The best cheap PlayStation VR bundles, prices and deals for Christmas 2018

PlayStation VR bundles are cheaper than you might think. Sony cut the price of all its bundles a while back and most of them come packing the PS4 camera too, which you actually need to make the headset work.

Originally £350/$399 at launch for the headset alone the new pricing structure generally starts at just £259/$299. This includes the headset and also the camera and a game, usually the excellent minigame collection, VR Worlds. We’ve been seeing some very tempting discounts in recent months too, so now’s the time to seek out your mega bundle on the cheap.

Below you’ll find our guide to the best PlayStation VR prices out there for the headset along with bundle options often include the camera or games too, we’ll let you know which ones are the best value for money.

This PlayStation VR bundle deals page can also help you prepare by picking up the other kit you’ll need to enjoy the best PlayStation VR experience. You’ll want to pick up the PS4 camera as you need it for the PlayStation VR headset to work. You could also grab a couple of PS Move motion controllers, as some VR games support them. You can also use these items with a small number of Move-based PS4 games like SportsFriends or Just Dance. If you’re looking for the ultimate upgrade, check out our PS4 Pro deals.

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PlayStation VR prices

The grid below will be regularly updated with the latest PlayStation VR prices for the headset from different retailers. After seemingly endless stock shortages originally, units seem to be back in stock at most stores. Which is fantastic news with more games to enjoy than ever.

PlayStation VR bundles (USA)

PlayStation VR bundles (UK)

PlayStation VR game deals

Keep an eye on this handy chart below as we’ll update it with the latest prices for a wide range of PlayStation VR games. To compare prices on individual titles, click the ‘View all deals’ button at the bottom of the chart.

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PS4 camera deals

It’s crucial you buy a PS4 camera along with your VR headset, otherwise, it will not work. Don’t pay more than the standard £40/$60 for the camera though.  Sony released an updated, rounder (see image above) model with a built-in TV-mount and there are deals included in the chart below, usually priced around £40-£45, which isn’t bad considering the new clip. The older PS4 camera is also compatible with PlayStation VR. If there’s nothing tempting below, maybe try for a new/preowned unit via eBay?

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PlayStation Move controller deals

The PlayStation Move motion controllers are very much an optional purchase as not every game supports them. Many that do, also have options to use the standard DualShock 4 PS4 controller instead.

Move wands aren’t as readily available as the cameras at the moment, but there are deals to be found if you shop around -or let us do it via that magical box below. some of the more expensive results are actually for twin packs. We’d advise a little caution if you’re considering preowned units, as the lack of use in recent years may have dulled the charge capacity of the battery compared to new controllers. If you want to try your luck (and probably save a fair amount), here are some handy links for eBay.

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We’ll update these PSVR prices on a regular basis and add any bundles that may appear featuring the headset, camera, controllers or games. 

Need an extra standard controller? Check out the best DualShock 4 deals.

The demise of the 9-5: What will the future of the office look like?

The workplace of the past had well-defined structure, employees would come into a physical space with hierarchical management and specified core working hours. With the gig-economy flourishing, the traditional work environment had to become competitive to remain attractive to retain talent. 

Traditional workplace practices have been transformed due to the working habits of new generations; which has been enabled by the change in technology allowing individuals to work in any location but still allow open communications and collaboration. This revolutionary technology has defined the future of the workplace by creating a remote working culture. 

The changes can be seen as the demise of the office, but these are the five key ways new technologies has brought positive change to the workplace.

Collaboration

Teamwork even with remote workers has improved significantly with the introduction of new tech. 

With increased channels of communication there is a way to connect with colleagues with increased flexibility beyond long face to face meetings and the inbox. With these new channels there is also an increase in communication with clients and external stakeholders. 

A collaborative workforce is needed to share knowledge, ideas and increase creativity. Having easy and open communication channels allows employees to share quickly without eating into their worktime. 

Efficiency

Time management in the workplace has considerably optimised with the introduction of new tools, allowing to see what available resources are needed and used for tasks, improving worker productivity. 

