Playstation 5 – PS 5 Release Date, Price, Games and News Update

PS 5 Release Date

Sony has confirmed that its new next-generation console will be called the PlayStation 5, and it’ll be out next year, launching in time for “Holiday 2020”, which many suspect to be by or before January 2020, nonetheless there remains a possibility of it being much later than that.

PS 5 Features

THE PS5 CONTROLLER HAS USB-C

Sony also announced a technology it’s calling “adaptive triggers,” which will go in the primary R2/L2 triggers on the PS5’s controller. According to Sony, developers will be able to “program the resistance of the triggers,” giving the example that you’ll be able to “feel” the increased tension as you draw back a bow or force you to push down with extra pressure if you’re driving through rough terrain.C

The company also announced several changes that it’ll be making to the controller on the PS5. Chief among them is replacing the current rumble technology that Sony has been using since the original PlayStation for new haptic feedback technology that it promises will offer a “broader range of feedback.”

Wired got a hands-on preview with a prototype PS5 controller, which it notes looked “an awful lot like the PS4’s DualShock 4,” although Sony isn’t confirming if it’ll call it the DualShock 5 just yet. Wired also confirmed that the PS5’s controller will finally be making the jump to USB-C as well as other refinements like a larger battery and improved speakers.

GAME INSTALLATIONS WILL BE MANDATORY ON THE PS5

In an interview with Wired, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan and PS5 system architect Mark Cerny gave some additional details about the upcoming hardware. “There is ray-tracing acceleration in the GPU hardware,” Cerny said, clarifying the company’s original announcement of ray-tracing support and allaying concerns that Sony might resort to software tricks to manage it.

The Wired interview also confirms that the PS5 will use standard 100GB Blu-ray discs — Sony had previously confirmed that the console will offer a disc drive — but all games will have to be installed to the internal SSD this time around.

That super-fast SSD is still the biggest update that Sony is showing off, and it says that the installation requirement is due to the speed difference between the optical drive and the internal solid-state one. Sony does promise that the SSD’s improvements to how it reads data means that games will be able to take up less space, though, which should help soften the blow for the mandatory installation requirements. Sony will also let developers break up the installation of their games — say, by installing just the multiplayer components or just the single-player campaign — on the PS5.

Also new on the PS5 is a “completely revamped user interface” that will show off far more detailed social features on the home screen. Sony promises that you’ll be able to see (and launch directly into) specific features of a game, like a single-player level or multiplayer match, directly from the home screen, instead of first having to launch the game and then navigate in.

All of this information joins the existing details that Sony has already revealed earlier this year, like the eight-core CPU (which will be based on AMD’s third-gen Ryzen line) and custom GPU based on AMD’s Radeon Navi hardware, “3D audio,” the support for 8K gaming (as well as for 4K gaming at 120Hz), a much lower power consumption option, PS4 backwards compatibility, and that ultra-fast SSD.

There’s still a lot we don’t know, of course, like how much storage Sony will be offering (a question that becomes far more important with mandatory game installation), what kind of VR options there’ll be, or what the actual hardware will look like or cost. But with the new holiday 2020 release date, it likely won’t be too long before Sony starts giving some answers to those questions.

PS 5 Price

The PS4 found big success by undercutting the Xbox One at launch with its $399 price tag, but the PS5 might not be quite as affordable. In his quarterly forecast (as reported by Twinfinite), Ace Research Institute analyst Hideki Yasuda predicts that the system will launch for $499, which is $100 more than what the PS4 and PS4 Pro sold for at launch.

PS 5 Games: The Titles to Expect

While the PS5 has yet to be confirmed, it’s never to early to speculate which titles may land on Sony’s next gen system. First-party title Ghosts of Tsushima has yet to get a release date, meaning we could see it hit PS4 and PS5 at once. And while we’re speculating, don’t be shocked to see sequels to PS4 megahits God of War, Horizon: Zero Dawn and Spider-Man on the PS5.

We now know that the long awaited The Last of Us: Part II is coming to PS4 on May 29, 2020. And while PS4 games will work on PS5, we wouldn’t be surprised to see some sort of enhanced edition for the new console, much like Sony delivered with The Last of Us: Remastered on PS4. 

