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Asus Transformer Book Chi preorder open, $400 price set

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The Asus Transformer Book Chi, the latest line-up of convertible devices from the company, is now live, meaning that preorders are open and it seems Asus is keeping their traditional affordable price tags afloat. According to the company, you can now pre-order the Asus Transformer Book Chi for as little as $400, and as much as $500, which is rather affordable for a convertible device. The Asus Transformer Book Chi series is the successor of the previous line-up of convertibles, which were also very affordable and compact.

The new convertibles have the advantage of being sold with their keyboard docks included, which means that paying $400 for a tablet equipped with Windows 8.1 and a keyboard dock, not to mention a smorgasbord of ports and outpots is a really good deal in my opinion. The Asus Transformer Book Chi line-up can offer an excellent, low-cost alternative to Microsoft’s own Surface Pro convertible line-up, and although you won’t get the same performance, you will get a similar portability and good use out of these tablets/convertibles.

Asus has done well with the Transformer Book Chi line-up, especially when it comes to design. They’ve replaced the plastic that was representative of the Asus Transformer Book T100, another $400 10 inch convertible, and replaced it with a premium design that is made up of metal. The magnetic hinge that they’ve attached also comes in handy with four different usage modes, as seen on the Lenovo Yoga line-up: tent, flipped, laptop and tablet modes. The new Transformer Book Chi line-up also boasts with very thin design, which is admirable because all of the hardware necessary is packed into the tablet itself, none of it going into the keyboard dock, for maximum portability.

The fanelss design also makes the Transformer Book Chi T100 the thinnest Windows tablet on the market right now. The IPS display within these convertibles has also been upgraded, as the gaps between the display layers have been eliminated, resulting in a rather immersive viewing experience, similar to what we can see with Apple products. Although the IPS display isn’t top notch, it does come with great viewing angles and outdoor visibility. The Transformer Book Chi preorders have started today and you can get either the Transformer Book Chi T100 or Transformer Book Chi T300 on Asus’ website or select retailers.

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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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