Combined with easier communication it is easier to understand where emphasis on projects need to be placed. The connection between employees and external stakeholders can be managed through constant streams of communication. Allowing for quicker turn-around times for results. 

This efficient way of working has been enabled by the introduction of tools that monitor time spent on projects and what resources are used. This information can also be used to plan and strategize future work.  

Security

With new technology comes new risk.  

A potential downside in the modern workplace is security. Many companies are targeted with phishing attempts and hacks and business data can be compromised. However, there are many measures that can be placed to ensure that devices are secure and aren’t easily accessible to the wrong people. 

Having strong policies and procedures in place can ensure that workers are equally responsible for the protection of sensitive information. 

Profitability

 Innovations have impacted the bottom-line. This is great news for both the company and its employees. 

Increased productivity that comes with the improved time management, the ease in collaboration and communication; that ultimately creates a quicker turn-around in results all feeds into a more stable and financially healthy company with less waste. 

From a employee prospective there is increased job-security, potential pay-rises and benefits that come with the growth of a company. 

Happy workforce

With the improved flexibility for the workforce allowing individuals to adapt their working styles and have a better work-life balance. Employees are much happier, happier employees tend to work harder and have more of a drive and motivation. These factors will help overall improve a business and its objectives as it will have a more loyal determined workforce. 

The traditional workplace may have allowed greater emphasis on control for the employer but in reality, the shift of remote-work and technology that allows flexible work-patterns has created a better synergy amongst colleagues and more creative and streamlined approaches to the task at hand.

So even though the demise of the 9-5 is the current problem employers face. The technology that is needed for an effective  future workplace structure already exists. Employers need to embrace the change to ensure they are ready for the workplace of the future and that employers are able to  attract and retain staff who will have the expectations of a fully flexible environment. 

Jon Loftin is Head of Unified Communications at PowWowNow  

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How 5G technologies can be implemented more efficiently

As the name suggests, 5G is the fifth generation of cellular mobile communications. The key benefits of 5G over 4G LTE are much higher data rates (1-20 Gbit/s), much lower latency (1 ms), and increased capacity as the network expands.  

What does this actually mean for the average consumer? 

  1. Higher data rates allow consumers to download content more quickly e.g. a consumer could download a full HD movie in less than 10 seconds on a 5G network vs. ~ 10 minutes on a 4G network. 
  2. Lower latency means users will experience less delay / lag when requesting data from the network – a latency of milliseconds, which are imperceptible to a human.

More broadly, the 5G network will advance mobile from largely a set of technologies connecting people-to-people and people-to-information to a unified connectivity fabric connecting everything to everything (X2X); 5G will act as a critical enabler for Massive IoT, Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAV), remote critical control etc. Cars will be connected to the roads and cities they are navigating; doctors to the medical devices of their patients; physical infrastructure and assets to those tasked with maintaining and managing them. The promise of 5G is to enable billions of new connections that are fast, secure, and instantaneous. 

Understanding the vast amount of data generated from the 5G revolution intelligently will be a key challenge in unlocking the full potential of 5G to vastly improve our lives, as promised.

Simulated realities

At SenSat, a leading European AI company based in Shoreditch, London, we are developing powerful technologies that can ingest and understand numerous real-time datasets, root them contextually in physical real world geometry, and then generate tremendously valuable spatial intelligence. How?

SenSat create ‘digital twins’ of real-world locations by capturing high resolution 2D and 3D data, using leading data-capture technologies. For example, as the UK’s largest drone data provider and the UK Department for Transport’s Pathfinder Infrastructure Partner, we can autonomously capture physical geometry 400x faster than other manual data capture techniques. 

We then infuse real-time spatial datasets onto these digital twins, creating ‘simulated realities’, which are exact digital environments that mirror what is happening in the real world. 

SenSat can then use sophisticated machine learning techniques using these simulated realities to solve complex spatial optimisation problems, allowing for faster and better decision-making.

