There’s no denying that the PlayStation 5 is a very big console. It’s not the kind of device you can take everywhere you go – but that doesn’t mean you need to leave your games behind.
PS Remote Play is a free feature that lets you stream your PS5’s screen to a Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, or Android device. You can also stream to another PS5 or even a PS4. It’s a great way to play your favorite games on the go.
Here’s how to set up Remote Play on your PS5, and then use it to play on a computer, phone, tablet, or another console.
How to use PS5 Remote Play
First, we need to set up Remote Play on the PS5 itself.
1. Turn on your PS5 and open its Settings app by selecting the gear icon in the top-right corner of the home screen.
2. Select System, and then Remote Play.
3. Toggle on the switch next to Enable Remote Play.
4. In the left sidebar, scroll down and select Power Saving, and then Features Available in Rest Mode.
5. Toggle on the switches next to both Stay Connected to the Internet and Enable Turning On PS5 from Network.
1. Once downloaded, open the PS Remote Play app on whichever device you downloaded it to.
2. On the screen that appears, click or tap Sign In to PSN and log into your PlayStation Network account (you just need an account, not a subscription). You might also need to enter a two-step verification code.
3. After you log in, you’ll be given an explanation of how to connect the PS5 controller to your device. You can do that now or later.
4. You’ll be asked which console you want to connect to. Select PS5.
5. Your device will take a few moments to detect, wake, and connect to the PS5. Once it does, your PS5’s screen will appear on your device, along with some on-screen controls. You can control it like this, or connect the DualSense controller.
When you want to quit, just close the Remote Play app. Or if you’re in the mobile app, tap the gear icon and then Disconnect.
Remember that streaming your PS5 to another device takes a lot of internet bandwidth. It won’t work over mobile internet, and even on fast Wi-Fi connections, you should expect some lag and quality drops.
The PlayStation 5 comes with 825GB of storage space. However, you can only use 667.2GB of that space – the rest is taken up by mandatory system files. This means that if you play a lot of games, it won’t take you long to run out of storage.
Luckily, you aren’t stuck with the default 825GB. If you need more space on your PS5, you can connect an external hard drive and move all your games onto it. You can even play PS4 games straight from the drive, meaning that they never have to take up space on your PlayStation again.
Here’s how to set up an external drive on your PS5 and expand your storage space.
How to set up your PS5’s external storage
Before you start, note that using your hard drive for PS5 storage will erase everything already on the drive. If there’s anything you want to keep, move it somewhere else before connecting your hard drive to the PS5.
1. Turn on your PS5 and plug the hard drive into one of the USB ports on the back. The USB port on the front doesn’t support hard drives.
2. Open your PS5’s Settings menu by clicking the gear icon in the top-right corner of the home page, and then select Storage.
3. Select USB Extended Storage, and then Format as USB Extended Storage.
Your PlayStation will format the drive and turn it into an extended storage space. Don’t unplug the drive or your PS5 until it’s done.
Once it’s formatted, your hard drive will be linked to the PS5. You can’t use it to store data from other devices until you unpair it from the PS5 (check out the How to delete games from your PS5’s external storage section below for more info).
How to move games to or from your PS5’s external storage
None of your games will move to the drive automatically, although any PS4 game you download from this point on will download onto the drive by default.
While the drive is connected, you can play any PS4 game on it without moving it back. If you want to play a PS5 game that’s stored on it, however, you’ll have to move the game back onto the console first.
To move your existing games, you’ve got two options.
Through the Game Library
1. Open your PS5’s Game Library. You can find it as the right-most option in the list of apps on your home page.
2. Scroll over any game you want to move and press the Options button on your controller.
3. In the menu that appears, select Move to USB Extended Storage.
4. A new menu will appear with a list of all your games, separated into two tabs: Move PS4 Content and Move PS5 Games. Go through these tabs and select all the games you want to move, and then select Move in the bottom-right corner.
Through the Settings menu
1. Open the Settings menu and select Storage.
2. If you want to move games onto the hard drive, select Console. If you want to take games off the hard drive, select USB Extended Storage.
