Sony Announces PlayLink Gaming Platform, Allows Smartphones To Interact With PS4 Games

As part of their E3 pre-show Sony have announced PlayLink – “a new way to play” – which allows players to interact with specially designed PS4 games via smartphone.

The technology isn’t an entirely new concept, as Jackbox Games’ Party Pack series of titles have done similar for a while, but the application shown here is certainly interesting, and looks to be a little more novel than just selecting from a range of answers.

The first two games were also shown off at the event, Hidden Agenda is a multiplayer murder mystery title, whilst That’s You is a more traditional party-game affair, that will be free to all PS+ subscribers from July.

Check out the trailers:

We also know there’s a Singstar title for PlayLink in the works, and a trivia quiz, Knowledge Is Power.

PlayLink certainly looks like it will bring party games to consoles when the first round of games launch later this year. Now, can someone get on the phone to Jason Donovan, and brink back Buzz, please?

Sony Announces PlayLink Gaming Platform, Allows Smartphones To Interact With PS4 Games

OnePlus 5 Will Be Officially Launched June 20th

After a steady stream of teases, rumours and apparent leaks over the past few months, OnePlus is finally ready to unveil the OnePlus 5 – and will be holding a keynote event on June 20th. Exact internal tech specs haven’t been revealed yet, but it’s widely known the OnePlus 5 will have a focus on the new dual-camera, with OnePlus itself using the “focus on what matters” tagline ahead of the reveal.

Elsewhere, OnePlus has acknowledged that the OP5 will include a Snapdragon 835 processor, which brings it in line with the highest-spec Androids, like the Galaxy S8, for example. We can also expect at least 6GB of RAM, and USB-C ultra-speed “Dash Charging”, as seen in the 3T.

OnePlus are also hosting pop-up stores across the world to coincide with the launch – whereby early adopters will be able to get their hands on some extra swag. Check out OnePlus.net for more info on that.

OnePlus 5 Will Be Officially Launched June 20th

Snapchat’s Spectacles Launch In Europe, Snapbot Vending Machines Arrives In London, Paris, Berlin & More

Snap Inc., the company behind smartphone app Snapchat have today launched their Spectacles across Europe. The wearables have been available for a few months stateside, but as of today gadget-loving millennials this side of the pond can also look remarkably fashionable (read: questionable) whilst grabbing short video clips.

SnapSpectacles

The plastic framed sunglasses – available in 3 colours at a shade under £130 – house a camera and microphone, and allow users to capture upto 30 seconds of video, which can then be shared with friends via the Snapchat network.

Snapchat was launched in 2011 by a group of former Stanford University students – based around the core idea of sharing photos that automatically deleted themselves once viewed. Initially dismissed, many of the apps features have since been directly copied by Facebook and Instagram.

If you really must have a pair of Spectacles, you can get yours online now, or by visiting one of the Snapbot vending machines which have popped up across major cities to coincide with the launch.

Snapchat’s Spectacles Launch In Europe, Snapbot Vending Machines Arrives In London, Paris, Berlin & More

Nintendo Developing A Zelda Title For Smartphones, Report Suggests

Sources have told The Wall Street Journal that Nintendo’s highly rated Zelda franchise is headed to mobile.

If true, the Zelda smartphone app would likely follow the forthcoming Animal Crossing title, which WSJ expect to be releasing towards the back-end of 2017. Of course, this schedule could change, especially given the success of The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild on Nintendo’s new Switch console.

Both Nintendo and mobile partner DeNA declined The Wall Street Journal’s request for further comments on this matter.

Nintendo Developing A Zelda Title For Smartphones, Report Suggests

Nokia Are To Relaunch The 3310 – Time To Get Your Snake On (Again)!

Nokia are to relaunch one of the most beloved mobile phones in history – the 3310.

The handset, originally released in 2000, holds a special place in the heart of many. The 3310 was amongst the first mass-market mobiles, with optional colourful faceplates making it a hit with schoolkids of the time. Plus, it was almost indestructible – a far cry from today’s smartphones which shatter if you so much as look at them funny. Furthermore, if you’ve got one on a drawer somewhere, it’s probably still got charge in the battery, so, you know what to do. (Hint: turn it on, play Snake until 3am).

The new incarnation will be sold for just €59, reports suggest, and is likely to be pitched as a reliable ‘second phone’. Nokia will apparently be showing the 3310 later this month at Mobile World Congress.

Nokia Are To Relaunch The 3310 – Time To Get Your Snake On (Again)!

Apple App Store Prices Rise 25% In UK, Now Equal To USD Counterparts

Apple is raising the App Store pricing within the UK, India and Turkey, it’s been announced. This change will see UK costs numerically match those of the US, meaning that a program that costs $0.99 will now be 99p – up 25% from the previous 79p pricepoint.

“Price tiers on the App Store are set internationally on the basis of several factors, including currency exchange rates, business practices, taxes, and the cost of doing business,” Apple said.

The company had already inflated the UK prices of iPhones, iPads and Mac systems by a similar degree when new iterations of those products where announced in the latter half of last year. Google have not yet announced similar plans for the Android Play Store, although the latest Google Pixel phone is considerably less wallet-friendly than the Nexus devices had been previously.

A point of note: The UK App Store’s advertised prices includes 20% VAT sales. In the US, state sales taxes vary, and are therefore not included in advertised prices but are added at the point of sale.

Apple App Store Prices Rise 25% In UK, Now Equal To USD Counterparts

Huawei Reveal Dual Camera Honor 6X At CES 2017 In Las Vegas

Huawei have unveiled the first sub-£250 smartphone with a dual camera arrangement at this years Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The Honor 6X houses a 12-megapixel main sensor alongside a secondary 2-megapixel sensor, which, when combined, capture more information, and provide, theoretically, a better image. Apple’s much pricier iPhone range has recently introduced the dual camera iPhone 7.

The metallic framed Honor 6X will run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, although there is an 7.0 Nougat update planned, and features a curved glass full HD 5.5-inch screen up front, along with a fingerprint sensor on the back.

Inside, there’s a Kirin 655 octa-core CPU, up to 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD.

The handset is also home to a large 3340mAh battery, which, Huawei say, will last up to 2.2 days without needing a charge.

“We’ve created the Honor 6X for digitally savvy millennials who live by a philosophy of ‘double or nothing’,” said Honor UK Sales and Marketing Manager Wilkin Lee.

“Coupling strong performance with revolutionary a display, extended battery life and photographic innovation, we’ve delivered a handset that has a very affordable price tag without compromising on quality.”

The 6X is available for pre-order at Amazon now, but if you prefer to walk into a store, Three will be carrying the handset from the end of the month.

Huawei Reveal Dual Camera Honor 6X At CES 2017 In Las Vegas