The future of gaming is mere months away.
Just in time for the holiday season — surprise, surprise — Sony’s PlayStation 5 will be hitting shelves, giving gamers something to look forward to in an otherwise dreadful year. After a few delays of the original reveal, the console’s design, launch games and more were put on display on Thursday, June 11. A more comprehensive reveal took place Sept. 16, with the company announcing the console’s release date and price.
For the sports fans, the next installment to the “NBA 2K” series was teased — featuring Zion Williamson — while no mentions of “Madden” or “The Show” were made during the event. While the console is expected to be esports ready, there’s a long way to go until we know the system’s true power.
Going toe-to-toe with Microsoft’s Xbox Series X, the PS5 is ushering the new console generation seven years after the release of the PlayStation 4. Rumors regarding the console’s power, backwards compatibility are still up in the air, with specific details surrounding its power, price and release date is still unknown to the public.
From Sony’s PlayStation 5 reveal event on June 11, here’s what you need to know about Sony’s newest console set to hit the market this year.
(This post will be updated.)
PlayStation 5 release date
The PlayStation 5 will come out in mid-November, just before the holiday season. It will be out two days after the Xbox Series X.
PS5 price: How much does it cost?
- Digital-only: $399
- Standard edition: $499
PlayStation 5’s price had been rumored to be upward of $500, so the fact one version is $399 is considered a win for Sony customers.
It’s worth noting that there there are be two editions of the console: one that features a CD drive and one that is solely digital for downloads of games and content.
As with past years and generations, there will most definitely be different models of the PS5 releasing during the full life span of console generation.
How to preorder PS5
Most big-name retailers like GameStop and Best Buy offer preorder programs, usually for a down payment or percentage of the console’s full price. Amazon also offers preorder for full price of the console and can be canceled at any time.
Preorders can be submitted starting Sept. 17.
PlayStation 5 games
Some games rumored for the PS5 at launch are “Madden 21” and “Bloodborne: Remastered.” The full list of games shown during Sony’s initial June 11 event is below:
‘Grand Theft Auto V’
PS5 owners will get an “expanded and enhanced” “GTA V” in 2021.
‘Spider-Man: Miles Morales’
Set for a holiday 2020 release, the trailer for “Spider-Man: Miles Morales,” the presumed sequel to “Spider-Man,” featured no Peter Parker.
‘Gran Turismo 7’
The famed racing series is making a return to PlayStation consoles.
‘Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart’
No release date, but a successor in the “Ratchet and Clank” series, built specifically for the PS5.
From Square Enix, “Project Athia” is a game exclusively designed for PS5. Looks to be a fantasy game of some sort.
It looks to be a legitimate cat simulator. Set for release in 2021.
Set in space, looks to be a sci-fi thriller of some sort. No release date.
‘Sackboy: A Big Adventure’
Featuring Sackboy of “LittleBigPlanet” fame, it’s a 3D platformer/adventure game.
A game that looks like “Fortnite” and “Rocket League” had a baby. Not as cool as it sounds, though. No release date.
‘Kena: Bridge of Spirits’
Third-person animated action-adventure game from Ember Lab. No release date.
‘Goodbye Volcano High’
Releasing in 2021, an animated game that features anthropomorphic animals.
The latest installment in the “Oddworld” series. No release date revealed.
A first-person supernatural action game set in Japan. Coming 2021.
‘Jett: The Far Shore’
Coming out holiday 2020, a space-based adventure game.
Third person hack-and-slash from Gearbox, coming holiday 2020.
Coming 2021. Third-person fantasy game.
From IOI, the third installment in the revived “Hitman” series. Coming January 2021.
Third-person game. No release date.
‘Little Devil Inside’
No release date. Third-person action-advanture, stylized.
Self-explanatory. Featuring Zion Williamson, the game is slated for a Fall 2020 release.
Looks kind of like “Animal Crossing” but not. All the animals are made of food. Holiday 2020 release.
No release date. Looks like a fresh update. No release date.
The most extensive trailer of the show, features an assassin locked in a time loop vs. rival assassins.
‘Resident Evil VIII: Village’
Featuring a now-heel Chris Redfield. No release date.
Looks eerily similar to “Death Stranding.” Coming 2022.
‘Horizon 2: Forbidden West’
Sequel to the wildly popular “Horizon: Zero Dawn.” No release date.
New PS5 features
While the specs have been detailed, the console’s features, UI and more are expected to be detailed in the coming months, per Sony.
