Newegg Black Friday Discounts Lots Of PC Hardware And Accessories, Some Consoles

Retailer Newegg has outlined its Black Friday deals, and they include some great deals on PC hardware and consoles. The bulk of the discounts ad is devoted to laptops, tower PCs, accessories, and TVs, along with a handful of deals for Xbox One and PS4.

The full ad has lots of hardware deals but the retailer highlights a few on the front page. An ASUS Scar Edition Quad Core with a 1TB hybrid drive gaming laptop is listed at $800, while an Acer Aspire 5 is $500. An Intel Core i5-9600K Coffee Lake processor is $250, and an ASUS ROG GeForce GTX 1070 video card is $430. The full ad has almost 20 pages of PC hardware deals.

Aside from desktops, laptops, and components, the ad features lots of accessories as well. You can save $30-35 on Corsair wireless headsets, a whopping $80 on a MadCatz wired gaming mouse, and $40 on Yeti microphones. It also offers discounts on other devices like projectors, printers, and staples like power strips and portable hard drives.

One page in the back of the circular details the console deals. Those include $100 off a new Xbox One X 1TB or Xbox One S Minecraft Creator’s Bundle, $100 off a pair of PlayStation VR bundles that include two different sets of games, and $20 off Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controllers. You can also get a digital code for NBA 2K19 for Xbox One for $30. Check below for some of the highlights.

For more savings, check out our Black Friday deal round-up. Those include lots of other retailers, special bundles arranged for the retail holiday, limited-time discounts, and a lot more. Treat yourself to some stuff after finishing your stuffing.

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PS4 Celebrates Anniversary With Stats And Devs’ Favorite Games

PlayStation 4 is celebrating its fifth anniversary today, November 15, and to mark the occasion Sony has shared some notable stats and thoughts from some game developers. Those include some new sales data among light-hearted points about popular controllers.

An infographic on the PlayStation Blog tells the story. The PS4 has sold 86.1 million hardware units, along with 777.9 million software units. The system has also received 11 major software updates amid countless smaller “stability updates.” The data also shares some popular games, but lists them alphabetically rather than ranking them against each other.

Best-Selling Games:

Most Popular Games:

Most Downloaded Games:

In terms of hardware, the top DualShock color schemes are flat black, blue, red, white, and camo. Finally, the rarest PS4 is the PS4 Pro 500 Million Units Edition, which was limited to just 50,000. Sony also announced a brand-new PS4 bundle, which includes Black Ops 4.

Sony also released a lengthy blog featuring favorite games of top developers from studios like Guerrilla, Insomniac, Sony Bend, and Naughty Dog. Lots of PlayStation 4 exclusives like God of War and Horizon: Zero Dawn were named as standouts from fellow developers, along with a healthy selection of third-party and indies like Red Dead Redemption 2, Bloodborne, and Inside.

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New PS4 Bundle Throws In Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4

Sony has announced a new PlayStation 4 bundle that includes Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Though plenty of PS4 bargains will be awaiting shoppers on store shelves during Black Friday, this one actually goes on sale the following week for those patient enough to wait for their deal.

The bundle includes a 1TB PlayStation 4, DualShock controller, and Black Ops 4, for $300. A 1TB console by itself costs the same, so this essentially throws the game in for free. It will be available in retail stores on November 27.

This isn’t the best deal going on a new PlayStation 4. A Black Friday bundle offers the same 1TB system with a copy of Spider-Man for $200. For that price you could add Black Ops 4 at standard price get two games for less than the price of a bundle that includes just one. However, that one is tied to Black Friday and will probably only be available for a limited time, while the Black Ops 4 bundle appears to be more standard.

GameSpot’s Black Ops 4 review found the package felt complete even without a single-player campaign. “Sure, there isn’t a traditional single-player campaign, but with the depth and breadth of what is there, Black Ops 4 doesn’t need it,” wrote critic Kallie Plagge.

For more bargains check out our round-ups of all things Black Friday, which includes more deals on PS4 systems and games, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch consoles, and a lot more.

