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Sony’s PlayStation 5 remains hard to find months after its release.

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The PlayStation 5 is Sony’s fastest-selling video game console ever, with more than 10 million systems sold since its launch in November 2020. However, the record demand and an international chip shortage have made the PS5 one of the hardest items to buy in stores or online.

In October, Sony launched a registration program to give shoppers a chance to purchase the PS5 directly from the company during the holiday shopping season. Sony says console supply will remain limited through the end of the year, but a select number of people who register will receive an email to make a direct purchase. You can find more details and register on Sony’s site.

We’ve seen weekly restocks of the PS5 ($500) and PS5 Digital Edition ($400) online at retailers like Walmart, Best Buy, GameStop, and Sony’s own PlayStation Direct store. Nearly all PlayStation 5 sales are handled online due to the COVID-19 pandemic and overall demand, but some GameStop locations have made consoles available for in-store purchase on occasion.

Walmart usually announces PS5 restocks a few hours before consoles are available online. GameStop sends emails to subscribers ahead of PS5 restocks but typically only makes the PS5 available in bundles. Amazon and Newegg have also made PS5 consoles available, though on a less consistent basis. Newegg uses a raffle system to give shoppers a chance to buy rare items like the PS5.

We’ll keep this post updated as we get more information about PS5 restocks, but ultimately you’ll need to keep checking multiple stores and get a bit lucky with timing to secure the console.

Where to buy a PS5: stores and price

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The digital edition of the PlayStation 5 doesn’t have a disc drive.

Several stores, including Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target, and Newegg, have regularly restocked PlayStation 5 consoles since launch, but they typically sell out as soon as they’re available online.

Sony’s PlayStation Direct store has a registration program that functions like a waitlist for a limited supply of PS5 consoles. If selected, shoppers who sign up will receive an email to purchase a PS5 directly from Sony. Registering does not guarantee you’ll get an invite, however, and it’s not clear how many people will be selected. Invitations to purchase a PS5 will begin to go out to selected shoppers in November 2021.

The PlayStation 5 comes in two different models — one that has a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray drive and a “digital edition” with no disc drive at all. The standard model is priced at $500, and the digital edition is priced at $400.

At popular sites for resellers, like eBay and StockX, you can expect to pay between $700 or $800 for the PlayStation 5.

You can check the links below to see if the PS5 is currently available at each retailer; we’ll update this post if a specific store announces a restock.

PlayStation 5 (Standard Edition) 

PlayStation 5 (Digital Edition)


Tips for buying the PS5

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A gamer sets up the new Sony Playstation PS5 at his home in Seoul after Sony launched the new console.

Buying the PlayStation 5 has been a struggle since release, but retailers have been making a steady stream of consoles available. If you have a preferred store, you should look into setting stock alerts with their online tools.

Third-party stock-tracking websites like HotStock.io can tell you when a store last had the PlayStation 5 in stock and let you set alerts for multiple retailers. A reseller who made more than $40,000 reselling PS5 consoles last year shared more specific tips on how to find the console online.

If you encounter issues while trying to check out with an online retailer, keep trying to refresh the product page to add the console and make sure the PS5 is available and in your cart. If possible, create an account with your preferred retailer and enter your payment and shipping information in advance to help the checkout process move quickly.

PlayStation 5 specifications

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The PlayStation 5 boasts much more powerful hardware than the PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro. Upgrades include a solid state hard drive and a graphics card capable of ray-tracing technology.

For detailed impressions, check out our full PlayStation 5 review.

PlayStation 5 accessories

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The new PlayStation 5 family of peripherals haven’t been nearly as hard to find as the console itself, though they’re not of much use without the main course. That said, they do complement the features of the PlayStation 5, so we’ve taken to the time to explain what they all do.

Sony’s $70 DualSense controller is a worthy successor to the PS4’s popular DualShock, implementing a built-in microphone, haptic feedback for adjustable trigger tension, and advanced rumble features while also improving the battery life and adopting a USB-C charging cable.

Wireless Controller for PS5 (small)

The $100 Pulse 3D headset is a direct successor to the gold and platinum wireless headsets Sony released for the PlayStation 4. The headset has an adjustable band, built-in microphone, and hardware buttons for mute, voice monitoring, and volume. While the Pulse 3D headset is worth the investment, PS5’s 3D audio features will also work with any third-party headset that’s been licensed for use on PS4.

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The $30 PlayStation media remote might look appealing, but for $30 you can find a better or cheaper universal remote to control the console. Several smart TV brands also let you control the PS5 with your standard TV remote too, so it’s worth giving that a try before making this investment.

