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.

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As Expected, PS5 And Xbox Series X Feel Like They’ve Tied, For Now

I’ve written a number of articles about how I like this feature or that feature better on PS5 over Xbox Series X, or vice versa. But in the end, after spending close to a month with both new consoles, this is ending where I thought it probably would.

In a tie game, for now.

Simply put, there is not a whole lot to make these two consoles stand out significantly from one another. They’re both just…very good, and very powerful, and if they have problems, they often share them.

While yes, the PS5 has a price advantage with its digital version being $100 cheaper, the vast majority of the extremely limited stock produced is of the $500 disc version, just like there are way more $500 Xbox Series X’s than there are $300 Xbox Series S’s.

For sales, no one really knows the exact figures,

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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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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 Game Pass: The ultimate gaming gift

The PS5 and Xbox Series X have been at the center of the holiday gaming rush, with people around the world frantically scouring every major retailer in hopes of bringing a next-gen console home. But you don’t need either of them to enjoy the best thing happening in games right now.



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In a year dominated by excitement around new hardware, Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass service has steadily and quietly cemented itself as the ultimate value in gaming. It’s the best attempt yet at a true Netflix for video games, and now that you don’t even need a console or PC to enjoy it, Game Pass is the perfect holiday gift for just about any type of gamer.

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For the uninitiated, Xbox Game Pass is a multi-tiered subscription service that gives you access to more than 100 games on a variety of

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Best on Cyber Monday gaming accessory deals still available: Xbox controllers, gaming mice and more

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.

The holiday season can be a great time to pick up some sweet, sweet discounts on some great gaming gear. Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed, but there are still some fantastic deals available on controllers, mice, headsets, monitors and more.

You won’t find reduced prices on this year’s hottest products like the Xbox Series X, Series S, PS5, Nintendo Switch, Switch Lite or their newest accessories, or on the latest RTX 30-series Nvidia GPUs and AMD Radeon RX 6000-series GPUs — if you can even find any of them in stock. Nor are there any reasonable deals, as far as I can tell, on any graphics cards. Even the old models seem overpriced

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Best Walmart Cyber Monday deals still available: 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 over now, but Walmart still has plenty of its deals and discounts still available, including a whopping 70-inch TV which would be great for playing those Xbox and PS5 games on. It’s little surprise that the deals on AirPods Pro and Apple Watch Series 3 all quickly sold out.

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.

DEALS HAPPENING NOW

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Shark’s ION Robot Vacuum is newly on sale for Cyber Monday. It has three different brush types — one for a powerful clean. It comes with Wi-Fi Control via

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Best Cyber Monday 2020 deals on Nintendo Switch and Xbox One 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 here after a long Black Friday weekend. Video games are in the spotlight with the new PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series, but unlike those sold-out consoles, there are a lot of games on sale that you can actually buy. The Xbox One still has life yet, and the Nintendo Switch continues to release great games. Keep an eye on this page for the best deals for Cyber Monday and if you have a PS4 or PS5, we have a list of the top games on sale for the PlayStation platform

And if you’re looking to buy the latest Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 consoles, you should peruse our stock-check stories: 

If you’re lucky enough to

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Best gaming accessories deals on Cyber Monday: Xbox controllers, gaming mice and more

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.

The holiday season can be a great time to pick up some sweet, sweet discounts on some great gaming gear. Black Friday has passed, but with everyone gearing up for Cyber Monday, there are fantastic deals available on controllers, mechanical keyboards, mice, headsets, monitors and more.

You won’t find reduced prices on this year’s hottest products like the Xbox Series X, Series S, PS5, Nintendo Switch, Switch Lite or their newest accessories, or on the latest RTX 30-series Nvidia GPUs and AMD Radeon RX 6000-series GPUs — if you can even find any of them in stock. Nor are there any reasonable deals, as far as I can tell, on any graphics cards. Even

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