Tag: Hardware

  • News PS5 Redesign to Manufacture in 2022, Will Likely Only Alter Internals

    TSMC apparently plotting new 6nm chip

    The ongoing semiconductor shortage is unlikely to be resolved any time soon, but Sony had hinted that one solution to PlayStation 5’s stock shortages could be to “change the design” of the next-gen device. Specifically, it’s referring to t

  • News PS5 Sales Now Trending Above PS4 Launch Aligned in Japan

    But no one's buying any games

    After all the hullabaloo surrounding the PlayStation 5’s launch in Japan – stock issues mean that it was trending behind even the Nintendo Wii U at one point – the next-gen console is now selling faster than its predecessor the PS4 did in the region when launch aligned. It’s worth remembering that the PS4...

  • News PS4 Clock Battery Problem Proven, But Don't Panic Right Now

    Physical and digital games unplayable

    As reported recently, an oversight in the PlayStation 4’s firmware could render your physical and digital games unplayable in a hypothetical, faraway future. A simple clock battery inside the console is used to verify the time and date that Trophies are unlocked in order to prevent cheating, but these will die...

  • News PS5 Has Been UK's Best-Selling Console Two Months in a Row

    But you still can't readily buy one

    You can’t readily buy a PlayStation 5 here in the UK, but it’s been the best-selling console in the country two months in a row now. As reported earlier in the week, the system has now outsold the lifetime totals of the Nintendo Wii U, PS Vita, and SEGA Dreamcast – a not all together extraordinary feat when...

  • News PS5 Has Already Outsold PS Vita, Nintendo Wii U, and SEGA Dreamcast in the UK

    And you can't even easily buy one

    Just how well is PlayStation 5 doing in the UK? Well, it’s hard to get a read on the next-gen format’s fortunes due to it being perpetually sold out, but a Twitter post from GamesIndustry.biz’s Christopher Dring puts matters into perspective: in right around five months, the system has outsold cult consoles...

  • News PS5 Sales Steadily Improve in Japan, As Stock Situation Steadies

    Console crosses 500k milestone

    Update: Just as a quick update to this article, the new Famitsu sales data for the period spanning 22nd March to 28th March has now been published. PlayStation 5 continued its excellent sales streak, shifting another 62,295 units, putting its life-to-date total at 580,211 units. Once again the Nintendo Switch...

  • News Stock Constrained PS5 Unit Sales Lag Behind PS4 by Less Than 1 Per Cent in USA

    During a pandemic, no less

    How well is the PlayStation 5 selling? Absurdly well in the United States, according to NPD data. We already know that, across its first four months on the market, it’s the fastest selling system of all-time in dollar terms – but what of units? Well, according to analyst Mat Piscatella, it’s lagging behind the PS4...

  • Poll Have You Been Experiencing Drift on Your DualSense PS5 Controller?

    Losing control

    While we're huge fans of PlayStation 5's DualSense controller, no hardware is completely free of faults. For all its fancy features, like haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, it's a highly technical bit of kit, and so there are bound to be one or two issues that crop up. There hasn't been anything too widespread as far as we're...

  • News Custom Black PS5 Consoles, Controllers Will Be Available to Pre-Order This Week

    But numbers are limited

    While we think the PlayStation 5 looks pretty spiffy with its white casing, there's very much a desire among fans for a black design. Many fans have taken matters into their own hands, customising their PS5s by painting the removable panels. What if you want something more professional, though? Your options are growing...

  • News Once Again, Japanese PlayStation Hardware Sales Have Fans Talking

    Here weeb go again

    There’s been a lot of talk about PlayStation sales in Japan recently, and that point of discussion looks set to continue as 2021 gets underway. Hardware sales statistics released by Famitsu – and compiled by ResetEra – reveal that in 2020, for the first time since 1994, cumulative Pla

  • Random Looking For a Media Centre That'll Fit Your New PS5? IKEA's Got You Covered

    Some assembly required

    We don't need to tell you how big the PlayStation 5 is. It's a monster, and everyone knows it. For some, it's been a bit of a struggle to accommodate the newfangled machine in their existing setup. The PS5 just won't fit into some TV stands and entertainment centres. Perhaps you need to get new furniture to house your console,...

  • Rumour PS5 Ships 3.4 Million Units in First Four Weeks

    Sony sets new hardware record

    Sony’s been surprisingly coy when it comes to console sales numbers of the PlayStation 5, but we reckon that comes down to the fact that demand has vastly outpaced supply. Regardless, a report by Digitimes – citing “industry sources” – claims that the manufacturer shipped an eye-watering 3.4 million next-gen...

