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Everything has to be original in PlayStation 5. Sony threatens to sue the company that sold PS5 replacement panels in black

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Dbrand’s products, aimed at users of the PlayStation 5 game console, became an instant hit in the United States: as early as February of this year, the entire volume of replacement panels that turned the PS5 completely black were sold out until May. And this despite the fact that the cost of Darkplates (the so-called “plastic”) is considerable – $ 50. But now Brand is forced to stop selling Darkplates under pressure from Sony.

Dbrand said it received a letter from Sony “earlier this year” in which the Japanese company demanded a cessation of illegal activities and even threatened legal action over alleged design and trademark infringements. Dbrand obeyed (now only links to news and reviews on Darkplates are left on the company’s website), but at the same time on the Reddit forum it spoke very impartially about the creator of PS5. In particular, Dbarnd wrote that she obeys “the demands of the terrorists … for now.” The company believes that customers have the right to modify equipment with non-original components, and suggested that Sony may restrict the sale of third-party accessories in order to sell its own or charge a license fee. Dbrand has not yet announced the resumption of sales, but said it will “speak soon.”

What the conversation will be like is unclear, since it will be difficult to compete with Sony and its lawyers in any case, especially when it comes to such a hit device as the PS5, but Dbrand makes logical arguments using the example of cars. The company compares replacing PS5 plastic panels with replacing the bumper of a Ford F-150 pickup: the car owner has a choice whether to use the original bumper or a third-party one, and Ford cannot sue him simply because the choice fell in favor of a non-original part.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 SoC for handheld game consoles and first device from Razer unveiled

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During the Snapdragon Tech Summit, Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 gaming platform, which lets you play and stream Android games from your console or PC, and play through the cloud.

The Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 platform can be used to create handheld game consoles similar in form factor to the Nintendo Switch or Steam Deck. The platform is powered by the new G3x chip with Kryo processor and Adreno GPU, which support 144fps gaming.

The Snapdragon G3x Gen supports 4K display output or mixed reality headset USB-C connectivity. In terms of wireless connectivity, the platform supports Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 6E, and 5G with mmWave for higher speeds. There is also support for Snapdragon Sound technology to improve sound quality.

Qualcomm has partnered with Razer to showcase this new gaming platform. The Snapdragon G3x Handheld Gaming Development Kit has been created, which features a 6.65-inch OLED screen with 120Hz refresh rate support and a 5MP webcam on the front for players to stream live while playing.

There is no word yet on which manufacturers are planning to launch devices based on the new Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 gaming platform. Qualcomm’s Micah Knapp says the company is currently focused on the developer community, and device launches are left to the discretion of OEMs.

Also announced was the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 SoC for Windows Mobile PCs.

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Sony has improved the performance of the PlayStation 5 with a big update

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Sony has released a fresh update to the system software for the PlayStation 5. Firmware numbered 21.02-04.50.00 is now available to PS5 users worldwide for installation.

As with most firmware updates for Sony consoles, the release notes are minimal and only focus on improving system performance. However, traditionally, renewal can also bring internal changes. This is evidenced by the impressive size of the update – 914 MB.

Sony explains in the release note:

This system software update improves console performance. ”

New system software is usually automatically loaded onto the console. You can also manually download the latest firmware via the PS5 System Settings (Settings> System> System Software> System Software Update).

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Hold my beer. Sony to release a PlayStation controller for smartphones

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Sony is preparing a game controller for smartphones. Information about this became known after Sony patented the corresponding device.

It is worth remembering that about 10 years ago the company released the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, which was a slider phone with a joystick and buttons. The concept was quite innovative, however the device did not become very popular.

In recent years, gaming smartphones have become increasingly popular, which will receive additional shoulder buttons for use in games. In addition, numerous manufacturers are releasing game controllers for smartphones.

In the image in the patent, we see a DualShock-like gamepad into which a smartphone is inserted. The accessory has branded PlayStation buttons, two analog sticks, a D-pad, and the rest of the buttons well known to fans of the brand.

Most likely, the device will be equipped with vibration motors for feedback. In modern realities, when mobile games are gaining more and more popularity, such a gadget will surely have a large audience.

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