Newsletter: Android O Enabled With Direct Assist Launch & PS VR Price Slash

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Games are a way of escaping reality – that’s why you need heroic factor.” – Hideo Kojima (Game Designer, Producer)

GOOGLE OREO WILL PROVIDE MORE POWER TO GOOGLE ASSISTANT

THE STORY

Apps will be able to launch Google Assistant directly in the latest Android version.

WHAT TYPE OF POWER ARE WE TALKING ABOUT?

Digital Assistants certainly seem to be all the buzz these days with Siri, Bixby, Cortana Alexa and Google Assistant etc. making big news. However, Siri has certainly found more popularity than others, simply due to its flawless build. But Google are certainly trying to change that by continually improving their Assistant, that is much more powerful on their latest Android 8 platform.

In the recent turn of events, they revealed more details on Android Oreo including the ability to let third party apps integrate with their assistant. What’s even more interesting is the fact that this will also apply to other voice assistants and is not just limited to Google Assistant.

WHAT WOULD THIS CHANGE?

Once this update is released by its creators, it will allow users to make their new Android O smartphone almost completely hands-free. Moreover, users will be able to launch any app and control it via Google Assistant. Also this would allow Assistant to create new tasks for apps that it is launched from, improving usability. This would totally eliminate the problem with launching the Assistant separately, like it is on older versions up to Android Nougat.

Although developers still haven’t explained about any other activities that Google Assistant can perform, we’re sure that it will certainly be on par with Apple’s Siri. Additionally, this can also be done with third party voice assistants such as Bixby and Alexa etc. that would certainly please a lot of users.


VIRTUAL REALITY IS NOW AFFORDABLE

THE STORY

Sony hopes to make the technology more accessible by slashing down the prices for Playstation VR.

BUT HOW AFFORDABLE WOULD IT BE?

All those disappointed by the poor attempt at virtual reality during the Nintendo Virtual Boy era might surely seem satiated now. With devices such as Occulus Rift, Hololens, Daydream VR, Vive and Playstation VR, consumers have plenty of top notch options to choose from. While there are several low priced VR peripherals available in the market, the best ones are certainly what one can call ‘cheap’ or ‘affordable’. But the current leader in video game console market Sony, surely wants to change that by making some hefty price slashes.

According to recent listings on various online stores, Sony Playstation VR bundle is now available for $399 and now includes a camera that was separately sold for $59.

ANY OTHER AVAILABLE BUNDLES?

While the $399 bundle includes a headset and the camera, but you would still need to separately buy the PS motion controllers. That however is not a problem if you go for the $449 PSVR bundle, that includes everything you need for a complete PSVR experience. This bundle also sees major price drop as it was earlier available for $499. The full VR bundle also includes “PlayStation Worlds” game collection that contains several motion VR games.

HOW DOES IT FARE AGAINST COMPETITORS?

Considering the current price drop, Sony VR is certainly the most affordable virtual reality device. HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift are still around the $500 price tag. Therefore Sony surely wants to make this device more of a household name in VR rather than keeping it out of customers’ reach.

Also, Sony officials also announced that there are new game titles in work for Playstation VR that will expand on it’s already 100 games+ VR library.

 

Akshay Peter

Akshay Luke Peters is a writer and blogger for Systweak Software. He likes to write about off-beat topics and technological awareness. He is also part musician who likes to explore the future of technology in entertainment and popular media.

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