Grocery retailer Sobeys Inc. has confirmed that an employee at its Ocean Park Safeway store has tested positive for COVID-19.
According to an Aug. 11 post on the company’s website, the employee last worked at the 12825 16 Ave. store on Aug. 1. The same list notes three employees at the 8860 152 St. store have also tested positive for the virus this month.
“Where required, we will communicate with customers who have shopped in the impacted location, with store signage, outlining our steps to manage the situation,” an introduction to the ‘COVID-19 tracker’ page notes.
Sobeys “will follow the direction of public health every step of the way” when an employee tests positive, the website adds.
Steps include store closures and deep-cleaning as directed; working with public health to identify close contacts; and notifying employees who require two-week isolation.
Sony promises more PS5 pre-order stock for retailers – GamesIndustry.biz
Sony has assured retailers and prospective PlayStation 5 owners that more stock is on the way following confusion over early pre-orders.
Orders for the upcoming console were due to open last Thursday, but on Wednesday several big retailers in the US and UK began taking pre-orders, with many selling out of their initial allocation by the end of the day.
Amazon has even warned those who have managed to place an order may not receive their console in time for November 12 launch.
The official PlayStation Twitter account has since posted an apology and promised more stock will be available soon.
“Let’s be honest: PS5 pre-orders could have been a lot smoother,” the platform holder tweeted. “We truly apologise for that.
“Over the next few days, we will release more PS5 consoles for pre-order — retailers will share more details. And more PS5s will be available through the end of the year.”
The news follows reports that Sony was having issues with manufacturing a key component for PS5 and scaling back the number of units it could produce — although the platform holder has since denied this is the case.
“We have not changed the production number for PlayStation 5 since the start of mass production,” the company told GamesIndustry.biz.
It has also been reported that Sony is using air freight, which is faster but more expensive, to ensure it can ship enough consoles to US retailers for launch.
This is the best time to get the PlayStation 5 for very cheap according to a study – Mashable SE Asia
In case you’ve missed the latest news on the Playstation 5, Sony has announced that the world’s popular gaming console will be going for US$499.
There’s a cheaper, disc drive-free Digital Edition that will also be released on the same day, November 12, 2020. It’ll go for US$399.
However, taking into account currency conversions and other economic factors, the Playstation 5 would most likely be priced at US$538 (Standard edition) and US$506 (Digital edition). These conversions are based on the pricing set for the Singaporean market.
Naturally, gamers have begun preordering the console prior to its launch. But there are a select special few – you and me – who prefer waiting and getting the console for a much cheaper rate. The Playstation 5 is after all the most priciest console released by Sony to date.
If only there was a crystal ball. Actually we have data.
According to a study done by iPrice Group, the best time to buy the Playstation 5 would be six months after its official release.
Southeast Asian meta-search website operator says the perfect time would be in May 2021 and you’ll be able to get the Standard edition for US$506 and Digital edition for US$416.
Yes, we’re looking at a 6 percent discount for the Standard edition and a whopping 18 percent discount for the Digital edition. Nice!
Oh but there’s even better news for those who’re adept at being patient. The price is expected to drop even further by November 2021 to US$385 (Digital edition) and US$468 (Standard edition). That’s 24 percent and 14 percent for both editions respectively .
Wait, so how did iPrice Group get these figures?
The e-commerce aggregator came to this conclusion by examining the price history of the PlayStation 4 Pro.
“We collected and compared selling prices of the console throughout the years on over 150 online shopping websites. And we noticed that the average online selling price for Sony consoles tends to drop by 6 percent, six months after release and then by a further 8 percent one year after release,” the study reads.
The prices of course factor in seasonal discounts from nationwide online retailers (especially those in Singapore) or deals from unofficial sellers. So if you want those sweet juicy deals, buy the console online because the official price drop from Sony might take a longer time.
“The first official price drop for the PlayStation 4 happened two years after its initial launch, and price was slashed by 15 percent.”
Well, the old adage ‘Good things come to those who have wait’ certainly rings true here.
The Leaked RTX 3090 Benchmarks Aren’t Great – Kotaku Australia
There’s been a ton of hype around the RTX 3080, but what about the 24GB beast, the RTX 3090? Some benchmarks from the $2400-plus GPU leaked over the weekend and … well, they’re not that impressive.
The RTX 3090 is effectively the Titan-class GPU for the new generation. It certainly has a price tag to match at $2429. But the question on a lot of people’s minds was how much more performance the RTX 3090 would truly offer, especially with 14GB extra VRAM and talk of genuine, playable 8K/60fps gaming.
But if you’re not playing at 8K? The RTX 3090 might not be that appetising.
A string of benchmarks run on a system with an Intel i9-10900K, the Game Ready drivers released last Thursday, some G.Skill RAM running at 4133MHz and other bits and pieces found that in a lot of cases, the performance benefit was 10 per cent or less.
In Control, the RTX 3090 was hitting 71fps at 4K with ray-tracing and DLSS enabled, compared to 65fps for the RTX 3080. (That’s almost identical to our Ashtray Maze benchmark for the RTX 3080, although the video below is from an early section of gameplay running through the initial levels.)
Far Cry and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey ran at 107fps and 71fps at 4K, only 8 and 9 per cent quicker than the RTX 3080 on the same system. The biggest jump was in Death Stranding with DLSS disabled — there’s no ray-tracing in Death Stranding — but even that was only at 116fps on the RTX 3090, compared to 104fps on the RTX 3080. (With DLSS enabled, both cards get well over 160fps.)
Nvidia pitched the RTX 3090 as an 8K-capable gaming card — at least with DLSS enabled — but also towards those for whom the 24GB of VRAM would be essential. Those generally aren’t gaming applications, although gaming at 8K would undoubtedly require a substantial jump in memory.
It’s not the first RTX 3090 benchmark that’s leaked. Some Time Spy scores appeared late last week, showing the RTX 3090 about 19 percent and 20 per cent faster in the Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme tests. Those are synthetic, however, and we can’t compare how the difference in the two systems might have impacted the results. It also doesn’t show the RTX 3090 running at 8K, something that definitely warrants testing from independent third party reviewers.
Official reviews for the RTX 3090 should be dropping towards the end of this week. It’ll be fun to see how it handles different engines and different types of games, although ultimately I think it’ll be more interesting to revisit the card when something like Cyberpunk 2077, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla or Watch Dogs: Legion drops. Those will give us the first taste of what the next generation of games will target and demand, and we’ll have a better assessment of what you’ll get for your $2429 when those are out.
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