Barriers to 5G rollout

Indeed, the rollout of 5G in the UK is one of these complex spatial optimisation problems. 

The first commercial rollout of 5G networks in the UK will utilise relatively long wavelength bands of spectrum that have already been auctioned / are expected to be auctioned in 2020. 

As Qualcomm’s tests in Frankfurt and San Francisco demonstrated, achieving required data rates for 5G in the real world (Gbit/s) will require using mmWave spectrum (>30GHz). 

However, mmWave spectrum suffers from short transmission paths and high propagation losses. The shorter wavelength (measured in mm) makes mmWave highly sensitive to physical structures, facade materials, temporary obstructions, weather, etc. – all of which cause absorption and refraction, resulting in significant signal attenuation / loss. 

As a result, line of sight (LoS) transmission from base stations (called ‘small cells’) to devices will be required to maintain sufficient 5G data rates. This will require mass densification of urban areas with new small cells to propagate mmWave 5G.  

The ultimate ‘cost’ of rolling out 5G will be proportional to the number of small cells needed to be installed for this ‘mass densification’ of urban areas – reducing the cost of this rollout requires reducing the number of small cells needed to be installed, optimising their location, and improving the logistical efficiency of installation. 

Optimising the location of small cells

This complex non-linear optimisation problem requires an understanding of: 

  1. mmWave propagation: because of its extreme sensitivity to the physical environment, ensuring adequate propagation to provide sufficient 5G data rates is a non-linear problem e.g. doubling the data rate may require a >2x increase in the number of small cells, depending on the complexity of urban areas. Data needed: permanent physical topography (vegetation, buildings), temporary topography (mass urban transit patterns), weather etc.
  2. Data demand: understanding data demand/use in various locations is also key to understanding the required number of small cells. Data needed: land use, land type, footfall data etc. 
  3. Logistical constraints: improving logistical efficiency of the rollout of small cells will reduce overall rollout cost e.g. reducing the number of building owners, and local authorities that need to be contacted for permission to install small cells will lower the cost of rollout. Data needed: land ownership, traffic and transport data etc.     

As the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport identified earlier this year, “there is currently no single platform capable of ingesting the many and varied datasets required to deliver a comprehensive platform suitable for understanding mmWave propagation for 5G”. 

SenSat’s proprietary technologies are solving complex physical geospatial problems like this.  

In the case of 5G: SenSat can use simulated realities of major urban areas to extract actionable insights using machine learning techniques; we combine multiple datasets (land use, land ownership, data use) rooted in physical urban geometry, to generate intelligence that can optimise the location and reduce the number of small cells for installation. This reduces the rollout cost for telcos of 5G, and ultimately, the cost of 5G for consumers. 

James Dean, CEO and Founder of SenSat

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This Samsung 5G prototype phone has a notch… but it’s in the corner

Samsung has yet to include a notch on any of its smartphones, but it’s showing off a 5G prototype phone with a notch that offers a design we haven’t seen on any other phone.

This prototype device has a notch in the top right hand corner of the display, which is something the company hasn’t announced before. We spotted the prototype in a Samsung demo room at Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii.

Yesterday Samsung and Verizon announced a partnership to bring one of the first 5G phones to market in 2019, and the prototype was being used to show off the company’s own 5G technology.

This isn’t guaranteed to be a design that’s used on the final 5G device, Samsung Galaxy S10 or any other phone from Samsung but it does confirm the company is  experimenting with even more notch designs than we thought.

Back at the Samsung Developer Conference in November, Samsung unveiled four different notch designs called Infinity-U, Infitity-V, Infifty-O and New Infinity but these aren’t the same as the notch on the new prototype.

A whole new notch

This is the first time we’ve heard about the company including a notch in the top right hand corner of a display, and our limited time with the phone showed us what looked to be a selfie camera within the screen cutout.

A Samsung representative made it clear to us this is just a prototype device and wouldn’t answer any questions about the design of the phone.

