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Sony is preparing to launch a new ‘phablet’ called Xperia Z3X

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It was only last month that Sony announced the Xperia Z3 smartphone, but it looks like the company is already working on something new. This upcoming device will apparently be a combination between a smartphone and a tablet, more commonly known as a ‘phabet.’ Currently called the Xperia Z3X, this gadget is the successor to last year’s Xperia Z Ultra, a 6.4-inch device that fell a bit under the radar for whatever reason. The Xperia Z3X is unlikely to suffer the same fate as it will feature a set of specs that surpasses those of many other ‘phablets’ in its class. Recently, the device was benchmarked and the details were made public, which is why we know about the specs even though Sony hasn’t made an official announcement as of yet.

The Sony Xperia Z3X will come equipped with a 6.2-inch display with impressive QHD 1440 x 2560 resolution, but what’s under the hood is even more impressive. The benchmark reveals a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 64-bit chipset with Adreno 430 GPU and 4 GB of RAM. The octa-core processor is composed out of four Cortex A-57 cores and four Cortex A-53 cores. We don’t know much else about its specs at this time, but the Sony Xperia Z3X already looks very impressive as it is. Rumor has it that its camera will feature a 2/3 inch sensor with 22.1 megapixel resolution and f/1.2 aperture.

According to the benchmark, the device currently runs on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system. This may very well change by the time Sony launches the Xperia Z3X and the device is likely to at least run on version 4.4.4 when it comes out. There is currently no information in regards to its release date or any other important details, but we’ll make sure to let you know as soon as we learn something else so make sure you stay tuned.

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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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