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The Blackberry Passport launches in the US for the price of $600

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Earlier today, Blackberry put its latest flagship smartphone, the Blackberry Passport on sale in the US. The device can be purchased from AT&T on a two-year contract for the price of $250. However, if you don’t want to make a commitment to the carrier, you can buy it unlocked directly from the company’s website for $599. Worth mentioning is the fact that this is a limited time offer as the regular price of the Blackberry Passport will be $699 once the promotion ends. The company previously stated that although its latest smartphone is just as good as other flagships, it will be offered at a lower price in order to “get the market interested.” This plan may indeed work as the device features some pretty impressive specs and it really offers a great bang for your buck.

The Blackberry Passport comes equipped with a 4.5-inch display with 1,440 x 1,440 resolution and the already infamous QWERTY keyboard. Hardware-wise, we’re looking at a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.2 GHz complete with 3GB of RAM. Other specs include a 13MP primary camera with dual-LED flash, a 2MP secondary shooter, 32 GB of internal storage memory with microSD support and a downright massive 3,450 mAh battery. The Blackberry Passport can provide up to 36 hours of battery life according to Blackberry’s CEO. Seeing as how most of the new smartphones will only last about a day before you need to reach for the charger, this is definitely a very nice feature to have.

As for the operating system, the Blackberry Passport will run on the Blackberry OS 10.3. The OS made its debut on the flagship, but it will also become available for all Blackberry 10 devices in the near future. Blackberry’s Passport also went on sale in Canada and the UK earlier today. The device is scheduled to launch in 30 more countries including Germany, France and Singapore among others.

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Despite popular belief, PS4 sales in the UK skyrocketed last year

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PS4 sales in the UK climbed by a shocking 633 percent year-over-year in 2023, so apparently the old system isn’t dead yet. The previous year’s very limited supply of the system is likely a major factor in this figure, since the console’s lifespan was drastically reduced because of chip shortages caused by the pandemic. Still, it’s proof that PlayStation’s original platform has unmet demand.

With the very low prices of PS4 software (both in-store and online at the PS Store), this strategy makes a lot of sense. Plus, it’s future-proof, so there’s no harm in stocking up on PS4s while new-gen pricing is still high, since if you decide to switch to a PS5 in the future, you can transfer all of your purchases across. Not to mention that the majority of new releases still come out on the PS4, with several offering free PS5 upgrades.

While the percentage rise may seem huge, real PS4 sales will probably be much lower. It’s a sign that the gadget, which is now a decade old, isn’t completely dead yet, and we expect it to keep receiving maintenance for a while longer. Of course, this is great news for Sony, because the company would rather have PS4 players playing on its last-gen gadget than none at all, even if it would love to have them upgrade to PS5.

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New PS5 firmware is available for download!

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A PS5 firmware update on a cold winter morning is unmatched. The latest PS5 system software update is 23.02–08.40.00 from Sony. Does this one add useful features or just boost system performance?

Though closer to the latter, it’s more than Sony’s favorite patch note. It fixes security issues, improves messages and usability, and boosts system software performance. Official patch notes for this 1.185GB update:

  • We updated system software security
  • We improved system software stability and performance
  • Some screens now have better messages and usability

That’s it. PS5 gets another win to recover from its midweek slump. Do you share our enthusiasm for this firmware update? Comment below. To spice things up, make your comment rhyme.

 

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Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Version Will Help PS5

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Belgian developer Larian Studios’ work on Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Series S version will improve performance on all platforms, including PS5. The game’s fifth major patch, expected to launch this week, will include upgrades and new features. More details will be revealed later today.

Director of Publishing Michael Douse says PS5 performance improvements may be the “least exciting thing” in the title’s next update, so it sounds like a big one. Larian Studios employees are proud of “finally” implementing tweaks, fixes, and changes, Douse says. Later today, we’ll bring you all the Baldur’s Gate 3 update details.

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Those who reached the RPG’s third act have reported technical issues during the narrative’s conclusion, especially in co-op, so today’s update should fix them. New features like a permadeath mode are expected, along with Xbox Series S optimization fixes. What else should be added to the game?

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