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Somehow, PS5 Shortages Are About To Get Even Worse – Forbes

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Trying to buy a next-generation console this holiday season is borderline impossible, as instant sellouts of the PS5, Xbox Series X and S have continued for a full year after the release of the hardware. Sony was on pace to have a record year for the PS5, but supply shortages have caused it to fall behind the pace of the PS4, and now, it’s apparently only going to get worse.
Bloomberg is reporting that Sony will have to cut its forecast for the fiscal year ending in March where previously they said they would manufacture 16 million PS5s. According to Bloomberg’s sources, that’s now been cut by a full million, down to 15 million. Sony has yet to comment publicly.
It’s no secret that Sony has been struggling to meet demand with supply by a wide margin, and as ever, it comes down to global chip shortages that have upended many industries, but video game console manufacturing in particular.
One interesting excerpt from the article is that PS5 shortages are so bad, some publishers are noticing many players are simply turning to PC copies of their games instead:
“Frustration around Sony’s limited inventory is growing among game makers as well as fans of the console. One top Japanese game publisher has found players who used to buy PlayStation versions of its games are now gradually shifting to purchasing the PC edition, said an executive who asked not to be named. PlayStation 5 games have so far failed to make an impact on Japanese sales charts, which are dominated by Nintendo’s Switch platform, data from market tracker Famitsu show.”
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In many ways, it’s only become harder to get a PS5 over the course of the past year, something we’ve never seen to this extent in the history of video game console release cycles. At least in 2020, there was a pre-order process that did secure a large number of consoles for players up front. But since then, the entirety of the PS5 rollout has been a drip feed of units from random retailers at random times with often broken or crashing websites and stock ravaged by scalper bots. It’s unclear what the full demand for the PS5 could have been without these issues, but it’s easy to imagine Sony could have destroyed every old record they had if that was the case. Instead, they’re enduring the worst supply constraint the industry has ever seen.
Microsoft is not faring much better. Reportedly, Microsoft was keeping some stock aside to try and fill demand over the holiday, but getting a Series X has not been much easier than getting a PS5. Microsoft, at least, launches its first party games on the cloud and on PC simultaneously with its consoles, which Sony does not. But many players have had to play third party games on PC they would have played on PS5 otherwise, or releases on the PS4 they already own, as nearly everything (short of exceptions like Ratchet and Clank) is launching on both generations.
Sony does not even have a massive exclusive title coming this holiday season after Horizon Forbidden West was delayed until 2022, but that simply doesn’t matter at all for PS5 demand in its current state, and things are going to get worse before they get better. And they may not get better for another full year, at least.
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Blizzard's new IP: Modern meets fantasy online survival game – TweakTown

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Blizzard’s next big IP might be an interesting take on a Kid in King Arthur’s Court and The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Today Blizzard confirmed it is working on an ambitious new IP. The unnamed project is a survival game that merges modern and fantasy together, as per details gleaned from a brief concept art glimpse. Job listings also confirm the new IP will be an online-based adventure which is Blizzard’s usual fare.
“Blizzard is embarking on our next quest. We are going on a journey to a whole new universe, home to a brand-new survival game for PC and console. A place full of heroes we have yet to meet, stories yet to be told, and adventures yet to be lived. A vast realm of possibility, waiting to be explored,” reads a job posting.
We’ve known about Blizzard’s new IPs for a long time. The company has been incubating this new IP and another unannounced multiplayer shooter for a while, and Blizzard is also trying to create a shared games engine to power its future titles.
Alan Adham discussed the new incubation pipeline back in August 2021:
“We’re tight-lipped about it, but our new game pipeline has been in development for many years and it’s greater than it’s ever been across our core franchises and mobile, new IP and new genres. I’m looking forward to our teams launching their already announced new games in the not-too-distant future and in due course announcing a few new ones that you’ve yet to hear about,” Adham said.
So what is Blizzard working on? Here’s a selection:
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Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man’s Sky with the magic of VR.

