New consoles are hard to find when they are first released, under any circumstances. But with COVID going on, causing delays and stock shortages, getting your hands on a PS5 is extremely difficult right now. When these much-desired pieces of technology are restocked, they are almost always bought out in an extremely short amount of time. In other words, it’s really hard to find these things, and we’re going to go over how to maximize your chances of finding one for yourself.
Everyone remembers the scenario with the Nintendo Switch, in which it was nearly impossible to find the console at a fair price. Scalpers were at large, stock was coming in pretty slowly, and people were buying the things as fast as they appear on shelves. Thankfully the situation isn’t quite as bad anymore, though things aren’t perfect. That being said, if you still haven’t gotten your hands on a Nintendo Switch or you just want another one for whatever reason, there’s a new limited-edition Mario-themed Red and Blue Nintendo Switch that just came out for you to consider.
Usually, there’s only four free games with an Xbox Live Gold subscription per month. However, this time Xbox is being awfully generous, with five games instead, one of which is a pretty major title. For all the Xbox gamers that have a Gold subscription, the five games they will get for free in February are Resident Evil, Dandara: Trial of Fears Edition, Lost Planet 2, Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb, and Gears 5, by far the most noteworthy of the bunch. As always, the games remain freely accessible and playable so long as you have a valid Xbox Live Gold subscription, which, thankfully, Microsoft decided to keep at its usual price after considering an increase. They’re all playable on both the Xbox One and the new Series X/S.
Today, we’re more prone to binge-watching shows and the pandemic has made couch-time a big portion of our day. As our perceptions shift, we’ve grown accustomed to crystal-clear HD screens with vibrant colors. We need that eye-popping edge of your seat action from football or video games. Anything less has lost its potency. We’ve become more conscious of blue light and how it strains our eyes. Tv time has become bonding sessions with the family, now more important than ever. As TVs evolve, consumers win. People have more options than ever. TVs are becoming more niche. They’re more targeted toward specific needs and we prefer that. A gamer looks for different things than a casual Netflix viewer. A family of 4 might want something big but not too expensive while you’re retired father might want ultra-HD to watch the game and feel every bone-crushing hit. Best TV Brands This section is dedicated to the best TV manufacturers. There are obviously other companies that sell great TVs, but these are the best when it comes to overall performance, reviews from actual users, and customer service. LG While their phones might be a bit... underwhelming, LG’s TVs make up for it. Their OLED TVs contain millions of self-lit pixels meaning a smooth, sharp picture. Their impressive line-up has slim design TVs with “Perfect black” displays. Their website even has the latest 75” television set for less than $1,400. Samsung Samsung makes good TVs, with the flagship series a bit pricier than others. Samsung is the top producer of TVs worldwide and their top of the line TVs are beautifully built. It’s arguably the most recognizable brand, the Korean company has been making premium quality electronics for decades. Sony Sony has some of the top-rated TVs on the market. They’ve also incorporated OLED technology in conjunction with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa support built into their flagship devices. Sony devices also have great sound even if they typically are more expensive than other TV companies. Vizio A great budget option for those looking for a good TV at a lower cost. You’ve probably seen them at Walmart or Target. While they don’t typically have the greatest sound and lose some flair when viewing at an angle, Vizio has remained competitive and creates a solid product. TCL Known for their award-winning televisions, speakers, and appliances; TCL is a budget TV producer from China. They’ve been in business since 1981 and sell top-rated TV’s all over the world. They sell a wide range of TV’s now with 8k capabilities. They are also the second-largest manufacturers of TVs globally. They’ve partnered with ROKU to have it conveniently built into their TV sets and have in the past been named best of the year by PC Mag and the New York Times. Understanding TV Lingo Lingo There are certain terms that I’d like to go over with you. I want to give you a better understanding of what technical terms mean and what is better when making the final decision. OLED vs QLED These terms will come up a lot on your buying journey, so let’s make sure you understand how they differ. OLED means “Organic Light Emitting Diode” and unlike traditional LED it’s not backlit, each pixel is self-illuminating. It’s a fairly new technology. QLED (Quantum LED) is an upgrade to the traditional LED, the quantum dots giving it more brightness and contrast abilities. OLED has the best overall performance when it comes to darkness, refresh rate, viewing angle, and flexibility of display. They require less power and are easier on the eyes. Traditionally, OLED is more expensive. QLED wins when it comes to brightness. They use a tried and tested product that had more time to evolve. The prices were significantly cheaper for a while, but now they are becoming more competitive. Samsung is one of the few companies that sell QLED TVs. Most others are OLED for their top TV-sets. 4K vs UHD (Ultra High Definition) ON 4K TVs the pixels are 4,096 by 2,160 while the UHD display at 3,840 by 2,160. Many companies that say “4K display” are UHD and can get away with it because they are so close. It has about 4 times as many pixels as 1080p. Refresh rate – how many times per second an image refreshed on the display. 120 HZ means 120 times, it’ll have a much smoother look than 60 HZ. 120 HZ is a good refresh rate for gaming. Bezel – The bezel is the frame around the TV. A one-inch Bezel means there’s one inch of metal or plastic around the border of the screen.
