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By Usama Jawad96
Sony is permanently banning PS5 owners selling access to PlayStation Plus Collection
by Usama Jawad
A major advantage a PlayStation Plus subscription offers to new owners of the PlayStation 5 is immediate access to 20 high-quality PlayStation 4 games. Games such as Uncharted 4, Until Dawn, Bloodborne, God of War, and more are playable at no extra cost under the "PlayStation Plus Collection" umbrella. Once claimed, these games are playable across both the PlayStation 5 and the PlayStation 4. Now, Sony is permanently banning some PlayStation 5 owners for exploiting this offer.
Citing several now-removed forum posts, GamerBraves claims that Sony is issuing permanent bans to PlayStation 5 owners who have been selling access to this collection of games. How this "exploit" works is that some PS5 owners create listings online for fees as low as $8 according to one Malaysian listing, and ask people to share their account credentials to gain access to the collection. Shared credentials can then be used to create an account on a PS5 which also gives that account instant access to the games on the originally associated PS4.
Apart from the fact that this is an exploitative technique which Sony definitely does not want people to employ, the security implications of sharing account credentials with strangers on the internet are enormous.
As such, Sony is handing out bans to players on both sides - sellers and buyers - for engaging in this practice. The report claims that sellers have been issued permanent bans while accounts of buyers have been banned for two months. An account ban entails losing access to all content tied to it, including games purchased using those credentials. For the selling parties, this means permanent loss while for people buying their services, this means that they will be able to access their content from the same account again after two months.
Source: GamerBraves via Push Square
By Jefferson Mangubat
Sony promises more PlayStation 5 units are coming to retailers before end of year
by Jefferson Mangubat
Sony revealed today that it's shipping more inventories of the PlayStation 5 to retailers before this year ends. The Japanese tech company said it has seen an "unprecedented demand" for its latest-generation gaming console following its release earlier this month.
In a tweet, Sony noted that the PS5 launch was its "biggest console launch ever", although it did not disclose any figures about how many units it sold. The company only said the following on Twitter:
There's no clear information as well on how many PS5 consoles it plans to release to retailers later this year. The PS5 faced significant demand even during the pre-order period, as previously confirmed by Jim Ryan, the President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment. In the U.S. alone, the consoles sold in the first 12 hours matched the number of PS4 consoles sold in the first 12 weeks, as people were staying at home due to COVID-19 lockdowns in many places.
Ryan also acknowledged that not everyone would be able to get their hands on the PS5 on launch day. Sony also made it clear prior to release that the console would only be available to purchase online at launch. That said, Sony's announcement today should appease PlayStation fans who want to snap up the PS5 in time for the holidays.
By Usama Jawad96
Here are some tidbits you might not know about the PS5
by Usama Jawad
Microsoft's next-generation Xbox Series X|S consoles launch in a few hours, but those eager to get their hands on the PlayStation 5 have a few days to wait. The consoles offer similar advantages over the previous generation, including faster load times and better graphics, but they also feature some unique capabilities currently not present in the other. For Xbox Series X|S, this is Quick Resume, while for the PlayStation 5, it is the DualSense controller.
With PlayStation 5's launch a couple of days away, Sony has published an "Ultimate FAQ" to answer some questions people may have around the company's next-gen offering. Although you may know most of the information presented by Sony in this blog post - particularly which revolves around the console's graphical prowess -, we have gathered some tidbits you may not be aware of.
Here's a list of things you might not know about the PlayStation 5:
The console does not come with additional colors or designs at launch. Sony's phrasing suggests that this may change in the future. The PS5 comes with an internal power supply and does not feature an external power brick. In some PS5 games, developers may offer players the options to remove specific modes and content they are not interested in to improve the storage space situation. Although you can play PS4 games stored on a USB drive connected to a PS5, this is not possible for PS5 games, as those need to be stored on the internal SSD. Sony is looking into ways as to how it can at least allow storage on external USBs, but these capabilities are not available at launch. The PS5 sports an expansion port that will allow users to plug in an M.2 SSD for storing and playing PS5 games in the future. This capability will come later via a software update, and Sony will share more information about compatibility. The company has currently discouraged players from buying an M.2 SSD as the PS5 will enforce a minimum performance level for SSD storage. Every PS5 game will take advantage of the console's Tempest 3D AudioTech, but exact enhancements will be dependent on developer optimization. Virtual surround sound via TV speakers is not currently supported but will arrive in future updates. The PS5 supports resolutions of 720p, 1080i, 1080p, and 2160p. While the console is compatible with 8K displays right now, the capability to output at that resolution will arrive later via a system software update. Players can choose whether they want to enable or disable the DualSense controller's haptic feedback technology. The DualSense controller sports an integrated microphone array and a speaker. The DualSense controller features a player-facing light bar. For PS4 games that require a forward-facing light bar instead, Sony has recommended the use of PS4's DualShock 4 controllers. DualSense offers lower input latency as compared to DualShock 4. The PS5 controller will have a similar battery life as DualShock 4, and up to 3 hours may be required to fully charge the peripheral. Sony will offer other colors of the DualSense controller in the future but has no further information to share at this time. PS5's Blu-ray discs store up to 100GB of game data, double that of the 50GB capacity offered by its predecessor. The PS5 does not support 3D Blu-ray movies. The new UI for the PS5 does not support folders and themes at launch. You can head over to the dedicated Ultimate FAQ page here if you wish to take a deep dive around the upcoming console yourself. Sony says that it will keep updating this page in the future as more information is ready to be shared with the public.
By Ather Fawaz
Airpeak is Sony's new project for AI-powered drones and remote sensing
by Ather Fawaz
Today, Sony announced that it was launching a new project called 'Airpeak'. As the name hints, Airpeak will be Sony's take on AI-powered drones and the Japanese giant will contribute by bringing its remote-sensing technology to the domain.
The firm already specializes in making top-of-the-line cameras for both photography and videography, and Airpeak will take a cue from this. Sony says that the project will "support the creativity of video creators to the fullest extent possible, aiming to contribute to the further development of the entertainment industry". This could mean that the new project will bring in drones to capture some interesting shots of sports, exploration, and even regular settings. Furthermore, the project also aims to bring in improved efficiency and savings in various industries. Special attention will be paid to safety and reliability in all environments as well.
Airpeak is slated to launch somewhere in the spring of 2021. Sony will soon be seeking collaborating partners for the project. Apart from this, there isn't much that the Japanese firm has detailed about the project.
Further information and development information will be regularly updated on this website.
The PlayStation 5 will only be available online at launch
by João Carrasqueira
The next generation of consoles is almost upon us, and with the PlayStation 5 set to launch next week on November 12 (in some markets), Sony has decided to warn its fans about lining up at stores on launch day. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic that hasn't subsided yet, the company has made clear that retailers won't be selling any units of the PlayStation 5 in stores on launch day.
If you're planning to get the PlayStation 5 on the day it launches, you'll need to place your pre-orders online. You can still pick up you pre-ordered units at the store, using the designated pickup areas set by each retailer so as to keep customers safe. While the console is launching on different days depending on where you live - some markets will get it on November 12, others on November 19 - this measure will apply to all regions.
What Sony didn't clarify is when you can expect to start seeing consoles on store shelves. Presumably, giving out a date would just encourage people to line up on said date anyway.
Sony isn't the only one launching a console next week, and the Xbox Series X|S will actually be available a little earlier on November 10. Reviews are starting to come in for Microsoft's consoles, and you can read our own review of the Series X here.