Kan Singles’ Day bli like stort i Norge som Black Friday?

Du har kanskje ikke hørt om Singles’ Day før, men det er gode muligheter for at du får høre mer om den snart. Enkelte norske forhandlere – deriblant Elkjøp – begynte å kjøre kampanjer på denne dagen allerede i fjor, og i år kan det se ut som dette kan bli en virkelig stor kampanjedag. Nå har nemlig mange flere forhandlere kastet seg på, og Elkjøp kjører like godt Singles’ Day-kampanjen sin over to dager og gjør det til en slags Singles’ Weekend.

I en pressemelding fra selskapet som ble sendt ut i dag kommer det frem at selskapet mener de følger de globale trendene, og at de lytter til hva kundene ønsker seg:

– Vi var med på å gjøre Black Friday stort i Norge, og i fjor når vi lanserte Singles’ Day i Elkjøp – tok kundene våre også denne dagen godt imot. Da er det ekstra gøy å gjenta suksessen, og samtidig ta dagen til neste nivå ved å spre tilbudene ut over to dager! Og det med et morsommere markedsføringsløp enn vi kanskje gjør til vanlig, sier Opsahl.

For deg som lurer på hva denne merkelige høytiden går ut på, kan vi opplyse om at dette opprinnelig var en feiring av det å være singel, og den ble innført ved universitetet i Nanjing i 1993. Datoen 11.11 ble valgt fordi tallet 1 symboliserer det å være singel, og dette har blitt årets største handledag i Kina, mye takket være nettstedet Alibaba.

Om Singles’ Day blir like stort som Black Friday gjenstår å se, men hvis du er på jakt etter gode priser på julegaver eller noe du selv kunne tenke deg, så kan det være du finner akkurat det denne helgen.

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PlayStation Classic games list, release date and pre-order tips

Nintendo has the NES Classic Mini and SNES Classic Mini, and Sony’s not one for being left out in the cold. This December, it’s launching the PlayStation Classic, a miniaturised version of the original Sony PlayStation released in 1994 – PlayStation’s first ever home console.

Pre-loaded with 20 games and small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, here’s everything you need to know about the PlayStation Classic and how to pre-order it.

[Update: The PlayStation Classic’s full list of games has been announced.]

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? Sony’s own retro system, packing 20 original PlayStation games
  • When can I play it? December 3 2018 (the 24th anniversary of the original PS1’s release)
  • What will it include? A miniaturised console with 20 games, two original-style PlayStation 1 controllers, HDMI cable, microUSB-to-USB cable, immense nostalgia

PlayStation Classic price and release date

The PlayStation Classic goes on sale December 3rd, though it’s unclear how many regions it will be available in on that date. It’ll cost $99.99 in the US, £89.99 in the UK and $149.99 in Australia. Read on for how to secure a PlayStation Classic at launch as well as our tips for pre-ordering the throwback console.

PlayStation Classic specs and features

Nearly half the size of the original PlayStation, the PlayStation Classic is a dead-ringer for Sony’s first games console, which first launched back in late 1994.

But whereas the original PlayStation ran on CDs, the PlayStation Classic’s games will run entirely on internal memory. It may look like there’s a CD tray there, but that’s just for show (and it’s about 50% too small anyway). 

Likewise, where game saves were once stored on separate Memory Cards that plugged into the front of the PlayStation, the Classic will place all saves on virtual Memory Cards, emulated by the hardware itself.

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What aren’t virtual or miniaturised however are the controllers. Other than the USB connections they now use, they’re identically sized to the original PlayStation pads, from the pre-analogue stick era. You’ll get two in the box, letting you enjoy multiplayer titles straight away.

Some other small changes to the hardware include power and AV ports. Audio and video is now carried by the standard HDMI connection, and power over a microUSB port. It’s worth noting that while an HDMI and microUSB-to-USB cable are in the box, it doesn’t include an AC adapter. You’re going to have to pick up your own that accepts 5 V, 1.0 A Type A USB (a wall plug included with your smartphone should be fine), or find enough power from a USB port on the side of your TV.

There are still a few details we don’t know, though. How much memory is onboard, and what processor is being used? How are the games being emulated, and will they be formatted or upscaled in any way to make the most of modern TV resolutions? And what will the interface be for accessing the library of pre-installed games, and will there be a way to add additional titles to the machine at a later date? We’ll update this piece once we have answers to these questions.

PlayStation Classic games list

The PlayStation Classic will come with 20 games pre-installed, all highly-regarded greats from the height of the PS1’s glory including Grand Theft Auto, Abe’s Oddysee and Final Fantasy VII. 

Unfortunately there are a few missing titles which seem like an oversight on Sony’s part (but are more likely down to licensing issues) such as Tomb Raider, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro and Castlevania.

Here’s the full list of PlayStation Classic games:

  • Battle Arena Toshinden
  • Cool Boarders 2
  • Destruction Derby
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Intelligent Qube
  • Jumping Flash
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Mr Driller
  • Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
  • Rayman
  • Resident Evil Director’s Cut
  • Revelations: Persona
  • Ridge Racer Type 4
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
  • Syphon Filter
  • Tekken 3
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6
  • Twisted Metal
  • Wild Arms

PlayStation Classic game exclusives

While the US, UK and Japanese versions of the PlayStation Classic all come with Intelligent Qube, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, Tekken 3, Resident Evil Director’s Cut, Final Fantasy VII,  Battle Arena Toshinden, Mr. Driller, Revelations: Persona, Metal Gear Solid, and Wild Arms, there are some differences between the regions.

The UK and US versions will include exclusive games not available on the Japanese version and vice versa.

Here’s all the exclusive games included in the US and UK version:

  • Cool Boarders 2
  • Destruction Derby
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
  • Rayman
  • Syphon Filter
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
  • Twisted Metal

Here’s all the exclusive games included in Japanese version:

  • Arc the Lad
  • Arc the Lad 2
  • Armored Core
  • Gradius Gaiden
  • XI [sai]
  • SaGa Frontier
  • G Darius
  • Parasite Eve

If you’re interested in picking up one of these consoles at launch, seriously consider setting up a pre-order deal. The original PlayStation sold more than 100 million units, only beaten to the best-selling spot by its successor the PS2. There will be many people looking to get on the nostalgia train, and the pricing makes this a perfect Christmas gift.

Demand will almost certainly be high, and if the response to the Nintendo retro consoles was anything to go by, could well outstrip supply. Don’t expect to see these on sale this side of Christmas, so if you’ve got your heart set on it, pick-up a pre-order from one of the retailers listed above to avoid disappointment.

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Facebook Messenger to introduce new ‘delete sent messages’ feature

WhatsApp lets you do it – if you’ve sent a message by mistake, you’ve got a window of time within which you can delete it. Even Gmail gives users a few seconds to ‘undo send’.

Facebook is finally following suit and adding the feature to its Messenger app. The announcement was discovered by Twitter user @MattNavarra as “coming soon” in the release notes of Messenger’s 191.0 version on iOS.

While Facebook-owned WhatsApp gives you an hour to delete sent messages, Messenger isn’t going to be so magnanimous. You’ll only have 10 minutes to redact that silly photo or drunken confession you just sent to the wrong person. 

Facebook began floating the idea of allowing sent messages to be deleted in April after the company was caught red-handed retracting messages sent by CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other execs.

While the 10-minute window is rather unforgiving, the new feature will nonetheless be a welcome addition, although no specific time frame for the rollout has been announced.

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[Via The Verge]