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So Sony isn't showing up at E3 this year. Again. While Nick has explained why that makes perfect sense for PlayStation, with its next-gen console fast approaching. But gaming as a thing is in a very different space from when the PS4 launched back in November 2013.
Can console launches in 2020 -- with cloud gaming and relentless sequels, remakes and remasters -- capture the imagination the same way as Halo or Super Mario 64 did in the past? It's going to be a challenge. Fancy controllers and high-latency claims don't ignite the passions quite as much. Sony and Microsoft: It's up to you.
Yesterday, Microsoft issued patches for Windows 10 as well as Windows Server 2016 and 2019. However, it wasn't a normal Patch Tuesday, because this time it addressed a flaw that had been uncovered by the NSA and could be used to exploit computers remotely or spy on and manipulate encrypted internet traffic. Disclosing the vulnerability so it can be fixed will hopefully stop it from leaking out, which is what happened in 2017 with the EternalBlue exploit.
With a brand new console to pitch, why is the PlayStation brand sitting out the biggest video game event of the year? Nick Summers explains why Sony might prefer its own showcase for the PS5, and what it means for gamers this year.
The UK's biggest airport now has its own Counter Drone system that can detect and track unauthorized drones as well as locate the drone pilots, who face up to five years in prison for flying in a UK Flight Restriction Zone without permission.
According to Bloomberg, the Counter Drone technology uses a holographic radar system, the same used at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. It's unclear, though, if Heathrow's system includes a way to disable drones once they've been identified.
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Sony's DualShock is a good controller. Its Emmy award-winning design has hardly changed over the last couple of decades. But in 2020, things are different. PlayStation's biggest rival, Xbox, has a high-end controller for top-level gamers, while expensive third-party options from SCUFF and Hori have proved there are better ways to play PS4.
Enter the unimaginatively named Back Button Attachment, aimed at giving your six-year-old DualShock 4 a few new tricks. It's aimed at high-level gamers that need more sensitive controls and the ability to remap buttons to more handy locations. There is also an accessibility boon, which could help even more people play the games they want to play. It's just a shame the accessory doesn't go further.
But wait, there's more...
- Samsung Galaxy S20+ leaks show 8K video, 120Hz display
- Google plans to nix third-party tracking cookies in Chrome by 2022
- 'Doctor Who' tried to tackle Big Tech, and failed
- Translation gadgets in 2020 are nearly as good as Babel Fish
- Apple's rackmount Mac Pro is now available
- What's on TV this week: 'Avenue 5' on HBO, 'Gemini Man' in 4K and 60 fps
- Google quietly removed 'Guest Mode' casting from Home speakers
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