After going through the tutorials and figuring out the basics of Pokemon Unite, you're given a choice of five Pokemon to unlock and get you started in Unite Battles. This first choice will directly impact how well you'll perform in your first battles, and if you're like us, you're going to want a primer on all five of these "starter" Pokemon. Here's our look at each one, as well as our choice for the best one to choose if you're new to the MOBA scene.
If you check out our Pokemon Unite beginner's tips and tricks guide, you'll see that the playable characters in Pokemon Unite are broken down into five types: Attacker, All-Rounder, Speedster, Defender, and Supporter. Each of the five starter Pokemon you can choose from represents one of these five types, with each having its own role in battle. Below you can find a breakdown of each one, including statistics, moves, and basic strategies.
Also, a quick note before we get started: Yes, Zeraora is technically also available in the beginning as a free download, but its availability is temporary and must be redeemed via in-game message. These Pokemon are strictly the five presented to you after completion of the tutorial.
Being the most popular Pokemon in the world, it makes sense that Pikachu is a quick and easy Pokemon to learn as most people will pick it up first. Pikachu thrives on the front lines, dealing damage and scoring points for its team, but it will need backup for prolonged fights. Be careful not to jump headfirst into battle, especially alone, or else you'll be seeing the respawn screen more often than you should.
Offense - 9
Endurance - 3
Mobility - 3
Scoring - 4
Support - 3
Thunder Shock - Area of effect attack that damages and slows anyone in contact. Cooldown is 5 seconds. Upgrades at Lvl. 4 to one of the following:
Electro Ball - Area of effect attack that damages and slows anyone in contact. 5 second cooldown. At Lvl. 11 the move's damage is boosted.
Thunder - Multiple thunderbolts strike and damage any Pokemon they contact. 8 second cooldown. At Lvl. 11 more thunderbolts are summoned.
Electro Web - Attack that damages and "roots" (immobilizes) Pokemon it contacts. Cooldown is 9 seconds. Upgrades at Lvl. 6 to one of the following:
Volt Tackle - Charges into enemies, damaging them and sending them into the air temporarily. 10 second cooldown. At Lvl. 13 cooldown is reduced.
Thunderbolt - Strong electric blast that damages and stuns enemies it contacts. 9 second cooldown. At Lvl. 13 damage output is increased.
Passive Skill: Static - When damaged, all enemy Pokemon around Pikachu are slowed for a short time.
Unite Move: Thunderstorm - Multiple powerful lightning bolts strike all around Pikachu.
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Charizard is the definition of a well-rounded Pokemon, holding its own on offense, defense, and in scoring. However, being an All-Rounder means the fiery Pokemon can only fly so high before getting burned, making him a liability in the later stages of a match. Our strategic recommendation would be to stay on the offensive early, gaining experience and charging up moves before falling back and defending for the rest of the match.
Charmander Start | Charmeleon at Lvl. 5 | Charizard at Lvl. 9
Offense - 7
Endurance - 6
Mobility - 5
Scoring - 6
Support - 1
Flame Burst - Fire attack that leaves the opponent burned for a short time. Cooldown is 6 seconds. Upgrades at Lvl. 5 to one of the following:
Flamethrower - Fiery breath that damages and burns any Pokemon in its path. 6 second cooldown. At Lvl. 11 the move's damage and burn damage is boosted.
Fire Punch - A blazing punch that does additional damage to enemies already burned. 6 second cooldown. At Lvl. 11 Charizard's basic attack reduces Fire Punch's cooldown when it connects.
Fire Spin - Circle of fire traps Pokemon inside, damaging and slowing them down. Cooldown is 10 seconds. Upgrades at Lvl. 7 to one of the following:
Fire Blast - Blast of fire that deals initial damage, then leaves a circle of fire that damages Pokemon inside it over time and slows them down. 10 second cooldown. At Lvl. 13 the damage dealt is increased.
Flare Blitz - Charizard charges forward encased in fire, gaining a shield and throwing opponents on contact. 10 second cooldown. At Lvl. 13 the move also slows down Pokemon it damages.
Passive Skill: Blaze - Critical Hit damage is increased when Charizard is at half health
Unite Move: Seismic Slam - Charizard flies into the air, aims at a target, picks it up, and slams it into the ground.
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Talonflame's Speedster nature means it's going to move around the arena with ease, making it perfect for attacking wild Pokemon and racking up the energy for goals. Once it's time to score a goal make sure a Defender or Supporter is with you, because trying to score alone when even one of your opponents is in your path could be disastrous. The term "glass cannon" describes the Speedster type well, and Talonflame is no exception.
