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How to get a PS5 or Xbox Series X – Holiday 2020 Guide

Struggling to buy a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X/S? Here’s how to find them this holiday season.

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Here’s how you can get your hands on a PS5 or Xbox Series X/S this holiday season.

The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S are the most in-demand items of the holiday season. Stock virtually flies off the shelves, and inventories seem to run dry within mere seconds of every restock.

If you missed the original PlayStation 5 and Xbox pre-order window, you’re most likely in a situation where you are scrambling to find a system to purchase.

Don’t fret quite yet; there are still some ways to get one before the new year, if luck permits. Here are some ways to get these systems.

Stock Checker Accounts

Accounts on social media offer bots that automatically notify you when stock is available for the PlayStation 5 or Series X. It may trigger a false positive on occasion. Still, it’s mostly accurate and beneficial.

Here are our picks for stock checking accounts:

Be sure to turn on notifications for all accounts to be notified as soon as you follow them so you never miss a drop!

Where to buy

There’s nothing more annoying than trying to purchase a product with a laggy website just to figure out the product is in stock. Most retailers have fixed this issue, but we highly recommend buying a PS5 or Xbox from Best Buy if you can.

Best Buy has a queue system where you will enter a digital line. Stock will be added periodically, and if they have enough stock depending on when you added the product to your cart, you will get your console.

It’s a stress-free system that’s straight forward. Instead of spamming “add to cart” you’ll be able to sit back and wait.

PS5 Links

Xbox Series X Links

Xbox Series S Links

Drops for the system should pop up periodically throughout the week. Keep an eye on stock checkers and retailers for announcements regarding more inventory.

Call of Duty: Mobile

Backbone introduces new PlayStation-themed mobile gaming controller

Backbone debuts a new PlayStation 5-themed mobile gaming controller to play your iPhone games on the go with controller support.

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Backbone is extending their partnership with PlayStation to debut an PlayStation 5 DualSense themed version of the company’s popular mobile iPhone gaming controller.

Backbone announced the new controller as part of their extended licensing partnership with Sony PlayStation to include PlayStation buttons, colors, and logos on the controller. The new product is called the Backbone One – PlayStation® Edition and available at Backbone’s site.

Backbone has worked with PlayStation to support Remote Play through their mobile controllers, allowing players to play PlayStation titles on the go with a controller in hand. The Backbone One controller is available currently for iPhone only with an Android version expected this fall.

Backbone One Features

The new controller is built to fit right in with the PlayStation design and features it’s own app on iPhone to setup and download a variety of games.

The controller is highlighted with three key features for the product:

  • An exquisite design: The elegant colors, materials, and finishes are all inspired by the design of the PS5 console’s DualSense wireless controller, including transparent face buttons and a visually distinctive floating appearance. 
  • Purpose-built for PS Remote Play: The latest version of PS Remote Play even lets you wake your PS4 or PS5 remotely, so you can play PlayStation games anywhere. The Backbone app will also feature special integrations with the PlayStation and PS Remote Play app that make the experience even more special, like a dedicated row with new releases and updates from PlayStation and the ability to automatically deep link you into the PlayStation app to install it onto your console remotely so you can play it later via PS Remote Play.
  • An reimagined app: The biggest update to the app to date, the Backbone app will now allow users to navigate the Backbone app without the device connected via touch screen. Now it’s easier than ever to discover new games, watch highlights, or connect with friends. As soon as you’re ready to hit play again, simply connect your Backbone device and the app will automatically transition you back from Standalone Mode to Controller Mode.

Backbone One First Thoughts

Backbone sent a review unit for us to checkout, and we tested it out first with Call of Duty: Mobile. The controller is very easy to use, set up, and start playing. Players have to download the Backbone app on their iPhone to pair the controller and start playing.

And since Call of Duty: Mobile supports controllers, it worked great with the Backbone device. Call of Duty: Mobile brings the best of Call of Duty on the go, with recent numbers saying the title has over 500 million downloads.

Using a controller makes the action feel even better and helps bring the experience to that of the console versions of the game.

You can play a variety of mobile games with the controller, so long as said-game as mobile controllers support. You can also play PlayStation Remote Play, letting you access some of your favorite PlayStation titles on the go (with good internet connection), and even play Xbox Game Pass Cloud Gaming titles with this controller, including Fortnite on the web.

The controller overall feels great, sturdy, and easy to hold – even when using with an iPhone 13 Pro Max.