3. In either menu, click Games & Apps.
4. The same menu with all your games will appear. Go through them and select all the games you want to move, and then select Move in the bottom-right corner.
How to delete games from your PS5’s external storage
Once again, you’ve got two options.
If you want to delete a specific game
1. Open the Settings app, select Storage, and then USB Extended Storage.
2. Click Games & Apps to open a list of everything on your external hard drive.
3. At the top of the screen, select the Delete Content tab.
4. Select all of the games you want to delete, and then click Delete in the bottom-right corner.
If you want to delete everything on the external hard drive at once
1. Once again, open the Settings app, select Storage, and then USB Extended Storage.
2. Click the three dots (…) next to the Safely Remove from PS5 option.
3. Select Format as exFAT.
This will erase everything on the drive, and return it to factory default settings. This means that if you want to use it with your PS5 again, you’ll have to set it up from scratch.
This is also the method you’ll use if you want to totally unpair the external hard drive from your PS5 and use it with another device.
Sony says it’s working on at least 25 upcoming PS5 exclusives, many of which will also work on PS4. That’s good news, since the high demand for the PS5 is expected to outmatch supply for most of 2021. Players who grab games like “Horizon Forbidden West” on PS4 will be able to play an even better version for free whenever they upgrade to PS5.
Below we’ve compiled a list of upcoming games you need a PlayStation console to play, excluding games that are also available on PC or Xbox consoles.
‘Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart’ – available now
“Ratchet and Clank” has been a PlayStation exclusive series since 2002, and “Rift Apart” is the first new entry since 2016, when the series was rebooted and adapted into a movie.
Ratchet and his robotic sidekick Clank have invented a wide range of weapons and gadgets to battle the evil Dr. Nefarious and his cronies. In “Rift Apart” Ratchet travels through space and time to stop Nefarious from tearing the universe apart, using a mix of platforming and run-and-gun skills to progress through each new world.
As a true PlayStation 5 exclusive, “Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart” makes use of the PS5’s speedy loading times to let Ratchet quickly slide between worlds, and will incorporate ray tracing for enhanced reflections and lighting. The game also adds a new playable character to the series named Rivet, who hails from another dimension.
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‘Final Fantasy VII Remake: Intergrade’ – available now
The original “Final Fantasy VII” was one of the first major exclusives released on the PS1, and more than 20 years later “Final Fantasy VII Remake” has returned to PS4 and PS5 as an exclusive reimagining of the classic game.
“Final Fantasy VII Remake” has been design from the ground up with a new combat system and some of the most impressive graphics we’ve seen to date. However, “Remake” only contains about one third of the original “Final Fantasy VII” story, so sequels are on the way.
Released on June 10, “Final Fantasy VII Remake: Intergrade” is the first story add-on for the game and it’s exclusive to PlayStation 5. That same day, “Final Fantasy VII Remake” also received an update to improve performance on PS5 and add a camera mode to all versions of the game.
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‘Horizon Forbidden West’ – late 2021
“Horizon Zero Dawn” marked the debut of a new PlayStation franchise on PS4, pushing the boundaries of the console with its impressive visuals. Its sequel, “Horizon Forbidden West,” continues the open world adventure series on a new continent, with players once again assuming control over the huntress Aloy in a post-apocalyptic version of the western United States, including regions of San Francisco, Utah, and the Yosemite Valley.
The creators of “Horizon Forbidden West,” Guerilla Games, say the haptic feedback of the PS5 controller will let players feel the resistance of Aloy’s bow while aiming, and it will have special interactions when fighting against machines and humans.
Sony has confirmed that “Horizon Forbidden West” will be available on PlayStation 4, as well as PS5.
‘God of War’ (title unconfirmed) – 2022 or later
The 2018 reboot of “God of War” was one of the PlayStation 4’s most critically acclaimed titles, earning multiple “Game of the Year” awards with its polished gameplay and story presentation. Sony teased the game’s sequel during a PlayStation 5 event in September 2020 with a logo and the word “Ragnarok.”
Sony’s Santa Monica Studios said it’s aiming for a 2022 release for the “God of War” sequel, but hopefully we see a trailer before the end of the year.
