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Sony reveals more hardware details on the PlayStation 5

Includes an ultra-fast SSD and backwards compatibility

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Despite the pandemic keeping everyone indoors, Sony’s big reveal on the PlayStation 5 did not stop on its tracks. The company is still gearing up for their next generation console, with new details on what will be inside it. So, let’s take a deep dive into the PlayStation 5’s hardware plan, with Mark Cerny as the man to reveal the plan.

The core philosophy behind the PlayStation 5’s hardware changes

The ultra-fast SSD and the endless possibilities

There were two elephants in the room that needed to be addressed with the PlayStation 5: the hard drive and the GPU. For the internal hard drive, this time around Sony is opting to incorporate a solid state drive (SSD) with a few goals in mind.

The roadmap for the internal SSD for the PlayStation 5

Cerny explained in the near-hour long stream that they will incorporate an ultra-fast 825GB SSD with 16GB of DDR6 RAM. This meant that games load significantly faster, in essence removing the need for loading screens. This also meant that developers are given creative freedom to optimize their games for the PS5, as well.

He also mentioned the possibility of incorporating M.2 SSDs for additional storage. In order to fully optimize these M.2 SSDs for PS5 games, however, he explained that their read times must be relatively faster than what’s inside the PS5. This meant that most M.2 SSDs out in the market — commonly used for PCs would not fit the bill.

The AMD GPU and backwards compatibility

Sony opted to remain with an AMD GPU for the PlayStation 5. However, their approach to the GPU is through direct collaboration with AMD, exploring opportunities to improve graphical performance. For starters, the new AMD GPU will be based on an RDNA 2 architecture with the goal of reducing power but maximizing performance.

The PlayStation will have native support for most PlayStation 4 games

This GPU will also be responsible for ushering backwards compatibility for the new console. The PlayStation 5 will have backwards compatibility for most PlayStation 4 titles, although there’s no list yet. However, Cerny is confident in the PS5’s capability to run PS4 games since they had already tested it with the top 100 PS4 titles.

A new Geometry Engine and ray tracing will also make its way to the PlayStation 5. These two new features aim to enhance image processing and color grading for games optimized for the new console.

The Sony PlayStation 5 will still launch by Holiday 2020 according to the company’s website. However, there’s a chance that it will be delayed due to concerns over the coronavirus.


As general rules, the CDC or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed these to help with preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces

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Lenovo Legion X60 Intel gaming lineup announced

Now with better performance and optimized Lenovo software

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Lenovo is once again making big waves when it comes to their Legion gaming laptops. This time around, they’re not really looking at releasing anything new. Instead, they’re more on improving or upgrading their current gear with the latest hardware possible. It all starts with their new Lenovo Legion X60 Intel gaming laptops.

Basically, the Lenovo Legion X60 Intel gaming lineup features refreshed iterations of Legion laptops. At the heart of these laptops is an 11th generation Intel H-Series processor, which promises remarkable performance. Whether you’re gaming, streaming, or simply multi-tasking, these laptops will surely bring the power for whatever purpose. Along with this, these refreshed models also sport the latest NVIDIA RTX GPUs to keep up with insane gaming workloads.

Apart from these, the refreshed models will also come with Lenovo’s dedicated hardware and software technologies for any type of gamer. From Coldfront 3.0 to an improved TrueStrike keyboard, Lenovo built these laptops for either the casual or competitive type. Note that only the following models received the refresh:

  • IdeaPad Gaming 3i (PhP 59,995)
  • Legion 5i (PhP 72,995) and 5i Pro (PhP 124,995)
  • Legion 7i (PhP 169,995)

In terms of availability, these laptops in Legion Exclusive Stores, authorized retailers, and on the Lazada Legion Flagship Store.

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Razer now has its own gaming finger sleeves

Keeping your thumbs dry

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Razer has somehow transformed into the ruler of gaming lifestyle accessories. After releasing treasure troves of peripherals and devices, the company has slowly branched off into stranger and stranger niches including toasters and SUVs. Razer is now blending peripheral with accessory in its latest product: Razer Gaming Finger Sleeves.

If you haven’t heard of finger sleeves before, think gloves but only for your fingers — or, in this case, finger. The Razer Gaming Finger Sleeves are meant to be worn on your thumbs. It’s specifically made for mobile gamers.

Made with a mixture of sliver fiber fabric, nylon, and spandex, the sleeves can keep your thumbs dry for serious gaming on your phone. Despite wrapping your thumbs, Razer says that the fabric is still breathable at 0.8 millimeters. They’re also a universal fit for any type of thumb.

Mobile gaming is one of the most popular forms of entertainment especially in Asian countries like the Philippines. Playing on your phone can easily whittle away the time spent in traffic or outdoors. However, since some countries are too warm and humid, sweat can just as easily accumulate and create an unsightly portrait on our otherwise pristine phone screens.

The Razer Gaming Finger Sleeves are out now and retails for US$ 9.99.

SEE ALSO: Razer unveils its Phantom Keycap Upgrade Set

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The Pulse 3D Wireless Headset now sports Midnight Black

Nicely paired with the DualSense controller and your “Midnight Black” PS5

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Pulse 3D Wireless

Back in June, Sony announced two additional colorways for its next-generation DualSense controller. Apart from the classic white, the PlayStation 5’s newest controller also received a Midnight Black and Cosmic Red. This time around, they’ve extended the invitation to another PS5 peripheral, the Pulse 3D Wireless Headset.

Much like the DualSense controller, the headset will also come in Midnight Black. Other than this, everything else is pretty much the same for the Pulse 3D Headset. In essence, it still gives you deeper, more immersive 3D sounds to games that fully take advantage of this. It’s just that now, you have other color options to choose from. Whether or not this also comes in Cosmic Red, Sony has yet to announce that.

It’s worth noting that included in the PS5’s second major update is an equalizer for the 3D Pulse. It adds another layer of control for players. This lets them enjoy the game precisely the way they want to. But if tweaking isn’t your thing, there are also three presets: Standard, Bass Boost, or Shooter.

The Pulse 3D Wireless Headset in Midnight Black will be available on October 29 for PhP 5,590/ SG$ 149 / MYR 469/ DR1,699,000 / THB3,490 / VND2,699,000.

SEE ALSO: How to use the DualSense controller with PC, Mac

 

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