It’s no secret that as far as consoles are concerned, Microsoft and Sony are rivals with their Xbox and PlayStation platforms respectively. For years, both companies have enjoyed a healthy rivalry and it shows, especially this year where Xbox boss Phil Spencer showed his competition some camaraderie.
Speaking in an interview with Giant Bomb, Spencer was quoted as saying, “I wish Sony was here. E3 is not as good when they’re not here.” For those unfamiliar, Sony was not present at E3 2019. The company had confirmed back in 2018 that they would not be making an appearance at E3 this year.
Sony may not be coming to E3 in 2019 but the company has been revealing bits and pieces of information about the next-generation gaming console that it’s working on. It has previously been confirmed that the PlayStation 5 will feature SSD storage, 3D audio, and 8K graphics support in addition to backward compatibility with current PS4 games. Sony has now provided a demo of the PlayStation 5 load times and they’re impressive, to say the least.
The shift from HDD to SSD storage would have understandably contributed to the improvement in load times but one also has to factor in the other hardware improvements which will speed up load times significantly.
The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport initially showed us its new sheetmetal at the Geneva Motor Show, but we got a chance to check out the vehicle in the flesh at the company's research and development center in Ann Arbor, Mich., today. Nearly everything we learned about the Outlander Sport (known as the ASX in other markets) before applies to the North American version of the vehicle.
However, one aspect we were uncertain of was the continued presence of the manual transmission. We asked, and Mitsubishi is officially dropping the stick shift version of the Outlander Sport with this update. It was previously only available on the base trim level, exclusively paired with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Mitsubishi was one of the last holdouts to offer a manual transmission option in the small crossover market, and now they're officially out. Three-pedal versions of the Outlander Sport represented just 2% of total model sales, so the business case just wasn't there anymore.
Infiniti's shown off a bit of the Qs Inspiration concept before debuting the creased contrivance at Auto Shanghai next week. The concept serves a few purposes, the first to reimagine a future for sports sedans on a planet of crossovers and SUVs. The result blends a fastback with high sides that connect low ground clearance below and an elevated seating position above.
The Japanese luxury maker is all about sedans, the Qs Inspiration signaling how a carmaker watching the bottom line can maintain its interest in the passe bodystyle. The concept previews a production model, and perhaps the design language and lingo we'll see spreading through the range.
In 2019, we saw the official launch of the foldable smartphone concept where companies such as Samsung and Huawei have come forward with foldable smartphone concepts of their own. Clearly they are not alone and according to a recent video, it looks like Sharp could be interested in such devices as well.
The video above shows off a prototype from Sharp in which instead of a display folding outwards vertically like we’ve seen from Samsung and Huawei, Sharp has opted for a display the folds vertically. The display in question is said to measure 6.18-inches with a resolution of 1440×3040.
Remember the time a year ago when the 2020 Toyota Supra was yet to be revealed but Toyota brought a racing version to the Geneva Motor Show? You can now live that moment again, as Toyota is bringing a new Supra racing version to the Geneva Motor Show.
The video and image pack Toyota has released of the new Supra GT4 concept show a neat and stylishly made racer, with different aero and livery compared to the racing car concept of a year ago; interestingly, the race car retains the Supra's dashboard screen. The concept previews the customer motorsports version of the fifth generation Supra, aimed for privateers in endurance racing. The Supra GT4 will be seen at the Nürburgring 24 Hours race this year, and in 2020, the GT500 class car will take part in the Super GT series. That particular racing version was shown in early January before the Supra's Detroit debut.