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Nvidia Shield tablet challenged by Acer’s new Predator Android gaming slate

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The Nvidia Shield Tablet is one of the most appreciated tablets of all time, even though it is geared at Android gaming and gaming in general. People tend to choose the Nvidia Shield Tablet over  other tablets because of its near-stock user interface and powerful Tegra K1 chipset and hardware, but that might soon be challenged by a new player. Acer is planning to seriously compete against the Nvidia Shield Tablet with a gaming tablet of its own, but there aren’t many details available about the new slate from Acer. According to various rumors and teasers, the Nvidia Shield Tablet competitor will benefit from a rugged design that resembles Razer machines if anything.

Acer is not big in the U.S. right now, and it’s definitely not a huge player when it comes to the smartphone and tablet market. But the company does have the technology necessary to try and compete with the Nvidia Shield Tablet and now seems the opportune time for that as people are getting more and more into Android gaming in general. As ForgeTV goes up for preorders, the interest in Android gaming will definitely rise over the next few months. Acer is planning to take advantage of that with a brand new 8 inch gaming tablet that should be launched in the fourth quarter of 2015. Check out the Acer Predator hands-on video below, and be sure to turn on subtitles, cause it’s in German.

The Acer Predator is going to attempt to outdo what Nvidia did with the Nvidia Shield Tablet last year, and its name is already pretty enticing to me. Hey, check out Predator, my new gaming tablet! Sounds fun, doesn’t it? The Acer Predator will get an 8 inch display, most likely with QHD or at least FHD resolution and it will sport an unusual design that resembles a rectangle. According to Acer, who introduced the gaming tablet at their press event in New York today, the Acer Predator Nvidia Shield Tablet competitor will borrow from the Apple Watch and other new devices and employ some kind of haptic feedback technology. Just like a controller vibrating in your hands when you get a neat combo.

One of the features I’m most curious about and what will definitely outdo the Nvidia Shield Tablet is the speaker setup. Acer says that there are four front-facing speakers on the Predator, which should definitely provide for high quality sound  while gaming and doing other neat stuff you can do on a tablet. Like watching movies or something. We’re excited to find out more about the Predator, but Acer is kind of mum on the details. We should be getting more out of the company soon enough as the Acer Predator should begin leaking soon enough.

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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