Sony revealed the PlayStation 5’s price and release date ($399 for the all-digital version, and $499 for the one with a disc drive, both out on November 12th), as well as the company’s six launch titles that will be available at release. That’s not a huge lineup, and you might be wondering if you can play some of your PS4 collection on your new PS5 as more games become available — and fortunately, it seems like there’s a good chance you will.
The new console is “99 percent” backward compatible with the PS4 games the company has tested on it so far, Sony PlayStation boss Jim Ryan said in an interview with The Washington Post. In March, Sony said it believed the “overwhelming majority” of PS4 games would be backward compatible with the PS5, so hearing that “99 percent” should work on the new console is assuring, if unspecific.
And while Sony hasn’t shared an exact list of which games will be backward compatible, we do know that PS5 owners will be able to download and play a classic collection of PS4 games with just a PlayStation Plus subscription, including God of War, The Last of Us: Remastered, and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
But even though we don’t know all the details about PS5’s backward compatibility, the situation already sounds a lot better than what was available during the PS4’s 2013 launch, where you were able to play exactly zero PS3 games. That didn’t change until the launch of PlayStation Now, Sony’s game streaming service, a year later, but the service only offers a curated list of PS3 games (and now, PS2 and PS1 games). And PlayStation Now doesn’t let you play PS3, PS2, and PS1 games you already own — you’re only able to play what’s available on the service.
The Xbox One also didn’t have backward compatibility during its 2013 launch, but added the ability to play some Xbox 360 games in 2015 and expanding that to the original Xbox in 2017 — though in both cases, Microsoft had to individually make each game work on Xbox One over time. But Microsoft promises that the upcoming Xbox Series X / S will be able to play “thousands” of Xbox One, Xbox 360, and original Xbox games.
Amazon’s latest Echo speaker has an all-new spherical design
Last year’s Echo was a complete home run for Amazon — it delivered excellent sound quality and responsive microphones for a relatively inexpensive $100. So how can it make the flagship Alexa speaker any better? By transforming the shape into a sphere, and bringing in all of the smart hub features from the Echo Plus. It’s still $100, but now it looks even more like something ripped from a sci-fi film.
The flagship Echo is also being joined by a new Echo Dot that also looks like a sphere, and keeps the low $50 price. There’s also an Echo Dot with a clock display for $60, which could make a great bedside companion.
Amazon’s 2020 hardware event: all of the news and announcements
Amazon is hosting its annual hardware event on Thursday, September 24th, at 1PM ET / 10AM PT, where we expect it to announce a bunch of gadgets. It won’t be live-streamed, so, unfortunately, we can’t all watch together. But The Sports Grind Entertainment’s Dieter Bohn will be handling the live blog to cover the minute-to-minute announcements. We’ll be adding all of the latest announcements and news to this post.
As for what to expect, there will likely be some brand-new entries in the Echo family of devices — or at least some upgrades. To that end, most of what we’ll see will likely center on smart home tech and Alexa. It also wouldn’t be too surprising if several of the companies under Amazon’s umbrella, like Ring and Eero, have a few announcements to share. Though, if it’s like last year’s event where we saw Echo Frames glasses, the Echo Loop ring, and Echo Buds headphones, Amazon probably has a few experimental tricks up its sleeve.
Gravity Falls is back with a Carly Rae Jepsen music video parody
For longtime fans of Disney Channel’s animated series Gravity Falls, Mabel Pines and Carly Rae Jepsen sound like a match made in glittery Technicolor heaven. The show ran for three seasons, following the adventures of twins Mabel and Dipper Pines in the small town of Gravity Falls, where supernatural occurrences are the norm. Mabel is the spunky, rainbow-loving, goofy counterpart to Dipper’s more serious, anxious character. And much like Carly Rae Jepsen in her breakout song “Call Me Maybe,” Mabel isn’t afraid to chase after boys she likes.
In the latest Broken Karaoke video from Disney Channel, that dream is a reality: Mabel (Kristen Schaal) covers a version of the Grammy-nominated song “Call Me Maybe” titled “Call Me Mabel,” which references some of Mabel’s crushes from the show, like Mermando the Merman. It really plays up her gung-ho, go-get-’em attitude when it comes to possible love interests.
Previous Broken Karaoke videos featured other Disney Channel characters singing parodies of songs, usually from Disney Channel Original Movies, such as the characters of Big City Greens putting a spin on “Queen of Mean” from Descendants 3. But “Call Me Mabel” is the video series’ first high-profile pop-song parody. It’s befitting that the honor goes to the fabulous duo of Mabel Pines and Carly Rae Jepsen.
Gravity Falls ended in 2016, but the show’s legacy continues on, with reruns airing on Disney Channel. It is available to stream on Disney Plus and Hulu.
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