Where to buy a PlayStation 5 – sign up for a chance to buy one directly from Sony during the holidays

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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

Setting up PS5 console
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

PlayStation 5

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

Ratchet Clank Rift Apart
“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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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

PlayStation 5 price
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.

PlayStation 5 (Standard Edition) 

PlayStation 5 (Digital Edition)


Tips for buying the PS5

Setting up PS5 console
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

PlayStation 5

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

Ratchet Clank Rift Apart
“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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How to delete your PS4 user account or permanently close your PlayStation Network account

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If you delete a PS4 user account, you’ll permanently lose its data.

  • You can delete your PS4 account by navigating to Login Settings.
  • Deleting a PS4 user account will result in the loss of all data and screenshots tied to the account.
  • You can also close a PSN account, though this is more serious and will delete your ID.
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If you’re selling your PlayStation 4, you may want to disconnect your PS4 user account from the device. You may even decide to permanently delete your PlayStation Network account.

Whatever your reason for deleting your PlayStation accounts, there are a few steps needed to accomplish either of these goals.

How to delete PS4 user account

1. On your PS4, go to Settings.

2. Choose Login Settings in the drop-down.

3. On the Login Settings page, select User Management.

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You can find the Login Settings in the Settings menu dropdown.

4. On the User Management page, select Delete User.

5. A list of users will appear on the next screen – select the user you wish to delete.

A screenshot of the PS4 Delete User screen with a box around a user named User1.
To reach the Delete User page, select the “Delete User” option on the User Management page.

6. Select Delete.

A screenshot of the PS4 Delete User screen with a box around the delete button.
After selecting delete on this page, your PS4 will ask you to confirm your decision.

7. Select Yes to confirm deletion of the account and wait for the PS4 to finish.

8. Click OK.

How to close your PlayStation Network account

Deleting your PlayStation Network account differs from deleting your user account as it deletes your PlayStation ID. Deleting it is a serious undertaking and will result in the following:

  • Loss of access to any content purchased using the account. The content is non-transferable and refunds are unlikely.
  • Your PlayStation ID cannot be used to create a new account.
  • Loss of access to any subscriptions and what they include.
  • Loss of access to your PlayStation Network wallet. Funds in the wallet are subsequently gone for good.

If you wish to delete your PlayStation Network account, this is how:

1. Go to the PlayStation support contact page.

2. Click Account & Security.

3. Click Change Online ID & other account questions.

A screenshot of the PlayStation support contact page with a box around the "Account & Security" menu option and another box around the "Change Online ID & other account questions" submenu option.
You must have “Accounts & Security” selected on the support page in order to see the “Change Online ID & other account questions” option.

4. Scroll down and under Need to contact us?, click Chat now in the Live chat box.

5. Fill in the requested information and click Request chat.

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Your PlayStation Network account information is needed before you can start a live chat with a support team member.

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How to record gameplay on PS4 and edit or share your video

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To record gameplay on your PlayStation 4, just use the Share button.

  • You can record on your PS4 for most games by double-clicking the Share button.
  • The PS4 retroactively records the past 15 minutes of gameplay, but you can set it to record up to an hour.
  • Footage can be trimmed and uploaded to Twitter and YouTube directly from your PS4.
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If you ever want to share gameplay footage of your gaming sessions with friends, your PlayStation 4 has you covered with recording ability and basic editing tools. It can even retroactively record the previous 15 minutes of gameplay without you having to hit record.

Here’s how to do it all.

How to record gameplay on PS4

Recording gameplay on your PS4 can be accomplished by pressing the Share button on your PS4 controller twice in quick succession. The recording can be stopped at any time by clicking the button twice again.

How to autosave recorded gameplay on PS4

Your PlayStation 4 automatically records the last 15 minutes of gameplay and saves it in your device’s video cache.

1. Press the Share button on your PS4 controller. Only press the Share button once. Pressing it twice will start a new recording and wipe the cache.

2. Select Save Video Clip or hit the Square button on your controller.

A screenshot of the PS4 share screen with a box around the Video Clip option.
The default recording length for previous gameplay is 15 minutes, but you can change this length in the Share and Broadcast settings.

How to edit and share PS4 recorded gameplay

1. From the PS4 Home Screen, select the Capture Gallery.

A screenshot of the PS4 home screen with a box around the Capture Gallery menu option.
To access the PS4 control screen, push the PlayStation button on your controller.

