The PS5 and (especially) the Xbox Series X bring in the next generation of gaming, and the load times are insane.

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The days of deciding which game to play based on which game is already open are close to being over. For quick sessions, it’s not uncommon for me to decide with my friends that we are going to play one game versus another simply because one or two of us already have it loaded. Thankfully, given the technology of the newest generation of consoles, these days are numbered.

With the release of the Xbox Series X/S and the PS5, load times are finally brought to the modern era with the use of speedy Solid State Drives (SSD) rather than their much slower mechanical storage peer, the Hard Drive Disc (HDD). …

I think I’m probably not unlike many of my peers in this.

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I used to really consider the amount of time I would get out of a game when informing my purchase decision. If all goes well and the game is good, I’d have hours upon hours of enjoyment ahead of me. If, for whatever reason, it was a bad game, I would need to get creative; to find the best thing to do in the game and hope that it provided me with some amount of entertainment. …

Only 10 PS4 games won’t be playable on the PS5.

PS5 gaming console with DualSense controller
PS5 gaming console with DualSense controller
PlayStation 5 console

Sony announced via its PlayStation Blog on October 9th that of its extensive library of PlayStation 4 games, just 10 games will not be playable on the upcoming PlayStation 5.

Set to release on November 12th, the PS5 has been the subject of some ambiguous messaging regarding its backwards compatibility, leaving gamers concerned with whether or not they will have the ability to play PlayStation 4 games on their PlayStation 5.

Messages included statements that “most” PS4 games would be coming to the PS5 and, later, “99%” of PlayStation 4 games will be playable on the PlayStation 5.

Given the recent news, of Sony’s 4,000+ PS5 games, only 0.25% of games will not be playable across generations. I suppose 99.75% doesn’t have the same ring to it. …

There’s actually a lot of good that comes from these games.

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There is a certain genre of media that can most clearly be identified with the reason that its consumers enjoy it. Some forms of media can be more often associated with it than others, but just about every form of media has it in some way or another: escapism.

I’ve been thinking about escapism a lot lately. What better reason have we all to escape our current reality than our experiencing the horrors of what surrounds us all at this moment. Whether you’re living in a country which has taken firm control of Covid-19 or, you’re like me, and you live in a place under such constant disarray ahead of an election that could keep perhaps your country’s worst ever president in power during a pandemic, then you might be interested in taking an hour or so every couple of days to escape the news. …

In the wake of such insanity, you must still exercise your right.

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Ruth Fremson — The New York Times

In spite of what you just saw, you need to act.

The first of three presidential debates took place on Tuesday night at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, moderated by Fox News’s Chris Wallace. After beginning with cordial greetings between candidates, the cacophony that followed was at best contentious and at worst incoherent and embarrassing.

Pundits from around the political sphere are broadly claiming this to be the worst Presidential debate in the history of the event. Despite its incoherence, the format went like clockwork: Wallace poses a question to Trump, Trump answers the question while Biden oscillates between serious preparation and incredulous head shaking. Then, Wallace poses a related question to Biden, Biden speaks for 5 seconds and is then interrupted by Trump. Wallace then occasionally asks Trump to let Biden speak, and occasionally tries to grab his attention by offering that the president will be “happy” to hear his next question. …

And how it’s indicative of Microsoft’s iterative console strategy.

Xbox Series X Console
Xbox Series X Console

With preorders becoming available on September 22nd, the Xbox Series X ran into a problem that likely didn’t surprise many people. During pre-orders, sales numbers on went up more than 700% for the Xbox One X, Microsoft’s distinctly current generation console.

With similar images for each console, the mistake is an easy one to make. The listing on Amazon for each machine features a black console with a controller leaning up against it. Although the consoles have a different design from each other, even a seasoned gamer would likely need a second glance before confirming their purchase. To make matters more confusing, like Sony’s own problems with their PlayStation 5 preorder organization, Microsoft’s new console has been flashing in and out of stock since its initial offering five days ago. …

Fornite is more than just a step forward, it has started a movement.

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Battle Royales have become the newest cultural phenomenon in gaming, and just like with every phenomenon in gaming’s past, it has only pushed the form of entertainment further onto the world’s stage.

When I was growing up, before I owned a gaming console, I remember listening to my friends talk about playing Call of Duty and Halo. Although I was thoroughly enjoying the ignorant bliss of my Wii gaming experience, I was always intrigued by my classmates’ enjoyment of their competitive, far-too-mature shooters. Listening to “KD”, “Care package” and non-stop onomatopoeia gun noises (which now seem like they should have been stopped by my teachers), I was confronted by the all-too-familiar middle school feeling of being left out of some fun. Despite this, in my optimism, I held onto the fun I was having with my Wii, but upgraded some years later to a PS3. Considering it’s overall worse performance in the US than its Microsoft-born counterpart, I began to find my way into single player titles like The Last of Us and Bioshock. …

The cheaper model will come without a disc drive.

Announcement of Sony PlayStation 5 and Sony PlayStation 5 Digital Edition consoles.
Announcement of Sony PlayStation 5 and Sony PlayStation 5 Digital Edition consoles.
PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition —

Sony announced via a prerecorded livestream on Wednesday that they would be releasing their upcoming PlayStation 5 models for $399 and $499; each will be available starting November 12th. The only functional difference between the two models that has been announced is the inclusion of a disc drive in the standard model, and the lack of a disc drive in the digital version.

Pre-orders for Sony’s next generation console will begin on September 17th.

Along with the long-anticipated hardware announcements Sony unveiled a slew of new game announcements as well as more detail on games that have already been announced. …

Don’t listen too closely to all of the cautionary advice.

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Following Apple’s announcement of the development of their own processors that they’ve been referring to as “Apple Silicon”, there has been a lot of intense rhetoric warning consumers to delay their purchase in time for these new machines. These perspectives might make sense at first glance for a wide section of the consumer market — they act more as a warning to otherwise unsuspecting consumers who would purchase a new Macbook rather than wait the extra year for a more future-proofed model.

But this perspective also fails, in many ways. As discussed by Marques Brownlee, or MKBHD, in his 2020 iMac review, the 2021/2022 version of the machine is likely to bring some important updates to performance and power consumption, and they’re likely to come in a more attractive form-factor. But for hard-core tech fanatics, the more minor upgrade to the 2020 model might be a good one. Getting the latest features in the latest iMac is important to a subset of the consumer base. Perhaps these folks will then go on to sell their 2020 iMac in favor of its updated Apple Silicon replacement in the next couple of years. …

The new battle royale is taking the world by storm. And it deserves it.

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Fall Guys —

Fortnite’s release in 2017 changed the way of videogames. Given the more readily available power of the PS4/Xbox One generation, Epic Games was able to create a huge map and populate it with 100 concurrent online players, each battling to the end in a Hunger Games style gametype. …


Jacob Mitchener

(Mostly) tech writer based in NYC. Other interests include movies, games, music, soccer, and traveling. You’ll find a little bit of all of that here.

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