Spotify’s 2020 Gaming Recap Shows PlayStation and Xbox Usage Is Way Up

You’ve probably seen pretty much everyone you follow online posting their 2020 Wrapped info from Spotify, detailing everyone’s stats for time listened, top artists, genres, podcasts, and more. Well gamers, we haven’t been excluded from the trend. This year, Spotify recorded an almost 55% increase globally in streaming from game consoles, both Xbox and PlayStation, as revealed in a special Wrapped that highlights what those users were listening to this year.

Video game soundtracks did particularly well, unsurprisingly. Minecraft, Doom, and Death Stranding all had their soundtracks in the top streamed category this year, and the soundtrack for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 spiked more than 316% once the game launched. It’s hard to get those punk rock anthems out of your head after hearing them for several hours at a time. While some of the songs were new, many others also appeared on the original games.

If you don’t

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Best Cyber Week Gaming Deals 2020: Nintendo, PlayStation, Xbox

Cyber Monday is over, but gamers are still getting spoiled with last-minute Cyber Week deals. Retailers are offering discounts on everything from consoles to accessories, subscriptions, and games — so whether you’re sticking with the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, or PC, or upgrading to the latest PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, you’re sure to find a deal that’s right for you.

No matter what platform for choose, we’ve got your back with our roundups of the best Cyber Week PlayStation deals, Cyber Week Xbox deals, Cyber Week Nintendo Switch deals, and Cyber Week gaming laptop deals that are still available. If you see an offer that you like, don’t hesitate on sealing the deal because there’s no telling how long the discounts will last and when stocks will run out, especially since gaming deals are always among the most popular listings in the runup to the holidays.

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Spotify’s 2020 Gaming Recap: PlayStation and Xbox Usage Is Way Up

You’ve probably seen pretty much everyone you follow online posting their 2020 Wrapped info from Spotify, detailing everyone’s stats for time listened, top artists, genres, podcasts, and more. Well gamers, we haven’t been excluded from the trend. This year, Spotify recorded an almost 55% increase globally in streaming from game consoles, both Xbox and PlayStation, as revealed in a special Wrapped that highlights what those users were listening to this year.

Video game soundtracks did particularly well, unsurprisingly. Minecraft, Doom, and Death Stranding all had their soundtracks in the top streamed category this year, and the soundtrack for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 spiked more than 316% once the game launched.

If you don’t currently have a Spotify Premium subscription but do have a Game Pass Ultimate membership, you can get a free three-month trial of the music service.

Curious to see what everyone was jamming out to? Here’s Spotify’s

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Best Walmart Cyber Monday deals still available: $199 AirPods Pro (again), price cuts on a 70-inch Roku TV, Roomba and Xbox, Switch and PS4 games

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

Cyber Monday might be over, but you can still find deals at Walmart that haven’t yet gone away. The ApirPods Pro are back to $200, for example, and you can snag a giant 70-inch Roku TV for under $500. It’s little surprise that the deals Apple Watch Series 3 all quickly sold out, but keep an eye on this list as certain items have been coming back in stock.

Our favorite deals that you can still actually buy are listed below. Note that availability and prices fluctuate but were accurate at the time of this story’s most recent update.

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Who doesn’t love a crispy finish on top of their tender juicy dinner? That’s exactly what the Ninja

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Will there be another PlayStation 5 and Xbox restock at retailers this year?

Two of the holiday season’s most coveted gifts went on sale last month, with Microsoft rolling out its Xbox Series X|S video game consoles and Sony debuting the rival PlayStation 5. The only problem: actually finding one of the $499 devices in stock. 

As Black Friday and Cyber Monday came and went, the consoles remained hard to find. But there could be some hope for holiday shoppers: Sony vowed in a tweet that more inventory would arrive at retailers before year-end. 

Still, expect the consoles to remain a hot item. Demand was so high

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Xbox Restock Updates: Check Xbox Series X Stock At Walmart, Best Buy, Target, GameStop, And More

The busy holiday sales period brought by Cyber Monday and Black Friday is finally behind us, and now that Christmas is just weeks away, hopeful Xbox Series X and Series S buyers are likely wondering if another Xbox restock is planned before the holidays. Microsoft’s next-generation consoles have been out of stock since nearly the moment they launched, and subsequent Xbox restocks have sold out immediately, including ones on launch day and Black Friday. Bots and scalpers have made the situation even harder by snatching up stock as soon as it appears and reselling it on Ebay. With both demand and product shortages heightened by the current pandemic, it’s been extremely hard to buy the Xbox Series X for months now, so if you’re still finding yourself empty-handed, you’re not alone.

Now that Black Friday sales are over, there’s no other obvious restock period left in 2020, and Microsoft has

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Xbox update begins rolling out with new dynamic backgrounds and more

Microsoft has an update for Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One that is going live starting today. This patch adds new customization features as well as tags to indicate games you own that use certain next-gen optimizations.

“This month marked the start of the next generation of console gaming on Xbox with the release of Xbox Series X/S, and Team Xbox is excited to continue bringing new ways to make your experience on Xbox even better,” Xbox Experiences program manager Jonathan Hildebrandt said. “Just like we’ve done on Xbox One, we will continue to periodically release software updates designed to improve your Xbox gaming experience.”

Here are the highlights for this update:

  • Microsoft is adding more dynamic backgrounds to personalize the theme of your console.
  • A new “tech tag” will show up in the top right of a game when you open the guide using the Xbox button. Now a
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Walmart Cyber Monday 2020: 70-inch 4K TV , robot vacuums, price cuts on Xbox, Switch and PS4 games

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

Cyber Monday is upon us. If you’re still bargain hunting after Black Friday, you still have time to capitalize on the many deals still available and several new deals that have been added today. You’ll find discounts between now and Christmas, but this is the height of the shopping season.

It’s little surprise that Walmart’s Black Friday sale is continuing through Cyber Monday. Yes, the XboxPS5AirPods Pro and Apple Watch Series 3 all quickly sold out, but you can still get in on some great deals. Similarly, while the Nintendo Switch Mario Kart bundle has been impossible to get hold of this shopping season, it was in stock early Sunday morning at Walmart. The newer Fortnite

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PlayStation 5, Xbox hard to find? You could be battling a bot

When Microsoft rolled out its Xbox Series X|S and Sony debuted the PlayStation 5 in mid-November, gamers were ready with their credit cards. But the devices sold out within minutes, leaving many consumers disappointed and dismayed. 

About two weeks later, shoppers got another chance to lay their hands on a PlayStation 5 when Walmart restocked the new console the night before Thanksgiving, ahead of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping events. But that inventory also sold out within minutes. 

“I’ve been trying to purchase it for my little brother. I’m pissed and confused as to how at exactly 9:00 it’s going out of stock,” one person complained in a tweet to Walmart.

 The answer, tech experts says, boils down to one word: bots. 

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Black Friday: PS5 And Xbox Series X Gaming Headsets Get Steep Discounts

If you’re looking for a gaming headset for your new PS5 or Xbox Series X, it’s an excellent time to buy one. Black Friday 2020 has brought some stellar deals on a bunch of solid gaming headsets. We’ve rounded up a handful of the best Black Friday gaming headset deals below, some of which have universal compatibility across all platforms, including Xbox Series X and PS5.

A gaming headset is one of the first accessories you should grab when you get a new console. Headsets are vital for multiplayer games, but they’re also great for single-player games, since they typically pinpoint sounds and create a more immersive experience. See our guide to the best PS5 gaming headsets for 2020 for more options if you’re shopping for that platform.

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