Sony Literally Flying 747s Full of Playstation 5s Into The UK For The Holidays

According to a report from The Sun, three 747s packed with PlayStation 5s landed at Heathrow Airport in London so that shelves are stocked in time for Christmas. ‘A’ for effort, but I have a feeling that the console is still going to be a pain in the ass to find this holiday season.

Additionally, the Sun reports that Sony plans to bring in two additional planes by mid-November. Hopefully, this stock gets into the hands of actual gamers and not scalpers.

[Source: The Sun]

New and Improved PS5 Model Is Lighter, Has Smaller Heatsink, Runs Hotter… Wait, what?

Sony has quietly released a new PlayStation 5. The new model (PS5 1100B) went on a bit of a crash diet, losing 0.6 pounds. A lot of that weight apparently is from a spanking new heat sink.

YouTuber Austin Evans got his hands on one of the hard to find consoles, and promptly tore into its guts, for posterity.

While testing, Evans discovers that the new heatsink makes the console run a bit hotter. The temperature on the new console runs four to five degrees Celsius hotter, with the console hitting a high of 58 degrees Celsius while running Astro’s Playroom. That’s 136.4 Fahrenheit for us Americans.

Is this something to freak out about? Probably not, but gamers worry when their consoles run hot. Also, we have expectations that ‘improvements’ should make the console run more efficiently and cooler, not hotter.

Perhaps this had more to do on supply chain savings than console improvements. The PS5 is hugely popular and Sony is shipping out millions of units globally. Shipping on a global scale is expensive. That 0.6 pounds times a million equals a shit ton of cash saved in tonnage shipped.

[Source: YouTube]

Sony Ruins Everything By Blocking McDonald’s From Giving Away the Fugliest PS5 Controller Ever

I’ve said this multiple of times and I will continue saying this until Sony fixes the problem. The Playstation 5 is ugly. There is no way around this folks. It’s “U – G – L – Y… You ain’t go no Alibi… You Ugly… What What?… You Ugly.”

So when McDonald’ Australia announced that they would be giving away a limited amount of custom controllers that are so ugly, they’re actually cool, the world rejoiced. These things are ugly on purpose, unlike the actual Playstation 5. Sony however, is having none of it. Only they are allowed to release ugly hardware apparently, as noted by McDonald’s Australia statement:

“Sony PlayStation has not authorised the use of its controller in promotional materials related to the proposed Stream Week event and we apologise for any inconvenience caused,” wrote a spokesperson. “McDonald’s stream week has been postponed and Sony PlayStation controllers will not be included in the giveaway.”

McDonalds Australia 

Come on Sony, lighten up. When everyone made fun of the Xbox Series X, saying it looked like a mini fridge, know what Microsoft did? They announced that they are releasing a fucking mini fridge.

When did Sony become such a square?

PS5s Are Getting Jacked Mad Max Style in the UK

Next generation consoles like the the Playstation 5 are in incredibly high demand. I consider myself lucky to have secured not just a Playstation 5 but also an Xbox Series X at retail, but many are not so lucky.

You need to be persistent and have a quick trigger finger to nab one. Or you can pay a scalper a premium if you have a lot of disposable income. If grand larceny is more your thing, you can jack a shipment of PS5s off of a moving truck.

According to The Times in the UK:

“Gangs are mounting car bonnets to break into fast-moving lorries… Consignments of Playstations, TVs, cosmetics, mobile phones and cigarettes have all been raided in recent months as the thieves use a range of tactics…

The raids involve gangs using at least three cars to box in a moving lorry at speeds of up to 50mph. One thief climbs out, usually secured by a rope, through a sunroof or modified hatch. The thief uses cutting tools or a crowbar to force open the rear doors before leaping aboard…”

The Times
Scotland Yard has released this image of the prime suspects.

You know 2020 is bad when criminals are resorting to tactics employed in movies portraying our future as a dystopian wasteland.

[Source: The Times]

The First Global Ad for the PlayStation 5 Has Been Released

Sony has launched the first global add for the PlayStation 5.

Sony really did not have much of a choice to release this, since it leaked earlier in Hungary. Damn Hungarians.