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The $30 DualSense charging stand can charge two controllers and makes for a nice stand alongside the PS5, but it doesn’t actually charge your controllers any faster than using a regular cable.

PlayStation 5 DualSense Charging Station (small)

The $60 HD camera can be used for streaming in full 1080p and even has a background removal tool, but it cannot be used as a microphone like the PlayStation 4 camera. Luckily, you can just use the DualSense’s built-in mic to communicate while playing.

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PlayStation 5 exclusive games

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“Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart” is Sony’s latest PlayStation 5 exclusive.

Sony is committed to creating a full lineup of exclusive games for the PlayStation 5, repeating the same strategy that helped make the PS4 a massive success. Because there are still so many gamers waiting to upgrade to PS5, many of the games released on the new console will also work on PlayStation 4, like “Spider-Man: Miles Morales” and “Sackboy: A Big Adventure.”

Keep in mind that new games like “Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War” have been designed to run better on PS5, even if they’re available on the PS4. Below, we’ve listed all the games that require a PlayStation 5 to play, including upcoming titles that don’t have release dates yet. 

Exclusive PS5 games available now

Upcoming PS5 exclusive games

  • “Horizon: Forbidden West”
  • “God of War: Ragnarok”
  • “Gran Turismo 7”

For more PlayStation game recommendations, check out our complete roundup of exclusives that make the PS5 worth buying.

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The highest-paid channel on Twitch is said to have made nearly $10 million in the last 24 months – and it doesn’t even stream video games

A screenshot from a live broadcast of the Twitch channel "Critical Role."
A crew of Critical Role streamers.

  • Amazon’s Twitch was hacked, which resulted in a major data breach.
  • A list of the highest-paid channels and how much they were paid was included in the hack.
  • Instead of streaming video games, the highest-paid streaming channel features voice actors playing “Dungeons and Dragons.”

On October 6, Amazon-owned video game streaming service Twitch was hacked, and the hackers released a massive trove of internal data – including revenue numbers for its most popular channels.

In the last 24 months, the highest-paid channel on Twitch earned nearly $10 million from the Amazon-owned company, the leak revealed.

That doesn’t include what the channel’s owners earned from the popular YouTube channel they operate, which cuts versions of Twitch content for YouTube users, and before any advertising partnerships or other forms of revenue (merchandise, donations, etc.).

The channel, Critical Role, is operated by a self-described “bunch of nerdy-ass voice actors” who stream everything from elaborate “Dungeons & Dragons” campaigns to talk shows they produce to lo-fi DJ sets.

There’s a good chance that, even if you’re a big Twitch user, you’ve never heard of Critical Role. Its operators haven’t streamed video games in years.

Unlike the vast majority of Twitch streamers, Critical Role primarily features lengthy streams of the classic role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons.

Moreover, the lengthy D&D campaigns that Critical Role produces feature professional voice actors who are quite capable of playing roles – a unique advantage that Critical Role has over other role-playing Twitch streamers.

“What all of us bring is our ability to imagine,” Critical Role member Laura Bailey told Polygon in 2016. “I know that sounds kind of lame but as a voice actor that’s what you’re doing all the time – creating these huge scenarios in your head so it makes sense that you’re making these zany voices in a tiny booth all by yourself.”

Rather than a single person owning and operating the channel, Critical Role operates more like a traditional media operation: There are creative staff, production staff, marketing staff, and more. The group’s team page lists over 30 employees.

Critical Role is among a group of 100 popular Twitch streaming channels whose revenue data appears to have been part of the massive Twitch data hack. Twitch confirmed the hack on Wednesday afternoon and lightly detailed how it occurred, but the company has yet to detail what data was taken in the security breach.

The list is full of big name streamers, like Félix “xQc” Lengyel and Imane “Pokimane” Anys, the vast majority of which are said to have earned over $1 million in Twitch revenue across the last 24 months.

“It’s unfortunate this leak happened,” Evolved Talent Agency CEO and xQc’s agent Ryan Morrison told Insider. “But we operate under the understanding that once something is sent, entered, or shared online, it will eventually be leaked.”

The people claiming responsibility for the breach said in a 4chan post that the point of the hack was to “foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space” because Twitch’s community is “a disgusting toxic cesspool.”

Twitch confirmed the data breach in a statement sent to Insider which was also posted on Twitter.

“We can confirm a breach has taken place,” the statement said. “Our teams are working with urgency to understand the extent of this. We will update the community as soon as additional information is available. Thank you for bearing with us.”

