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The Sony Xperia 1 III will be up for pre-order in the US from July 1 for $1,300
by Chandrakant Isi
Sony's mobile division might be down but is certainly not out, as the company has announced pre-order details for its latest smartphone the Xperia 1 III. If you put aside a weird numbering scheme, the Xperia 1 III has some impressive features to offer.
For starters, the smartphone is powered by Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 888 chipset which supports 5G NR (mmWave). Based on the 5 nm fabrication process, it packs in eight Kryo cores paired with the Adreno 660 GPU. It comes with 12 GB of RAM with the option to choose from 256 GB and 512 GB internal storage.
The Xperia 1 III sports a 6.5-inch 4K OLED display. It has a refresh rate of 120 Hz and supports HDR. Sony claims that the display is 10-bit equivalent, which is a fancy way of saying that it is an 8-bit panel with dithering.
According to Sony, the Xperia 1 III's triple camera setup was developed with the help of its Alpha 9 series camera team. It uses optics from the German company ZEISS. The setup comprises of 12 MP standard, 12 MP wide, and 12 MP telephoto lenses. Plus, there's a 0.3 MP TOF 3D depth sensor. The phone supports 4K HDR video recording with up to 120 fps. For selfies, you get an 8 MP snapper.
The handset is rated IP65/IP68 for dust and water resistance. Head over to this link to find out more about these IP ratings. The Xperia 1 III has a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. The phone houses a 4,500 mAh battery with 30 W fast-charging support.
The Sony Xperia 1 III comes in Frosted Black and Frosted Purple. With a starting price of $1,299.99, you can view the entire specs and sign up to be notified of pre-order in the US, starting from July 1, here. However, the company is tight-lipped about its shipping dates.
Cyberpunk 2077 is back on the PlayStation Store, but with a warning for PS4 players
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Over six months after being ejected from the PlayStation Store, Cyberpunk 2077 has now returned, finally giving back PlayStation players the choice of purchasing it digitally. Sony pulled out the CD Projekt RED-developed game from its store only a week after the launch as major gameplay and performance issues became apparent, especially on old-gen base consoles.
The developer has so far released a multitude of updates to the game across all platforms aimed at improving stability, performance, and fixing scores of bugs. The latest major update, Patch 1.23, landed only last week with another serving of fixes.
While Sony has deemed the game ready to be let back into the PlayStation Store, there is still a warning attached for prospective buyers. Both CD Projekt RED and Sony have stated the base PlayStation 4 will experience performance issues with Cyberpunk 2077, and the PlayStation 4 Pro and PlayStation 5 are the recommended systems for playing. Updates will continue to drop with more optimizations.
CD Projekt RED is also developing a dedicated next-gen version of Cyberpunk 2077, alongside a Witcher 3 upgrade, and that is still slated to land sometime in the second half of 2021. All current owners of the game on Xbox and PlayStation consoles will receive the upgrade for free.
By George P
Now that we're getting Windows 11 and things are starting to change up more than the past few years with Windows 10, I un-pinned the old Windows 10 thread and started this one.
With the leaked build and the event coming on the 24th things are getting interesting once more.
Cyberpunk 2077 is coming back to Sony's PlayStation Store on June 21
by Subir Kathuria
CD Projekt S.A., the parent company of Cyberpunk 2077 developer has announced in a regulatory filing that the game would be re-listed on Sony’s PlayStation Store on June 21. Sony has agreed to reinstate the game more than six months after it was removed on December 17, 2020, due to crippling issues with gameplay, primarily on the old-gen consoles.
In a statement to Polygon, Sony said the following regarding the game's return:
Cyberpunk 2077 went to sell over 13.7 million copies before the end of 2020 despite its controversial launch. While Sony removed the game from its store and gave refunds to players, Microsoft instead kept the listing and offered refunds without any questions, and also added a warning label for Xbox One players. Due to the issues, an investor even sued CD Projekt for making false claims and releasing it in an unfinished state
Some of the launch issues ranged from the game not utilizing all cores of AMD's Ryzen CPUs to 8MB save file limits which corrupted save games files. Later, CD Projekt Red delayed promised DLC's and vowed to fix the issues with the game first, and has since released multiple major bug fixing updates.
By George P
Xbox & Bethesda E3 2021 Games Showcase on June 13 at 10:00am PT , 6:00pm BST.
Xbox Twitch Link.
Windows Central Gaming is going to have a co-stream going on here.
With this quickly approaching I figured it was time to make an official thread for the show. Feel free to post what you expect to see, hope to see, rumors, and thoughts on what they actually show come Sunday.