PS5 pre-orders are still not available, what to do while you wait!?

PS5 Pre-orders have seemingly come and gone a few times now, but we are still awaiting news as to whether or not Pre-Orders will open one more time before the actual release date. So, the big question here is, what to do while we wait? If you plan on getting a PS5 this year, there are still plenty of things to consider while you wait for that upgrade. Here are a few suggestions to help you bide your time.

Start planning ahead. With PS5 offering support for 4K graphics at 120Hz refresh rate and not to mention 8K support, you might want to consider upgrading the television set you plan to use to get the most out of these graphical capabilities. Not only are T.V. sets something to consider, but the PS5 will also feature 3D audio. There is a slew of audio hardware that will be available to take advantage of this stellar sound setting, but keep in mind, the PS5 will not support optical audio. If optical is something you currently use or are planning on using, you’ll have to run the setup through something other than the PS5 and depending on the setup being used, it might not be ideal. 

That being said, you can follow this link to our listing of the best TV and Sound Systems for the PS5 here:

TV and Audio equipment aside, there is still plenty to do in the meantime. Let’s discuss gaming space. New consoles means spending more time playing games out the gate. Comfort is key when it comes to gaming for long periods of time. Have a look at your current setup and decide if it’s everything you want for your upcoming game sessions. While sitting on a comfy couch is great, there are a lot of office chairs (gaming chairs if you will) that will offer a great deal of back support for extended play time. Most will be provided with wheels and are fairly light in weight which makes moving them around the house much easier than tugging the couch or recliner to a position that you might find more comforting. Be sure to check out Amazon for some great deals on chairs made for gaming. 

Sometimes when we’re playing intense game sessions, the convenience of having a little fridge next to us is the difference between winning or losing a match when the game can’t be paused. I have seen mini fridges that will hold up to 6 cans of soda or whatever you might partake in, to minis that can hold half the amount of the average size refrigerator. The amount of cold drinks and snacks you need at hand is a personal choice, but the convenience alone can be a life saver in gaming. Pun kind of intended… Keep in mind that these mini fridges can be pretty durable and not only used for beverages and snacks, but it can also be used to place some lighter weight items on top to keep things organized. 

If you’re the type of person that likes to change the setting of the living room (or any room), you might want to take a minute and look at your gaming surroundings. Imagine where your new PS5 is going to be placed. If you’re happy with how it is, then you’re all set, but if you have an urge for a change, there’s really no better time to change things around then when knowing you’re getting a new console! New console plus new look equals a new atmosphere. While that change might not seem like a big deal, it will feel different and likely give off a sense of newness that will create dopamine in the brain and give off happy thoughts. The more you know, right? 

Games… A pretty hefty topic considering we plan to use the PS5 to play upcoming video games. Luckily with digital games taking over the market, there should be no problems Pre-Ordering titles to buy and play upon release. One thing to consider is the rise in prices. While not all games coming out are slated to have the new higher price of $70 USD, it is a trend that will surely sweep the industry for triple A titles. On the one hand, it’s only a $10 increase per game. On the other hand, that $10 adds up to an additional $100 USD for every 10 games purchased. It’s nothing to overthink, but money management is important when it comes to having a video game hobby and can quickly grow out of control and push us over budget when we aren’t paying attention to the overall total. 

Speaking of money management, that brings me to the last and possibly most crucial tip I can offer here. Start saving your money and planning an overall budget you can afford and be happy with. For many of us, video games are a passion. We love to play them, we love to try new ones and we love to have a large collection. It is easy to overspend on video games and setting a healthy limit on how much you spend on them can offer peace of mind at the end of the day. Everyone has different spending budgets, but it’s good to plan these out. Set aside some money each week that is solely for gaming entertainment to get yourself started. With a little cushion of spending room, it makes it a lot easier to make a last minute purchase on a game or accessory that you just absolutely want. Just don’t forget to set your spending limit. If you have some  funds leftover from the last game purchase, but have also spent your limit for the month, I would advise letting those funds rollover into the next month. This way, you’ll always have what you want and if something does pop up that you unexpectedly want, you should be able to make that purchase without disturbing your other finances and not take away from the following month’s budget. 

I hope this helps bide your time while we all await the PS5 release. Once the PS5 has dropped, we will be filling our time without even noticing how much of it has gone by. If you have any advice or tips to add, feel free to drop them in the comments for a discussion. We will see you online!

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