The best TV deals – save $200 on Sony’s X900H 4K LED TV

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  • TVs can be quite expensive, but retailers often offer sales to make them more affordable.
  • Right now, Sony’s X900H 4K TV is on sale for $1,200– that’s $200 off its full retail price.
  • Several models from Samsung are also on sale through Amazon for a limited time.

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A quality TV is the centerpiece of any home entertainment system, but finding the right display for your needs and the right price for your wallet can be challenging. When shopping for a TV, there are many different aspects to consider, including size, panel type, resolution, HDR support, smart TV platform, and more. 

If you’re looking for a display with genuine home theater performance in mind, then you’ll likely want to opt for a 65-inch- or- larger premium 4K TV. The best 4K TVs typically use an OLED panel, or a high-end LED panel with quantum dots and local dimming. These display types will provide you with the best contrast, black levels, and brightness performance for dazzling high dynamic range (HDR) images.  

For buyers who simply want a reliable TV for casual viewing, however, a smaller screen and a more budget-friendly LED panel should get the job done just fine. Though picture quality won’t be quite as impressive as more expensive display types, there are many affordable LED TVs out there with solid performance. And, while 4K resolution and built-in smart TV interfaces were once thought of as premium features, nowadays even entry-level TVs come with 4K panels and smart TV capabilities as default features. 

Once you’ve settled on the basics for what you’re looking for in a new display, there are plenty of deals readily available from all of the major TV manufacturers, including Sony, Samsung, LG, Vizio, TCL, and Hisense. To help narrow things down, we’ve rounded up all of the best TV deals available right now. 

Here are the best TV deals in February 2021:

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Best OLED TV deals

The best OLED TVs LG CX

When it comes to picture quality, no other display type offers better overall performance than an OLED TV. Unlike traditional LED TVs (which use LCD panels), OLED TVs don’t require a backlight. Instead, every pixel is able to produce its own light or shut off completely. This enables OLED displays to produce superior black levels, contrast, and viewing angles compared to regular LED models. With that said, OLED panels can’t get as bright as LED TVs, and they can be susceptible to burn-in if you leave a static image on the screen for hours on end.

For most buyers, however, the pros of OLED tech far outweigh the cons. Of course, the high-end picture performance of an OLED TV typically comes with a high price tag. Thankfully, OLED TVs from LG and Vizio often go on sale. 

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Best premium LED TV deals

Samsung Q90T 4K TV

Unlike OLED displays, LED TVs still use traditional LCD panels with backlights to produce their images. Though this tech does have some drawbacks when it comes to black levels and viewing angles, high-end LED TVs are still capable of very impressive picture quality with industry-leading brightness. High brightness is particularly desirable for the best HDR performance, allowing highlights to really pop from the screen. 

Many high-end LED TVs are branded as QLED TVs since they include quantum dot technology. This feature allows the displays to achieve a wide color gamut for more accurate and rich colors. Premium LED TVs typically include full-array local dimming as well, enabling the backlight to dim in specific zones across the screen. This enables the display to achieve much better contrast and black levels compared to LED TV models without local dimming. 

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Best midrange LED TV deals

LG NanoCell 90 4K TV lifestyle

Like premium LED TVs, the best midrange LED TV models also offer many impressive picture quality features, including quantum dots or other wide color gamut technologies. Brightness levels aren’t quite as high as more expensive models, however, and contrast isn’t as precise since there are typically fewer dimming zones or no dimming zones at all. 

Still, if you’re a buyer who wants to save a bit without losing support for the latest display technologies, like HDR, then a midrange LED TV model will likely be a good fit. 

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Best budget LED TV deals

LG 55UN7000PUB TV

For buyers who are less concerned about picture quality and more interested in simply finding an affordable display with reliable smart TV connectivity, there are plenty of budget-friendly options to consider. These models don’t include advanced image features like local dimming or quantum dots, but you can find some entry-level models with basic 4K HDR playback capabilities.

Budget LED TVs can also be found in smaller screen sizes for people who want to purchase a TV that’s suitable for a smaller living room or bedroom. And, while 4K is pretty much the standard for most new TV models, you can still save some money by opting for a lower resolution HDTV. 