Representatives for Critical Role didn’t respond to repeated requests for comment.

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Twitch gave a brief explanation for the giant leak that exposed creator payouts, source code, and more

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Amazon-backed Twitch suffered a massive data leak on Wednesday.

  • Twitch gave a brief explanation for how it became the victim of a massive leak on Wednesday.
  • “A malicious third party” broke into its systems following a “server configuration change,” it said.
  • Twitch said users’ credit card details were not exposed.
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Amazon-backed streaming site Twitch published a brief explanation late on Wednesday for how hackers were able to obtain and leak a huge trove of company data.

“We have learned that some data was exposed to the internet due to an error in a Twitch server configuration change that was subsequently accessed by a malicious third party,” Twitch said in a blog post at 10:30 p.m. PT on Wednesday.

Twitch said its investigation was ongoing, but that there was no indication that users’ login credentials were breached.

“Additionally, full credit card numbers are not stored by Twitch, so full credit card numbers were not exposed,” Twitch said.

The company said that out of an abundance of caution it was resetting all its stream keys, which are codes creators use to connect their streaming software with their channels.

The Video Games Chronicle was the first to report on the leak on Wednesday.

A torrent of a 125-gigabyte file of data from the leak was posted on forum site 4Chan. The file contained a wide range of Twitch data, including source code, an unannounced project for a digital video-game store similar to Steam, and the financial records of Twitch streamers.

The 4Chan post containing the leak file was accompanied by a message that said the intent was to “foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space,” and that Twitch’s community is a “disgusting toxic cesspool.”

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Amazon-owned Twitch reportedly breached by hackers who leaked everything from creator payouts to an unannounced Amazon digital game store

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Twitch logos on a phone and a laptop screen.

  • Amazon-owned Twitch has reportedly been hacked, resulting in a major data breach.
  • The source code for Twitch is reportedly included in the hack, as well as creator earnings numbers.
  • It’s unclear if user data was part of the leak, but you should probably change your Twitch password just in case.
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Amazon’s massively popular video game streaming service, Twitch, has reportedly been hacked – resulting in a major data leak.

Contained within the leak is everything from Twitch’s original source code to several years of payout information on the service’s most popular streamers, Video Games Chronicle reported on Wednesday.

A torrent of a 125 GB file of data pulled from the alleged hack is circulating on the anonymous message board 4chan.

The anonymous hackers claiming responsibility said in a 4chan post that the point of the hack was to, “foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space” because Twitch’s community is “a disgusting toxic cesspool.”

A page on the anonymous message board 4chan where a major Twitch leak was posted on Wednesday.

They also detailed the main contents of the hack: the source code for Twitch going back years, an unannounced digital gaming storefront meant to rival heavyweights like Steam, and years of financial records of Twitch streamers (in addition to the SDKs for various Twitch apps and adjacent software).

It’s unclear if user data was breached, but it wouldn’t hurt to change your Twitch password and, if you don’t already have it set up, activate two-factor authentication.

Representatives for Twitch didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment as of publishing.

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After rewatching the surreal and bizarre 1993 ‘Super Mario Bros.’ movie where Yoshi gets stabbed and Goombas are humanoid dinosaurs, I can’t suggest it enough

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Throw away whatever you thought you knew about Goombas.

  • In 1993, the first-ever major film adaptation of a video game hit theaters: “Super Mario Bros.”
  • In 2022, a new “Super Mario Bros.” movie starring Chris Pratt as Mario is scheduled to arrive.
  • Rewatching the original for the first time in decades is a stunning reminder of how bizarre the film was.
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As a 36-year-old and a lifelong video game fan, I saw the original “Super Mario Bros.” movie when it came out in 1993. I haven’t sat down to watch it in full in literal decades.

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The most current “Super Mario” game in 1990 was “Super Mario World” for the Super Nintendo, which launched in 1990.

If you’ve never seen it or, like me, had simply forgotten, the “Super Mario Bros.” movie is the story of two plumber brothers named “Mario Mario” and “Luigi Mario.” But these are almost nothing like the Mario brothers you know from the games.

Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo star in 1993 film "Super Mario Bros."

At no point in the film does Bob Hoskins say, “It’s-a me, Mario!”

They live in a version of early ’90s Brooklyn where Italian-American red sauce restaurants littered the streets of Williamsburg.

Bob Hoskins as "Mario Mario" in the 1993 movie, "Super Mario Bros."