As far as third-party games, Bethesda already confirmed that its upcoming Starfield game is a “next-generation” experience. We also wouldn’t be shocked to see The Elder Scrolls VI and Cyberpunk 2077 land on Sony’s next-generation hardware. And since they release like clockwork, expect new Madden, NBA 2K and FIFA titles around the PS5’s launch window.

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Asus Just Unveiled the World’s Lightest Business Laptop

There’s light and then there’s light. The Asus Pro B9 is definitely the former at 1.9 pounds.

There’s no word on pricing or when the Pro B9’s launching, but it’s clear that Asus is gunning to be a major player in the business laptop space, an arena the company seemed to have left to the likes of Dell and Lenovo

Design

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I haven’t seen a laptop this light since the Lenovo LaVie Z. And honestly, it made me want to toss it like a frisbee. Let’s hope the Pro B9 fairs better. It looks to be made from the same blue aluminum seen on the likes of the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo so it’s definitely got a leg up. And the fact that the slim stunner has undergone MIL-SPEC-810G testing is reassuring that this isn’t a flimsy toy.

At 0.6-inches thick, it’s on a par with the Lenovo X1 Carbon, but the former is much heavier at 2.5 pounds. 

From the quick glimpse I saw of the notebook during the slide presentation, it appears to have a variation of Asus’ ScreenPad.

Specs

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In another rebuke of the slim = weak narrative, Asus has found a way to outfit the Pro B9 with some seriously powerful specs. When it launches, it will have an Intel 10th Gen Core i7 processor, a pair of 1TB PCIe SSDs in either RAID 0 or RAID 1 configuration. It will also have Wi-Fi 6 and Thunderbolt 3 ports.

And if like any good laptop, it will have TPM software and a fingerprint reader to keep your sensitive information under lock and key.

Bottom Line

Asus is making an aggressive play on the business space with the Pro B9 laptop. As you’d come to expect from the brand, it’s undeniably pretty and really powerful and it’s incredibly light. If it can offer reasonable battery life and it delivers on the performance, the Asus Pro B9 might be the laptop du jour for mobile professionals. 

Keep up with what’s happening on the IFA 2019 show floor with our up-to-the-minute coverage. 

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Razer Launches World’s First Gaming Ultrabook

The Blade family is getting even bigger. Razer just announced two new additions to its laptop library: the Blade Stealth 13 Mercury White Edition and the Blade Stealth 13 Graphics Edition. Available starting toward the end of September, the laptops will start at $1,499 and $1,799, respectively.

Blade Stealth 13 Graphics Edition

Razer is billing the Graphics Edition Blade Stealth as the “world’s first gaming ultrabook.” That’s because the laptop is outfitted with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU with 4GB of VRAM coupled with a 10th Gen Core i7-1065G processor. That means you can play games like Far Cry New Dawn and Battlefield V, just not at the highest settings.

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In addition to the Core i7 processor, the laptop is stacked with 16GB of RAM and 512GB PCIe SSD. The $1,799 configuration of the notebook features a 1920 x 1080 display that features Intel’s Lower Power Display technology, which is supposed to help extend battery life. Razer also has a $1,999 version with a 4K touch panel. Either system would work for a gamer on the go, but if frame rates and battery life are a big concern, I’d recommend the 1080p iteration.

Speaking of battery life, Razer claims that the Graphics Edition will last between 10-11 hours on charge. Most gaming laptops rarely last longer than 6 hours on the Laptop Mag Battery test, so I’m not optimistic about their chances.

Blade Stealth 13 Mercury White Edition

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The first thing you’ll notice about the Mercury White Edition of the Blade Stealth is… that it’s white. But just like every other Blade laptop, the entire chassis is made of CNC aluminum and sports that boxy frame we’ve come to know and love. It’s just a really pretty laptop all around. As the name suggests, this version of the Stealth will only be available in this color.

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Targeting college students, the laptop has one of Intel’s new 10 Gen Ice Lake processors (Core i7-1065G7 CPU), 16GB of RAM and an Intel Iris Pro integrated graphics card. Intel is promising better overall and graphics performance with this new round of chips as well as some AI functionality. I’m excited to see whether or not the components will live up to the hype.

