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The current generation of video game consoles has been with us for more than two years now, and since then we have discovered a wide range of games for all kinds of audiences. In addition, both Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 offer a whole range of features far from the gaming world, being able to take advantage of their advantages to have a whole intelligent multimedia center.

In this article we wanted to review some of the most outstanding features of PlayStation 5 that have nothing to do with video games. And it is that in the middle of the Christmas season, these characteristics may help you give yourself the push you needed to acquire the latest Sony console, or discover secrets that you did not know about your system.

A PS5 transforms any television into a Smart TV

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As time goes by, consoles can do more and more things. With the arrival of the new generation of consoles, now, in addition to playing, we can transform our television into a multimedia centermainly due to the Internet connection, compatibility with apps and multiple video and audio formats.

Although using a console to watch Netflix isn’t technically the most efficient, since the console consumes significantly more power than an HDMI dongle and derivatives, it is a good alternative if you don’t have another way to do it.

Enjoy movies and series from streaming platforms

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PlayStation 5 is compatible with many streaming platforms such as Netflix, Disney +, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video and company. In this way, through this console You will be able to enjoy the latest releases in series and movies from these platformssaving you the purchase of a Smart TV, HDMI dongle or TV-Box for playback.

To do this, you just have to visit the PlayStation Store app through your PlayStation 5 and search for the application you want to install on your system. Luckily, the compatibility is quite wide.

Play content in 4K HDR

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As usual since PlayStation 3, Sony incorporates a Blu-ray player in its PlayStation 5 (except for its digital version), so it is possible to enjoy content in 4K HDR without problems. In this way, if you have a series or movie in this format, you can play it on a PS5 without problems.

playstation 5 supports a wide range of audio and video formatsso it also becomes an ideal device for our multimedia center.

Plex on PS5, a mandatory step to expand your multimedia center

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If you are one of those who have a lot of content in digital format, with Plex you can create your own local server and play audio and video via streaming from any deviceincluding the PlayStation 5.

To do this, all you have to do is Download the Plex app on your PS5 and enter with your access credentials. Once this is done, and having configured your server, you will be able to access the content that you have stored on a computer wirelessly.

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Another of the alternatives to Plex is Kodi, although in this case, the application is not available for PlayStation 5.

Image Settings and HDR

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PlayStation 5 supports resolutions of 1080p, 1440p and 4K, so it will be possible to play and play content on multiple screens that support these resolutions. In addition, in the image settings we can configure multiple aspects of the image output, HDMI, color depth, and much more. In this way, we can adapt the image of the PS5 according to our panel.

In addition, PlayStation 5 integrates a very useful tool to configure the HDR of the system. In this way, you can modify the brightness and contrast of the panel when playing content in high dynamic range. This function is in Settings > Display and video > HDR > HDR settings. Then, we will go through a series of patterns that we can configure through the remote to apply the desired setting.

PlayStation 5 has a remote control for multimedia

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Although it is not included in the box, users who are not satisfied with the DualSense to control the console, can also get hold of Sony’s ‘Media Remote’, compatible with PlayStation 5. In this way, we can control any aspect related to multimedia on the console through this simple remote control.

The remote has specific buttons for Netflix, Disney+, Spotify and YouTube playback, as well as play, pause, advance, volume and more buttons. Wow, a remote like your TV or HDMI dongle.

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Control your PS5 from your mobile

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With the Remote Play function it is possible to control a PlayStation 5 through an iOS and Android mobile device. In this way, you can use the phone as if it were a controller, even allowing you to play.

To do this, all you have to do is download the Remote Play app available in the app store of your iOS and Android device. Once you’ve signed in with your PlayStation credentials, the app will automatically search for consoles on your network, and you can then use the app to control your PS5. This app also works for PS4.

Connect external storage on your PS5

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Through the console’s USB ports we can connect multiple peripherals and storage devices. In this way, in addition to being able to expand your storage in this way, You can also play content from a USB memory or external hard drive.

The file format compatible with PS5 is exFAT, so first of all, we have to make sure that our storage device is formatted in this way. If not, we can also do it from the PS5 itself through Settings > Storagealthough keep in mind that you will lose all the files on the storage device.

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Activate voice commands on PS5

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PlayStation 5 is compatible with voice commands, so it is possible to access multiple functions of its interface and features just by speaking to the system. To do this, the first thing you have to do is make sure that the commands are active. These are found in Settings > Voice commands > Enable voice commands.

Once we have the active option, we can access the integrated assistant by saying “hello playstation“. This way, we can tell it to go to some corner of its interface, run applications, and more. From the settings we can also configure the dictation speed, the volume, the response time, and more.

Connect keyboard and mouse on a PS5

If you want to navigate the PlayStation 5 interface via keyboard and mouse, or play the few games that support these peripherals on the console, you can take advantage of the console’s USB ports to connect a keyboard and mouse and these will work just fine. immediate.

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In addition, if you wish, you can also make use of Bluetooth connectivity to connect compatible keyboards and mice. In this case, all you have to do is connect the device’s Bluetooth receiver to the USB port and go to Settings > Accessories > General > Bluetooth accessories for the console to search for the devices.

