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The Best iPhone 12 Cases & iPhone 12 Pro Cases, From OtterBox To Casetify – Forbes

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[Update 10/20: 15:21 iPhone 12 cases are now available for pre-order.]

With the first round of iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro pre-orders coming this Friday, you might be feeling a little anxious that you don’t yet have a case to wrap around your shiny new Apple device. 

Despite the fact that the iPhone 12 sports some of the most durable glass ever used in an iPhone display, the fact remains that the back of the iPhone 12 Pro is still normal iPhone glass, and the stainless steel that adorns the sides is just begging to get scratched or dented. 

Making it even tougher is the fact that there are even more options than before. Not only do you have to choose between plastic, silicon, clear, and leather cases. Now there are MagSafe cases to think about! 

Not to worry, I’ve got you covered, literally. Here are all the cases that are available for order or are coming soon to save your iPhone 12 from your slippery grip. Getting an iPhone 12 Pro instead? Not to worry, these cases will fit either phone.


Best iPhone 12 Cases With MagSafe

Let’s start with the cases that everyone is talking about. With Apple’s new MagSafe connector, they’ve created a whole new way to easily protect and customize your iPhone 12. Rather than twisting and bending your iPhone and the case to the breaking point, you simply pop the cases on and off using magnets embedded in the iPhone itself.

Apple Silicone Case with MagSafe

Apple Silicone Case with MagSafe

Of course, Apple is first out the gate with a new collection of MagSafe cases in a wide assortment of colors. I especially like the Kumquat paired with the new Pacific Blue iPhone 12 Pro. Apple’s clean design aesthetic really shines in their cases. And in-hand, the soft-touch silicone just feels nicer than other cases. The micro-fiber interior keeps your iPhone safe from errant grit that might find its way into the case.


Otterbox Figura Series

Figura Series Case with MagSafe

Otterbox is the only official third-party MagSafe provider at the moment and they’re making it count with their Figura series. These painterly cases are eye catching and remind me more of Impressionistic paintings than cases. They pop on and off just like Apple’s MagSafe cases and offer the protection that Otterbox is known for.

The slim profile fits the iPhone 12 perfectly and feels great in hand. The buttons on Otterbox’s cases are always just a little more prominent than the official cases, which makes them easy to find without looking. I also like that the raised edge of the case keeps your iPhone from falling flat on its screen.


Otterbox Aneu Series

Aneu Series Case with MagSafe

If you’re looking for something that’s a little more standard, Otterbox has also launched their Aneu cases. Like the Figura, these are slim, MagSafe cases, but they come in single or two-tone colors. The edges are a little grippier for better handholds and the raised edge of the case protects the screen.


Otterbox Symmetry Series+

Symmetry Series+

If you’re looking for the ultimate protection in a MagSafe case, then you’ll want to check out the Symmetry Series+ cases. These are rated to three times military drop standards and have long-wear antimicrobial coatings. The case itself is infused with a silver-based additive to inhibit microbial growth. It’s more expensive than Otterbox’s other offerings, but it’s also going to keep you and your iPhone more protected.


Best Clear iPhone 12 Pro Cases

Especially if you’ve picked up one of the new colors, you might be hesitant to cover up your new iPhone 12. That’s why these clear cases are perfect for adding drop protection (and maybe a bit more), while keeping your new device safe.

Casetify Ultra Impact

Casetify Ultra Impact

Made from 50% recycled materials, the Casetify Ultra Impact cases also have an antimicrobial coating to keep your iPhone 12 Pro germ free. The bigger bumpers on the Impact case will protect against drops of up to 9.8 feet. And like all of Casetify’s products, it’s fully customizable. If clear isn’t your thing, There are hundreds of designs and customization options on the Casetify site.


Apple Clear Case with MagSafe

Clear Case with MagSafe

Apple’s official clear case is a bit blingier than expected, with the MagSafe magnet that makes popping the case on and off prominently on display. Of course, clear magnets aren’t a thing, so that’s to be expected. But it makes for a bit of visual pop in what’s usually one of the more staid case choices.


