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The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is getting axed starting next February

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The Samsung Galaxy Alpha was meant to be merely a launch pad for other smartphones with premium metallic designs, such as the new Galaxy A series. As such, Samsung has decided that it would be better to discontinue the handset in the near future in order to focus on the Galaxy A3, A5, and A7. Reports are now saying that the Korean tech giant will axe the Samsung Galaxy Alpha starting with early February and apparently the plan is to keep manufacturing the devices until all the materials used to produce them are gone. It is assumed that Samsung will run out of materials in a little over a month and won’t be ordering any other components after that.

Some people might end up missing the Samsung Galaxy Alpha and its beautiful design, but the truth is that its replacements are simply much better. The Samsung Galaxy A5 in particular is able to eclipse its predecessor thanks to the similar specs, but much lower price tag. Samsung plans to offer more affordable smartphones next year, especially in its home country of South Korea. While the Samsung Galaxy Alpha costs more than $600 at the moment, the Samsung Galaxy A5 will be available for only about $360. It’s still uncertain if the A series will be made widely available around the globe, or if the devices will remain exclusive to South Korea.

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha sold very few units in its home country, so it’s not surprising to see the company pulling it off the market over there. Similarly, the device wasn’t exactly successful in the US and elsewhere either, however, it did sell a decent amount of units in countries already used to seeing very expensive smartphones. This trend will continue with the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S series, but at the same time, it’s great to see that Samsung can offer something a bit cheaper and with a premium feel in the form of the metallic Galaxy A series.

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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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