Sony Apologizes For PS5 Preorder Fiasco, Says More Are Coming Soon

Sony Apologizes For PS5 Preorder Fiasco, Says More Are Coming Soon

Following September 16’s PS5 preorder fiasco, which saw the console go on sale at several retailers without proper warning, Sony has offered an apology. It also promises that you haven’t missed out on your chance to get the system this year if you couldn’t snag a preorder earlier.Writing on its official Twitter account, PlayStation said its preorders could have gone “a lot smoother” and that it would be releasing more of the systems for preorder in the next few days via retailers.Let’s be honest: PS5 preorders could have been a lot smoother. We truly apologize for that. Over the next few days, we will release more PS5 consoles for preorder – retailers will share more details. And more PS5s will be available through the end of the year. pic.twitter.com/h1TaGsGBun — PlayStation (@PlayStation) September 19, 2020Big stores such as GameStop, Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, and Target already began selling the console, with many running out of stock in mere minutes. Some of these stores, including Walmart, have allocated a small amount of systems in the few days since, and Sony also held a lottery of sorts to determine who could order the PS5 directly from the company.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Batman Day: All of The Caped Crusader Content on HBO Max

Batman Day: All of The Caped Crusader Content on HBO Max

To celebrate Batman Day on September 19, HBO Max has released a list of all its streaming Caped Crusader content — from live-action to animation to Batman-adjacent (like 2019’s Joker) — for those looking to spend a few hours absorbing a gallon of Gotham-y goodness. All-things-Batman on HBO Max: Batman, 1989 Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero, 1998 Batman & Robin, 1997 Batman and Harley Quinn, 2017 Batman Begins, 2005 Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker, 2000 Batman Forever, 1995 Batman Returns, 1992 Batman v Superman: Ultimate Edition, 2016 Batman vs. Dracula, The, 2005 Batman vs. Robin, 2015 Batman vs. Two-Face, 2017 Batman: Assault on Arkham, 2014 Batman: Gotham Knight, 2008 Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, 2016 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1, 2012 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2, 2013 Batman: The Killing Joke, 2016 (HBO) Batman: Under the Red Hood, 2010 Batman: Year One, 2011 Beware the Batman, 2013 Harley Quinn (S1 & S2), 2019 JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time, 2014 Joker 2019 (HBO) Justice League (2017), 2017 Justice League vs. Teen Titans, 2016 Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, 2010 Justice League: Doom , 2012 Justice League: Gods and Monsters, 2015 Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, 2013 Justice League: The New Frontier, 2008 Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, 2015 Justice League: War, 2014 Lego Batman: DC Super Heroes Unite, 2013 Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League, 2015 Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash, 2018 Lego Justice League: Cosmic Clash, 2016 Lego Justice League: Gotham City Breakout, 2016 Necessary Evil: The Super-Villains of DC Comics, 2013 Suicide Squad, 2016 DC is also hyping Batman Day promotions and activities (like making your own Bat-Signal) over at BatmanDay.com, including free online issues of Batman: Curse of the White Knight #1, Batman: The Adventures Continue #1 and Batman Tales: Once Upon a Crime. [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”albumSlug=the-robert-pattinson-movies-batman-fans-need-to-see&captions=true”] Meanwhile, Matt Reeves’ The Batman has resumed filming following its star, Robert Pattinson, completing his quarantine after allegedly being diagnosed with COVID-19. Looking for a deeper dive into The Batman? Here’s where Joker might fit into the new movie and how Riddler’s riddle from the first trail may have already been solved by fans. Also, is Paul Dano’s Riddler the one leaving a trail of bodies in Gotham, or is there more to this puzzle than meets the eye? [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/08/23/the-batman-trailer-breakdown-riddler-penguin-catwoman-and-no-more-lies-explained”] [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Matt Fowler is a writer…
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Read a Free Excerpt of the New X-Files-Themed Book Outside In Trusts No One