‘Gran Turismo 7’ – TBA
“Gran Turismo” is Sony’s seminal racing franchise, with each new entry in the series pushing the limits of the PlayStation hardware. Sony has confirmed that “Gran Turismo 7” will incorporate ray-tracing visual effects, 3D audio, and haptic feedback using the PS5’s Dual Sense controller.
A release window for “Gran Turismo 7” hasn’t been announced yet.
‘Returnal’ – available now
“Returnal” is one of the few PlayStation games that actually requires a PlayStation 5 to play, thanks to its fast moving gameplay and mutating environments. Players control an astronaut stranded on an alien planet who realizes that each time she dies, she is reborn at the start of her journey.
The goal of “Returnal” is to fight your way across this alien world and free yourself from the planet’s cycle of life and death, but each death will reset your progress. That makes “Returnal” quite difficult to complete, but it’s an absolute treat if you enjoy challenging games.
“Returnal” also offers one of the most impressive demonstrations of the PS5 hardware so far, making expert use of the DualSense controller’s adaptive triggers and haptic feedback alongside the console’s next-gen processing power.
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‘Destruction AllStars’ – available now
“Destruction AllStars” is a vehicle combat game that pits players against each other in a vicious demolition derby. While the emphasis is on your car, drivers can hop out of their vehicle to avoid elimination and regain the upper hand by hopping in another car on the course.
Longtime PlayStation fans will remember “Twisted Metal,” a PlayStation-exclusive vehicle combat game that launched two months after the original PlayStation in 1995. “Destruction AllStars” may not have the same kind of dark humor, but PlayStation has a long history with the vehicle combat genre.
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‘Demon’s Souls’ – available now
FromSoftware’s “Dark Souls” games have earned a legendary reputation among hardcore gamers for their difficulty, but the series’ origin actually dates back to a small PlayStation 3 exclusive called “Demon’s Souls” released in 2009.
Despite its heavy influence on recent action games, “Demon’s Souls” was never been released outside of the PS3, while “Dark Souls I” and “Dark Souls II” enjoyed remasters on newer consoles.
The dungeon crawling gameplay and haunting visuals of “Demon’s Souls” were remastered for the PlayStation 5, with developer Bluepoint Games rebuilding all of FromSoftware’s original game from the ground up with new character designs and stunning environments in 4K resolution.
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‘Marvel’s Spider-Man Miles Morales’ – available now
“Marvel’s Spider-Man” was one of Sony’s biggest PlayStation 4 exclusives, making the game’s sequel an excellent way to demonstrate the difference in power between the PS4 and the PlayStation 5.
“Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales” once again takes place in New York City, one year after the events of the first game. Marvel fans will recognize Miles from the 2018 film “Into the Spider-Verse” and years’ worth of comic book appearances. His unique spider powers — an invisibility cloak and electric venom blasts — look even more impressive with the PS5’s ray tracing features.
While “Miles Morales” is playable on PS4, the vast improvements in visuals and loading times make it one of most impressive games designed for PS5. If you haven’t played the original “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” you can also get the remastered version for PS5 when you buy the $70 Ultimate Edition of “Miles Morales.”
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‘Sackboy: A Big Adventure’ – available now
Sackboy, the mascot of Sony’s “LittleBigPlanet” series, got his very own game when the PS5 launched. Unlike “LittleBigPlanet,” which primarily focused on creating your own 2D platforming stages, “Sackboy: A Big Adventure” offers a full 3D range of motion and a set of premade levels for up to four players.
“Sackboy: A Big Adventure” is available for PlayStation 4 too, though the PS5 enjoys faster load times and enhanced graphics. The difference between PS4 and PS5 isn’t quite as noticeable as it is for games like “Spider-Man: Miles Morales” though.
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‘Astro’s Playroom’ – pre-installed on PS5
“Astro’s Playroom” is a sequel to “Astro Bot Rescue Mission,” a virtual reality platforming game released for the PlayStation 4 in 2018. However, “Playroom” doesn’t require a PlayStation VR headset, and comes pre-installed on the PS5 for free.
