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Potential fix for PS5 & Xbox Series X crashes

There have been mass reports of crashing PS5 and Xbox series X units.

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Players everywhere had been highly anticipating the releases of the PS5 and Xbox Series X. Many grabbed them as soon as they became available but they have now noted that the consoles are facing severely bad crashes.

Both the PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles had very successful releases recently. Pre-orders and online purchases were in very large numbers and stocks sold out fast. More often than not; new consoles end up facing some problems at launch and these two haven’t proven to be exceptions.

Many players on both platforms have reported strong crashes that do more than just display an error onscreen. They are either forced to restart the game or in some cases; the whole system just shuts off. This has been reported during playthroughs of games like Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Black Ops Cold War, Demon Souls, Prey and Godfall.

Kotaku‘s own Stephen Totilo was unable to to run Black Ops on his PlayStation 5 due to this and just deleted the game. You will find many more cases like this all over twitter.

The exact cause of this malfunction is yet to be determined but the leading theory is that it has something to do with Rest mode. Giant Bombs Jeff Gerstmann has said that entering Rest Mode while the game is running will crash the whole system, and force the PS5 to repair its external drive.

This is a possible cause but players have reported facing this issue even after shutting off the system. Another cause could be overheating, since that often leads to crashes like this. However there has been no heat related error report onscreen when the console acted up and in many cases; the devices were said to be at moderate temperatures.

How to avoid crashing

We haven’t heard anything from Sony or Microsoft about what exactly is causing this or been provided any solution. Both companies will most likely be releasing an update soon to fix these issues and although we still don’t know a guaranteed fix, you should take some precautions:

  • Go to Settings and open the Power Saving tab
  • Select Set Time Until PS5 Enter Rest Mode
  • Set this to Don’t Put in Rest Mode
Avoid putting your system on Rest Mode.

This will keep your system from sleeping automatically after a certain amount of time. Also keep a close eye on your console’s temperature. If you feel it heating up then you must immediately shut it down from the home screen and then unplug it once it is completely off.

Until we hear from Sony and Microsoft about how to proceed next, this is the only measure we can take to avoid crashing or bricking our systems.

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Warzone devs confirm 120Hz returns to Xbox Series consoles soon

Xbox Series consoles can no longer run Warzone at 120FPS, but Raven Software have confirmed the fix is coming very soon.

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Xbox Series consoles haven’t supported 120FPS on Warzone since December, locking the game at 60FPS. Players have been desperate for it to return, and Raven Software have confirmed that 120Hz is coming back very soon.

While Warzone Pacific brought a brand-new map and has continued to bring a number of major quality of life updates, console players have been suffering from stuttering and textures failing to load. While PlayStation 5 players can enjoy the game at 120FPS, Xbox Series players lost the ability with the Season 1 update and have been stuck playing at 60FPS ever since.

In a pre-Warzone Season 3 interview with CharlieIntel, Raven Software’s Senior Creative Director Ted Timmins reaffirmed that they “absolutely want” to bring 120 FPS back to Xbox Series consoles, and have now confirmed that it’s coming back very soon.

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When is 120FPS coming back to Warzone on Xbox Series X? 

Raven Software announced on May 20 that 120Hz will be returning to Xbox Series X|S consoles with the Season 3 Reloaded update, which is set for Wednesday, May 25.

Raven’s Ted Timmins confirmed they were aware on December 12 and were looking into the issue, but when speaking to us ahead of Warzone Pacific Season 3, they said it’s a “very complex” issue that’s “still being investigated.”

It appears this issue has now been resolved, with the devs confirming that it will arrive with Season 3 Reloaded which they hope “will make for an even more enjoyable experience in Caldera!”

Warzone Season 3 Reloaded is also set to bring the H4 Blixen SMG along with the Serpentine Perk, which will reduce incoming damage while sprinting.

In the same interview, Timmins also confirmed that the team is “working as hard as they can” to resolve other console performance issues. While things are looking positive, they are grateful to see the videos and screenshots that the community sends in. 


For more, you can check out every leaked POI for Warzone 2’s map, as well as the average K/D ratio.

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PlayStation Plus games lineup: All PS Plus Extra & Premium titles

Sony have revealed the lineup of games that will be available with the new and improved version of PlayStation Plus.

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The PlayStation Plus subscription service will undergo various changes, and here’s a list of PS Plus games you can expect to have access to following the overhaul.

Throughout the months of May and June, Sony will be rolling out a revamped version of PlayStation Plus. The core concept for the service will remain unchanged but Sony are introducing subscription tiers to PS Plus.