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The PlayStation 5 will be hard to find until at least this fall, says PlayStation CEO

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The PlayStation 5.

  • Sony’s PlayStation 5 launched in mid-November 2020, and has been sold out ever since.
  • Those supply issues are expected to stretch into 2021, PlayStation boss Jim Ryan said this week.
  • The pandemic is partially to blame, Ryan said, but microchip shortages are another major factor.
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Sorry folks: You won’t be able to easily buy a PlayStation 5 for at least a few more months.

That’s according to PlayStation boss Jim Ryan, who confirmed as much in a series of interviews published this week. The PlayStation 5 isn’t expected to be readily available at retailers until the latter half of 2021.

“By the time we get to the second half [of the year], you’re going to be seeing really decent numbers indeed,” Ryan told the Financial Times

Demand for Sony’s latest PlayStation console has overshot supply since the PS5 launched in mid-November 2020. That level of demand paired with the impact of the ongoing pandemic on manufacturing, as well as the ongoing microchip shortage, rendered Sony unable to make as many PlayStation 5 consoles as it would’ve liked, Ryan said.

“Demand was greater than we anticipated. That, along with the complexities of the supply chain issues, resulted in a slightly lower supply than we initially anticipated,” he told the Washington Post.

Even in late February, it’s still nearly impossible to buy a PlayStation 5 from a retail outlet. 

When re-supplies of the console go live online, they are swept up nearly instantly. Many are still being swept up by resellers, some of whom are using bots to beat out human buyers. 

Ryan said he’s hoping the situation will improve sooner than later.

“It will increase as each month passes,” he told GQ. “And the situation will start to get better hopefully quite quickly. We have been relentless in terms of trying to increase production.”

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The PlayStation 5 is getting a new PlayStation VR headset

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The PlayStation VR headset for the PlayStation 4.

  • Sony is making a new virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 5.
  • It’s the successor to the PlayStation VR headset for the PlayStation 4, which launched in 2016.
  • The new headset will provide “dramatic leaps in performance and interactivity,” Sony said.
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The PlayStation 5 is getting a virtual reality headset, Sony announced on Tuesday.

The new headset is the successor to PlayStation VR, which launched for the PlayStation 4 in 2016 and went on to sell over 5 million units. Though Sony didn’t share images of the new device, it’s said to provide, “dramatic leaps in performance and interactivity” over the previous generation. 

Sony Senior Vice President of platform planning and management Hideaki Nishino shared a few more details about the new headset in a blog post:

  • It won’t launch in 2021.
  • It has a new type of controller, “which will incorporate some of the key features” of the PlayStation 5 gamepad. 
  • It uses a single wire, rather than a series of cords (unlike the PlayStation VR headset for PS4).
  • The specs are getting upgraded, and Nishino promised improvements to, “everything from resolution and field of view to tracking and input.” 

The original PlayStation VR headset works on the PlayStation 5, albeit with technology that was originally launched nearly five years ago. 

“Obviously the technology has moved on since the first PlayStation VR headset, and we will capture that,” Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan told the Financial Times.

Despite the success of the first PlayStation VR headset compared to other VR headsets, its sales numbers paled in comparison to the PlayStation 4 console itself. Sony has sold over 5 million PlayStation VR headsets, and over 110 million PlayStation 4 consoles. 

Ryan said that virtual reality is a long-term project for PlayStation.

“PlayStation believes in VR. Sony believes in VR, and we definitely believe at some point in the future, VR will represent a meaningful component of interactive entertainment,” he told the Washington Post. “Will it be this year? No. Will it be next year? No. But will it come at some stage? We believe that.”

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A gaming-accessories company is defiantly selling matte black PS5 covers, telling Sony to ‘Go ahead, sue us’

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  • Dbrand, a company that sells accessories for consumer tech, is taunting Sony and selling a PS5 cover.
  • Sony sued over a similar product last year from another company, but Dbrand’s marketing teases “go ahead, sue us.”
  • The cover’s first three “waves” of releases have sold out. 
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When Sony released its PS5 game console design in June 2020, social media erupted – some people loved the look, others hated it, and memes about it quickly followed. Now, tech accessory retailer Dbrand is capitalizing on the polarizing look of the PS5 to sell matte black plates to cover it – and egging on Sony to sue in the process. 