Fletchling Start | Fletchinder at Lvl. 5 | Talonflame at Lvl. 9
Offense - 5
Endurance - 3
Mobility - 10
Scoring - 7
Support - 1
Peck - A quick charge forward followed by three quick peck attacks. Cooldown is 5 seconds. Upgrades at Lvl. 5 to one of the following:
Flame Charge - Flies forward surrounded by flames, attacking and increasing its speed. 6.5 second cooldown. At Lvl. 11 the move also decreases the opponent's speed.
Aerial Ace - Charges toward an enemy causing damage and increasing damage of next basic move. 6 second cooldown. At Lvl. 11 the damage dealt is increased.
Acrobatics - Attacks an area from multiple directions and allows the player to choose the direction of escape when the move is finished. Cooldown is 7 seconds. Upgrades at Lvl. 7 to one of the following:
Fly - Flies straight into the sky, and a second use brings it back down for big damage. 11 second cooldown. At Lvl. 13 the move throws enemies in the area when Talonflame comes back down.
Brave Bird - Engulfs itself in flames and flies to a specified area for damage. The move causes recoil damage to Talonflame and reduces cooldown in basic attacks.11 second cooldown. At Lvl. 13 recoil damage is reduced.
Passive Skill: Gale Wings - Talonflame moves faster when it's at high HP.
Unite Move: Flame Sweep - A long-distance charge while covered in flames, shoving enemies aside after contact.
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Snorlax is the Pokemon for defensive-minded players, with moves like Heavy Slam able to break up enemy skirmishes and Block giving teammates a breather when needed, although it can also be used offensively to prevent enemy players' retreat. Placing Snorlax in front of a goal and playing defense is the best way to be successful with the giant Pokemon, but it can't be left alone for too long. Despite its maximum endurance, Snorlax can get overwhelmed before too long, and he'll end up sleeping off the damage he receives while waiting to respawn.
Offense - 3
Endurance - 10
Mobility - 4
Scoring - 3
Support - 5
Tackle - Charges forward with its belly for an area-of-effect attack, slowing damaged Pokemon's movement speed for a short time. Cooldown is 6 seconds. Upgrades at Lvl. 6 to one of the following:
Heavy Slam - Slams its body down, damaging and throwing opponents around it. 7 second cooldown. At Lvl. 11 the move's damage is boosted.
Flail - Flails its body around, hitting all Pokemon around it. The move also increases basic attack damage depending on current HP; the lower the HP, the higher the damage boost. 6.5 second cooldown. At Lvl. 11 the move's damage is boosted.
Rest - Falls asleep where it stands and heals HP while blocking the path of all Pokemon not on its team. Cooldown is 10 seconds. Upgrades at Lvl. 8 to one of the following:
Block - Spreads its arms out, creating a wall and giving it a shield. Opposing Pokemon are knocked back when contacting the wall. 11 second cooldown. At Lvl. 13 damage received while this move is active is reduced.
Yawn - A huge yawn that lulls opposing Pokemon around it to sleep, stunning them. 12 second cooldown. At Lvl. 13 it also decreases the movement speed of any Pokemon it hits.
Passive Skill: Gluttony - Increased effects from used Berry items.
Unite Move: Power Nap - Falls asleep and rolls around, damaging any Pokemon it contacts.
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Supporter classes take time to get used to, but Eldegoss is a terrific beginner's support. Its Synthesis and Pollen Puff moves are fantastic for healing, while the Cotton Spore makes for a great disruption move later in the game. Supporters are never meant to charge headlong into battle, preferring to stay behind while healing and waiting for the right time to drop that one disruptive move. If you're an offensive-minded player, Eldegoss can wait.
Gossifluer Start | Eldegoss at Lvl. 4
Offense - 3
Endurance - 4
Mobility - 5
Scoring - 5
Support - 8
Leafage - Throws leaves at opponents, damaging them and slowing them down temporarily. Cooldown is 6 seconds. Upgrades at Lvl. 4 to one of the following:
Pollen Puff - Puff of pollen sticks to a Pokemon. If stuck to a teammate, it heals the teammate, and if stuck to an opponent it damages the opponent. 5 second cooldown. At Lvl. 11 allies take less damage when stuck while opponents take damage over time instead of once.
Leaf Tornado - A cyclone of leaves attacks enemies and leaves a small vortex behind, increasing movement speed of allies who walk through it. 9 second cooldown. At Lvl. 11 it also decreases the accuracy of enemy Pokemon it hits.
