RUMOR: PlayStation 5 Reveal and Release Schedule Leaked, Along With PSVR 2 Details and a Ton More

RUMOR: PlayStation 5 Reveal and Release Schedule Leaked, Along With PSVR 2 Details and a Ton More

PlayStation 5 release date

The next-gen console rumor mill is heating up as we get closer to an inevitable reveal and release. A new leak offers a possible look at when the PlayStation 5 might finally be announced to the world, and it comes from a credible source that correctly called Sony’s E3 2019 absence. When Sony officially confirmed that they would not have a presence at E3 2019, some weren’t surprised by this news. It was first leaked a day earlier by Reddit user RuthenicCookie, and many shrugged it off. After announcing that there would be no PSX 2019, it seemed absurd to think that Sony would also skip out on E3. However, in a statement obtained by Game Informer, Sony’s Shawn Layden confirmed just that. Sony Interactive Entertainment and PlayStation would not be attending E3, either on the show floor or with a press conference, a first in the convention’s 24-year history.

The confirmation of this seemingly bizarre rumor made us take a close look at the Reddit user who posted the original leak. RuthenicCookie has been quite active, dropping information about the PS5 release date, PSVR 2, and even a potential Anthem delay. If you don’t want to sift through all of the user’s comments yourself, we’ve compiled them here for you.

When is the PlayStation 5 Release Date?

Please note that the below comments should be taken with a grain of salt. While the Reddit user did get one leak right, it doesn’t mean that all of their information is valid. This is just a rumor until confirmed by Sony.

RuthenicCookie alleges that the PS5 will be revealed in mid-2019 with a similar event to the PS4 reveal event. After that, PSX will return to offer more information, using it to finally show off new stuff for the next-gen console. They go on to say that Sony is targeting a March 2020 PlayStation 5 release date, but that it could get pushed to November 2020. Apparently the console is a monster capable of a stable 4k and 60 fps. The PS5 will use a Ryzen 8 core and cost $500.

In addition to information about the PS5 directly, they also took the opportunity to talk about the PSVR 2 and a few games. Apparently the PSVR 2’s processing box will be built into the console this time around, making the connection much less cumbersome. It will have a built in camera for internal position tracking (as will the DualShock 5 controllers). New PlayStation Move controllers are said to be coming, along with some VR gloves currently being tested. Late PS4 games will apparently also be on the PS5, including titles like Death Stranding, The Last of Us Part II, and Ghost of Tsushima.

Oh, and apparently it looks like Anthem will get delayed again. That’s the closest one of these statements that we can verify, so if that does indeed happen, it will give a lot more weight to everything else RuthenicCookie has been saying.

One final interesting thing. One comment in response to someone saying “PS5” was simply “PSV.” Will Sony’s branding of the PlayStation 5 use a Roman numeral instead of traditional numbering?

You can look at all of the statements RuthenicCookie has been making below. Note that there are minor edits for clarity and grammar.

