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Sony patent points to next-gen PlayStation VR

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Sony’s patent for a new PlayStation VR headset depicts several new features which may turn up in a next-gen version of the device.

The filing (dug up by LetsGoDigital, the same site which unearthed Sony’s patent for the PlayStation 5 dev kit), originates from February 2019 but has only been made public this week.

Images show plans for a PSVR headset which includes two front and one rear cameras. A further camera is included on a PlayStation Move-style controller.

These headset cameras are in addition to the LEDs installed around the current unit. A microphone will again be included. There’s also the option for a further, separate camera to track the user’s movements – like the PlayStation Camera or Kinect.

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Most excitingly, perhaps, is the mention the headset could be operated wirelessly, with data sent and received by Bluetooth. This would mean the unit also includes its own power supply.

One final point is the ability for the headset to show a “transparent” view – made possible by those front-facing cameras – so you could see your surroundings through the screen. Images from both of these cameras can be displayed at the same time, one per eye, producing a stereoscopic 3D effect. Alternatively, they could be used to overlay AR effects on your real-world surroundings.

Sony has pledged that all current PSVR headsets will work with PS5. But it still makes sense that PlayStation will also update its ageing virtual reality tech with a more advanced model. Whether this headset will simply offer more precise movement tracking and wire-free play, or if certain VR games will demand a newer model – well, that’s for Sony to decide.

In other news, PlayStation 5 will be called PlayStation 5 and it’ll arrive in time for Christmas 2020.

Source: https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2019-10-09-sony-patent-points-to-next-gen-playstation-vr

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MediaTek planning to introduce 5G chipsets for midrangers in 2020

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MediaTek introduced its Helio M70 5G modem back in May, but we are still waiting for an official unveiling of the whole chipset. It will be built on the 7nm FinFET process and will be for Oppo and vivo flagships.

Today, a report from China said the Taiwanese manufacturer is planning to have another 7 nm SoC, but this time it will be at a more affordable price and should go into midrangers.

MediaTek planning to introduce 5G chipsets for midrangers in 2020

According to MyDrivers, a website that is usually on point with most reports from China and the region, the architecture should be the same as the MT6885 (that’s the chipset with the Helio M70 modem), but the chip size will be smaller and the cost will be reduced. Mass production is expected in Q2 2020, meaning market availability sits at the third quarter of next year.

When MediaTek is done with developing those two platforms, it is expected to switch to TSMC’s 6nm EUV process, which would be the first EUV product for the Taiwanese company. There are four designs in total, all of them with an upgrade of the CPU and the GPU.

Research and development should be done by Q3 2020 in order to start mass production in twelve months’ time. MediaTek is aiming to ramp up about 100 million sold chips in 2020, half of them being the MT6885 and MT6873, mentioned above.

Source: https://www.gsmarena.com/mediatek_planning_to_introduce_5g_chipsets_for_midrangers_in_2020-news-39739.php

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Google Streaming Game Service Stadia To Be Launched November 19

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Google on Tuesday said it will launch its Stadia streaming game service on November 19, hoping to launch console-quality play into the cloud.

The announcement came at a Google event in New York where the tech giant was unveiling an array of new hardware products.

Stadia allows video gameplay on any internet-connected device, eliminating the need for games consoles.

It will be priced at $9.99 per month and compete against Apple Arcade, which is being offered at half that price.

Streaming real-time gameplay from the cloud promised to shake up a mushrooming market worth an estimated $135 billion globally last year, according to analysts — with mobile platforms accounting for about half.

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iPhone SE 2 and Apple AR headset landing in 2020, says noted analyst

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Last month, we reported that an iPhone SE successor could be released in early 2020. Now, noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is getting in on that sweet iPhone SE prognostication action, with his latest Chinese-language report suggesting that very same thing, as reported by 9to5Google.

Along with a second generation mini Apple handset, Kuo had a couple of additional 2020-based predictions to make, forecasting the arrival of a new iPad Pro and Apple’s long-rumored AR headset for good measure.

As per previous reports, iPhone SE 2 is expected to be similar in design and hardware specification to 2017’s iPhone 8, only with the upgraded A13 Bionic chipset found in the iPhone 11 instead of an A11 Bionic, and will likely be released sometime in Q1 2020.

As for a new iPad Pro, Kuo believes that’ll also drop in the first quarter of next year, sporting a rear-facing 3D time-of-flight (ToF) camera sensor for increased accuracy in depth-of-field photography and (presumably) for use with augmented reality.

Speaking of augmented reality, Kuo also believes that hotly anticipated Apple AR glasses may finally be unveiled next year, with the analyst predicting a release during the second quarter of 2020. Kuo’s projection comes only a month after Apple’s AR headset was seemingly leaked in the iOS 13 code.

As always, it’s best to take any analyst’s report on future tech products with a grain of salt. However, it’s worth noting that Kuo’s predictions have proven accurate in the past.

Source: https://www.techradar.com/news/iphone-se-2-and-apple-ar-headset-landing-in-2020-says-noted-analyst

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