UFC 254: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje — Start time, how to watch and full fight card – CNET

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This is Khabib Nurmagomedov's first fight since the death of his father and coach Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.

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UFC 254 takes place this Saturday and features 2020's biggest fight of the year: a lightweight unification contest between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje

It might also be the most compelling match-up of 2020 from a styles standpoint.

In one corner is Nurmagomedov: The most dominant champion in UFC history. With a record of 28-0, he's only lost one round in his entire MMA career -- against Conor McGregor at UFC 229 -- and has dominated almost every other second he's been in the octagon.

In the other corner, possibly his nightmare match-up. Justin Gaethje is not just a technical brawler with concrete slabs for hands (and maybe the best leg kicks in MMA) he's also a world class wrestler. The consensus is Gaethje has a better chance than anyone to keep this fight on the feet and out of Nurmagomedov's comfort zone -- taking people down against the cage and absolutely wrecking people with ground and pound until they're sapped of all life and energy. If you want further insight into this match-up, you can't do better than Inside The Octagon with Dan Hardy. Great show, great insight.

If you want a little more information on the fight and the backstory leading up to the contest, I recommend UFC Countdown. 

UFC 254's undercard is pretty light, with the exception of one fight: A middleweight contest between former champ Robert Whittaker and Jared Cannonier. That one will be an absolute banger so don't miss it. Whittaker is one of the best UFC middleweights ever and Cannonier has been a wrecking ball in the last couple of years. The winner will most likely face off against current champ Israel Adesanya, so tune in.

How to watch UFC 254

This year the UFC entered a new partnership with ESPN. That's great news for the UFC and the expansion of the sport of MMA, but bad news for consumer choice. Especially if you're one of the UFC fans who want to watch UFC live in the US.

In the US, if you want to know how to watch UFC 254, you'll only find the fight night on PPV through ESPN Plus. The cost structure is a bit confusing, but here are the options to watch UFC on ESPN, according to ESPN's site.

  • Existing yearly ESPN Plus subscribers can order the upcoming UFC fight for $65
  • Existing monthly ESPN Plus subscribers will be able to either upgrade to an annual plan and buy UFC PPV for $85 or purchase the ability to watch the UFC event on PPV for $65 by itself.
  • New ESPN Plus subscribers can buy a bundle of one UFC PPV event (streaming in HD) and an ESPN Plus annual recurring subscription for $85. The ESPN Plus annual ESPN subscription will auto-renew after one year, at the price of an ESPN Plus annual subscription at the time of auto-renewal.

You can do all of the above at the link below.

MMA fans in the UK can watch UFC 254 exclusively through BT Sport. There are more options if you live in Australia. You can watch UFC 254 through Main Event on Foxtel. You can also watch on the UFC website or using its app. You can even order using your PlayStation 4 or using the UFC app on your Xbox One.

Start time

This is a weird one. Normally UFC events have the same start times, this time round it's absolutely topsy turvy so pay close attention to the times below. For those in other regions, the UFC has a great list of start times.

US

  • The main card starts Oct. 24, 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT).
  • The prelims start Oct. 24, 12 p.m. ET (9 a.m. PT).
  • The early prelims start Oct. 24, 10.15 a.m. ET (7.15 a.m. PT).

UK

  • The main card starts Oct. 24, 7 p.m. BST.
  • The prelims start Oct. 24, 5 p.m. BST.
  • The early prelims start Oct 24, 3.15 BST.

Australia

  • The main card starts Oct. 25, 5 a.m. AEDT.
  • The prelims start Oct. 25, 3 a.m. AEDT.
  • The early prelims start Oct. 25, 1.15 a.m. AEDT.

Fight Card

This card is subject to change. One fight scheduled for the early prelims, Umar Nurmagomedov vs. Sergey Morozov, has been cancelled after Umar Nurmagomedov contracted a nasty staph infection. Expect the card to shuffle around a little to accomodate. We'll update when we have more concrete details.