“Astro’s Playroom” is designed to show players how to use the special features of the PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller as they guide Astro across four different worlds. Players can discover hidden artifacts from past PlayStation consoles and build a gallery of Sony’s gaming history.
“We look forward to giving gamers a great platform for AAA gaming,” Su said.
She also said that higher-powered processors would only kick in when the infotainment system was running the AAA games that require more power, which would allow the systems to save battery power when playing games that require less processing power.
The games can be played on two Tesla screens in the new Model S Plaid, which is expected to be released later this month. There is a 17-inch screen at the front of the vehicle, as well as a smaller rear screen for passengers.
On Saturday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the new car would start deliveries on June 10. The car’s release was delayed by several months due to the global shortage of computer chips that power the gaming console, as well as the vehicle’s navigation system, Autopilot, and bluetooth, to name a few.
The right pair of headphones can help players feel fully immersed in their games, whether they’re exploring a fantasy world or listening closely for enemy footsteps. Headsets with microphones are essential for communicating with teammates online, whether you’re playing on your computer or a console.
The HyperX Cloud II headset with 7.1 surround sound is available for $150 right now, and it works with PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC, and Nintendo Switch. It uses a USB dongle for a faster, more consistent wireless connection than Bluetooth can provide, at ranges up to 60 feet.
The battery can last for up to 30 hours on a single charge, and even without power, you can always connect the HyperX Cloud II to your phone or controller with a 3.5mm audio cable. There’s a physical mute button for the microphone, and you can even remove it when you only need the headset.
PS5, PS4, and Nintendo Switch have different headphone requirements than the Xbox, so you’ll have to pick up a pair of Xbox licensed headphones like the HyperX CloudX if you know the gamer in your life prefers Xbox.
If you’re willing to go with a more affordable wired headset, the Razer Kraken X provides 7.1 surround sound on PlayStation, Switch and Xbox, and it’s only $50.
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A gaming monitor for 4K resolution and competitive play
Sharing the living room TV with a gamer can be tough, so consider getting your favorite player a dedicated screen so they can play in peace. Monitors have become increasingly popular for gamers of all types, including console players, since they offer less delay than TVs and sport smoother frame rates while playing.
The best games of the year can vary based on a gamer’s platform of choice, so it’s essential to know if your gift recipient owns consoles (like the PlayStation, Switch, or Xbox) before buying a game.
Some of the best games released in 2020 and 2021 are console exclusives, like “Ghost of Tsushima” and “The Last of Us Part II” on PlayStation 4. “Ghost of Tsushima” is an open-world samurai adventure set on a scenic Japanese island, while 2020 Game of the Year winner “The Last of Us Part II” features impressive cinematic storytelling and cutting-edge graphics.
Nintendo’s offerings are known for being more family-oriented; the casual village-building game “Animal Crossing New Horizons” helped millions of people spend time together amid social distancing. “Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury” is a four-player platforming adventure that’s reminiscent of classic “Mario” games, with an extra open-world mode called “Bowser’s Fury.”
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A rare collection of classic Mario games
“Super Mario 3D All-Stars” is a collection of three classic Mario adventures remastered for the Nintendo Switch, but it was discontinued on March 31. That means you can’t buy it digitally, and Nintendo isn’t planning on making any more copies; you’ll have to find one of the remaining ones in stores.
With the Switch continuing to grow in popularity and the longstanding legacy of “Super Mario,” you can expect “3D All-Stars” to become a collector’s item in the years to come. “Super Mario 3D All-Stars” includes “Super Mario Sunshine,” which hasn’t been re-issued since its release in 2002, along with “Super Mario 64” and “Super Mario Galaxy.”
A subscription to hundreds of games on PC, Xbox, and Android
Millions of people picked up Microsoft’s Netflix-style subscription for video games to help pass the time at home during 2020. The library has more than a hundred games, ranging from Xbox classics, like “Halo,” to some of the most popular games of 2020, like “Among Us” and “Doom Eternal.”
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate isn’t exclusive to Xbox consoles; games can be played on Windows computers and streamed on Android phones. For Xbox owners, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also includes Xbox Live Gold, a $10 monthly service required to play games online, so you get a ton of value for just $5 more per month.
