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Days Gone is now available on PC via Steam and Epic Games Store
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Bend Studios' open world zombie game Days Gone has become a multi-platform experience. The title is now available on Steam and Epic Games Store as only the second game, after Horizon Zero Dawn, to come out of Sony publishing for PC in recent times, leaving behind PlayStation exclusivity.
The game's PlayStation 4 launch happened in April 2019, with the Sony-owned developer delivering a post-apocalyptic zombie experience that revolved around the journey of Deacon, a drifter looking for his lost wife, Sarah. The player's motorcycle is the main method of transport around the open world, while all sorts of firearms and improvised weapons are available to tackle the human and zombie enemies (that appear in impressive hordes) Deacon will be facing.
The PC version touts some much-appreciated enhancements over the original console release, too. These include improved overall visuals, unlocked frame rates, ultra-wide monitor support, FOV adjustment options, completely remappable keyboard and mouse support, and a high-resolution photo mode.
Those wondering if their PC hardware will be able to handle the title can have a look at the minimum system requirements below.
Raytracing, DLSS, or any graphics vendor-specific enhancements aren't a part of the game at launch. This may change with post-launch updates though. In its PC FAQ, Bend Studios lists DLSS as a feature that is not available "at this time," which could be hinting that the Nvidia technology will reach the game later.
Days Gone can now be picked up for $49.99 from its Steam and Epic Games store pages. According to Sony, PC fans can expect to see even more PlayStation exclusives breach their platform going forward.
Sony outlines esports bitcoin betting interface in newly surfaced patent
by Subir Kathuria
A patent filed by Sony in 2019 that has recently surfaced would allow viewers to watch and bet on live-streamed esports events simultaneously. The patent envisions users being able to pull up an interface over the top of a live stream that would let them place bets without exiting the stream.
The patent application mentions that bets can be placed by using various forms of payments like bitcoin, fiat currencies, digital rights, in-game assets, or virtual currency. It also has provisions for government taxation built into it:
The odds would be determined by either human or artificial intelligence churning through player data:
The patent also references other game consoles, operating systems, and browsers from Microsoft, Apple, Mozilla among others. This could mean that Sony is open to making this feature available to other manufacturers for integration into their services:
Evo, a fighting game tournament, was recently purchased by Sony and could tie in with Sony's betting patent to provide new and differentiated experiences for players. You can read more about the patent application including the concept behind it by visiting the source link below.
Source: PatentScope via IGN
Midnight Black & Cosmic Red PS5 DualSense controllers ready for pre-order
by Subir Kathuria
Sony has announced two new DualSense models - Midnight Black and Cosmic Red .They will be available starting next month to add a dash of color to your gaming setup.
The DualSense controller marked a radical departure from Sony's previous controllers by delivering innovative features. The new DualShock controllers support all the same features like haptic feedback and adaptive triggers that can put up varying levels of resistance, depending on what you're doing in games designed to take advantage of them. They also have a built-in microphone, speaker, and headset jack that lets you plug in any standard 3.5mm earbuds or headphones.
Just like the PS4 DualShock controller got many colorful releases over the life of the previous generation console, this probably won't be the last time Sony releases new color controllers for PS5.
Midnight Black features two subtly different shades of black with light grey detailing to reflect how space is viewed through the night sky. The controller is priced at $69.99 and is available for pre-order on Amazon.com from this link with deliveries starting June 18, 2021.
Cosmic Red offers a striking black and red design inspired by the unique vivid shades of red found throughout the cosmos. It is priced at $74.99 and is available for pre-order on Amazon.com from this link with deliveries starting June 18, 2021.
Sony advises that the exact date will vary by location. You can check PlayStation.com for more information regarding availability.
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5G-enabled Xperia 10 III is now available for pre-order
by Paul Hill
Sony has announced that its Xperia 10 III, which comes with 5G is now available for pre-order. It’s available in black, blue, pink, and white and retails for €429 making it very much a mid-range phone.
In terms of its specifications, the Xperia 10 III is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G Mobile Platform which Sony says makes it fast and capable of handling your apps. While having a good processor is important, having enough charge to see you through the day is also necessary, therefore, Sony has packed in a 4500mAh battery which represents a 25% increase over the battery that came with the Xperia 10 II.
In addition to long battery life and good performance, the Xperia 10 III is quite sturdy and should last for several years. It is IP65/IP68 water and dust resistant and comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 which can survive multiple drops from greater heights compared to Gorilla Glass 5. The display is a 21:9 Wide 6” notch-less FHD+ OLED display that comes with HDR support to improve movie viewing.
Discussing the connectivity available on the device, Sony said:
To find out more about pre-ordering the device, head to your regional Sony website and navigate to the smartphone section where you should see the Xperia 10 III listed if it’s due to arrive in your country. Sony did not give a launch date for the phone in its announcement but GSM Arena says it’s expected on June 11.
By Usama Jawad96
PlayStation Remote Play now supports DualSense on iOS devices
by Usama Jawad
Sony's PlayStation Remote Play allows you to stream your games to other devices such as PCs and handsets, allowing you to pick up where you left off across multiple platforms. The feature was announced back in 2015 and supports PS5, PS4, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices. Previously, mobile devices only offered Remote Play with the DualShock 4 controller. This changes now as Sony has rolled out support for the PlayStation 5's DualSense on iOS devices.
As of now, iOS 14.5 or above is required to pair a DualSense controller with an iPhone via Bluetooth. Other requirements such as having a minimum of 5MB broadband internet remains the same.
IGN tested the DualSense controller with an iPhone and noted some issues with support. For example, haptics seemingly do not work with Sony-published titles such as Astro's Playroom and MLB The Show 21. Similarly, while Adaptive Triggers function, haptics once again fail in Remedy's Control. Moreover, the headphone jack and the built-in speaker don't seem to be working yet either. It's unclear when and if these issues will be fixed. In a sort of a disclaimer at the bottom of its product page, Sony has cautioned that "availability of DualSense features such as audio output and haptic effects vary when using remote play on PC, Mac, iPhone or iPad; some features may not be available."
While Remote Play does not provide support for DualSense on Android devices at this point in time, it's likely that this support will be rolled out sooner rather than later. In the meantime, if you have a compatible iPhone and a DualSense controller, you can give Remote Play a shot by downloading the application from the App Store here.