On January 14, one of Sony’s Twitter handles @SonyRewards announced that a limited run of PS5 would be available. Much like the initial PS5 launch date, buyers had to be ready and waiting for the go-ahead which would lead to numerous salty and frustrated consumers.
As part of the restock through @SonyRewards, the PlayStation 5 consoles could only be acquired by exchanging Sony Rewards points. Judging by the hype that’s been given for Sony’s “next big thing,” getting a PS5 in 2021 will be somewhat of a task that potential buyers seem up for.
This past week, The Game Awards announced their list of winners for 2020. Taking home the prestigious game of the year award was none other than The Last of Us Part II.
In addition to Game of the Year, the Naughty Dog game also took home the title for Best Narrative, Best Game Direction, Best Audio Design, and Innovation for Accessibility. Thanks to Laura Bailey’s portrayal of Abby, The Last of Us Part II also received the award for Best Performance.
Also of note, Ghost of Tsushima won for Best Art Direction and Final Fantasy VII Remake took home the awards for Best Role-Playing, Best Score and Music. Popular mobile game Among Us won Best Multiplayer as well as Best Mobile Game.
It seems Sony has underestimated the demand for PlayStation 5s as the company is finding it hard to meet consumer wants on a global scale. The overall disaster from pre-order sales should’ve have been a clear indicator of the chaos that would ensue.
More and more people are adhering to social distancing measures and staying home which greatly impacted the sell of Sony’s next-gen console in terms of customer demand. Speaking to Russian news agency TASS, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan has now confirmed a gamer’s worst fears that all PlayStation 5s produced so far have already been sold.
“Everything is sold. Absolutely everything is sold… I’ve spent much of the last year trying to be sure that we can generate enough demand for the product. And now in terms of my executive bandwidth, I’m spending a lot more time on trying to increase supply to meet that demand.”
Jim Ryan on PS5 availability
Ryan also discussed the difficulties of releasing a next-gen console in the middle of a pandemic.
“Of all the things that I’ve learned this year, 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. It’s been difficult, it’s been challenging from the production side, not being able to get anybody into the factories in Asia… Before we started production, we had to do all the manufacturing preparation by camera remotely. I mean, just imagine that for a precision device like the PlayStation 5.”
When Sony opened up pre-orders for its highly-anticipated PlayStation 5, they perhaps underestimated the demand for the next-gen console. One major problem during the pre-order window was server issues which caused many potential consumers to be unsuccessful in securing the console. Despite the problems, the tech company has now revealed that the PS5 managed to pre-sell more units during the first 12 hours of pre-orders than the PS4 did during its first 12 weeks of launch.
The demand as expressed by the level of pre-order has been very, very considerable. It may well be that not everybody who wants to buy a PS5 on launch day will be able to find one [although the company is] working as hard as we ever can [to make sure there’ll be enough supply for the holiday season at the end of the year.]
Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan via Reuters
Sony’s PlayStation 5 launches on November 12, starting at $399 USD for the digital version and $499 USD for the disk version
Streamers and players will now be capable of can broadcasting their biometric stats to their viewers with Garmin’s new Esports Instinct smartwatch.
With the Instinct Esports Edition, esports athletes can tap into that same technology to track and examine how their body responds to intense competition. Players can also use Instinct’s data to make adjustments in their daily lives, whether it be altering sleep patterns or activity levels, which can result in increased cognitive and physical performance during play.
Players will be able to update viewers on their live stress levels and heart rate with Garmin’s STR3AMUP function. This function comes in handy when engulfed in playing intense match-ups. Other functions include smartphone syncing and a Body Battery Energy Monitor which determines energy through sleep. The Body Battery Energy Monitor lets the user know if they should be playing or resting.
The watch will have a suggested retail price of approximately $300 USD. Check out the Garmin website for more info.
Herman Miller puts emphasis on posture with the Sayl chair. The Sayl is a special edition gaming chair that is “inspired by the architecture and the less-is-more engineering of suspension bridges.”
This gaming chair utilizes an unframed 3D Intelligent back with elastomer strands that focus on tension support for areas needing it not so much in areas that don’t require the attention. Sayl also has Harmonic Tilt which is designed to help posture, supporting the body and spine with the included contour seat pad. The seat pad can also be adjusted to alleviate pressure from the legs.
Have your choice of Herman Miller’s Sayl gaming chair in black, red, green, purple, blue, and white which is available now for $725 USD.
Sony held its live event today and has officially announced that the PlayStation 5 will cost $499.99 USD while the Digital Edition will be priced at $399.99 USD. Both versions of Sony’s next-gen console are slated to launch on November 12.
In retrospect, the PlayStation 4 originally landed at $399 USD and its Pro model sold for the same price a couple years later. The backwards compatibility feature of the PS5 allows for users to still play their PS4 titles, although there is a limited amount of games reported so far.
As of now, there is no word of preorder details but one can expect an official announcement soon.
Even though Sony has already introduced its next-generation console in the PlayStation 5, they have also just announced themed Dualshock 4 controllers that will release for the PlayStation 4. With the release of these controllers, as well as more PS4 games announced at their State Of Play Event, it seems like the brand will continue to support its current-gen consoles simultaneously with next-gen systems.
These controllers will come in an array of color schemes like Red Camouflage, Berry Blue, Green Camouflage, Magma Red, Midnight Blue, Electric Purple, Rose Gold, and Steel Black. Priced at $64.99 USD, head over to PlayStation’s website to purchase now.
Sony has just announced a lineup of BRAVIA TVs dubbed “Ready For PlayStation 5.” As the name suggests, these TVs will be equipped for the upcoming PlayStation 5.
The upcoming releases from Sony will include the XH90 4K HDR and ZH8 8K HDR Full Array LED models. The TVs are built to deliver an immersive gaming experience with the XH90 displaying gameplay images of up to 4K and the ZH8 will produce up to 8K resolution.
In order to play games on the PS5 with low latency, each television will boast a BRAVIA Game Mode. This allows the player to use a wireless controller to wake both the TV and PS5 and control their PS5 using just the TV remote.
The “Ready For PlayStation 5” TVs and PS5 consoles are scheduled to release Holiday 2020. Check out the Sony website for more info.
NBA 2K21’s release is right around the corner with Damian Lillard as the cover athlete for current gen systems like Xbox One and PS4. Next gen systems like PS5 and Xbox Series X will have the no. 1 pick Zion Williamson as their cover athlete.
The unveiling of cover athletes doesn’t just stop at Dame and Zion, however, because the creators of the game have just announced a special NBA 2K21: Mamba Forever Edition game featuring none other than Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant.
Kobe Bryant will also be the cover athlete for next gen versions of 2K21. Fans have petitioned vehemently to have Kobe Bryant as the next athlete to be featured on the cover ever since his untimely death with some fans even creating their own version of the 2K21 cover.
Will never forget the first time we ever met in 2010. Your passion. RIP legend, we will do our best to celebrate your immeasurable legacy.
Ronnie Singh aka Ronnie 2K, NBA 2K digital marketing director
NBA 2K21 hits shelves September 4 for current gen and this holiday for next gen.