A premium controller with customizable buttons
If you know a gamer who has been playing with the same old Xbox or PlayStation controller for years, you can give them a major upgrade. The $180 Xbox Elite 2 controller has a rechargeable battery, four extra paddle buttons on the rear, and comes with extra tools to customize and tighten your joysticks and directional pad.
The Xbox Elite 2 works on PC, is Bluetooth compatible, and will work with the Xbox One and Xbox Series S|X.
Extra storage space to spend more time playing, and less downloading
The latest games can require anywhere from 20GB to 200GB to install, so gamers of all types will appreciate an upgrade in storage space. PlayStation and Xbox both allow external USB drives for storing games, screenshots, and your video recordings. You’ll need a USB 3.0 drive with between 250GB or 8TB of storage.
We recommend buying a drive from a reliable brand like Seagate or Western Digital — 1TB is enough to at least double the space available on consoles, and there’s not much of a performance advantage if you buy a more expensive solid state drive for your consoles.
The Nintendo Switch uses MicroSD cards to expand beyond its 32GB of internal storage. The Switch supports MicroSD cards up to 2TB in size but we recommend a 128GB or 256GB card, which offer plenty of space at a significantly lower price.
A retro console for nostalgia and preserving the classics
Retro consoles like the Sega Genesis Mini pack a bunch of classic games into a nostalgic replica of consoles past. The Sega Genesis Mini comes with 42 games from the ’90s console including “Sonic the Hedgehog” and “Street Fighter 2.” Games are displayed in high definition and the digital copies let you instantly save.
Nintendo set off a craze for retro consoles a few years ago with the NES Classic and Super NES Classic, but those consoles had a limited run and have less games than the Genesis Mini. The PlayStation Classic also collects 20 games from that console, but the selection isn’t as impressive as the competition.
An all-in-one VR headset to explore gaming from a new perspective
Released in May 2020, the Oculus Quest 2 has set a new standard for virtual reality headsets with finger tracking, greatly improved image quality, and no external sensors needed for setup. Oculus Quest 2 can be used as a standalone device for gaming, chatting, and watching movies, or connected to a PC for even more immersive performance.
Iconic collectibles inspired by popular games
Not every video game series is popular enough to have its own set of collectibles, but you can find a wide selection of gaming-inspired figures and statues from brands like Pop!, Nendoroid, and Kotobukiya. Prices can range from $10 to $250 or more depending on the item, but what’s important is finding a collectible that matches your gamer’s style.
The collectible shop iam8bit also offers lots of rare and limited collectibles, like vinyl video game soundtracks and customized cartridges for old games. Limited Run Games also puts together physical releases for popular indie games and retro titles that include unique collectibles like t-shirts and art books.
Apple and the maker of “Fortnite” are currently at war in a California courtroom – the culmination of a yearlong spat between the two American business giants.
Epic Games filed suit against Apple last summer after its hit game, “Fortnite,” was pulled from Apple’s App Store.
Apple says it pulled the game because Epic violated the terms of its developer agreement when Epic implemented a payment system in the game that enabled players to circumvent Apple’s App Store. Epic says the App Store is a monopoly, and argues that iPhones and iPads are no different from computers.
The in-person trial began Monday at the US District Court for the Northern District of California in Oakland, California. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers is scheduled to oversee approximately three weeks of hearings before a verdict is rendered, according to court filings.
After just one week, we’ve already learned a lot: Between major financial disclosures, company secrets, and private emails between executives made public, evidence in the trial is a treasure trove of information.
1. Xbox console sales aren’t profitable, according to Microsoft, and they never have been.
The Washington-based tech giant sells every Xbox at a loss, according to sworn testimony from Microsoft’s VP of Xbox business development Lori Wright.
“Has Microsoft ever earned a profit on the sale of an Xbox console?” she was asked on Wednesday, May 5. “No,” she said.
Wright appeared as a witness in the ongoing trial, where she answered a variety of questions about Microsoft, Xbox, and digital storefronts. Microsoft has openly supported Epic’s suit against Apple.
