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How to request a PS5 adapter for Sony’s PlayStation VR headset - The Verge
Sony has launched the online request form you’ll need to fill out if you want a free PSVR camera adapter to use the virtual reality headset on the PS5. The new PS5 HD camera accessory isn’t compatible with the headset, but the rest of the accessories should s…
Youll need a special camera adapter to use the device on the next-gen console Photo by James Bareham / The Verge Sonys PlayStation VR headset is four years old, but the company isnt giving up on it when the PlayStation 5 console launches next month. The headset is compatible with the new system, but you will need a special adapter. And Sony on Wednesday launched the online request form youll need to fill out if you want to get your hands on one for free. The adapter is actually not for the headset itself but the PlayStation Camera accessory thats required to perform tracking while you wear the PSVR headset, as the new PS5 HD camera accessory isnt compatible with the headset. Beyond that, everything is supposed to work, meaning you should be able to plug your PSVR headset into the PS5 and use your existing PlayStation Move controllers to play all but two PSVR games, Sony confirmed earlier this year. To be eligible for a free adapter, youll need to provide your PSVR serial number and some basic personal info, including a shipping address for when the camera adapter becomes available outside Japan sometime in November. (It launches at the end of October in Japan.) Its not currently clear whether the adapter will be sold separately at some point in the future, and right now, all we have are rumors about a potential sequel to Sonys headset that would be fully compatible with the PS5.
Sony details how its PlayStation Plus Collection for PS5 will work - The Verge
Sony has announced more details about its PlayStation Plus Collection service. The service will launch alongside the console in the US on November 12th, and it offers PS5 owners a collection of classic PS4 titles.
Announced alongside November's PS Plus games
No Man’s Sky will launch alongside PS5 and Xbox Series X with a big next-gen update - The Verge
With two weeks left until the next-gen hardware releases, Hello Games has announced that its explorations survival game No Man’s Sky will be a cross-gen title that will launch on Xbox Series X / S and PS5 on November 10th and November 12th.
With 4K resolution and faster loading times
Sony boosts PlayStation profits despite looming PS5 launch - The Verge
Sony announced PlayStation revenue of 507 billion yen (~$4.9 billion) and an operating profit of 105 billion yen (~$1 billion) for its July-September quarter. SIE chief Jim Ryan says there’s “very strong demand” for the PS5.
Very considerable demand for the new console Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Sonys gaming division is continuing to drive major profits for the company even as the PlayStation 4 era winds down. The company announced PlayStation-related revenue of 507 billion yen (~$4.9 billion) and an operating profit of 105 billion yen (~$1 billion) for its July-September quarter, respective improvements of 52 and 40 percent on the same period a year ago. With the PlayStation 5 set to launch in a couple of weeks, normally youd expect a significant negative impact on Sonys books for the previous quarter as the company ramps up manufacturing before it starts to bring in more revenue. Sony does say that its profits were hit by an increase in costs, while revenue was reduced by a predictable decrease in PS4 sales. Higher game software sales and PlayStation Plus subscriptions, however, more than made up the shortfall. Sonys big PS4 release for the quarter was the open-world samurai adventure Ghost of Tsushima, which came out in July and sold 2.4 million copies in its first three days. Sony says its the fastest-selling new IP on the platform. Ghost of Tsushima is now PS4's fastest selling first-party original IP debut with more than 2.4 million units sold through globally in its first 3 days of sales. Congratulations @SuckerPunchProd, and thank you to fans around the world for taking part in Jin's journey. pic.twitter.com/6aE4U7YZJH PlayStation (@PlayStation) July 24, 2020 Sony has now revised its full-year gaming forecast upward slightly, expecting to make 2.6 trillion yen in revenue and 300 billion yen in profit by the end of March 31st. Thatd be a 26 percent increase in both revenue and profit, which would be impressive for the first year of a console cycle. Sonys revenue is likely to be limited in the short term by the number of PS5 consoles its able to manufacture. In an interview with Reuters today, SIE chief Jim Ryan said there was very considerable demand for the device, which he says was preordered in the US more times in its first 12 hours than the PS4 was in its first 12 weeks. It may well be that not everybody who wants to buy a PS5 on launch day will be able to find one.