Otterbox Symmetry Series Clear

OtterBox Symmetry Clear Series Case

This easy to install one-piece case from Otterbox is completely clear, so your color of choice can shine through! While it doesn’t have the antimicrobial protection of the Series+ cases, it still has the three-times military drop protection and is compatible with their full line of Alpha and Amplify glass protectors. It also comes in glittery and more opaque varieties if you want “clear, but with some style”.


Nimble Disc Case

Nimble Disc Case for iPhone 12/iPhone 12 Pro

If you’re looking for a clear case made from a truly unique material, then you’ll want to check out these crystal-clear cases from Nimble. Nimble cases are made from post-consumer compact discs (which are mostly made out of polycarbonate). The plastic is treated so that it resist scratches and yellowing, making sure it looks just as clear in a year as it does when you pop it out of the (plastic free) packaging.

It also has a permanent antimicrobial treatment so that your iPhone stays germ-free. Nimble has done edge-test drops of up to 6-feet, so you can feel confident that your iPhone 12 is protected from drops. I especially like that in every package there’s an e-waste recycling bag so that you can properly dispose of your old case (or earbuds or batteries). Doing so will get you 15% off your next Nimble purchase.


Best Traditional iPhone 12 Pro Cases

If you don’t care about magnets and clear cases aren’t your thing, don’t worry. There are plenty of traditional cases out there for your new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro.

Totallee Thin Case

totallee Thin iPhone 12 Pro Case

Totallee cases buck the over-engineering trend and do something that could be called, well, “under-engineered.” Their Thin Case for the iPhone 12 Pro is .02 inches thick. It barely adds any bulk to the iPhone and yet it still protects the back glass and sides from drops and scratches. The raised lip around the camera keeps it protected as well. There’s even a clear version if you want to get more minimalist. 


Zagg Gear4 Holborn Slim

Gear4 Holborn Slim Case for iPhone 12/iPhone 12 Pro

Made from recycled bottles, the Holborn Slim is a great case from Zagg. The bumper incorporates D3O – an industry-leading high impact absorption material used in helmets and other protective gear.

While it doesn’t have the 20-foot drop protection of some other Zagg cases, it still has an impressive 10-foot drop protection. That’s well beyond what many slim cases provide. The Holborn case also uses their proprietary antimicrobial technology to keep your iPhone 12 Pro germ free.


Lifeproof Wake

Lifeproof Wake

Made from 85% recycled plastic the Lifeproof Wake is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to protect your device. Lifeproof works with commercial fishermen to reclaim fishing nets at the end of their useful life. Usually these nets end up in landfills or worse, cut loose and drifting on the bottom of the ocean.

Instead, Lifeproof breaks them down into black, dark green, or light green pellets, then turns that plastic into ultra-thin, drop-proof, one piece cases. There’s a nice wave design on the back of the case that makes it easy to grip as well.

Even better, when you can send the case back to Lifeproof when you’re done with it so that they can recycle it and use it in a new case (they’re even working on accepting non-Wake cases). For every purchase or registered case, they’ll donate a dollar to a water-focused charity. 


Otter + Pop Symmetry

Otter + Pop Symmetry Series Case

If you’re looking for a case with a Pop Socket built right in, then you have to check out the Otter + Pop Symmetry series from Otterbox. They have the three-times drop protection of the other Symmetry cases (but not the antimicrobial coating). The only caveat is that you might need to remove the Pop Socket when you wirelessly charge your iPhone. If you’re a plug-in charging type, then don’t worry about it.


Oakywood Slim iPhone 12 Case

Oakywood Slim iPhone 12 Case

Oakywood hand polishes the Cherry or Walnut wood that makes up the back panel of their durable bumper cases. The raised bumper on the front of the case will protect the screen in the even that you drop your new iPhone 12 on its face. 