The subject of Xbox profitability came up in questioning because of how Microsoft’s console business works: Instead of making money on the console itself, the company makes money from games sales through its digital storefront, from subscription services like Xbox Game Pass, and from sales of accessories like gamepads.
Microsoft, like other console makers, takes a cut of every sale on its digital storefront. That cut is usually about 30%, which has become a standard in the video game distribution market. Apple takes a similar cut from games sold on its iOS App Store, which is part of what Epic is contesting in its court case against Apple.
2. Apple’s reportedly making huge margins on the App Store.
One of Epic’s expert witnesses, Berkeley Research Group managing director Ned Barnes, said that Apple is enjoying enormous margins on the App Store: In the high 70s for the last two years at least, according to Barnes.
“In my expert report dated February 16, 2021,” Barnes writes, “using Apple testimony and financial information available to me at that time, I calculated the App Store’s operating margin percentage to be 79.6% for each of FY2019 and FY2018.”
He also said that Apple “produced additional documents” for the trial that demonstrate slightly lower percentages for the two years, but that the numbers are “consistent with and confirm the reasonableness of the calculations presented in my expert report.”
Core to Epic’s argument in the trial is that Apple operates a monopoly with the App Store by refusing to allow competing app stores on the iOS platform, in addition to not allowing third-party payment systems. High profit margins from the App Store, Epic argued, is part of the reason for Apple won’t allow either.
3. “Fortnite” is making Epic billions of dollars every year, especially on the PlayStation 4.
In one of the less surprising secrets unearthed from evidence presented during the trial, “Fortnite” is making a huge amount of money – to the tune of several billion dollars every year for the last several years.
In 2020 alone, Epic made over $5 billion in revenue according to sworn testimony from Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney. Between 2018 and 2019, “Fortnite” brought in over $9 billion.
Epic makes more than “Fortnite” – the gaming giant produces the Unreal Engine, operates the Epic Games Store, and owns and publishes several other big games (“Rocket League” and “Fall Guys”). Data from Epic presented during the trial shows that those projects, while moneymakers in the hundreds of millions, don’t generate anywhere near as much revenue as “Fortnite.”
4. Epic CEO Tim Sweeney sent Apple CEO Tim Cook a 2 a.m. email declaring war.
At 2 a.m. PT on August 13, 2020, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney sent an email to Apple CEO Tim Cook and several other Apple executives that laid out Epic’s plan to cut Apple out of payments in “Fortnite” on iPhone and iPad.
It was intended as a declaration of war.
“I’m writing to tell you that Epic will no longer adhere to Apple’s payment processing restrictions,” Sweeney wrote. “Today, Epic is launching Epic direct payments in ‘Fortnite’ on iOS, offering customers the choice of paying in-app through Epic direct payments or through Apple payments, and passing on the savings of Epic direct payments to customers in the form of lower prices.”
In response, Apple pulled “Fortnite” from its iPhone and iPad store, and the game has been unplayable on both ever since. Epic sued Apple on the same day, and this email was one of many private messages between the companies that was uncovered as evidence.
5. “Fortnite” was such a big deal on the PlayStation 4 that Epic was able to force Sony to overturn a longstanding precedent in gaming.
In September 2018, after months spent fighting a losing battle in the court of public opinion, Sony gave in: “Fortnite,” the company announced, would be playable on the PlayStation 4 with friends on other platforms.
“Fortnite” was the first-ever game to allow players on all platforms to play together. “This represents a major policy change for Sony Interactive Entertainment,” Sony said in its announcement. It was clear at the time that, with the game playable across all other platforms, Sony was almost certain to give in: Tens of millions of people were playing “Fortnite,” and they were earning the most from players on Sony’s PlayStation 4, according to documents from Epic presented as evidence in the trial.
Between January 2019 and July 2020, just before “Fortnite” was removed from the App Store, Epic was earning just shy of $150 million each month on average from PlayStation players, according to Epic. By comparison, the company was earning about $23 million per month on average from iOS players, Epic said.
