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Players report PlayStation 5 consoles are already dying

Some players are having their PS5 launch day hype ruined by a dead console.

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PS5 players are already reporting issues of their console dying on launch day.

The PlayStation 5 launched today, November 12, to a warm welcome from the console gaming community who were eager to try out the new features. The release corresponds with the first day of the new Call of Duty, which will undoubtedly spark a ton of purchases for both the game and the platform.

Of course, hardly any console launch can go off without a hitch, as Microsoft learned earlier in the week. Reports of the new Xbox Series X smoking during the first day were widely debunked, but Sony is having a similar issue with their PlayStation.

Unlike the Xbox Series X reports, however, these issues seem to be legitimate. one reviewer, YouTuber ACG, had his console die on him after saying, “Your storage is corrupted and we have to rebuild it.” After several pop-ups warning the YouTuber, his console completely died.

Sony is working with ACG and other people who have had similar issues. So far, it seems like the reported problems with routers and other outside elements might not apply to everyone.

ACG’s video is not the only one on YouTube showcasing a dead PlayStation 5. Another PS5 owner, who goes by Omni on YouTube, uploaded a short video that showed his dead console as well.

The good news surrounding this issue is that it doesn’t seem to be widespread. The vast majority of players who picked up a PS5 on launch day are having a pleasant experience with their new console.

Of course, this isn’t great press for a console that is, reportedly, already on track to outsell the PlayStation 4. Hopefully, Sony will resolve these issues, work with affected players, and make sure that the problem doesn’t persist into the holiday season.

We’ll keep you posted if we learn anything else about this situation, or if reports of dead PlayStations continue to pick up. For now, it seems like the chances of encountering a dead PS5 are slim, but not zero.

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Steam adds support for PS5 DualSense controller

Steam users can now use the new PS5 DualSense controller while playing their favorite games on the platform.

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The PS5’s DualSense controller is the most talked about feature of the next-gen console. Steam has taken note of this and has announced its plans to support it.

Sony’s PlayStation 5 has arrived, and it’s in such high demand that you’ll be lucky to get one. This next-gen console comes with many impressive features such as 4K video, 60 FPS, Ray tracing, and exclusive titles that have won over players.

The most popular feature is the DualSense controller, which gives haptic feedback while you’re playing. This lets you experience every impact, recoil, and rumble like never before. Now, Valve has officially stated that Steam will offer support to this controller.

Steam’s Latest Update

Steam’s latest client beta update has made the platform compatible with the new controller. You can connect it through Bluetooth or with a USB-C cable. The following changes have been made to the Steam Input API:

  • Implemented rumble over Bluetooth for the PS5 controller
  • Reduced rumble intensity for the PS5 controller
  • Allow external audio based haptics while rumble is enabled on the PS5 DualSense controller

Steam will recognize the controller and show the correct button prompts while also gaining access to the LED, trackpad, rumble, and gyro features. Players will now get to use the PS5 controller with games that require the Steam Input API.

So far, Valve’s hasn’t announced any plans for the DualSense’s adaptive triggers, but they will release the support after beta testing is done.

How To Access The Steam Beta Client

You can test out this new feature by heading over to the Steam client beta. Here is how you use it:

  1. Open the Steam Menu
  2. Enter “Settings” and then open up “Account”
  3. Click “Change” under Beta Participation
  4. Select the PS4 controller (it’s actually the DualSense controller for PS5)

The option will be renamed to “PS5 controller” once Valve makes a profile for it.

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Where to get a PS5 and Xbox Series X on Black Friday

Black Friday is coming, but does this mean you can get your hands on a PS5 or Xbox Series X? Here’s where to look.

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Black Friday Xbox and PS5 deals

Both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X launched in early November, but neither were very easy to get. Here’s how to get your hands on them on Black Friday.

Black Friday is the US’s national shopping holiday, where shoppers look for deals and Christmas gifts for friends and family. Over the years, Black Friday has morphed into a weekend-long (sometimes even a week-long) shopping spree where deals are everywhere you look.

