PS5 news: PS5 knocks the Nintendo Switch off the top of console sales in the UK
Amid huge stock shortages, the PS5 has a successful month.
The Nintendo Switch’s reign as the best-selling console each month has finally come to an end, with Sony’s brand new PlayStation 5 overtaking Nintendo’s now three-year-old console.
This comes after GfK market data (via GamesIndustry.biz) revealed that nearly 900,000 consoles were sold in the UK during November, making it the second-largest month for console revenue behind December 2013 – the month after the PS4 and Xbox One’s launch in which new shipments were made available.
This was only the third time in two years the Nintendo Switch has dropped from the top spot. The Switch also had an impressive month, however, with sales up 96%.
In terms of games sold, PlayStation exclusives Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon’s Souls reached 4th and 16th in the UK charts, respectively. Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and FIFA 21 made up the top three spots.
Unsurprisingly, the new PlayStation 5 range of accessories dominated the accessories chart, with the DualSense Controller and the Pulse 3D Headset coming in first and second place in front of the third-placed DualShock Controller. During the month, almost 1.25 million accessories were sold.
These figures come as the PS5 and its accessories continue to be out of stock in many major UK retailers, as prospective customers scramble to find a new console ahead of Christmas.
Keep reading for all the latest PlayStation 5 news and developments following the console’s full release…
More PS5 news: Travis Scott-branded PS5 rumoured to be coming soon!
A special Travis Scott PlayStation 5 console may be revealed in the near future, according to a Forbes profile on the American rapper.
The profile, which covers Scott’s meteoric rise to fame, details his wide collection of corporate partners and sponsorships, which include the likes of McDonald’s, Nike, Epic Games and, as of October, PlayStation.
While details about Scott’s “creative strategic partnership” with PlayStation have widely been kept under wraps, Scott told Forbes that “It’s all going to roll out in the next couple of weeks.”
Forbes also added that an unnamed source later added this could materialise in a “co-branded console and perhaps even a game designed by Scott,” in a deal that would net the rapper upwards of $20 million.
This $20 million fee would match Travis Scott’s earnings for his Fortnite concert performed in April, in which millions of players tuned in to watch.
READ MORE: PS5 restock date and availability tracker
PS5 system update: What happened in the latest software upgrade
Following the PlayStation 5’s release last week, the console is now receiving its first firmware update, coming before the console launches in Europe and the Middle East.
This 20.02-02.25.00 update comes as many PS5 owners reports issues with the Rest Mode, various crashes, and being unable to download the PS5 version of some games such as Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.
Has this patch fixed it? We’re not sure. Continuing its tradition from the PS4 of rather vague patch notes, the sole line in the update said: “This system software update improves system performance.”
You can download the update, which weighs in at 868MB, through the PlayStation 5’s settings.
PS5 price confirmed for USA, Europe, UK and Japan
Sony’s second large-scale PlayStation 5 confirmed the following prices for the PS5 and the PS5 Digital Edition…
When did the PS5 release?
This PS5 release date window was also confirmed in the recent stream…
Will PS4 games work on PS5?
In short, yes. The long answer comes from a Sony blog post, which put it like this: “A quick update on backward compatibility – With all of the amazing games in PS4’s catalogue, we’ve devoted significant efforts to enable our fans to play their favourites on PS5.
“We believe that the overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles will be playable on PS5.”
Sony also announced that PS4 controllers will only work on the PS5 when playing PS4 games, while a DualSense will be able to do both. Considering the new features of the DualSense, it makes sense for the previous version to be slowly phased out like this.
PS5 Console Design and Features
We were first treated to a full console reveal in Sony’s June showcase that showed off TWO PS5 consoles: the Standard and Digital Editions.
As we have all learned since, the PS5 is pretty huge, and can look quite intimidating next to other consoles. PlayStation’s VP of UX Design, Matt MacLaurin confirmed on his LinkedIn of all places that the PS5’s size is to ensure it keeps cool while playing next-gen titles.
When questioned about the size of the PlayStation 5 he simply replied “Thermals.”
This is a relief to owners of the original PS4 who have to withstand the jet-engine level noise that the console’s fans make in an attempt to cool the system down.
READ MORE: PS5 console size to scale
What is the DualSense?
The DualSense PS5 controller was dubbed as the future of gaming – and it certainly brings with it a load of changes.
The controller departs from the traditional PlayStation controller slightly, opting for a more ergonomic design. We also know that the DualSense controller includes Haptic Feedback, Adaptive Triggers, and a built-in mic.
Will my PS4 controller work with PS5?
Yes, but only for PS4 games. You can also check out what has changed about the PS5 controller right here.
READ MORE: Will your PS4 controller work with a PS5?
PS5’s new features
We know that both the Xbox Series X and PS5 are boasting incredible specs, but what about actual features?
We may have a new insight into the potential capabilities of the PS5 after a new patent revealed Sony’s intention of including a picture-in-picture, or multitasking mode.
However, the existence of this patent does not confirm the feature will come to the PlayStation 5, as plenty of Sony patents have not yet come to fruition in the next-gen consoles.
We’ll be sure to keep you posted as more PS5 news comes to light!
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