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.
Does an Apple Search Engine Make Sense? – Motley Fool
“I think their search engine is the best,” Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) CEO Tim Cook said nearly two years ago when asked about Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) subsidiary Google’s controversial role as the default search provider in Apple products. The long-standing arrangement, which dates to 2005, wasn’t always so controversial, but recent antitrust scrutiny of major tech companies has shined a light on the far-reaching implications of the partnership — and how critical it is to Google’s traffic.
With risks around the deal intensifying, it comes as little surprise that Apple is exploring the alternative option of creating its own search engine.
Applebot has been more active lately
Financial Times reports that Apple is ramping up its development of a proprietary search engine that could theoretically displace Google as the default provider at some point in the future. Apple has historically outsourced embedded search functions to both Google and Microsoft Bing but has faced recent criticisms for partnering with Google while simultaneously bashing advertising businesses as part of its ongoing privacy crusade.
Years ago, Apple created Applebot, a web crawler that indexes web pages for Siri and Spotlight. It is similar to the technology that Google uses. Search pundits have observed a recent spike in Applebot activity, according to the report, which suggests that the Mac maker is scaling its efforts to index more websites as it builds a database.
Apple is also starting to increasingly display its own search results in certain parts of iOS 14, Financial Times notes.
The search partnership allegedly undermines competition
The Department of Justice filed a formal antitrust complaint against Google last week, alleging that Google engages in anticompetitive conduct, including its pact with Apple. The search leader uses the agreement to effectively block out competition, while Apple is paid handsomely (estimated at $8 billion to $12 billion per year) for its role, according to the suit.
“Google’s documents recognize that ‘Safari default is a significant revenue channel’ and that losing the deal would fundamentally harm Google’s bottom line,” the prosecutors wrote. “Thus, Google views the prospect of losing default status on Apple devices as a ‘Code Red’ scenario.”
The DOJ estimates that the deal covers approximately 36% of all search queries in the U.S. across mobile devices and desktop computers. The complaint also points out that Google estimates that nearly 50% of all search traffic came from Apple devices last year.
The payments from Google are one of the biggest growth drivers for Apple’s services segment, and there are now fears that regulators could push to dismantle the alliance. Google calls the DOJ’s arguments “dubious.”
Should Apple acquire a search engine?
Over the summer, Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi suggested that Apple should acquire privacy-oriented search engine DuckDuckGo in order to compete directly with Google in search. Apple could likely scoop up the smaller search company for less than $1 billion, according to the analyst’s estimates.
However, that theoretical acquisition would end up costing Apple a lot more — in the form of lost revenue from Google. Sacconaghi’s estimate for how much Google pays Apple is on the lower end ($7 billion to $8 billion). Somewhat undercutting the idea is the fact that DuckDuckGo licenses Bing’s web crawler technology, so purchasing the company may have limited strategic value, particularly if Apple is pushing forward with Applebot.
Apple has been aggressively insourcing “core” technologies in recent years in order to better differentiate itself from rivals. Should search be included on that growing list?
Xbox Series X stock shortages could last 'for a few months' after launch, admits Microsoft – TechRadar
Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has warned that Xbox Series X stock shortages could last “for a few months” after launch.
Xbox Series X pre-orders quickly sold out when they opened on September 22, but if you’ve been waiting to pick up Microsoft’s flagship console on launch day, you might be disappointed.
Speaking in appearance on the Dropped Frames podcast, Spencer conceded that demand will continue to outstrip supply for its new consoles this year, and into 2021.
“We know what our supply will look like basically for the rest of the year. We’re going to have more demand than we do supply,” Spencer said.
“And I will apologize in advance to people for that. We saw it with pre-orders, how much energy there was, and we were basically out [of stock] in a couple of hours, which is unfortunate. I think we are going to live in that world for a few months. We’re going to have a lot more demand than we do supply.”
Demand is high for next-gen
The situation echoes what Sony Interactive Entertainment’s CEO Jim Ryan said in a recent interview regarding PS5 stock.
Ryan said that “the demand as expressed by the level of pre-order [sic] has been very, very considerable” and that “not everybody who wants to buy a PS5 on launch day will be able to find one.”
The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S release on November 10 and are priced at $499 / £429 / AU$749 and $299 / £249 / AU$499 respectively.
New PS5 app revealed — here’s how it works
With the official debut of the PS5 just around the corner, Sony is pulling out all the stops to offer buyers the best launch experience possible. That includes rolling out an updated version of the PlayStation App, which has been “reimagined” for use with both the PS4 and PS5.
The app’s global rollout will begin by way of iOS updates on devices running iOS 12.2 or later and Android 6.0 or later.
The revamped app introduces a selection of new features, like voice chat, native PS Store integration, and improvements to the user interface meant to offer a more expedient and quality browsing experience. PS5 users will interact with their new consoles through the PlayStation App, even when they’re away, so the app updates focus on making more of the social experience and remote aspect of controlling each console.
The updated user interface offers quicker access to the PlayStation home screen to see what others are playing along with updates on your own Trophies. This should make it easier to decide what to play based on your current game progress or what others are doing.
If you’re feeling social, you can create party groups straight from within the PlayStation App, as well as voice chat with up to 15 friends from your phone. If text chat is more your thing, that’s covered, too. The PS Messages app feature has also been folded into the main PlayStation App instead of existing outside as a standalone program. Thus, existing messages or contact information will simply be stored in the main PlayStation App from now on.
Controlling and managing your PlayStation downloads is an important app function as well. The new PS Store will let you browse and shop much more quickly than you could with the previous console iteration. You can remotely download games and DLC to your PS4 or PS5 so when you’re ready to come back for a play session, everything is good to go. When the PS5 is available, the app will also let you remotely launch games, sign into your PS5 from the app, and allow you to manage storage remotely as well.
The PlayStation app will also feature official PlayStation-centric news found in the Explore tab. You can check out any announcements via the PS Blog and information straight from the developers themselves here to learn a bit more about what’s going on in the industry.
The PS App is available right now via the App Store and Google Play, though the latest updates won’t be out for some time. If you want to get the most out of the app, you’ll first need to sign up for a PlayStation Network account. With only a few weeks left until the Nov. 12 launch, it might be a good day to go ahead and download the app now and see what features are available before the PS5 arrives.
Source: – Tom’s Guide
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