Do you care where you buy one from? (pic: Sony)
The Wednesday Inbox hears more early impressions from new PS5 and Xbox Series X owners, as one reader enjoys Snowrunner’s DLC.
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All this scalper business with the next gen consoles is driving me crazy. Like others have said, it’s not so much that the scalpers exist but that companies are doing absolutely nothing to stop them. Except apparently Very and Box… who I’ve never heard of. I mean, maybe I’ve seen Very mentioned somewhere before but I’ve never been to their site and certainly never bought from them before.
I realise they’re real companies, I’m not suggesting they’re not, but I’m used to buying from Amazon or GAME and that’s about it. But as far as I’m concerned they, and Microsoft and Sony, have totally let me down this time round.
Things like this matter though because if I’m going to spend £450 at a new company, because an old one let me down, then I’m likely to take all my business there. I just don’t understand why it’s become so difficult to give some companies your money nowadays. It all feels so grubby and untrustworthy. But if Amazon and co. can’t sell me what I want I’ll go with Very and Box and whoever. Just not eBay and scalpers
Like many, I was a frustrated buyer who tried and failed to get hold of a PlayStation 5 on the 19th. I can understand the disappointment for others who have saved up in anticipation of getting a new console this Christmas, but the situation is what it is.
Unless you’re financially fortunate enough that money isn’t a concern there isn’t any justification for buying from a re-seller, and even then I’d hope that the millionaires among us would think twice about supporting such ethically dubious practices. As much as we all love gaming a new console is never a necessity, and if you really are stuck for entertainment then there has never been such a wealth of other options to play.
It’s worth remembering that as consumers we are the ones with the cash in our pockets and the power. If Sony and their assorted retail partners aren’t able to provide a system that allows genuine buyers to purchase the console in a fair and honest manner then I’m happy to hold on to my money untIl they can.
Massive sell out
I’m finding all these letters/comments around the new Xbox/PlayStation 5 a tiny bit ridiculous!
Huge companies like Sony and Microsoft, or any other successful company, would never advocate less sales by controlling sales with restrictive measures.
To put it simply, it’s supply and demand! It’s how the world works! I had a pre-order of the PlayStation 5 but let it go due to uncertainty over my job, am I gutted? Yes! But I will wait until next year, as for me personally I would never overpay on RRP! Just think, for Sony/Microsoft it also creates free advertising (people talking about lack of availability) and creates a FMO (for members only) mentality which I’m sure increases sales!
I’m happily catching up with some Switch games and waiting for all this to blow over! (Loving Mario Sunshine, by the way!)
Good luck in your hunts going forward! May the PlayStations 5/Xbox gods be in your favour!
frankiemc84 (PSN ID)
GC: There wouldn’t be less sales. They’re already selling everything they’ve got, it’s just most people would rather they sold them to individuals and not scalper conglomerates.
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I had a go on Control streamed to a Switch the other day and it ran perfectly but I’ve not seen anyone talking about it.
Having not played it before how does it compare to the full fat version on other consoles?
Not knowing much about it, does streaming allow full fat versions to be played on lesser devices or barring the lower quality display, are there other hardware limitations?
I know it’s supposed to be a good game and I was all for buying it until I saw it was £36.
Seems a bit too expensive though for something I’ll never properly own.
GC: You never properly own anything if you buy digitally (or physically – unless you want to play everything without patches). Anyway, the limiting factor with streaming is your broadband and the servers the game is running on – if that’s up to snuff you can run anything on any online device.
Great to see single players given a little bit of love. To be fair though, I think this is something most gamers have known all along.
Hopefully, we might now be past the phase of publishers trying to convince us all that the only way to have fun was with a headset on!
Whilst I am here I must just give a little bit more love to Snowrunner. I don’t see it mentioned very often but It really is a cracking game. I have now been promoted to level 20 and genuinely believe I could now turn a truck on a sixpence. The new DLC is also very high quality and even includes some additional crafting elements.
Have a great Christmas everyone and stay safe. GC keep up the great work in the new year.
Well that’s my Crimbo all sorted out for this year, GC. On the big day, when I get my son’s hand-me-down slim PlayStation 4 I’m getting a 27″ monitor, a pair of headphones, and my very first game to hopefully break me in gently… Shadows Of The Colossus. Who knows, I might I might even get PSN so I can actually go online for a change and actually talk to the great GC community?
Oh and I’m going to have to find my Wreckfest game as well, now I’m going to be a proud owner of a PlayStation 4 instead of borrowing my son’s console when he wasn’t playing it to smash around the tracks in! But the icing on the cake for me will be spring next year, when Lego Star Wars: Skywalker Saga officially gets released. This is the way.
Eyes wide open
I was lucky enough to get an Xbox Series X from Currys PC World when they recently got some new stock in. It was a tense process of multiple site crashes and the item disappearing from my trolley but I got there in the end and it turned up on time as promised and wasn’t cat food or a toaster, so all good.
