin next week. Starting September 22, players will be able to pre-order both the Xbox Series X, Microsoft's "most powerful console ever made" and the small-but-packs-a-punch Series S. By November 10, both units will be available in 37 counties and will go up to 41 just in time for the holidays, the company said in a recent blog. The United States and Canada will have the first crack in pre-ordering the Series X and Series S starting at 11:00 a.m. U.S. retailers who will take charge of taking orders will include the Microsoft Store, Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart, Target, Sam's Club and Newegg. Pre-orders across Europe and the Middle East can place their pre-orders online starting at 9:00 a.m.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are prime shopping days for gamers--especially those looking for an excuse to finally grab the latest hardware that they've seen their early adopting friends brag about. This year, the best shopping days of the year happen to bring the opportunity to get the more souped-up version of current generation consoles with the Xbox One X and the PlayStation 4 Pro. The Xbox One X just hit the market earlier this month. Effectively acting as the Xbox One.5, the console plays the same games as current generation Xbox One consoles but does so with improved performance. The console can display games in 4K resolution and allows gamers to enjoy their favorite titles at a faster frame rate.
Know someone that would love a new console this holiday season? Figuring out what to buy them, though, can be tricky. Should you go next-gen or stick with something cheaper from the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One era? It all depends on your budget and what, if any, kind of hardware your loved one already owns. If you're still flummoxed by the seemingly-endless options, fear not: we've assembled a guide to choosing and gifting a console in late 2020.