Three years after launching the Switch, Nintendo is putting the 3DS out to pasture. Back in July, the gaming giant shut down the Wii U and 3DS eshops in dozens of regions. Now, it has officially discontinued the family of handheld devices, which used to be wildly popular until the Switch took over as the company’s main console. As The Verge reports, Nintendo has posted a notice on the 3DS’ UK and Japanese pages that says “The manufacturing of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems has ended.”
You can still click through the individual models’ pages — the 3DS, 3DS XL, 2DS and 2DS XL — but they all have the same notice. Nintendo’s US website has pulled the 3DS page down completely, though, and visiting it only redirects you to its homepage. You can, however, still access the 3DS games list on the website’s Games Store.
Amazon’s new Ring drone stops the world’s most hapless thief in bass-slapping ad
Ring’s flying drone camera, the Always Home Cam, was easily the most surprising hardware announcement at today’s Amazon event. It won’t actually be available until next year, but the company has already put together a short ad to demonstrate how the camera can give you a flying, go-anywhere perspective on whatever’s happening in your home.
In the video, we see Ring’s security system tripped when a burglar breaks in, and the homeowner immediately dispatches the Always Home Cam to check in. As soon as the careless thief sees Ring’s “compact, lightweight, autonomously flying indoor camera,” he immediately flees.
If you were hoping to get an idea of just how noisy the Always Home Cam is, well, this doesn’t really provide that. You can hear the regular drone buzz, but it’s drowned out by a very loud audio track with a lot of slap bass. Not that Ring is positioning the Always Home Cam as quiet; hearing the drone approaching is the point. The company claims “it’s privacy you can hear.” Unfortunately, we also barely see the thing flying at all apart from takeoff, a couple seconds of movement, and landing.
Ring announces a security camera and alarm for your car
The Car Cam won’t simply keep watch over your car while it’s parked on your driveway, or on the side of the road at home. When you’re driving around, you can use it as a dash cam, and Emergency Crash Assist, calling the emergency services when it detects a serious crash. More importantly, if you get pulled over, you can just say “Alexa, I’m being pulled over” and the camera will record the entire interaction to the cloud.
Some of the features for Ring’s new automotive projects are going to leverage Amazon Sidewalk, a low-power networking technology for IoT devices.
Ring is also working on getting its technology integrated with newer vehicles that may already have built-in cameras. As well as a suite of APIs for manufacturers, the company has teamed up with Tesla to link the Model S, Y, X and 3 vehicles to Ring’s platform. Plug in a custom dongle over your Tesla’s USB ports and you’ll be able to upload Sentry Mode footage to Ring’s cloud for easier playback. Founder Jamie Siminoff said that the current situation, where the Tesla uses local removable storage for video, isn’t ideal if you need quick access to security footage.
The Ring Car Alarm will cost $60, while the Car Cam and Car Connect (for Tesla vehicles) are both priced at $200. There’s no word on when you’ll be able to buy them beyond at some point in 2021,
PS5s will be available to preorder tomorrow at GameStop
Let’s be honest: trying to preorder a PS5 has been anything but easy. That said, if you want to try to secure Sony’s next-gen console ahead of its November 12th launch, you’ll have another shot at nabbing one at GameStop tomorrow. Both models of the PS5 will be in stock on GameStop’s website, though the retailer has yet to mention what time it will open preorders online.
If you’d rather try your luck in person, you can always go to a GameStop near you. And if you decide to brave the line at a physical store, you can either pay for your PS5 in full or drop a $50 down payment to make sure you get one. (Although it’s unclear how many or which units each store will have.)
Whatever you choose, remember that it’s still really difficult to get your hands on a PS5 right now, no matter who you are. And don’t even think about trying to find an RTX 3090.
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