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Sony increases PlayStation 5 supply

Either Sony has changed their minds or supply chains have returned to full capacity earlier than expected, because Sony is increasing PlayStation 5 production drastically.

Reports claimed that Sony expected to produce 6 million PlayStation 5 consoles by March 2021, but Nikkei and Bloomberg say Sony expects to manufacture almost 10 million units before the end of the year to meet higher than expected demand. Ironically, the change might be thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic increasing consumer spending on games.

Ready for 2021: Mass-production of PlayStation 5 consoles began in earnest in June, and Sony expects 5 million units to be ready by September, with an additional 4-5 million units ready between October and December. Production of DualSense controllers has also been increased.

Great demand: Bloomberg adds that despite the increase, shipping constraints may prevent Sony from meeting holiday demand.

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

Which track was pulled from the Rock Band music store over bad language?

  • “Closer” by Nine Inch Nails
  • “Drop It Like It’s Hot” by Snoop Dogg
  • “Juice” by Lizzo
  • “I Love Living in the City” by Fear

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today’s issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

Daily Fact

Super Mario Galaxy 2 almost had Donkey Kong and Pikmin join the fun

Super Mario Galaxy 2 was supposed to feature guest appearances by Donkey Kong and the Pikmin. Unfortunately, Shigeru Miyamoto – who created all of them – vetoed the idea since he didn’t think they all belonged in a single game.

You can actually manage to get a Game Over during Super Mario Galaxy 2’s end credits, since you are controlling Mario in the background. If you finish with 120 stars, a Bee Mushroom appears in the Tall Trunk portion of the credit roll, and you can gain enough height to breach the top boundary and die.

Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss today’s fact.

Pokemon News and Events

Look for Pikachu Visors and prepare your café for a visit from Sobble

If you’re playing Pokémon Go with an Ultra Buddy you might stumble across souvenirs like the new Pikachu Visor. Make sure your Pokémon Café is open so Sobble can come visit you.

Pokémon GO

  • Raid Passes and Battle Passes only used when Raid begins
  • New Rare Souvenir Pikachu Visor inspired by real-world souvenir
  • Pokémon Go Fest 2020 Print At Home Kit announced
    • Provides decorations and activities during upcoming event

Pokémon Café Mix

  • Sobble can be invited and recruited until July 29th

Pokémon Masters

  • Morty’s Secret Ghost Training event has begun
    • Features multiple solo battles and Full Force battles
  • Morty Spotlight Scout with Morty & Drifblim sync pair

Pokémon Rumble Rush

  • Latest Battle Royale Cup has begun
    • Arceus Cup until July 22nd
    • Psychic and Ghost-type moves powered-up
    • Two new pieces of Poké Glam

Google Stadia Exclusives

Google reveals fresh Stadia exclusives

Google’s cloud-gaming service Stadia has just signed two more exclusivity deals with notable developers Harmonix and Supermassive Games.

Google has signed five exclusivity deals recently: Splash Damage are developing the online multiplayer game Outcasters, while Robot Entertainment just launched a new Orcs Must Die! sequel on Stadia today. Epoch and Submerged developer Uppercut Games is also working on a Stadia exclusive.

Catching up: Neither Harmonix nor Supermassive Games have revealed what they have in the works for Stadia. The cloud-gaming service launched in November last year, and has struggled to gain traction due to delays and a lacklustre library.

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Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Which track was pulled from the Rock Band music store over bad language?

Answer: “Juice” by Lizzo!

Some songs are so catchy and popular it’s easy to forget they’re not that radio friendly – like Juice by Lizzo.

Sure, it’s a feel-good anthem, but it also features a single instance of the N-word, and so Rock Band briefly asked you to sing “The juice ain’t worth the squeeze if the juice don’t look like this/ Hold up, n****, please/ Don’t make me have to take your b****”.

After a bit of controversy, the song was edited and is back in rotation, though it’s definitely one of the oddest blunders in Harmonix’s history…

Today’s issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey.