Sony’s great PlayStation State of Play presentation gave me everything I needed: a lot Final Fantasy VII remake news. On top of this Mat-specific part of the showcase (a new piece of DLC alongside a free PS5 upgrade with a terrible name, a FF7 Battle Royale mobile game that nobody asked, upcoming soundtracks on streaming services), there was no shocking news. There have been a few new titles, release dates and more gameplay footage – I’m already excited for Deathloop.
The biggest news could have arrived the morning after the inventory, when a Bloomberg report suggesting that you will be able to upgrade PS5 storage this summer.
The PlayStation 5’s 825GB internal SSD seemed small at launch, especially when games are already running around 250GB. While you were able to expand the storage via USB, any expansion you made wouldn’t work for PS5 titles (and the high speed loading required by new generation consoles). If the report turns out to be true, you’ll be able to put another drive into the PS5’s currently empty M.2 expansion slot, with a console firmware upgrade apparently ensuring that there is no overheating when the system upshifts.
Now if you will excuse me I need to listen Something. Have a good week-end.
– Mat Smith
Kiwi Crates, JuniorJams helmets and virtual tours of the museum.
COVID-19 means several Engadget editors are teaching their children at home while juggling work. Naturally, this was a great time to embrace the gadgets we already own to help our kids stay engaged. We’ve put out a call asking our editors to tell us which devices have been found to be essential over the past year – check out which devices they have found useful. Read on.
And all the port options.
Framework, a hardware startup founded by former Oculus engineer Nirav Patel, wants to take the Fairphone model of a repairable smartphone and bring it to laptops. Almost all of the machine’s components including the display, battery, keyboard, and display bezels are replaceable. Inside, you’ll also find that the SSDs, memory, and WiFi modules all use industry-standard sockets. Rather than correcting the port selection, the company created expansion cards. These are small, connected USB-C boxes that can add a USB-C, USB-A, HDMI, DisplayPort, MicroSD, extra SSD, or even a discrete headphone amp to the chassis. The device will ship in the summer of 2021, but no price has yet been set. Read on.
It’s like an Apple Store, but it’s Target.
Target would open mini Apple stores that would make it easier to browse and buy gadgets at its big box stores. You can buy a new iPhone or check out the latest styles of Apple Watch while you shop for socks, cereal, or chewable vitamins. The first of those stores will open in February, with Target staff in these “enhanced” spaces receiving special training from Apple. Read on.
The latter will try to bypass the bad Twitter.
On Twitter analysts day, the social network revealed big plans for the future. Communities would be a Facebook group-like feature that would allow Twitter users to come together based on their interests. The company also said it was “exploring” features more geared towards creators who want to monetize their Twitter followers, including tips and “super follows.” According to images shared by Twitter, the super follows would give users access to newsletters, special badges and other “exclusive content.”
Twitter is also working on a new tool that will automatically detect and block abusive user accounts, the company said during its recent 2021 Analyst Day presentation. Twitter didn’t provide many details on the feature. However, two screenshots showed a new Safety mode option users will be able to switch to “deactivate accounts that might use slurs, slurs, strong language or hateful remarks”. Read on.
It aims to give everyone a chance to see a new console or graphics card.
Newegg Shuffle is a lottery system. Before each draw, you can select certain products that you wish to purchase. If you are chosen, Newegg will notify you by email and place the items in your shopping cart.
At the time of writing, Newegg is offering customers the option to claim a PS5 bundle (with three games and an additional DualSense controller) or one of the many NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics cards. Other products likely to appear in the lineup include the Xbox Series X / S, AMD Radeon 6000 series GPUs, and AMD Ryzen 5000 series graphics cards. If you’ve tried beating bots with some highly sought-after products, the chance might be the best option available. Read on.
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