Main Card

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje, 
  • Robert Whittaker vs. Jared Cannonier
  • Alexander Volkov vs. Walt Harris
  • Jacob Malhoun vs. Phil Hawes
  • Cynthia Calvillo vs. Lauren Murphy
  • Magomed Ankalaev vs. Ion Cutelaba

Prelims

  • Stefan Struve vs. Tai Tuivasa 
  • Jacob Malkoun vs. Phillip Hawes 
  • Alex Oliveira vs. Shavkat Rahkmonov 
  • Da-un Ung vs. Sam Alvey 
  • Nathaniel Wood vs. Casey Kenney 

Early Prelims 

  • Liana Jojua vs. Miranda Maverick 
  • Joel Alvarez vs. Alexander Yakovlev

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The Mandalorian season 2: When does it start on Disney Plus? – CNET

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Baby Yoda is back... baby.

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The Mandalorian's second season is about to kick off and, unlike many shows, say on Netflix, we're not getting all the episodes in one almighty dump. It'll be drip fed to us over the coming months.

Disney Plus just announced the release schedule for all eight episodes of season 2 and, thankfully, it's all pretty straight forward.

Season 2's episodes will air as follows:

  • Episode 1: Friday 30th October
  • Episode 2: Friday 6th November
  • Episode 3: Friday 13th November
  • Episode 4: Friday 20th November
  • Episode 5: Friday 27th November
  • Episode 6: Friday 4th December
  • Episode 7: Friday 11th December
  • Episode 8: Friday, 18th December

It's basically a weekly drop each Friday. In its first season The Mandalorian had a bit of a weirder schedule, with some episodes dropping within days, and others with a gap of almost two weeks. This time round it seems like Disney is going a bit more regimented to avoid confusion and disappointment.

But what time can you expect new episodes to drop? Disney Plus tends to drop new content just after midnight PT. So we fully expect to see new episodes drop around 12.01 PT. We'll update if this changes.

Disney also just released a brand new TV spot in advance of the new season.

We'll be doing episode recaps here at CNET, so stay tuned for that. 

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The Mandalorian season 2: When does it start on Disney Plus? – CNET

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Baby Yoda is back... baby.

Lucasfilm/Disney Plus

The Mandalorian's second season is about to kick off and, unlike many shows, say on Netflix, we're not getting all the episodes in one almighty dump. It'll be drip fed to us over the coming months.

Disney Plus just announced the release schedule for all eight episodes of season 2 and, thankfully, it's all pretty straight forward.

Season 2's episodes will air as follows:

  • Episode 1: Friday 30th October
  • Episode 2: Friday 6th November
  • Episode 3: Friday 13th November
  • Episode 4: Friday 20th November
  • Episode 5: Friday 27th November
  • Episode 6: Friday 4th December
  • Episode 7: Friday 11th December
  • Episode 8: Friday, 18th December

It's basically a weekly drop each Friday. In its first season The Mandalorian had a bit of a weirder schedule, with some episodes dropping within days, and others with a gap of almost two weeks. This time round it seems like Disney is going a bit more regimented to avoid confusion and disappointment.

But what time can you expect new episodes to drop? Disney Plus tends to drop new content just after midnight PT. So we fully expect to see new episodes drop around 12.01 PT. We'll update if this changes.

Disney also just released a brand new TV spot in advance of the new season.

We'll be doing episode recaps here at CNET, so stay tuned for that. 

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The Mandalorian season 2: When does it start on Disney Plus? – CNET

the-mandalorian-2-digitalasset-thechild-v2-lg-1

Baby Yoda is back... baby.

Lucasfilm/Disney Plus

The Mandalorian's second season is about to kick off and, unlike many shows, say on Netflix, we're not getting all the episodes in one almighty dump. It'll be drip fed to us over the coming months.

Disney Plus just announced the release schedule for all eight episodes of season 2 and, thankfully, it's all pretty straight forward.

Season 2's episodes will air as follows:

  • Episode 1: Friday 30th October
  • Episode 2: Friday 6th November
  • Episode 3: Friday 13th November
  • Episode 4: Friday 20th November
  • Episode 5: Friday 27th November
  • Episode 6: Friday 4th December
  • Episode 7: Friday 11th December
  • Episode 8: Friday, 18th December

It's basically a weekly drop each Friday. In its first season The Mandalorian had a bit of a weirder schedule, with some episodes dropping within days, and others with a gap of almost two weeks. This time round it seems like Disney is going a bit more regimented to avoid confusion and disappointment.

But what time can you expect new episodes to drop? Disney Plus tends to drop new content just after midnight PT. So we fully expect to see new episodes drop around 12.01 PT. We'll update if this changes.