“Go ahead, sue us,” reads the subheading on Dbrand’s landing page for the PS5 skins, called Darkplates.

The marketing strategy, as first reported by The Verge, calls back to Sony filing a lawsuit against a similar company selling a PlayStation cover last year.

In the item description, Dbrand says, “we’ve taken Sony’s monumental achievement in bad design… and made it matte black.”

The pattern on the inside of each Darkplate, Dbrand asserts, is “a familiar-but-legally-distinct apocalyptic spin on the classic PlayStation button shapes.”

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Details on Dbrand’s Darkplate

The Darkplates themselves retail for $59, currently marked down to $49 for preorder. And the “middle skins,” which cover the center of the PS5, sell for $19.95, but are currently on sale for $11.95. 

If you want to get your hands on the “familiar-but-legally-distinct” Darkplate, you may be waiting a while. The product is released in waves: the first three sold out, according to its website, and the next wave will ship in May. 

Of course, that’s assuming you can get your hands on a PS5 in the first place. 

Neither Sony nor Dbrand immediately responded to a request for comment.

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How to gameshare between two PlayStation 4 consoles with Sony’s ‘Share Play’ feature

  • You can gameshare on your PS4 to let a friend on a different PS4 console play a game in your game library, even if they don’t own it.
  • Gamesharing, known as “Share Play” for PlayStation consoles, is a convenient way to play a game with another person even if only one of you owns the game.
  • To enable gameshare on your PS4, you need to sign into the other person’s console, and change your account settings to set that console as your primary PS4. 
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Want to share your games with friends or family members on a different PlayStation 4, perhaps so you can play the same game together? Sony allows that – with some minor limitations. 

Usually called gamesharing (though Sony actually refers to this feature as Share Play), you can let other people download and play games you’ve purchased, even if they don’t own it. Think of it like lending a disc – only there’s no need to actually exchange physical media. 

In order to play a game together, both you and your friend need a PlayStation Plus subscription, but neither of you need a subscription to play the game separately.

In addition, while you can share your games with any number of other people on different PS4 consoles, only two people can play a game at one time. 

How to gameshare on PS4

1. On the console that you want to share games with, log in with your PlayStation account. 

2. Select “Settings.”

3. Select “Account Management.”

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Start Settings and then go to Account Management to start gamesharing.

4. Select “Activate as Your Primary PS4.”

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Choose “Activate as Your Primary PS4” to allow users on this console to play your games.

5. Confirm this choice by selecting “Activate.”

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Be sure to choose “Activate” to finish the setup process.

That’s it – now, your friend will see all your games in their library, and can download and play them. 

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The best deals on PlayStation 4 consoles, controllers, and games right now – including $30 off ‘Final Fantasy VII Remake’

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The PlayStation 4 is the most popular video game console of the current generation.

  • Sony’s PlayStation 4 has dominated the video game industry since it launched in 2013, and deals on games and accessories are frequently offered.
  • Though the PlayStation 5 launched in November 2020, the console is still hard to find and discounted bundles are rare.
  • Sony is still releasing new games for the PS4 though, and you’ll be able to bring your library to the PS5 when it’s time to upgrade.
  • Right now, “Final Fantasy VII Remake” is on sale for $30, which is 50% off its regular price.

Sony’s PlayStation is the most popular video game console around, with more than 100 million PlayStation 4s sold worldwide, and the newly launched PlayStation 5 selling out in stores.

PlayStation exclusive games like “God of War,” “Horizon Zero Dawn,” and “Marvel’s Spider-Man” make the console a must-have for gamers of all-types.

Beyond a library of more than 2,500 video games, PlayStation consoles also serve as the anchor for countless home theater systems, providing Blu-ray and DVD playback, digital movie rentals, and support for popular streaming apps like Netflix, Spotify, and Twitch.

The PlayStation 5 launched on November 12, but Sony will continue releasing games, like “Spider-Man: Miles Morales,” for PS4 while gamers gradually adopt the new console. As an added bonus, the PS5 supports nearly every PS4 game, so you can bring your game library to the new console whenever you’re ready to upgrade.

