It was clear that one of the reasons why the Sony PS4 managed to have such a huge lead on Microsoft’s Xbox One at the start was due to pricing. Microsoft had priced their console a good $100 more and justified it by including the Kinect accessory, which while appreciated, felt unnecessary.
By the time Microsoft dropped their prices, it felt like it might have been too late. This goes to show that in such a competitive space, sometimes offering more might not be good enough, and that’s definitely something Sony is keeping in mind. According to Peter Rubin of WIRED, he revealed that during his interview with Sony’s Mark Cerny, the topic of pricing of the upcoming PlayStation 5 was brought up.
From what we’ve seen from other console makers, usually a variant of the flagship console is released a few years after the main release. This usually represents an update to the design of the console, more storage options, or slightly upgraded specs. So far we’ve seen Sony and Microsoft do this with the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro, and the Xbox One S and the Xbox One X.
This is why there have been rumors that suggested that Nintendo could be planning a refresh to the Nintendo Switch, possibly even this year. For those hoping that the rumors were true, you might be disappointed to learn that will not be the case. This is according to an interview Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa did with The Sankei News (via Nintendo Everything).
When we had the opportunity to try the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid on the rocky, dusty trails above Santa Monica, it had us excited to try it on our crumbling Michigan roads. Luckily, the arrival of Subaru's first plug-in vehicle to the Autoblog office coincided with a powerful snowstorm followed by subzero temperatures, and then some serious freezing rain to cap off our week with it. Perfect Subaru weather.
The new Crosstrek Hybrid may share a nameplate with the discontinued conventional hybrid, but this one features a plug-in hybrid powertrain borrowing technology from Toyota. It features two electric motors — one to propel the vehicle, the other acting as a starter/generator. Together with its 2.0-liter, four-cylinder boxer engine, this PHEV gets a combined 148 horsepower, and is actually a full second quicker from 0-60 than the ICE-only Crosstrek. With an 8.8-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, it offers a modest 17 miles of all-electric driving, but an overall range of 480 miles.
Nintendo has seen considerable success with its mini-consoles. The NES Classic was pretty hard to come by soon after it was released. It was a similar story with the SNES Classic. Both of these mini-consoles were very well received and Nintendo has sold tons of units. Sony wanted to get in on the action as well so it launched the PlayStation Classic. However, its mini-console hasn’t had that kind of success.
Merely a month after Sony launched the PlayStation Classic, it has now cut the mini-console’s price considerably. It was launched for $100 and is now widely available from different online retailers for $60. That’s a 40 percent price cut just a month after its launch.
It was reported recently that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds or PUBG would finally be released for the PlayStation 4 in December. The report was completely accurate. Sony has confirmed the PUBG PS4 release date and price today. The wait will soon be over for those who have long been waiting for this title on the PlayStation 4.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was released for the Xbox One last year. It’s available on PC as well while a mobile version is available for iOS and Android. The title was a timed exclusive for the Xbox which is why it didn’t launch for the PS4 last year. Microsoft has taken some steps recently to keep PUBG fans on its platform which were also an indication of the impending PS4 launch.