The Oakywood cases look even better when paired with one of their wooden charging stations. They may not have the magnetic “snap” of Apple’s MagSafe charger, but they look undeniably better than anything Cupertino is putting out.


Gray Morpheus Carbodyne

Gray Morpheus Carbodyne

Gray’s Morpheus Carbodyne case might be “traditional” but it is in no way “standard.” The unique pattern on the back of the limited edition case stacks three sheets of carbon fiber in three different directions to create a unique, organic pattern. 

The rest of the case is aggressively styled with hard edges and raised angles that are eye-catching and far different from other iPhone 12 cases. It’s a case that’s meant to be talked about as its eye-watering price tag attests to. If carbon fiber isn’t your style, there are several titanium and aluminium backplates to choose from in a wide variety of colors.


Best Protective iPhone 12 Pro Cases

While clear is nice, you know that you need the most rugged protection available for your new iPhone 11. These cases are for you.

Lifeproof Fre 

Lifeproof FRĒ

If you’re looking for full waterproof protection, but want a recycled materials case, you’re in luck. The Fre from Lifeproof offers full wraparound waterproof protection and uses 60% recycled plastic. Fre features an integrated screen cover and can keep water away from your iPhone 12 for up to an hour in 2 m. of water. It also has closed speaker grates and a sealed (but still accessible) bottom port so that you don’t have to worry about gunking up your charging port. Lifeproof will donate $1 to a water-minded charity for every Fre purchased or registered.


Otterbox Defender Series Pro

OtterBox Defender Series SCREENLESS Edition Case

Built like a tank and easy to grip, the Defender Series Pro is a chunky screenless case that’s rigid and solid. It will protect your iPhone from drops (four-times military standard) and the port covers keep your charging port and mute switch free of debris. The soft microfiber backing will keep the glass back of your iPhone scratch-free as well. It comes with a belt holster that can double as a kickstand. As with most of Otterbox’s cases, the Defender Series Pro has an antimicrobial coating and is infused with a silver-additive to inhibit microbial growth.


Razer Arctech Pro

Razer Arctech Pro

All that extra RAM in the iPhone 12 Pro is perfect for next-gen mobile gaming (like the new mobile League of Legends title). Or maybe you took my advice and got a Razer Kishi controller. Either way, turning your iPhone into a gaming machine means one thing—heat. Add a case to a hot iPhone and that can mean disaster. That’s why I’m thrilled that Razer has released a new series of Arctech cases for the iPhone 12 Pro.

Gone are the confusing variations of the previous cases, now Razer’s thrown everything they’ve learned at a single next-gen case. The case has a layer of Thermapene inside that traps and directs heat out of the back of the case. That should keep your phone cool and protected. This year’s Arctech Pro line is also antimicrobial to keep germs from growing on your iPhone.

I also noticed that the interior bumpers are slightly thinner right around the areas where the 5G antennas are on the iPhone 12. It’s a nice touch and shows how dedicated Razer is to performance.


Mous Limitless

Mous Limitless

No, this isn’t a case inspired by Bradley Cooper’s character in a movie about mind-altering pharmaceuticals. The “Limitless” in this case refers to what you can do when you’ve wrapped your iPhone 12 in Mous’s torture tested case. They’ve dropped them from 45 feet in the air, kicked them with ice skates, rolled them down rocky mountain trails, and more to prove the effectiveness of their AiroShock material. 

The Limitless cases are as stylish as they are durable, with multiple leather, wood, and fiber choices. They also have a line of magnetic accessories that’s compatible with their line of cases. This is good, since the extra thickness of the case will interfere with MagSafe accessories like card wallets. What’s nice is that if you travel often, there’s a place built right into the case for extra SIM cards and a SIM removal tool. 