Synthesis - Restores HP of both itself and nearly allies. Cooldown is 8 seconds. Upgrades at Lvl. 6 to one of the following:
Cotton Guard - Cotton appears and absorbs damage, restoring some HP when the move completes. 7 second cooldown. At Lvl. 13 movement speed increases while using the move.
Cotton Spore - Spores gather around Eldegoss reducing damage received. Spores will burst after a short time dealing damage to nearby enemies and slowing their movement speed. 10 second cooldown. At Lvl. 13 the bursting spores also throw Pokemon into the air.
Passive Skill: Cotton Down - Damaging it over a certain amount will cause cotton to burst around it, increasing its HP and movement speed.
Unite Move: Cotton Cloud Crash - Eldegoss lifts into the air then crashes back down, healing ally Pokemon and damaging opponents when it lands.
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Which Pokemon is the best pick for newcomers?
Out of those five Pokemon, there is a clear choice in our minds which one should be the first Pokemon chosen out of the game for Pokemon fans who aren't familiar with the MOBA genre, and it's this one:
We know it's a cliche pick, but honestly Pikachu's attack-heavy moveset makes it the perfect candidate to break the ice for non-MOBA players. You'll use it throughout the arena, fighting both wild Pokemon and opposing team members and getting the flow of battle while learning the lay of the land. You'll be able to see how Defenders and Supporters back you up, giving you an idea of how to use them should you decide to give those types a change. Most of all you'll be in the thick of the action for the majority of the match, getting an idea of the flow of a MOBA match from early game preparation to the final stand. The Speedster Talonflame is another good choice, but its dependence on constant mobility has a slightly higher learning curve.
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For more on Pokemon Unite, check out our guide to how microtransactions work in this new MOBA game, as well as the difference between ranked, standard, and quick matches.
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343 Industries has shared more details on the upcoming Halo Infinite beta, or test flight, in its latest Inside Infinite post, including more details on the weapons you'll be able to try out in the beta's Weapon Drills mode.
Those chosen for the Halo Infinite beta will have access to the Academy experience, which prepares them for competitive play in a less-punishing setting. This includes Weapon Drills, which put you into a firing range where you'll strafe and run while using a variety of weapons. Some of them are older Halo mainstays, while others are brand-new:
MK50 Sidekick (new)
CQS48 Bulldog (new)
VK78 Commando (new)
Pulse Carbine (new)
If you've ever played Halo before, you surely know how the assault rifle and Needler perform, but the Heatwave and new CQS48 Bulldog shotgun may take some getting used to. The development team is soliciting feedback on this content, as well, to determine if it's doing a good job of teaching players how the weapons operate.
Additionally, 343 shared more insight on the bots that will be your competition in Bot Arena. This mode is also designed to help you learn the game, but in more of a match-like setting, and head of creative--and former Halo lead writer--Joseph Staten explained that there will be Recruit, Marine, ODST, and Spartan bots, each more skilled than the previous one. Which one you face can be determined by the difficulty selection, but you won't see them take any more damage or deal more of it. Instead, they'll just perform better, dodging your grenades and making better decisions. On higher difficulties, they'll even make use of the Grappleshot ability to kill you with a melee strike.
"In the early Halo games, [bots] were a feature that we always wanted to land but that consistently got cut due to limited time and resources," Staten said. "So, I'm very happy we've been able to make them happen this time around."
After a year-long delay, Halo Infinite launches this Holiday for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. Thus far, more than 100,000 people have registered for the beta test.
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It seems the global semiconductor shortage may continue until 2022 or 2023, according to Intel
During a Q2 earnings call earlier this week, CEO Pat Gelsinger said that because computing and AI are proliferating, especially in the wake of the ongoing pandemic, the semiconductor supply chain will take a couple years to catch up with demand now that things are being digitized.
"While I expect the shortage to bottom out in the second half, it will take another one to two years before the industry is able to completely catch up with demand," Gelsinger said. "With major fab construction projects underway in Oregon, Arizona, Ireland, and Israel, we are investing for the future, but we are also taking action today to find innovative ways to help mitigate industry constraints."
Gelsinger acknowledges that there's more work to do to address the semiconductor shortage. Despite that, he expects the PC market to expand since people turn to computing to complete their everyday tasks (as a result of the continued pandemic) while remaining confident in Intel's direction.
"While we have work to do, we are making strides to renew our execution machine: 7nm is progression very well," Gelsinger said. "We've launched new innovative products, established Intel Foundry Services, and made operation and organization changes to lay the foundation needed to win in the next phase of our company's great history."
