Death Stranding Director’s Cut
It’s the weekend, and weekends are for a) kicking back, b) eating delicious food, c) finally cleaning the toilets (maybe), d) drinking some fancy beer, and of course e) booting up that sweet next-gen game you’ve been waiting all week to play. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, anyone?
For many gamers, though, playing next-gen console titles has proved rather difficult in recent months, because finding next-gen consoles (or current-gen, I guess at this point) has been next to impossible. Whether you blame worldwide pandemic microchip shortages, or unscrupulous scalpers, or unblinking bots, it’s been an absolute logistical mess, for both Xbox Series X|S and PS5.
Countless gaming fans just can’t seem to land any of this new hardware. The good news, however, is that there’s always PC, and if you can score a decent graphics card for less than, say, infinity dollars, then that might be your best bet moving forward. It’s better than adding recently stocked Sony and Microsoft systems to your online cart only to have them disappear within literal seconds.
Even so, the PC route won’t exactly get you access to PlayStation’s slowly growing staple of excellent, and potentially excellent, PS5 exclusives. This includes stuff like the upcoming Horizon Forbidden West, Demon’s Souls, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, or even the new and improved version of Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut. Unless Sony ports them all to PC anyways, but that’s a story for a different article.
The growing frustration with PS5 stock shortages was amplified yesterday morning when the official US PlayStation Twitter account posted the following innocent message:
A simple question with no simple answers.
Understandably, the overwhelming response to this casual question was anything but positive, resulting in the phrase ‘Not a PS5’ trending for a good long while on the social media platform. Lots of disappointed gamers sharing their largely fruitless hunt for elusive PS5 consoles, and judging from their stories, it wasn’t for a lack of want or effort.
Honestly, I’m in the same empty-handed camp. I got lucky early on and snagged an Xbox Series X back at launch, but I basically gave up trying to find and purchase a PS5 months ago. And it’s not because of any weird console war mentality; I love my Series X but I’m also a huge PlayStation fan and would really enjoy exploring what Sony has to offer in 2021 and beyond.
Sadly, I seriously doubt that’s going to happen anytime soon. If I’m being truthful, I don’t see supply catching up with demand until perhaps early 2022, and that’s being optimistic. I can’t even blame Sony at this point, as it seems they’re making PS5s as fast as they possibly can.
With the pandemic throwing everything out of whack this past year, supply chains simply can’t keep up, and I suppose those of us who want PS5s and can’t manage to make it happen just need to be patient and wait it out. Not the greatest news, but that’s where we’re at. Hopefully the holiday season sees a bump in available units.
But hey, while we wait for the modern console industry to finally flood the market, we can always go back and play previous PlayStation iterations. Those warped PS1 textures are calling to me…
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The Xbox Series X will inevitably receive an updated model, and one creator shows off their design of what it may just look like.
The Xbox Series X is the current flagship console for Microsoft, and one of the most powerful consoles ever made. Like previous generations, the Xbox Series X is bound to receive a sleeker new model, perhaps even with upgraded specs, and one content creator has shared what they think it may look like.
When Microsoft revealed the Xbox Series X in 2019, its design was attention grabbing, and some might say for the wrong reasons. There is nothing outwardly strange or offensive about the design, but its size, shape, and color immediately saw comparisons between the Xbox Series X and refrigerators. Micosoft saw this as a great marketing opportunity, however, releasing an offical Xbox Series X mini-fridge that has quickly sold out practically everywhere. With the last generation of consoles, Microsoft released the Xbox One S and Xbox One X towards the end of the Xbox One's lifecycle.
A YouTuber by the name of Concept Creator has designed a mock-up of what the next Xbox Series X console variant may look like. Originally covered by Ilse Jurrien of LetsGoDigital, graphic designer Jermaine Smit of Concept Creator trims away the fat of the original Xbox Series X design, making it much more slender, sleeker, and recognizable, thanks to some key implementations. Size-wise, the Xbox Series X Elite, as Jurrien is calling it, evokes the jump from the Xbox One to the Xbox One X but to a much higher degree, with the Elite nearly shrinking the original Series X in half. The most eye-catching change of the Elite is the sharp, raised cross-piece that cuts across the top and front of the console, with LEDs that glow Xbox green on both sides.
Despite the additions, many of the key Xbox Series X design features are retained in the Elite's mock-up. On the left side of the console is the disc-tray, power button, and four USB ports that appear smoothly chiseled out of the console's body. Likewise, the signature venting that appears on the top of the original Xbox Series X returns on the right portions of the Elite, providing a nice blend of textures that dissuade easy comparisons to DVR boxes. Concept Creator's Xbox Series X Elite design also has a white variant, channeling the design of the Xbox Series S, the original console's little sister.
As it stands, not much (if anything) is known about the next iteration of the Xbox Series X. Microsoft's next family of consoles have been out for over a year, and while the Xbox Series S sold very well during Black Friday this year, still not everyone who desires one of these systems has been able to get one yet. With that in mind, while it is fun to think about the future of these systems and what they may look like, Microsoft's priority should still be in making its current lineup more available. Unless the Xbox Series X Elite magically doesn't require microchips, it will likely fall into the same issues as the current console lineup.
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By published 17 January 22
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.
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?
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.
Daniel Piper is senior news editor at Creative Bloq, and an authority on all things art, design, branding and tech. He has a particular penchant for Apple products – some corners of the internet might call him an ‘iSheep’, but he’s fine with this. It doesn’t bother him at all. Why would it? They’re just really nicely designed products, okay? Daniel is also a comedian and national poetry slam champion, and his favourite Bond is, obviously, Sean Connery.
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