2. Find and select the clip that you want to share.

3. Press Options and select Trim.

A screenshot of the PS4 capture gallery with a clip selected and a box around the Trim option.
The Trim option is found in the Options Menu.

4. Navigate through the timeline using the D-Pad on your controller until you find where you want the clip to start.

A screenshot of the PS4 Trim clip screen.
You can specify both the beginning and end points of your clip.

5. Press L2. You can also press X and then select Start Here.

6. Navigate to where you want the clip to end and press R2. You can also press X and then select End Here.

7. Press OK and select whether you want to save the trimmed version as a new clip or overwrite the existing one. Saving as a new clip will preserve the original, whereas overwriting it will result in the loss of the original clip.

8. Now, select the clip in the Capture Gallery and press the Share button on your controller. Select if you want to upload it to Twitter or YouTube, and select Share to begin the upload.

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The 6 best gaming headsets in 2021 for consoles and PC

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As the video game industry continues to grow, more and more people are gaming online via PS5, PS4, Xbox, PC, and the Switch. But, not all gaming setups are created equal. For the best multiplayer experience, you’re going to want a an over-ear headset with a built-in microphone.

Thankfully, gaming headset options are plentiful. We’re no longer forced to use cheap bundled headphones with limited features. Instead, 3.5mm ports, stereo support, surround sound capabilities, and wireless connectivity abound. This means that everyone can plug in, hear better, communicate better, and be more comfortable – all while alleviating noise pollution for everyone else in your home or office.

To meet today’s gaming needs and beyond, we put together the following headset recommendations. Through hands-on testing, our picks represent the best gaming headsets you can find across a range of budgets and platforms. We’ve selected our picks based on a number of important factors, and we personally own or have thoroughly tested every headset on this list.

Here are the best gaming headsets you can buy:

The best gaming headset overall

SteelSeries Arctis 7X and 7P

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X is a versatile, comfortable, lightweight, and dependable wireless headset.

Pros: Multiplatform wireless and wired support, retractable mic, comfortable fit, strong battery life, lightweight design

Cons: Uses Micro USB cable for charging, no game/chat mix control when used on PlayStation, mobile cable has a proprietary port on the headset side

SteelSeries’ Arctis 7X, carries over several familiar options from previous models while adding some important new features. Chief among those new features is a handy USB-C dongle for convenient multiplatform wireless support. 

The dongle is compact enough to connect directly to a smartphone or Nintendo Switch when it’s in tablet mode. Thanks to the included USB-C to USB-A cable, it’s also easy to connect to larger systems, like the Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, and even a PC.

There’s a little switch on the transmitter that lets it go from Xbox mode to USB mode for everything else. The headset uses a 2.4GHz wireless connection which has a strong signal that avoids dropouts and lag.

The 40mm speaker drivers are the same ones that SteelSeries uses in more expensive headsets, and they’re not overpowering or bass-heavy. Audio performance is strong in single player and multiplayer games, letting quiet environments breathe while keeping chat audio clear.

The drivers go well with the headset’s retractable microphone which does a great job of minimizing background noise. There’s a mic mute button on the left ear cup and, when muted, a red light on the mic activates. 

Even though the headset supports just about every gaming device under the sun via wireless, it still comes with a mobile 3.5mm cable to ensure compatibility with wired devices, like a 3DS or older iPad.

On the downside, while the included dongle uses USB-C, the headset itself is charged via Micro USB, which is less convenient. Fortunately, the build quality and general feel are both top-notch.

The best gaming headset for PS5

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Sony’s Pulse 3D is wireless, seamlessly pairs with the PlayStation 5, and has helpful controls for game and chat mixing built right in.

Pros: Integration with PlayStation consoles, wireless support, game/chat mix controls, PS VR compatible, stylish design, USB-C charging, 3.5mm port

Cons: No boom mic, some questions about long term durability

To coincide with the launch of the PS5, Sony debuted the Pulse 3D. It’s a wireless headset that uses a small USB-A dongle, and it should be very familiar to gamers who owned the PlayStation Gold Wireless or Platinum Wireless headsets. 

Like those headsets, the Pulse 3D integrates seamlessly into the PlayStation ecosystem, with an onscreen UI indicating power, battery level, and volume level. The Pulse 3D also has controls on the left ear cup for setting game/chat mix, volume, power, mic mute, and even a toggle for turning mic monitoring on or off.