  • [PlayStation] Experience will be returning [in 2019].
  • Most devs already have dev kits for PS5.
  • [PS5] is a monster! 4K/60 stable and at the same time kinda monster.
  • Sony prepping hard for PS5 and one of the reasons for no E3 next year is because they blew all their load this year and have nothing new to show next year (They want to show new stuff at PSX).
  • (Re: PS5 Reveal) Small reveal mid 2019, big one at PSX, Plans might change though.
  • (Re: PS5 Reveal) Remember the very first PS4 reveal? Something like that, but hey, then again, plans might change.
  • Announcement in 1 year and the release in 1.5-2.
  • Nope [PS5 is] coming soon because Anthem is being tested on one of the dev kits, It’s coming in the next 1-1.5 years and boy it’s a beast.
  • (Re: PS5 2019 announcement killing holiday 2019 PS4 sales) They are almost at 100 million, It already ascendant immortality in Sony’s eyes
  • (Re: Death Stranding and The Last of Us Part II being on both PS4 and PS5) Mostly on both but obviously going to be made for the PS5. Most developers already has the dev kit for PS5 and from what I’ve heard EA is testing Anthem on it. Anthem is a mess on this gen consoles, going to get delayed again.
  • TLOU Part 2, Death Stranding, and Ghost of Tsushima to be PS5 launch titles.
  • Can’t say for sure about Ghost of Tsushima, Death Stranding is still in polishing stage, Sony doesn’t want to make them PS5 exclusives because they advertised them as PS4 games the first times but then again all 3 games has no official release (publicly) thus no preorder soo the plans might change.
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 ported to PS5 in March 2020 (RuthenicCookie only confirmed the port, however, not the date).
  • [PS5 will release] either March or November [2020]. It’s coming out in 2020. They want March 2020 but might get pushed to November 2020.
  • Only thing I can tell right now for specs is Ryzen 8 core, Price is $500. PS VR 2 on the other hand will have no breaker box this time around it’ll be inside the console.
  • (Re: Better controller tracking for VR) Do you want a camera in [the DualShock 5]?
  • (Re: PSVR 2) No [breakout] box. Has a [built-in] camera. DS5 is going to have that too. New PS Move controllers. They are also testing some gloves to go with the VR.
  • (Re: Ape Escape 4) Confirmed.
  • (Re: Bloodborne 2) As much as I would love to, not happening anytime soon jim 🙁
  • (Re: Backwards compatibility) Don’t want to give unconfirmed information. Only thing I know is this: Most of the late PS4 titles will also be on PS5.
  • PSV

Remember that all of this is unconfirmed rumors at this point. There is no other direct evidence to back up RuthenicCookie’s claims, though much of it does line up with speculation that’s been happening for a while now.

Rumors of the PlayStation 5 keep swirling, including a recent leak found on a Square Enix developer’s LinkedIn. It seems an especially perfect timing for the rumors to hit their stride, as the PS4 just passed its fifth birthday. If the rumors and comments are true, we could know the PlayStation 5 release date by this time next year, and be playing it by this time the year after that. Do you think RuthenicCookie is onto something with these leaks? Which of these things do you think won’t come true? Let us know all of your next-gen thoughts in the comments below.

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This T-Mobile Black Friday deal gets you a free Note 9 or Galaxy S9

This T-Mobile Black Friday deal gets you a free Note 9 or Galaxy S9

When most people think about Black Friday, they think about deals from retailers such as Amazon or Walmart. But carriers usually also have savings opportunities available. T-Mobile, for instance, is offering a promo, called “Magenta Friday,” where you can get a free Note 9 or Galaxy S9.

To help you figure out how it works, we’ve combed through the details and explained it all below.

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T-Mobile Black Friday deal: How to get a free phone

T-Mobile’s “Magenta Friday” deal offers a free phone (select models) when you add an additional line of service to your account and trade in an eligible old phone. The catch? The discount will be applied via monthly bill credits over the course of 24 to 36 months.

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Alternatively, with this same deal, you can get up to $750 off certain phones — when you add an additional line of service to your account and trade in an eligible old phone of yours.


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Do you need a T-Mobile new line to get this deal?

You must already have one or more phone lines through T-Mobile, and you need to add an additional line of service to your account in order to take advantage of this deal.

Which phones can you get for free?

The phones you can get for free include:

The phones you can get $750 off include:

You can get other popular phones from the major brands up to $750 off, too. Or, you can get the T-Mobile REVVL 2 free and T-Mobile REVVL 2 Plus for only $84 with this deal. Again, the discount will be applied via monthly bill credits over the course of 24 to 36 months.

Which phones are eligible for trade-ins?

You’ll need to trade in an eligible device in “good condition.” Eligible devices vary depending on the phone you want to get for free or at a $750 savings. Generally, they range from the iPhone 6S or later, Galaxy S6 or later, Google Pixel, and Moto Z2 Play

You can check T-Mobile’s Magenta Friday page for the full list of eligible devices.

How do the savings appear?

You’ll see your savings in monthly bill credits spread out over 24 or 36 months.

When does this deal start?

This deal starts Friday, Nov. 16, 2018.

All set? Sign up now!

See T-Mobile’s Magenta Friday page for more details.

For more great deals on devices, gadgetry, and technology for your enterprise, business, or home office, see ZDNet’s Business Bargain Hunter blog. Affiliate disclosure: ZDNet earns commission from the products and services featured on this page.


