Sony has announced the release schedule for the new three-tiered PlayStation Plus subscription. As previously confirmed, the Essentials, Extra, and Premium PlayStation Plus tiers will become available in most regions in June, with Asia first followed by North America and Europe.
In addition, Sony will expand its cloud streaming access to Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Republic of Cyprus, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
Exact launch dates for the new PlayStation Plus subscription:
- Asian markets (except Japan) – May 23, 2022
- Japan – June 1, 2022
- America – June 13, 2022
- Europe – June 22, 2022
PS Plus Essentials offers the same benefits as the current PS Plus service with monthly free games, discounts and online multiplayer. It will cost $10 or €9 per month, $25 or €25 for three months and $60 or €50 per year.
PS Plus Extra will include the same benefits, but with access to a library of 400 downloadable PS4 and PS5 games. These games will include Death Strandin, God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Mortal Kombat 11, Returnal and more. PS Plus Extra will cost $15 or €14 per month, $40 or €40 for three months, and $100 or €100 for a year.
Finally, PS Plus Premium includes the aforementioned benefits but adds up to 340 additional games, including PS3 games available via cloud streaming and a catalog of classic games available in both streaming and download options for original PlayStation generations. PS2 and PSP. PS Plus Premium will also offer cloud streaming access to original PlayStation, PS2, PSP and PS4 titles offered as Extra and Premium tiers in markets where PlayStation Now is currently available. In addition, Premium subscribers will be able to access time-limited game trials, allowing them to try selected games before purchasing.
PS Plus Premium will cost $18 or €17 per month, $50 or €50 for three months, and $120 or €120 per year.
Japan is the birthplace of Sony and the PlayStation, so it is not surprising that in this market, the Sony console often outperforms the Microsoft set-top box in sales. However, the situation changed last week.
According to sources, last week the Xbox console was ahead of the PlayStation in sales, and this happened for the first time in eight years.
We are talking about weekly sales, so in a normal situation this information would hardly be interesting, but still such an important achievement for Microsoft is worth attention.
True, the point is not at all in the decline in demand for the PS5 and the growth in demand for the Xbox, but simply in the availability of one or another set-top box. Actually, it is the offer that has been the main factor for the entire year and a half since the launch of the current generation consoles.
So, to the numbers. Last week, only 2693 PS5 consoles were sold in Japan, only 105 Xbox Series X consoles were sold, while the Series S sold 6120 units. That is, it was the younger Microsoft console that bypassed the Sony consoles.
For comparison, in the two weeks from April 25 to May 8, more than 46,000 PS5 consoles were sold. That is, their availability was simply many times higher. And the Xbox Series S sold 10,610 units.
In any case, the undisputed leader remains the Nintendo Switch. Last week, 35,868 Switch OLEDs, 20,443 Switch units and 9011 Switch Lite units were sold.
Rumors attribute the PlayStation 5 Pro to the ability to deliver 240 fps in games. But without ray tracing and not in 4K
Rumors about the PlayStation 5 Pro console appeared even before the release of the current version. Given the situation with the PS4, it is reasonable to expect a new model a few years after the start of sales of the regular PS5. And now some details have appeared on the Web.
The source says that the new set-top box will have a GPU with a performance of 14-16 TFLOPS. To recap, the current PS5 has 10.28 TFLOPS. One could say that the Xbox Series X already offers 12.1 TFLOPS, but still there is no point in directly comparing it here – you need to pay attention to the increase within the same line.
PS5 Pro is also credited with 18-20 GB of memory versus the current 16 GB. It is possible that the memory will become faster.
But more the source concentrates not on parameters, but on performance targets. Allegedly, the main task of the updated set-top box is to deliver 60 fps in 4K resolution at maximum quality settings for ray tracing effects. At medium settings, performance should rise to 120 fps at 1440-1800p, and without ray tracing, the console will supposedly be able to deliver 240 fps at 1080-1440p. True, why 240 fps for the average gamer is completely unclear.
So far, these data should be considered as rumors, but still the first of the above goals looks more than logical. True, it is not clear whether a 40-60% increase in GPU performance will be enough to achieve it.
Built-in games, Bluetooth calling, IP68, and SpO2 in $23 watch. Fire-Bolt Ninja 3 introduced
Popular wearable device maker Fire-Boltt has unveiled a new smartwatch called the Fire-Boltt Ninja 3 that comes with some cool features including Bluetooth calling and built-in games.
The Fire-Boltt Ninja 3 smartwatch features a large 1.69-inch 240 x 280 pixel LCD display, as well as a side button for easy user interface navigation. The watch offers many health-related features such as real-time heart rate monitoring and an SpO2 sensor to monitor blood oxygen levels and sleep. The watch supports 60 sports modes, including basketball, football, tennis, running, walking and others.
The smartwatch has also received built-in games, including the popular 2048 puzzle and Flappy Bird clone, which can be easily played without the need to connect to a smartphone. They also offer several cloud watch faces.
Fire-Boltt claims the Ninja 3 can last up to 7 days on a single charge and is IP68 rated. The smart watch supports call and notification alerts, media playback and camera control.
The price of the device is only $23.
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