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Siri May Soon Be Able To Play Spotify Content

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Current iOS users who also regularly use Siri to perform everyday tasks have been annoyed for a while that she isn’t able to play Spotify songs. Instead, users have to open the app and do everything manually, which puts it at odds with many other apps that have Siri support. However, it looks like that is about to change.

Word has it that Spotify and Apple are in talks to make it so that Siri can play songs, playlists and albums on Spotify via voice commands. iOS 13 is set to bring SiriKit changes that allow Siri to play music from third-party apps, which is apparently where this new partnership comes into play.

These changes essentially will allow companies to build Siri support into their apps, which will then allow users to utilize basic voice commands to communicate with their favorite apps with hardly any friction at all. This kind of support is available for other kinds of third-party apps, so it only makes sense that Apple would allow this to grow and cover more ground.

However, one thing to note is that even if this deal does happen, it is expected that Apple Music will remain the default music playing app when giving Siri commands. This is something that will have to be tweaked in settings, as otherwise Siri is just going to go to Apple Music by default for all your commands.

It remains to be seen when and if this will come to fruition, but we’ll keep you updated as soon as more information is revealed.

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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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