Disney also just released a brand new TV spot in advance of the new season.

We'll be doing episode recaps here at CNET, so stay tuned for that. 

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Mario Kart Live turned my son into a monster – CNET

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Poor guy has already taken some punishment.

Mark Serrels

The day before Mario Kart Live arrived on my doorstep, my 7-year-old smashed our living room window with a soccer ball. I didn't see it happen, but I saw the damage. It cost $200 bones to fix that window.

I am a man numb to the carnage my two young boys have brought into my life. 

The oldest -- the smasher of windows -- is the more responsible of the two. I can at least depend upon him to feel remorse when he accidentally wedges Nintendo DS cartridges into my PlayStation 4 or obliterates my 200-hour-long Breath of the Wild save.

The 4-year-old is a different species entirely. A savage, belligerent agent of chaos. It's difficult to know at this early stage in his life if he feels a single shred of regret for the calamity he brings to my life every hour of every day. But he does a mean version of Let It Go. At full volume. During every waking minute of my life.

But back to Mario Kart.

Mario Kart Live is an augmented reality version of Mario Kart that transforms your living room into a racing track. Thanks to a well-placed camera, players can pilot a real remote control kart around their house using a Nintendo Switch, and the console will plug in the gaps onscreen. Bam, your living room becomes a racetrack.

It's a genius high concept, and the execution is very Nintendo: Slick, accessible and incredibly tactile. Build your own layouts in your house using your own furniture and transform that space into a literal Mario Kart track. Awesome!

Except it isn't awesome. Because I know my own children. I knew what was headed my way: Rage, pain, destruction. Best case scenario: A living room consumed with plastic garbage and Lego I would no doubt step on. 

Worst case scenario: Too terrifying to imagine. At some point Mario would end up in the bath. That's all-but-guaranteed.  

Things were about to get messy.

Driving around

I was pleasantly surprised by how simple Mario Kart Live was to set up.

After being traumatized by Nintendo Labo, which took me roughly four hours to build and 30 seconds to destroy, I expected Mario Kart Live to be a thankless chore in the beginning. Particularly with two young children in tow, sticky paws wrestling over who got to go first.

Wrong. We were darting the Mario remote-controlled car around our living room within minutes. 

Creating a track in Mario Kart Live is a relatively simple affair. You place four cardboard "gates" at different points in your house, do a test run to create the race itself and boom -- you have a track. The software fills in the blanks, providing you with opponents to race and items to pick up.

But in the beginning, you don't even need to do that. In fact, my kids couldn't give one solitary shit about creating a track. They just wanted to drive around.

They huddled around the screen, cackling like hyenas, enthralled with the situation: The house they lived in, the kitchen table they spilled Weet-Bix on, the chocolate stained couch they lazed upon whilst watching Bluey like zombies, had been transformed into a gigantic playground and it was… hilarious.

For once, my kids weren't fighting over the Switch or trying to grab it from one another. They were playing… harmoniously?

Most augmented reality games, in my experience, are sort of blergh and not convincing at all. Even Pokemon Go,the most successful augmented reality game ever, is successful in spite of the AR features. I, like many players, play Pokemon Go with the AR mode switched off. 

Mario Kart Live is different. In Mario Kart Live the suspension of disbelief is palpable. The line between reality and what's augmented is blurred like I've rarely seen in games of this ilk. It's absolutely captivating.

Mario Kart Live is on some Honey I Shrunk the Kids shit. It dramatically alters your perspective. Mario Kart Live places you two inches from the bottom of the floor and lets you zip around like a hyperactive gerbil in your own home. It's hard to explain how fun that is.

The dissonance is compelling. Your sofa is a skyscraper, the dining table chairs ponderous pillars to be navigated at speed. It sounds like hyperbole, but Mario Kart gives you a perspective on the spaces you took for granted, and it's magical. 

Which explains the constant cackling of the children.

Creating Tracks

Things got weirder when we started trying to create tracks.

We liberally tossed the gates at different points throughout the house, trying to create the skeleton of what felt like an com race. The game suggested we hold the gates in place with a book or something heavy. We used other video game controllers because we couldn't find any books, which definitely didn't make me stare into space reflecting on my parenting priorities

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I had enough controllers to weigh them all down. Not enough books though. Tragic.