  • News PS5 Hardware Trailer Is Completely X-Rated

    Not safe for work

    Sony’s dropped a new PlayStation 5 hardware trailer, showing its entire next-gen product line. This is a saucy clip that’s certainly not safe for work, indulging in all of the curves and angles of the company’s new console. It’s not massively dissimilar to videos we’ve seen of the device in the past, but we’re always...

  • News PS5 Is UK's Best-Selling Console in November 2020

    Not a huge surprise

    Unsurprisingly, having already secured the UK’s largest ever launch, the PlayStation 5 was the country’s best-selling console in November 2020. It means that, for only the third time in two years, the Nintendo Switch was forced to settle for second-place. It was a worthy competitor for Sony’s new system, seeing a 63.1 per...

  • News More PS5 Stock This Year, As Sony Enjoys Biggest Ever Launch

    Biggest console launch of all-time

    Update: Games Industry.biz has expanded on Sony's Twitter post, stating that the PlayStation 5 is not just the biggest console launch in PlayStation history – but also the entire industry. That seems reasonable, seeing as the PlayStation 4 previously held that accolade. Original Story: Sony has confirmed what...

  • Poll Have You Experienced PS5 Coil Whine?

    Whirred and wonderful

    PS5 coil whine has been perhaps the biggest complaint of next-gen early adopters. While Sony’s new console is undoubtedly quieter than its PlayStation 4 range, some users are reporting an irritating whistling sound when playing graphically intensive games, like Demon’s Souls. This can range from a whining to a buzzing to a...

  • News PS5 Sold Out in Japan, But Launch Numbers Are Dire

    Second-worst PlayStation launch since PS2

    PlayStation 5 has sold out in Japan, although it won’t be setting any records. In fact, predictably, this is the second-worst major PlayStation hardware launch in the region (including handhelds) since the PlayStation 2, beaten only by the PlayStation 3. The console sold 118,000 units in four days...

  • News Some PS5 Digital Editions Are Shipping with Blu-ray Drives

    A nice surprise

    In an extreme case of getting more than what you paid for, there are multiple reports of PlayStation 5 Digital Editions shipping with Blu-ray drives. While the two models of Sony’s next-gen system are identical in terms of hardware, the platform holder is offering a cheaper alternative for those who purely want to purchase software...

  • News PS5 Stock Available at Costco Canada, But It Comes with a TV and All the Accessories

    Decent deal if you need everything, though

    Costco Canada is flogging PlayStation 5 bundles this week, which include a brand-new 55” Sony 4K television, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and all the accessory trimmings. For CAD$2,199.99 (USD$1,675.99), you get a PS5, an extra DualSense, a DualSense charging station, a Media Remote, a copy of...

  • News PS5's Design Was Originally 'Much Larger' Than the Final Product

    "I actually had to shrink it down"

    PlayStation 5 is notoriously big. So big, in fact, that people are worried where it'll fit in their homes — it is, after all, the largest home console ever made. It's not the end of the world, of course, and hey, you should count yourself lucky. According to PlayStation's senior art director, it could've been...

  • News PS5 Uses Much Less Power Than PS4 Pro

    Energy saver

    Good news for the environment and your electricity bill: the PlayStation 5 is much more energy efficient than its immediate predecessor, the PlayStation 4 Pro. According to analysis published by Eurogamer.net, the next-gen system uses as little as 1.3W when in Rest Mode with all of its features enabled, compared to 5W of the PS4 Pro...

  • News Unofficial PS5 Faceplate Business Cancels Orders After Threat of Legal Action from Sony

    Pulled the plug

    Well, this all went downhill rather quickly, didn't it? A brand new company was planning on producing and selling a variety of unofficial PlayStation 5 faceplates. It would allow you to change the look of your new console by replacing the white shell with alternative colours or patterns. It's clearly something people are interested...

  • News Unofficial PS5 Faceplate Seller Has to Rebrand After Sony Complaint

    Now named CustomizeMyPlates

    Last week, a brand new website caused quite a stir amongst the PlayStation 5 community as it promised to sell you unofficial, custom faceplates for the next-gen console just after it hits store shelves. Named PlateStation 5, you would be able to customise your PS5 with different coloured plates, including red, black,...

  • News Sony Targeting Over 7.6 Million PS5 Sales by End of March

    More than the PS4

    Sony is aiming to sell over 7.6 million PlayStation 5 consoles by the end of March next year, as the company has raised its overall profit outlook by 13 per cent to ¥700 billion (~$6.7 billion). The organisation tends to be cautious with its hardware forecasts, so don’t be surprised if it eclipses that number. Nevertheless,...