Best Leather iPhone 12 Pro Cases

There’s something about leather cases. They feel nicer in-hand, they look great, and the best ones develop a patina over time that’s completely unique to the user. Usually Apple has a leather case available right away, in fact there was a peek-a-boo folio-style case seen during the keynote, but it hasn’t materialized yet. In the meantime, you’ve still got great leather options. 

Nomad Rugged Leather Case

Nomad Rugged Leather Case

Nomad makes some of the best cases on the market today. The natural, vegetable-tanned Horween leather of the Rugged Leather case for the iPhone 12 Pro is a perfect example. It combines beautiful vegetable-tanned Horween leather with a rubber shock-absorbing bumper that can withstand up to a 10-foot drop. The leather of the case will age as you use it, darkening and developing the telltale scratches and imperfections of good leather.

There are also two lanyard attachment points on the bottom of the case in case you’re the type that likes to use a wrist strap with their iPhone. The colors available are also available in Apple Watch straps. So if you’d like your iPhone and Apple Watch to match, you can make that magic happen.  


Mujjo Leather Case

Mujjo Leather Case

I’m a fan of the Mujjo leather case for one distinct reason, they’re one of the only ones out there that comes in blue. I love the the new Pacific Blue colorway for the iPhone 12 Pro but hate to cover it up with black or brown leather. The dark blue leather of the Mujjo case isn’t just a perfect match, it’ll develop a rugged patina over time. This is a full leather case, including the sides, so you don’t have any ugly polycarbonate bumpers maring the design. 

Mujjo’s cases also come in brown, black, and a lovely hunter green. If you’re looking for a place to stick your cards, they have a wallet case available that’ll let you stash a couple of cards on the back.


Pipetto Magnetic Leather Case

Magnetic Leather iPhone Case

Pipetto added magnets to their leather cases before Apple decided magnets were cool. Their slim, form-fitting leather cases come with a special metal plate in the case that interacts with the bundled magnetic mount. What’s neat is that, while most magnetic cases interfere with charging, Pipetto has engineered a solution to maintain Qi charging compatibility.

I especially like that the buttons are anodized metal rather than the cheap plastic nubs you get on most cases. While the cases don’t work like the MagSafe cases do, I like that you get Pipetto’s entire magnetic mounting solution in one shot rather than having to buy additional accessories (or wait for them to be manufactured in the first place). 


Best iPhone 12 Pro Wallet Cases

The MagSafe Leather Wallet attachment highlighted the fact that there are plenty of folks out there that just aren’t interested in stuffing multiple things into their pockets every time they go out. And while a magnetic wallet sleeve is nice, we can do even better. 

Nomad Rugged Leather Folio

Rugged Leather Folio

The Nomad Rugged Folio is nearly the same as the Rugged Leather Case above, except in this case there’s an added cover that can hold up to six cards and some cash. The Rugged Leather Folio will also develop a patina over time and can absorb major falls and shocks. The only difference is that you might want to invest in a glass protector to make sure the cards don’t end up scratching your screen. 


Pad & Quill Bella Fino Wallet Case

Bella Fino iPhone 12 Pro Wallet Cases

Each Pad & Quill Bella Fino Wallet case is handmade using a single piece of American full-grain leather. They’re stitched with parathread and have a lay-flat cover that can hold 5-7 cards and cash. You can also add an optional elastic cord in several different colors to secure the folio (or not, they easily detach via a hook system).

The case is fully wireless charging compatible. The leather is guaranteed free from defects by Pad & Quill for 25 years. Which at first seems like overkill, but as long as your next iPhone isn’t larger than the case, you can easily remove the snap-in iPhone case and attach one to fit your next-gen iPhone. This is one folio case that you’ll be able to keep for a while. 


Spigen iPhone 12 Slim Armor Wallet

Spigen Slim Armor CS

The Spigen Slim Armor Wallet is a stealthy entry in the “wallet case” category. Rather than looking like an old school checkbook, this case looks like a sleek polycarbonate case. Slide the hidden door open and you can store two cards. 

