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Have you ever used two screens on your computer? It’s hard to go back to one right? Well Samsung are looking to bring dual-screens to your smartphone. According to Korean publications ET News and the investor Samsung are about to carry out pilot production of a dual-screen smartphone that has two displays side by side. The company has plans to release these prototypes as part of project valley this year. They expect to make between 2,000 and 3,000 units for testing in the first half of 2017. These phones are likely a prototype for Samsung’s much anticipated Galaxy X phone.

Before you get too excited it should be emphasized that these kind of numbers are no where near sufficient for the consumer market and it is doubtful the the dual-screen Galaxy X will be coming to a store near you any time soon. Samsung seems to be releasing the prototype to allow them to better understand the challenges that a foldable smart-phone presents . It will also let them dip their toes in the water and get an idea of the potential that a foldable smartphone represents.

Rumors point to the prototype featuring two rigid 5-inch OLED displays held together by a hinge. This is a design that has been seen in other consumer devices. This is pretty cool but it still a far-cry from the end goal of Project Valley, which is to have single bendable display that can be folded in half.

The idea of a dual-screen smartphone has been around for some time and it is Samsung has long toyed with the idea. Sadly it seems we will be forced to wait for a little while yet. Kim Tae-Woong, Samsung display’s principle engineer has said that It seems unlikely that we will see bendable displays until 2019 at the earliest.

While it is doubtful that any of us will be able to get our hands on any of the Project Valley prototypes it is a big step towards foldable smartphones and the Galaxy X.

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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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