The PlayStation Plus Collection, announced today during Sony’s PlayStation 5 Showcase livestreaming event, is an assortment of modern classics from the PlayStation 4 coming to PS5 at launch. It includes first-party as well as third-party hits, from Fallout 4 to The Last Guardian. Sony indicated that players will be able to simply download versions of these games and start playing when the PS5 becomes available.
When it was announced, it was not clear if the Plus Collection was a new product with a separate fee. That was cleared up shortly after the livestream on the official PlayStation blog.
For PlayStation Plus members, we’ll have a special new offering on PS5 — the PlayStation Plus Collection. PS5 owners with PS Plus will be able to download and play a curated library of PS4 games that defined the generation […]. The PS Plus Collection will be an added benefit to the existing PS4 benefits that PS Plus members receive for a single subscription price.
Here’s a list of the games included as part of the PlayStation Plus Collection in today’s trailer:
- Batman: Arkham Knight
- Battlefield 1
- Days Gone
- Fallout 4
- God of War (2018)
- Infamous: Second Son
- The Last Guardian
- Monster Hunter: World
- Mortal Kombat X
- Ratchet & Clank (2016)
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
- Until Dawn
Amazon’s fall hardware event: the 13 biggest announcements
Amazon just wrapped up its fall hardware event, and it was packed with a number of big announcements. There were a number of new Echo devices, such as a spherical redesign of the tried-and-true Echo. Amazon also showed off improvements for Alexa, including new security features. We saw a bunch of new Ring devices — one of which was a drone that can autonomously fly around your home. And Amazon finally took the wraps off its long-rumored cloud gaming service, Luna.
If you want the play-by-play, check out our live blog with commentary from Dieter Bohn and Nilay Patel. And if you want the rundown of the biggest news from the show, check it out right here:
Amazon showed off a totally redesigned Echo with a new spherical look. It has Zigbee support, functions as an Amazon Sidewalk bridge, and has “premium, adaptive sound” from Dolby. It will cost $99, and will release on October 22nd.
Amazon has also brought the new look to the smaller Echo Dot ($49.99) and Echo Dot with Clock ($59.99). They’re available for pre-order today. And new Echo Dot Kids Edition designs have cute panda and tiger designs, and they’ll cost $59.99, also available for pre-order today (the regular Echo Dot ships October 22nd, while the clock model ships November 5th.) Alexa can also now recognize and respond to children’s voices with new Voice Profiles for Kids.
Amazon’s new Echo Show 10 smart display is attached to a motorized base that automatically moves around to face you as you move around a room and interact with the device. The smart display will cost $249.99 and pre-orders begin today, although there’s no exact release date yet.
The Echo Show 10 already lets you watch Amazon Prime Video and Hulu, but now it’s getting support for Netflix.
Amazon has finally revealed its AWS-powered cloud gaming service to compete with the likes of Google’s Stadia and Microsoft’s xCloud. It’s called Luna, it’s coming to Fire TV, PC, Mac, and iPhone (via web app) at launch, with support for Android “coming soon.” You can request early access to it today.
Amazon also revealed the Luna Controller, which the company promises will have lower latency when you use it with its “Cloud Direct” technology. You can buy the controller for an introductory price of $49.99 during Luna’s early access period.
Ring is launching the Always Home Cam, an autonomous security drone for your house. It can patrol your home on its own and return to a special dock to charge up its battery. It’s set to cost $249.99 and will ship next year.
Amazon showed off a new Fire TV Stick, which has HD Streaming, Dolby Atmos, and comes with the Alexa Voice Remote. It costs $39.99. There’s also a new Fire TV Stick Lite, which has a simplified Alexa remote, and costs a bit less at $29.99. Both will be available on September 30th.
Amazon also took the wraps off a new Fire TV UI, which has a new look and starts from the profile page. The new UI launches later this year.
Amazon announced a new set of Wi-Fi routers, the Eero 6 and Eero Pro 6. They support Wi-Fi 6, have a built-in Zigbee Smart Home Hub, and work with Alexa. The Eero 6 will cost $129.99, while the Eero Pro 6 will cost $229.99. They’re available to pre-order today, and ship November 2nd.
