I like my PS5. And as time goes on, I am realizing how lucky I am to have one out of the batch of day one pre-orders, as trying to secure one new through extremely limited stock is nothing short of a nightmare.
In almost every way, the PS5 is a better console than the PS4, which was itself, a great console. This is obvious for things like power and load times, but I appreciate the other upgrades I’ve seen like the DualSense, game cards and other new features.
But in general, there is one thing that I think Sony made a mistake with regarding the PS5, and something that makes it decidedly worse than the PS4.
Man, I just cannot get into this UI.
The PS4 UI was clean and extremely simple, and it was one of the best advantages over the Xbox One UI for most of its lifespan until after like seven different redesigns, Microsoft finally got something that was functionally halfway decent. And then they kept it for the Xbox Series X/S so that transition was seamless for users.
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But Sony did the opposite, they took a perfectly great UI and changed a lot of it, and the result is just worse than before, and probably worse than Xbox now, if I’m being honest.
There are a bunch of things I don’t like about this new system, first and foremost the giant full page ad I am greeted with every time I log into the console.
Yes, this is usually tied to a game I own, or at least one I used to have installed, but it’s still fundamentally…an ad, it is not starting up with a cool background I select or the last game I played. And sometimes it’s literally serving me an ad for something I already have downloaded. Just…why?
For some reason, I’ve seen that some people actually do not have the Explore tab for whatever reason, and the system does default to the last game they played. But those I’ve talked to do not know why this is the case, and playing around in settings I cannot figure out how to remove or move the explore page.
The new UI has changed in a way that negates seven years of learned behavior. I keep trying to hold down the middle button when I want to shut off the system or change volume settings or something, but that no longer does anything. Instead you press the button once and have to scroll around to the right setting you’re looking for, and for pretty much everything, whatever you were doing before on PS4 now takes more button presses to do it on PS5.
The card system may be functionally good, jumping into side missions and such, but it’s messy looking, and most of the time it’s suggesting I jump into a game with a random friend that I have no desire to play with, prominently displaying that which is not at all what I’m trying to do when I bring up the menu 99% of the time.
It just feels like Sony redesigned the wheel here into a haphazard octagon shape that still rolls, but is just worse in almost every way. I don’t enjoy being served giant ads on startup, nor do I like the changes they’ve made to the menus and the functions I had long grown used to in a UI that absolutely no one was complaining about. This just feels like change for change’s sake, and I hope we see some significant, Microsoft-level tweaks to it in the future.
Britain in talks with 6 firms about building gigafactories for EV batteries
Britain is in talks with six companies about building gigafactories to produce batteries for electric vehicles (EV), the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing people briefed on the discussions.
Car makers Ford Motor Co and Nissan Motor Co Ltd, conglomerates LG Corp and Samsung, and start-ups Britishvolt and InoBat Auto are in talks with the British government or local authorities about locations for potential factories and financial support, the report added .
(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Himani Sarkar)
EBay to sell South Korean unit for about $3.6 billion to Shinsegae, Naver
EBay Korea is the country’s third-largest e-commerce firm with market share of about 12.8% in 2020, according to Euromonitor. It operates the platforms Gmarket, Auction and G9.
Shinsegae, Naver and eBay Korea declined to comment.
Lotte Shopping had also been in the running, the Korea Economic Daily and other newspapers said, citing unnamed investment banking sources.
South Korea represents the world’s fourth largest e-commerce market. Driven by the coronavirus pandemic, e-commerce has soared to account for 35.8% of the retail market in 2020 compared with 28.6% in 2019, according to Euromonitor data.
Shinsegae and Naver formed a retail and e-commerce partnership in March by taking stakes worth 250 billion won in each other’s affiliates.
($1 = 1,117.7000 won)
(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)
Canada launches long-awaited auction of 5G spectrum
The 3,500 MHz is a spectrum companies need to provide 5G, which requires more bandwidth to expand internet capabilities.The auction, initially scheduled for June 2020, is expected to take several weeks with Canadian government selling off 1,504 licenses in 172 service areas.
Smaller operators are going into the auction complaining that recent regulatory rulings have further tilted the scales in the favour of the country’s three biggest telecoms companies – BCE, Telus and Rogers Communications Inc – which together control around 90% of the market as a share of revenue.
Canadian mobile and internet consumers, meanwhile, have complained for years that their bills are among the world’s steepest. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has threatened to take action if the providers did not cut bills by 25%.
The last auction of the 600 MHz spectrum raised C$3.5 billion ($2.87 billion) for the government.
The companies have defended themselves, saying the prices they charge are falling.
Some 23 bidders including regional players such as Cogeco and Quebec’s Videotron are participating in the process. Shaw Communications did not apply to participate due to a $16 billion takeover bid from Rogers. Lawmakers and analysts have warned that market concentration will intensify if that acquisition proceeds.
In May, after Canada‘s telecoms regulator issued a ruling largely in favour of the big three on pricing for smaller companies’ access to broadband networks, internet service provider TekSavvy Inc withdrew from the auction, citing the decision.
Some experts say the government has been trying to level the playing field with its decision to set aside a proportion of spectrum in certain areas for smaller companies.
Gregory Taylor, a spectrum expert and associate professor at the University of Calgary, said he was pleased the government was auctioning off smaller geographic areas of coverage.
In previous auctions where the license covered whole provinces, “small providers could not participate because they could not hope to cover the range that was required in the license,” Taylor said.
Smaller geographic areas mean they have a better chance of fulfilling the requirements for the license, such as providing service to 90% of the population within five years of the issuance date.
The auction has no scheduled end date, although the federal ministry in charge of the spectrum auction has said winners would be announced within five days of bidding completion.
($1 = 1.2181 Canadian dollars)
(Reporting by Moira Warburton in Vancouver; Editing by David Gregorio)
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