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Instagram is largely a vehicle for FOMO dressed up as design inspiration. For my very humble, cobbled together gaming setup, that could not be more true. 
You and your PlayStation 5 (if you’re lucky enough to own one) both deserve some of these … [+] game-changing upgrades.
For the new generation of consoles, particularly the PlayStation 5 and its slate of upcoming games revealed at the recent PlayStation Showcase, it’s the right time to upgrade your gaming setup. To do that, you’re going to need some gadgets.
Also, if you spent weeks doggedly following stock alerts, then you should make the most out of that achievement by celebrating with the accrual of some nice accessories. Here are some ideas to max out your PS5 gaming setup.
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Philips has launched a range of new connected lights, one of which is geared towards gaming. The Gradient Play Tube, paired with the HDMI Sync box, will illuminate your room with colours that are synced with what’s happening on your TV. So if Miles Morales is landing a Venom strike, then your room will shine in an orange hue. The idea is that it makes your content more immersive and with the upcoming update to the HDMI Sync Box, which supports 120Hz gaming, this should be a necessity for your gaming experience. The Play Tube is sold out right now, but the lightship is a good alternative that offers similar functionality.
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The dual sense charging station is a fairly simple, unglamorous accessory that keeps your controllers docked and charged—but that’s also what makes it good. It’s a cheap alternative to cables and half-charged controllers. It also fits the aesthetic of the PS5 and provides a satisfying click when they’re holstered. 
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There are quite a few audio solutions for your PS5, from expensive to more reasonably priced—not to mention some good headphone options. A solid choice is the Sonos Beam, which is compact enough to fit smaller setups rather than the much larger Sonos Arc. It’s also a complete system with no separate woofer, so if you’re using a gaming monitor this won’t take up as much space as other sound bars. The benefit of buying a Sonos device is that it doubles as a wireless multi-room speaker if you have other Sonos devices, or even speakers from other companies that support AirPlay 2. With excellent sound, voice controls and a decent price, the Beam is a good option for your gaming setup, regardless of size. 
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Western Digital’s rapid speed SSD is one of the better external hard drive options for your PS5. It has a write speed for up to 2000MB/s and comes in storage options from 500GB to 4TB. For those who have maxed out their PS5 memory with four games, this might be the way forward. The P50 also has a nice black metal design that should blend in with your PS5.  
It’s worth noting that you can’t play PS5 games from any external drive, rather you’ll have to transfer them back onto your PS5 to play, which is much faster than downloading them again. While you can get bigger storage capacities for cheaper with traditional external hard drives, an external SSD hastens that process.
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One thing to consider about headphones for your PS5 is 3D Audio support. All wired headphones support the immersive feature, but only one pair of wireless headphones does: Sony’s Pulse 3D headphones. There’s no protruding microphone boom here; instead the mics are built into the headset, which has lead to mixed reviews. But they do sound good for the price, feature a PS5-inspired design and solid passive noise cancelling. These aren’t super high-end headphones, so you won’t get as good an audio experience as a pair of Sony WH-1000XM4, but those are significantly more expensive. And, as I say, this is the only headset that supports 3D Audio wirelessly. 
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A projector isn’t the best way to enjoy next-gen gaming. They aren’t as bright as TVs and even expensive ones struggle in daylight. They don’t have a great track record with HDR and they’re typically far more expensive than very capable TVs. But if you’re setup in the right way and want to see your games on a giant screen, the experience can be much more immersive than a TV. They’re also more portable than TVs. A good option is BenQ’s TK700STi, which will give you 4K gaming at 60HZ, lower input lag than rivals and an excellent picture quality. It’s not cheap, but good projectors can easily be upwards of $3000. 
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There’s a new class of gaming TVs coming out built for next-gen consoles and LG is making a serious play for the throne. The C1 comes with a long feature list, including; four HDMI 2.1 ports, an OLED display for excellent contrast and deep blacks, 4K/120Hz, sub-1ms input lag, support for Nvidia FreeSync and dedicated game optimiser quick controls for fiddling with the image. It has an excellent picture and a razor thin design, but it doesn’t come cheap. You’ll have to spend some cash if you want the absolute best gaming TV experience. 
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Filling the internal expansion slot of your PS5 is straightforward in terms of installation, but you’ll have to jump through a few hoops before you reach that point. Firstly, make sure you’re signed up to the software beta program, which will give you the ability to add an SSD. You’ll also need to get a compatible storage option, which means it will need a read speed of 5500MB/s or faster and have its own heat sink. A good problem-free option is Western Digital’s SN850 NVMe SSD, which tops out at 7000MB/s read speed and 5300MB/s write speed. For roughly $20 extra (depending on storage size) it comes with a heatsink and in three storage options. 
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My Herman Miller office chair has supported my crumbling back for seven years. There’s a reason it is—ergonomically speaking—one of the best manufacturers in the business. It’s only fitting then that Logitech has teamed up with the company to make the Logitech G x Herman Miller Embody gaming chair. It’s designed for prolonged use, with cooling fabric, extra support for completely upright sitting, adjustable arm wrests and a 12 year warranty. It also doesn’t too obviously look like a gaming chair. For all of that you will have to pay a premium, but it will also last longer than its competitors. 