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“Village” is also the first “Resident Evil” game made for the next-gen PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S consoles. “Resident Evil” is well known for its striking visuals, and the extra horsepower of the new consoles helps deliver remarkable graphics.
Simply put, “Resident Evil Village” is one of the best looking games ever made, creating a haunting atmosphere that will stick with you long after you’re done playing. Players can look forward to a game that blends cinematic presentation with tense gunplay and puzzle-solving as “Village” explores a series of maze-like destinations hidden in a remote European town.
Though we played the PS5 version for review, whether you’re playing on a next-gen console or an older machine like the PS4, “Resident Evil Village” is a well-built game that should satisfy series veterans and newcomers alike with its stunning presentation and gameplay variety.
‘Resident Evil Village’ is a direct sequel to ‘Resident Evil 7’
“Village” stars “Resident Evil 7” protagonist Ethan Winters, picking up three years after that game’s conclusion. After the Winters family is attacked by original “Resident Evil” hero Chris Redfield, Ethan sets out to find his infant daughter. The journey brings Ethan to a European village stalked by werewolves and demons, all led by a mysterious cult figure named Mother Miranda.
As Ethan’s adventure unfolds, players find hints that explain why Ethan’s family was attacked, Chris’s role, and what Mother Miranda has planned. Players will gradually explore the legends that haunt the village through castles, factories, and swamps as they search for Ethan’s family and work to escape.
For those who haven’t played “Resident Evil 7,” a brief recap video with minimal spoilers is offered in-game. Ethan’s story is not directly connected to the early “Resident Evil” titles, so don’t worry if you don’t know the series’ history.
The ‘Resident Evil’ series defines the survival horror genre
“Resident Evil Village” is a first-person survival horror game; that means bullets are scarce and players won’t be able to shoot themselves out of every situation. Instead, Ethan scavenges the village for resources and key items to make his escape. In many cases, solving puzzles is more important to escaping the maze-like village than actually fighting enemies.
Constant exploration is necessary for progress, and players are encouraged to learn the map and village layout to avoid danger as much as possible. Ethan can craft items using found supplies, and eventually a merchant arrives that makes it easier to resupply and buy or upgrade weapons.
If you just want to enjoy some gunplay, “Resident Evil Village” also has a special mode called Mercenaries that lets you fight endless waves of enemies until you die or the round timer runs out. Capcom has also included an online multiplayer mode called Re:Verse, but it won’t be ready to play until later this summer.
‘Village’ offers unmatched visuals on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X
“Resident Evil Village” is one of the most impressive looking games I’ve played to date, offering 4K resolution, HDR color and contrast, and ray tracing on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Without getting too deep into the technical specifications, the environments of “Resident Evil Village” are beautifully crafted and life-like, creating an ideal atmosphere for survival horror.
Capcom’s RE Engine continues to create some of the most realistic human faces we’ve seen in video games, adding to the expressive personalities of the game’s characters. The lighting of indoor spaces feels particularly effective too, creating a dark, cramped feeling that stands in stark contrast to the snow and fog that cover the surface of the village.
While “Resident Evil Village” will certainly look best on PC and next-gen consoles, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners will still be able to enjoy the game as intended, albeit with a slight visual downgrade.
‘Village’ is terrifying, but not too tough
“Resident Evil Village” delivers atmospheric horror, gruesome monsters, and a fair share of jump scares, but players can control the pace and difficulty to limit the terror.
As a horror game, “Resident Evil Village” is designed to be challenging, but it does offer a casual setting for new players. Veterans will also be able to try the game on harder difficulties, including one that unlocks after completing the game.
Though “Village” does include an option for aim-assist, there aren’t many ways to fine tune the experience. Players can expect to die a few times from unexpected traps or monsters, but luckily “Resident Evil Village” has frequent checkpoints.
“Resident Evil Village” can be completed in about 10 hours, though that time could be cut shorter if you’re more willing than me to run into danger.
‘Resident Evil Village’ is available in deluxe and collector’s editions
The $220 collector’s edition comes with a map of the village, a statue of Chris Redfield, an artbook, and all the deluxe edition rewards.