Without the cards loaded, the Slim Armor Wallet is still wireless charging compatible. I’m impressed with how thin Spigen managed to keep the case. Especially since even Apple’s own MagSafe card wallet is more obtrusive. If the wallet model isn’t for you, then make sure you check out one of the multitude of iPhone 12 cases Spigen has to offer—everything from super thin, to clear, there’s even a case that you can attach to a bike mount. 


Best iPhone 12 Minimalist Cases

Alter Ego

ALTER EGO Aurora

Because every list needs a serious “WTF?” entry. Looking more like a prop from a science fiction movie or an anime, the Alter Ego cases from Gray are nothing like traditional cases. They’re more like titanium or aluminum sculptures that just happen to fit around your iPhone 12 Pro.

With anodized coatings and handcrafted details, these are truly unique pieces. Each “case” is part of a limited batch and they have the high price tag to prove it. If you’re interested be prepared to spend $1,399 or more and wait until early next year when production is complete.


Toast Wood Cover

Toast Wood Cover

If wrapping your iPhone in a metal framework that costs more than the iPhone 12 itself doesn’t interest you, but you’re still not keen on getting a regular case, then check out Toast. Toast was the “case” of choice for my iPhone 11 Pro Max and I plan on applying one of their real wood covers to my iPhone 12 Pro once it arrives. They’re easy to use, make your iPhone look great, don’t interfere with heat dissipation or wireless charging, and are the slimmest way available to protect your device.

Toast’s founder told me that he created Toast to provide “cases for people who don’t want cases” and this definitely fits the bill. With Toast my phone is protected, but isn’t any bulkier. The only issue is that Toast is a one-time solution. Taking it off your phone destroys the applique (but leaves no residue on your iPhone). If you’re the type that changes cases often, you’ll need to look elsewhere.


15:21 Cork Cases

iPhone 12 Cork case

15:21 cases are ultra-minimalistic, a pleasure to hold in hand, and one of my favorite cases in this roundup. It pops on and off easily, has a super slim profile, and feels great in-hand (even if the cork does catch a bit on pants pockets). The wraparound case protects the edges of your iPhone but leaves the screen completely unencumbered.

If you’ve ever tried to swipe in from the edge of your iPhone only to be blocked by the edge of a bulky case, you’ll understand why this is a good thing. Made in Stockholm using environmentally-friendly materials and production practices, they’re available for pre-order now.

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Review: PS5 is big and pricey, but boasts impressive speed and visual upgrades – Prince George Citizen

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Seven years after the release of the highly successful PlayStation 4, Sony has fired its latest salvo in the war to capture the hearts and minds of big-spending video game enthusiasts.

The PlayStation 5 launched Nov. 12, two days after archrival Microsoft debuted its new Xbox Series X and Series S units. The latest round of the console wars started with a bang, as both systems quickly sold out.

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Sony, however, is coming off a decisive victory in the last round of the battle. According to sales figures from Sony Interactive Entertainment, all versions of the PS4 combined have sold more than 113.5 millionunits as of Sept. 30, making it the second-highest selling home console behind the PlayStation 2.

In an effort to keep its edge in the video game arms race, Sony has released an expensive but powerful platform with a bold esthetic that breaks from past conservative design choices. While upgrading to Sony’s latest console will come at a cost — a unit that includes an Ultra-HD Blu-Ray drive has a recommended retail price of $629.99 while a digital-only version costs $499.99 — the improved experience will be difficult for dedicated gamers to pass up.

The increased processing power of the PS5 is seen through the quality of the graphics. Titles that have built from the ground up for the console, like the punishing action role-playing game “Demon’s Souls,” look stunning. The difference in visual quality will be more striking from gamers upgrading from a base PS4, which did not support 4K resolution, rather than the more recent PS4 Pro.

A notable part of the visual upgrade comes from the PS5’s use of ray tracing, an advanced rendering technique to realistically depict light and shadow. Until recently, ray tracing was considered too resource-intensive to use effectively in video-game development.

