No surprises: Ratchet & Clank proves a hit with gamers

New insights from product comparison site PriceSpy reveal that gamers are still very much looking to buy PS5 games, despite it not being readily available to buy – with the most-popular game across the month of June revealed as Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart (PS5).

Released on 11 June 2021, Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart (PS5) is a third-person shooter platform game developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 5. 

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Liisa Matinvesi-Bassett, New Zealand country manager for PriceSpy, says: “The current gaming market is extremely interesting to watch right now, as buying behaviours appear to be changing.

“Even though Sony’s latest console, the PS5, isn’t widely available to buy, gamers are not being deterred by the lack of console availability. In fact, our latest data suggests the new release, Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart for the PS5, was overall most-popular game shoppers were looking to buy in June.

“But it’s not just new games shoppers are interested in buying, as our popularity data also found people were interested in older games, too.”

According to PriceSpy popularity data, Ghost of Tsushima (PS4) and Nintendo Ring Fit Adventure for Switch ranked second and third most-popular games in June, despite launching in 2020 and 2019 respectively.

Liisa continues:  “Another old favourite, Cyberpunk 2077 for the PS4 (which launched in 2020) rose back up the popularity rankings again, reaching fourth most-popular in June. 

“A big factor as to why this game has become popular again is its price, as it can currently be purchased for $47.69.”

“Finally, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch), which first launched back in March 2017 ranked fifth most-popular in June.

“Right now, there appears to be a wealth of games available to buy – and for those happy to play older games, there’s some great prices available,” says Matinvesi-Bassett .

“If people are happy to wait around at least three months after a new game is released, our historical pricing insights suggest price points can drop considerably after – so it may be worthwhile holding off buying straight away.”

“For those looking to buy a new game, we always recommend people take their time and carry out some price research first, as this important buying step can save hundreds of dollars in the long term.”

Win with PriceSpy and GameJunkieNZ

The kind folks at PriceSpy has got in touch and we’ve joined forces to give away two (2) of the top two games across June.

To enter, all you need to do is email on the game you’re most looking forward to this year. Ts&Cs: New Zealand residents only. One entry per person. Entries close 30 July. The winner will be contacted via email.

D-Link DAP-X1860 wif-fi 6 mesh range extender (byte-sized review)

D-Link’s DAP-X1860 wi-fi 6 mesh range extender is, literally, plug and play – and it couldn’t be more simple.

For the most part, D-link network devices are a breeze to install and add to a home network and the company’s DAP-X1860 is no different: You plug it into a free wall socket anywhere in your house, set it up using D-Link’s super simple smart phone app, connect to the network you want to extend, and, bam, you’re surfing the web in no time.

The plug & play extender shares the same network name as your router and being powered by a household power outlet means you can move it around your house easily until you find the spot that provides the best coverage.

The DAP-X1860 has two internal antennas and a 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet port on its left hand side, along with reset button & WPS button. A three level indicator LED lets you know how strong the wi-fi signal is: Three bars and it’s a full strength signal.

D-Link says the device will achieve speeds up to 600Mbps over a 2.4Ghz wi-fi network & up to 1200Mbps over a 5Ghz network. The router in my 225sqm single-storey house is my garage and plugged the DAP-X1860 into wall sockets in the main bedroom, the hallway and the kitchen/dining room (which is the farthest from the router) then used Ookla speed test to obtain upload and download speeds.

Main bedroom: 62Mbps download and 25Mbps upload

Hallway: 34.2Mbps download and 27.2Mbps upload

Kitchen/dining (two bars of wi-fi strength): 23.3Mbps download, 10.9Mbps upload

It’s clear that the hallway was the best location for the DAP-X1860 to get the best speeds, although the speeds are nowhere near the up to 600Mbps claimed by D-Link (but, of course, wi-fi speeds are determined by several factors).

D-Link’s DAP-X1860 will cost you $NZ249 ($AU229) and it’s a good option if you want to eliminate wi-fi deadspots in your house. One thing to take into account, though, it is a bulky unit and took up the bulk of a horizontal double wall plug so keep that in mind when you’re planning on where you need to plug devices.