Mark Serrels

But attempts to create a track that used my whole house were scuppered with range issues. The further the kart goes from the Switch, the more jittery and laggy the racing becomes. 

The wild card was, of course, my 4-year-old, who absolutely waited until I'd constructed the perfect course to start kicking over the gates, confusing the software. My track went haywire, glitching in and out, changing shape. 

But, technical issues aside, Mario Kart Live works. And it feels amazing.

It locks you in the "between world." Sat on your couch, staring at the Switch screen, engrossed in this make believe half-world. You're a tiny being, shrunk to the size of a 2-inch figurine, inside a Kart hurtling at tremendous speeds under your dining table. Insane moments are taking place all around you. Explosions, banana peels, creatures driving floating hover vehicles. 

Then you sort of just look up, bleary-eyed -- awake from the parallel universe the Nintendo Switch has invented -- watching this painfully slow, plastic "Mario Kart" inch across your living room floor like a lobotomized slug.

Onscreen it feels like you're going 200 miles per hour, but these little kart things are sort of slow in real life. It certainly doesn't matter to my kids, who are drunk with power and alternating between racing and using their own bodies to create gargantuan, bridges. 

Mario Kart Live taught me to view my world through a different, nightmarish lens.

It's maybe the first video game that's allowed me to see my 4-year-old from the perspective of the animals he's always trying to clumsily pet or the lizards he chases around the garden. 

In my world, my son is a minor threat. Sure he'll accidentally punch me in the nuts, kick me in the nuts or wake me up by standing on my nuts, but he's small. A tiny creature.

But in the world of Mario Kart Live he is a Kaiju, a real-life Godzilla with the potential to alter any race in an instant. Sometimes with a clumsily placed foot. Sometimes more deliberate. A cackling in the hallway, a gigantic, sticky paw descending from on high, picking up the kart like a malevolent God... and locking it in the nearest bathroom.

The Way of the Labo

Despite the thrills, I'm not 100% sure Mario Kart Live will stick.

With Labo, for example, my children spent one morning building the cardboard structures and messing around with the games. They never mentioned it again. Not once. To this day, it gathers dust in our garage. Most expensive cardboard ever.

Roughly one hour after setting up Mario Kart Live, my son had picked up our iPad and loaded Goat Simulator. Two minutes later, he asked if we could download Kick the Buddy, a godawful free-to-play game his friends are obsessed with. 

Will Mario Kart Live go the way of the Labo?

It's hard to say. Just this morning, my oldest asked me if he could play Mario Kart Live after school. That's a sign, for me, that Mario Kart live is more than a gimmick.

The cycle reminds me of a VR headset. It does just enough use to justify its existence but is hardly part of my weekly entertainment diet like Netflix or other Nintendo Switch games. I imagine myself pulling it out when nephews and nieces visit, but it's hard to imagine that interest sustaining over the coming weeks and months. 

But for now, at least, Mario Kart Live is a welcome distraction. For now, the windows are safe.

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PS5 or Xbox Series X? The next-gen consoles we’re buying and why – CNET

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Next gen consoles are set for release in less than a month.The PlayStation 5 hits stores on November 12 and the Xbox Series X and Series S launches two days earlier on November 10.

But which one should you buy? And which one can you buy now that pre-orders have gone nuts? 

That's a tricky question with a lot of layers to dissect. The answer is: It depends. Do you own a 4K TV? Do you subscribe to Game Pass? Are you a Halo fan or a God of War fan? Do you like Bethesda games or Naughty Dog games?

We thought we'd ask the dedicated gamers on CNET's staff which consoles they're planning to buy and in what order.

Mark Serrels

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If you have a 4K TV you most likely want to go with the Series X over the Series S.

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I've thought long and hard about this and I'm pretty sure I'm going to end up with both an Xbox Series X and a PlayStation 5.

As an owner of a 4K LG OLED, I have zero interest in the Xbox Series S, despite the fact I love the design. The fact the console doesn't support 4K gaming guarantees I'll be picking up a Series X instead. 

I suspect the Series X will be the best choice for cross platform games this generation and Game Pass is an incredible service so, for me, an Xbox Series X is a must. I love how seamlessly it runs last-gen games with super high frame-rates at 4K. It'll be a while before must-play next-gen titles trickle in so that's another important selling point for me.

