Sony owes $65 to PlayStation 3 owners

Time to bring out the old PS3!



Are you still holding on to your old PlayStation 3? Gamers have started to store their old consoles with the hope that they gain resale value in the future. For the hoarders, it looks like their habit is finally paying off.

After losing a strange lawsuit in the US, Sony now owes US$ 65 to those who still own the original “fat” PS3.

The lawsuit underlies crucial issues that exist even today — the lack of software flexibility and backwards compatibility. When it first launched in 2006, the PS3 offered support for Linux and PS2 compatibility. The twin features expanded what a gaming console could do.

Unfortunately, when Sony learned that hackers could use the features for piracy, they ripped them from the system. Succeeding models didn’t have the features installed anymore. Firmware updates killed them off in already-shipped models.

Apparently, the removal irked a lot of consumers enough for the filing of a class action lawsuit. Sony has agreed to settle for US$ 3.75 million. The five complainants are awarded US$ 3,500, while the rest will be split among users and other concerned parties.

If you bought the PS3 from an official retailer in the US, you’re entitled to a split in the cash. Owners must have purchased their units between November 1, 2006 to April 1, 2010.

If you purchased within these parameters but don’t have the unit anymore, you’re still eligible if you have the serial number. If you’re not sure, you can check out their eligibility instructions. You can fill out a claim form there.

Claiming the payout is quite the chore. However, if you have a few minutes on hand, you might be a few bucks richer.

READ ALSO: PlayStation 4 hack allows for cracked apps and PS2 emulation


Playdate is a handheld gaming system with a crank

Yes, an actual crank



If you’re bored of the current gaming console landscape or are simply waiting for the next-gen PlayStation to come out, there’s this new handheld system that might keep you a little busy.

From a company named Panic, which is known for developing the popular game Firewatch, comes the Playdate. It may seem like a simple gaming system at first, but look to its right and you’ll see its defining feature: a crank.

The developer says that some titles will use this analog controller exclusively, while some won’t at all (which, to me, sorta defeats the purpose of placing that game on this console). Everything will be played on its monochrome screen with no backlighting.

You can see it in action here:

The spin here is that the Playdate will come with a subscription of 12 games — delivered to you once a week for 12 weeks. It’s part of the initial cost of US$ 149, but there’s no word yet if there’ll be subscriptions after that and how much they’ll cost.

Each game will be a surprise, which may or not be a good thing. Spending this much on an unproven console — and possibly more for succeeding subscriptions — could end up becoming a costly risk.

Orders will be accepted later this year, while actual shipping will happen in early 2020. For now, you can sign up through the official website to receive updates on its progress.

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Here’s an early look at the Sony PS5’s raw performance

Spoiler: It’s fast!



Even though Sony dished out some early info on the upcoming PlayStation 5 (should they choose to stick to the numbered naming scheme) and revealed that it’s more than just a mere upgrade, we don’t have any tangible data on what exactly to expect.

Fortunately, Wall Street Journal tech reporter Takashi Mochizuki was present at Sony’s most recent gaming presentation and had this video to show us:

What you see here is a comparison between the loading times of the PS5 and PS4 Pro. Make no mistake here: The next-generation console is incredibly fast! A lot of credit must be given to the built-in SSD the PS5 will ship with.

This should be taken with a grain of salt, however. Tech demos are often fixed to make the newer (and more expensive) product seem superior. To the next-gen console’s credit, it’ll come with the latest eight-core Ryzen chip and a custom GPU from AMD’s Radeon Navi, which are capable of 8K gaming and ray tracing when put together.

Sadly, we still don’t have a release date and Sony won’t announce anything at E3 next month. For now, savor your PS4 and its growing library of classics.

Via: Kotaku

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Minecraft Earth is like Pokémon Go but with building blocks



In a move that makes loads of sense, Minecraft is coming to mobile though an augmented reality app similar to Pokémon Go.

It’s called Minecraft Earth and it’s arriving later this year with a beta phase happening during summer. The developers offered this trailer, but it does little to explain how the system would work.

Check it out:

The official website’s FAQ section, however, delves into more of the info we actually care about.

For one, it’ll be free to play and will include several of Minecraft‘s traditional features including world building and discovering/fighting mobs.

Concerning regional availability, the developers aren’t confirming these details just yet. If it’s anything like the issues Niantic experienced with Pokémon Go before, chances are this rollout will be gradual, too.

Finally, for the “Will Minecraft Earth have loot boxes?” question, the website has a definite “No” to answer that.

Minecraft Earth will be available on both Android and iOS. Fingers crossed that there’ll be no delays. 🤞

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