The joystick feels stable while traversing intense games, and the buttons have very similar feel to that of the PS5 Dualsense controller.

We look forward to using the controller more with other titles, even with PlayStation remote play on Call of Duty games, and later on when Warzone Mobile releases.

Learn more about Backbone products at Backbone’s site.

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How to use Discord Voice chat on Xbox: Account linking & platforms

Discord Voice has finally arrived on Xbox, so here’s how to link your accounts and chat across console and PC.

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Discord voice chat has finally arrived on Xbox, allowing PC and console players to chat together while cross-platform gaming. Here’s how the voice chat integration works across Discord and Xbox, and how to link your accounts.

Cross-platform gaming has become the norm, allowing PlayStation, Xbox, and PC players to join up and play together, no matter the platform. The only issue with this is that cross-platform gamers are often forced to use game chat, which can come with a number of issues.

Discord has become one of the most popular ways for PC players to meet up and chat with each other, and console players have been desperate to chat using Discord. Xbox players are in luck, as Microsoft has announced that Discord Voice chat has come to Xbox consoles.

You’ll need to link your Discord account with Xbox to start chatting, so here’s how to link accounts and use Discord Voice on Xbox.

how to link xbox account with discord

As confirmed by Microsoft on July 20, Discord Voice has arrived on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles, with Xbox Insiders getting the update first. Then, the update will be available to everyone else “soon.”

You’ll need to link your Xbox account with Discord to chat, so here’s how:

  1. Press the Xbox button on your controller
  2. Head to Parties & Chats
  3. Click on Try Discord Voice on Xbox
  4. Scan the QR code on the screen, which will take you to the Xbox and Discord apps
  5. Follow the instructions to link your Discord and Xbox accounts
    • If you’ve already linked Xbox and Discord, you’ll have to re-link it
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How to use Discord Voice on Xbox

Once your account’s linked, you’ll need to use the Discord and Xbox apps to transfer your voice chats from Discord to your Xbox console.

Here’s how to use Discord Voice on Xbox:

  1. Ensure you have both the Xbox and Discord mobile apps installed on your phone
  2. Use the Discord mobile app to join a channel like usual
  3. Hit the Join on Xbox button
  4. This will then launch the Xbox app, which will transfer your voice chat from Discord to your Xbox

Once connected, you’ll be able to see everyone who’s in the call and speaking, and “you’ll also be able to adjust the sound, and switch between Discord Voice and Xbox game chat.”


Discord also has a partnership with Sony and allows PlayStation players to show their gaming status on Discord, and players are desperate to Discord Voice chat as well.

Image Credit: Xbox / Discord

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Is Sniper Elite 5 on Xbox Game Pass?

Rebellion Developments’ tactical shooter Sniper Elite 5 is now available to play, but is the game on Xbox Game Pass?

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Sniper Elite 5 Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass is Microsoft’s subscription service that offers a massive library of games to play, and you may be wondering if Sniper Elite 5 is available after its May 26 release.

Sniper Elite 5 is the follow-up to 2017’s critically acclaimed Sniper Elite 4 and players are eager to see the result of Rebellion Developments’ hard work. The third-person shooter boasts an excellent campaign that can be played cooperatively with another player, alongside other exciting modes that keep the game feeling fresh.

Sniper Release 5 is available to play as of May 26, but players are wondering if the new game can be found on Xbox Game Pass.

Is Sniper Elite 5 on Xbox Game Pass?

Sniper Elite 5 key art

Sniper Elite 5 is available on Xbox Game Pass. Those with the Microsoft subscription service can enjoy the brand-new title for free thanks to the library of games offered to subscribers.

Xbox Game Pass subscribers on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows PC can take control of Karl Fairburne as he attempts to thwart evil WW2 plots. Early indications suggest that this iteration of the franchise is a game you won’t want to miss and with Xbox Game Pass, it is as accessible as ever.

How to play Sniper Elite 5 with Xbox Game Pass

You can give Sniper Elite 5 a try by downloading it from the Xbox Game Pass library. Not only is Sniper Elite 5 available on Xbox Game Pass, but it is available for download as of day one of release on May 26.

If you’ve never played a Sniper Elite game, Xbox Game Pass offers the perfect opportunity to test out the franchise for free. Simply download the game and find out if it’s to your liking.


For more Xbox news, check out if Call of Duty games will be added to Xbox Game Pass?

Image Credits: Rebellion Developments / Microsoft

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