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A gold Nintendo Wii meant for the Queen is up for auction

Selling until May 21

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How dedicated are you to snag a piece of gaming history? If you’re a purveyor of gaming memorabilia, an ongoing auction is right up your alley. For the first time ever, a one-of-a-kind, gold-plated Nintendo Wii has been put up for auction. It’s not just a fancy edition, either. It comes with a strange story.

The auctioned console is one-of-a-kind for a reason. Quite technically, Queen Elizabeth II owned it. However, neither she nor any of the Royal Family touched or played the console.

In 2009, the now-inactive development studio THQ coated one of the consoles in gold and packaged it with their not-so-much-of-a-hit game BIG Family Games, a collection of 24 family games. The studio sent it to Buckingham Palace for the Queen. However, the console never reached the Queen’s hands. Because of the Palace’s strict policies regarding gifts, the Queen’s security quietly sent it back to THQ. Most fans who knew of the plot assumed that The Queen got the package and was playing Wii tennis with the Family.

The “Royal Wii,” as it was called, found its way to the hands of a collector, who knew someone at THQ when the company folded in 2012. The collector ultimately tried selling the piece on eBay, as detailed on Consolevariations. However, wary of a scam, eBay delisted the auction before it could conclude. Eventually, he went to Goldin, another auction site, which graciously accepted the piece.

Now, the console is officially up for auction, which is scheduled to end on May 21. Though it was put up only a few days ago, it has already reached eight bids. At the time of this writing, the gold Nintendo Wii, the controller, and the game will sell for US$ 2,200.

SEE ALSO: Nintendo delays sequel to Breath of the Wild

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Sony might stop releasing PlayStation 4 games by 2025

More games for PC and mobile

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Do you have a PlayStation 5 already? Despite being more than a year since its launch, the new console practically flies off from the shelves and into the hands of lucky buyers (less likely) or scalpers (more likely). However, based on Sony’s current plans, you might want to claw a bit deeper for one. Sony might stop releasing PlayStation 4 games by 2025.

Recently, Sony hosted a business briefing for its investors. Reported by Video Games Chronicle, company president Jim Ryan shared what the PlayStation has in store for the future. More conclusively, Ryan stated that they have plans to bump up releases for both PC and mobile platforms. By 2025, around half of Sony’s game releases will launch for those two platforms.

In the past, Sony was notoriously against releasing its exclusive games for the PC. However, the company recently reversed its stance by porting some of its titles, including Horizon Zero Dawn and God of War. With its latest plans, Sony is hugely diversifying its portfolio.

As you might have noticed from above, that’s not the only thing they hinted at. Though Ryan did not speak much about it, the graphic also depicts a stark lack of PlayStation 4 titles coming out in 2025. The year will see only PlayStation 5, PC, and mobile releases, potentially signaling the end of the PS4 era.

SEE ALSO: Upgrading my PlayStation 5 storage

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Build the ultimate gaming PC: MSI, EVA e:PROJECT team up

Have an Eva-01 Test Type-themed PC

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EVA e:PROJECT

MSI joined forces with esports brand EVA e:PROJECT for an exclusive collection that gives gamers and fans the chance to build the ultimate gaming PC.

For the collaboration, MSI has incorporated the classic Eva-01 Test Type purple and green colors into these four PC components:

  • Motherboard
  • Liquid cooler
  • Power supply
  • PC case

This will allow enthusiasts to make a one-of-a-kind Evangelion Unit-01 themed PC.

MAG B660 TOMAHAWK

The limited-edition MAG B660 TOMAHAWK motherboard is the centerpiece of the collection.

It features the famed NERV logo on the Extended Heatsink, along with Evangelion’s Matisse EB font.

MSI’s Mystic Light also offers an exclusive EVA lighting effect to add flair.

MAG CORELIQUID C240

The MAG CORELIQUID C240 All-in-One (AIO) Liquid Cooler showcases the Eva-01 Test Type as its main design.

Aside from the NERV logo, the cooler’s water block combines gorgeous ARGB lighting and purple highlights to further stand out.

MAG A650BN, MPG GUNGNIR 110R

Meanwhile, the MAG A650BN power supply unit (PSU) brings its stability and excellent power efficiency while incorporating the colors of the Eva-01 Test Type.

Complementing everything is the MPG GUNGNIR 110R case coming in a sleek design with a tempered glass side panel.

It also features Evangelion’s font and an illustration of the Eva-01 Test Type on the other side.

Availability, giveaways

The MSI X EVANGELION e: PROJECT collection launches this month.

To make things more exciting, MSI has also partnered with Intel and Kingston for giveaways, such as:

  • An Intel 12th Gen processor
  • A Kingston Beast DDR5 memory

Fans are invited to complete quests for a chance to walk away with the grand prize.

For more information on the EVA e:PROJECT, visit the campaign page here for details.