The semiconductor shortage has affected numerous industries, including game console manufacturing. It's partly why there's been difficulty buying a Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S in store or online. Furthermore, Nvidia said the situation will slow GPU production until the end of the year.
The supply chain constraints are even causing in-game problems. Final Fantasy XIV has experienced server congestion issues as a result of its recent popularity. Producer Naoki Yoshida said the semiconductor shortage is preventing the team from adding more data centers to produce additional servers. In response, the MMORPG will get an auto-logout feature soon.
Back in March, media and tech analyst Neil Campling told The Guardian that the semiconductor shortage had reached "crisis" levels. The Senate passed legislation in June aimed at alleviating the constraints to ensure the chips were more widely available. The bipartisan bill now goes to the House.
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If the heroes of League of Legends aren't your cup of tea, you can now get your MOBA fix with a Pokemon twist. Pokémon Unite, the first Pokemon MOBA title, is now available on the Nintendo Switch.
The game, a free-to-play title, lets players pick a Pokemon to play as before a match begins. Throughout a game, players can temporarily evolve their Pokemon, select the moves they know, and which items they hold. Different moves have different effects and deal varying amounts of damage while items grant boosts to base stats, like attack damage or movement speed.
To win a game of Pokemon Unite, players have to collect a resource called Aeos energy. Dropped by defeating wild or player-controlled Pokemon, Aeos energy can be deposited at opponents' goal zones (with a sick basketball dunk) to earn points. Naturally, the team with the most points at the end of a game wins.
Players that download Pokemon by August 31 will also get an extra bonus. Early players will earn themselves a free Zeraora Unite license, letting them play as the mythical Pokemon (who is considered quite overpowered). A majority of the roster in Pokemon Unite is unlocked by grinding for or purchasing Unite licenses.
While Pokemon Unite is currently only available on the Switch, the game is also planned to launch on mobile devices this coming September, along with cross-play for the two platforms. Players can switch between each platform seamlessly by logging in on mobile with their Nintendo account or Pokemon Trainer Club account.
For more, check out our Pokemon Unite guide and overview of how its microtransactions and tickets work.
Pokemon Unite is a far cry from the typical Pokémon games we usually see, and it's not the end of the franchise experimenting with different formats. Pokemon Legends: Arceus, set to release on January 28, 2022, will be a 3D open-world RPG, seemingly influenced by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. While little is known about the upcoming title, we've put together a page on everything we know about Pokemon Legends: Arceus.
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Movie director and writer James Gunn has shared his thoughts on the future of comic book and superhero films, calling them "really dumb" and "mostly boring for me right now." Speaking to the Irish Times, Gunn said comic book and superhero films run the risk of fading in popularity if they don't mix things up and try out new approaches.
"We know about the way cowboy films went, and the way war films went," he said. "I don't know, I think you don't have to be a genius to put two and two together and see that there's a cycle to those sorts of films, you know, and that the only hope for the future of the comic book and superhero films is to change them up. They're really dumb. And they're mostly boring for me right now."
Gunn went on to say that he was a big fan of comic book and superhero movies at the beginning. He said he was blown away by the visual effects when he saw Superman as a kid. Later on, he was a big fan of Iron Man from Marvel, again, for the visual effects that showed Tony Stark flying around in his supersuit. "And that was a beautiful thing to be able to do. But if the movies don't change, it's gonna get really, really boring," he said.
Gunn tempered his comments by acknowledging that some superhero and comic book movies these days are innovating, but in general, he hasn't been blown away by what he's seen of late.
"There are people trying to do some different things with superheroes. So it's not it's not 100% a rule that everybody isn't, but a lot of superhero films are boring. And so for me, I think it's just about bringing in other elements," he said.
Gunn directed Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy and its sequel, and he's lined up to direct 2023's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 as well. He also directed The Suicide Squad, which releases on August 6, and he's writing and directing the spin-off TV show Peacemaker. Outside of that, Gunn is attached to write and direct the Guardians of the Galaxy holiday special.
Exactly what new elements Gunn will bring to the table with these films remains to be seen. But the director has said Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will tell a "heavier" story, which could speak to what he's trying to achieve in the space that will help set the movie apart.
"It's pretty heavy actually. It's a heavier story, so it's an emotional process to go through," Gunn told Entertainment Weekly of the script.
Before Gunn started working with Marvel and DC, he made the wacky and wonderful superhero movie Super starring Rainn Wilson, a film about a person with no superhuman abilities.