The Pulse 3D works with the PS5, PS4, PC, and even a docked Nintendo Switch. The performance of the drivers is similar to the PlayStation Gold headset, which I really like. Unfortunately, the invisible mic design is similar as well. It works fine, but this style just isn’t as good as a boom mic as it lets in a lot of background noise.

On the plus side, the headset achieves the rare feat of not only being compatible with PlayStation VR via its 3.5mm jack, but also actually being able to fit over the VR headset. It’s a nice match for the DualSense controller as well since the Pulse 3D can charge over USB-C. 

When it comes to aesthetics, the Pulse 3D has been designed to complement the PS5, as it perfectly matches the color scheme and general style of the console and its controllers. Coupled with the headset’s solid performance and easy integration, this look helps make the Pulse 3D an ideal fit for PS5 owners.

The best gaming headset for Xbox

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Microsoft’s official Xbox Series X|S wireless gaming headset can connect to Xbox consoles without a dongle and supports multipoint connection.

Pros: Xbox Wireless radio support without dongle, works with gaming PCs, simultaneous support for Xbox and Bluetooth devices, physical dials for volume, game audio and voice chat balance, microphone mute button

Cons: No 3.5mm headphone port, plain design, lacks versatility for use with PlayStation and Switch

Xbox consoles use a proprietary radio signal to give wireless headsets and controllers a better connection than Bluetooth offers. Microsoft’s official Xbox headset isn’t the only set that works with this signal, but it is one of the most affordable while offering quite a few premium features.

The headset also works with Bluetooth devices, and you can even pair it with an Xbox and Bluetooth device at the same time, so you can listen to music from your phone or computer while still hearing game audio and voice chatting on Xbox Live.

The Xbox Series X|S headset feels lightweight but sturdy; the headband contains a steel band with foam cushioning, while the ear cushions use polyurethane leather and foam. Like the PlayStation 3D Pulse headset, the Xbox wireless headset features two dials on either ear cup, allowing you to control the volume and manage the balance between your game audio and voice chat. The microphone can be folded around the left ear cup when not in use and features a physical mute button as well.

The Xbox Series X|S headset has an average battery life lasting about 15 hours, and can be used in wired mode with a USB-C cable on Windows computers.

The best budget wired gaming headset

HyperX Stinger

The HyperX Cloud Stinger is the ultimate distillation of everything important in a wired headset, and it has a price that’s tough to beat.

Pros: Good build quality, comfort, and sound at an affordable price, swivel to mute mic, on-ear volume control

Cons: No mesh ear option, fixed cable

To be sure, the majority of first-time or repeat headset buys happen right around the price point where the HyperX Cloud Stinger lands. The Stinger is a wired passive stereo headset with 50mm drivers, a flip-down boom mic, swivel ear cups, a volume slider on the right ear, and a fixed in-line volume control. 

It’s suitable for connecting to PS5/PS4 controllers, Xbox controllers, the Switch, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and most anything modern with a 3.5mm jack. Unlike many nicer and more expensive headsets, the HyperX Cloud Stinger isn’t impedance hungry. This means it works fine connected to a PlayStation DualShock 4 controller, but does still have some headroom for improved performance with a better source.

When it comes to HyperX and its headsets, the company owes much of its reputation to the imperfect but still stellar HyperX Cloud. With the Cloud Stinger, HyperX has taken almost everything that made the Cloud great and put it in a lighter, more essential, and more original package.

The build of the Stinger is light but solid, and the headset is comfortable while having a sedate look. It’s a purposeful headset that should satisfy the majority of users looking for something wired to connect right to the headset jack. When HyperX made the Cloud Stinger, it made sure that anyone trying to dip their toes into gaming headsets would have a quality option.

The best wireless gaming headset for the money

SteelSeries Arctis 1 wireless headset for xbox

The SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless for Xbox makes impressive wireless performance affordable for Xbox, PlayStation, PC, and Switch buyers.

Pros: Painless multiplatform wireless support with good sound, strong mic, excellent battery life

Cons: No chat/game mix controls on headset, headset and mic don’t sit well when not being worn

The Arctis 1 Wireless was pretty incredible when it debuted as a PlayStation-focused headset, and the Arctis 1 Wireless for Xbox is not only just as good, it’s better. That’s because the new model adds support for Xbox platforms.

There’s a little switch on the USB-C wireless dongle. Buyers can simply flip the switch to Xbox for Xbox platforms, and to USB for everything else. The small USB-C dongle is also compatible with the Nintendo Switch (both in dock and tablet mode) and even some smartphones (including my LG V40) for 2.4Ghz wireless audio. 