I'll also pick up a PS5 though -- probably the digital edition. I haven't bought a box copy of a video game in years, despite the fact they're slightly cheaper here in Australia. I like the convenience of having all my games stored on a hard drive and I like the lower cost of the digital edition itself.

Which console will I buy first? Depends which one I can get to be honest. Most likely I'll pick up the PS5 if I can -- purely because I want to play the Demon's Souls remake. But I'll be grabbing an Xbox Series X either at the same time or immediately afterwards.

Steph Panecasio

I think at this point I've settled on getting the digital edition of the Playstation 5, but not at launch. The hype is pretty extensive and I'm enjoying being a spectator for the console war drama, but I'd rather wait until it's actually necessary to get them — my PS4 and Xbox One X can still do the job well enough and I've got no reason to upgrade just yet. 

So yes, when I do, I'll opt for the Playstation first. Historically I'd get both, but I need to stop being a hoarder when it comes to consoles and games (you're looking at the person who inexplicably has seven physical copies of The Witcher 3). 

By opting for only one console (at least to start) I'm saving a huge chunk of space on my TV cabinet — have you seen the size of these things? And by opting for the digital model, I'm freeing up space in my bookshelves for, well, actual books. 

As for Xbox, I'm still incredibly tempted by the Game Pass service, I won't lie. Will I get one eventually? Maybe. I'm half hoping my partner will get one himself, thus removing the need for me to worry about forking over more cash. Excuse me while I send this article to him for future reference.

Dan Ackerman

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Who am I kidding, I'm getting them both. I've already pre-ordered a Xbox Series X and plan on getting a PS5 asap. I can legitimately say it's for "professional development," plus, as terrible as this sounds, I just like going through all the menus and setup and output options and everything. That's what happens after you work at CNET for a certain number of years. 

Funnily enough, I was never into console games as a kid. After the Atari 2600, I was right onto my Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer (aka, the Trash 80), and mostly PC gaming through my teen and college years, but not even much of that. My return to consoledom started when I caught a live-action TV ad for Resident Evil 2 back in the late 1990s and said," Wow, that looks like a George Romero movie, I've got to get one of those…" Less than a year later, I was working at an early video game website (UGO.com) and covering the launch of the Sega Dreamcast, so I've had every console since then, from the RROD Xbox 360 to the dusty Wii U

I am skipping the Series S, no need with my 4K LG OLED TV (probably the most-common TV among CNET editors) and, frankly, I'm not thrilled about the launch game lineup on either console. No must-haves for me, and there's not even a next-gen version of Cyberpunk 2077. I'd love my Spider-Man save to transfer to the PS5, but that's about as much as I care about backwards compatibility. I generally have zero interest in revisiting old games. They're never as good as you remember. If you're worried about playing Perfect Dark or Halo 1 or anything like that on a new-for-2020 console, you might as well just make the full leap and start playing Gloomhaven. 

Nicole Archer

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Horizon Forbidden West will be a must play on PS5.

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I'm going to make this short and sweet: I am not a fan of brutalism and I find the design of the Xbox Series X personally offensive. If my niece comes to visit, I would have to baby proof the box lest she falls and blinds herself on the corner. Plus, I just really really like Horizon Zero Dawn and want to play the sequel. 

That said I'll probably eventually get the Xbox Series S because I feel like it would look good next to my PS5. Plus, my first gaming console was the original Xbox and I will always have a soft spot for the old boy -- I would be betraying my roots if I didn't pick up an Xbox again.

Daniel Van Boom

Eventually, I'll buy both a PlayStation 5 and an Xbox Series X. By the end of 2020? I'll have bought neither.

I enjoy system wars as much as the next guy, but right now the excitement around both next-gen consoles is a little too theoretical. Microsoft's Game Pass-centred model, in which the Series S/X are essentially hardware to power the Xbox streaming service, could change the industry. Sony's renewed fanaticism about exclusive titles could result in more must-play first-party games.

But both possibilities lie in 2021 and beyond. Come November, there won't be many games on either console you can't play on a PS4 or Xbox One. For me, that means there's no rush to buy a PS5 or Xbox Series S/X.

