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Nokia virtual reality headset in the works among new phones

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Nokia is coming back to the consumer market once again, this time a boom, taking advantage of the new craze around virtual reality. It seems that some Nokia virtual reality headsets are in the works, among new mobile phones and solutions as the Finnish company takes the spot once again as an upcoming giant in the mobile industry. According to former company executive Richard Kerris speaking to Re/Code, Nokia has big plans for next year with various different products, including a foray into virtual reality. Although this is a former executive and we can’t say for sure whether the information provided by them is in line with Nokia plans, it is insightful to find out what Nokia had planned last year when Richard was still working with the company.

According to the executive’s statements, people will be amazed by what Nokia is actually planning to launch next year. It seems that 2016 will be the year that Nokia anticipates its booming comeback, as up until now, the company has laid low when it comes to product launches. The Nokia N1 tablet is one of the best tablets in the market right now with shining reviews and great feedback from users. Judging by that train of thought, Nokia is most likely planning another tablet and a line-up of smartphones that would get it back into the game it has more or less lost over the past few years.

Although people do not know much about the Nokia virtual reality headset or solution that is in the works, it is exciting to think that one of the best companies in the mobile industry that used to be on the brink of failure is ramping up ambitions and taking advantage of the growing interest in virtual and augmented reality products. Virtual reality as an industry is growing fast with releases from Samsung, Sony, Oculus, HTC and Valve, not to mention the more niche products from Epson, MergeVR and others. If Nokia gets in the game of virtual reality, the company does have to come up with something that focuses on innovation as well as relates to consumer demands and of course, consumer pockets. Virtual reality is an expensive commodity for many, so if Nokia wants to truly amaze, they are going to have to come up with something affordable yet mind-blowingly feature-filled.

Besides working on a Nokia virtual reality gadget, Nokia is also reportedly planning to get back into the smartphone business in the same manner as it did with the Nokia N1 tablet. Since the contract Nokia has with Microsoft prevents it from releasing any unique products until next year, we do have to wait more to find out what exactly this iconic company has in mind. Since the smartphone business is one of the most competitive ones in the technology industry, it will not be easy for Nokia to gain some headway and actually manage to market and sell its new products on a large scale. Whether they will manage to get ahead and get on top of competition from Samsung, Apple, LG, Xiaomi, Huawei, HTC and many more will be a question to be asked next year when we find out more about what Nokia has planned for us.

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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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