Nevertheless, the ad continues the same aesthetic theme of previous ads from the PS4 era. Also, Sony is really pushing the immerviveness of audio and haptic feedback in the DualSense 5 controller.

Mary Yee, VP of Global Marketing at SIE provided additional context via the Official PlayStation Blog.

There is still no word on price, pre-order, or launch date on the PS5, but it must be coming soon if ads are dropping, right? RIGHT?!?

[Source: Sony]

Sony State of Play Scheduled for August 6 with a Focus on PS4 & PSVR (WTF?)

Sony announced today on their PlayStation Blog that a State of Play is set for Thursday, August 6. That is the good news.

The bad news is that this State of Play will “focus on third-party-published games coming to PS4 and PS VR.” Sony does promise they’ll “have a few PS5 game updates on third-party and indie titles you last saw in June’s PS5 showcase.”

Seriously, what the fuck is happening here? It’s almost like Sony and Microsoft refuse to announce anything interesting regarding their new consoles.

[Source: Sony]

Break Out the Pitchforks – The DualShock 4 Won’t Work with all Games on the PS5

Sony has confirmed that the old and crusty DualShock 4 controller will not work on PS5 games. It will work on backwards compatible PS4 games on the PS5, but the damage has been done, people are freaking out.

Folks, I know that you invested a lot on the previous generation, but it’s time to move on to the new hotness and away from the old and busted.

With that said, Sony did post an official blog today outlining what old and busted peripherals will work the new hotness.

[Source: Sony]

Expect Limited Availability of the PlayStation 5 for the First Year

Bloomberg News is reporting that Sony will make fewer PlayStation 5 consoles available than it has in previous launches.

Sources believe that the start-of -art specs in the PS5 will make it difficult to source parts as well as make the console expensive. The same sources also claim the Covid-19 global pandemic has not impacted production of the new console, but has had a significant affect on promotion. Case and point, last month’s tech deep dive from lead system architect Mark Cerny is great, if you’re suffering from insomnia.

Also, with global economies being impacted by the pandemic, with many people out of work, perhaps splurging on an expensive console is not the most prudent decision.

Devs anticipate that the PS5 will cost $499 to $549. If you’re unemployed and worried about the future, buying a new console should be a low priority. Sony is probably aware of this and may be scaling back, and then ramp up, when things begin to normalize

[Source: Bloomberg]

Sony Teases Us with a Glimpse of the DualSense PlayStation 5 Controller

As gamers wait for actual images of the PlayStation 5, Sony finally gave us a glimpse of the new controller. Thanks to the PlayStation Blog, here are the first images of the “DualSense.”

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Sony

It’s a sexy looking controller and according to Sony, haptic feedback is a major factor for this device. Gamers are going to get a true “sense” of the game. Imagine being able to feel the sensation of your car tires slush through mud or a gravel roadway while playing Gran Turismo. Or feeling the tension on your bowstring get tighter as you pullback on the L2 trigger while playing Horizon Zero Dawn, and you get the idea.

One of the more questionable decisions however, is the addition of built-in microphones. Apparently, this will enable gamers to chat with friends online without a headset. Sorry, but there’s going to be folks who will abuse this and will need to be beaten, to knock some sense into them. Like this pud, for example:

There you have it. We have images and details of the controller, and it is intriguing. Now, can we finally get the money shot of the console itself?

[Source: Sony]

The Last of Us Part II Delayed Indefinitely

Go ahead and sell your PlayStation 4. I’m going to be taking pictures of mine today and listing it because, for me, there is no reason to hold on to it anymore. I’ll take the money I get from it and put it aside for the PlayStation 5.

Now that The Last of Us Part II is delayed, with no future release date announced, there is simply no reason for me to hold onto my PS4.

Developer Naughty Dog followed up with a statement of their own.

Nobody wants play a game about surviving a bio-apocalypse when they can simply go outside and experience it for real. So Sony is going to wait this out.

Also, everyone and their mother knows this game is going to come out on the PS5. So go ahead and sell your PS4 now while you can and get the most cash you can from it.

[Source: Sony]