Wednesday, 24 June 2020

All Welsh Stores Open Now!


In March we took the decision to close our stores. Since then we have worked tirelessly to overhaul our operational procedures to enable our teams to return to work safely. 
All Welsh stores are now OPEN!

For opening hours, please visit here.

As we reopen, we may need to limit the number of customers in our stores. 
For our shared safety, we have added floor markers throughout our stores and screens at till points. Please continue to be supportive of and patient with our team while we adapt to the new ways of serving you. We would encourage you to pay by contactless payment methods wherever possible. For more information on our COVID-19 response please see our statement here. If your store is busy please remember you can also buy and sell online at webuy.com 24/7.

We will be rolling out our Drop & Go time-saving option for sellers from late-June.  Customers will have a new faster option to start the sale of their stuff online so they can then drop it off in-store, and go. When your items pass our quality control tests, we’ll quickly issue payment instructions by bank faster payment or email your CeX exchange voucher.

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Friday, 12 June 2020

PlayStation 5 Event Summary


Last night, another chapter was added to the history books of modern gaming. At Sony’s pre-recorded Future of Gaming presentation event, we were finally treated to a glimpse of the long-anticipated PS5 console as well as seeing trailers for many of its first games. Read on for a breakdown of what you need to know about this powerful upcoming console!


THE CONSOLE AT A GLANCE



While perhaps the all-important price tag has not yet been revealed, last night allowed us to get up close and personal with the beautiful new console. The PS5 will be available in two models at launch. One with a backwards-compatible Blu-ray drive which Sony exec Mark Cerny states will play “the overwhelming” majority of PlayStation 4 titles. The other console will ditch disc drive, making it entirely digital. Savvy gamers will opt for the complete package with the optical drive, allowing them to save a small fortune over the lifetime of the console by buying and selling games at CeX.

The smooth black and white design, dominated by two distinctive “wings”, is a thing of beauty. Sleek and modern, the upright console is going to look stunning sat beside your TV.


THE CONTROLLER



Earlier this year, Sony revealed their new DualSense PS5 pad, which includes a whole mess of features like haptic feedback, adaptive triggers and an inbuilt microphone. Visually, this space-age design and blindingly white colour scheme makes it a perfect companion for the gorgeous looking console itself.


THE GAMES


This is where last night’s event truly blew me away. Expecting just a couple of must-own titles, Sony didn’t let up as they unveiled a great number that included highly anticipated sequels, nostalgic remakes and exciting original titles. Here are our picks for the top five titles to look forward to.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales


This follow-up to 2018’s critically-acclaimed Spider-Man game from Insomniac puts players into the shoes of beloved character Miles Morales. Travelling across a dense New York will be a breeze thanks to the console’s powerful SSD, and if combat is anything like the first game, this one is going to be a super treat.

Gran Turismo 7


It wouldn’t be PlayStation without Gran Turismo, and this visually-stunning entry into the popular driving franchise should please fans new and old. With the trailer offering in-game gameplay unlike the majority of the cinematic-based teases of the night, this one gave us a truly glimpse of the console’s power and boy, it looks pretty incredible.

Hitman III


In a series renowned for its large, dynamic settings full of life, Hitman III is going to be a blood-soaked delight. With the potential for smarter AI, more options for the perfect hit and densely populated levels, Hitman III could just be the series’ finest hour to date when it launches in early 2021.

Horizon II: Forbidden West 


This sequel to Sony’s acclaimed PS4 title will certainly be a must-own on the PS5. After the stunning first game pushed the PS4 to its limit, I am excited to see just how beautifully immersive this sequel is going to be. I expect it’ll be the finest looking game on the console. Welcome back, Aloy. We’ve missed you!