This means the massive catalog of games available to PS Plus subscribers will depend on which of the three options you select. We’ll go through the different tier options below, and detail all the PS Plus games that will be available at launch.

PlayStation Plus changes & tiers explained

PlayStation Plus membership options

PlayStation Plus has always offered an all-encompassing service to those who subscribe. That’s all going to change as players will soon have the chance to choose between three different tiers. Essentially, you’ll be able to choose the tier that best suits your needs.

PlayStation Plus Essential is the lowest tier on offer and it is the option that is comparable to the current service. If you’re happy with your current PS Plus subscription and are not interested in new features, Essential is the way to go.

If you’re looking for more content like a massive library of games, then you’ll want to look into the Extra and Premium tiers. Extra will grant you access to a catalog of PS4 and PS5 games, while Premium will also add PS3, PS2, PSP, and PlayStation libraries to the mix.

To find out which tier is right for you and how much each tier costs per month you can visit the PlayStation blog that details the changes coming to PS Plus in the summer of 2022.

All PS Plus games list: Premium & Extra catalog

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While the focus is definitely on PlayStation games whose studios are affiliated with Sony like God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, Marvel’s Spider-Man, and Uncharted, you’ll also be pleasantly surprised to see third-party titles available via PS Plus.

Games like Mortal Kombat 11, NBA 2K22, and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla are not out of reach for players who opt for PlayStation Plus’ Extra or Premium tiers. You’ll be able to access this incredible library of games seen below for a monthly fee.

PlayStation Plus Premium Games

PlayStation Studios

  • Ape Escape | Japan Studio, Original Playstation 
  • Hot Shots Golf | Japan Studio, Original Playstation
  • I.Q. Intelligent Qube | Japan Studio, Original PlayStation
  • Jumping Flash! Japan Studio, Original PlayStation
  • Syphon Filter | Bend Studio, Original PlayStation
  • Super Stardust Portable Housemarque, PSP

Third Party Partners

  • Mr. Driller | Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc., Original PlayStation 
  • Tekken 2 | Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc., Original PlayStation 
  • Worms World Party | Team 17, Original PlayStation 
  • Worms Armageddon Team17, Original PlayStation 

PlayStation Studios (remasters)

  • Ape Escape 2 | Japan Studio, PS4
  • Arc The Lad: Twilight of the Spirits | Japan Studio, PS4
  • Dark Cloud Japan Studio, PS4
  • Dark Cloud 2 | Japan Studio, PS4
  • FantaVision SIE, PS4  
  • Hot Shots Tennis Japan Studio, PS4
  • Jak II Naughty Dog, PS4
  • Jak 3Naughty Dog, PS4
  • Jak X: Combat Racing Naughty Dog, PS4
  • Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy | Naughty Dog, PS4  
  • Rogue Galaxy Japan Studio, PS4
  • Siren | Japan Studio, PS4
  • Wild Arms 3 SIE, PS4 

Third Party Partners (remasters)

  • Baja: Edge of Control HD THQ Nordic, PS4
  • Bioshock Remastered | 2K Games, PS4
  • Borderlands The Handsome Collection | 2K Games, PS4
  • Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition | Gearbox Publishing, PS4
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning THQ Nordic, PS4
  • Lego Harry Potter Collection | WB Games, PS4
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PlayStation Plus Extra and PlayStation Plus Premium Games

While the Sony blog wasn’t clear on the fact, it seems that games with asterisks beside their names will only be available to PlayStation Premium members, which is the highest tier available. We’ll update this section with official confirmation once we know more about the situation.