Ring announced a set of security cameras for cars, the Car Alarm and Car Cam. They’ll be available next year. The company is also announcing Ring Car Connect, an API that other car manufacturers can use to integrate their car cameras into Ring’s platform.
Ring will offer end-to-end encryption for video footage for free to all users by the end of this year.
Amazon announced the AZ1 Neural Edge, a chip developed alongside MediaTek that will help Alexa respond to voice queries more quickly by processing them on-device. It’s built into the new Echo Show 10 and will be included in other Echo products in the future.
Amazon showed off a number of machine-learning powered technologies to help Alexa better understand multiple people at once and ask clarifying questions if needed. In one demo, Alexa helped two people ordered a pizza, and it understood when they were talking directly to her and when the two people were just talking to each other.
Amazon says all new wall-powered Echo devices will have “low power mode”
As part of its efforts to make more sustainable products, Amazon said all new wall-powered Echo devices will have a new “low power mode.” The company said it will come it to older Echo devices via a software update. In addition, the company will be rolling out an energy dashboard to help customers understand how much energy their Echo and Alexa devices are using.
The company also announced Alexa Guard Plus, which offers some new features on top of the company’s free Alexa Guard security monitoring system. It costs $4.99 per month.
Amazon cloud gaming service Luna announced
Amazon is throwing its hat into the cloud gaming ring with Luna, a new game streaming technology that’s coming to PCs, mobile devices, and Amazon’s own Fire TV hardware. Starting today, customers in the U.S. can request an invitation for early access to Luna, Amazon announced at its devices event on Thursday.
Luna will be playable on Fire TV, Mac, and Windows PC, and on Android and iOS mobile devices. Amazon specifies that iOS platforms will access Luna “through web apps,” seemingly the company’s solution to Apple’s prohibitive rules for cloud-based game streaming the App Store.
Amazon will offer subscriptions to “game channels” through Luna, one of which is called Luna Plus that will feature games such as Resident Evil 7, Control, Panzer Dragoon, A Plague Tale: Innocence, The Surge 2, Yooka-Laylee and The Impossible Lair, Iconoclasts, Grid, Abzu, and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. More titles will be added over time, Amazon said in a news release.
Luna Plus will cost $5.99 per month during Amazon’s early access period, and the company promises that subscribers can play on two devices simultaneously, with 4K resolution and 60 fps refresh rates “for select titles.”
Amazon is also partnering with Ubisoft to create a gaming channel specific to that publisher. Subscribers will get “access to their favorite Ubisoft titles in up to 4K resolution, mobile gameplay, and access to new titles when the channel launches like Assassins Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6, and Immortals Fenyx Rising the same day they release.” Amazon says Ubisoft’s Luna channel is one of multiple channels in development that will let players access games by publisher and genre.
Luna also connects to another Amazon-owned service: Twitch. In a feature that sounds similar to Google Stadia’s integration with YouTube, Luna users will be able to jump into games directly from Twitch streams.
Games can be played through Luna using keyboard and mouse, a Bluetooth game controller, and Amazon’s own Luna controller. The Luna controller, which will be available for an introductory price of $49.99, “connects directly to the cloud to effortlessly control your game, featuring a multiple-antenna design that prioritizes un-interrupted wifi for lower latency gaming.”
Amazon said its testing “showed a reduction in roundtrip latency when playing Luna Controller with Cloud Direct vs. Luna Controller via Bluetooth, with reductions of between 17 to 30 milliseconds among PC, Fire TV, and Mac. Because the Luna Controller connects directly to cloud servers, players can easily switch between screens—such as Fire TV to mobile phone—without additional pairing or configuration changes.”
Amazon’s Fire TV Stick Lite offers HD streaming for $30
As expected, Amazon just announced a new low-cost streaming media player. When the Fire TV Stick Lite becomes available later this month, it will set you back a mere $30. For that price, you get a streaming device that supports Full HD playback with HDR and comes with a redesigned Alexa Voice Remote that skips on volume and power buttons.
Amazon is also refreshing the original Fire TV Stick, which is discontinued recently. According to Amazon, the $40 device features an enhanced processer that is 50 percent more powerful than the one in the previous model. It also features support for HD streaming, HDR, Dolby Atmos (but still no Dolby Vision). Like the Fire TV Stick Lite, it will be available later this month.
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