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Tom Cruise Is Too Short To Play Jack Reacher, Says Author

Tom Cruise will no longer play the big-screen version of Jack Reacher, as the character is moving to a streaming series with a new actor in the lead. This comes as author Lee Child admits that the fans were correct to criticize Cruise’s stature not matching the character.

In the books, Reacher is described as a mountain of a man who makes others feel uncomfortable by his mere presence. He’s also over six feet tall, while Tom Cruise is a slighter 5’7″. Fans of the books criticized the casting choice, and it appears Child has come around to their point.

“I really enjoyed working with Cruise. He’s a really, really nice guy. We had a lot of fun,” Child told the BBC. “But ultimately the readers are right. The size of Reacher is really, really important and it’s a big component of who he is. The idea is that when Reacher walks into a room, you’re all a little nervous just for that first minute. And Cruise, for all his talent, didn’t have that physicality.”

Instead, he said they’re going to develop a long-form streaming show with a new actor. The platform hasn’t been decided, but Child said he was thinking along the lines of “Netflix or something like that.” He also mentioned that he wants the readers who were dissatisfied with Cruise to give suggestions on an actor who would fit the part.

The two films, the first called Jack Reacher and the second titled Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, both received middling reviews, though the consensus was more positive for the first movie than for its sequel.

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Gears Pop Debuts First Gameplay Footage

Gears Pop, the cute mobile spin-off from the usually grim and gritty Gears of War franchise, made a surprise debut at E3 earlier this year. Now with the game around the corner in some territories, The Coalition has shown the first gameplay footage.

In an extended dev diary, studio head Rod Fergusson and game director Tyler Bielman explain that the game is preparing for a soft launch–the practice when mobile games launch in some individual territories to put a game through its paces on a small-scale, similar to a beta. Since word would be getting out regarding the game at that point anyway, The Coalition decided this was the time to show off footage. The result is an extended look at a single match, lasting about three minutes, with a striking resemblance to the mobile game Clash Royale.

As Bielman explains, their goals in transitioning Gears to a new format was to deliver on a few pillars of the Gears universe: cover, so-called “explosive moments,” and the familiar Gears characters. You can build a team of Gears heroes and villains for 3v3 matches in an arena setting.

Gears Pop was one of three games that made its debut at E3 2018, alongside Gears Tactics for PC and Gears 5 for Xbox One. Gears 5 debuted a trailer along with its original announcement. Both Gears 5 and Gears Pop are scheduled for release in 2019, while Tactics doesn’t yet have a release date.

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Battlefield 5 Day-One Update Now Live For PC And Xbox One; Full Patch Notes

EA and DICE have issued patch notes for a day-one update to Battlefield V. It’s out already for players who have gained early access through EA’s subscription services or a special edition, and it’s targeted mainly at a handful of stability issues and bugs.

The change log details the fixes. It fixes an issue in which team sizes could be very uneven, makes improvements to matchmaking to reduce disconnects, and addresses an error that would make the revive functionality stop working, among many others. In particular, a few distinct Airborne issues have been addressed by this patch, along with one in War Stories that would prevent you from collecting Letters.

The patch has a couple of platform-specific notes too. On Xbox One the patch improves how it resumes when you use the Instant-On function, while on PC it enables RTX ray tracing if your graphic card supports it. The studio also encourages feedback, which you can give through its forums or the Answers HQ.

Battlefield V reviews have started to roll out in advance of its release next week. GameSpot’s own early impressions suggest there’s a lot more to explore before the final verdict, but it’s off to a good start.

“As of now, it feels as if Battlefield V is a variation on a well-established theme. It maintains the series tradition of grand spectacle with incredible sound design, impactful weaponry, and large-scale multiplayer chaos,” wrote Michael Higham. “There’s a lot more to dig into, like the fortification system, squad reinforcements perks, and how destruction may change map dynamics, and spending more time with the game will paint a better picture. At the end of the day, it’s still Battlefield, and Battlefield V is shaping up to be a good one at that.”

