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Sony Xperia Z4 release date approaching as carriers stop selling the Xperia Z3

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Even though the Sony Xperia Z3 is still relatively new on the market, carriers are already gearing up for the release of the Sony Xperia Z4 and hence, not selling the “old” model anymore. When I say carriers I’m actually only referring to T-Mobile, although I expect some others to soon follow as well. T-Mobile recently revealed that it is no longer selling the Sony Xperia Z3, a move that understandably surprised quite a few potential customers. What’s more, this had lead some to speculate that the carrier is already preparing and building up the hype for Sony’s next flagship smartphone, the Sony Xperia Z4.

Now, T-Mobile might have entirely different reasons for not selling the current model anymore, but that doesn’t mean that the Sony Xperia Z4 is still not coming soon. In fact, a brand new batch of leaked photos reveal that the upcoming device is already finished and possibly ready for shipping. The images come courtesy of XperiaBlog and showcase the handset from all angles. At first glance, the Sony Xperia Z4 is pretty much a spitting image of the Z3, although that’s not exactly surprising given Sony’s stubbornness for going with the same design year after year, or rather, every six months in this case. A closer look at the images also reveals that this a Korean version of the Z4, so we can only assume that the leak originated from there, just as many others before it. Please keep in mind that there is no official statement from Sony in regards to any of this, which means that this leak should be taken with a grain of salt for now.

Word on the street is that the Sony Xperia Z4 will come equipped with a 5.2-inch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, and 4 GB of RAM. A release date has not been scheduled yet, but we should see it make its first official appearance in the coming months if Sony decides to stick to their usual release schedule. In the meantime, take a look at the leaked images below and make sure to tell us what you think about the (lack of) changes to the design.

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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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