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Ole Miss vs. Florida: How to watch online, live stream info, game time, TV channel – CBS Sports

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Current Records: Florida 12-6; Ole Miss 9-9
The Ole Miss Rebels and the Florida Gators are set to square off in an SEC matchup at 7 p.m. ET Jan. 24 at The Pavilion at Ole Miss. Florida should still be feeling good after a win, while the Rebels will be looking to get back in the win column.
Ole Miss ended up a good deal behind the Mississippi State Bulldogs when they played this past Saturday, losing 78-60. Ole Miss’ defeat shouldn’t obscure the performances of center Nysier Brooks, who had 12 points, and forward Jaemyn Brakefield, who had 13 points. Brakefield’s performance made up for a slower contest against the Missouri Tigers last Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Florida didn’t have too much trouble with the Vanderbilt Commodores at home this past Saturday as they won 61-42.
Ole Miss is expected to lose this next one by 5.5. Those sticking with them against the spread have guts, to put it politely, as the team has let down bettors in their past four games.
The Rebels came up short against the Gators when the two teams previously met in January of last year, falling 72-63. Maybe Ole Miss will have more luck at home instead of on the road? Watch the game and check back on CBS Sports for all the details.

The Gators are a solid 5.5-point favorite against the Rebels, according to the latest college basketball odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Gators as a 6-point favorite.
Over/Under: -112
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Florida have won six out of their last eight games against Ole Miss.
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This PS5-ready 1TB SSD is just $130 – The Verge

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Only the best deals on Verge-approved gadgets get the Verge Deals stamp of approval, so if you’re looking for a deal on your next gadget or gift from major retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Target, and more, this is the place to be.
Not all M.2 SSDs are PS5-compatible. They need to be PCIe 4.0-ready and boast a 5,500MB/s read speed (though some slower drives may work, according to our testing), and Adata’s XPG Gammix S70 Blade meets those requirements. The reason why I’m telling you about this one, in particular, is that it’s selling for just $129.99 at Best Buy and Amazon, a $30 price cut. At that price, it’s one of the fastest yet most affordable ways to add storage to your PS5. Similar models from brands like Samsung often sell for about $50 more than this.
Whether you plan to use it inside of a PC that has a PCIe 4.0-ready motherboard (it’s backward compatible with PCIe 3.0, just a slower speeds) or a PS5, it’ll be ready to install the moment you open the box. Unlike some M.2 SSDs, this one includes a heatsink with purchase. Per Sony’s recommendations to keep it within safe operating temperatures in your PS5, you’ll need to secure it before installation. Though, some customer reviews for this SSD offer a warning that the quality of the included heatsink isn’t top-tier. So, you may want to offset some possible disappointment with an affordable alternative. Here’s this low-profile heatsink from Micro Connectors that’ll work, selling for just $10.99 at Amazon.
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Adata’s Gammix S70 Blade offers up to 7,400MB/s and 6,800MB/s of sequential read and write speeds in PCIe 4.0 machines, or up to 3,400MB/s read and 3,000MB/s write in PCIe 3.0 rigs. It’s compatible with the PS5.
If you’re ready to pull the trigger on a Nintendo Switch (I’m envious of all the great games you get to play for the first time), Woot is offering a $20 off perk for Amazon Prime subscribers. Head to this page, and when you add it to the cart, make sure to click the “Login with Amazon” in order to get in on this deal. It’s tough to beat getting a brand-new Switch for less than the usual cost; Nintendo’s console almost never sees any kind of discount.
While you’re at it, consider picking up a microSD card that’ll give you enough space to store several games (the Switch has 32GB of internal memory, which is enough for two to three games, depending on their file size). This SanDisk model with 256GB of storage for $27.14 at Amazon should suit most people.

The Nintendo Switch offers a 6.2-inch touch screen, three play styles, and connects over Wi-Fi, thus enabling multiplayer gaming.
HP’s 16.1-inch Omen gaming laptop is selling for a good deal at Best Buy. Normally $1,479.99, you can snag the configuration with AMD’s previous-generation Ryzen 7 5800H processor, AMD’s Radeon RX 6600M graphics, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD for $1,149.99. It also features a 144Hz refresh rate 1080p display and other perks like a full-sized SD card reader, three USB-A ports, ethernet, USB-C, mini DisplayPort, and an HDMI port.
While we haven’t tested this particular model, its specs should deliver a good gaming experience for people who don’t need to run games on their highest graphical settings. In other laptops, this processor has been notable for its efficiency, and the RX 6600M graphics chip seems to be on par with Nvidia’s RTX 3060.

This 16.1-inch gaming laptop features AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800H processor and the Radeon RX 6600M graphics chip.
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