Under the hood, the Arctis 1 features speaker drivers taken from the main Arctis line. This helps the Arctis 1 provide well-tuned sound out of the box. The mic is also excellent, with performance so good it’s likely to draw compliments from fellow players. The battery life is stellar as well. It’s rated at 20+ hours, and boy, does it last.

While the headset is wireless on just about every recent console, the device also retains a 3.5mm jack and cable. This means that it can be used on a ton of devices in wired mode. That extra bit of functionality is a handy feature, and it doesn’t seem to make the headset bulkier, heavier, or more expensive.

The best audiophile gaming headset

Sennheiser Game One

The comfortable, open design of the Sennheiser Game One headset offers the high-quality sound performance most audiophiles crave.

Pros: Open-back design, comfortable, good mic, fabric pads, won’t break the bank, on-ear volume wheel and flip to mute mic, detachable cable

Cons: Needs a Mixamp rather than controller jack for optimal performance, will leak sound

Combining a gaming headset with audiophile performance is tricky. The audio punch that we seek when we game isn’t necessarily the same tuning we’d enjoy when listening to music. And often, the microphones on certain audiophile headsets just don’t impress. 

Fortunately, I’ve found the Sennheiser Game One to be one of my favorite headsets in all aspects. What really gives it that audiophile feel is the open-back design. Open-back headphones are known for their sublime audio performance, and this design allows the ears to breathe more. With that said, open-back headsets are prone to sound leakage, so they’re not ideal if you have someone sitting within a few feet as they are sure to hear everything you hear.

The heavy duty boom mic doesn’t merely look serious, it delivers — as I can attest since it’s my choice for gaming while having a sleeping newborn in the next room. Likewise, the headset contains a volume wheel on the right ear, a satisfying click -to-mute function in the mic, and a composition of fabric, padding, and shape to achieve maximum comfort. The cabling is detachable, and this is really helpful when choosing between a long split cable on PC or a short combined cable on console.

While the comfort, feel, and quality are ever-present, to get the best sound performance, you’ll need a dedicated source such as a MixAmp or GameDAC. With that in mind, we recommend pairing the headset with an Astro Gaming MixAmp Pro TR.

Other gaming headsets we considered

Arctis 9x headset on desk

The $150 Hyper X Cloud II Wireless is an excellent wireless headset that will suit most gamer’s needs on PlayStation, PC, and Switch. It boasts an impressive 30-hour battery life, USB-C charging, and a detachable microphone with physical mute and volume controls. However, it lacks wired support, and physical controls to balance game and chat audio. Ultimately, there are more versatile choices in the $100 range, so the Cloud II Wireless ranks below our top recommendations.

The $200 SteelSeries Arctis 9X can connect wirelessly to an Xbox console without the need for a dongle, while also being able to simultaneously pair to a mobile device via Bluetooth.

The headset’s ski goggle headband is also convenient since it’s removable for cleaning or even replacement — and there are some different designs available. That said, I wouldn’t recommend walking around much while using the Bluetooth function as the Arctis 9X will tend to move around on your head.

The Arctis 9X has a retractable mic with a mute light, 40mm drivers, and reliable controls built right onto the headset. These functions include a mute toggle, volume wheel, power button, and chat/game mix controls. The battery life is rated for 20 hours, which is solid but not as good as some competing models. Another minor drawback is that the headset still uses a Micro USB connection for charging rather than USB-C.

The $270 Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT gaming headset offers an impressive set of features, including memory foam earpads, multipoint Bluetooth connection, customizable lighting, a Dolby Atmos license, and an automated sleep function that will detect when you put the headset down. Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT also boasts a wider frequency response range than competing headsets, reaching up to 40 kHZ as well as support for hi-res 24bit, 96KHz audio, but those features usually won’t come into play when gaming.

More importantly, the Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT only works in wireless mode with PlayStation consoles and PC, forcing you to use 3.5mm wired mode for Switch. Additionally, you need to use Corsair’s iCue software to make the most of the headset’s lighting and EQ features, which might be disappointing for console gamers.

The $250 SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC was previously one of our top picks but has been downgraded in favor of newer models. That said, the headset  continues to be an excellent choice, particularly for the PC and PS4/PS4 Pro. On the PS5, it loses the ability to control game/chat balance and its integrated surround sound feature, so it’s not as easy to recommend for gamers primarily using Sony’s new console.