Games available at launch that support ray tracing include “Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales” and “Demon’s Souls.” Spider-Man’s bio-electrical powers provide a nice example of what the technology can do — and seem to come without a performance cost.

As impressive as the eye candy is, the speed of the PS5 is arguably a more noteworthy improvement over its predecessor. Load times are markedly faster for PS5 games; even games with massive maps and environments to handle like “Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla” have little downtime.

As a result of this extra processing power, the PS5 is a bit more unwieldy than its sleek precursor. The version of the PS5 with the Blu-Ray drive is 39 centimetres wide, 26 cm deep and 10.4 centimetres high, making it Sony’s largest console. The digital-only version is about a cenitmetre shorter. The units can be set horizontally or vertically to give some options, but it will take up a good chunk of your entertainment centre.

Sony is pivoting from the traditional all-black colour scheme to a two-toned black-and-white look. The PS5 also has a contoured design that sets it apart from the clean lines of the PS4. Whether the new look works or not is, of course, an exercise in subjectivity, but the PS5 is certainly bolder in appearance than its clinical counterpart.

The design choice is mirrored in the accessories available at launch, which include the DualSense wireless controller, a wireless headset, an HD camera, a controller charging station and a media remote control, for those who wish to use the PS5 as a launch point for their favourite streaming services.

The DualSense controller is a significant change from Sony’s long-running DualShock design. The controller has more heft to it and features cleaner lines in its construction. It features haptic feedback, which is intended to make instances in a game that cause the controller to vibrate feel more realistic. A nice feature is that the controller’s touchpad is now covered and resistant to the possibility of getting smudged with greasy fingerprints.

Most PS4 games are playable on the PS5, and are easily ported over with a USB drive. Saved games will have to be expressly moved over, either by removable drive or through the cloud service provided by the PS Plus service, which comes at an added cost.

PlayStation 4 controllers can be used, but only to play PS4 games. Those wanting to enjoy local multiplayer on a PS5 game will have to shell out for another DualSense controller, which costs about $90.

Staying on the leading edge of console gaming will always tax an entertainment budget, and upgrading to a PS5 is no different.

A PlayStation 5 console was provided for review purposes.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 30, 2020.

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Seven years after the release of the highly successful PlayStation 4, Sony has fired its latest salvo in the war to capture the hearts and minds of big-spending video game enthusiasts.

The PlayStation 5 launched Nov. 12, two days after archrival Microsoft debuted its new Xbox Series X and Series S units. The latest round of the console wars started with a bang, as both systems quickly sold out.

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Sony, however, is coming off a decisive victory in the last round of the battle. According to sales figures from Sony Interactive Entertainment, all versions of the PS4 combined have sold more than 113.5 millionunits as of Sept. 30, making it the second-highest selling home console behind the PlayStation 2.

In an effort to keep its edge in the video game arms race, Sony has released an expensive but powerful platform with a bold esthetic that breaks from past conservative design choices. While upgrading to Sony’s latest console will come at a cost — a unit that includes an Ultra-HD Blu-Ray drive has a recommended retail price of $629.99 while a digital-only version costs $499.99 — the improved experience will be difficult for dedicated gamers to pass up.

The increased processing power of the PS5 is seen through the quality of the graphics. Titles that have built from the ground up for the console, like the punishing action role-playing game “Demon’s Souls,” look stunning. The difference in visual quality will be more striking from gamers upgrading from a base PS4, which did not support 4K resolution, rather than the more recent PS4 Pro.

A notable part of the visual upgrade comes from the PS5’s use of ray tracing, an advanced rendering technique to realistically depict light and shadow. Until recently, ray tracing was considered too resource-intensive to use effectively in video-game development.

Games available at launch that support ray tracing include “Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales” and “Demon’s Souls.” Spider-Man’s bio-electrical powers provide a nice example of what the technology can do — and seem to come without a performance cost.

