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Third-party docks will brick your Switch, Nintendo says

Please buy the original

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If you own a Nintendo Switch, you’ve probably seen the absurd number of third-party peripherals unendorsed by Nintendo. As you might expect, Nintendo is aggressively hostile against these off-brand devices. And if you don’t heed Nintendo’s warning, they might just brick your Switch.

Following the Switch 5.0 update, various users are reporting that their third-party docks are bricking their consoles. Problems range from charging failures to infinite boot loops.

These docks are a far cry from the Switch’s own dock. For one, they retail for much cheaper than a replacement dock from Nintendo. Also, some variants come in slimmer, sleeker, and more portable packages than the original’s bulky build.

Besides docks, peripherals makers also come up with their own portable chargers, extra batteries, custom controllers, and specialized cases. As with the docks, they can come off as more convenient compared to Nintendo’s own slew of items.

It comes as no surprise that users are preferring them over the licensed stock, despite the risk. Thankfully, affected devices can still be saved by sending it to Nintendo for repair. Unfortunately, the repairs come with the added risk of a completely wiped memory, saved games and all. (The Switch stores save files internally, rather than uploaded to a cloud.)

On Nintendo’s part, the company warns against buying or using any third-party product. The company states that they don’t test their devices with these devices.

As with all consoles, modders and off-brand accessories are inevitable. Likewise, the parent company is increasingly hostile against them (but ultimately powerless to stop them). Regardless, a growing number of concerned Redditors frequently warn against the danger of using such products.

If you value your save files (and your sanity), you might want to consider shelling out a few extra bucks just to get the officially licensed (and safe) merch.

SEE ALSO: 14 independent games are coming to the Nintendo Switch

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PS5’s DualSense controller gets two new colors

Midnight Black and Cosmic Red

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Not too fond of the white DualSense controller on the PS5? Sony PlayStation heard you as they announce two new colors of this haptic wonder — Midnight Black and Cosmic Red.

The PlayStation blog waxed poetic while describing the new colors: “Midnight Black features two subtly different shades of black with light grey detailing to reflect how we view space through the night sky. Cosmic Red offers a striking black and red design inspired by the unique vivid shades of red found throughout the cosmos.”

The DualSense controller is one of the biggest innovations of the PlayStation 5. Combining Haptic Feedback and Adaptive Triggers, it offered developers a new way to have gamers experience games. This was most evident in the recently released roguelike survival shooter Returnal.

The new colors are indeed striking. Could this be a sign that we might see Midnight Black and Crimson Red plates for the actual PlayStation 5?

The new lineup of colors will be available at participating retailers globally starting June 2021. The exact date will vary by location. You may check with local retailers for availability.

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LoL Wild Rift: New champions, skins, and character adjustments!

Patch Notes 2.2c is here

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Amidst Rengar and Kha’Zix’s rivalry, new competition is joining in the mix. Renekton is finally getting released later on in the patch to face off against his brother, Nasus. And, the ancient rituals of Blood Moon will make their debut in Wild Rift with Renekton. So, buckle up, there’s a bunch of new things coming with the patch.

Renekton: The Butcher of the Sands

Renekton is an ascended warrior from the scorched deserts of Shurima. The esteemed warrior of his empire was entombed beneath the sands during the fall of the Sun Disc. While the world above the sand changed, he grew resentful and insane. Now free from the deserts’ entrapment, Renekton seeks vengeance over his brother, Nasus (whom he blames for years in darkness).

Riot is doubling down on new skins, new accessories, new events, and champion adjustments. So, if you’ve been out of the loop from the Wild Rift universe, this is the perfect time to come back to it.

There’ll be another update on the patch later this month for what’s to come in June and July. But, the Jubilant Colors event kicks off in just a few days: May 24. Check the patch notes here to read up on more specifics!

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PlayStation VR 2 could be 4K with gaze-tracking tech

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Excited for the PlayStation VR 2? A fresh leak regarding foveated virtual reality headset points to the next-gen accessory being a compelling head-mounted display — and far more impressive than the predecessor. Sony has been teasing the launch for quite some time and even left many breadcrumbs for enthusiasts.

However, the report today isn’t official. According to Upload VR, Sony recently shared more details of the next-gen PlayStation VR with the company’s partners. Topping the list of details is a 4,000 x 2,040-pixel resolution, which gives it a stunning total of 8.16 million pixels.

In terms of rendering, it will work smarter by utilizing foveated rendering. That means that anything in the users’ peripheral vision that isn’t being looked at directly will be rendered in lower quality. The new technology will help save computing resources, delivering a better experience.

A single USB-C connection to the front of the PS5 is expected to power the unit. Another welcome touch is inside-out tracking. Now that Sony is ditching the PS Move controllers, the headset’s onboard cameras will be used to track the position of the new orb-shaped controllers instead.

The accessory seems like a perfect companion for the PlayStation 5 and is well equipped to compete. Although, the supply of PlayStation 5 has been severely hit, and the Japanese giant is expecting delays to go well into 2022. The company hasn’t even given us a release date yet — we know only that we won’t be seeing it by the end of 2021.

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