Change List

  • Fixed an issue that could result in a very uneven number of players at the start of a round.
  • Made improvements to matchmaking with a full squad which should result in less disconnects.
  • In some cases, the revive functionality would suddenly stop to function for all of the players on a server. This has now been fixed.
  • Further improvements to game client stability have been made.
  • In the Airborne game mode, spawn protection has been added when attackers spawn into planes. The planes are no longer as vulnerable to AA fire as they used to be at longer distances.
  • Fixed an issue in Airborne where the bomb carriers could finish arming the objective even though they were dead.
  • Players can no longer shoot down airplanes too quickly in Airborne, which could result in the attackers not being able to spawn.
  • In War Stories, players are no longer able to collect Letters while playing offline due to them not being able to update the persistence counters, which requires an online connection.
  • Fixed an issue where a weapon would disappear on the weapon selection screen.
  • Fixed an issue in Frontlines mode on Devastation where the bomb in some rare cases spawned inside a wall.
  • Fixed an issue which made the menus unusable when cancelling a matchmaking session.
  • Fixed an issue with the lens sight alignment on the MP34 weapon.

Xbox One Only

  • Improved how the game resumes when using the Xbox One Instant-On function.

PC Only

  • RTX ray tracing can now be enabled with graphics cards that support this function.

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Battlefield 5 Review Roundup

Battlefield V is now going live for subscribers to EA or Origin Access, after a long wait punctuated by a last-minute delay. This one takes the series back to the iconic setting of World War 2, but does a return to the Greatest Generation make for a great game?

While reviews are starting to roll in, some sites are publishing early impressions or reviews-in-progress, including GameSpot. And in a year when Battlefield’s major competitor, Call of Duty, has eschewed a single-player campaign, the presence of one in Battlefield V seems to be standing out. The consensus agrees that the package as shipped already has a lot to explore thanks to the campaign and multiplayer, even knowing more is on the way. Its battle royale mode Firestorm is coming next year, and DICE has built a reputation for long-term support.

GameSpot’s Battlefield V early impressions found it maintained the scale we’ve come to expect from a Battlefield game. “There’s a lot more to dig into, like the fortification system, squad reinforcements perks, and how destruction may change map dynamics, and spending more time with the game will paint a better picture,” wrote critic Michael Higham. “At the end of the day, it’s still Battlefield, and Battlefield V is shaping up to be a good one at that.”

Read on for more reviews from around the industry, or check GameSpot sister site Metacritic for more reviews.

  • Game: Battlefield V
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
  • Developer / publisher: DICE / Activision
  • Release date: Out now (limited) / Wide release November 20
  • Price: US $60 / £50 / AU $69

GameSpot — No Score

“As of now, it feels as if Battlefield V is a variation on a well-established theme. It maintains the series tradition of grand spectacle with incredible sound design, impactful weaponry, and large-scale multiplayer chaos.” — Michael Higham [Full review]

Gaming Trend — 9/10

“After spending quite a while with the game, I’m blown away that there’s still so much to discover. With dozens of collectibles to find in the single player campaign, a seemingly-unlimited number of weekly challenges, and the Tides of War looming large on the horizon, Battlefield V is the best this series has ever been, and easily the best FPS of the season.” — Ron Burke [Full review]

PC Games N — 9/10

“Battlefield V delivers the series’ finest single-player campaign yet, painting the horror of war from rarely seen perspectives. That tension carries through to the multiplayer, which has been tuned to hammer home your vulnerability in a firefight.” — James McMahon [Full review]

CG Magazine — 8/10

“Despite the bad press at the start, I have a lot of faith in DICE as a developer and they have delivered a fantastic shooter this year with Battlefield V after listening to their community and taking their feedback seriously.” — Cole Watson [Full review]

Digital Trends — 6/10

“Battlefield V is a fine World War II shooter and it has the potential to turn into a great one with a few updates and the addition of its post-launch modes, but with Black Ops 4 providing such a rich and engaging competitive experience and last year’s Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus offering a better (and more upfront) Nazi-shooting campaign, there’s little reason for this game to be your first choice. That’s partially a testament to the strength of its competition, but Battlefield V fails to impress the same way Battlefield 1 did. By all means, give it a try if you’re a fan of DICE’s previous work, but know that you’ll have to put up with some pretty glaring faults.” — Gabe Gurwin [Full review]

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