Microsoft announces the Surface Go, an affordable $399 10 inch tablet

Microsoft has recently announced the Surface Go, an affordable $399 10 inch tablet.

The display has a resolution of 1800×1200 pixels, front facing camera with face recognition and a USB C 3.1 port for charging, video and data transfer.

The Surface Go will also have an optional keyboard cover in 4 colours to choose from with scissor key mechanism and 1mm of key travel. The keyboard will cost $99 for the black one, and $129 for the Alcantra, red, blue or silver ones.

Inside packs a Pentium Core 4415Y processor with either 4 or 8 GB RAM and 64 GB or 128 GB internal storage. Microsoft claims the Surface Go to offer 9 hours battery life. An LTE version of the model is coming later this year. It comes with Windows 10 S Mode enabled, which can be switched off if needed at no extra cost. In case you didn’t know, S Mode restricts installation of apps to the Microsoft Store.

The Surface Go will be available to pre-order starting July 10 and will ship in August.

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Nintendo shutting down Miiverse on November 7

Nintendo has officially announced today that they will be shutting down the Miiverse service for both 3DS and Wii U systems on November 7th 2017, 10pm Pacific time. Nintendo says that this is due to the rise of social media networks, like Facebook and Twitter.

Games that use Miiverse will also stop working, such as Super Mario Maker, Splatoon and Mario Kart 8. You can see the list of affected games here.

However you will be able to download your Miiverse posts after the service ends. To do this go to miiverse.nintendo.net and request post history. Additionally, Wii U chat will also stop working.

Have you ever used Miiverse on your Wii U/3DS system? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Nintendo Support NA

Sony to increase the prices of PlayStation Plus subscriptions in the UK

In an email sent to users today, Sony will be increasing the prices of PlayStation Plus prices in the UK:

From 00:01 BST on 31 August 2017 we are changing the prices of PlayStation®Plus.
– Annually, the price will change from £39.99 to £49.99 per annum.
– Quarterly, the price will change from £14.99 to £19.99 per quarter.
– Monthly, the price will change from £5.99 to £6.99 per month.

What this means for you
We will alter the price of a PlayStation®Plus membership at 00:01 BST on 31 August 2017. As you are an existing member, this means that all recurring subscription fees payable by you on or after 31 August 2017 will be charged at the new price. Up until 31 August 2017, you may purchase a PlayStation®Plus subscription at the current price, which will then be added (or “stacked on”) to your current membership period.
If you don’t want to continue with PlayStation®Plus
If you want to prevent your PlayStation®Plus membership continuing at the new price, you will need to cancel it – turn OFF “auto-renew” in your account settings at least 48 hours before your next payment on or after 31 August 2017 is due. There’s some guidance on how to cancel your membership on PlayStation.com.

Users from Reddit are also saying they got this email in other territories covered by SIEE.

Users are expressing their disappointment about this change on social media platforms. What do you think about this price increase? Let us know in the comments.

Registrations now open for next PS4 software 5.00 beta

As with the previous major software releases, Sony Interactive Entertainment is once again inviting PlayStation Network users to try out their latest PS4 system software 5.00 before it is officially released to the public.

Not much is known at the moment, but if you’re interested click on one of the links below depending on your region.

North America

Europe

Japan

Nintendo announces the SNES Classic Edition

Nintendo has officially announced the SNES Classic Edition today, after the NES Classic that launched a few months ago.

The system will include 21 pre-installed classic SNES games and can be plugged into any HDTV using the provided HDMI cable that’s included in the box, and will be available at a suggested retail price of $79.99.

The games are:

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars™
  • Donkey Kong Country™
  • EarthBound™
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-ZERO™
  • Kirby™ Super Star
  • Kirby’s Dream Course™
  • The Legend of Zelda™: A Link to the Past™
  • Mega Man® X
  • Secret of Mana
  • Star Fox™
  • Star Fox™ 2
  • Street Fighter® II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Castlevania IV™
  • Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts®
  • Super Mario Kart™
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars™
  • Super Mario World™
  • Super Metroid™
  • Super Punch-Out!! ™
  • Yoshi’s Island™

The system will come with two wired SNES controllers so multiplayer play will be possible on this. For more information about the SNES Classic, visit the official Nintendo website.

Source: Nintendo What’s New

OnePlus 5 officially announced

OnePlus has officially unveiled the OnePlus 5 few minutes back via a live stream.

One of the features that was talked a lot in the press conference was the Dual Camera system, letting you choose between three modes. The first one is Portrait Mode, where the Dual Camera system allows you to focus on the subject and blur the background at the same time.

The second one is called Smart Capture where the camera can detect certain objects and optimise for accuracy and quality. And the last one is called Pro Mode, where it lets you fine tune settings like ISO, and capture them in RAW format.

The OnePlus 5 also has a new alert slider, similar to what can be found on the iPhone and can be customised to three profiles, Silent, Priority and All.

When it comes to specifications, the phone uses the latest and greatest SoC from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 835, paired with 6/8 GB of LPDDR4X RAM. You will be able to choose between 64 and 128 GB of storage and will come with a 3300 mAh non-removable battery. The phone will run OxygenOS powered by Android Nougat out of the box.

The phone is now available to order here with the base model starting at $479.99.