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Ubisoft NFTs, called 'Digits', launch for in-game items – BBC News

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Game titan Ubisoft has announced its new system to bring NFTs to its in-game items, starting this week.
Non-fungible tokens have exploded in popularity, and are widely used for digital art collectibles.
Ubisoft's system – called "Digits" – will be offered as in-game digital items with one-of-a-kind serial numbers, which can be bought and sold.
Critics argue NFTs are bad for the environment, while offering little benefit over traditional systems.
Ubisoft – famous for games such as the Assassin's Creed, Far Cry and Rainbow Six series – is the most significant game developer and publisher to launch an NFT project yet.
The company claims it has addressed the environmental problems associated with blockchain technology.
Its in-game NFTs will be stored on the Tezos blockchain, which it claims is far more energy-efficient than other options.
But the use of NFTs in gaming remains controversial, with many players and designers believing they are only considered as a way to make money, rather than providing players with any benefit.
Ubisoft's first batch of Digits will launch with "limited editions" – of a fixed number of in-game digital items – for the company's game Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint, on Thursday. They can be paid for with crypto-currency, but only in the launch countries of USA, Canada, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Australia and Brazil.
Many games – especially free-to-play ones such as the popular Fortnite or Warzone titles – make a large chunk of their money through selling in-game cosmetic items or "skins" that change the look of characters or items.
Ubisoft is applying the NFT technology to this game mechanic, and calling its overall ecosystem "Quartz".
NFTs are always unique in some way, but in-game cosmetics are identical for every player who gets a copy. Ubisoft's solution is to put a unique serial number on these digital items.
In one example shown by the company, a digital helmet worn by a character appears to have a serial number "stamped in" to the metal in its appearance – a number Ubisoft says will be different for every owner.
That serial number will be visible in-game to other players, and each player can only own one of each "Digit" NFT, Ubisoft said.
These Digits can then be bought and sold with crypto-currency like any other token on the blockchain – even for those who do not own or play Ubisoft's games. The items will also list previous owners in-game, it said.
"With Digits, items are no longer bound to a player's game inventory since they can be put on sale for other eligible players to acquire on third-party platforms outside of the Ubisoft ecosystem," it said.
But it is unlikely the items would ever be able to be used in non-Ubisoft games.
Some NFTs give the original creator a "cut" of the sale every time it changes hands. Ubisoft has not said if it has set up the system in that way.
The company is characterising the entire release as a "large-scale experiment" and says it has been exploring blockchain technology for four years.
Ubisoft says it is using the Tezos blockchain because it requires "exceedingly less energy" than other systems used to mine Bitcoin or Ethereum crypto-currencies.
Traditional crypto-systems use what's called "proof of work" which involves powerful computers doing extremely intense calculations to verify transactions. Tezos uses a different system, called "proof of stake".
But the whole idea of including NFTs in games is controversial in itself, despite interest from another large gaming firm, EA.
Steam, the largest PC gaming platform, has banned NFT and blockchain games from being listed on its store – which resulted in the removal of some early NFT-based games.
One popular Twitter thread from a game designer on the topic, arguing that NFTs "are harmful to games" and that things are not "made any easier or better by building them with NFTs and blockchain tech", has been retweeted thousands of times.
The trading of cosmetic items for real money has also been proven to work without blockchain technology – by Steam, which released a system for buying and selling in-game skins in 2012.
But Ubisoft said its NFT system is a first step towards "developing a true metaverse". The metaverse concept sometimes includes the idea of digitally-owned items transferring between different digital worlds. Some enthusiasts believe NFTs offer a clear mechanic for doing so.
"Our long-term efforts led us to understand how blockchain's decentralised approach could genuinely make players stakeholders of our games, in a way that is also sustainable for our industry, placing back into their hands the value they generate through the time they spend, the items they buy or the content they create online," argued Nicolas Pouard from Ubisoft's innovation team.
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This Custom Miles Morales PS5 Controller Looks Incredible – GLITCHED

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A custom Spider-Man: Miles Morales PS5 DualSense controller is making the rounds online, and it looks incredible. Created by digital artist Giuseppe Spinelli in collaboration with LetsGoDigital, the striking controller is simply a concept artwork that coincidentally arrived with the launch of the first trailer for Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse (Part One).
The Miles Morales-themed DualSense controller was originally created to celebrate the launch of Insomniac’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales on the PS5, but only surfaced recently. Spinelli also revealed that he had been working with airbrush artist Enrico Bertagnoli (aka Berta) to create more Spider-Man themed PS5 controllers too, apart from this Miles Morales controller.
This custom Miles Morales PS5 DualSense sports a striking red and black web design around the frame of the controller, with the game’s slogan “Be Yourself” plastered on the touchpad. The lighting around the touchpad was even changed to a more thematic red instead of the usual blue. The controller was made as a showcase piece, since it’s not actually a licensed Sony product (though it would be great if PlayStation took a few hints). Check out the images below:
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Unfortunately, the controller is not for sale right now. Spinelli and LetsGoDigital aren’t entirely against the idea of mass producing them in bulk, though it comes with its own set of issues. Thanks to a combination of supply chain issues and having to painstakingly paint each controller manually, it will not exactly be cheap or speedily available. Alternatively, you can DM or email Berta on his social media channels if you’re interested in getting your hands on one. It’s not entirely guaranteed, though.
The few custom Miles Morales controllers that Spinelli and Berta did create are currently being preserved as memorabilia, with one of them residing in Bonami Gaming Console Museum in The Netherlands.

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