During the demo we could see the 5G logo in the corner confirming the phone was running on a high speed connection. 

The device was streaming a 4K video using a 5G base station in the same room and then showing the video on a TV through HDMI and a DeX docking station.

We may not see the side notch on any officially available devices from Samsung, but it’s interesting to see the company experiment with yet another different notch that innovates on the ones we’ve often see in the center of the display of other flagship phones.

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Snapdragon 855: phones list, specs, and 5G speeds

The Snapdragon 855 chipset from Qualcomm is ushering in a decade of 5G speeds and it’s expected to be in a majority of the Android flagship phones launching in 2019. In fact, we’ve listed seven Android phones that will likely use the Snapdragon 855 chip. 

The new chipset was unveiled at the Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii as an improvement to catch up to Apple’s impressive A12 Bionic chips. Qualcomm is promising its chip will achieve twice the performance over an unnamed 7nm competitor – obviously referring to the iPhone XS chip.

The Snapdragon 855 chip platform goes hand-in-hand with the first 5G smartphone revealed today. This 5G phone is a reference design meant to provide a roadmap for companies to use Qualcomm’s technology, though, not a commercial model. You won’t be able to buy it, but it’s very telling of what’s to come in the future from Samsung, OnePlus and other companies.

Here’s what we know on day one of the Snapdragon Summit.

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Snapdragon 855 specs: performance, video, security

The Snapdragon 855 specs promise something the Snapdragon 845 chip couldn’t do: beat Apple’s A12 Bionic chipset. The dirty little secret of the 845 is that it was beaten by Apple’s A12 and the prior year’s A11 chipset. 

Qualcomm plans to right this wrong in 2019, and it’s doing so with a smaller 7nm chip that will vastly improve efficiency over its 10nm chipsets. Combined with 5G, this should give us wholly faster phones, not just the feel of ‘well, it’s faster than last year’s version.’ The speed boost should be noticeable – at least, that’s what Qualcomm promises.

Your camera is going to see a boost thanks to the Snapdragon 855 chipset, according to Qualcomm’s early tease. It’ll boast the world’s first computer vision image signal processor, meaning a chip dedicated to processing your photos and videos. How? That remains to be seen, but we expect more information on it tomorrow.

Qualcomm also finally announced the launch of its 3D Sonic Sensor. The company has long been working on an in-screen fingerprint sensor solution based on ultrasonic technology.

Ultrasonic fingerprint sensors are said to be superior to the optical under-the-glass tech out there now. And Qualcomm’s plans for it are finally coming to fruition in the Snapdragon 855. Its 3D Sonic Sensor will be ready to be used in phones in the first half of 2019, according to the company. 

That could mean we’ll see an in-screen fingerprint sensor in the next Samsung phone, which is expected to be the Samsung Galaxy S10, and several other major Android phones in 2019.

Snapdragon 855 phones list

Officially, there are no currently-announced smartphones that will utilize the new Snapdragon 855 chipset, but we’re expecting to see the chip on several devices from Qualcomm partners.

The most obvious launch contender is the Samsung Galaxy S10 and the theoretical Galaxy S10 Plus. Tradition says these phones will launch at MWC 2019 in late February. The Sony Xperia XZ4 and LG G8 may be next to follow, along with the OnePlus 7, Moto Z4 and something from HTC. The ZTE Axon 10, now that the Chinese phone maker is back in business, is a likely Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 user, too. 

We’ll continue to update this piece as phones with the Snapdragon 855 chipsets get announced – or when rumors emerge. We usually hear something solid in January, tying into CES 2019.

7 upcoming flagship phones we expect to feature the Snapdragon 855

Qualcomm’s newly-announced Snapdragon 855 chipset has just been unveiled at the company’s own Snapdragon Summit.

The new chipset enables 5G connectivity in upcoming smartphones as well as a variety of other upgrades including improved gaming and enhanced artificial intelligence. 