Yes, there is an accordion player and a violin player serenading Mario and his girlfriend. Early in the film, Mario and his girlfriend go on a double date with Luigi and Princess Daisy.

Together, they operate the “Mario Bros. Plumbing Service.” Though the concept of Mario and Luigi as plumbers was rapidly fading by 1993, the “Super Mario Bros.” movie took the concept of Mario and Luigi as plumbers and ran with it.

Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo as Mario Mario and Lugio Mario in the 1993 film "Super Mario Bros."

The brothers’ plumbing acumen is a central plot point for the film, and repeatedly enables them to overcome conflict.

Rather than focusing on Mario, “Super Mario Bros.” largely focuses on Luigi’s budding relationship with a woman named Daisy.

Samantha Mathis plays "Daisy" in the 1993 film, "Super Mario Bros."
Daisy is played by Samantha Mathis.

Notably, Princess Daisy is the princess featured in “Super Mario Land” for the Nintendo Game Boy.

The central thesis of the “Super Mario Bros.” movie is that a meteorite hit Brooklyn 65 million years ago and, instead of vaporizing the dinosaurs, it actually caused a dimensional rift.

A scene of the city in 1993 film "Super Mario Bros."

Here’s the first look of the alternate dimension where Mario and Luigi travel to in the “Super Mario Bros.” movie. It’s a sort of Mario-themed cyberpunk version of Manhattan’s Greenwich Village.

On one side of the rift is Earth, where human beings descended from apes. On the other side is where Mario and Luigi end up – a world that’s unsurprisingly ruled by President Koopa, played by Dennis Hopper.

Dennis Hopper plays President Koopa in the 1993 film, "Super Mario Bros."

Unlike our reality, where human connection to our ape ancestors is tenuous at best, the Koopa world’s connection to dinosaurs is far more intimate – to the point where Dennis Hopper even stands like a dinosaur, with his arms perched, throughout the film.

Dennis Hopper stars at President Koopa in the 1993 film, "Super Mario Bros."

There are also dinosaurs throughout the film, naturally.

You might be wondering what the connection to the dinosaur stuff is. Given that the most recent “Super Mario Bros.” game before the film was “Super Mario World” for the Super Nintendo, it appears that the theme was pulled from that game’s setting: Dinosaur Land.

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“Super Mario World” was the first Super Mario game to feature Yoshi, an especially important inhabitant of Dinosaur Land.

“We knew the game [‘Super Mario World’] and we knew one of its areas was Dino World,” one of the film’s directors, Rocky Morton, reportedly told Dinosaur Magazine. “So we thought that it would be a great place to go into.” The alternate dimension of the film is known by fans as “Dinohattan.”

A shot of the street in 1993 film "Super Mario Bros."

Little references to the game series are littered throughout the world of the film, including “Thwomp Stompers,” seen here.

The dinosaur theme gets stretched to some truly bizarre places, especially as the film attempts to integrate references to the video games. Goombas, for instance, become a de-evolved humanoid dinosaur creature.

An image of Goombas, the enemy character from the "Super Mario Bros." video game series, as depicted in the 1993 film, "Super Mario Bros."

And Yoshi, everyone’s favorite adorable little green creature, looks like something ripped from “Jurassic Park”:

An image of Yoshi, the "Super Mario Bros." character, as depicted in the 1993 film, "Super Mario Bros."
There’s a good reason that this dinosaur looks like those in “Jurassic Park” – they came out the same year!

Beyond the foundational issues of the film’s relationship to the games, the movie is all over the place. Dialog and plot logic are a mess from scene to scene, and much of it feels like disconnected moments.

Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo star in 1993 film "Super Mario Bros."

Why do Mario and Luigi put on these overalls, other than to reference the outfits of the characters in the game?

The fact that “Super Mario Bros.” is such a mess, though, is what makes it so enjoyable to watch. It’s a movie full of so many incomprehensible, baffling moments that you’ll start to wonder if it’s actually an elaborate social test.

An image of Toad, who is a Goomba, in the 1993 "Super Mario Bros." film.

You can tell this Goomba apart from the others because of his harmonica. Before he was turned into a Goomba, his name was “Toad” and he was a street musician singing about how bad President Koopa is. And yes, that is a reference to the character Toad from the game series.

Are there elaborate dance numbers? Yes. Does an adult woman stab Yoshi with a knife meant for stabbing? Yes. Is the bad guy’s main weapon a modified version of the Super Scope light gun peripheral for the Super Nintendo? You bet! Frankly, I can’t suggest it enough.