I knew exactly what to expect – being able to play a huge number of games through Game Pass with higher frame rates, resolutions, etc. so went in with eyes fully open. I already have an Xbox One X (now being relegated to the man cave in the basement) and Games Pass up to 2022 some time.
So far it’s shown some nice upgrades. Gears 5’s campaign looks astonishing; Sea Of Thieves load times are a fraction of what they used to be and it’s super smooth at 60fps; previously clunky games like Warhammer: Vermintide 2, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and Wreckfest are much smoother and in higher resolution; and auto HDR looks good too. Quick resume is great when it works and has seen me jump back into Forza Motorsport 7 now that I can do a quick race now and then without the very long load times.
Negatives? Gears 5 aside, the lack of anything which really shows the power/potential of the hardware to the full. But as I said above, I was fully aware of that so it’s not too big a concern – those titles will surely come. But I do have an issue with the so-called Xbox Series X upgrade to Forza Horizon 4. It now runs at 4K/60fps and does indeed look pin sharp and super smooth. But the night-time races look markedly worse than on Xbox One X, as they’ve inexplicably removed the dynamic shadows which made them (to me at least) look so dramatic.
It was noted in Digital Foundry’s appraisal and is also mentioned in various forums, so hopefully it will be addressed – but so far there doesn’t seem to have been any official response or recognition, so I’m not too confident. Maybe you can mention it to Phil Spencer when you next get chance to speak to him. Ah well, first world problems as they say!
Sorry for the long ramble, but I hope it proves informative to somebody. Happy Christmas to all at GC and to your readers. Don’t give up hope on getting a new console – I just happened to be in the right place at the right time and it could happen to anyone. Stay safe all.
Mr Brutus (now playing lots of old stuff but better)
A year of madness
It is unbelievable the lengths that people are going through to get their hands on the new consoles.
Local police in parts of Canada have issued warnings after several resellers of the new consoles were robbed.
Our neighbours to the south (the US) have had cases of delivery drivers being robbed at gunpoint.
2020 is definitely one of the books, as they say.
I just wanted to discuss the PlayStation 5 scalping from the perspective of someone fortunate enough to have a PlayStation 5. Extremely fortunate in fact, as I failed to pre-order one myself but a friend somehow pre-ordered two and let me have the second for retail price.
The PlayStation 5 is definitely a nice machine and well worth the £450 asking price when upgrading from a launch model PlayStation 4. I would probably have been happy paying a little more, so I am grateful Microsoft pressured Sony into that price point. Note that by a little more I mean £500 to £550, with an absolute maximum of £600 before feeling ripped off and guilty.
The £750 Buy It Now scalpers are asking for is simply far too much in my mind and the prices the auctions are closing at completely ludicrous. I very much believe the prices of those auctions are being artificially inflated by bids within the scalper organisation to make the £750 seem reasonable. It is not reasonable.
I had accepted missing out on the PlayStation 5 after failing to pre-order one and concluded that it was probably best to wait, I still think the same even now I have one.
Astro’s Playroom is a great demonstration of the controller but it is essentially a three-hour tech demo. Spider-Man: Miles Morales is also a great game but is available on PlayStation 4 too, not as shiny and with longer load times but the meat of the game is still the same. And the biggest PlayStation 5 launch title is a remake of a PlayStation 3 game. Yes, it looks lovely but Demon’s Souls has always been the Dark Souls prototype.
There have also been a litany of issues with the console for many, with lots of people experiencing multiple crashes to desktops and even SSD rebuilds. I fortunately have not experienced these major issues and the front USB port not charging my controller is the only issue I have had.
In conclusion, I am happy with my PlayStation 5 but it is by no means an essential purchase, at least not currently.
December 1st. Exactly 20 years ago today yesterday the brilliant Shenmue came out in the UK.
RE: Tully. Same issues with gaming PCs currently, as scalpers are buying up the very limited stocks of RTX 3000 and AMD 6000 series cards. Modern world we live in I’m afraid.
I managed to get in on the Fortnite event and I thought it was totally sick. I’m just trying to pretend I’m not in my forties and I’m down with the kids but it really was good.
My daughter has autism and I’m looking for a PlayStation 5 Digital Edition for Xmas. It was top of her list. Will I be able to locate one for the right price before Xmas?
GC: There’s a chance, but you’ll have to wait and see when more stock arrives later this month. Currently it’s not clear when exactly that will happen.
This week’s Hot Topic
The topic for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Stone Cold Steve Austin, who asks if you could go back and play one game again, without any prior knowledge, what would it be?
Imagine you could wipe your mind of any knowledge of playing the game in question, which one would you pick and why? Is it simply your favourite game or is there something about it – perhaps a surprising plot twist or a general lack of replayability – that makes you wish you could experience it anew?
Would you worry that there’s a danger you wouldn’t actually like it as much the second time, perhaps because your tastes have changed or video games in general have advanced too much in the meantime?
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