PS5: Seamless transitions between apps in Sony's new patent

PS5: Seamless transitions between apps in Sony's new patent


PS5 may receive a number of UI improvements in the future. A patent registered in recent days details a series of features that should allow you to open and use various apps, such as Spotify for example, without having to interrupt the game in progress.

The patent, registered last November 18th at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, says the current application management system is not optimal. For example, to listen to streaming music with Apple Music or Spotify, the user must access the dashboard, thus interrupting his gaming activity, in order to open the related applications.

The new system, on the other hand, aims for a seamless transition between different applications running on the PS5, all without having to leave the game screen. There is also talk of pop-up windows, called "Action Cards", which can be opened, closed, resized or moved freely in various points of the screen, with the possibility therefore also to accommodate the elements of the interface of the game being played, from which to manage various applications, such as Spotify, PlayStation Store, YouTube or Netflix.

A patent image showing how PS5 Action Cards can be positioned and resized. These are undoubtedly interesting features, but as this is a patent, it is not certain that they will actually be introduced in the future. Staying on the subject, another patent has recently been discovered relating to removable covers for PS5.

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PS5 Restock Tracker: Walmart Will Have Consoles At 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET

Update: If you're looking for a PS5 restock this weekend, we know of at least one that will be available today. Walmart has confirmed that it will have the PS5 and PS5 Digital in stock today, November 29 at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET. Like the restock earlier this week, it will be exclusive to Walmart+ subscribers. Earlier this week, Amazon also had the PS5 in stock. Meanwhile, GameStop had an in-store restock on Thanksgiving.

The PS5 has passed its first birthday, but despite impressive sales numbers, the console remains scarce. You've never been able to walk in a store and find one on shelves, and online stock is almost always sold out. With the holiday season upon us, demand for the PS5 will only go up as it gets added to a flurry of wishlists. It may be quite difficult to find a PS5 or PS5 Digital in time for the holidays, but it won't be impossible. To help you out, we've rounded up all of the retailer listings for the PS5 and PS5 Digital in one place. Each time a restock is announced or randomly pops up, we'll update this article.

We see at least a couple of PS5 restocks each week at major retailers such as Best Buy, Walmart, and GameStop. Sony also has fairly regular restocks at PS Direct. But you always have to be fast (and lucky) to purchase one before stock runs out. Consoles tend to sell out in minutes, if not seconds, so it's really all about nimble fingers and good timing.

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Walmart had a Black Friday restock for the PS5 and PS5 Digital on November 22. The restock was only available for Walmart+ subscribers. It's unclear if Walmart will have more PS5 restocks for Black Friday throughout the week.

Amazon had a Black Friday restock for the PS5 on November 23. It was limited to Prime members and sold out instantly.

GameStop will have the PS5 and PS5 Digital in stock at select stores on Thanksgiving. We're still waiting on announcements from other retailers, but we anticipate that more retailers will have the PS5 and PS5 Digital in stock for Black Friday.

Keep in mind there's also the chance that PS5 restocks will be limited to paid members at select retailers in the coming weeks (like Walmart's Black Friday restock).

Best Buy recently launched a $200/year membership called Totaltech, and select restocks have been limited to members. Walmart has done the same for its $98/year membership. Likewise, GameStop has made certain restocks only available to PowerUp Rewards Pro members. And, of course, Amazon could lock PS5s behind its Prime membership. Meanwhile, retailers like Costco and Sam's Club--which require memberships to shop--have always required memberships for PS5 restocks.

Recent PS5 restocks

Below, you'll find the most recent PS5 restock dates at major retailers.

  • Walmart: November 22
  • Best Buy: November 15
  • Costco: November 22
  • Antonline: October 28
  • Target: October 27
  • Amazon: November 23
  • GameStop: October 26
  • PS Direct: November 22 (register for future restocks)
  • Sam's Club: October 22
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