Anker’s custom wireless charger for the unannounced second-gen Amazon Echo Buds leaks in full - The Verge
Just yesterday, we found FCC filings for a new Anker PowerWave wireless charging pad that mentioned an unannounced second generation of Echo Buds with wireless charging right in the name. That charger has since leaked in full in a Wireless Power Consortium (W…
A render gives us a much better look at the new charging pad A render of the unannounced Anker charging pad. Image: GizmoChina Just yesterday, we found FCC filings for a new Anker PowerWave wireless charging pad that mentioned an unannounced second generation of Echo Buds with wireless charging right in the name. That charger has since leaked in full in a Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) listing spotted by GizmoChina. The now-pulled WPC listing included the render of the product at the top of this post that gives us a few hints about what the Echo Buds case might look like and some of the features of the pad. The charger appears to have an oblong indentation for the Echo Buds wireless charging case to rest in, indicating the case will have a much different shape than more rectangular one used with the original Echo Buds. (We observed a similar oblong shape in a diagram of the pad included with the FCC filings.) The charger also looks to have different charging indicators for the case and the earbuds, which could be a handy way to know at a glance if your Echo Buds are fully charged but the case isnt, for example. Theres also a charging light labelled Phone, which will presumably light up when you place a phone on the pad. Its unclear when this charging pad might come out, but the fact that it appeared both on the WPC and in FCC filings hints that it could be released soon. And if this charging pad for a new set of Echo Buds is seemingly on the way, that suggests the headphones themselves could be announced imminently as well.
Microsoft Internet Explorer users may be surprised when they get redirected to Edge next month - The Verge
Microsoft has been slowly weaning users off its legacy Internet Explorer browser for a very long time, recently going so far as to use a forced Windows update to install its new Chromium Edge browser on your Windows PC. But next month, Microsoft’s planning to…
Big sites like YouTube and Twitter will launch Edge even if you open them in IE Microsoft has been slowly weaning users off its legacy Internet Explorer browser for a verylongtime, recently going so far as to use a forced Windows update to install its new Chromium Edge browser on your Windows PC. But next month, Microsofts planning to force your computer to automatically launch some 1,156 websites in Edge, too if you try to launch an incompatible site in IE. Thats the report from ZDNet, which also recorded a video showing how it works: Theres a lot of big-name sites on the automatically-launch-in-Edge list, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, a number of Google products, Microsoft Teams, and quite a few banks and other big brands. According to a Microsoft FAQ, the change will roll out in Microsoft Edge version 87, which is set to arrive the week of November 19th, and that Edge will automatically try to migrate your browsing data from IE unless you uncheck a box (see the image below). Given that older versions of Internet Explorer have been the bane of web developers for a very long time, and given that even generous estimates suggest Internet Explorer counts for no more than 5 percent of todays web traffic, this isnt a particularly frustrating move. I personally havent touched IE in years, and Im happy to hear it might become less of a security risk. But I also understand that some people still use the browser, and those people might be confused when their computer suddenly launches Edge instead. This post is for them.
Cyberpunk 2077 is delayed again to December 10th - The Verge
CD Projekt Red has delayed its highly anticipated game Cyberpunk 2077 until December 10th, saying it underestimated the time it takes to build a launch day patch.
Image: CD Projekt Red Cyberpunk 2077 is being delayed yet again, this time until December 10th. Developer CD Projekt Red says its still working on a launch day patch for the game, which was previously slated for November 19th. It attributes the delay partly to its multiplatform release which will see the game launch across two generations of console hardware, PC, and Google Stadia. The biggest challenge for us right now is shipping the game on current-gen, next-gen, and PC at the same time, which requires us to prepare and test nine versions of it, the company said in a tweet. We need to make sure everything works well and every version runs smoothly. Were aware it might seem unrealistic when someone says 21 days can make any difference in such a massive and complex game, but they really do. Cyberpunk 2077officially went gold (i.e. locked a release version of the game) in early October, and the developers promised via Twitter that no more delays are happening. The release version is still finished, but CD Projekt Red has been developing further updates for the day of the games release. This is the time period we under-calculated, the tweet says even after an unanticipated crunch period thats seen developers working overtime. Cyberpunk 2077 has been one of the most highly anticipated games of 2020. But with the latest delay, its going to be just squeaking in at the end of this year.
If you upgraded to an iPhone 12 or 12 Pro, you might have to re-enable COVID-19 exposure notifications - The Verge
New iPhone 12 and 12 Pro owners updating their phones from a backup might have to re-enable COVID-19 exposure notifications in order for contact tracing apps to continue working. The problem was initially observed in the NHS contact tracing app by BBC News.
You should make sure exposure notifications are enabled in settings Getting a new phone is exciting, but it can also lead to spending an annoying amount of time adjusting settings, permissions and notifications for all your apps. Cloud backups are supposed to make this process easier, but they dont always catch everything for instance, youll want to double-check that COVID-19 exposure notifications are still enabled on your new iPhone 12 if you restored from a backup. They might not be, according to BBC News. If youre concerned you might be affected, you can re-enable exposure notifications in iOS by opening the Settings app, selecting Exposure Notifications,and clicking Turn On Exposure Notifications. Users first noticed issues with the official National Health Service (NHS) contact tracing app in the UK. When some iPhone 12 and 12 Pro owners tried to open the app after restoring an earlier iPhone backup, they were presented with an error message. Deleting and redownloading the app seemed to solve the problem by prompted the users to re-enable COVID-19 exposure notifications but also deleted all the locations the users had previously checked into. Its not clear if this issue is exclusive to iPhone 12 models or if restoring any iPhone from a backup might turn off the setting: were asking Apple and will update you with what we hear. When we restored one of our own iPhone 12 phones from a backup, we did notice exposure notifications were turned off so we suspect the issue might be at a system level rather than with specific apps like NHS. The exposure notification system was originally announced in April and uses your phones Bluetooth to let you know if youve come in contact with someone whos tested positive for COVID-19. The resulting notification can also direct you to up-to-date COVID-19 information online and where you can schedule a test for yourself. Contact tracing, whether automatic or conducted manually, is not a magic bullet to get COVID-19 outbreaks under control. But it is one of many steps, including a robust and easily accessible testing program, that can help you find out if youve been infected sooner so that you dont contribute to the spread. Re-enabling these notifications is a low effort way along with wearing masks and washing your hands to keep people out of harms way.