As impressive as the eye candy is, the speed of the PS5 is arguably a more noteworthy improvement over its predecessor. Load times are markedly faster for PS5 games; even games with massive maps and environments to handle like “Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla” have little downtime.

As a result of this extra processing power, the PS5 is a bit more unwieldy than its sleek precursor. The version of the PS5 with the Blu-Ray drive is 39 centimetres wide, 26 cm deep and 10.4 centimetres high, making it Sony’s largest console. The digital-only version is about a cenitmetre shorter. The units can be set horizontally or vertically to give some options, but it will take up a good chunk of your entertainment centre.

Sony is pivoting from the traditional all-black colour scheme to a two-toned black-and-white look. The PS5 also has a contoured design that sets it apart from the clean lines of the PS4. Whether the new look works or not is, of course, an exercise in subjectivity, but the PS5 is certainly bolder in appearance than its clinical counterpart.

The design choice is mirrored in the accessories available at launch, which include the DualSense wireless controller, a wireless headset, an HD camera, a controller charging station and a media remote control, for those who wish to use the PS5 as a launch point for their favourite streaming services.

The DualSense controller is a significant change from Sony’s long-running DualShock design. The controller has more heft to it and features cleaner lines in its construction. It features haptic feedback, which is intended to make instances in a game that cause the controller to vibrate feel more realistic. A nice feature is that the controller’s touchpad is now covered and resistant to the possibility of getting smudged with greasy fingerprints.

Most PS4 games are playable on the PS5, and are easily ported over with a USB drive. Saved games will have to be expressly moved over, either by removable drive or through the cloud service provided by the PS Plus service, which comes at an added cost.

PlayStation 4 controllers can be used, but only to play PS4 games. Those wanting to enjoy local multiplayer on a PS5 game will have to shell out for another DualSense controller, which costs about $90.

Staying on the leading edge of console gaming will always tax an entertainment budget, and upgrading to a PS5 is no different.

A PlayStation 5 console was provided for review purposes.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 30, 2020.

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PlayStation 5: Man forced to sell his PS5 after wife discovers it's not an air purifier – GIVEMESPORT

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With all the buzz surrounding the release of the PlayStation 5, it’s been hard to get hold of the console – let alone pick one up for a discount.

However, a hilarious situation in Taiwan saw one gamer pick up a cheap console after the seller told his wife it was an “air purifier”. 

Reportedly, the unfortunate Taiwanese gamer picked up a PS5 and believed the only way to have it in the house without objection was to tell his other half it was an air purifier. 

Had it been a PlayStation 3 or 4, this story might have gone down better thanks to the over-active fans on both consoles, but Sony’s latest offering is a much quieter machine… although, it certainly does look like an air purifier.

The story – which first appeared on Facebook – explained that buyer Jin Wu arranged to meet his console seller over the phone. 

Two things raised his suspicions – firstly, a female voice that he said ‘did not sound like a gamer’ and secondly, the console was cheaper than the others he found online.

Jin Wu explained: “When the seller arrived, it turned out to be a middle-aged man. You could tell that he definitely played video games, just with a single look.

“Where did you buy this console?” Wu asked.

“Pchome,” the man replied, referencing a major Taiwanese online marketplace. 

“Oh, you’re really quick at reserving the console,” Wu replied. “Did you manage to reserve two consoles? If not, why are you selling this?”

Then things got really sad, really fast. 

“It’s my wife who wants to sell it,” said the unwilling console salesman. 

Wu says that he went quiet at this point, a little taken aback by the pain in the man’s eyes, before the surprising and hilarious punchline was finally revealed.

The seller said: “Seems like women can still tell the difference between a PS5 console and an air purifier.”

We’re not 100% sure if we believe Jin Wu that this really happened, but if it did, it’s absolutely hilarious.

We’ll accept it for now, with a huge pinch of salt and a good laugh.


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