2020 is the year we finally see what Sony has in store for the PS5, and while the future is very exciting for video games, there’s no reason to forget about the PS4 and what we have right now, especially in terms of deals. With a massive install base and hundreds upon hundreds of great games to play–including huge upcoming exclusives like The Last of Us Part II, Final Fantasy VII Remake, and Ghost of Tsushima–the PS4 is a fixture in the living rooms of gamers everywhere. And that means retailers the world over are trying to snag our precious gaming dollars with enticing sales and discounts.
Whether it’s game-packed console bundles, steep discounts on the newest releases, or great sales on accessories, there are a ton of bargains to take advantage of. That’s why we’ve scoured the internet for the very best PS4 deals and compiled them for you right here.
As for the PS4 itself, we often see the slim console between $200 and $250, while the PS4 Pro hovers around $300 to $350. PlayStation VR bundles usually stick close to the $300 mark, but we’ve seen some of them drop to $200 during special sales. These low prices make purchases a much easier decision before the release of the PS5, especially since there are so many great games available right now, like God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man, and Horizon Zero Dawn. And of course, you don’t want to miss out on some of the highly anticipated PS4 games releasing later this year.
For January 2020, there are excellent discounts on games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, as well as DualShock 4 controllers and the best PS4 Slim bundle we’ve seen so far. Check out the best PS4 and other PlayStation deals available so far in January below.
Quick look: Best PS4 deals
Best PS4 Pro deals
PS4 Pro for $355 at Amazon
The powerful PS4 Pro is currently available at Amazon for $325.90, which is about $75 off. It’s actually not too far off from prices we saw on Black Friday.
More PS4 Pro bundles and deals
Best PS4 Slim deal
$250 at Best Buy
This excellent bundle was the most prominent Black Friday PS4 deal. While the price went up from $200 to $300 after Black Friday, Best Buy is currently selling it for $250. It comes with three superb exclusives: God of War, The Last of Us Remastered, and Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition.
Best PlayStation Classic deal
$40 at Ebay
The PlayStation Classic launched in December 2018 for $100, which is easy to forget since it now regularly sells for $60 at most retailers. You can find a brand-new system for $40 at Ebay right now, though.
Best PS4 game deals
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare for $45
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare returns the series to the contemporary setting that made it such a colossal hit over a decade ago. It released last fall on PS4, Xbox One, and PC with crossplay between all platforms, and you can get it for $45 right now over at Amazon. To learn more, check out GameSpot’s Modern Warfare review.
Looking for more deals on PS4 games? Here are a bunch of great PS4 game deals we’ve found.
Best PS4 game pre-order deals
Cyberpunk 2077 for $49.94
Cyberpunk 2077 was recently delayed from April 16 to September 17, but it’s never too soon to pre-order what will surely be one of the biggest games of 2020. The CD Projekt Red action-RPG is available to pre-order for a $10 discount at Amazon right now and comes with release day delivery.
Check out more upcoming titles already seeing markdowns below.
Best PS4 controller deals
DualShock 4 wireless controller for $42
The DualShock 4 wireless controller is crucial to any PS4 setup, and you’ll probably want more than one, both for convenience and for local multiplayer. This stylish translucent crystal version is on sale for only $42 at Walmart, down from the usual $65.
You can find more DualShock 4 PS4 controllers of different colors on sale right now below.
Best PlayStation Plus deal
$37 at Ebay
PlayStation Plus is Sony’s premium membership for PS4 owners that grants them access to online multiplayer, exclusive discounts, and two free monthly PS4 games (which you keep for as long as you’re a PS Plus member). Year-long memberships usually sell for $60, so it’s always a big deal when the price drops below that level. Currently, one of the best deals on PS Plus is at Ebay, where you can get a 12-month subscription for $37. PS Plus subscriptions stack, too, so if you’re already a member, you can extend your membership on the cheap when you see a good deal.
Best PlayStation VR deals
PSVR Mega Pack Five Game Bundle — $290
The PSVR Mega Pack was one of Sony’s best deals last Black Friday. And even though it’s only discounted $10 at Amazon, it’s still the best PSVR deal around. The bundle comes with the PSVR headset, PlayStation Camera, and five games: Resident Evil 7, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR, Astro Bot: Rescue Mission, PlayStation VR Worlds, and Everybody’s Golf VR. That’s incredible value for $290.