How to pick the best gaming headset

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Wireless versus wired support: Determining whether you want a wireless or wired headset is one of the first decisions you’ll have to make when choosing a gaming headset. Wireless headsets are untethered by pesky cables so they’re typically more comfortable to use. Wireless headsets tend to use a 2.4GHz signal in order to avoid the audio lag associated with Bluetooth. 

With that said, since many home Wi-Fi networks also use 2.4GHz, a smaller home (like an apartment) that’s saturated with a bunch of different Wi-Fi signals can be problematic due to interfering signals. If interference is an issue for your setup, then a wired headset is probably a better choice. Wired headsets also don’t require charging, and are generally compatible with any system that has a headset jack. 

Platform support: With gaming spread over PC, consoles, and even tablets and smartphones, it’s important to know which platform you plan to use your headset with. Though most wired models offer compatibility across different devices, platform support is especially important to keep in mind when choosing a wireless headset.

Xbox consoles, in particular, only support specific wireless headsets. Meanwhile, the Switch has a headphone jack on the console but not on the Joy-Cons or the Pro Controller. Pay close attention to the connection specifications and compatibility details listed by the manufacturer in order to ensure that the headset you choose has the necessary wired or wireless connections for your devices. 

Comfort and build: A good headset should be comfortable to use for hours on end, but that comfort will be influenced by both the ambient temperature and the size of a user’s head. These factors are nearly as important as the design of the headset itself. Generally speaking, if a headset doesn’t feel comfortable to wear after a few gaming sessions (around two hours each), then it’s likely a poor fit. The more durable headsets tend to use stronger materials, but that means that they’re likely to be heavier. On the other hand, plastic headsets are lighter but more fragile. 

Surround Sound: One attractive feature that’s pretty common in nicer gaming headsets is surround sound. This effect is usually done by processing sound to the left and right drivers to simulate the effect of audio coming from multiple directions. Though not true surround sound in the strictest sense, these simulated effects can create a more immersive experience.

In addition to surround sound options included with certain headsets, both the PC and Xbox One have an array of virtualization solutions (like Windows Sonic) to enable surround sound on any headset model. Meanwhile, the PS5 features Sony’s Tempest 3D audio tech. Of course, it’s worth noting that regular stereo sound is still quite good on many platforms, including PS4 and Switch. Stereo sound also tends to be less laggy since it isn’t as processed as surround sound. 

Price: Most gamers should be satisfied with a headset in the $50 to $150 price range. That said, if a headset is being used every day, it becomes difficult to expect years of use out of cheaper models. Frequent users can expect their headsets to wear out a bit faster than their controllers. Headsets that cost $300 or more usually include extra features, some of which can help extend their lives, such as replaceable earpads and even batteries. 

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Whether you’re a pro gamer or a first-time player, a quality headset is essential for sprucing up your interactive experience. Not only will a good pair help give you an edge during gameplay, they will save those around you from hearing your game. 

Gaming headset deals are scattered throughout the year. The best time to shop for one is Black Friday or Cyber Monday, since they’re popular gifts. Discounts on our SteelSeries picks rarely exceed $15, but the affordable HyperX Cloud Stinger drops by up to $20 during the holidays. 

Below, you’ll find deals on our picks for the best gaming headset, from top brands:

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7 reasons why ‘Hades’ is my favorite game included with Xbox Game Pass right now

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“Hades” is now available as part of an Xbox Game Pass subscription.

  • Hades” is an action game where you attempt to escape from the pits of Hell.
  • In addition to Nintendo Switch and PC, the game is now available on Xbox and PlayStation consoles.
  • Members of Xbox Game Pass ($10/month) can currently play “Hades” at no additional cost.

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“Hades,” one of the most critically acclaimed games of 2020, is now available to play on Xbox and PlayStation consoles. For a limited time, you can play “Hades” at no additional cost if you have an Xbox Game Pass subscription. Game Pass starts at $10 a month and gives members access to more than 100 titles. Meanwhile, PlayStation owners can buy “Hades” for $25 from the PlayStation store.

The action game is a dungeon crawler that lets you play as the underworld prince Zagreus. In defiance of your father Hades, you battle your way through Hell in an attempt to breach the surface. After every failed escape, you emerge from a pool of blood right back where you started.

From the soothing soundtrack and cool power-ups to the interesting dungeons and dog-petting feature, these are the reasons why I think “Hades” is a must-play title, especially for Xbox Game Pass members.

The exciting gameplay and story keep you invested for hours on end.

