It looks like there’s a cracking race just getting under way at Spa-Francorchamps in the Belgian Grand Prix. Hamilton’s at the back of the grid, the Red Bulls and Ferrari were both really quite close to Rosberg at the front, and this is a track that’s usually pretty good for overtaking and keeping things a little bit mixed up, anyway.
So fingers crossed it doesn’t turn into a bit of a snooze after 5 laps and we have excitement all the way to the end.
On a different note, this will actually be the last Community Chronicle, if things go to plan. We’re long overdue shaking things up on the weekend, and starting in September, we’re going to bring the Chronicle and the Round-Up together into a single featured article.
Sony’s been gearing up for their PlayStation Meeting on 7th September for quite a while, it seems, and there’s a little bit more to it than just revealing the PlayStation 4 ‘Neo’. In fact, that console will come alongside a PlayStation 4 Slim, which leaked out quite comprehensively at the start of the week, as quite a few people in the northern parts of England got their hands on consoles really very early.
Early on, people doubted the photos veracity but it was latr confirmed in the flesh by Eurogamer that the Slim is real. JustTaylorNow wasn’t one of them, saying, “Wow. I thought the PS4 couldn’t get slimmer but that’s pretty cool, it’s as small as my car engine!”
TSBonyman wondered, “It’s difficult to tell from the pics how much of a size reduction it is but it looks quite sleek. I wonder how the Neo will compare in size?”
KillFelix was on hand with the answer:
I ran the images through Photoshop. Using the ruler tool I measured the difference between the PS4 Orig and the slim in order to calculate the size of the slim.
I estimate the dimensions to be 260 x 40 x 260mm vs PS4 orig which is 275 × 53 × 305mm (width × height × length). That would make it 40% smaller by volume.
And with an updated controller featuring a lightbar built into the touchpad, Lyts1985 said, “I might be tempted by the updated controller – I quite like the light bar and the way it changes in some games to suit the situation. Killzone used it really well, for example.”
On the other hand, colmshan1990 wrote, “Some games use it well. Others don’t and it just turns into a distraction,” And DividSmythe said, ” I’d prefer a bigger battery in the DS4, mainly.”
Sticking with Sony, they made a good step forward with the addition of Two Factor Authentication to PSN, adding an optional second layer of security that’ll send you a code via text message when logging in.
It’s not a perfect system though, Camdaz wrote:
The more secure the better. But there was an article on the TV programme a week or two ago showing that the sending of codes by text message isn’t that secure. It showed how you can hijack the phone number to get the texts sent to any phone you like and there’s no security in the text message system, it’s the same as it was when first setup over forty years ago when security wasn’t an issue.
On the subject of using SMS versus an app, Bunimomike said, ” It’s an additive situation not a replacement. Also, it makes sense that Sony might save themselves a lot more trouble with the number of people who’ll embrace SMS compared to the reduced numbers of someone downloading an App. That’s not native to someone’s mobile so won’t be as popular.”
And MrYD pointed toward the general fallibility of humans, saying, “It’s easy to forget they exist. You’ll have logged into everything, got all the authentication codes, and then forget it’s there. And then you change your mobile number for whatever reason, and one slips through because you’ve got 4000 logins and half of them have some form of 2-factor system in place. Then 6 months later, you suddenly need to login and realise you didn’t change the mobile number on one of them.”
Of course, as he continues to say, there’s the provision for creating backup code that you can store in a secure place. Ron_mcphatty keeps his things in a “fireproof box along with our passports, my kids’ birth certificates, my marriage certificate and my 100m swimming badge.”
My 100m swimming badge is on my Speedos.
No Man’s Sky has naturally been in a lot of people’s consoles for the last few weeks, as one of easily the most anticipated games of the year. Some have tired of it and moved on, but others are forging ahead. Ron_mcphatty, of keeping his kids (birth certificates) in a fireproof box fame, has finished the Atlas quest line and is now making a beeline for the centre of the galaxy. In otherwords, he’s meandering around in that general direction because he thinks he smells something nice and tasty.
DividSmythe has indulged in a true classic of gaming while on holiday, getting the platinum trophy for Day of the Tentacle Remastered, while Andrewww was truly floored by Gone Home, an ambulatory exploration game that shot to prominence a few years ago on PC.
I cant quite tell if MrYd has finished all these games, but he’s been enjoying his backlog of games. Murdered: Soul Suspect, Sniper Elite 3 and even Battleborn, which he picked up for cheap and got more than his £12 worth from.
And with that, I bid you farewell for the last time with the Chronicle in this form. Keep an eye out next Saturday for a new look round up of the week’s news, features, comments and more.