Resident Evil VIII: Village 


From new werewolf-like monsters to the return of series hero Chris Redfield, the next first-person entry in the RE franchise looks like a truly harrowing journey into darkness. The PS5’s 3D audio will surely make this one of the most terrifying entries into the saga so far – just don’t expect to sleep ever again…


THE SPECS


  • CPU: AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
  • GPU: 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
  • GPU architecture: Custom RDNA 2
  • Memory interface: 16GB GDDR6 / 256-bit
  • Memory bandwidth: 448GB/s
  • Internal storage: Custom 825GB SSD
  • IO throughput: 5.5GB/s (raw), typical 8-9GB/s (compressed)
  • Expandable storage: NVMe SSD slot
  • External storage: USB HDD support (PS4 games only)
  • Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray drive

So, what does it all mean? Well, put briefly, these specs are going to make an absolute beast of a console. The console’s 825GB SSD is going to be key to making the PS5 standout, offering unprecedented gameplay thanks to the increased bandwidth and power of the SSD unit. Expect the console to load faster than its competitors and offer bigger and more beautiful worlds to explore, with data-processing speeds approximately 100 times faster than those on the PS4.

Last night’s stream also unveiled 3D audio support thanks to the new Tempest Engine. An incredibly powerful system, the example given to display the power was that of in-game rainfall. Up to now, rainfall has been delivered on the soundscape as a single audio track, but the PS5 would theoretically be able to layer individual raindrops onto into the soundtrack. That is how detailed the soundscape of the PS5 will be. 

Another win for the PS5 is a 4K UDH Blu-ray drive, something that is new to Sony’s consoles after the Xbox One S did it back in ’16. With home entertainment becoming increasingly aimed at 4K, it is only right that the leading consoles should all support it.


THE RELEASE



While an exact date has not yet been unveiled, Sony has alluded to the fact that the console will be with us towards the end of 2020 – and, at the time of the presentation, has not suffered any delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pricing remains a mystery, too, but for the ability to play games like Hitman III and Horizon II: Forbidden West, I’ll pay anything…

What excited you most about the PS5 reveal? 


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Thursday, 11 June 2020

Father's Day Gift Guide



Just in case you forgot, this year father's day is on the 21st of June! But fear not,  we’re here to lend a helping hand to anyone who’s stuck trying to find a great gift that will let dad know just how loved they are. We know that dads have many different interests, so we’ve got you covered with plenty of options for any dad to enjoy.


The Film Buff



So dad has their super large screen TV, but it's a bit of an old model? Breathe new life into it with the Chromecast! For years these devices have been the best in turning any TV into a smart TV capable of streaming Netflix, iPlayer, Amazon Prime Video and even YouTube. Chromecast is the cheapest and best way to do it.






With the Apple TV, your dad will have access to the best content. Anything from blockbuster films, gripping TV series and sports, to music, photos and more - all in beautiful HD. They can even play content from their iOS device or Mac on the TV wirelessly using AirPlay!




The Fitness Fanatic



Keeping fit is important, but these days, if your progress is not recorded on an app, it doesn't count! So grab your dad one of these lightweight, premium designed fitness trackers, which can track anything from steps to calories burned and that all-important heart rate, so your dad knows when they’re really working up a sweat.






If your dad is an iPhone lover but has been rocking basic earbuds for years now, show them some love and bring them into the world of true wireless headphones. The Apple AirPods Pro are packed with some great features. The noise-cancelling especially will come really handy on those jogs, when your dad just wants to block out the rest of the world and crank their favourite tunes. Pair that with overall improvements to sound and design and you have yourself an awesome gift for any dad.




The Photography Buff



This DSLR from Canon will certainly deliver in the image quality department. This is a great starting point for any dad looking to get more seriously into their craft. The 1300D allows them to tailor their photography experience with many additional accessories and lenses available on the market. Pair that with an easy to use control layout and wifi capabilities for quick file sharing and you’ll be the favourite child for sure!






With amazing size to performance ratio, this compact camera can really deliver out of the gate. This is ideal for any dad out there, who really enjoys capturing those special moments, but doesn’t want to lug around a giant camera bag full of different lenses and battery packs. Just be sure they don't share too many embarrassing photos of you!




