PS5’s High Demand, Hyrule Warriors Demo on eShop

Today: Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity demo out for Switch — Sony’s PlayStation 5 launch ad is spectacularly over the top — Netflix is following up their Witcher adaptation with Assassin’s Creed

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High demand for PlayStation 5 pre-orders

Sony is pleased as punch with the number of PlayStation 5 pre-orders, and demand remains high despite Microsoft’s Xbox Series X push.

PlayStation 5 has had to increase production to meet shortages

“The demand as expressed by the level of pre-order has been very, very considerable,” said Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan. The PlayStation 4 has sold over 110 million units, and Sony hopes to persuade a considerable proportion of those customers to upgrade to the PlayStation 5.

Short supply: “It may well be that not everybody who wants to buy a PS5 on launch day will be able to find one,” added Ryan, but Sony is “working as hard as we ever can” to increase supply.

Sales boom: The COVID-19 pandemic has been surprisingly beneficial for the games industry, with big increases in both hardware and software sales – although many game studios have had to delay games while adapting to teams working from home. This could mean a dearth of new games after the next-generation consoles launch.

Which accessory launched alongside the PlayStation in Japan?

a) The Dualshock
b) The Glasstron
c) The Playstation Mouse
d) The GunCon

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.

Sonic couldn’t roll his eyes on Xbox or PC

Sonic Riders for PlayStation 2, GameCube and Xbox was also planned for Game Boy Advance, but Sega wanted the game to be “more 3D” and that didn’t really fly on the trusty old handheld.

Sonic Riders for Xbox and PC skipped its eye test

The PC version is a port of the Xbox version, and that means it inherited a slightly unfortunate bug where characters' eyes don't move during in-game cutscenes. Instead, everyone's eyeballs are fixed in their skulls, giving them eerie thousand-yard stares.

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Battle Ganon’s forces in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity demo for Switch

You can get a taste of life before Ganon's rule in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity in the new demo that just went live.

Link is off to war in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

Nintendo just announced the demo after leaks suggested it was right around the corner, and there's plenty of footage in the latest Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase, which also shows off No More Heroes 3 and Bravely Default II.

Save transfers: “Take control of each of the fearsome Divine Beasts in #HyruleWarriors: Age of Calamity and wipe out Calamity Ganon’s forces by the hundreds!” The demo includes the first chapter of the game, and you can carry the save data over to the full game when it launches on November 20th.

March to war: Hyrule Warriors isn't a regular Zelda game, but a so-called Musou game like Dynasty Warriors. It's not the first musou-style Zelda game, but it's the first one to tie into the Zelda canon by acting as a prequel to Breath of the Wild.

Sony showcases five PlayStation 5 games

The PlayStation blog is showcasing five upcoming PlayStation 5 games, with No Man's Sky leading the pack.

Next-gen updates for current gen hits like No Man's Sky

No Man's Sky is hardly new, but it's one of many games that will be updated and enhanced for PlayStation 5 and will be marketed as a launch title. The upgrade will be free for current owners, and you can transfer your progress from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5.

Post launch: Temtem will make its console debut on PlayStation 5, and early access opens on December 8th, while the co-op survival RPG Tribes of Midgard won't launch until next year.

More soon: The two remaining game showcases are scheduled to appear in the next few hours, but you can savour Sony's global launch ad for PlayStation 5 while you wait.

  • Preview copies of Watch Dogs: Legion suffer from a showstopper on Xbox One X with a bug in the mission 404 causing the console to overheat
  • Bungie releases behind-the-scenes developer documentary Forged in the Storm featuring developers talking about the next era of Destiny
  • Netflix reveals Assassin’s Creed adaptation developed in partnership with Ubisoft. It will be a live action series, but so far only the logo has been revealed
  • Nintendo adds camera options to Mario 3D All-Stars Collection so you can finally invert the camera controls in version 1.1.0 which launches on November 17th
  • Sony's Play Has No Limits launch trailer is out and is as bombastically ridiculous as you’d expect from a next-gen console

To celebrate the start of a new generation of console gaming we are giving away a new PlayStation 5 to one lucky DailyBits reader. You can find out more about this giveaway on our dedicated page.

Here's the Giveaway Code for Week 44: 6677

Which accessory launched alongside the PlayStation in Japan?

ANSWER: The PlayStation Mouse!

I always thought playing Constructor needed something extra...

Sure, it didn’t enjoy quite the same impact as the DualShock’s analog sticks, but the PlayStation mouse still had its uses. It launched alongside PlayStation in Japan, and was meant to be used with point-and-click games like Myst, Discworld and Necronomicon: The Dawning of Darkness.

It was also compatible with a few FPS and RTS games, as well as light gun games like Area 51 and Ghoul Panic, allowing you to hone your marksmanship even if you didn’t have a CRT TV or a GunCon. But the real treat is playing Clock Tower on a big screen, in the dark, with a mouse. Shudder!

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

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