  • News PS5 Custom Faceplates Are Already Available to Pre-Order

    Unofficial ones, anyway

    The PlayStation 5's white outer shell can be easily removed from the console. It's yet to be officially confirmed, but the theory is that we'll be able to replace the default casing with different coloured or patterned faceplates in the future. We wouldn't be surprised to see Sony flogging all kinds of custom panels down the...

  • News PS Camera Adaptor for PS5 Included with New Japanese PSVR Bundles

    Out of the box

    Sony’s yet to officially disclose how we’ll get access to the PS Camera adaptor required to use PlayStation VR on the PlayStation 5, but it looks like the company’s making preparations for new hardware purchases. Over in Japan, a couple of new PSVR bundles will ship with the required equipment to hook up to Sony’s next-gen...

  • News PS5's Crazy Cooling Solution Should Make for One Quiet Console

    Cool beans

    PlayStation 5 is huge in size, but now that we've seen what makes the machine tick, it's easier to understand why. As shown off by Sony's Masayasu Ito in the teardown video, a massive part of PS5's design is to ensure it's kept cool and that it runs as quietly as possible.

  • News PS5's Dust Catchers Will Make for Easy Cleaning

    In a vacuum

    There are a lot of thoughtful design flourishes to the PlayStation 5’s hardware, but the dust catchers are an ingenious idea. Situated behind the primary faceplate, you simply need to detach the outer layer to locate two holes. These can then be easily vacuumed out to keep the console

  • News PS5 Stand Solution Is Seriously Nifty

    Keeping the screw safe

    You'll be able to place the PlayStation 5 both vertically and horizontally straight out of the box, and the solution is a really cool one no matter which way you go. If you decide to place the console vertically, there's a screw that can be used to secure it in place, fully attaching the system to the stand itself. This isn't...

  • News This Is What PS5 Looks Like without Its Clothes

    X-rated

    Sony has revealed what the PlayStation 5 looks like without its clothes. As part of a teardown video, which details the electronic make-up of the next-gen console, we can see all of its components neatly laid out on a pristine white table. This includes its 120mm fan, system on a chip, Ultra HD Blu-ray drive, heat sink, and more. Despite...

  • News PS5's Removable Panels Could Suggest a Highly Customisable Console

    Next-gen customisation?

    The PlayStation 5 just received a complete teardown from Sony, finally giving us an official look at the inner workings of the next-gen console. It's a fascinating video, but one aspect of PS5's design shouldn't go ignored: those big, white side panels. As is demonstrated in the teardown, the curved outer shell of the console...

  • News Phwoar! Here's a View of the PS5's Rear

    Ooh, Matron

    In case you missed it, this is what the PlayStation 5 looks like from behind. The image – which appears to have been uncovered on a Chinese website – shows two USB ports, an HDMI port, an Ethernet port, and a power connector. All of the inputs are, as you’d expect, surrounded by vents, which all contribute towards the console’s...

  • Random The Internet Is Discussing PS5's Mysterious Bolt

    Nuts

    Sony is failing to spoon-feed the media with meaningful PlayStation 5 information to write about, and so the press is beginning to lose its collective mind. The latest flight of fancy: a mysterious bolt spotted atop the next-gen console’s monolithic form, located between the outer-white panels and glossy black sandwich filler. Just what does...

  • News PS5 Fan Noise First Impressions Are Promising

    Silent but deadly

    First impressions of the PlayStation 5’s fan noise are promising, as Japanese publications Dengeki Online and 4Gamer have both suggested that the console runs extremely quietly. This is despite the system powering demanding next-gen titles like Godfall and Astro’s Playroom under hot studio lights for over an hour. Sony’s...

  • News Unofficial DualSense PS5 Controller Images Show Us the Tech Inside

    A look inside the DualSense

    Are you waiting patiently for Sony to provide a teardown of the PlayStation 5? Us too, but until then, take a look at this. A South American tech company named Evzen Elite Technology has posted some interesting images of the DualSense PS5 controller on its Instagram, and they appear to give us our first look inside the...

  • News Sony Using Air Freight to Meet PS5 Demand This Holiday

    Sky high expectations

    Sony will fly PlayStation 5 hardware to the United States in order to meet demand this holiday, it seems. The story comes courtesy of Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad, who revealed on Twitter that the company has booked flights from October to ship next-gen systems to retailers. This is obviously a faster method of haulage...

  • Quiz Guess the Launch Prices of These PlayStation Products

    That's Jimbo's job

    The PlayStation 5 price and release date are the two most important details Sony is yet to reveal as we close in on the launch of the next-gen console, but before we can get to that, we need to take a trip down memory lane. Do you know the prices of previous PlayStation systems and peripherals when they launched? Have you done the...