For the future, I suspect I'll buy a PS5 first. Both consoles will be bought with a disc drive -- it makes it easier to wiggle out of a $69.95 RRP. 

Lori Grunin

Let's split "Lori Grunin" in two: The reviewer and the real person. Both ended up agreeing that the Xbox Series S is the best option because money and Game Pass Ultimate. 

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Personally, a console is competing with the need for a pricey new phone, a new iPad Pro and a new full-frame camera and lenses, along with a cranky old biddy of a cat who needs dental work and who has expensive taste in food. I've still got a 1080p TV, which I haven't watched since cutting the cord a while back. I don't particularly want to chip in for a new one because I'm a cranky old biddy of a person with expensive taste in gear.

While Lori the reviewer toyed with the idea of a PS5, Game Pass Ultimate and day one availability for new exclusives sold the Xbox to both sides of my brain. 

But I would never have preordered anything, because as a rule I consider it insane to spend money on almost anything over $50 before it's been out for at least a few months and has had a chance to be debugged and dissected ad nauseum. I've also had years of exposure to the latest and greatest of everything to learn to get over the FOMO for most of it. 

Lori the reviewer spent hours hitting refresh on three different sites for them all when preorders went live.

Jackson Ryan

Would love to see a new console generation defined by the unique experiences it can bring to video games, rather than improvements in POWER and SPEED. These new consoles feel like souped up current-gens.

I have a perfectly good Nintendo Switch. That will see me through until there's an absolute must play on either of these bilious boxes.

Sean Keane

After much thought, I preordered a PS5 so I can play the shiniest version of Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales and the Demon's Souls remake. But the deciding factor was Resident Evil Village. I know the console won't get a price drop before that comes out next year (Capcom hadn't hinted at a PS4 version before I preordered).

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Miles Morales goes to work.

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I'm still using a launch PS4 and don't intend to get whatever mid-generational PS5 upgrade Sony puts out, so I'll wring plenty of value out of the PS5 over its seven-year lifespan -- to play the remaining PS4 games in 4K and move fully onto the next-gen when it really gets started in late 2021.

To maximize the likelihood of getting games as cheaply as possible, I've opted for the model with disc drive. Even though most of my purchases are digital, I don't want to give Sony too much power. Also my friends sometimes give me physical games as presents.

As for Xbox Series X, I'm still undecided. I was all about the Xbox 360, but the Xbox One never had an exclusive game that made the console irresistible. Microsoft's purchase of Bethesda certainly makes a killer Series X exclusive (Series Xclusive?) more likely, but I'll wait and see.

Game Pass is a pretty great service, but my already massive backlog makes it a less tempting prospect.

Eli Blumenthal

While I have been looking for both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 All-Digital, I so far have only preordered the Xbox. After growing up playing all three generations of Xbox, I have been swayed towards PlayStation in recent years through games like Spider-Man PS4 and MLB The Show. 

I'm a big sports gamer and while most recent titles have lacked noticeable or game changing improvements on current-gen, the new trailer for NBA 2K21 on next-gen has me hyped for what both of these new systems can offer. 

The insane battle to find somewhere to preorder a PS5 has kept me in the Xbox camp, at least for right now. As someone who doesn't have a large catalog of PlayStation discs, I can't bring myself to justify shelling out the extra $100 for the regular PS5 (based on early reports, I could be in for a longer wait as it seems like Digital consoles are in shorter supply than disc ones). Throw in the rising costs for next-gen PlayStation controllers and major games and I feel like there are even better uses for that money than a disc drive I almost certainly won't use. I can't even remember the last time I used a disc in general -- PlayStation, Xbox, Blu-ray, DVD or CD. 

As for the Xbox, a few factors swayed me including the fact that I have a Game Pass subscription, am really intrigued by xCloud and that I have friends and family planning to get one. While I thought about the Series S, with my TCL 6 Series has 4K and Dolby Vision and like Serrels the appeal of 4K gaming was enough to get me to choose the bigger system. 

Plus, I was lucky enough to see it available on Amazon to place the order (even if it now may no longer arrive on the 10th). 

Eric Franklin

Since the release of the Xbox One X I've become a primarily Xbox player. Microsoft's services like Play Anywhere, xCloud and of course Xbox Game Pass address my gaming needs as a dad with two young kids and not a lot of time to himself. 