Bob Hoskins stars as Mario Mario in 1993 film "Super Mario Bros."

There’s even a lengthy chase scene where Mario and a group of women from Brooklyn ride a mattress down a pipe as a mattress of Goombas chases close behind. Note the woman still holding onto her cigarette.

Unfortunately, there are no easy ways to stream the film, and the only available copies are on DVD and Blu-ray. There is a fan-made “director’s cut” of the film available on the Internet Archive for free, and it’s got more scenes than the theatrical release.

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If you really want to own a copy of the film, it’s available on DVD for around $4.

You can find the “director’s cut” of the film on Internet Archive. This isn’t the official director’s cut, but rather a fan-made cut of the film with found footage.

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How to get a cape in Minecraft, even without mods

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The most popular way to get a cape in Minecraft is through OptiFine.

  • The only official ways to get a cape in Minecraft are by attending special events or buying skin packs.
  • If you’re playing Minecraft: Java Edition, you can also make any cape by downloading mods like OptiFine.
  • Capes you get through mods will only be visible to you and anyone else running the same mod.
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Capes are among the rarest of all items in Minecraft. Depending on which one you have, they can be a sign of how long you’ve played, which events you’ve gone to, or just which mods you use.

It’s not hard to get a cape in Minecraft. But unless you fall into a very specific category of player, it’ll probably involve paying some money.

Here’s how to get a cape in Minecraft, using either the official method or mods.

How to get a cape in Minecraft without mods

In Minecraft, capes are usually given out to users who attend certain events or complete specific tasks.

For example:

  • From 2011 to 2016, attending the real-world MINECON event would earn you a special cape. Mojang brought these capes back for MINECON 2019, but only for Bedrock Edition players.
  • Minecraft mapmakers who’ve had their maps accepted into the Realms Content Creator Program and earned enough points might be awarded a cape.
  • If you bought Minecraft: Java Edition before December 2020, converting your Mojang or legacy account into a Microsoft account gets you the “Migrator” cape.
A selection of capes from Minecraft: Java Edition.
A selection of capes from Minecraft: Java Edition.

Additionally, players who attend the upcoming Minecraft Festival in late 2022 will earn an exclusive cape.

There are a few capes that you can get at any time, but they’re exclusive to Bedrock Edition.

  • The Pan Cape is given to players who download the beta versions of Bedrock Edition.
  • There are nearly two dozen unique capes that Bedrock players can get by buying skin packs, like the Adventure Time Mash-up or Star Wars Classic Pack.
A selection of capes from Minecraft: Bedrock Edition.
You can buy capes in Bedrock Edition.

To equip your capes, head to Minecraft’s character creation page and change your skin. You’ll see all the capes you’ve unlocked there.

How to get a cape in Minecraft with mods like OptiFine

There are lots of Minecraft mods that can get you a cape. But the best of these mods – although it costs a bit of money – is OptiFine.

If you haven’t already heard of it, OptiFine is a massive Minecraft mod that revamps the game’s graphics engine and lets you optimize the game for your computer. It’s possibly the most popular Minecraft mod of all time, and a necessity for anyone looking to install shader packs.

Along with performance changes, OptiFine also gives you the ability to design and wear custom capes. But unlike the mod’s other features, capes are locked at the start.

OptiFine is free to download, but to unlock capes, you have to donate $10 to the OptiFine team. You can donate and choose your cape design from this webpage. You’ll have to provide your Minecraft username and email address.

The OptiFine website's donation page.
You can pick what your cape will look like before you buy.

Once your cape is active, you should see it appear on your character the next time you open the game. If it’s not, make sure that you have OptiFine installed and capes turned on in-game: Open Options, then Skin Customization, and then make sure Cape is set to ON.

The Minecraft character Alex wearing the default Optifine cape.
The default OptiFine cape has the letters OF on it.

You can change the cape’s design at any time (or temporarily deactivate it) by opening Minecraft, selecting Options, Skin Customization, OptiFine Cape, and then Open Cape Editor.

Only the colors can be changed by default, but you can also select the Banner option and then follow the instructions to create a custom cape on this page.

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How to make money livestreaming on platforms like Twitch, TikTok, and Instagram

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Young Ezee goes live on Instagram.

  • Livestreaming is one way influencers can earn money creating content.
  • The format has taken off in the past year, with platforms like Twitch growing substantially.
  • Creators can earn money through tips, sponsored streams, selling products, and more.
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Over the past year, livestreaming has seen a surge across major social-media platforms due to the pandemic and a growing appetite for video content. That’s meant a boost of revenue for creators, who are making hundreds – and in some cases, more than $1,000 – of dollars per week going live.