The final boss battle of "Hades."

“Hades” is considered to be a “roguelike” action game, which means it features procedurally generated levels and a fresh start after each death. If you die, you return to the beginning location, which adds a fun yet challenging element to the gameplay.

During each playthrough you lose certain power-ups collected during the last run. That said, you can still accumulate certain special abilities, unlock new weapons, and continue character relationships.

I love fighting the enemies in each dungeon chamber and trying to preserve my health for the final boss fight, but it’s ultimately the engaging storyline that keeps me coming back to “Hades” over and over again.

The dungeons for each area in ‘Hades’ feel both new and familiar.

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“Hades” is divided into four core sections: Tartarus, Asphodel, Elysium, and the Temple of Styx. As you ascend through the dungeon chambers, you encounter distinct foes in each area.

While you do fight against similar bosses at the end of each section, your path changes from run to run based on the choices you make. Instead of feeling repetitive, I found myself looking forward to noticing the differences and similarities between runs.

The power-ups gifted by the Olympians keep the gameplay feeling fresh.

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As you fight your way through the game’s dungeon chambers, the Olympians bestow you with boons that only last for your current escape attempt. Choosing from one of three possible gifts and attempting to create the perfect stack of power-ups makes the action feel unique and invigorating on each run.

‘Hades’ lets you pet the dog.

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When it comes to gauging whether or not a video game is a good fit for my gameplay style, there’s one question always at the forefront of my mind: Can you pet the dog?

Yes, you can pet Cerberus, the three-headed hound of hell, in “Hades.” Give Cerberus enough head pats, and you can even unlock a special achievement.

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You can have it both ways in ‘Hades.’

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During your quest to fight your way out of Hell, you encounter Olympians who assist you in various ways with your journey. You can build up relationships with the Olympians through chatting and exchanging gifts.

Whether you want to romance Thanatos (your childhood friend and death incarnate) or Megaera (your former foe and one of the Furies), “Hades” gives you the choice of who you want as your underworld lover, and even allows you to build a special relationship with both characters. 

The ‘Hades’ soundtrack is so soothing.

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From the crescendoing drumbeat of “No Escape” to the soothing falsetto of “Hymn to Zagreus,” the incredible soundtrack by composer Darren Korb cultivates the perfect vibe for hours and hours of relaxing gameplay.

The “Hades” album is available for listening on music streaming platforms such as Amazon Music and Spotify.

I enjoy ‘Hades’ even more on my Xbox than when I played on Switch.

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When I played “Hades” on my Nintendo Switch, I completed most of the game in handheld mode. The Switch is very convenient and fits well into my lifestyle, but I enjoyed playing the hellish action game even more on my Xbox One.

The controls feel smoother when using my Xbox, and I love how the animation looks on the big screen in 1080p. Xbox Series X|S owners can enjoy the game with even better quality in up to 4K Ultra HD.

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Where to buy a PlayStation 5 – Walmart will reportedly restock consoles at 9 p.m. ET on August 25

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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) 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.

According to CNET, Walmart will offer a batch of PlayStation 5 consoles online at 9 p.m. ET on August 25. Walmart usually announces PS5 restocks a few hours before consoles are available online, and another batch was available earlier in the day on August 25.

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.

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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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.

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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.

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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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‘Madden NFL 22’ shines on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, but the franchise is still getting stale

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“Madden NFL 22” is the first “Madden” game to launch on PS5 and Xbox Series X.

  • Madden NFL 22” is now available for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
  • Multiple gameplay styles will satisfy sports fans of all types, and some new next-gen features add value.
  • But, while “Madden” fans will appreciate the upgrades, the series has started to show its age.

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Madden NFL 22,” the latest entry in EA’s series of football games, is now available worldwide on PlayStation and Xbox consoles, PC, and Google’s Stadia. As usual, the launch of “Madden” coincides with the start of the NFL season; Super Bowl LV MVP Tom Brady and Super Bowl LIV MVP Patrick Mahomes are this year’s cover stars.

EA is the NFL’s exclusive partner for football simulation games, a deal that began in 2005 and will continue through at least 2026. Football fans have driven “Madden” to the top of the annual sales charts for more than two decades, with each year’s new release offering updated rosters and improved features to bring the game closer to the real sport.

However, EA’s annual release schedule for “Madden” has come under increased scrutiny as more games adopt live online services to support and monetize the same title for years. While “Madden” was one of the first games to adopt weekly updates for online play, the yearly launch cycle means major issues are often left unaddressed until the next release.