So I've opted to preorder both the Xbox Series X for my living room and an Xbox Series S for my home office. 

The Series X will replace my One X and the Series S will double up with my newly built PC on my brand new 27-inch 1440p HDR 144hz monitor. In reality, I'll likely end up playing on the Series S the most since my wife gets first dibs on our 4K TV. 

As for games, while I'm looking forward to trying a few launch games like The Medium, The Ascent and The Falconeer, I'm equally as interested in playing my current huge backlog of game like The Outer Worlds, Doom Eternal and the Yakuza series -- I'm still early in Yakuza 0, my first foray into the world of Japanese gangsters and goofiness -- with faster load times and the ability to quickly switch between them -- I get bored easily -- with the Quick Resume feature.

Since Microsoft revealed these features in March, the new Xbox has occupied way too much of my brainspace, but soon it will have a chance to live up to my way too high expectations for it.

As for the PS5, I'll likely get one eventually, but may wait until they slim that puppy down -- have you heard? It's big. 

Oscar Gonzalez

I'm usually a two-console kind of gamer, but my original plan for this generation was to start off with the PS5 and then eventually get my hands on an Xbox Series X. The lack of a strong, exclusive launch game -- for me, it would have been Halo: Infinite -- makes Microsoft's next-gen console a little less attractive. 

That changed with EA Play's inclusion into Games Pass and seeing Quick Resume in action. While yes, I will be able to play Games Pass titles on my Xbox One, the idea of having all the games I'm playing through available to play within seconds of each other is something I didn't know I wanted. As a guy who wants to jump into different multiplayer games such as Call of Duty: Warzone, Tom Clancy's The Division 2 and even Fortnite as well as work on various single-player games like the Assassin's Creed and Far Cry games, the Quick Resume is going to be the feature designed just for me. 

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Because of that, I have a pre-order for the PS5 and Xbox Series X. As tempted as I am to go entirely digital this generation, the fact is that new physical games at launch, or weeks after release, tend to go on sale. Digital version don't. Retailers are also quicker to drop the price of games if they fail to sell at launch while digital titles take much longer before a significant sale. 

So for me, the Xbox Series X will be the Games Pass machine while the PS5 is for Sony published titles and other exclusives. It's the best of both worlds and at the best price. 

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Prime Day deals in Australia: Nintendo Switch on sale, $200 off Bose Noise Cancelling headphones – CNET

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Now's as good a time as any to pick one up.

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This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET's guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

Prime Dayis live! And this time Australians have an advantage! Australians will get some additional time for bargains. Prime Day has already kicked off here in Australia but ends at the end of Oct. 14 Pacific Time, giving us all a few more hours to shop.

We've rounded up some of the best deals so far.

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  • Some deals are already available, like this limited time offer, a four-month Amazon Music subscription for a dollar.
  • Heaps and heaps of Amazon devices are now very much on sale.
  • The below deals are all specific to Amazon Australia, and we'll be updating as we find more, but that shouldn't stop you from checking out some of the deals on Amazon US.  But in advance of the big day, here are some deals that we know are coming on the Australian site.
  • Stay tuned to this post, we'll be updating with new deals as they arrive.
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It's hard enough to pick up a Nintendo Switch in this day and age, let alone a Nintendo Switch plus Minecraft for $409. 

If you're looking to pick up a Switch for Christmas for your kids, it's hard to argue with this. It amounts to a saving of around $100.

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Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones are the absolute gold standard, so if you've been waiting for these to go on sale now is the time! Go go go! You're saving $200 on these. Unreal.

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If you're not a Bose fan, these Sony noise cancelling headphones might be your best bet. According to some, they're the best in the market.

$299 is an absolute dynamite price for these headphones.

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10% might not seem like much of a discount, but Apple products are rarely discounted, so if you've been after a pair of AirPods now might be the time to bite.

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Well this is a pretty ridiculous price for an Echo Dot. Just buy one, chuck it in your bathroom or something. to keep you entertained.

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You can pick up a Kindle Paperwhite for just $150. It's the thinnest, lightest version yet. Also, books are good. Big fan.

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We love the Echo Show 8. In fact, in our review for the device we called it the "the best Amazon smart display, period". 

This an incredible price for a very cool device. Jump on it.