Live shopping, which influencers are helping popularize, is estimated to become a $6 billion market in the US this year. Twitch, a platform designed for and around livestreaming, grew from 1.6 million average concurrent viewers in March 2020 to 2.5 million viewers last month, according to TwitchTracker which tracks analytics on the Amazon-owned site.

Whether they’re going live on Twitch, Instagram, TikTok, or YouTube, influencers of all types are using the format to connect with fans and earn money.

Influencers can use livestreaming to make money by getting tips from viewers, landing paid partnerships with brands, selling products, or having viewers pay a fee to become a subscriber or channel member.

Read more about how influencers are making money using live shopping features like Amazon Live

Lucy Davis, a 40-year-old ASMR content creator, built an audience of more than 500,000 followers by going live on TikTok. During each TikTok livestream, she can earn up to $300 from “gifts” – TikTok’s virtual tipping feature – viewers send her.

James Curtis started streaming in April 2018 and gained a following by combining ASMR content with “Apex Legends” gameplay. He plays under the username “Darker4Serenity” and has over 27,000 followers. He earns around $2,600 per month from subscriptions, sponsorships, and donations on Twitch.

Insider has spoken with a handful of creators, startups, and industry insiders about the rise of livestreaming and how creators are making money by going live.

How much money content creators are making from livestreaming

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After 10 years of trying and failing to break into the video game business, Amazon finally has a hit with ‘New World’

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Amazon cofounder and former CEO Jeff Bezos.

  • Amazon’s history in video games is riddled with expensive failures.
  • With “New World,” the tech giant may have its first major hit video game.
  • The new game has topped charts and pulled in millions of players since launch this week.
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On Thursday morning, just before 9 a.m. ET, over 70,000 people watched a livestream of a man waiting in a virtual line.

Like the streamer himself, those tens of thousands of viewers were waiting for the servers to Amazon’s first hit game, “New World,” to open, and more than 1,000 other players were already queued ahead of him.

Since “New World” officially launched on Tuesday, September 28, the PC-only game has been wildly popular on both Twitch and Steam, the world’s largest digital game platform. It’s so popular, in fact, that Amazon has had to use virtual queues to keep the game’s servers from crashing for too many players being online at once.

That’s right: Amazon, which operates millions of servers around the world, couldn’t keep up with player interest in its online-only game.

A Twitch streamer waiting in a virtual line to player Amazon's, "New World," a new video game from Amazon Game Studios.
Fextralife streamer Cas waited to get into “New World” servers on Thursday morning.

On Twitch, “New World” is the most popular game by hundreds of thousands of viewers. The game pulled in just shy of 1 million peak concurrent viewers on launch day, StreamElements told Insider.

“It’s safe to call it a successful launch day,” StreamElements cofounder Doron Nir said.

On Steam, it’s either the most popular game by hundreds of thousands of players or a close second place – hanging with multiplayer goliaths like “DOTA 2” and “PUBG” with nearly 1 million concurrent players at any given moment.

This all stands in glaring contrast to Amazon’s previous efforts in gaming.

The company’s last major release, “Crucible,” went from a lackluster launch to being outright shut down by Amazon.

Hundreds of people spent years of their lives, and Amazon spent millions of dollars, creating “Crucible.” It launched in May 2020, and was pulled from digital storefronts just five months later. It’s no longer playable in any form.

“Crucible” was just the latest in a string of failed gaming projects from Amazon stretching back years.

There was “Breakaway,” a multiplayer brawler that Amazon canned several years ago, and “Sev Zero,” an Amazon-produced game for Amazon’s short-lived Fire TV gaming initiative. The company even produced an Amazon-branded video game controller for use with the Fire TV, but it failed to catch on with consumers; the gamepad no longer works with modern Fire TV devices.

Arguably Amazon’s biggest success in gaming prior to “New World” is Twitch itself, the video game streaming service it acquired back in 2014 for just shy of $1 billion. Though the service has faced various controversies over the years, it remains the dominant video game streaming platform despite challenges from the likes of Facebook and YouTube, among others.

Whether “New World” can hold on to its initial momentum remains to be seen, but at very least some help is coming for exasperated players waiting in lengthy virtual queues to get into the game’s open world.

“We understand that some players are experiencing lengthy queue times and we are working hard on a few things to help address these issues,” an update to the game’s blog from this week said. “We are continuing to stand up additional servers and will expand the capacity of our existing servers once we have properly tested these changes.”

