Sony has quietly confirmed that the PlayStation VR2 virtual reality headset will be released early next year.
Sony did not disclose the exact date, but we are probably talking about the first quarter. The price of the device is also not yet disclosed.
Recall, PS VR2 is equipped with new OLED screens with a resolution of 2000 x 2040 pixels for each eye. The system supports display mode up to 120Hz and will offer a number of new features that the current generation of the headset does not have. For example, a transparency mode in which the user can see the surrounding space without removing the helmet.
Not long to wait: consoles Aya Neo 2 and Aya Neo Geek will be released in December
Chinese handheld game console manufacturer Aya Neo has announced that the first models based on the AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor and Radeon 680M graphics will go on sale in December.
Two models are expected to be released at once: Aya Neo 2 and Aya Neo Geek. The first version will receive 16/32 GB of RAM and from 512 GB to 2 TB of permanent memory. In all cases, there will be 7-inch 1200p screens. Declared support for Windows 11 and Aya Neo OS based on Linux. Prices start at $949 for pre-orders. Retail prices start at $999. The maximum price for pre-order will be $1199, retail – $1499.
The second Geek model is positioned as more affordable. It has the same processor, but the most basic version will get an 800p screen. It will have 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage. The maximum version with a 1200p screen, 32 GB of RAM and 2 TB of permanent storage will cost $1149/$1369.
Both devices have fingerprint sensors, gyroscopes, vibration motors and analog sticks. However, the more premium Neo 2 line has LPDDR5-6400 RAM and PCIe 4.0 drives, while the Geek has PCIe 3.0. But support for Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 is available for all versions. Separately, we note that all models are equipped with 3.5 mm connectors, as well as high-speed USB4 ports with support for external graphics cards.
Also previously reported about the imminent release of the OneXfly console from One Netbook.
The last secret of the “lightweight” PlayStation 5. The console received an updated AMD Oberon Plus platform
Insiders have revealed the last secret of the “lite” version of the PlayStation 5 game console with catalog number CFI-1200 / CFI-1202. As it turned out, it uses the new AMD Oberon Plus single-chip system, which has an important difference from the previous one.
We have already talked about the CFI-1200 in detail: the set-top box is lighter than previous versions, received a modified layout inside and a more compact cooling system. As it turned out, this is not all innovations: the device uses the AMD Oberon Plus SoC, made using a 6-nanometer process technology.
On paper, the transition from a 7nm SoC to a 6nm one does not look like something impressive, but in fact, this is what allowed the set-top box to be lighter and reduce heat. Switching to N6 technology can increase transistor density by almost 20% while reducing power consumption. If the SoC heats up less, then it does not need a large cooling system. That is why the “lightweight” PS5 has a more compact heatsink.
The image above clearly demonstrates how AMD’s 6nm Oberon Plus SoC differs from the 7nm Oberon. Oberon Plus crystal area is 260mm2 – Approximately 15% less Oberon crystal area (300 mm2). There is another benefit of moving to a thinner manufacturing process – more chips fit on the substrate. And this is, at the same time, a reduction in the cost of chips, and an increase in output. The latter circumstance will help Sony reduce the shortage of consoles in the market.
Another competitor to Steam Deck may appear on the market
The Chinese manufacturer One Netbook has been selling portable consoles and game controllers under the OneXplayer brand for several years now. However, these are often expensive devices with powerful hardware. And now the company is preparing a new product called OneXfly, which will be a budget solution.
The device will receive a 6-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Inside, an AMD Ryzen 5 7520U processor from the new Mendocino line will be installed. They are designed for budget laptops, Chromebooks and consoles. This is the most productive chip in the line.
AMD Ryzen 5 7520U includes 4 cores and 8 threads, TDP is 15W. It uses the Zen 2 architecture and the graphics are the Radeon 610M accelerator based on the AMD RDNA 2 architecture. But it only has 2 cores. For comparison, the AMD Ryzen 5 6600U graphics subsystem has 6 cores, while the Ryzen 7 6800U has 12.
Note that the processor is somewhat similar to the one used in Steam Deck, but the graphics are weaker. The chip in the Valve console also has 4 cores and 8 threads, the frequency is 2.4-3.5 GHz, and the RDNA 2 graphics has 8 cores, not 2.
Thus, the console will “pull” only fairly simple games, but it will be cheap. It can potentially play cloud games, indie projects or old games. Price and release date have not yet been announced. It is also unknown whether the novelty will appear only in China or worldwide.
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