Madden NFL 22” brings meaningful improvements to the series but, even though I appreciate these new features, some areas show signs of neglect. “Madden” offers a lot of variety to satisfy football fans, but as a gamer who has followed the series from Genesis, it feels like the current version of “Madden” lacks the focus to grow beyond its aging formula.

Below, we’ve detailed some of the biggest quality of life changes in “Madden NFL 22,” highlighting why the game is still worth buying for football fans. That said, I think competition from another football simulation game could help motivate “Madden” to make more aggressive changes.

The jump to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X sets ‘Madden NFL 22’ apart from its predecessors

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Unique home field advantage for each team and real-time crowd momentum are two of the biggest additions in “Madden 22.”

Last year’s “Madden” was released before the launch of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, so “Madden NFL 22” represents a full leap to next-gen consoles, and it doesn’t disappoint.

In-game player models, animations, and the overall presentation have been noticeably improved. The solid state drives used in next-gen consoles lead to better loading times across the board, making things like highlight videos appear faster between plays.

Many of the game’s next-gen features are designed to make the on-field gameplay feel more impactful, an experience EA calls Dynamic Gameday. Each NFL team now has a special home field advantage that will impact gameplay; the crowd will react as either team builds momentum, and the players and coaches on the field will respond in turn.

These features work well with the game’s returning Superstar X-factor feature, which emphasizes the strengths of star players on the field. For gamers who are less familiar with the NFL, Dynamic Gameday and X-factor demonstrate what makes each team special, and the differences in matchups are immediately felt.

‘Madden NFL 22’ offers 3 styles of gameplay and an even wider range of modes

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“Madden NFL 22” reaches new heights with its graphics and overall presentation.

“Madden” has separated its gameplay into three main categories: simulation, arcade, and competitive. While the core controls and presentation don’t change between the three settings, they still greatly impact how “Madden” feels to play, and demonstrate the wide range of players the series wants to cater to.

Simulation seeks to bring the game as close to the real sport as possible, with EA going so far as to incorporate real player data and metrics – a feature “Madden” calls Next-Gen Stats.

Competitive “Madden” players expect the gameplay to remain consistent from year to year and are the game’s most active critics, even as they help build up the “Madden” esports community.

The arcade mode is simply designed to let casual players pick up the game and play without worrying about the fine details of football.

Satisfying these three diverging paths of authenticity, competition, and just plain fun is a difficult balancing act. I feel that EA would be better served by focusing on one or two styles of gameplay rather than having three separate experiences that don’t see much growth year to year.

In addition to the three main styles, players can split their time between an ever-growing variety of modes in “Madden NFL 22.” This year’s game allows you to create and develop a defensive player for the first time in the Face of the Franchise campaign mode. The Yard, a six-on-six football mode introduced last year, allows players to take on specific challenges with a friend, and progression extends to Face of the Franchise mode.

Classic modes like Franchise and Career have also gotten long-requested improvements with new cut scenes and better team management features. The popular Ultimate Team mode seems largely unchanged, but it does make use of Next-Gen Stats and Dynamic Gameday features.

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of ‘Madden NFL 22’ are missing this year’s most important upgrades

We didn’t get a chance to play the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One versions of “Madden NFL 22” before launch, but they did receive some quality of life improvements. Unfortunately, impactful features like Dynamic Gameplay and Next-Gen Stats aren’t present on older consoles, so the game will likely feel even more similar to “Madden NFL 21.”

While next-gen features captured my interest in “Madden NFL 22,” it’s hard to recommend buying the game in its current state on PS4 or Xbox One, unless you’re already a dedicated player who loves to play online. If you want the option to upgrade a PS4 or Xbox One version to its next-gen version later on, you’ll have to buy the more expensive Dynasty or MVP edition of “Madden NFL 22.”

‘Madden NFL 22’ will satisfy football fans and newcomers on next-gen systems, but the series has started to show its age

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New features like the weekly strategy menu are welcome in “Madden 22,” but not much of a gamechanger.

The idea that “Madden” has worn out its bestselling formula is not new, and it won’t stop millions of gamers from buying and enjoying “Madden NFL 22” the same way they have in the past. After all, EA has exclusive rights from the NFL.

But with the franchise entering yet another generation of consoles, “Madden” has resisted making drastic changes that would refresh the experience entirely. With no competitor to challenge “Madden” as the top football game, there’s little incentive for EA to change course.