Below, we’ve collected the best deals on PlayStation consoles, games, and accessories. These discounts should all come in handy whether you’re picking up a PlayStation for the first time, building your library of games, or trying to find the cheapest price on a PlayStation peripheral.

Here are the best PlayStation deals for January 2021: 

Prices and links are current as of 1/5/2021. Added new deals for PS4 games. Removed deals that are no longer active. Updated by Kevin Webb.

Best PlayStation console deals

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The PlayStation Pro was released in 2016 and is the only PS4 capable of 4K graphics.

Sony released the PlayStation 5 in November 2020, but don’t expect to find any deals on the newly  launched console. The PS5 has been incredibly difficult to find and product shortages are expected to continue through early 2021.

Buying a used or refurbished PlayStation 4 could be a wise choice if you just want something to hold you over until you’re ready to upgrade to the next generation console. Sony plans to support the console for a few more years until more gamers pick up a PS5. 

Sony released two new versions of the PS4 in 2016 — a slim model replacing the original, and the more powerful PS4 Pro. The PlayStation 4 Pro is capable of playing games at 4K resolution, while the standard PS4 is limited to 1080p. Despite the resolution limits, every version of the PS4 is capable of HDR color output, and a 1TB hard drive is now the PS4 standard.

Unfortunately, stock for PlayStation 4 consoles also remains low at many retailers. With that in mind, the below products might not currently be available for shipment. We’ll update this section with more retailer options as stores add more inventory.

Best deals on PlayStation 4 games

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“Final Fantasy VII Remake” was one of last year’s most celebrated PlayStation exclusives.

There are thousands of games available for the PlayStation 4, so we’ve chosen to focus on the some of the console’s most popular titles. Games also go on sale via the digital PlayStation storefront on a regular basis.

Best PlayStation 4 controller deals

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The DualShock 4 is the standard PS4 controller.

The DualShock 4 is the standard PlayStation 4 controller but it’s also compatible with Windows, iOS, MacOS, and Android devices.

With controllers like the Xbox Elite Series popularizing the use of rear paddle buttons, premium controllers like the SCUF Vantage have become popular choices for the PlayStation 4 as well. Sony released a special attachment to add back buttons to the DS4 controller in January 2020, but it’s been hard to find in the months since.

Though there are no discounts on brand-new DualShock 4 controllers right now, you can save $20 by purchasing a pre-owned controller via GameStop.

Best PlayStation VR and PS4 accessory deals

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The PlayStation VR works best with the Move Motion controllers, but they’re not required for all VR games.

The PlayStation VR is the top-selling VR headset, thanks in part to the 100 million people who already own the required PlayStation 4. The headset connects directly to the console and can be used to play standard games in 2D as well as immersive VR titles like “Firewall: Zero Hour.”

The PlayStation Move Motion controller has been around since the days of the PlayStation 3 and works in tandem with the PlayStation VR to track arm and hand movements. They’re not mandatory for playing games in VR, but some games require them for proper motion control, like “Superhot.”

The Gold Wireless Headset is one of Sony’s official headsets for the PlayStation 4, but the PS4 console and controller are compatible with a wide range of third party audio devices. There are no deals on top headsets right now, but our pick for the best budget gaming headset, the HyperX Cloud Stinger, remains a great buy at its regular price of $50 

There are no discounts currently available on brand-new PlayStation VR headsets or bundles, but GameStop has refurbished PlayStation VR units for $149.99 when they’re in stock. We’ll update this section with more PlayStation VR and accessory deals as they are announced.

Best PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now deals

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With a PlayStation Plus subscription you can enjoy PS4 online multiplayer features.

PlayStation Plus is a subscription service that’s required for online play with nearly all PlayStation 4 games.  The subscription also offers special discounts in the PlayStation Network store, and subscribers get free games each month that remain available as long as the PlayStation Plus subscription is active.

If you’re already a PlayStation Plus subscriber, buying a discounted membership will add time to the length of your current subscription.

Meanwhile, PlayStation Now is a subscription streaming service that lets you stream hundreds of games to your PC or PS4. Think Netflix, but for PlayStation games. The service includes games for PS2, PS3, and PS4. As an added bonus, PlayStation 4 owners can download the full version of their PlayStation Now games to play offline.

