Sony’s new controller and no new iPhone SE

OPINION: It’s Sunday, which suggests its time for us to recount our picks for the winner and loser of this week’s headlines. 

It’s been a comparatively quiet week, with many firms having exhausted any main January bulletins at CES 2023. Highlights from this week embody Intel exhibiting off its quickest CPU but, a brand new hi-res Sony Walkman and a date for what we hope would be the Spotify HiFi launch we’ve been ready for

Hold studying to seek out out who our winner and loser are this week.

PlayStation Project Leonardo accessible controller kit

Winner: Sony 

Our winner this week is Sony after the corporate introduced a brand new controller designed to make gaming on the PS5 extra accessible. 

The controller – codenamed Venture Leonardo – was unveiled at CES this month, and is designed to make the PlayStation console extra accessible for gamers with restricted motor management, corresponding to problem holding a controller for lengthy durations of time, urgent small teams of buttons or positioning fingers on a normal controller. 

The controller package encompasses a round design that may be modified with swappable parts, together with analogue stick caps and buttons in several styles and sizes. Players can swap up the buttons, structure and the space of the analogue keep on with the gamepad. 

So far as software program customisation goes, gamers may also make modifications to button mapping, together with utilizing a number of buttons for a similar perform or assigning two features to the identical button. 

There’s additionally the choice to retailer programmed button settings as management profiles and swap between them by urgent the profile button, with as much as three management profiles supported on anyone console. 

Venture Leonardo lays flat, that means it may be positioned on a tabletop or wheelchair tray and may be secured to AMPS mounts and tripods. The controller may even be paired with a DualSense wi-fi controller or a second Venture Leonardo so gamers can transfer between the controllers and play collaboratively. 

Sadly, Venture Leonardo remains to be in growth, that means we’ll want to attend a bit longer to see the controller hit retailer cabinets. Nevertheless, this does imply that Sony has extra time to fine-tune it with suggestions from avid gamers so we’re excited to see the ultimate product. 

The 4.7-inch display of the iPhone SE 2022

Loser: Apple 

This week’s loser is Apple as rumours unfold that the corporate has determined to cancel the iPhone SE 4

The newest leak comes from revered Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (by way of MacRumors).

In accordance with Kuo, Apple had initially deliberate to make use of the iPhone SE 4 announcement as a chance to showcase its new, in-house 5G modem. Nevertheless, that plan seems to have been scrapped because the modem reportedly received’t be prepared till 2025. This leaves Apple more likely to proceed utilizing Qualcomm modems into 2024. 

So, the place precisely does that depart the iPhone SE 4? Kuo doesn’t go into element as to why precisely Apple would ditch the SE, however he does say that the availability chain has been given directions to cancel the manufacturing and cargo plans for the cellphone, which appears fairly damning if true. 

It’s a disgrace that Apple appears to be abandoning its least expensive iPhone. We had been followers of the iPhone SE 3 and the quick efficiency and nice digicam it delivered (to not point out iOS at an reasonably priced value). 

In fact, it hasn’t formally been confirmed that Apple will cancel the cellphone. If it does nevertheless, we hope the corporate will come out with one other reasonably priced mannequin – and even higher, cut back the value of the flagship iPhone to make up for this loss.

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