Read a Free Excerpt of the New X-Files-Themed Book Outside In Trusts No One

The X-Files-themed Outside In Trusts No One is the seventh volume in the Outside In series of uniquely eclectic critical essay collections on your favorite fictional worlds. When a book contains 156 essays of bewilderingly different styles and approaches, it’s hard to find just one to represent it, but here is just such an excerpt for you to check out! The new book, according to publisher ATB Publishing, celebrates “over 25 years of The X-Files, and nearly 50 years of Kolchak: The Night Stalker.” Kolchak, of course, was the 1970s spiritual antecedent to The X-Files which inspired creator Chris Carter to make his show. More from ATB: “Outside In Trusts No One is a collection of 156 reviews, one for every story of each show. Well, we say ‘reviews,’ but we mean that loosely: Within these pages, you’ll find recipes, union meetings, restaurant ads, time loops, mixtapes, personal ads, a thesis, Venn diagrams, musicals, plays, role-playing games, building-code reports and a color-by-numbers game. Not to mention insightful and thoughtful articles, examining the worlds of shadowy conspiracies, UFOs and monsters of the week from just about every aspect imaginable… and then some!” Previous volumes of the Outside In series have covered classic and modern Doctor Who, Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly. The eighth book, Outside In Wants To Believe, will conclude the examination of the extended X-Files universe in 2021 with the remaining seasons of X-Files not covered in the current volume as well as the spin-offs Millennium, Lone Gunmen, and Harsh Realm. Future volumes already planned will tackle Twin Peaks, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Babylon 5, and a revisiting of classic Who to celebrate 10 years of the Outside In series. Outside In Trusts No One will be released on October 13, but pre-orders are open now at www.atbpublishing.com/xfiles. Read on for an excerpt from the book, based on the eighth episode of Season 1, “Ice.” 8. “ICE” FEAR ITSELF BY RACHEL L. RAMLAWI My mom never let me watch The X-Files growing up. I really, really wanted to, because I loved sci-fi and also really only wanted to watch stuff with female characters who were smart, kicked butt and helped save the day. That hasn’t really changed as an adult; my standards at the age of seven were impeccable. I wasn’t allowed to watch The X-Files,…
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PS5 Game File Sizes Revealed, And They Are Huge

PS5 Game File Sizes Revealed, And They Are Huge

Start planning out space for your PS5 games on the system’s SSD now, because they are going to take up a lot of room. In fact, it might not be too long before you have to start deleting games if the file sizes Sony has revealed are anything to go by.On the PlayStation Direct website, which lets you buy PlayStation games and accessories directly from Sony, Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon’s Souls both have their file sizes estimated. In the case of Spider-Man: Miles Morales, the standard version of the game takes up 50GB, while the Ultimate Edition, which packs in a copy of Spider-Man: Remastered, takes up 105GB. Demon’s Souls, meanwhile, is a full remake of the 2009 PS3 game and takes up about 66GB.With updates down the line, these file sizes could get even bigger. Games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare have drawn some controversy this generation for ballooning file sizes of well over 100GB, and with higher-resolution textures and more detailed game worlds, that only looks to become more of a problem for PS5. The system’s 825GB capacity is lower than the PS4 Pro, and though it will support expansion cards to increase that storage space, those are expensive and likely out of many users’ budget range.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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The Best And Worst Uses Of PlayStation 4 Hardware

The Best And Worst Uses Of PlayStation 4 Hardware

The eight generation of home consoles was a strange time for video games. There were a lot of big ideas at play at Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo, as each tried to capitalize on a number of developing and receding trends. All three platform holders were trying to set themselves apart, keep up with one another, and determine what might be the next piece of technology that took off among gamers the way motion control had for the Wii. It was a time that led to a lot of gimmicks and ideas that slowly fizzled over the life of the consoles–and others that appeared midway to become pretty successful.Ahead of the PlayStation 5 and the next generation of game consoles, we’re looking back at some of the best and worst tech ideas of the Playstation 4–from the capabilities of the DualShock 4 controller, to the advent of PlayStation VR. Over the years, there have been some things that worked, plenty that didn’t, and many that were either abandoned or iterated upon.Sharing And Streaming Become Quick And EasyIf there’s one idea that made sense from the start with the PS4, it’s the console’s simple, easy-to-use sharing controls. Using the DualShock 4 controller’s dedicated Share button, you can snap screenshots while playing, make a recording of whatever just happened in-game, start or stop a recording, and stream to services such as Twitch pretty much instantly. Sony recognized how big a deal streaming games had become in the PS3 era, and included robust, extremely useful content-sharing capabilities for the PS4 in response.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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The Boys: Why Do We Never See Black Noir's Face?