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The 10 best video games of 2020, according to critics

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“Animal Crossing: New Horizons”

Whether you were carefully outfitting a tropical island, exploring City 17 as Gordon Freeman, or something else entirely, there were a ton of great games to play in 2020.

And it was quite a year for gaming, with more people than ever turning to video games as the ongoing pandemic forced millions indoors. 

But what’s the best of the best? Here’s how critics ranked the top 10 games of 2020:

10. “F1 2020”

F1 2020

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Google Stadia

9. “Crusader Kings III”

Crusader Kings 3

Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux

8. “Microsoft Flight Simulator”

Microsoft Flight Sim (Hurricane Laura)

Platforms: PC (and coming to Xbox One and Xbox Series S|Series X)

7. “Demon’s Souls”

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Platforms: PlayStation 5

6. “Ori and the Will of the Wisps”

Ori and the Will of Wisps

Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X, Nintendo Switch, PC

5. “Half-Life: Alyx”

Half-Life Alyx

Platforms: PC

4. “Hades”

Hades (game)

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC

3. “Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition”

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Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

2. “The Last of Us: Part II”

The Last of Us: Part II

Platforms: PlayStation 4

1. “Persona 5 Royal”

Persona 5 Royal

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Check out the full list on Metacritic right here!

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Sony’s PlayStation 5 remains hard to find, but Best Buy is adding more stock today – here are the latest details on how to buy the next-gen console

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  • Sony’s PlayStation 5 has launched with two models- the $500 standard PS5 and a $400 digital edition with no disc drive.
  • Stock has been consistently sold out at most online retailers, but additional inventory has been available at select stores.
  • Best Buy plans to make more PS5 consoles available today, December 15, though the exact times aren’t clear just yet.
  • We’ll update this post with more purchase options as they become available.
  • For detailed impressions on the PlayStation 5, you can read our full PS5 review here.

Sony’s PlayStation 5 is now available, with a standard edition priced at $500, and a digital edition with no disc drive priced at $400. While some gamers were lucky enough to land online preorders and in-store sales during Black Friday, stock has been extremely limited since the November 12 launch.

GameStop was one of the few retailers to let gamers pick up their PlayStation 5 consoles in-store due to the ongoing pandemic. Other retailers have been making PlayStation 5 consoles available online as stock becomes available, though the dates and times aren’t announced very far in advance.

Best Buy announced more PlayStation 5 units would be available on December 15, though it’s not clear exactly what time they’ll be on sale.

We got to try out the PlayStation 5 ahead of release, along with some of the most anticipated PS5 games, like “Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales.” The PlayStation 5’s new features include a customized solid state drive, support for 120 frames per second gameplay, and real-time ray tracing graphics.

The PlayStation 5’s November 12 release date was for North America, Japan, Mexico, Austrailia, New Zealand, and South Korea – PS5 launched in the rest of the world on November 19.

Sony’s console will compete with two new Xbox models for the affection of gamers throughout the 2020 holiday season. Microsoft’ $300 Xbox Series S and $500 Xbox Series X launched on November 10, but stock for both consoles will also be hard to find.

PlayStation 5 units continue to pop up at Best Buy, Target, Walmart, and other major retailers when available. We’ll continue to update this post as stock becomes available at other stores.

Updated on 12/15/2020 by Kevin Webb: Updated PS5 purchase details.

PlayStation 5 price and release date

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

The PlayStation 5 is now available 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. While the digital edition is $100 cheaper, you might need to use your PlayStation 4 discs to claim the PlayStation 5 versions of those games later on.

Several stores, including Best Buy, GameStop, Target, and Newegg made more PlayStation 5 consoles available after preorders were done, but quantities are limited. Some GameStop stores have had consoles for sale in-store as well.

Best Buy plans to make PS5 consoles available online today on a rolling basis, though the exact times aren’t clear. You can check the links below to see if PS5 preorders are currently available at each retailer.

PlayStation 5 (Standard Edition) 

PlayStation 5 (Digital Edition)

 

Sony 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.

“Fortnite” creator Epic Games used the PlayStation 5 for an impressive technical demonstration of its upcoming Unreal Engine 5 software, giving gamers an early look at the new console’s potential. For detailed impressions, check out our full PlayStation 5 review here.

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