 

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Upgrading my PlayStation 5 storage

With the Seagate Firecuda 530 2TB with Heatsink

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Firecuda530 2TB

Sometimes all we need is some space. For my PlayStation 5, specifically, I wanted 2TB more space. There were plenty of brands to consider, but ultimately I landed on the Seagate Firecuda 530 2TB with Heatsink. We’ll just call it Firecuda530 from here on out for brevity.

Seagate is a brand that’s trusted when it comes to expanding storage. And the Firecuda530 meets all the requirements that PlayStation laid out for compatible m.2 solid state drive (SSD) options. 

In case you were wondering, these are the requirements:

  • Interface — PCI-Express Gen4x4 supported M.2 NVMe SSD (Key M)
  • Storage — 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB* *(4TB available upon pre-order)
  • Supported Sizes — 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280, 22110
  • Size including heat-dissipation mechanism — Width: up to 25 mm / Length: 30/40/6080/110 mm / Thickness: up to 11.25 mm (up to 8.0 mm
  • from above the board, up to 2.45 mm from below the board)
  • Sequential read speed — 5500 MB/s or faster is recommended
  • Socket Type — Socket 3 (Key M)

Seagate’s offering even exceeds this as it promises up to 7,300mb/s of speed and performance. They also claim to have transfer rates that are two times faster than PCIeGen3 NVMe SSDs. 

Rescue Data

Firecuda530 2TB

On top of that, you also get Rescue Data Recovery Services for the ultimate peace of mind on your precious files. Personally, I think this is one of the biggest value adds from Seagate. I have encountered my fair share of hardware data getting corrupted with only a small fraction of them recovered. 

With this, Seagate offers the services of world-class data recovery experts with an industry-leading 95% success rate for in-house SSD and HDD data recovery. You get one in-lab data recovery attempt. And your recovered data will be stored in an encrypted storage device.

Alright, enough of that, let’s put this thing inside the PS5. 

Installing the Firecuda530 2TB with Heatsink 

First we have to take off the faceplate. Make sure the side with the PS5 logo is the one that’s faced down. You want to remove the plate that’s on the other side. 

To remove it, you have to pull up from the top side and then slide down from the bottom. 

Firecuda530 2TB

Once removed, you’ll see a plate covering the storage expansion slot. Unscrew and then remove the plate. Don’t lose the screw! 

Firecuda530 2TB

Inside, there are multiple screw slots, with the safety screw placed up top at the 110 slot. Remove it, and then place it loosely on the 80 slot. 

Firecuda530 2TB

 

Now, take the Firecuda530 and slide it into the slot diagonally. You’ll know it’s in when you hear a click. 

Firecuda530 2TB

Afterwards, screw it in place and put back the protective plate. 

Firecuda530 2TB

I also took this opportunity to replace the faceplates to black and added some personal touch. 

Firecuda530 2TB

TWICE chibi stickers c/o @arts423

Formatting and testing

After installation, the next time you fire up your PS5, you’ll be asked to format the expansion drive. Do it by simply following the prompts. It should take less than 10 minutes.

After that, you can proceed to transferring your files to the Firecuda530. Transfer rates will vary depending on the file size. 

The first time I did it, I transferred nearly 100GB and it took only around three minutes. 

Before I transferred, I recorded how long it’ll take for me to load a few games. I did this for when they were on the main drive and when they were transferred. 

Here are the results:

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot (PS4 Game)

  • PS5 Storage: 31.47 seconds
  • M.2 Storage: 27.77seconds

Final Fantasy VII Remake (PS5 Game)

  • PS5 Storage: 3.67 seconds
  • M.2 Storage: 2.49 seconds 

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (PS5 Game)

  • PS5 Storage: 2.61 seconds
  • M.2 Storage: 2.17 seconds 

These are insane results as the Firecuda530 loaded the games faster than the PS5’s internal storage. Safe to say, the promised transfer speed and performance delivered as advertised.

Just playing 

Samsung Neo QLED

In the week since I moved most of my library to the Firecuda530, I’ve spent most of my time trophy hunting on the same games I mentioned earlier. So far, everything has been running great. 

In terms of load times, there’s no discernable difference between the PS5’s internal storage and the expansion storage. I didn’t bother timing them anymore so this is just based on my natural internal timer. Native PS5 games load blazingly fast and PS4 games installed on the PS5 load just about as fast as one can expect.

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Rivet and Clank

Same thing is true during actual gameplay. The expansion storage simply matches, if not exceeds, the performance of the built-in one, you wouldn’t know the difference unless you have your timer out to really see the milliseconds or sometimes even seconds of difference.

The biggest benefit, of course, is I’m now able to increase the number of my installed games from a measly eight all the way up to 20. And that’s with plenty of room to spare. That is simply incredible and extremely convenient.

Price and availability 

Firecuda530 2TB

The specific version I installed, as mentioned earlier, has a 2TB capacity. It has an SRP of PhP 25,895. The Firecuda 530 Heatsink also comes in 1TB and 4TB. The SRP is PhP 13,760 and 56,789 respectively. You can purchase these on Shopee, Lazada, or any of their authorized sellers. Find out more about Firecuda here.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Seagate.

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