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A nice little combo deal that will save you $49. Hard to argue with that.

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Kindle Unlimited is sorta like the Netflix of books. If you're a big reader it's fantastic deal. On this deal, it's free for three months, then it'll cost you $13.99 per month. Worth a try for sure.

If reading's not your thing, why not try Audible instead. I've long thought about getting into audio books, especially now that podcasts are such a huge thing. This is a great chance to trial Audible out for 3 months.

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If you're looking to set-up a decent home security system, the Ring Stick Up Cam Elite is a decent enough place to start. Especially at this price.

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A gigantic, complete T. rex skeleton just sold for $31.8 million – CNET

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Today, at Christie's 20th Century sale, folks from New York to London got embroiled in a bidding war that took a T. rex skeleton named 'Stan' from a recommended $8 million price all the way through to an incredible $31.8 million.

Yes, you read that right. Someone out there was so keen on this T. rex they bid $31.8 million for it.

There's "old" money, "new" money and then there's "got enough cash to buy a T. rex skeleton" money.

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Stan the T. rex is a rare fossil skeleton in private hands. 

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The buyer has yet to be identified, but the price is understandable. Complete T. rex skeletons like "Stan" very rarely come to auction. According to the New York Times, the last time something comparable came to auction it went for just under $8 million, hence the price guide. 

"Stan" is 13 feet high, 40 feet long, and probably wouldn't fit in my living room. But if you've got $31 milli in loose change, you'd expect to have space to house something of that size. 

"There simply aren't T. rexes like this coming to market. It's an incredibly rare event when a great one is found," said James Hyslop, head of Christie's Science & Natural History department, in a release promoting the history and value of the fossil.

Apparently Stan has some puncture wounds in his skull, that seem to indicate he had a battle with another T. rex back in the day.

That's it, take it back. I want a refund. Absolute disgrace.

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A new Cyberpunk 2077 trailer starring Keanu Reeves played during the NBA Finals – CNET

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Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most heavily anticipated games of 2020. Today, during the first match of the NBA Finals series between Miama Heat and the LA Lakers, we saw a new ad for the game featuring Keanu Reeves.

The game is set for release on November 19.

But Cyberpunk 2077 has also been at the centre of a broad debate about video game development and "crunch". With the game's release date so close, CD Projekt Red -- the developers behind the game -- are about to go into what studio head Adam Badowski is calling a "final sprint". According to Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier, this means mandatory six day work weeks for the Cyberpunk 2077. Previously, CD Projekt Red had promised that developers would not have to "crunch" on the game.

"This is one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make," said Badowski, in a statement posted on Twitter, "but everyone is well compensated for every extra hour they put in. And, like in recent years, 10% of the annual profit our company generates in 2020 will be split directly among the team."

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John Cena and BTS is the most wholesome pairing of 2020 – CNET

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BTS might be the biggest band in the world right now.

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John Cena is the biggest WWE superstar of his generation. A muscle-bound monster of a man promoting the values of "loyalty, hustle and respect" to a global fanbase of millions.

BTS is the seven-member, South Korean supergroup that is most likely -- right now -- the biggest boy band in the world.

Now, they make for the most unlikely and wholesome pairing of 2020. 

A quick history: John Cena has been slowly announcing himself as a fan of BTS -- its music and its values -- by posting about the band on his Instagram page. Earlier this year on James Corden, Cena explained the phenomenon to actress January Jones and ruminated on his favourite members. 

Later, in February BTS revealed the love was mutual. 

But today, appearing as the first in-studio guest on the Jimmy Fallon show since the COVID-19 pandemic, John Cena explained his love for BTS in an articulate and surprisingly wholesome way. 

"I love what this band has done," he said. "I got interested in the music; then I got interested in what the music stood for. They advocate self-love, they advocate don't be afraid of failure, they advocate that you are enough. They're kinda trying to shatter all the stereotypical difficulties and uncomfortable situations that we all go through and they are catering that message to people who are living that: Young people."

He went on to praise BTS for its philanthropic work. BTS donated $1 million to Black Lives Matter and fans came together to match that donation

"That's fucking changing the world," said Cena.

In a day where a chaotic and volatile Presidential Debate left a weird taste in everyone's mouth, that's the kind of wholesome message some of us need to hear right now.

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