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Amazon warns customers PlayStation 5 pre-order could arrive late due to 'high demand'

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Did you pre-order a PlayStation 5 through Amazon? There's a chance you won't get it on launch day. Several people shared on Twitter emails received from Amazon warning their PS5 video game console they "may not receive this item on the day it is released due to high demand." Amazon confirmed the authenticity of the emails to USA TODAY. On Thursday, Sony opened up pre-orders of the PS5 after revealing details on the pricing and release of its highly-anticipated video game console.


Untangling the PlayStation 5 preorder mess, and where to get one

Washington Post - Technology News

The retailers then apparently decided to do what they do on Black Friday: Open up earlier than expected and let the mayhem commence. Geoff Keighley, the former journalist who now runs The Game Awards, shared breaking news about retailers opening preorder sites early Wednesday night. Sure enough, within the hour, Walmart's site opened up for preorders, which were gone within minutes. Other retailers like Best Buy, Target and GameStop followed suit.


Confused about which console to buy? Just wait.

Engadget

After months of speculation, we now have a clear picture of how the next generation of consoles is shaping up. Four consoles at three price points, each offering a slightly different take on the future of gaming. At just $300, the Xbox Series S is clearly the value proposition. You won't get true 4K gaming, and its 512GB of storage could prove an issue, but that's the price you pay for.. paying less. At $400, the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition offers everything the regular PlayStation 5 does, except the disc drive.


PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan says more PlayStation 5 units will be available than PS4s in 2013

Washington Post - Technology News

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.


PlayStation 5 to launch on November 12 starting at $399.99

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

We now know when video game players will get to purchase Sony's PlayStation 5 video game console. The electronics company announced Wednesday it will launch the PS5 in the U.S. on Nov. 12. A digital edition of the PS5 will sell for $399.99 while the standard model will sell for $499.99. Details of the PS5 follow one week after Microsoft revealed the first details on when its next Xbox will launch. Microsoft said the Xbox Series X will launch Nov. 10 for $499, while the Xbox Series S, which will only support downloadable games, will go for $299.


Microsoft reveals $299 Xbox Series S in official image

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Microsoft's low-end Series S console will retail for $299 (about £230) and looks like a hi-fi speaker. An official image revealed by the company on Tuesday shows a distinctive black circular vent on a slim white body. Series S, which appears to come without a disc drive, is cheaper, smaller and less powerful than the Series X console, the company's official fourth-generation Xbox. The image had leaked on several US websites late on Monday before Microsoft decided to'make it official' today. Series S is the'smallest Xbox ever', according to Microsoft, which promised it would reveal more details soon.


Video games on the way: Marvel's Avengers, Call of Duty, Spider-Man: Miles Morales among most anticipated

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Video game aficionados are ready to assemble for a new Avengers video game, swing with Spidey – and answer the Call of Duty. Marvel's Avengers, due out Sept. 4 for PC, PS4, Xbox One, is the first arriving of the most anticipated video games of the rest of 2020, according to Nielsen Games' Most Anticipated Games list. Just as anticipated are Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (Nov. All three games tied with a top rank of 97 on Nielsen Games' list. Summer video games:Coronavirus-curbed video gamers are falling for'Fall Guys' and these other diversions The research firm surveyed more than 6,000 active gamers, age seven to 54, from July 12-Aug.


Xbox Series X console officially confirmed to launch in November

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Microsoft has confirmed its fourth-generation Xbox, the Xbox Series X, will be released this November to square up with Sony's PlayStation 5 in the gaming market. The new games console, which Xbox has described as its'most powerful ever', will feature processing power twice that of the current generation Xbox One X. Xbox Series X will also have backwards compatibility technology, which allows games from older consoles to be played on the new system. There are 50 new games planned for launch this year, including Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Gears Tactics, and Watch Dogs: Legion. However, the release of the new console's flagship game, Halo Infinite, will be delayed until 2021, giving Microsoft more time'to finish critical work'. The Xbox Series X release will coincide with the arrival of Sony's new console, the PlayStation 5, which is expected to launch in the last three months of the year.


PS5: Sony planning for people to buy twice as many consoles as PS4 because of coronavirus, reports claim

The Independent - Tech

Sony has increased production on its upcoming PlayStation 5 console in preparation for the device's launch. According to reports from Japan, Sony is boosting the number of consoles made by at least 50 percent. Nikkei reports that orders for the console have been increased from six million to around nine million, according to sources. Bloomberg Japan reports that number will reach 10 million by the end of the year. The coronavirus pandemic is the reason for increased production: as more people remain indoors, which will likely extend until the end of the year, Sony says it expects to see an increase in demand for the next-generation console. If Sony manages to sell that many consoles, it would put the PlayStation 5 in more homes than the PlayStation 4.


Sony invests ¥27 billion in Fortnite and Unreal Engine developer Epic Games

The Japan Times

Epic Games, creator of the popular video game Fortnite and the mobile app Houseparty, said Thursday it had received a $250 million (¥27 billion) investment from Sony Corp for a minority stake in the company. Sony, maker of the PlayStation, didn't disclose the price it paid for stock in the privately held company. Last month, it was reported that Epic was close to raising a $750 million round of funding, from investors including T. Rowe Price Group Inc and Baillie Gifford, at a valuation of about $17 billion. Epic, which also develops the game engine Unreal, received $1.25 billion in funding in 2018 from investors including KKR & Co Inc. Fortnite has been an influential force in games and culture over recent years. The game had more than 350 million players as of April, benefiting from the influx of people spending more time at home during the coronavirus pandemic.