The bottom line
“Resident Evil Village” feels like a must-play for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X owners thanks to its unmatched graphics and tight gameplay. It’s a beautiful, cinematic experience that’s engaging from start to finish, delivering a satisfying story that builds directly from the most popular “Resident Evil” game to date.
Survival horror isn’t a genre for every player, but “Village” does a fantastic job creating a haunting atmosphere that spans castles, factories, snowbanks, and swamps; turning the game’s destinations into an interwoven environment.
While the PS5 and Xbox Series X versions are the most impressive, players on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One can also enter “Village” knowing that they’re getting a complete experience. Extra game modes like Mercenaries and Re:Verse bring even more value to the $60 package.
‘Resident Evil Village’ (PS5)
‘Resident Evil Village’ (PS4)
‘Resident Evil Village’ (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One)
However, a global chip shortage has led to limited production capacity for the PS5 and other high-end electronics, and Sony has told fans to expect supply to remain low during the coming months. The high demand for PS5 also makes it a target for resellers, many of whom use automated tools to purchase the consoles online as soon as they’re available.
We’ve seen weekly restocks of the PS5 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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
PlayStation 5 Media Remote (small)
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.
PlayStation 5 HD Camera (small)
PlayStation 5 exclusive games
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 unreleased titles that haven’t been announced.
As part of the partnership, Sony is also investing an undisclosed amount of money into Discord.
“From our very first conversation with co-founders Jason Citron and Stan Vishnevskiy, I was inspired by their lifelong love for gaming and our teams’ shared passion to help bring friends and communities together in new ways,” Ryan said. “Empowering players to create communities and enjoy shared gaming experiences is at the heart of what we do, so we are beyond excited to start this journey with one of the world’s most popular communication services.”
Details on what the partnership exactly entails remain unclear, as it’s unknown if a Discord app will be coming to PlayStation consoles or if the partnership will work in another way.
Microsoft had previously been in talks to acquire Discord, but the discussions broke down last month after Discord rejected the company’s $12 billion bid, Bloomberg reported.
The PlayStation 4’s Safe Mode is a great option for troubleshooting problems you might have with your console.
Starting your PS4 in Safe Mode can help you resolve an issue or troubleshoot a bug the device may be having. The Safe Mode menu includes options to change your console’s resolution, rebuild its storage database, and restore the device to factory settings.
How to put PS4 in Safe Mode
1. Turn off your console by holding the power button for 3 seconds. After blinking a few times, your PS4 will power off.
2. Press and hold the power button, releasing your finger only after the second beep sound. This should take about 7 seconds.
3. Your PS4 will start in Safe Mode. Make sure your controller is connected to the console, and press the PS button.
How to get PS4 out of Safe Mode
If your PS4 is stuck on Safe Mode, you may be dealing with a Safe Mode loop that makes it difficult to resume playing.
In these cases, there are a few things you can try to get your PS4 out of Safe Mode. Most of these involve the Safe Mode menu, which appears when you first boot your console into Safe Mode.
Here are four troubleshooting methods you can use.
Method 1: Restart your PS4
First, try restarting your PS4 using option 1 in the Safe Mode menu. Press “X” on your controller to select this option.
Method 2: Make sure there are no power issues
If the first method fails, check to make sure all of the cables, including your USB and HDMI connections, are working properly.
You can also try unplugging your PS4’s power cord and plugging it back in. Also, unplug the HDMI cord and switch which end is plugged into the TV and which end is plugged into the PS4.
If one of the cables or connections is broken or failing, try replacing it.
If the second method fails, the problem might be caused by a corrupted file.
Select option 5 on the Safe Mode menu, “Rebuild Database,” and press “X.” This will build a new database for your PS4 without affecting any save data. It will take a while for your PS4 to rebuild — when it’s done, restart your PS4.
Method 4: Update your PS4’s software
Try updating your PS4’s system software from the Safe Mode menu.
Press “X” to select elect option 3 on the menu, “Update System Software.” Then, press “X” to select “Update Using Internet.” From there, follow the instructions on the screen.
If nothing else works, select option 7, “Initialize PS4 (Reinstall System Software),” and press “X.” Follow the instructions on the screen.