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Where to buy a PlayStation 5 – GameStop will sell PS5 bundles in select stores on September 30

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Sony’s PlayStation 5 remains hard to find months after its release.

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The PlayStation 5 is Sony’s fastest-selling video game console ever, with more than 10 million systems sold since its launch in November 2020. However, the record demand and an international chip shortage have made the PS5 one of the hardest items to buy in stores or online.

The high demand for PS5 also makes it a target for resellers, many of whom use automated tools to purchase consoles online as soon as they’re available. Sony acknowledged the supply challenges in a July 2021 statement, but it remains unclear when the console will become readily available.

We’ve seen weekly restocks of the PS5 ($500) and PS5 Digital Edition ($400) online at retailers like Walmart, Best Buy, GameStop, and Sony’s own PlayStation Direct store. Nearly all PlayStation 5 sales are handled online due to the COVID-19 pandemic and overall demand, but some GameStop locations have made consoles available for in-store purchase on occasion.

GameStop locations near Atlanta, New York City, and the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas will be offering PlayStation 5 bundles in-store on September 30. It’s not clear exactly what each bundle will include or how much they will cost. You can visit GameStop’s website to check if your area has participating stores.

Walmart usually announces PS5 restocks a few hours before consoles are available online. GameStop sends emails to subscribers ahead of PS5 restocks but typically only makes the PS5 available in bundles. Amazon and Newegg have also made PS5 consoles available, though on a less consistent basis. Newegg uses a raffle system to give shoppers a chance to buy rare items like the PS5.

We’ll keep this post updated as we get more information about PS5 restocks, but ultimately you’ll need to keep checking multiple stores and get a bit lucky with timing to secure the console.

Where to buy a PS5: stores and price

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The digital edition of the PlayStation 5 doesn’t have a disc drive.

Several stores, including Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target, and Newegg, have regularly restocked PlayStation 5 consoles since launch, but they typically sell out as soon as they’re available online.

Some GameStops have had consoles for sale in-store, but availability depends on when they’re shipped. GameStop stores in the Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas-Fort Worth areas will have PlayStation 5 bundles in stock on September 30. You can check the GameStop website to see if your local store is participating.

The PlayStation 5 comes in two different models — one that has a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray drive and a “digital edition” with no disc drive at all. The standard model is priced at $500, and the digital edition is priced at $400.

At popular sites for resellers, like eBay and StockX, you can expect to pay between $700 or $800 for the PlayStation 5.

You can check the links below to see if the PS5 is currently available at each retailer; we’ll update this post if a specific store announces a restock.

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PlayStation 5 (Digital Edition)


Tips for buying the PS5

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A gamer sets up the new Sony Playstation PS5 at his home in Seoul after Sony launched the new console.

Buying the PlayStation 5 has been a struggle since release, but retailers have been making a steady stream of consoles available. If you have a preferred store, you should look into setting stock alerts with their online tools.

Third-party stock-tracking websites like HotStock.io can tell you when a store last had the PlayStation 5 in stock and let you set alerts for multiple retailers. A reseller who made more than $40,000 reselling PS5 consoles last year shared more specific tips on how to find the console online.

If you encounter issues while trying to check out with an online retailer, keep trying to refresh the product page to add the console and make sure the PS5 is available and in your cart. If possible, create an account with your preferred retailer and enter your payment and shipping information in advance to help the checkout process move quickly.

PlayStation 5 specifications

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The PlayStation 5 boasts much more powerful hardware than the PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro. Upgrades include a solid state hard drive and a graphics card capable of ray-tracing technology.

For detailed impressions, check out our full PlayStation 5 review.

PlayStation 5 accessories

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The new PlayStation 5 family of peripherals haven’t been nearly as hard to find as the console itself, though they’re not of much use without the main course. That said, they do complement the features of the PlayStation 5, so we’ve taken to the time to explain what they all do.

Sony’s $70 DualSense controller is a worthy successor to the PS4’s popular DualShock, implementing a built-in microphone, haptic feedback for adjustable trigger tension, and advanced rumble features while also improving the battery life and adopting a USB-C charging cable.

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The $100 Pulse 3D headset is a direct successor to the gold and platinum wireless headsets Sony released for the PlayStation 4. The headset has an adjustable band, built-in microphone, and hardware buttons for mute, voice monitoring, and volume. While the Pulse 3D headset is worth the investment, PS5’s 3D audio features will also work with any third-party headset that’s been licensed for use on PS4.