For more discounts, check out more of the best PlayStation VR deals right now below.
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Overwatch 2 season 2: New game modes, holiday skins revealed
Overwatch 2’s second season and new tank hero Ramattra arrive on Dec. 6, and a new trailer for the free-to-play game’s new content shows what else players can expect in season 2. That includes a new Zeus-themed mythic skin for Junker Queen, Greek mythology-inspired skins for other heroes, a new Escort map, and the return of two classic Overwatch holiday events.
Season 2 of Overwatch 2 will also include a new limited-time event called Battle for Olympus, which runs Jan. 5-19, 2023. The trailer doesn’t offer much in the way of specifics, but it does appear to take place on the game’s Ilios map and includes Junker Queen calling down team-wiping lightning strikes. The Greek gods theme for the game’s second battle pass appears to include new skins for Roadhog (Cyclops), Ramattra (Poseidon), Lúcio (Hermes), Widowmaker (Medusa), Reinhardt (Minotaur), and Pharah (Hades). Junker Queen’s new mythic skin will likely be the end-of-battle-pass reward, similar to Genji’s Cyber Demon skin from season 1.
A closer look at Overwatch 2’s season 2 skins, some of which will be available through the battle pass, others through the in-game store, are in the gallery below:
Elsewhere in the trailer, we get a peek at new holiday cosmetics for Bastion, who appears to be getting a gingerbread house-inspired skin for Winter Wonderland 2022 (which runs Dec. 13 to Jan. 4), and Mei, who is getting a rabbit-themed skin for Lunar New Year 2023 (which runs Jan. 17 to Feb. 6).
But the bigger gameplay additions come in the form of Ramattra, who will be included as part of season 2’s battle pass, and a new Escort map, Shambali, set in the Himalayan peaks.
Overwatch executive producer Jared Neuss said earlier this month that, in response to season 1 of Overwatch 2, Blizzard wants players “to feel more rewarded” for playing the game in future seasons. Neuss hinted at more free skins that can be earned by playing events — like Battle for Olympus — and by watching streamers on Twitch.
Overwatch 2 is available now on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.
‘Super Mario’ Movie Trailer Sparks Mass Mockery Of Chris Pratt
Another trailer for the hotly anticipated Super Mario movie has hit the internet; the film looks gorgeous, and surprisingly faithful to the wonderfully weird lore of the games. If there’s a single criticism to be made, it’s Chris Pratt’s “Mario” voice.
It’s become something of an internet tradition to pile on Chris Pratt after the release of a popular trailer (usually a Marvel movie), and the Super Mario movie provided Pratt’s haters with plenty of material.
Most of the voice actors we hear in the trailer match their characters perfectly; Charlie Day nails Luigi’s anxiety, Anya Taylor-Joy is a soft, determined Peach, and Jack Black is clearly having a blast playing Bowser (and putting effort into crafting a gruff, distinctive voice).
Pratt, on the other hand, is saying Mario’s dorky little catchphrases using his regular voice, and it’s a little uncanny.
There’s nothing wrong with Pratt’s voice, exactly; the man has “generic main character” energy, and that matches the essence of Mario, an empty vessel inhabited by the player. But it is strange to hear Pratt’s voice emerge from such an iconic character.
Obviously, kids watching this movie aren’t going to care – to them, Pratt will be Mario. On Twitter, however, adult Super Mario fans weren’t impressed.
But Pratt’s flat voice acting wasn’t the sole inspiration for the pile on. Over the years, Pratt has gained a reputation as a staunch conservative and Evangelical Christian; at one point, actor Elliot Page called him out on Twitter, claiming that Pratt belonged to a church that is “infamously anti-LGBTQ.”
The church in question was believed to be Hillsong Church, which does view homosexuality as “sinful.” Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn once corrected the record on Twitter, insisting that Pratt didn’t deserve his bad reputation, while Pratt himself later claimed to have never attended the church, and even described himself as “not a religious person.”
