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A Cute New Robot Named Gita Carries Around Your Stuff

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One of the worst parts of lugging stuff place to place has always been dealing with unwieldy luggage. Whether you’re headed down the street or traveling across town, dealing with huge and/or heavy bags always adds a little more of a hassle to the experience. It looks like an adorable robot named Gita might take a little bit of the load off your shoulders, however, as this motorized cargo-carrying robot follows you to your destination. Gita is a new product developed by Piaggio, the same company that produces Vespa scooters.

Gita is a light blue, orb-shaped robot that has the same “braking, balancing and vehicle dynamics that you would expect of a high-performance motorcycle” according to Piaggio, and has a top speed of 22 mph. Gita can follow you to where you’re headed or even navigate environments on its own, according to the company.

In a statement to TechCrunch, Piaggio’s robotics division said that Gita is going to be more about augmenting work that requires a lot of equipment, such as gardening, rather than other aspects of cargo carrying like making deliveries. This may mean that Piaggio’s plans for Gita aren’t as widespread as having the cute little robot help the average joe with groceries. Still, while the situation isn’t nearly as futuristic as a city full of busy people with robots in tow, the idea of a smart little robot to carry around the tools of your trade is still exciting and speaks of a future where robot helpers will be increasingly present.

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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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