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Incoming Surface Pro 3 update fixes things and adds functionality

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Microsoft has begun sending out a new Surface Pro 3 update that focuses on fixing existing bugs and issues, but also aims to add functionality that has been requested by many enterprise customers who use the Surface Pro 3 in an office environment. Although this Surface Pro 3 update might not seem like an important one for casual users, it does bring forth a couple of bug fixes and increases the overall performance and stability of the system, so it’s definitely a good install.

The new Surface Pro 3 update does focus on requested features from enterprise customers, who have repeatedly asked Microsoft to introduce a more customizable UEFI. With the new update, users will be able to configure the UEFI in the convertible notebook to suit their needs. Enterprise customers usually send out Surface Pro 3 units to their employees and until now, they couldn’t do a lot of customization on the devices before doing so. The fresh update allows them to enable or disable hardware features so that employees can only use the ones that their job requires them to, and in turn the measure minimizing security concerns.

Once the update is installed, Surface Pro 3 owners will be able to enable or disable USB ports, docking ports, cameras, audio hardware, microSD card support, Bluetooth and even WiFi if they choose to do so. Companies will be able to manage these UEFI settings remotely, and will actually be able to boot the Surface Pro 3 from a USB flash drive or Ethernet connection. The update itself demonstrates that Microsoft is indeed targeting their Surface Pro convertible line-up towards enterprise customers, but maintains efficacy in marketing their devices to the average consumer as well. Even if the update seems minor, it does fix annoying issues like driver loading and third party application performance. Do you think that such updates are interesting to read about or would you rather only read about the updates that impact the average consumer more? Let us know in the comments below, while telling us how this Surface Pro 3 update affected your system.

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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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