Lenovo’s Chromebook Duet is almost $80 off its original price at Walmart - The Verge
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 gaming laptop is $1,200 at Best Buy, which is $250 off. This machine features AMD’s fast, efficient Ryzen 9 4900HS processor, Nvidia’s RTX 2060 Max-Q graphics chip, and a 120Hz refresh rate screen.
This fast, long-lasting gaming laptop is $1,200 If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. Photo by Avery White for The Verge This story is part of a group of stories called Only the best deals on Verge-approved gadgets get the Verge Deals stamp of approval, so if you're looking for a deal on your next gadget or gift from major retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Target, and more, this is the place to be. One of the best gaming laptops released this year is the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14, and its $250 off its usual $1,450 price at Best Buy. It has a slick design, great keyboard and trackpad, and the battery life far exceeds that of most power-hungry gaming laptops. Additionally, its great at gaming as youd expect. What makes todays deal at Best Buy particularly good is that this model is a match for the one my colleague Monica Chin tested in this review. It has a 14-inch 120Hz refresh rate display, AMDs fast Ryzen 9 4900HS, Nvidias RTX 2060 Max-Q GPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB PCIe-based SSD. Its downsides could be deal-breakers for you. The Zephyrus G14 doesnt have a webcam. Monica also reported that the CPU can get hot under pressure, so keep that in mind. Prices taken at time of publishing. Best Buy is also offering a small deal on Nintendo Switch Online yearly subscriptions. It isnt knocking anything from the $20 it costs to subscribe to the service for one year, but youll get a $5 Best Buy gift card with purchase today. The same goes for Switch Online family memberships that allow up to eight users per subscription. Its $35 and comes with a $5 Best Buy gift card. Switch Online gives you access to an expanding trove of NES and SNES classic games. The service also allows you to back up select game saves in the cloud, and it lets you play online multiplayer games. Prices taken at time of publishing. Photo by Monica Chin / The Verge Lenovos Chromebook Duet is an excellent choice if youre looking for a portable Chromebook, and its less expensive than usual today at Best Buy. You can pick up the upgraded model with 128GB of internal storage for $270. It normally sells for $300. My colleague Monica Chin wrote a review for this model, praising its 11-hour battery life and the fact that even though its a technically a tablet, it includes a keyboard and kickstand with purchase to make it easy to use as a laptop. Monica mentions, though, that it doesnt have a headphone jack, so youll need either a set of USB-C wired earbuds or wireless Bluetooth headphones. Also, its not a powerful machine, with 4GB of RAM. Prices taken at time of publishing. Update 10:57AM ET, October 26th: The 64GB version of Lenovos Chromebook Duet is no longer available for $204 at Walmart, so Ive shifted it down the page.
Chrome OS may finally be getting a dark mode - The Verge
Chrome OS may finally be getting a dark mode, but so far it’s only been spotted in its experimental Canary channel. It’s not clear when it may roll out to all users.
Its apparently not available in stable versions of the OS yet Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Chrome OS may finally be getting a dark mode, but so far its only been spotted in its experimental Canary channel, Android Central reported. Before you go tinkering with Canary just be advised: Canary is Googles bleeding edge Chrome OS path, which receives daily updates of features before theyve been widely tested. It can only be accessed from Chromebooks switched into a special developer mode (not to be confused with the Chrome OS Developer channel). Google warns that Canary can be unstable. But at the moment, to activate dark mode on your Chromebook, you need to have the Canary channel installed. Once youve done that, Android Central says you just open Chrome and type in chrome://flags/#enable-force-dark and chrome://flags/#enable-webui-dark-mode into the URL bar. I should note I tried this on my older Chromebook and wasnt able to get it to work. But heres the view Android Police captured: A look at the experimental Chrome OS dark mode Android Police Android Central says the dark mode has some bugs, but notes it seems to apply across the UI, not just as darker backgrounds. Google has rolled out dark mode versions for its Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Fit, and its mobile app over the last several months. Both iOS and Android both began supporting dark mode at the system level last year. We reached out to Google to see if there are plans to roll out dark mode in Chrome OS to all users, and will update if we hear back.