So far we’ve only seen a teaser of the upgrades the Snapdragon 855 will bring, but we hope to learn more about what the chipset can do in the coming days.

Qualcomm may not be a company you’re very familiar with, but if you own a top-end Android phone it’s likely some of the company’s tech is inside your device. In fact, a lot of manufacturers embrace Qualcomm’s processing tech.

We’re expecting to see the new Snapdragon 855 chipset in a variety of top-end phones throughout 2019 and beyond, and we’ve had a think about the most likely up-and-coming devices that will likely include the cutting-edge chipset.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 

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Samsung Galaxy S9

Rumors of the Samsung Galaxy S10 are beginning to gather steam, and the company is almost certain to use the new Snapdragon 855 in some versions of this handset.

Samsung often only includes a Snapdragon chipset in certain versions of its flagship devices. For example, with the Samsung Galaxy S9 range, the company only used the Qualcomm chipset in the US version and some other variants of the device.

If you live in Europe, you were only able to buy the version of the phone with an Exynos 9810 inside. (It’s unclear if this pattern will continue with the S10.) Samsung is at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit 2019 where the Snapdragon 855 has been unveiled, which we’re taking that to mean the company is almost certain to include the new Snapdragon on its next flagship.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus are both rumored for a February 2019 release with MWC 2019 looking to be the time we’ll probably see the phones unveiled. It’s also likely this chipset will be included in the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 later in the year too.

OnePlus 7

Every OnePlus phone so far has featured a Qualcomm chipset, so there’s no reason to believe the company won’t follow suit in its next flagship device. 

OnePlus is also present at the Snapdragon Summit, and the company has already confirmed it wants to release a 5G phone in 2019. That said, a number of reports have said the OnePlus 7 will include the latest Snapdragon chipset but it won’t be capable of 5G.

The report claims the company will save 5G for an upcoming device set to be released later in 2019, so you may have to wait a while to get the biggest benefit from the Snapdragon 855.

Google Pixel 4

Google Pixel 3

Google aren’t at the Snapdragon Summit specifically, but the company has embraced Qualcomm’s processing tech for the entire Pixel series so far. 

We currently don’t expect to hear about the Google Pixel 4 until late in 2019, but it’s almost certain to feature this top-end chipset from Qualcomm.

LG G8

Exactly when LG will announce its next flagship phone is a little up in the air, but we may see it at Mobile World Congress and it’s likely to feature the Snapdragon 855.

That’s because every recent flagship phone from LG has featured the top-end Qualcomm chipset at the time, so we’d expect the same from the LG G8.

Moto Z4

Despite launching while the Snapdragon 845 was readily available in competing devices, the Moto Z3 came with the older Snapdragon 835 chipset inside. Does that mean the next phone from Motorola will come with the Snapdragon 845 rather than the newly launched chipset? We don’t think so.

According to a source speaking with XDA Developers, the Moto Z4 is in development and it will feature a new chipset from Qualcomm. The report from late November says the phone will feature the Snapdragon 8150, which was a rumored codename for the chipset we now know to be the Snapdragon 855.

Rumors for the phone are few and far between at the moment, but when we do hear about the Moto Z4 we can expect to see it feature this chipset as its brains.

Something HTC? 

HTC U12 Plus

Exactly what HTC is going to do in the world of smartphones right now is very unclear, but we expect the company to keep embracing the top-end processing tech for its next-gen phone.

Hopefully we hear from the company at Mobile World Congress this year, and if we do hear about a sequel to the HTC U12 Plus we’d expect it to feature a Qualcomm chipset.

Sony Xperia XZ4

We’ve seen a few specs leak about the Sony Xperia XZ4, but so far there hasn’t been any news on the chipset that will be inside. If Sony follows its normal pattern for smartphone announcements we can expect it to be one of the first to embrace the Snapdragon 855.

If the company is planning to unveil the Xperia XZ4 at MWC 2019, we can expect the company to include the Snapdragon 855 inside as the brains behind everything it can do.

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