Pulse 3D Wireless Headset (small)

The $30 PlayStation media remote might look appealing, but for $30 you can find a better or cheaper universal remote to control the console. Several smart TV brands also let you control the PS5 with your standard TV remote too, so it’s worth giving that a try before making this investment.

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The $30 DualSense charging stand can charge two controllers and makes for a nice stand alongside the PS5, but it doesn’t actually charge your controllers any faster than using a regular cable.

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The $60 HD camera can be used for streaming in full 1080p and even has a background removal tool, but it cannot be used as a microphone like the PlayStation 4 camera. Luckily, you can just use the DualSense’s built-in mic to communicate while playing.

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PlayStation 5 exclusive games

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“Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart” is Sony’s latest PlayStation 5 exclusive.

Sony is committed to creating a full lineup of exclusive games for the PlayStation 5, repeating the same strategy that helped make the PS4 a massive success. Because there are still so many gamers waiting to upgrade to PS5, many of the games released on the new console will also work on PlayStation 4, like “Spider-Man: Miles Morales” and “Sackboy: A Big Adventure.”

Keep in mind that new games like “Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War” have been designed to run better on PS5, even if they’re available on the PS4. Below, we’ve listed all the games that require a PlayStation 5 to play, including upcoming titles that don’t have release dates yet. 

Exclusive PS5 games available now

Upcoming PS5 exclusive games

  • “Horizon: Forbidden West”
  • “God of War: Ragnarok”
  • “Gran Turismo 7”

For more PlayStation game recommendations, check out our complete roundup of exclusives that make the PS5 worth buying.

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Amazon’s head of gaming has absurdly ambitious goals, including creating 2-3 games that ‘capture millions of players and stay in the market for 10+ years’

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A screenshot from Amazon’s upcoming game “New World.”

  • Amazon has struggled for years to break into the lucrative video game business.
  • That isn’t stopping games VP Christoph Hartmann, who has some very ambitious plans for the future.
  • Hartmann believes Amazon is capable of producing several landmark franchises in the next decade.
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Did you know that Amazon, one of the biggest companies in the world, launched and folded a big-budget video game last year?

The game was called “Crucible,” and you’re forgiven if this is the first you’re hearing about it. Despite being free to play and available on the world’s largest gaming platform, Steam, “Crucible” quickly came and went from the top-100 chart. And after years of development and tens of millions of dollars, Amazon quietly killed “Crucible” five months after it came out.

It was emblematic of Amazon’s years-long struggle to break into the lucrative video game market, from its failed set-top box project to its current, totally under-the-radar video game streaming service, Amazon Luna.

That history, going back to at least 2014, isn’t deterring Amazon Gaming VP Christoph Hartmann.

“My personal goal is to create 2-3 AAA, live-service games, which capture millions of players and stay in the market for 10+ years,” Hartmann told The Verge in a recent interview.

That is a highly ambitious goal and one that few game makers manage to accomplish. There are only so many games like “League of Legends” and “Overwatch.”

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A screenshot from “Overwatch 2,” the sequel to the long-running multiplayer shooter franchise from Blizzard Entertainment.

He has reason to be optimistic: Amazon’s latest game, “New World,” saw a very positive reception in a beta.

But Amazon is still miles away from the kind of games that Hartmann is talking about – games like “Destiny” and “Fortnite” that not only attract millions of players but also operate as ongoing “live-service” worlds with evolving content.

Those types of games are rare in the video game industry.

One of the industry’s most prominent examples is “Grand Theft Auto V,” which has crossed three console generations and continues to pull in millions of players despite having launched way back in 2013. Primarily through its multiplayer service, “Grand Theft Auto Online,” millions of people continue to engage with the eight-year-old game.

Hartmann’s previous employer, Take-Two Interactive, publishes “Grand Theft Auto V” and the “NBA 2K” franchise – two games that operate as live services – so he assuredly knows just how difficult those types of games are to build.

It’s an especially fraught proposition at Amazon given both the company’s history in gaming and the fact that Amazon isn’t, fundamentally, a video game company. Amazon is an ecommerce company, a web storage company, and a supermarket chain owner. It’s even a major Hollywood production house at this point.

But, outside of owning video game streaming service Twitch, Amazon isn’t really focused on the video game business. It’s one of many things that Amazon does.

Hartmann appears to be aware of the issue and steadfast in his grand ambitions.

“At the beginning, they tried to replicate the formula which made Amazon great,” he said. “But making games is so much more complicated than it seems.”

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