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Another PlayStation State of Play is happening next week

It hasn’t been that long since the last PlayStation State of Play, but that isn’t stopping Sony from hosting another one. Today, Sony announced that another State of Play will be happening next week. Still, unlike the previous one that focused primarily on PlayStation 5 games, this one will focus on upcoming games for both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

If you thought that Sony might be out of reveals after the last State of Play, which took place in September, it appears you’d be right. Rather than showcase upcoming titles from PlayStation Studios, Sony says that this new State of Play will be “focusing on announcements and updates for upcoming third-party releases headed to PS5 and PS4.”

What those releases could be is anyone’s guess at this point. We can, as always, make a few educated guesses as to what might be on tap, as there are numerous confirmed titles in development for both consoles. Games we’d keep an eye out for in particular include Final Fantasy 16, the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake from Aspyr, and titles that are probably closer to release than either of those games including Elden Ring, Ghostwire: Tokyo, and Solar Ash.

Sony, for its part, does not indicate what’s in store aside from confirming that it’ll be primarily third-party games on the docket and that the show will mainly comprise “new looks at previously announced games, plus a few reveals from our partners around the world.” Sony says that the whole show will last for around 20 minutes, so we can expect a quick and breezy event.

The next State of Play will be happening next Wednesday, October 27th at 2 PM PT/5 PM ET. You’ll be able to watch the State of Play on the PlayStation Twitch and YouTube channels. We’ll be covering the show as it happens, so check back with us next Wednesday for all you need to know.

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AT&T 3G network shutdown is finally happening in February

As the world moves slowly but surely towards supporting 5G, network operators are itching to finally ditch the oldest cellular networks they’re still supporting. After an initial wave of outcry and complaints, probably from commercial customers, US carriers have decided to delay shutting down their 3G services at least until 2022. It seems that AT&T will indeed be the first to do so by February 2022 and it has thankfully released a list of devices that will continue to work beyond that cutoff date.

3G was the bread and butter of cellular communication back in the day, allowing even some form of web browsing, depending on the phone or network. Even feature phones today, however, support 4G connections so carriers have been trying to reduce their operation costs by shutting down a network that they claim is no longer really being used anyway. T-Mobile’s shutdown won’t happen until April next year while Verizon is pushing it further to the end of 2022.

AT&T, however, no longer has qualms in pushing through with its February 2022 deadline, at least for now. As always, such big disruptive changes can cause some confusion as to whether a subscriber’s device will continue working once 3G goes away. AT&T does provide a list of smartphones, tablets, and even smartwatches that will continue working beyond that date. Suffice it to say, if it’s not on that list, it’s not going to work next year.

In addition to supporting 4G networks, the phones that AT&T’s network will support need to also be capable of HD Voice calls. Fortunately, most modern phones do have those and are covered. Unfortunately, there might still be some AT&T customers out there with 3G-only or non-HD phones.

The only path forward for these customers would be to upgrade their phones, presuming they still want to stay on the network. AT&T does recommend that customers who don’t want to switch phones disconnect their lines since those won’t work on the old phones anyway. Jumping to another carrier that still supports 3G might also not be a practical choice since all of them will be shutting down their networks by 2022 eventually.

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Xbox Series S restock happening right now

While the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 continue to sell out everywhere, those who are on the hunt for the less expensive Xbox Series S are in luck today. The console is back in stock at the moment, but like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, there’s no telling how long it will be available.

The Xbox Series S is back in stock at Microsoft right now with a limit of one console per customer. Those buying an Xbox Series S can choose to create a bundle with a $10 discount on an Xbox Wireless Controller. As we’ve seen in the past, there are a vast array of Xbox Wireless Controllers to choose from with this bundle, ranging from the new model that was introduced alongside the Xbox Series X|S to older Xbox One controllers. You can even get an Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 in this bundle, though even with that $10 discount, the Elite Series 2 is still a very expensive controller.

The only other bundle option you have with the Xbox Series S is Microsoft Complete for Xbox accidental damage coverage, which runs $49. Keep in mind that you don’t need to purchase an Xbox Series S with an extra controller or that accidental damage coverage – instead, you can simply purchase an Xbox Series S (which comes with one controller in the box) for $299.99.

We’ve been seeing stock for the Xbox Series S begin to stabilize a little bit, which doesn’t come as much of a surprise. While the console has an attractive price tag that puts it well below the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, it’s also underpowered compared to those consoles, making it a bit more niche and its appeal a bit more limited.

Still, here’s hoping the fact that the Xbox Series S no longer sells out immediately is a sign of things to come for the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5. We’ll let you know when we see those other consoles back in stock too, so stay tuned for more.

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Sony PS5 restock happening now, but you have to be quick

The PlayStation 5 has been notoriously hard to track down for its entire existence thus far, and thanks to a global parts shortage, it doesn’t look like that’s going to change anytime soon. New PS5 stock seems to sell out just as soon as its listed anywhere, making the feat of actually obtaining one of these consoles more a matter of luck and perseverance than anything else. Those still trying for a PS5 have another chance today, as Sony itself has restocked the console.

Sony has just sent the PlayStation Direct page for the PlayStation 5 live, which means that it will soon be opening up the queue. Typically, Sony sends PlayStation Direct live around 15 minutes before it opens the queue, so depending on when you read this, you might still have a few minutes to hop over there before the queue is created.

The queue could be the difference maker for a lot of people. Everyone who is waiting when the queue opens is placed into it at random, and if you manage to make it through the queue while PlayStation 5 consoles are still in stock, you have a very good chance of actually getting a console. While other retailer websites might struggle under the rush of people coming to the site, thereby making the checkout process difficult if not impossible, the PlayStation Direct queue helps ensure that the website doesn’t get overloaded.

Obviously, you still need an awful lot of luck to make it through the queue before consoles sell out, but if you do, then you probably don’t need to worry about the website crashing before you can complete checkout. With that being said, it’s probably still a good idea to get through checkout as quickly as you can in the event that you can actually get a PS5 in your cart.

One thing to keep in mind is that Sony requires you to log into your PSN account before you can purchase a PS5 through PlayStation Direct, so be prepared to do that. Unfortunately, Sony doesn’t usually announce these PlayStation Direct restocks ahead of time, so it’s hard to know when the next one will be, but we’ll let you know when we see the site go live in the future.

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