Marvel fans didn’t buy it, and regularly post tweets and memes that frame Pratt as a homophobic MAGA-enthusiast (for the record, Pratt has never made a disparaging comment about the LGBT community). After the Mario trailer showed a scene featuring Rainbow Road, Pratt’s haters took the opportunity to crack a well-worn joke.
As for being religious, well, Pratt’s Instagram is filled with posts that praise God; there is even a photo of him dragging a large metal crucifix up a mountain, which seems like a religious thing to do. At the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards, Pratt famously went on a lengthy tangent about God, Jesus, and the power of prayer.
While he might never have attended Hillsong Church, Pratt did mention in an interview that he plays golf with Chad Veach, the pastor of Zoe Church. Veach previously told The New York Times that he modeled Zoe Church after Hillsong Church, and was involved in the 2017 film The Heart of Man, a docudrama on “sexual brokenness” which aligns homosexuality with porn addiction and infidelity.
Pratt’s haters might be on to something. Or maybe they just find the actor kind of annoying, and the mass mockery has become a running joke.
Whether Chris Pratt is unfairly maligned, or not, he’s not a great fit for Mario; the man should have practiced that voice before he got to the recording studio.
Are Folding Phones Really a Good Choice for Mobile Gamers?
One of the latest developments in smartphone technology is the foldable phone. A foldable phone is basically a smartphone that comes with what is known as a folding form factor technology that enables the device to be folded, often in half. Some folding smartphones come with a flexible display, whereas other designs come with several touchscreen panels on a hinge.
They are great for the more graphically demanding, high-end video games, and they are also great for playing state-of-the-art live dealer casino games at licensed casino sites, such as LeoVegas Canada. One of the most popular foldable smartphones on the market today is the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, which some of you may already be familiar with by now. The question being asked here is, are folding phones really a good choice for mobile gamers?
Are foldable phones any good for gaming?
The difference between some folding smartphones out there today and regular-sized smartphones is that when a foldable phone is unfolded, the screen is square in appearance and not rectangular, which is how almost every smartphone in the world appears. Games have been designed to be played across rectangular-sized screens, not square screens.
There are pros and cons for both when it comes to gaming, and in most games that are played across a foldable phone screen, the main thing that you will notice is that there is more space in the background. The landscape appears bigger in all directions. The gameplay has remained largely unchanged, so it’s just down to an individual’s personal preference.
Some players like to game on a foldable phone and watch the action across a square screen, and others still prefer to play on the standard-size smartphone screen. However, it seems that the vast majority of mobile games are actually in favour of gaming from a traditional smartphone and not a foldable smartphone.
A look at some of today’s best foldable smartphones
Some of today’s best foldable smartphones that are great for gaming in 2022 include a variety of Samsung, Motorola, and Huawei devices, such as the:
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
- Huawei Mate XS
- Motorola Razr 2020
If you’re not a fan of foldable smartphone devices, and if you’re looking to become more actively involved in mobile gaming, some of the other popular smartphone devices for gaming in 2022 to keep an eye out for are the following:
- Nubia Red Magic 7
- Xiaomi Black Shark Pro 5
- Asus ROG Phone 6D
- Asus ROG Phone 5
- Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
- Sony Xperia 1 IV
- Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
What are the best games to play on foldable smartphones?
There are literally too many great games for playing on your foldable smartphone to list individually here, so here are just some of the most popular foldable smartphone games to keep an eye out for in 2022. They include hit titles, such as Call of Duty Mobile, Pokémon GO, Raid: Shadow Legends, Monument Valley, Among Us, Alto’s Odyssey, Forge of Empires, League of Legends: Wild Rift, and Apex Legends Mobile. In addition to these great games, top-rated casino games, such as blackjack, roulette, slots, and video poker, also look fantastic on foldable phones.
Are foldable phones worth getting for gaming?
As mentioned, it all boils down to personal preference. You can see what mobile gaming from a smartphone looks like before spending hundreds of dollars on a device that you may not like by heading to YouTube. Famous live streamers have also uploaded lots of videos of themselves gaming from foldable smartphones on the Twitch video gaming site. The good thing about foldable smartphones is that the games look great. The only real downside is that these handsets still aren’t cheap. They are more expensive than your average smartphone.
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