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‘PS4 Slim’ appears online, momentarily goes for sale

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UPDATE: A guy with the handle @shortmaneighty2 on Twitter claims to have the console. He has posted additional photos to prove it’s real. The images can be found at the end of this post.

The internet may have spoiled an upcoming product announcement yet again. As most savvy gamers know, Sony’s PlayStation 4 is rumored to be getting a hardware upgrade (plus a makeover) at a PlayStation event in New York City on September 7th.


However, it seems one person in the U.K. already has the unannounced slim version of the current Sony console on hand. And that person has put it up for sale on auction site Gumtree for £295 ($385) before it was taken down.

And although we reckon the ad is a hoax and, like most leaks, should be taken with a grain of salt, the photos are undeniably convincing but would have been costly and would have required tremendous effort to stage.

You don’t have to take our word for it — check out the photos of the machine and everything that comes with the retail package below.

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News that Sony will be coming out with a more compact version of the PlayStation 4 this year shouldn’t surprise anyone; Microsoft has one-upped the Japanese by releasing the “sleeker, slimmer, sharper” Xbox One S this month. The Xbox successor is 40 percent smaller, does 4K and HDR video, and offers up to 2TB of storage. It can stand up vertically as well.

Meanwhile, the PS4 remains a hulking presence in the living room, like that first-generation DVD player your dad is trying to give away on Craigslist.

Alongside a scaled-down version of its most popular console yet, Sony will reportedly unveil a more powerful and more VR-capable PlayStation 4 to clash with Microsoft’s Project Scorpio, the true successor to the Xbox One. Sony has yet to comment on the images.

Here are the alleged images of what appears to be the Sony PS4 Slim courtesy of Twitter user shortman82.

[irp posts=”4592" name=”Sony PlayStation 4 Pro and Slim hands-on”]

Source: Kotaku

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Playdate is a handheld gaming system with a crank

Yes, an actual crank

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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!

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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

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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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