Others will be listed and detailed below:
- Earlier in the year, Sony revealed the DualSense controller. It has a new name but a familiar design, matching the silhouette, button layout and stick layout as its predecessor, the DualShock. The new controller features haptic feedback in its triggers, a built-in speaker and more.
Serena Williams barred from staying at Paris flat for French Open
The French Open is shaping up to be a vastly different experience for Serena Williams.
Earlier this month, it was announced a limited number of fans would be able to attend the tournament, currently underway with qualifying at Roland Garros in Paris, and that participating players will have to stay at one of two hotels booked by owners. Williams, who has pre-existing medical conditions, will be unable to stay at her Paris apartment given it’s outside the tournament’s bubble.
“We cannot speak about Roland Garros as a bubble. But it’s a ‘corridor’ where the players are protected,” Bernard Giudicelli, the French Tennis Federation president, recently said on the “Rock n Roll Tennis” podcast, according to The Sun.
“But even French players who own flats, we have told them you cannot be in your own houses,” he continued. “If you are, then we multiply the risks to get COVID-19.”
As of Thursday, there has been a total of 468,039 cases reported in France, according to the New York Times, and 31,416 deaths.
For this month’s US Open, Williams rented a home on Long Island in lieu of the player hotels. She previously addressed the French Open protocols, noting she had been hoping to stay at her Parisian flat.
“Yeah, I was hoping to stay at my apartment in Paris, but, you know, I’m just taking it a day at a time,” Williams said, according to Forbes. “I feel the French, they are doing the best that they can. You know, it’s hard. Every organization, every country is trying to do the best that they can in this pandemic, so I can’t point fingers and tell them what to do, because I’m not running the tournament.”
Williams, who experienced health complications following the 2017 birth of daughter Olympia, preferred private living quarters for the US Open due to her medical history.
“In a house, I can control more, there’s no housekeeping [staff], none of that stuff. I needed to put my mind at rest so that I could perform in New York,” she said.
Williams fell to Victoria Azarenka in the semifinals of this year’s US Open. She appeared to hurt her Achilles late in that match and withdrew from last week’s Italian Open.
Full list of 2020 college football games canceled or postponed by COVID-19
The 2020 college football season continues amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.
A total of 91 of the 130 FBS teams are scheduled to play college football in 2020, and more could be coming if the Pac-12, Mountain West Conference and Mid-American Conference join the season. Among the other Power 5 conferences, the ACC and Big 12 are in action, the SEC starts this weekend and the Big Ten will join the season on Oct. 24.
The schedule, however, remains subject to change. The college football season has seen a handful of postponements and cancellations every week so far heading into Week 4. that will continue to be a logistical challenge for conferences as the season presses on into October.
To date, Oklahoma State-Tulsa is the only game that was rescheduled and played. Oklahoma State beat Tulsa 16-7 in a game that was originally scheduled for Sept. 12.
Here is a list of games that have been postponed, rescheduled or canceled since the 2020 college football season because of COVID-19 (rescheduled game dates in parentheses).
- ULM at Troy (rescheduled for Dec. 5)
- SMU at TCU
- Marshall at East Carolina
- N.C. State at Virginia Tech (Sept. 26)
- Tulsa at Oklahoma State (Oklahoma State won 16-7 on Sept. 19)
- Louisiana Tech at Baylor
- Virginia at Virginia Tech (Dec. 12)
- Charlotte at North Carolina (Canceled)
- BYU at Army
- Houston at Memphis
- Houston at Baylor
- FAU at Georgia Southern
- Central Arkansas at Arkansas State (Oct. 10)
- Notre Dame at Wake Forest (Dec. 12)
- Memphis at UTSA (Canceled)
- Tulsa at Arkansas State
- South Florida at FAU
- North Texas at Houston
- Temple at Navy (Oct. 10)
Week 6 (Oct. 10)
Robert Kraft’s Sex-for-cash case dropped by prosecutors
The sex-for-cash case against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has been dropped, Florida court documents confirm.
The documents, filed in Palm Beach County, include notices from prosecutors stating they are not willing to move forward with the two misdemeanor soliciting prostitution charges against him, NBC News reports.
Dave Aronberg, the county’s State Attorney, has scheduled a press conference on the case for 2:30 p.m.
Prosecutors had first tipped their hand on Monday, when they said they would not challenge an appeals court ruling that had significantly weakened their case by banning them from using secretly-obtained incriminating surveillance video.
The appeals court ruling found that the surveillance video — which allegedly showed him paying for sex acts at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, violated Kraft’s right to privacy.
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