The Boys: Why Do We Never See Black Noir's Face?

Amazon’s The Boys has introduced a brand new live-action superhero universe populated by its own heroes and villains (most of whom are a bit of both). And while many of the show’s characters are clearly meant to be parodies of iconic Marvel and DC characters, there’s one character in particular who remains shrouded in mystery. Who the heck is Black Noir? Is he meant to be the show’s answer to Batman, or is there more to this silent, black-clad hero than meets the eye? The answer to that latter question is a definite yes. Read on to learn more about Black Noir’s true nature and secret identity… But beware of major spoilers for the comic book version of The Boys! [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”albumSlug=the-boys-season-2-gallery&captions=true”] The Boys’ Black Noir: Why He Is and Isn’t Batman In some ways, Black Noir definitely fills the Batman archetype on The Boys. If the Seven are basically this universe’s Justice League, Homelander is Superman, Queen Maeve is Wonder Woman and Black Noir is Batman. He’s a hero who settles problems by punching them. He’s secretive and antisocial and seemingly oblivious to how uncomfortable his presence can be to everyone around him. That said, the Batman comparisons only go so far with this character. Even Batman speaks and forms relationships with his fellow heroes, whereas we’ve never heard Black Noir say one word on the series. Batman also has a life completely separate from the League, whether he’s playing the part of billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne or defending Gotham City from costumed psychopaths. We’ve been given no reason to believe Black Noir has a life outside The Seven, nor have we ever seen his face. Tek Knight is more a Batman spoof than Black Noir. As it happens, there’s a completely different character in the world of The Boys who’s a more direct analogue to Batman – Tek Knight. Tek Knight has all the faux-Batman characteristics you’d expect. His abilities are derived from technology rather than Compound V (hence why Butcher and his team never targeted him). He’s a rich playboy with a disgruntled ex-butler and a former sidekick with whom he shared a decidedly homoerotic relationship. Tek Knight features prominently in the third story arc in the comic, “Get Some,” where he’s implicated in the murder of a gay man and suffers from a brain tumor that leads to all sorts of…
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Director of the Dune That Never Was Reacts to New Trailer

Director of the Dune That Never Was Reacts to New Trailer

Frank Herbert’s landmark science fiction novel Dune has been adapted for the screen a few times over the past forty years – notably David Lynch’s 1984 film and the 2000 miniseries on Syfy (then Sci-Fi Channel). Now Blade Runner 2049’s Denis Villeneuve is bringing his version to the screen in 2020, starring Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, and Oscar Isaac. Before Lynch’s version, however, there was a famously failed attempt to bring Dune to the theaters. Director Alejandro Jodorowsky was in pre-production for years on the film, during the ’70s, in an endeavor (complete with a script for a 14-hour movie) that would later become the topic of a documentary called Jodorowsky’s Dune. Jodorowsky recently watched the trailer for Villeneuve’s Dune and…well, he had some thoughts. “I wish his Dune would be a great success, because Denis Villeneuve is a nice director, about whom I have been told a lot,” Jodorowsky said to France’s Le Point [translation from CinemaBlend]. “I saw the trailer. It’s very well done. We see that this is industrial cinema, that there is a lot of money, and that it has cost a lot of money. But if it was very expensive, it must pay off in proportion. And this is the problem: there are no surprises. The form is identical to what is done everywhere, the lighting, the acting, everything is predictable.” [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/09/09/dune-official-trailer”] “Industrial [Hollywood] cinema is incompatible with auteur cinema,” he continued. “For the first, money comes before the work. For the second, it is the reverse. And this, whatever the quality of a director, whether it is my friend Nicolas Winding Refn or Denis Villeneuve. Industrial cinema promotes entertainment, it is a show that is not intended to change humanity or society.” You can check out the cast of Dune — including Timothée Chalamet,  Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin — discussing their characters and the themes of the new film here. Also, here’s Dune director Denis Villeneuve explaining the meaning and themes of his sci-fi epic, as well as him talking about how he designed the iconic sandworms that roam Arrakis’ deserts. If you’re interested in Jodorowsky’s Dune, check out the trailer for the doc below… [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2014/02/14/jodorowskys-dune-trailer-1″] [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at Facebook.com/MattBFowler.
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