The real question is where you can begin pre-ordering the Microsoft Xbox Series X: a number of different retailers are already showing stock, as well as the availability to pre-order. This includes Best Buy, which is no real surprise to anyone, but you can also find them at Sam’s Club. Listing for preorders went live on the usual retailer websites today, including Target, Walmart, Microsoft, and GameStop, but as quickly as the listings appeared, they were sold out. No big surprise there either, as everyone probably jumped on the opportunity to pre-order the new consoles as swiftly as possible.
Which free games are available for PlayStation Plus in September 2020? As soon as September 1st comes around, subscribers will be able to get their hands on both Street Fighter V and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Admittedly, this duo is a significantly stronger offering of titles than PlayStation Plus usually offers, so they are definitely worth grabbing before they are gone on October 5th.
As of right now, Hulu subscribers that use the $6 per month plan, which includes ads, can save money by purchasing a yearly subscription at $60. Naturally, that year subscription will also include ads, so don’t go thinking you get out of that bit. All in all, it’s not great savings, simply taking the overall cost down by $12 over the course of the year, but paying $5 a month for Hulu is still better than paying $6. Simple math. Moreover, this new subscription price will ensure that Hulu remains particularly budget-friendly for the whole family, a title it’s had for some time now anyway.
News about the PS5 has been pretty scattered and vague for the most part, so to make it easier for everyone who is invested, we’ve put together this article that covers the variety of things everyone needs to know about the PS5 right now. Pre-ordering the PS5 Despite alluding to it so many times, Sony only revealed the PlayStation 5 to the world for the very first time last month. Naturally, we learned about a huge array of games that will be released on the next generation, but Sony also provided a first look at the PS5 itself, as well as many first-party accessories that will go with it. Unfortunately, Sony still hasn't announced the price or release date for the console, so it is currently impossible to pre-order it.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is coming to a huge variety of platforms this holiday, including Xbox Series X, PS5, Xbox One, PS4, Stadia and PC. That’s a whole lot of platforms, but on top of that there’s also four versions of the game to choose from, so knowing how to pre-order what version you want and need could be a little tedious. This guide will help you through that tedium.
When it comes to video games, more for less is never a bad thing. Especially when it’s a whole lot more for a whole lot less. A steam bundle going on right now will let you purchase more than 50 games for just $10. As you might imagine, a deal like that isn’t for brand new games or even really recent ones: it’s a bundle of games from the old school Sega Genesis console. They’re retro titles, but that doesn’t make this any less of an impressive deal.
Microsoft has recently revealed the four games that Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be able get for free in the month of May. Like months before it, the titles are pretty heavily focused on sports and racing, but there are two RPG titles as well. As always, the four titles are split between two Xbox One titles and two Xbox 360 titles. The first of these many games will be available on May 1st, though they will not all become available at the same time.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to worsen: it really seems like we’ll be stuck in quarantine for several more weeks, which isn’t too welcome. That said, social distancing and confinement is a perfect time to need more new games to play, and thanks to another great sale on the PS4, new games are available for those who don’t have them, and at pretty good prices. The discounts are mostly for games developed by Japanese companies, such as Dark Souls, Megaman, Final Fantasy and much more.
Fans of the legendary XCOM series have gone quite some time since the last major content for the franchise, the War of the Chosen expansion for XCOM 2, which is several years old. And yet, the Firaxis franchise is very suddenly getting a spin-off title. What is even more surprising is that it is right around the corner.
The world might reeling, but some things never change: spring is the time of video game sales, and the Nintendo Switch is no exception. GameStop is having a sale for both new and used games for the console, including many first-party titles like Breath of the Wild and Splatoon 2. Third-party titles like Octopath Traveler and Civilization VI are available as well. Nearly all titles are $39.99 at the most, and a vast number of them are even cheaper.
A little anxious? A little stressed out? A little worried about a lot of things right now? Welcome to the same exact predicaments that every single American is going through right now. However, like all things, we all tend to deal with stress and anxiety differently. Luckily, some people are rising to the occasion to help their fellow man.
Spring is here; flowers, pollen, allergies bugs are all on the rise, which kind of brings down the joy of fresh new life and all that. But for us members of the gaming community, none of that really matters anyway, because the most important thing about spring is all the major savings on video games across all platforms. Something about spring just convinces game sellers to put massive discounts on everything, not that there’s anything to complain about.
In the midst of this global health crisis which has now turned into a financial crisis for the foreseeable future, General Motors (GM) is offering a deal to consumers in order to stay afloat as well as increase aggregate demand, which is almost too good to pass up.
Spring is here; flowers, pollen, allergies, and most importantly, major savings on video games across all platforms. For instance, over 2,500 games are taking part in GOG’s Spring Sale, meaning now is the time to capitalize on all of your PC gaming desires. This sale will be running until March 30th, so you still have plenty of time to get your hands on games like Hollow Knight, Stellaris and XCOM 2.
With Fanatical’s Spring Sale finally going live, a downright massive assortment of PC games is available at a discounted price. These games can be purchased through PC Game Keys, the vast majority of which can be redeemed on Steam.
With this prequel to the original Shovel Knight campaign reaching three years old as of March 3rd, Yacht Game Club is celebrating by offering...