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Boost your chances of getting a PS5 and Xbox Series X for Christmas – here’s how… – The Sun

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ALMOST a year after the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S launch, gamers are still struggling to get their hands on one.
But Sony and Target are making it slightly easier to cast your net in the sea of PS5 and Xbox Series X restocks and come away with a console.
Up until recently, console stock drops have only been available online.
And while avoiding rabid shoppers has been great, the prevalence of scalpers and their bots has been anything but.
A few retailers have implemented workarounds, like lottery systems, that offer customers the chance to purchase the console.
Meanwhile Best Buy rolled out an in-store restock alongside a ticket system so shoppers could queue outside without killing each other.
Well PlayStation Direct and Target are adopting these approaches and you should be on board for both.
PlayStation Direct offers a range of consoles and accessories that you can buy straight from the source.
And right now, the site is letting US gamers sign up for the chance to buy a PS5.
Just head to PlayStation Direct and sign in with your PSN ID. Then fill in the details to register for the invites.
It's worth noting that those selected aren't randomised – it's based on "previous interests and PlayStation activities."
So if you've not booted up your PS4 for a while, you could be less likely to get selected.
You'll also want to make sure the email address you use is the one for your PSN ID, and that you've opted in to receive PlayStation emails.
Target is tipped to start stocking Xbox Series X|S inventory in-store as of this Sunday, October 17.
That's according to reputable PS5 and Xbox stock tracker Jake Randall, who announced that "you will be able to walk in and buy one."
That doesn't include the Halo edition Xbox, and the in-store restocks don't extend to PS5 consoles right now.
It's not been announced by Target yet, but Randall is known for his insider knowledge and contacts, so it's very likely.
So if you've just not had the chance to sit around refreshing websites in the hopes of beating the bots, you've got a couple of alternatives to try instead.
Looking for tips and tricks across your favourite consoles and games? We have you covered…
 

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Sony's wild new PS5 controller concept could be a game-changer – Creative Bloq

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By Daniel Piper published 17 January 22
(Quite literally.)
It’s fair to say we weren’t enamoured with the design of Sony’s DualSense controller when it was revealed last year. Like the PS5 itself, the controller is somewhat, er, chonky – but it seems Sony is already working on slimmer design concepts.
A new patent filing reveals the company is working on a new controller design featuring a collapsible control stick. This means the joystick could retract into the body of the controller itself, allowing for a more svelte (and potentially more comfortable) design. And while it might just be a patent, at this rate it might well arrive before the next PS5 restock
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The patent filing itself offers little in the way of information about how the controller will work, simply describing: “A controller, thumbstick, or system comprising a thumbstick body, a thumbstick shaft coupled to the thumbstick body wherein the thumbstick shaft is configured to retract into the thumbstick body and wherein the thumbstick body and the thumbstick shaft is freely rotatable together around a pivot centre within the controller body.” (You know when you read a word so many times that it loses all meaning? Yeah, thumbstick.)
But it seems the concept is all about comfort. “Analog nubs are portable but also very uncomfortable for the user,” Sony says in the filing. “The user moves the flat surface or rough area with pressure from their thumb. This can become quite uncomfortable after a while because the required friction between the user’s thumb and the surface.” 
As with all patents, whether this design will ever see the light of day remains to be seen, but it’s certainly intriguing – and we can’t help but wonder if it’s offering us a glimpse of the next generation of DualSense. If a PS5 ‘Slim’ ever makes it to market (hey, every PlayStation generation has had one), perhaps it’ll arrive complete with a redesigned controller?
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Indeed, a collapsible thumbstick could potentially transform the feel of the controller for gamers, offering a much more personalised and therefore comfortable experience. And it could do wonders for storage too – perhaps we’ll even end up with some kind of ‘DualSense Slim’ charging case. And we’re sure it could look pretty cool – better than that horrendous McDonald’s DualSense concept anyway. 
It seems Sony is finally ready to give gamers more options when it comes to the look of the PS5. From those new coloured faceplates to rumours of a console redesign, the days of being restricted to Sony’s reverse-oreo (sorry, white-on-black) design are coming to an end. And perhaps in the near future, we’ll have a brand new controller to enjoy too. Want to start gaming right now? Check out today’s best games console deals below.
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Rainbow Six Extraction: Is It PS5 & Xbox Series X Enhanced? Answered – Twinfinite

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In Ubisoft‘s latest tactical first-person shooter, Rainbow Six Extraction, you’ll be spending a lot of your time gunning down waves of parasitic alien critters known as the Archaeans. On the whole, all the moment-to-moment action is pretty damn slick visually, but what if you’re playing on next-gen consoles? In this guide, we’ll answer the all-important question: Is Rainbow Six Extraction enhanced on PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles? Without further ado, let’s get into it.
Thankfully, the short answer is: Yes, Rainbow Six Extraction is indeed enhanced on PS5 and Xbox Series X. Those playing on next-gen consoles can look forward to a 4K resolution boost and 60 frames-per-second gameplay.
For comparison’s sake, those playing on PS4 and Xbox One, you’ll be limited to just a 1080p resolution and 30 frames-per-second, which is understandable.
Unfortunately, for those wondering if Rainbow Six Extraction will support 120 frames-per-second on high-refresh-rate TVs, we’ve got some bad news for you. At the time of writing, there’s currently no support for 120fps for Rainbow Six Extraction on consoles.
It could be possible that Ubisoft deploys a patch allowing high-refresh-rate support for Rainbow Six Extraction in the future. However, there’s no official word on it just yet. That said, we’ll make sure to update this post if we hear anything more concrete.
But that’s about everything you need to know about whether Rainbow Six Extraction is enhanced for PS5 or Xbox Series X. For more tips, tricks, and guides, search for Twinfinite, or head on over to our dedicated wiki for the game. And for any questions you have that aren’t answered on the site, do feel free to reach out in the comment section below and we’ll do our best to lend a hand.

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How to Watch Illinois vs. Purdue: Game Time, TV Channel, Online Streaming & Odds – The Champaign Room

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It’s a MLK Day matinee.
Game Time: 11 a.m.
TV Channel: Fox
Online Streaming: FoxSportsGO
Radio: All Illinois basketball games air live on radio in the Champaign (WDWS 1400) and Chicago markets (WLS 890). The game is also broadcasted on other stations throughout the state; check the Fighting Illini Radio Network for more information.
Odds: ILL +8.5, O/U 151.5
Head Coach: Brad Underwood (5th season)
2020 Record: 24-7 (16-4 Big Ten)
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Head Coach: Matt Painter (17th season)
2020 Record: 18-10 (13-6 Big Ten)
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Jan. 2, 2021: Illinois 66, Purdue 58
When Andre Curbelo hits the floor, good things happen for Illinois.
In a game that featured four runs of double digits, the Illini used a 20-5 run — sparked by Curbelo’s fifth straight game with five or more assists — in the second half to hold off the pesky Boilermakers, beating Purdue, 66-58.
Despite Twitter head coaches begging for the freshman to be featured in the starting lineup, the playmaker was quick to show his appreciation for his current role.
“I actually like coming off the bench,” Curbelo said.

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