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Qualcomm is about to make its first foray into the consumer market in many years – with a device that closely resembles the Nintendo Switch game console.

Qualcomm to release Android based competitor to Nintendo Switch

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This was announced by the well-proven thematic resource AndroidPolice, citing a source significant with the company’s plans.

According to this source, the set-top box will be based on the Android operating system. The author of AndroidPolice notes that he has seen “not yet final” images that he cannot share, but confirms that the device looks very familiar to anyone who owned a Switch.

The console has removable Nintendo Joy-Con style controllers on the right and left sides of the main unit. And the main module itself resembles a bulky and thick smartphone. The manufacturer believes that the additional space in the case will allow for better heat dissipation and use of a faster processor. Qualcomm also uses a 6,000mAh battery with fast charging support.

The source notes that Qualcomm has hired a “premium” partner to design and manufacture the controllers, but the exact name has yet to be confirmed. The set-top box can also be connected to a TV or monitor, but it is not yet clear whether via HDMI or USB Type-C. A special version of Android 12 will be installed on the device with an adapted launcher and full support for Google services and applications, including Google Play. Qualcomm also looks forward to supporting the Epic Games Store. Qualcomm also plans to create its own content port.

For now, Qualcomm is set to release the device in the first quarter of 2022. So we can hope for the next generation Snapdragon SoC. The estimated price is $ 300, but perhaps here we are talking about a version without controllers in the kit or without support for 5G.

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Sony is preparing its own launcher for PC games? PlayStation PC Launcher reference found in Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered

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Sony has made it as easy as possible for PC games to enter the market by making them available on Steam and the Epic Games Store. However, perhaps in the future it will have a layer launcher.

Sony is preparing its own launcher for PC games?  PlayStation PC Launcher reference found in Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered

A link to the PlayStation PC Launcher was found in the files of Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered, which was released on PC just the other day. Now the link does not lead anywhere, but at least it is there, as is the name of the launcher. In addition, references to PSNAccountLinked and PSNLinkingEntitlements were also found there, which may hint that in the future PlayStation games on PC will require a PSN account. Besides, such rumors have been circulating for a long time.

Given that Ubisoft, Rockstar and Activision Blizzard have their own launchers, it’s possible that Sony wants to join them. At the same time, the presence of a launcher does not mean that games will not be available on third-party platforms.

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Microsoft admits: Sony PlayStation 4 sold much better than Xbox One

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Microsoft has finally admitted that sales of Xbox One consoles were significantly lower than those of a competitor.

Microsoft admits: Sony PlayStation 4 sold much better than Xbox One

At one time, Microsoft stopped sharing data on the number of consoles sold, and we could only be guided by third-party sources. Now the company also did not disclose how many Xbox One in all its versions were sold during the life of the console, but admitted that the PlayStation 4 was more successful.

Sony has surpassed Microsoft in terms of console sales and installed base, selling more than twice as much as the last generation Xbox.

Given that the PS4 sold over 117 million units, the Xbox One sold less than 58.5 million. This is in good agreement with the calculations of various sources, which spoke of 51 million Xbox One.

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The famous PlayStation exclusive came to PC with excellent ratings. This is the second most popular project after God of War

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The famous PlayStation exclusive came to PC with excellent ratings

Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered was released on PC on August 12th and received a Metacritic score of 87 out of 100. The original game for the PlayStation 4 scored the same amount at one time.

The famous PlayStation exclusive came to PC with excellent ratings.  This is the second most popular project after God of War

Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered hit 65,000 concurrent players on Steam in its opening weekend, falling short of God of War’s record of nearly 75,000 players. By comparison, Horizon Zero Dawn, the first major PlayStation title to hit Steam, drew 56,557 people at the same time.

The PC version of Marvel’s Spider-Man was perfectly ported by Nixxes Software, which Sony Interactive Entertainment acquired last year. She already has over 9,000 reviews on Steam, 96% of which are positive.

Sony’s new PC strategy is clearly generating good returns for the company. Earlier this year, the company said it had sold 33 million units of its Marvel’s Spider-Man series to date, a number expected to continue to rise in the coming months.

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