That said, “Madden NFL 22” does offer a wide variety of gameplay that will satisfy sports fans of all types, and the improvements on next-gen consoles make it a worthwhile upgrade from “Madden NFL 21.”

‘Madden NFL 22’ MVP and Deluxe edition differences

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“Madden NFL 22” launched with three versions: an MVP Edition for $100, a Dynasty Edition for $120, and the standard edition, which costs $70 on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, and $60 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

If you want to upgrade your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One copy of “Madden NFL 22” at a later date, you’ll need to buy the $100 MVP edition, which will let you access the game on next-gen consoles with dual entitlement.

The MVP Edition comes with 40 franchise staff points, extra player progression points in The Yard and Face of the Franchise, a Tom Brady gear capsule, 11 team fantasy card packs, and your choice of Brady or Patrick Mahomes elite item for Ultimate Team mode.

The $120 Dynasty Edition comes with all the MVP bonuses but offers a total of 100 franchise staff points, 22 fantasy team packs, and your choice of an NFL star for ultimate team mode.

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How to use PS Remote Play to play PS5 games on a computer, mobile device, or another console

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PS Remote Play puts your PS5 games on nearly any phone or computer.

  • PS5 Remote Play lets you play your PS5 games and apps on a computer, phone, tablet, or another console.
  • Your PS5 will need a fast internet connection – preferably over Ethernet – to use Remote Play.
  • Remote Play is free for all users, since all you need is a PlayStation Network account, not a subscription.
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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.

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Open your PS5’s settings.

2. Select System, and then Remote Play.

3. Toggle on the switch next to Enable Remote Play.

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Turn on Remote Play through this menu.

4. In the left sidebar, scroll down and select Power Saving, and then Features Available in Rest Mode.

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Head down to the “Power Saving” section.

5. Toggle on the switches next to both Stay Connected to the Internet and Enable Turning On PS5 from Network.

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These settings make sure that you can connect to your PS5 even when it’s idle.

Next, download the PS Remote Play app on your computer or phone. You can find the Windows app on this page, the Mac app on this page (both under Install the app), the iPhone/iPad app in the App Store, and the Android app in the Play Store.

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.

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You just need a free PSN account, not a PSN subscription.

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.

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PlayStation controllers have Bluetooth, meaning they can be used with a wide range of devices.

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.

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Mobile users will see a shrunken version of the PS5 controller layout.

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.

For the best setup, connect both your PS5 and device (if possible) to an Ethernet cable. This will give you the fastest connection and smoothest streaming experience.

How to use Remote Play to stream to another PS5 or PS4

If you have multiple PlayStation consoles but all your games are on one of them, you can use Remote Play to stream content between them.

1. Set up Remote Play on the main PS5 you want to stream from using the steps above.

2. On the PS5 or PS4 you want to stream to, open the Remote Play app. If it’s not on the home screen, it might be in the Game Library.

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Select the Remote Play app.

3. Select Start, and then PS5 or Find Your PS5.

4. Sign into your PlayStation Network account and let it search for your main PS5.

5. Once found, select the PS5 that you want to stream from. Your current console will connect to that PS5, and its screen will appear on your display.

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PS5 storage: How to manage your console’s storage or expand it with an external hard drive

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You can expand your PS5’s storage space easily.

  • The PS5 has 825GB of storage space, but you can only use 667.2GB of it – unless you use an external hard drive.
  • Your external hard drive can store both PS5 and PS4 games, and you can play PS4 games straight from the drive.
  • To work with a PS5, your external hard drive needs to have at least 250GB of storage space.
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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.

A PlayStation 5 with a USB external drive plugged in.
Plug your external hard drive into one of the rear USB ports.

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.

A PS5 home screen, with the Settings icon in the corner highlighted.
Open your PS5’s settings.

3. Select USB Extended Storage, and then Format as USB Extended Storage.

A PS5's USB storage page, with the option to add an external hard drive highlighted.
Format your external hard drive to link it with the PS5.

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.

A PS5's Game Library app, with the option to move a game onto the hard drive highlighted.
You can move any game onto the hard drive, as long as it has enough space.

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.

A PS5 menu that lets you move games between the console and hard drive.
Select and move the games you want.

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.

A PS5's storage page, with the "Games & Apps" option highlighted.
Select the “Games & Apps” option.

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.

A PS5's USB storage page, with the option to format the hard drive highlighted.
Select the “Format” option to erase the hard drive.

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.

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