The Morning After: PS5 price, release date and pre-order info revealed

Engadget, Mat Smith and Richard Lawler
·5 mins read

Last week, it was Xbox’s turn, and now we have a price for the new PlayStation. Sony has set a $400/$500 split for the Digital Edition vs. standard PS5, charging $100 extra for the privilege of a disc drive for physical media. If you need a reason to splash for the disc version, look no further than the new $70 benchmark for many new titles — disc games might be a little easier to find used or on sale. At least accessories like those DualSense controllers aren’t more expensive this time around.

Retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart and GameStop started taking pre-orders shortly after Sony’s event ended, but if you missed out on the first wave, keep checking back — a few people have reported success hours after they supposedly sold out.

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Assuming you can secure a day-one purchase, you can expect it to see it November 12th in the US, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea, before the PS5 launches everywhere else on November 19th. If you still need some convincing, check our spec-for-spec comparison right here, as well as video highlights from the event. Games like Final Fantasy XVI and Devil May Cry V were impressive, but if you have to wait to upgrade, there’s some interesting news — Sony titles, like Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon Forbidden West and SackBoy: A Big Adventure, are coming to the PS4, too.

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GoPro Hero 9 Black review: More power, more affordable

5K video, 20-megapixel photos and a whole lot more.

GoPro Hero 9 Black
GoPro Hero 9 Black

GoPro’s slogan for the Hero 9 launch is “More everything,” and there really are enough new things here for that to feel fair. GoPro regulars will appreciate the higher resolution, while the new front screen fends off competition from DJI. Managing Editor James Trew says that the introduction of lens mods indicates the Hero 9 could remain versatile long after its launch, and the return of the removable lens cap and bigger battery life squashes two of the main negatives from previous cameras.
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NVIDIA RTX 3080 review: A huge leap for 4K gaming and ray tracing

Better cooling than last gen, and powerful enough to help pros with 4K video editing.

RTX 3080
RTX 3080

If you prefer your gaming on a PC, then NVIDIA’s new gaming cards are your way into high frame-rate 4K gaming. Devindra Hardawar spent some time with the RTX 3080 this week to find out how it performs compared to the older 2080Ti and, surprise, it can handle advanced features like ray tracing without needing to compromise on resolution or frame rate. Check out the benchmarks inside for some help deciding on whether it’s worth the $699 price.
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iOS 14 is here

Along with updates for the iPad, Apple TV, Watch.

iOS 14
iOS 14

As promised, Apple just dropped iOS 14. It’s now available on iPhone 6s and above, and it brings a whole bunch of new features. Those include home screen widgets, an App Library, Apple Clips, picture-in-picture mode and pretty significant changes to Siri and Messages. You should be able to update your various iThings directly, while Macs will have to wait a few more weeks before the Big Sur system update arrives.
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Sponsored by Yahoo Mobile

Back-to-school shoppers, get this deal from Yahoo Mobile. Go unlimited for $39.99/mo.

Yahoo Mobile
Yahoo Mobile

Oculus Quest 2 review: The $299 VR headset to rule them all

Excellent standalone VR and it works as a desktop VR headset, too.

Oculus Quest 2
Oculus Quest 2

One big problem with making the VR future our VR present is simple: price. Devindra Hardawar put Facebook’s new mainstream headset on to see if it fulfills the promise of a do-it-all VR solution that costs less than $300. Spoiler: It’s just the thing for your upcoming virtual Infinite Office space.
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Volocopter opens reservations for its first electric air-taxi flights

That’s $350 for a 15-minute taxi ride in three years.

VeloCity
VeloCity

If you want to be among the first to take a ride in Volocopter’s public electric air taxi — and have a lot of patience — you can now reserve a ticket for your flight. It announced today that the “VoloFirst” flights will take off in the next two to three years. Hope you’re happy to wait.

Tickets cost €300 and you can reserve one with a 10 percent deposit. That includes a 15-minute Volocopter flight scheduled within the first 12 months after commercial launch, a video of your flight and a personalized certificate.
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PlayStation Plus Collection gives PS5 owners some of the best PS4 games

Sony’s answer to Xbox Game Pass?

PlayStation Plus Collection
PlayStation Plus Collection

Sony announced that PS5 owners with an active PS Plus membership will have immediate access to something called the PlayStation Plus Collection. It's a small but impressive library that contains critically acclaimed, often PS4-exclusive, titles including God of War, Bloodborne and The Last Guardian. If you already own a PlayStation 4, there's a good chance you've bought some of these already, but if you’re coming to the PS5 fresh, it’s one hell of a kick-start.

Here are the rest of the titles announced so far: Monster Hunter: World, Final Fantasy XV, Fallout 4, Mortal Kombat X, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Ratchet & Clank, Days Gone, Until Dawn, Detroit: Become Human, Battlefield 1, Infamous Second Son, Batman: Arkham Knight, The Last of Us Remastered, Persona 5, and Resident Evil 7.
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