The laptop has been outfitted with a 13.1-inch, 1980 x 1080 matte panel with the capability to reproduce 100% of the sRGB gamut thanks to factory calibration. And for storage, you have a 256GB PCIe SSD, which should translate into fast transfer speeds. 

The company is estimating 13 hours of battery life. Razer has been steadily working on the battery life, with the last Stealth lasting 8 hours and 5 minutes on the Laptop Mag battery test. Do I think the Mercury White Edition will last 13 hours? No, but I’m hoping it can clear 9 hours and maintain the company’s positive trend.

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USB4 Is Coming: Here’s How Fast It’ll Be

USB4’s technical specifications have been finalized by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), the group responsible for creating USB standards.

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Utilizing a two-lane operation when used with USB Type-C cables and up, we can expect to see transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps. With those rates, USB4 doubles the performance of USB 3.2, the newest USB standard currently available. USB4 is also backwards compatible with USB 3.2, USB 2.0 and Thunderbolt 3.

While USB4 integrates Intel’s Thunderbolt technology, MacBook and iMac desktop users have benefited from faster speeds and output options for years. However, accessories that make use of the technology are usually expensive, leading most manufacturers to eschew it regardless of the fact that they utilize a USB-C connection. Since the new standard merges both USB-C and Thunderbolt, we should start to see decreasing accessory price points that utilize faster speeds as USB4 gains popularity.

USB4 device manufacturers must also include USB Power Delivery technology, which regulates device charging. PD can quickly charge your phone or gaming laptop, sending the optimal amount of wattage for each device to charge quickly without damage.

With specification development all wrapped up, we could see the first USB4 products hit the market as early as mid-2020.

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Everything to expect from Apple’s iPhone event

iPhone 11, Apple Watch Series 5, software updates, and more

It’s iPhone time already, and Apple is set to take the stage on September 10th to announce the new iPhone 11 lineup.

Of course, Apple doesn’t just make iPhones, so we also expect news on the Apple Watch, Apple TV, all the new software Apple announced earlier this year, and maybe even a MacBook Pro-shaped surprise or two.

Here’s what to expect at the upcoming event:

New iPhones

September is practically synonymous with iPhones in the tech sphere, and this year is no exception. Apple is expected to announce three new iPhone models at its event on Tuesday: the iPhone 11 Pro, the iPhone 11 Pro Max, and the iPhone 11, replacing the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, respectively.

Despite the numerical change, this year’s updates look similar to the iPhone 6S to iPhone 7 transition; Apple is keeping the designs largely the same as the previous generation and focusing more on spec boosts and an overhaul to the camera. That means that larger updates — like an in-display fingerprint scanner, 5G, or a less intrusive notch — will likely wait until next year’s models at the earliest.

Here’s what to expect:

iPhone 11 Pro / 11 Pro Max: The direct successors to the XS and XS Max, the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, will keep largely the same design, with a 5.8-inch OLED display on the smaller model and a 6.5-inch panel on the larger one.

The biggest change is the camera: Apple is putting a new triple-camera system in a massive square module. Details are still slim as to what Apple will use the third lens for — currently, Apple offers both wide-angle and telephoto lenses on the XS line — but presumably, it’ll be the big push for why customers should upgrade. The new cameras are also said to be higher resolution and offer better low light performance and video recording.

Apple is also expected to upgrade Face ID, allowing it to work at multiple angles (including lying flat on a desk); add better waterproofing and shatter-resistance to the new phones so that they’re harder to break; and add a new matte finish to the hardware. Also new is a reverse wireless charging feature, similar to Samsung, that will let you juice up a pair of AirPods on the go using your iPhone.

There’s also the expected upgrade to Apple’s next-gen A13 processor, which will presumably make the new models faster than the old ones. And like the iPhone XR last year, Apple is said to be closing the door entirely on its haptic 3D Touch experiment. It won’t be in the new models.

iPhone 11: Also possibly called the 11R (rumors are back and forth), the XR upgrade is a little more lackluster than the flagship line. It’ll have the same middle-of-the-road 6.1-inch LCD size and overall design as last year’s model with a few changes.

The big update here is a better camera. In this case, it’s going from the single-lens system on the XR to a dual camera (also, sadly, in a giant square module) that adds optical zoom capabilities. Also expected are some new colors (including a green option) and the same faster A13 processor as its pricier siblings.