The Music Buff



No other wireless speaker packs so much HiFi sound into such a clean & compact design. The PLAY:5 the biggest, boldest and most powerful speaker in the Sonos range. Your dad can enjoy their favourite music from the only wireless music system that combines warm, full-bodied sound with a powerful wireless network 100% devoted to streaming HiFi sound without dropouts. With everything controlled from one simple app, this is a superb gift for even the least tech-savvy dads out there.





With a sleek design, the Sennheiser HD 4.50 are a great set of noise-cancelling headphones for the dad on the go. Sennheiser’s capable NoiseGuard technology and travel-minded design mean that these wireless Bluetooth headphones are hard to find a fault with. Definitely one for any music connoisseur out there.




The Bookworm



This stylish e-reader from Amazon really has some awesome features that will make it a great reading experience for dad. There are a couple of main features that really set it apart from most other e-readers out there. The Audiobook functionality lets dad put those Bluetooth earbuds to good use and enjoy their books in a whole new way. Also, the Paperwhite has a waterproof design, which makes the dream of enjoying a good book in the bath with a glass of wine, a reality.





The iPad Mini really needs no introduction. It is arguably the best small form factor all-rounder you can get your hands on. For the dad who wants to do more than just read on the go, this light & compact tablet has everything from an ace camera and a vibrant screen to tons of storage and speedy performance. You would struggle to find a more elegant way to say "I love you dad".




The Gamer



If your dad is a gamer, then chances are they would have at one point played and loved the original Modern Warfare. Thankfully, the remastered version available on Xbox One & PS4 retains all of the original game’s raw power while offering enhanced graphics and modern updates to the still-busy multiplayer. And the campaign is more incredible than ever, making this a must-buy for dad.





We are not saying that every dad is a Star Wars fan, but if yours is, then the Fallen Order has an engrossing canonical story set between the prequel and the original movies. Your dad will be fighting through stormtroopers using a combination of force abilities and lightsaber skills. Jedi: Fallen Order takes a much more patient approach to combat than previous games, which makes it both more challenging and much more satisfying to play. This is definitely one for any dad Jedi in training.




The Techie



Nothing beats the Google Nest Mini when it comes to getting weather and news updates every morning. The Nest Mini 2 is a compact and very well designed speaker with good sound and Google Assistant built-in. Your dad can resolve debates by fact-checking on the go or just enjoy some of their favourite tunes throughout the house.






There is no doubt that the Apple Watch Series 5 is a premium product. Bursting at the seams with features, it is bound to put a smile on any dad’s face. Exercising with it has never been more enjoyable. Because the Series 5 has cellular capabilities, dad won't need to bring their heavy phone along for the run or bike ride, and can still enjoy all of their songs as well as be able to call you to pick them up when they've had enough. Pair that with the new "Always on display" & upgraded storage, and you have a Father's Day gift that will bring joy for years to come.

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Father's Day Gift Guide



Just in case you forgot, this year father's day is on the 21st of June! But fear not,  we’re here to lend a helping hand to anyone who’s stuck trying to find a great gift that will let dad know just how loved they are. We know that dads have many different interests, so we’ve got you covered with plenty of options for any dad to enjoy.


The Film Buff



So dad has their super large screen TV, but it's a bit of an old model? Breathe new life into it with the Chromecast! For years these devices have been the best in turning any TV into a smart TV capable of streaming Netflix, iPlayer, Amazon Prime Video and even YouTube. Chromecast is the cheapest and best way to do it.






With the Apple TV, your dad will have access to the best content. Anything from blockbuster films, gripping TV series and sports, to music, photos and more - all in beautiful HD. They can even play content from their iOS device or Mac on the TV wirelessly using AirPlay!




The Fitness Fanatic



Keeping fit is important, but these days, if your progress is not recorded on an app, it doesn't count! So grab your dad one of these lightweight, premium designed fitness trackers, which can track anything from steps to calories burned and that all-important heart rate, so your dad knows when they’re really working up a sweat.