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Report: Cheaper, disc-free Xbox One option coming next year

Report: Cheaper, disc-free Xbox One option coming next year
Psht, who needs 'em?

Psht, who needs ’em?

Microsoft is planning to release a disc-free version of the Xbox One as early as next spring, according to an unsourced report from author Brad Sams of (who has been reliable with early Xbox-related information in the past).

The report suggests the disc-free version of the system would not replace the existing Xbox One hardware, and it would instead represent “the lowest possible price for the Xbox One S console.” Sams says that price could come in at $199 “or lower,” a significant reduction from the system’s current $299 starting price (but not as compelling compared to $199 deals for the Xbox One and PS4 planned for Black Friday this year). Buyers will also be able to add a subscription to the Xbox Games Pass program for as little as $1, according to Sams.

For players who already have games on disc, Sams says Microsoft will offer a “disc to digital” program in association with participating publishers. Players will be able to take their discs into participating retailers (including Microsoft Stores) and trade them in for a “digital entitlement” that can be applied to their Xbox Live account.

Sams said the new hardware doesn’t mean that Microsoft is giving up on distributing games via disc. In fact, Sams says a lower-cost revision of the traditional Xbox One S, with some incidental features removed, is also planned for sometime next year. The new disc-free hardware is also separate from Microsoft’s
reported plans for a streaming-focused box, codenamed Scarlett, that is currently expected in the 2020 timeframe.

The idea of a disc-free Xbox One doesn’t come completely out of the blue. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer
said in 2014 that the company was seriously looking into removing the disc drive from the Xbox One as late as mid-2013, just months before launch. That consideration, of course, came amidst
Microsoft’s muddy and confused flip-flopping on used game rights and digital game ownership in general around the same time frame.

The idea of a low-cost, download-focused system also meshes well with Microsoft’s recently announced All Access program, which gives users free Xbox One hardware with a two-year subscription to Xbox Live and Xbox Games Pass. In both cases, the thrust seems to be toward reducing the entry-level cost for accessing a vast digital library of Xbox games, including backward-compatible titles from older console generations.

The prevalence of and market for purely downloadable console games has certainly increased since 2013, when a Gamestop survey found 60 percent of customers wouldn’t buy a system that didn’t play used games. More recently, a full 50 percent of initial sales for Destiny 2 on consoles came via download instead of disc, suggesting the transition away from physical media may have reached a tipping point. It has now been more than six years since EA said it expects to become a “100 percent digital company” in the future and that the eventual end of retail games sales is “inevitable.”

Here at Ars, we publicly mulled the pros and cons of a console without physical media back in 2015 and again just last year. While the market might not be ready for an entirely disc-free console platform just yet, having lower-cost, disc-free hardware as an option might just be an idea whose time has come.

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This might be Google’s budget Pixel, complete with headphone jack

This might be Google’s budget Pixel, complete with headphone jack

Surely you remember the fateful week when Google’s big day was spoiled — when Russian bloggers revealed the Pixel 3 phone to the world in all its glorious detail? We still don’t know how, exactly, a batch of phones fell into their hands, but it may have just happened again: Russian tech blog Rozetked claims that you’re looking at the first images of the “Pixel 3 Lite.”

And unless our eyes deceive us, this phone comes with a bona fide headphone jack.

According to the publication, this Pixel 3 Lite has a 5.56-inch, 2220 x 1080-pixel IPS display, a plastic case, and a Snapdragon 670 processor, all of which would make it a cheaper Pixel but probably not a smaller one.

The existing Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch screen, too — but Google’s unprecedentedly expensive $800 flagship has a more expensive OLED panel that’s nearly on par with the screens in Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and the iPhone XS, according to Dieter’s Pixel 3 review.

There are reasons to take this leak with a grain of salt, though, even though Rozetked was the first publication to bring us a blowout of the Pixel 3 XL, and even though a cheaper Pixel has long been rumored to be in development.

First off, it’s bugging me that the logo on the back of the phone looks wrong. It’s supposed to be a G, not a C, as those previous images of the leaked Pixel 3 XL clearly showed.

