If you’ve been having trouble pre-ordering the PlayStation 5 over the past several hours, you might be in luck.
In a recent interview with The Washington Post, PlayStation boss Jim Ryan promised that there will be more supply of the PlayStation 5 when it launches this holiday — November 12th in Canada and the U.S. and the 19th in other markets — than it had available for the PlayStation 4 at its launch in November 2013.
For context, around 2.1 million PlayStation 4 units were sold worldwide in the two weeks following its launch, with one million sold in the first day alone. At the time, this marked the “best launch in PlayStation history,” according to PlayStation.
However, the console was notoriously difficult to get in the few months following its launch, with Sony noting then that there was “incredibly strong” demand that continued to “overwhelm the supply worldwide.”
All of that is to say that it’s unclear exactly how much initial demand there will be for the PlayStation 5, and whether Sony will be able to keep up with it. For now, though, Ryan’s comments indicate that PlayStation is at least taking steps to ensure a comparatively larger supply of PS5 consoles this holiday.
In the interview, Ryan also addressed concerns surrounding PlayStation’s recently confirmed cross-gen strategy for certain first-party titles. Earlier this year, the company had said it “believes in generations,” indicating it would rather focus on developing titles exclusively for PS5 and leverage the console’s technical benefits than ensure they can run on current- and next-gen hardware. This was in response to Xbox’s confirmation that major exclusive titles like Halo Infinite would come to both Xbox Series X and Xbox One for a couple of years.
However, following its recent PlayStation 5 Showcase, Sony revealed that some first-party games, such as PS5 launch title Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and 2021’s Horizon Forbidden West, will release on both PS4 and PS5.
According to Ryan, this strategy should please everyone. “No one should be disappointed,” Ryan told The Washington Post. “The PS5 versions of those games are built from the ground up to take advantage of the PS5 feature set, and we have an upgrade path for PS4 users to get the PS5 versions for free. It’s about people having choice. I’m really quite pleased about the situation.”
Other subjects covered in the interview include Sony’s recent push to adapt its games into other media (such as HBO’s The Last of Us show) and how Sony decided on a price for the PS5 earlier this year. You can read the Post‘s full feature here.
First iPad Air 4 Unboxing Video Shared Online – MacRumors
The first unboxing video of the fourth-generation iPad Air has been shared online. The short video offers the first in-person look at the iPad Air‘s new Sky Blue color, packaging, and Touch ID in the power button.
Other than some demo videos from a Chinese media event last month, this unboxing video appears to be the first of its kind, ahead of more detailed unboxings and reviews expected from the press this week.
The new iPad Air features a 10.9-inch edge-to-edge display, the A14 Bionic chip, Apple Pencil 2 support, and a range of color options including Silver, Space Gray, Rose Gold, Green, and Sky Blue.
Pre-orders of the fourth-generation iPad Air began on Friday, 16 October, and the first shipments are set to arrive on Friday, 23 October.
Health Canada Urges B.C. Residents to Download COVID Alert App as Province Drags Feet – iPhone in Canada
Health Canada is urging residents in British Columbia to download Canada’s COVID Alert app, as the province drags its feet to support the exposure notification app.
According to the Vancouver Sun, Health Canada told Postmedia News the COVID Alert app is still useful to have, despite the latter has not been officially supported yet in B.C.
“The COVID Alert app is free and voluntary, and is another tool to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and prevent future outbreaks,” said Health Canada spokesperson Maryse Durette, to Postmedia News.
“At all levels of uptake, COVID Alert can help reduce transmission. The more people who use the app the more effective it will be,” added Durette.
B.C. and the federal government are still in talks about the roll out of COVID Alert, added Health Canada. Alberta, the Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories and Nunavut have also not officially adopted COVID Alert yet.
Durette said, “It’s still helpful to download COVID Alert from anywhere in the country, even if you can’t use it to report a diagnosis. That way, you’ll be notified if you come into contact with someone from a reporting province or territory or when people in your area are able to report a diagnosis.”
The B.C. Ministry of Health told Postmedia last week it was working with the federal government to get COVID Alert app active in the province. Clearly, B.C. is not working fast enough when other provinces have been able to support COVID Alert in a shorter timeframe.
Canada’s COVID Alert app is based on Google and Apple’s exposure notification framework, which leverages Bluetooth on devices for anonymous “handshakes” in the background. The app does not use GPS info or collect any user data. It has been vetted as safe by Canada’s privacy commissioner and provincial counterparts.
When someone tests positive for COVID-19, they can anonymously alert others that may have been in contact using COVID Alert, by obtaining a one-time use from their provincial health authority.
Provinces currently supporting COVID Alert:
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
Still waiting for:
- British Columbia
- Northwest Territories
The federal government of Canada recently acknowledged there was a bug within iOS that affected the COVID Alert app, and urged Canadians to update to iOS 14.0.1 to resolve the issue.
Since October 15, COVID Alert has been download downloaded over 4.5 million times, with 1,696 one-time keys issued.
New Photos Offer Better Look at iPhone 12 Color Options – MacRumors
As we wait for the iPhone 12 review embargo to lift later today, more pictures are circulating of the devices in real-world lighting conditions, providing a better look at the different colors available.
Leaker DuanRui has shared images on Twitter of the iPhone 12 in white, black, blue, green, and (PRODUCT)RED. The black and white colors are similar to the iPhone 11 colors, but the other colors are new.
DuanRui also posted images of the iPhone 12 Pro in graphite and pacific blue, a deep blue color that’s new to the Pro iPhone lineup. Pacific blue replaces the midnight green color that was introduced with the iPhone 11 Pro lineup. The iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max also come in silver and gold.
DuanRui previously provided an early unboxing video of iPhone 12 models, providing a closer look at the shiny new flat-edge design.
iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro pre-orders began last Friday, and shipments will begin arriving to customers this coming Friday. iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max will be available to pre-order starting Friday, November 6. Let us know what you think of the colors in the comments below.
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