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First OnePlus 3 render leaks online, shows front speaker and no fingerprint scanner

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Not all Chinese phone manufacturers are looked upon with respect, but there are a few that have certainly proved they are more than capable of creating good products. OnePlus is such a manufacturer and it’s apparently already preparing its next big thing, the OnePlus 3. Though there’s nothing official just yet, a render allegedly depicting the device recently surfaced online and shows some very interesting design choices. If the render in question turns out to be accurate, the OnePlus 3 is going to be a pretty big departure from its predecessors, at least in some regards.

Possibly the most intriguing change is the removal of the fingerprint scanner, a feature that was present on the OnePlus 2 and also one that many buyers are looking for nowadays. Then again, iris scanners are starting to become very popular as well, so maybe we’ll end up seeing one of those on the OnePlus 3. The speaker placement also seems to be changing because this time around we’re looking at a front-facing speaker. Moving on to the rear panel, the manufacturer is apparently opting for a brushed metal finish on the OnePlus 3, which is a bit of an unusual choice considering that the first two smartphones featured sandstone textures on the back, but maybe OnePlus is trying to give its fans something new.

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As for the specs, the Chinese website that leaked the render says that we should expect the OnePlus 3 to come equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and an FHD display. Granted, those aren’t a whole lot of details but since leaks are already starting to surface, it’s only a matter of time before more information will slowly start to appear.

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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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