If your dad is an iPhone lover but has been rocking basic earbuds for years now, show them some love and bring them into the world of true wireless headphones. The Apple AirPods Pro are packed with some great features. The noise-cancelling especially will come really handy on those jogs, when your dad just wants to block out the rest of the world and crank their favourite tunes. Pair that with overall improvements to sound and design and you have yourself an awesome gift for any dad.




The Photography Buff



This DSLR from Canon will certainly deliver in the image quality department. This is a great starting point for any dad looking to get more seriously into their craft. The 750D allows them to tailor their photography experience with many additional accessories and lenses available on the market. Pair that with an easy to use control layout and a touchscreen for quicker access and you’ll be the favourite child for sure!






With everything from stunning pictures to advanced 4K video, this compact camera can really deliver out of the gate. This is ideal for any dad out there, who really enjoys capturing those special moments, but doesn’t want to lug around a giant camera bag full of different lenses and battery packs. Just be sure they don't share too many embarrassing photos of you!




The Music Buff



No other wireless speaker packs so much HiFi sound into such a clean & compact design. The PLAY:1 is built with quality in mind and packs surprisingly big sound no matter how tight the spot. Your dad can enjoy their favourite music from the only wireless music system that combines warm, full-bodied sound with a powerful wireless network 100% devoted to streaming HiFi sound without dropouts. With everything controlled from one simple app, this is a superb gift for even the least tech-savvy dads out there.





With a sleek design, smart controls, and professional sound, the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless earbuds are a great cordless alternative for those dads fed up with trailing cables or wired remotes. They also come with a beautiful charging carry case, so they have absolutely no excuse for losing them!




The Bookworm



This stylish reader from Amazon really has some awesome features that will make it a great reading experience for dad. There are a couple of main features that really set it apart from most other readers out there. The Audiobook functionality lets dad put those Bluetooth earbuds to good use and enjoy their books in a new way. Also, the Oasis is waterproof, which makes the dream of enjoying a good book in the bath with a glass of wine, a reality.





The iPad Mini really needs no introduction. It is arguably the best small form factor all-rounder you can get your hands on. For the dad who wants to do more than just read on the go, this light & compact tablet has everything from an ace camera and a vibrant screen to tons of storage and speedy performance. You would struggle to find a more elegant way to say "I love you dad".




The Gamer



If your dad is a gamer, then chances are they would have at one point played and loved the original Modern Warfare. Thankfully, the remastered version available on Xbox One & PS4 retains all of the original game’s raw power while offering enhanced graphics and modern updates to the still-busy multiplayer. And the campaign is more incredible than ever, making this a must-buy for dad.





We are not saying that every dad is a Star Wars fan, but if yours is, then the Fallen Order has an engrossing canonical story set between the prequel and the original movies. Your dad will be fighting through stormtroopers using a combination of force abilities and lightsaber skills. Jedi: Fallen Order takes a much more patient approach to combat than previous games, which makes it both more challenging and much more satisfying to play. This is definitely one for any dad Jedi in training.




The Techie



There is a pretty high chance your dad already has a couple of small Google Home devices darted around the house that they ask for the weather and news updates every morning. The Nest Max is a turbocharged version of these with the capability to do so much more. Your dad can enjoy a tablet-like experience with the beautiful display and arguably the best voice assistant on the market. The in-built speakers are loud and clear, making it easier to hear the next recipe instruction in the kitchen, or just enjoy some tunes throughout the house.






There is no doubt that the Apple Watch Series 5 is a premium product. Bursting at the seams with features, it is bound to put a smile on any dad’s face. Exercising with it has never been more enjoyable. Because the Series 5 has cellular capabilities, dad won't need to bring their heavy phone along for the run or bike ride, and can still enjoy all of their songs as well as be able to call you to pick them up when they've had enough. Pair that with the new "Always on display" & upgraded storage, and you have a Father's Day gift that will bring joy for years to come.

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