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Gaming in 2020 – The Losers

Gaming in 2020 – The Losers

While there was no lack of great games to play in 2020, there were many things about the games industry that were lacking throughout the year. Obviously, some of the issues we'll cover here were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic - particularly the launches of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X - but there were some important issues that came to light this year too. There were also some epic fumbles, and one in particular isn't likely to be forgotten anytime soon.

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Gaming in 2020 – The Winners

Gaming in 2020 – The Winners

2020 was a bad year in a lot of regards, but thankfully, it wasn’t all bad in the gaming industry. We had a lot of really good games to see us through the pandemic, and while the games were really the only good thing to come out of the gaming industry in 2020, there were a lot of high points on the release schedule. We’ll get to the bad parts of the gaming industry in 2020 with a separate article, but for now, let’s recap the year in gaming by running down some of the solid titles we saw release in the past 12 months.

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Some PlayStation 4 models have reportedly been discontinued

Some PlayStation 4 models have reportedly been discontinued

The PlayStation 4 has had a good, long run. First launched in 2013, Sony's previous-gen console has undergone a few minor iterations and at least two variants under its name. With the launch of the PlayStation 5, disastrous as it may have been, the clock has started ticking for the PS4. According to at least one retailer in Sony's home country, the console's time has finally come and will longer be restocked once supplies run out, at least for certain models.

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PlayStation Plus starts off 2021 with these three free games

PlayStation Plus starts off 2021 with these three free games

January is right around the corner, and that means we're about the get the first batch of PlayStation Plus games for 2021. PlayStation Plus subscribers are getting three games for the month of January, with two on the way for PlayStation 4 and one that's exclusive to PlayStation 5 users. If you're one of the few PlayStation 5 owners out there at the moment, you should be able to claim and play all three games next month.

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PS5 consoles may soon be a lot easier to buy

PS5 consoles may soon be a lot easier to buy

If you've been having some difficulties securing a PlayStation 5 or an Xbox Series X, you definitely aren't alone. In the run-up to Christmas, supply was disappointingly scarce, with new consoles selling out pretty much the minute they went in stock anywhere. For the PlayStation 5, at least, we might see these stock woes ease in the new year - at least assuming a new report is to be believed.

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PS2-themed PS5 – Better than the real thing?

PS2-themed PS5 – Better than the real thing?

The industrial design of the Sony PlayStation 5 is bold. The base hardware for the past few generations of Xbox and PlayStation have been relatively tame - in their base configuration, anyway. With the PlayStation 5, Sony decided to take a more daring approach, with an extreme bit of industrial design AND a color scheme that made sure every curve was highly apparent. Today a concept redesign of this console delivered an alternate reality - one in all-black.

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You might not get a PS5 for Christmas but at least you can watch this hardware trailer

You might not get a PS5 for Christmas but at least you can watch this hardware trailer

By now, many of you know just how difficult it is to find a PlayStation 5. The console is in very short supply at the moment, and while that's common for a new console in its first holiday season (especially a new console launching right before the holiday shopping season begins), the COVID-19 pandemic is only making matters worse by limiting the ways in which people can buy and probably also having some kind of negative impact on manufacturing and distribution.

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Cyberpunk 2077 Xbox refund offered by Microsoft without game pull

Cyberpunk 2077 Xbox refund offered by Microsoft without game pull

This week the game Cyberpunk 2077 was given an all-clear for refunds for Xbox gamers. This isn't the first platform where this refund situation has happened - and it won't likely be the last. At launch, the game was basically unplayable on some of the several gaming consoles on which it was supposed to run smoothly - and players weren't happy.

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Cyberpunk 2077 refunds explained as CD Projekt Red reacts to PlayStation Store surprise

Cyberpunk 2077 refunds explained as CD Projekt Red reacts to PlayStation Store surprise

A lot of commotion has been made over the state of Cyberpunk 2077 on last-gen consoles. Not only have players lodged a number of complaints regarding a litany of performance issues on base Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles, but the refund situation on those platforms has been an absolute mess. In short: If you purchased Cyberpunk 2077 to play it on a base Xbox One or PS4, there's a decent chance that you've spent the last week frustrated.

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Cyberpunk 2077 removed from PlayStation Store

Cyberpunk 2077 removed from PlayStation Store

You know things have gone from bad to worse to worst when Sony decides to make a rather big step that goes beyond just refunding a product. Even after CD Projekt RED publicly apologized for mishandling its launch on consoles, Cyberpunk 2077 status on the Xbox One and PlayStation remains in limbo without the updates that are still planned for early next year. Now Sony is taking matters into its own hands and has decided to just yank out the game from its store until those fixes do arrive. Presuming they actually fix what they're promised to fix.

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Your PlayStation 5 is probably upside-down

Your PlayStation 5 is probably upside-down

This week it's become extra clear that the design of the PlayStation 5 is not particularly intuitive. It became as clear as it is today as the Head of PlayStation Studios posted a photo of his cat attempting to bat at a creature in a game. Below the cat was a PlayStation 5 sitting upside-down.

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Xbox, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation say they’ve teamed up for safety

Xbox, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation say they’ve teamed up for safety

Today gaming leaders at Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony gaming teamed up to announce a shared commitment for gaming safety. Corporate Vice President of Xbox Operations, Dave McCarthy, announced that Xbox was aligned with Nintendo "on behalf of the community of Nintendo Switch players", and PlayStation on accomplishing a set of goals for the greater good of the gaming industry. The goals include Prevention, Partnership, and Responsibility.

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