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World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Classic is getting in on the summer sport festivities by bringing back an event not seen in-game since the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games.
Called the Spirit of Competition (via WoWhead), the event sees players across the Horde and Alliance competing in the game's PvP Battlegrounds to earn special rewards in the form of a unique tabard that mimics the Olympic Rings symbol as well as a unique dragon pet.
Conceived to coincide with the 2008 Summer Olympic games in the original version of the Burning Crusade expansion, it seemed Blizzard thought it would be fitting to bring it back for this year's delayed 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. It's currently unclear how long the Spirit of Competition event will run. The Spirit of Competition event coincides with this year's annual Midsummer Fire Festival in-game event, which adds new quests, cosmetic rewards, and dungeon bosses.
Horde players will likely want to take advantage of this week's ongoing same-faction Battleground test in order to score the exclusive Olympic-themed cosmetic items. Prior to Blizzard enabling same-faction Battleground matchmaking, Horde players found themselves waiting up to an hour to participate in matches thanks to the faction's much larger population, which would make earning the exclusive rewards far more difficult. The game's most recent same-faction matchmaking test offers extra rewards for Alliance players who choose to participate in Battlegrounds.
The launch of the event comes just as Activision Blizzard is dealing with the fallout from a new California lawsuit against the company, stating it fosters a "frat boy" culture rife with sexual harassment. Many players are calling for the removal of NPCs in both WoW Classic and the current Shadowlands version of the game that are named after an ex-Blizzard veteran and former WoW creative director mentioned in the lawsuit.
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Best Buy has kicked off one of its biggest sales of the year, Black Friday in July, and it's brought a great wave of deals across tech, gaming, toys, and more. On the gaming side, there are some particularly solid offers on PS4 and PS5 games, including The Last of Us Part II for its lowest price ever, $20. A ton of great game deals from earlier this week are still available as well.
The Best Buy Black Friday in July sale also brings back some of the best deals from Prime Day, including a Nintendo Switch Lite bundle that gets you a free 128GB memory card, the 4th Gen Echo Dot bundle that comes with a free multicolor smart bulb, and Jabra's Elite 85t true wireless earbuds. You'll find some nice PC gaming deals as well, like MSI's 15.6-inch Sword gaming laptop for $1,000 and a Dell 32-inch 1440p, 165Hz curved gaming monitor for $350.
You can check out more of the best gaming and tech deals during Best Buy's Black Friday in July sale below. The sale ends this Sunday, July 25, so there's not much time to take advantage of the offers. And Best Buy's sale isn't the only big one happening this week--you can check out big summer sales on PSN and the Microsoft Store right now as well.
Best Buy Black Friday in July Sale: Best Deals
Assassin's Creed Valhalla (PS5, PS4, Xbox) -- $30 ($60)
Bravely Default II (Switch) -- $43 ($60)
Demon's Souls (PS5) -- $50 ($70)
The Falconeer (Xbox) -- $10 ($40)
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (Switch) -- $20 ($40)
Ghost of Tsushima (PS4) -- $30 ($40)
Judgment (PS5) -- $25 ($40)
Kingdom Hearts All-in-One Package (PS4) -- $20 ($40)
The Last of Us Part II (PS4) -- $20 ($40)
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Switch) -- $15 ($60)
Mass Effect: Legendary Edition (PS4) -- $45 ($60)
Mortal Kombat 11 - Ultimate Edition (PS5) -- $25 ($50)
The Nioh Collection (PS5) -- $50 ($70)
Persona 5 Royal (PS4) -- $25 ($60)
Persona 5 Strikers (Switch, PS4) -- $35 ($60)
Rainbow Six Siege - Deluxe Edition (PS5, Xbox) -- $15 ($40)
Sackboy: A Big Adventure (PS5) -- $40 ($60)
Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster (Switch, PS4) -- $35 ($50)
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (PS4, Xbox) -- $15 ($40)
Star Wars Squadrons (PS4, Xbox) -- $15 ($40)
Yakuza: Like a Dragon (PS4, Xbox) -- $25 ($60)
Yakuza Remastered Collection (PS4) -- $25 ($60)
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Genshin Impact's world of Teyvat will continue to expand, with developer miHoYo hoping to add four more continents to the game over the next four years.
The news comes from Genshin Impact developer miHoYo's GDC 2021 talk (via Famitsu), where miHoYo producer and CEO Haoyu Cai went in-depth on its process of creating the world and characters found in the popular free-to-play game. miHoYo says the seven regions of the world have been planned from the start.