I’ve also got to wonder whether it makes strategic sense for Google — would it want to start yet another round of blowback about missing headphone jacks, after first mocking Apple for dropping them and then getting roundly thumped for ditching the jack themselves in the Pixel 2?

Also, don’t forget that none other than Google head of hardware Rick Osterloh was the one to quash those first rumors of a cheaper Pixel in March 2017, with the words “Pixel stays premium.”

Companies and people can change their minds, of course. And the codename Sargo did appear buried in the code for Google’s ARCore app, according to Android Police. But we need more evidence.

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Database leak exposes millions of two-factor codes and reset links sent by SMS

Database leak exposes millions of two-factor codes and reset links sent by SMS
2FA via SMS happens worldwide, all.
/ 2FA via SMS happens worldwide, all.

Millions of SMS text messages—many containing one-time passcodes, password reset links, and plaintext passwords—were exposed in an Internet-accessible database that could be read or monitored by anyone who knew where to look, TechCrunch has reported.

The discovery comes after years of rebukes from security practitioners that text messages are a woefully unsuitable medium for transmitting two-factor authentication (2FA) data. Despite those rebukes, SMS-based 2FA continues to be offered by banks such as Bank of America, cellular carriers such as T-Mobile, and a host of other businesses.

The leaky database belonged to Voxox, a service that claims to process billions of calls and text messages monthly. TechCrunch said that Berlin-based researcher Sébastien Kaul used the Shodan search engine for publicly available devices and databases to find the messages. The database stored texts that were sent through a gateway Voxox provided to businesses that wanted an automated way to send data for password resets and other types of account management by SMS. The database provided a portal that showed two-factor codes and resent links being sent in near real-time, making it potentially possible for attackers who accessed the server to obtain data that would help them hijack other people’s accounts.

TechCrunch counted more than 26 million messages sent since the beginning of the year, but based on the volume of messages the publication saw passing through the platform per minute, the actual number may be higher. The database ran on Amazon’s Elasticsearch and was configured with a Kibana front-end to make the phone numbers, names, and other contents easy to browse and search. As TechCrunch reported:

  • We found a password sent in plaintext to a Los Angeles phone number by dating app Badoo;
  • Several partners were sent their six-digit two-factor codes to log in to the company’s extranet corporate network;
  • Fidelity Investments also sent six-digit security codes to one Chicago Loop area code;
  • Many messages included two-factor verification codes for Google accounts in Latin America;
  • A Mountain View, Calif.-based credit union, the First Tech Federal Credit Union, also sent a temporary banking password in plaintext to a Nebraska number;
  • We found a shipping notification text sent by Amazon with a link, which opened up Amazon’s delivery tracking page, including the UPS tracking number, en route to its destination in Florida;
  • Messenger apps KakaoTalk and Viber, and quiz app HQ Trivia use the service to verify user phone numbers;
  • We also found messages that contained Microsoft’s account password reset codes and Huawei ID verification codes;
  • Yahoo also used the service to send some account keys by text message;
  • And, several small- to mid-size hospitals and medical facilities sent reminders to patients about their upcoming appointments, and in some cases, billing inquiries.

Voxox locked down the database after TechCrunch privately reported it prior to publication. Voxox didn’t respond to a request by Ars for comment.

While the exposure raises serious questions about Voxox’s security practices, it also reflects poorly on the countless companies that continue to use SMS to transmit data for 2FA and account resets. Weaknesses in Signaling System No. 7, a telephony signaling language that telecommunications companies around the world use to ensure their networks interoperate, has already been abused by thieves to steal 2FA codes German banks sent to customers.

Crooks can also take over targets’ cellular numbers by masquerading as the rightful owners. Bank of America and T-Mobile didn’t provide comment for this post explaining why they continue to rely on SMS for account verification. And in fairness, they are by no means alone in making 2FA a medium for providing enhanced account security.

There are far more secure 2FA methods, including
security key-based U2f or the
Universal Authentication Framework standards from an industry consortium known as the FIDO alliance. Phone apps such as Duo Security or Google Authenticator aren’t perfect, but they still provide a much more secure way than 2fa as well.

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