PlayStation Now available for PC starting today in the US

PS Now PC

Last week PlayStation Now for PC was released in European countries which has the PlayStation Now game streaming service. Today Sony has made the service available in the US which allows you to stream more than 400 PS3 games including exclusives, greatest hits, acclaimed masterpieces, and games for the whole family.

To get started go to PSNow.com and download the PlayStation Now application. Sony also said that 6 new PS3 games have been added this month, including Mafia II, Tomb Raider and Heavy Rain. Castlevania will also be coming soon to PS Now.

In order to play PS3 games on your Windows PC you will need a DUALSHOCK 4 controller with a USB cable (or you can use the optional wireless adaptor accessory to play wirelessly) a PSN account with a PS Now subscription and an internet connection of 5 Mbps or greater. Minimum PC requirements include Windows 7, 8.1 or 10 OS, Core i3 @ 2.0 GHz, 300 MB HDD space and 2 GB RAM.

PS Now is available in a 7 Day free trial, a 1 month subscription for $19.99 and a 1 year subscription for a limited time offer of $99.99. You can also use PS Now on various other devices including PS3, PS Vita, PS TV and compatible Smart TVs.

Source: PlayStation.Blog US

PS4 Slim to feature 5 GHz Wi-Fi

PS4 Slim

Looks like the PS4 Slim will be supporting 5 GHz Wi-Fi connectivity, according to several posts on Twitter.

Many people did not like it when the original PS4 only featured 802.11n 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi. Many of you may know 5 GHz Wi-Fi brings better performance especially for online gaming, so it didn’t really make sense why Sony didn’t do that initially. The Xbox One had it since launch.

Well that’s all about to change, because the PS4 Slim will be featuring 802.11ac 5 GHz Wi-Fi! Here are some pictures we retrieved.

PS4 Wifi screenshot

PS4 Wifi manual

As you can see in the screenshot, the screen is displaying the current frequency band in use, which is pretty much confirming the inclusion of 5 GHz Wi-Fi. It also says so in the PS4 Safety Guide.

Well, if the PS4 Slim includes the 5 GHz connectivity, it would make sense to include it in the higher-end PS4 Neo right?

Hopefully we will hear more about these two new PS4 revisions on September 7th.

How to get Android Nougat on your Nexus device right now

Android Nougat

At last, the day you’ve been waiting for. Android 7.0 Nougat is finally here, and those with a compatible Nexus device will soon be able to try out the new software.

As with previous updates, Google is rolling out the update in phases, starting with people enrolled in the beta program. So it may take one or two weeks for the update to reach your device. But did you know you can download the update right now using a simple trick?

The trick is to temporarily enrol your Nexus device into the Android beta program. Why should I do that you ask? Well, since the update is currently being rolled out now in the beta program, if you are enrolled, you can get the update immediately as well!

We have tried this method using a Nexus 5X and the process worked perfectly. It is not a beta version, but the final stable version. So, here’s how to do it:

  1. Visit g.co/androidbeta and sign in using the same Google account you use on your Nexus device
  2. Enrol your device into the beta program

Android beta

  1. Go to system updates on your Nexus device and download the update (it’s around 1 GB)

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  1. After the update installs, go back to About phone and verify that the build number is NRD90M

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  1. Unenroll your device from the beta program through the same webpage

And that’s it! You have successfully updated your device using this workaround.

Keep in mind that you need to unenroll your device as soon after you finish installing the update, otherwise you may be downloading the next beta version in the future. Google says this beta program will continue, and users will be able to test the first Android N maintenance release which is set to release this fall.

Now, we are assuming that this method only works with the latest Nexus devices right now, like the 5X and the 6P. That’s because Google hasn’t released the update for all the compatible Nexus devices yet, so users with a Nexus 6 or older, don’t do this yet. You will end up getting Developer Preview 5 instead.

If you are a power user, you can also flash the OTA using ADB. Here are the direct download links (thanks to Android Police)

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Nexus 5X

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Nexus 9 Wi-Fi

Nexus Player

So go ahead! Try it out and let us know if it worked for you in the comments.

Google to discontinue Chrome apps on Windows, Mac and Linux

Chrome Web Store

Google has recently announced the discontinuation of Chrome apps on Windows, Mac and Linux.

After launching Chrome Apps three years back Google has been working with the web standards community to implement new APIs, such as service worker and web push to build robust Progressive Web Apps that work across multiple browsers.

To simplify Chrome, Google has taken the decision to discontinue the Chrome Apps platform. There are two types of Chrome apps, packaged apps and hosted apps. Approximately 1% of Windows, Mac and Linux users around the world use Chrome packaged apps, while most hosted apps are already implemented as regular web apps.

Starting late 2016, new Chrome apps will only be available to download for Chrome OS users. In the second half of 2017 Chrome apps will no longer be available for Windows, Mac and Linux users, while in early 2018 Chrome apps support for these 3 operating systems will be discontinued.

Google is encouraging developers to migrate their apps to the web. Developers who can’t fully move their apps to the web can help prioritise new APIs to fill the gap left by Chrome apps. In the short-term developers can consider using a Chrome extension or platforms such as Electron or NW.js.
Source: Chromium Blog

Lenovo’s new gaming PCs

Lenovo recently launched two new gaming PCs, the IdeaCentre Y710 and the all-in-one IdeaCentre AIO Y910. One of the best line of gaming PCs come from Lenovo and they still do produce some good gaming PCs. Both gaming PCs come with striking colors such as red and black, awesome looking grills and so on. What’s even cool is that they are both VR ready.

With the Y170, you get Nvidia’s power efficient GeForce GTX180. It also packs a 6th generation Intel Core i7 and features 32GB of DDR4 RAM. Lenovo’s Y170 also features a hybrid storage system with 2TB HDD and 256GB SSD.

The Y190 has specs that are identical to the Y710. But the difference here is that it’s all packed behind a 27 inch screen which has a resolution of  2560 x 1440 and not to forget, it also has Quad HD.

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PlayStation Meeting set for September 7

PlayStation Meeting

Sony Interactive Entertainment has planned an event set for 7 September at the PlayStation Theater in New York.

Invitations were sent out recently to media outlets about the event, saying it is to discuss details “about the PlayStation business”.

It is very likely that this event has been planned to announce the next iteration of the PS4, codenamed “Neo”. The term “PlayStation Meeting” was used in the past for previous announcements of PlayStation consoles, such as the PS Vita in January 2011 and the PS4 in February 2013.

The event is set to take place at 3 PM Eastern Standard Time. As well as the PS4 Neo, Microsoft is going to unveil the Project Scorpio console later in the year, which is ought to compete with the Neo.

So, who’s excited?

Source: Polygon

Sony introduces two new portable speakers

Sony recently introduced two new, powerful portable speakers – GT4D and V44D. Both models feature Bluetooth and Near Field Communication (NFC). They also have AUX input, DVD input as well as USB input. Sony’s two powerful portable systems also come with built-in FM. Cool right?

The GT4D pumps out 1600 Watts where as the V44D pumps out 660 Watts. Both have Dolby Digital sound technology. The LDAC feature allows users to send high quality audio through Bluetooth.

Sony states that these are aimed towards the young generation and also says that these two portable systems will be their best companion wherever they go to keep themselves entertained.

Sony says that both speakers are lightweight and easy to carry.  The V44D is a one-box speaker system with built-in handles to carry it anywhere, whereas the GT4D features a pull-out handle with wheels.

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