Three out of the game's seven planned continents are currently available, with the newest area of the game, Inazuma, having only been added recently with Genshin Impact's massive 2.0 update. As discussed in the GDC talk, each region of Teyvat and the characters hailing from that particular region are inspired by real-world cultures. Mondstadt, the game's first region, is inspired by Germany, while the game's second area, Liyue, draws inspiration from Chinese culture. The new Inazuma region and characters are inspired by Japan.
The developer's GDC presentation mainly focused on the technical aspects of crafting a beautiful world for players to explore, outlining how miHoYo uses various rendering effects, lighting, and art stylization to create the game's anime and cel-shaded look.
In addition to adding the new Inazuma zone, Genshin Impact's 2.0 update also added new characters, changes to in-game housing, and added support for cross-progression across PC, mobile, and PlayStation platforms.
Going hand-in-hand with the game's new console cross-progression is the inclusion of Aloy from the Horizon series. The new 5-star character can be summoned for free for all players, though PlayStation users above Adventure Rank 20 will be able to use Aloy starting with the game's 2.1 update, while players on other platforms will get the chance when the game's 2.2 update arrives. Players who have reached Adventure Rank 20 or above can also obtain a special bow that can be used by the character.
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Although many people have been hunting for the PlayStation 5 since launch last holiday, there's a somewhat surprising demand for the PlayStation 4, too. Yes, we're talking about the console that originally launched in 2013. Perhaps the PS5 fever (and extreme stock shortages) has led some people to dive back a generation into the PS4 instead, or maybe an immediate nostalgia effect is already kicking in for other gamers. Regardless of the exact reason, the fact is that the PS4 is hard to find in stock at major retailers, especially for reasonable prices. Listings on eBay for the PS4 are extremely active, with prices sometimes reaching pretty darn close to the PS5 list price. We've put together a guide covering where to buy the PS4 in 2021, including both new and preowned consoles.
If you wind up picking up a PS4, we have multiple roundups that should be of interest, including the best PS4 games, best PS4 headsets, and best PS4 controllers.
Where to buy a brand-new PS4
Sony hasn't officially stopped production of all PS4 models. The 1TB Slim model and PS4 Pro are discontinued, but the 500GB Slim model is still considered an active console as of early this year. That said, we haven't seen an in-stock listing for the 500GB at any major retailer for months. So, where does that leave you if you have your heart set on a brand-new PS4?
Combing through major retailer websites for new PS4 consoles can be bleak and pretty shocking. It's not uncommon to find listings for $500 or more, and some bundles sold by third-party sellers top out around $1,000. That's quite absurd.
We found exactly one reasonably priced new PS4 at a major retailer. GameStop has the discontinued 1TB Slim console bundled with Spider-Man: Miles Morales for $350. While we've certainly seen new PS4 Slim consoles for much less before--especially during the holiday season--recent PS4 price history makes this bundle a solid deal. This bundle likely won't be available for long, as GameStop's PS4 console stock has seriously dwindled lately.
After digging through eBay listings, it's pretty clear that GameStop's current bundle is the best deal you're likely to find. Most brand-new PS4s cost north of $400 on eBay and recent auctions have eclipsed the $350 price, too. You can save yourself some headache by getting the PS4 from GameStop with free two- to five-day shipping.
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To be perfectly honest, if you're interested in a new PS4 Pro, you're going to wind up spending at least as much as you would on a PS5. There aren't a ton of brand-new PS4 Pro listings on eBay, but we've seen auctions end above $500. And if you want a special-edition console like The Last of Us Part II or the 500 Million Limited Edition? Many of those creep up toward $1,000.
Where to buy a preowned PS4
While one would think finding a preowned PS4 would be much easier than grabbing a brand-new one, that's only somewhat the case. In less than 24 hours, GameStop sold out of four different preowned PS4 bundles. If you're on the hunt for a PS4, we recommend checking GameStop's stock frequently. It seems like the retailer cycles through availability for certain bundles, so options may change over the course of a week or so. You should also call your local store for availability, as many of GameStop's PS4 listings are marked as in-store only now.
GameStop's preowned PS4 prices are decent, but keep in mind that you can almost always get a better deal by shopping at auction sites like eBay and StockX. As mentioned, listings are pretty active nowadays, but it's not incredibly challenging to find a preowned PS4 (original and Slim) for $200 to $300 if you're diligent. The PS4 Pro tends to sell for $300 to $400, but it can go for more.
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