Apple Watch Series 5

The Apple Watch just got a big redesign last year, so the Series 5 is expected to be a bit less dramatic of a change. Presumably, Apple will be upgrading the processor to an S5 chipset that will be faster and more power-efficient than before. An early leak has revealed new titanium and ceramic case options.

Another rumor claims that Apple could be adding sleep tracking to the Apple Watch this year, which is one of the main health-tracking features that the Watch currently lacks.

There are also some bigger changes coming to the entire Apple Watch line in watchOS 6, which were announced at WWDC earlier this year: a standalone App Store that will allow Watch apps to be installed and run independently from a tethered iPhone and the long-overdue addition of menstrual cycle tracking.

Oh, and there will probably be some new strap colors.

Apple Tag

Rumors have been swirling for months that Apple is working on its own Tile-esque Bluetooth tracking tag, and we could see a formal announcement on Tuesday. There’s plenty of evidence, both circumstantial (like Apple’s rebranded Find My app) and blatantly obvious (like the leaked code in iOS 13 explaining how the feature works).

Apple’s iteration is said to use AR to help find your lost items, which could be an interesting twist on the formula. And given that products like Tile rely on a local network of hardware to find lost items, the sheer number of iPhones in the world could give Apple a very solid foundation to build off.

New Apple TV hardware

Apple’s overdue for an update to the Apple TV, and rumors suggest it has one in the works that could feature a faster A12 processor. Given that Apple Arcade games are meant to be cross-platform, a better processor could help the Apple TV keep up when the service launches later this year.

Software

We already have a pretty good idea of what to expect from Apple’s 2019 software updates, but expect to get release information for iOS 13, iPadOS, watchOS 6, tvOS, the HomePod, and macOS 10.15 Catalina. Apple also occasionally has a surprise feature or two that’s limited to its new hardware, which might show up as well. Otherwise, expect the big news mostly to be elsewhere in the presentation.

Services

Apple is betting really heavily on subscription services as iPhone sales have started to wane, and earlier this year, announced several new services, including its Apple Arcade game subscription and its own streaming service, Apple TV Plus.

We still don’t have some crucial details for either of those services: specifically, when they’ll launch and how much they’ll cost. Rumors have suggested that Arcade will launch alongside iOS 13 (which should get a release date at the event as well) and that it’ll cost $4.99 per month. Apple TV Plus, meanwhile, is rumored to cost $9.99 per month and launch sometime in November. Apple has been ramping up the release of trailers for shows in the past few weeks, including For All Mankind, The Morning Show, Dickinson, and the animated Snoopy in Space, so some sort of news would make sense.

It’s also possible that Apple could use Tuesday’s event to announce some kind of bundle: right now, the company offers Apple Music ($9.99 per month), Apple News Plus ($9.99 per month), iCloud storage ($0.99 / $2.99 / $9.99 per month, depending on storage), AppleCare Plus (price depends on device), and the aforementioned video and gaming services. Add those together, and it can get pretty pricey, so it’s possible Apple might announce some sort of combined bundle for access to its services, similar to what Disney is doing with Disney+ / Hulu / ESPN+. There’s a precedent, too: Apple’s monthly iPhone Upgrade Service already includes AppleCare, so the idea of bundling isn’t totally foreign to the company.

16-inch MacBook Pro

Apple’s current MacBook Pro design has no shortage of detractors, and the company is said to be working on a new 16-inch model, which is set to debut an all-new design (with a less bad keyboard) as early as this year.

Mac Pro and Pro Display release dates

Announced at WWDC, Apple made some big promises for its most demanding pro users, but we still don’t have exact pricing for the Mac Pro or a release date for either the Pro or its accompanying display. We could get more details on Tuesday.

One More Thing…?

Apple, more than any other company, loves to break out surprises at its events. Could there be new iPads, which Apple traditionally holds for a separate October event? A reveal of the long-rumored AR glasses the company has been said to have in the works? A new, cheaper HomePod? Noise-canceling AirPods? On-ear, Apple-branded headphones? The triumphant return of the AirPower charging pad? Anything’s possible to show up when Apple takes the stage, so stay tuned.

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