PlayStation Studios

  • Alienation | Housemarque, PS4
  • Bloodborne | FromSoftware, PS4
  • Concrete Genie | Pixelopus, PS4
  • Days Gone | Bend Studio, PS4
  • Dead Nation Apocalypse Edition Housemarque, PS4
  • Death Stranding and Death Stranding Director’s Cut | Kojima Productions, PS4/PS5
  • Demon’s Souls | Bluepoint Games,  PS5
  • Destruction AllStars | Lucid Games, PS5
  • Everybody’s Golf Japan Studio, PS4
  • Ghost Of Tsushima Director’s Cut | Sucker Punch, PS4/ PS5
  • God of War | Santa Monica Studio, PS4
  • Gravity Rush 2 Japan Studio, PS4
  • Gravity Rush Remastered | Japan Studio, PS4
  • Horizon Zero Dawn Guerrilla Games, PS4
  • Infamous First Light | Sucker Punch, PS4
  • Infamous Second Son Sucker Punch, PS4
  • Knack | Japan Studio, PS4
  • LittleBigPlanet 3 | Sumo Digital, PS4
  • LocoRoco Remastered | Japan Studio, PS4
  • LocoRoco 2 Remastered | Japan Studio, PS4
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man | Insomniac Games, PS4
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales | Insomniac Games, PS4/PS5
  • Matterfall |Housemarque, PS4
  • MediEvil | Other Ocean, PS4
  • Patapon Remastered | Japan Studio, PS4
  • Patapon 2 Remastered | Japan Studio, PS4
  • Resogun | Housemarque, PS4
  • Returnal | Housemarque, PS5
  • Shadow of the Colossus Japan Studio,  PS4
  • Tearaway Unfolded |Media Molecule, PS4
  • The Last Guardian | Japan Studio, PS4
  • The Last of Us Remastered Naughty Dog, PS4
  • The Last of Us: Left Behind Naughty Dog, PS4
  • Until Dawn | Supermassive Games, PS4
  • Uncharted The Nathan Drake Collection |Naughty Dog, PS4
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End | Naughty Dog, PS4
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy | Naughty Dog, PS4
  • WipEout Omega Collection Clever Beans & Creative Vault Studios, PS4
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Third Party-Partners

  • Ashen | Annapurna Interactive, PS4
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla*** Ubisoft, PS4/PS5
  • Celeste | Maddy Makes Games, PS4
  • Cities: Skylines | Paradox Interactive, PS4
  • Control: Ultimate Edition 505 Games, PS4/PS5
  • Dead CellsMotion Twin, PS4
  • Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition | Square Enix Co. LTD, PS4
  • Hollow Knight | Team Cherry, PS4
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy | Square Enix Co. LTD., PS4/PS5
  • Mortal Kombat 11 | WB Games, PS4/PS5
  • Narutoshippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 | Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc., PS4
  • NBA 2K22 | 2K Games, PS4/PS5
  • Outer Wilds Annapurna Interactive, PS4
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 | Rockstar Games, PS4 
  • Resident Evil Capcom Co., Ltd, PS4
  • Soulcalibur VI Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc., PS4
  • The Artful Escape | Annapurna Interactive, PS4/PS5
  • The Crew 2*** | Ubisoft, PS4

While these are the titles expected to be available when the new version of PlayStation Plus launches, don’t be surprised to see this extensive catalog updated with brand-new games as months go by.

Keep an eye out for the new iteration of PS Plus to launch on June 13 in NA, and June 23 in Europe.


For more gaming news, check out how Elden Ring dethroned Vanguard as the best-selling game of the last year.

Image Credits: Ubisoft / Sony / Insomniac Games / Rockstar Games / Santa Monica Studio / WB Games / Sucker Punch / Kojima Productions / Housemarque

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How to watch PlayStation’s March 9 State of Play: Stream, start time, what to expect 

Here’s everything you need to know about PlayStation’s March State of Play, which gives updates on Japanese-developed games and more.

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PlayStation will be broadcasting their State of Play on March 9, which has a special focus on Japanese-developed PS4 and PS5 games. Here’s how to watch the stream, what time it starts, and what you can expect to see. 

2022 has already been a huge year for gaming with Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Horizon Forbidden West, and Elden Ring all releasing across January and February. But there will be even more to look forward to as the year goes on, and PlayStation will be revealing what they have in store for the rest of 2022 and beyond. 

Here’s how to watch PlayStation’s State of Play stream, including the start time and what you can expect to see. 

PlayStation State of Play stream & start time

March 2022’s State of Play will kick off on March 9 at 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET / 10 PM GMT and will run for around 20 minutes. 

We’ve embedded the stream above, where you can set a reminder through your YouTube account. 

What to expect in PlayStation’s State of Play stream

PlayStation State of Play

Sony revealed that State of Play will showcase “new reveals and eye-catching updates for PS5 and PS4 titles,” with a “special focus on highlighting great games coming from some of our beloved Japanese publishers.” 

It’s possible that we’ll finally see Final Fantasy XVI which was confirmed to be revealed in spring 2022, but we’ll need to wait and see for ourselves. PlayStation also said that we can expect “a few updates from other developers located around the world, too.” 

But they did confirm that we won’t get any updates on the PlayStation VR2 or its games, so we can expect more news later in the year. 


For more on PlayStation, you can check out how to link your PlayStation and Discord accounts together.

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