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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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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

Hope they have enough stocks…

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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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