Sony raises PS5 prices, but not in the US

Like It wasn’t hard enough to buy a PlayStation 5, now they’re getting even more expensive. On Thursday, Sony announced that it plans to raise the price of its PS5 consoles in several countries. The increase doesn’t affect the US, but markets in Europe, Japan, China, Australia, Mexico and Canada will see a price jump equivalent to roughly €50 per console.

In a statement explaining the increase, Sony blamed high inflation and “adverse currency trends” for the move. Issues with the global supply chain have made PS5s notoriously hard to come by since the console launched in November 2020. For a moment, it looked like Sony was getting closer to being able to meet demand when it said it would ramp up production. in May of this year. year. But this recent price change makes it clear that there are still some delays.

Following Sony’s announcement, both Microsoft and Nintendo said they would not raise the prices of their consoles, Xbox and Switch.

If you’re still willing to pay $400 for the digital-only version of the PS5, or $500 for the disc drive version, here are some tips on how to get your hands on one.

And now some more news from the world of consumer technology:

apple goes to space

Apple’s next product announcement event will be on Wednesday, September 7. It will be a live show, from Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino starting at 10 am PDT.

Apple likes to tease the themes of these events by dropping visual clues into the graphics that accompany their announcements, so take whatever you like from the “Far Out” title and starry background of this event. Perhaps it’s a hint that some astrophotography features will be coming to iPhone cameras to compete with what’s already on Google Pixel phones. Perhaps it’s a reference to the company’s spaceship campus. Or, you know, maybe Apple just thinks space is cool.

These annual September events are usually when Apple likes to announce new iPhones, so expect to see a few iterations of the iPhone 14. Another Apple Watch or two is possible, as rumors of an upcoming slightly beefed-up “rugged” version of the Watch have been kicking around for months. Apple announced its lineup of new MacBooks at its WWDC event earlier this year, so there likely won’t be anything new on the PC front this time around.

There is some MacBook news, however, as the company recently expanded its new repair program to include some Mac laptops. It only applies to M1 MacBooks, and has already received some criticism for its limited scope, much like the other products covered by Apple’s Automatic Repair Program.

Meta reveals more about its upcoming VR headset

Meta’s next VR headset is coming in October, according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg. He released the news about the controversy Joe Rogan Experience podcast, because of course he did. Rumors point to the device being called the Quest Pro, a potentially expensive premium headset.

While no official specs have been released, Zuckerberg teased a couple of new features for the headphones. Eye and face tracking technology is supposed to capture a person’s expressions and allow them to make eye contact in virtual reality environments. This is all in the effort to flesh out Zuckerberg’s metaverse ambitions, where he envisions people interacting in virtual reality on a regular basis. Hopefully, having technology that incorporates your real expressions and emotions will make you look less like Zuckerberg’s dead-eyed avatar.

Twitter is now podcasts

It seems like it’s always a crazy time to be Twitter. Adding to the ongoing Elon Musk drama is the recent controversy that sparked when the Washington Post posted a story about a whistleblower who accused Twitter of widespread security lapses. Still, Twitter continues as if nothing happened, and this week it announced a new feature: podcasts.

Thursday, Twitter posted on your blog which has started incorporating podcast content into its audio-based Spaces feature. Twitter launched Spaces on the heels of the popularity of Clubhouse, and is now expanding that audio category to include professionally produced sound bites. It will be something of a hodgepodge of clips that you can scroll through, with snippets from podcasts produced by outlets like NPR and Vox Media mixed in. Twitter says it’s testing the feature with some users now, but it could roll out to everyone soon.

Make way for the IRA

The recently passed Inflation Reduction Act allocates $400 billion for the pursuit of green energy technology in the US. That means tax credits, rebates and incentives for people looking to make energy efficiency upgrades. Whether you want better home insulation, solar panels, or an electric vehicle, you may be able to use some of these credits to offset that cost. The only problem is that everything is still a bit complicated.

this week in the gadget lab podcast, WIRED writers Aarian Marshall and Matt Simon break down the Inflation Reduction Act and share tips on how you could save some money on green energy technology.

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