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.
Microsoft changes course: Xbox Live Gold price to remain unchanged
In a stunning move, Microsoft has doubled the cost of Xbox Live Gold in a move that pushes players to the Game Pass Subscription.
UPDATE: Following extensive backlash from fans and personalities alike, Microsoft has announced that they are pulling a 360: the Xbox Live Gold Price will not be changed going forward.
In an upeate on the Xbox Wire, the company says “we messed up today and you were right to let us know.”
Connecting and playing with friends is a vital part of gaming and we failed to meet the expectations of players who count on it every day. As a result, we have decided not to change Xbox Live Gold pricing.
If you are an Xbox Live Gold member already, you stay at your current price for renewal. New and existing members can continue to enjoy Xbox Live Gold for the same prices they pay today. In the US, $9.99 for 1-month, $24.99 for 3-months, $39.99 for 6-months and $59.99 for retail 12-months.
Taking it a step further, the company also announced that they will be removing the Xbox Live Gold requirement to play free to play games on their platform, including Call of Duty: Warzone. This change will happen in the “coming months” and details will be announced soon.
We’re turning this moment into an opportunity to bring Xbox Live more in line with how we see the player at the center of their experience. For free-to-play games, you will no longer need an Xbox Live Gold membership to play those games on Xbox. We are working hard to deliver this change as soon as possible in the coming months.
Microsoft has doubled the price of the Xbox Live Gold Subscription in an effort to get players to switch to an Xbox Game Pass Subscription.
In the XboxOne subreddit, users earlier today posted images of retail 6 month Xbox Live Gold subscription cards. The cards were priced at 59.99 USD; up $20 from the original $40 price tag. For reference, an entire year of Xbox Live used to be $59.99, before Microsoft discontinued yearly subscriptions.
This also affects 3-month and 1-month subscriptions as well, putting the $9.99 and $24.99 subscription plans up to $10.99 and $29.99 respectively. The price rise reflects a $1 increase for a month to month subscription and a $4 increase for a 3-month subscription.
This means if you plan to buy Xbox Live Gold for a year, your subscription will come out to $120, or double the old price. The move is clearly a marketing ploy by Microsoft to get players to change to Xbox Game Pass or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which is priced at the same $120 yearly rate.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate currently includes Xbox Live Gold Subscription, along with access for PC Game Pass.
Microsoft: Game Pass, or bust
Microsoft’s Game Pass is, without a doubt, one of the best deals in gaming. For the price of two fully priced games, players can get access to a large library of 100+ games to play on demand. This library is constantly updated with games, while also receiving all first-party Xbox games the day of release.
This means games like Halo and Gears of War are available to all Game Pass users for no additional charge day-one of release – alongside any other games that come from Microsoft owned studios.
This will also most likely be the case for Bethesda games moving forward, since Microsoft’s pricy acquisition of the studio in September 2020.
Regardless of all the benefits, Microsoft will most likely anger consumers with this move. Game Pass is essentially being forced on all Xbox users, and now the Xbox Live Gold subscription price has also been steeply raised to make it unattractive when compared to game pass.
Worst of all, Xbox is still the only platform that requires a subscription to play free-to-play titles online, which means players who strictly play titles like Fortnite, may reconsider their options when selecting a new game system.
This price hike shouldn’t affect existing Xbox Live Gold members until they renew their membership.
Image Credits: Microsoft
How to fix Black Ops Cold War Xbox Series X crash issue
Many Xbox Series X players continue to experience crashes with Black Ops Cold War MP. The game crashes when matches are about to begin, amongst other things.
Now, many users on the Xbox Series X subreddit have identified a potential way to avoid the crash issues in matches.
Treyarch has confirmed that they’re actively investigating all crash related issues across all platforms, but have not provided a timetable for more specific fixes overall for the Xbox issue.
On Reddit, users have found a way to avoid the game from crashing while entering a MP match. Here’s the fix, which is reported to work 100% time. Note: this fix is apparently working for both Ray Tracing enabled and disabled settings.
When a MP match starts up, if you notice frame rate drops (operator is jittering, or other things look off), or if the controller vibration is not working immediately, then press and hold the Xbox button until the “Turn off Console” option shows up. And then just press B to back out of that menu.
This fixes the crashes issues and will prevent the game from crashing. Users on Reddit report this works 100% of the time for them.
“I noticed this aswell everytime my game crashes but when i press the xbox button frames and vibrations are back to normal and no more crashes.”
We’ll update as we learn more from Treyarch on a more permanent fix for these issues.
How to download Black Ops 3 for free on PS5
Get Black Ops 3 on PlayStation 5.
The PlayStation Plus Collection for PlayStation 5 is now available for those with the console.
This new feature is a free addition to all PlayStation Plus subscribers who get a PlayStation 5. It allows PS5 players to experience a collection of games from the PS4 generation, immediately at launch for no additional charge.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – Zombies Chronicles Edition is included with the PlayStation Plus Collection.
The Black Ops III Zombies Chronicle Edition includes:
Call of Duty®: Black Ops III Zombies Chronicles Edition includes the full base game and the Zombies Chronicles content expansion.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III combines three unique game modes: Campaign, Multiplayer, and Zombies, providing fans with the deepest and most ambitious Call of Duty ever.
All games as part of the PlayStation Plus Collection will be available to play immediately on your PS5 console, as long as you have an active PS+ membership.
How to Download on your PS5
- Navigate to the PS Plus tile at the top
- Click on PlayStation Plus Collection tile
- Scroll down to “Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Zombies Chronicles Edition”
- Hit “Add to Library”
The game file is 56.7GB needed to play.
The game is yours to own so long as you are an active PlayStation Plus Subscriber.
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