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Xperia Z4 revealed: is it new or a revamped Xperia Z3?

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Yesterday, we were telling you about the Sony Xperia Z4 and the new leaked images that we’ve come across. We also mentioned that Sony was planning a special event for today, but we didn’t expect the company to unveil what it actually did: the Sony Xperia Z4. The event in Japan was the Xperia Z4 release date and design being revealed, although it seems like the smartphone is currently exclusive to Japan.

The new Xperia Z4 is a rather disappointing release, as it is more of a revamped Xperia Z3 with a few features added to the selfie camera and a few design changes that are more unnoticeable than anything. The Xperia Z4 design is thinner and lighter, but otherwise it bears the same specifics as the previous flagship, the Sony Xperia Z3. Even though Sony was planning to blow some minds with the Xperia Z4, it’s certainly not the surprise everybody was expecting.

To be honest, expectations were not that high even before the Xperia Z4 launch event revealed an upgraded Xperia Z3 and not much else, many fans had hoped that Sony would at least focus on features that were missing from the predecessor, such as more comfortable waterproofing, a better camera on the rear, less of a fingerprint-magnet design and overall improved performance. Instead of honoring those expectations, Sony decided to go with the HTC-plan: if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.

Instead of a new flagship, the Xperia Z4 is being launched as an upgraded version of the Xperia Z3 which should improve the user experience and focus a whole lot on selfies. Personally, I don’t understand the fascination companies have with selfies, or individuals for that matter, but it seems like the selfie camera is becoming more important than the rear camera, or at least that’s what Sony is doing with the Xperia Z4.

The Xperia Z4 specs mirror those of the Xperia Z3, down to the screen specifications. The Xperia Z4 display is the same 5.2 inch FHD display, which seems like a good choice in many people’s opinion, as it will contribute to less battery usage. The processor got an upgrade, as it now makes use of the Snapdragon 810 64 bit CPU, Android 5.0 Lollipop, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, microSD card slot,  a 2930 mAh battery, water- and dust-proof certification, 20.7 MP rear camera, 5 MP camera on the front with digital image stabilization, and that’s about it.

The Xperia Z4 release date is set for sometime this Summer, but that’s only valid for the Japanese release and there’s no information available about when this new flagship would come to the U.S. if it ever does. Most of the industry voices are disappointed by what Sony did with the Xperia Z4 launch and their hunch is that this won’t signify the international version which should be launched sometime later this year, if rumors are correct. You can check out the specifics of the selfie camera features on the official website here.

As part of the editorial team here at Geekreply, John spends a lot of his time making sure each article is up to snuff. That said, he also occasionally pens articles on the latest in Geek culture. From Gaming to Science, expect the latest news fast from John and team.

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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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