This year, with the release of the new Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 consoles, electronics stores will be flooded with questions about their stock. Unfortunately, it’s going to be tough to find one of these for sale on Black Friday due to their generally short supply.

Luckily, there are a few locations that should have the new consoles available for Black Friday. Here are all of the locations we know about so far. We’ll update this piece if any other locations confirm their stock

Where to find a PS5 & Xbox Series X on Black Friday

Walmart is one of the first and only retailers to confirm that they’re restocking their supply of Xbox Series X and PS5 consoles by Black Friday. You should be able to purchase these on their website at 9:00 PM EST on November 25. Make sure to act quickly, as they could run out fast.

Other retailers, such as GameStop and Best Buy, have listed the new consoles among their Black Friday deals. GameStop confirmed that each of their stores would have at least two of each console on Black Friday, but that doesn’t give you too much of a chance of getting one.

Here are all of the common shopping locations for the PS5 and Xbox Series X, along with their chances of having the console in stock for Black Friday:

  • Walmart: confirmed to have both PS5 and Xbox Series X ahead of Black Friday
  • Amazon: both PS5 and Xbox are currently unavailable with no estimated restock date.
  • GameStop: Sold out of Xbox and PS5 with no official word on whether or not they’ll be available for Black Friday.
  • Best Buy: Sold out of PS5 and Xbox but likely restocking for Black Friday, based on ads.
  • Target: Sold out of Xbox and PS5. Unclear if they’ll restock for Black Friday.

Despite some retailers confirming their stock and others likely grabbing a few consoles, you’ll have to act quickly to be one of the select few to get your hands on the coveted next-gen machines. We expect Walmart to sell out within an hour of restocking on the 25th.

If you’re looking for a Christmas gift, though, it’s not the end of the world. These retailers will undoubtedly restock before Christmas, and it’s not like you’re going to get any money off of the brand-new console on Black Friday.

We’ll keep you posted if other retailers announce that they have the new consoles in stock.

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Sony CEO hints at a PlayStation Response to Xbox Game Pass

Sony might have something to rival the Xbox Game Pass.

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With the recent release of the PS5, Sony’s CEO Jim Ryan gave an interview to discuss the console. He indicated that Sony has big plans for the future and that includes a response to Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass.

Microsoft prides itself on its exclusive Xbox Game Pass subscription service. For just $14.99 per month, users gain access to a wide selection of games and premium services. This makes the company unique since its competition has no alternative, but that is about to change.

The Russian news agency, Tass, had an exclusive interview with Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO, Jim Ryan. They asked him about a variety of topics regarding the recent release of the PlayStation 5.

One of the questions was about Sony’s response to Microsoft’s Game Pass, and Ryan gave a vague but interesting answer.

“There is actually news to come, but just not today, ” he said. “We have PlayStation Now which is our subscription service, and that is available in a number of markets.”

This wasn’t what we expected to hear. There was little indication, up to this point, that the company was planning to rival Microsoft’s service. Ryan didn’t elaborate further on what he said, but we assume that Sony plans to offer its users a service that’s even more ambitious than the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

He mentioned that users can use PlayStation Now, which offers users over 800 PS2, PS3, and PS4 titles on the PS4, PS5 and Windows PCs. There’s also PlayStation Plus, which grants online play, new free games each month and discounts.

Tass also asked Jim Ryan about the troubles of launching the PS5 during this hectic year. “Of all the things that I’ve learned this year,” he stated, “One is that I wouldn’t plan on doing another big console launch in the midst of a global pandemic, and I wouldn’t recommend it to anybody else.

He elaborated on the problems they faced from the production side but said that he is pleased with the opening weeks’ sales numbers. The console sold out almost immediately in North America and Europe. Sony’s PS5 sales exceeded the Xbox Series X/S by four times in Japan.

The interview also covered topics like the significance of exclusive games, rising prices, and the transition of players from the PS4 to the PS5. We don’t know what Sony has up their sleeve to match the Xbox Game Pass, but we’ll wait to find out.

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