  • News PS5 Comes with Display Stand, Other Box Contents Confirmed

    Stand up

    PlayStation 5 will ship with a display stand – in Hong Kong, at least. The item – named ‘Base’ here – has been listed alongside other contents that will be included in the console’s box on a distributor’s website. It was uncovered by analyst Daniel Ahmad, although there’s no mention of a PS5 price and

  • News New PS4 Console Bundles Include FIFA 21 in Europe

    Plus a controller package

    Yes, we finally have a release date for a new PlayStation console hitting the market this year! The PlayStation 4 system bundle that includes FIFA 21 in Europe, that is. What did you think we were talking about!? From 9th October 2020, football fans (that's the real type of football) will be able to pick up a brand new PS4...

  • News PS5 Too Big? Save Space Under Your TV with PS5 Wall Mount

    Accessory to launch alongside PS5

    Word on the street is that the PlayStation 5 is a bit of a giant. Sony has yet to disclose dimensions for its curvy white console, but basic estimates pin it as the company's largest machine yet. Will it fit into your gaming setup? Until Sony decides to open its mouth, it's all a bit of a guessing game. It wouldn't...

  • News PS5 Doesn't Have an Optical Audio Port

    Sound

    Once again we’re relying on second-hand information to better understand the PlayStation 5, because it’s not like Sony to come out and tell us what it’s got planned for the platform, is it? So according to The Verge, the Japanese giant’s next-gen console will not have an optical audio port; it’s hardly surprising given the PS4 Slim...

  • News PS5 Uses Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 6 for Improved Performance

    An under-the-hood upgrade

    Documentation submitted by Sony in Peru reveals that the PlayStation 5 will take advantage of Bluetooth 5.1 and Wi-Fi 6, meaning that its wireless performance will be better than the existing PlayStation 4. While it’s hardly a surprise that the Japanese giant is using the latest standards available for its next-gen...

  • News PS5 Production Reportedly Being Doubled to Meet Demand

    10 million units by year end

    Sony is increasing its output of PlayStation 5 consoles, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The publication released a report earlier this year which stated Sony would be making fewer PS5 units for launch than it did for PS4. However, this new story suggests the platform holder will in fact be increasing...

  • Poll Which Version of the PS5 Do You Plan to Buy?

    To physical or not to physical

    That there are two versions of the PlayStation 5 came as a bit of a shock, and it’s something we haven’t really discussed yet. Unlike what’s being rumoured for Xbox – that is two disparate models, with a more affordable alternative to the Xbox Series X still to be announced – Sony’s essentially unveiled two...

  • News Ghost of Tsushima PS5 Console Concept Is Sharper Than a Samurai Sword

    Blades of chaos

    These custom PlayStation 5 console designs are getting better, and this Ghost of Tsushima concept created by, er, XboxPope is more than a match for the recent God of War design. This one’s a little less ostentatious, using black and red colouring to associate it

  • News God of War PS5 Shows a Custom Design Concept for Next-Gen System

    Fatherly love

    The design of the PlayStation 5 has divided fans and critics alike, but there’s no doubt that the shape of Sony’s next-gen system is memorable. Some communities have taken to creating their own custom consoles, and this God of War makeover is one of the best we’ve seen thus far. It comes courtesy of a Spanish fan page, and has...

  • Rumour Alleged Photo of PS5 from Factory Emerges

    But is it real?

    A photograph of what is purported to be the PlayStation 5 has apparently emerged online, although it appears to originate from a Discord server before being shared on the popular ResetEra forums. The image does seem to be authentic, although with coronavirus limiting travel around the world, it’s unclear whether Sony engineers even...

  • News PS5 Is Gorgeous in Person, There Are Surprising Features

    "It's a marvel"

    The reaction to the PlayStation 5’s hardware design has been generally positive, but many are still in a state of shock over the system’s aesthetics. It’s certainly an “out-there” design, and while it’s unforgettable, it can only really be described as unorthodox. Speaking with the PlayStation Blog, marketing bigwig Eric...

  • News PS5 Fans Dream of an All Black Console with These Mock-Ups

    Paint it black

    So, what do you think of PlayStation 5's predominantly white colour scheme? As with the DualSense PS5 controller, the console adopts a two-tone look that's pretty polarising, especially coming off the matte black PS4. It's a bold, risky new direction for the hardware, and as such, not everyone is going to love it. As you might...

  • News PS5 Memes Are Rife as the Internet Reacts to Console Reveal

    It's everything but a console

    Nothing can escape the internet's desire to meme. Everything is a potential candidate for hilarity -- especially if an object looks remotely like a different object. Through rudimentary image editing, we can all revel in the shared joy of poking fun at pretty much anything. And yes, that inevitably includes PlayStation...