Where to get a PlayStation 5 at the best price

As our compradicción colleagues comment, it is one of the star gifts for this Christmas, and luckily, seems to have improved the stock consoleso there are several chain stores that offer console and game packs.

  • Amazon Spain: you can find the console under invitation. Simply request one and you will be notified, within 72 hours, with a purchase link. Amazon Prime customers will have priority access to the PlayStation 5. If you are not yet, try it free for a month and without permanence.

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  • MediaMarkt: The German store chain MediaMarkt has several PlayStation 5 packs. In addition, you have a 10-euro discount coupon when you subscribe to its news list.

Console - Sony PS5 Digital Edition C, 825 GB, 4K HDR, White + 1 Extra DualSense™ Controller + Card €50 PS Store

Console – Sony PS5 Digital Edition C, 825 GB, 4K HDR, White + 1 Extra DualSense™ Controller + Card €50 PS Store

Console - Sony PS5 Stand C, 825GB, 4K HDR, White + God Of War: Ragnarok Game + The Last Of Us: Part 1 Game

Console – Sony PS5 Stand C, 825GB, 4K HDR, White + God Of War: Ragnarok Game + The Last Of Us: Part 1 Game

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  • Carrefour: The French hypermarket chain also has a stock of the PS5. In this case, with fast delivery during this month of December.

Playstation 5 Standard 825GB with God Of War Ragnarok (Digital) + 2nd white Dualsense Controller with FIFA 23 (Digital) + The Last of Us Part I

Playstation 5 Standard 825GB with God Of War Ragnarok (Digital) + 2nd white Dualsense Controller with FIFA 23 (Digital) + The Last of Us Part I

  • The English Court: The Spanish giant also has several PlayStation 5 packs to reserve this Christmas. Of course, not all have immediate delivery. In addition, you can enjoy the advantages of Plus for free for 1 month.

Console PS5 + GOW (DLC) + The Last Of Us Part I + PlayStation Live Card €20

Console PS5 + GOW (DLC) + The Last Of Us Part I + PlayStation Live Card €20

  • Fnac: Also at Fnac you can find interesting PlayStation 5 packs. And, best of all, with delivery from December 21. If you are a member, shipping is free and very fast. If you are not yet a member, become a member for only 2 euros for 2 years.

PS5 console + God of War Ragnarök + The last of us + Horizon Forbidden West + 2 DualSense

PS5 console + God of War Ragnarök + The last of us + Horizon Forbidden West + 2 DualSense

Console PS5 + God of War Ragnarök + FIFA 23 &  DualSense + The last of us

Console PS5 + God of War Ragnarök + FIFA 23 & DualSense + The last of us

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what they are, types, advantages, disadvantages and models from 180 euros

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at the time of produce our own electricity at home Typically, we think of photovoltaic solar panels or panels, a technology that takes advantage of the sunlight to feed our equipment and appliances with a relatively high initial cost if we want great power.

However, there is another option that is gaining more and more strength, especially if we have a single-family home, with a clear roof, garage, large terrace or with a small patio or garden at our disposal: domestic wind turbines. (more…)

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in which cases it is essential to bet on a top-of-the-range robot vacuum cleaner and in which not

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Let’s go ahead that today the intelligent navigation essential for mapping has been democratized, so that we can find it not only in the high and medium range, but also in moderately affordable robot vacuum cleaners (even under 200 euros). But either by investing the minimum essential in this autonomous broom substitute or because we do not want a robot vacuum cleaner to draw maps of our house under any circumstances, there are those who choose to do without this feature. Buy a robot vacuum cleaner with or without mapping?

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Lets start by the beginning. Mapping consists of the fact that the device has the Technologys that allow it to deduce what the environment will be like to sketch a map. The direct consequence is that you can draw meaningful navigation paths (the logical thing to do is to sweep by rooms, not start sweeping part of the kitchen, leave it halfway and go with the living room), so you make sure that covers the entire* area with just enough passes.

And that asterisk in “everything”? The reality is that there are obstacles such as cables, pots, feeders, legs and cracks that the vacuum cleaner does not pass through, either because it is physically impossible for it to fit or because its algorithm determines that it does not fit (generally when it has little clearance).

That it does not go too far is important, firstly because it optimizes its operation and the long useful life of its components, secondly because thanks to not wasting resources, it can cover and clean more space. Finally, because if you are at home, listening to the robot vacuum cleaner in full action is a drag. Better clean up as soon as possible.

The normal thing with a robot that maps is that you can view the map in the app and that also brings benefits. Thus, there are quite a few models that offer a color graph that distinguishes the areas that have been cleaned from those that have not, ideal for you to take note and remove some elements that make navigation difficult.

But the great advantage of mapping has to do with partial cleanings. Yes, you can resort to the classic and ancient virtual barrier (an element that simulates a virtual limit for the device) or proceed to the bravest taking the vacuum cleaner in your arms, drop it in a room and close the door to clean, but if your kitchen is dirty after preparing food or your bathroom has turned into a post-apocalyptic place after your child has showered and cleaned up, the ideal is to go to the phone, open the application, select which area or room you want it to clean and let the action begin. In a few minutes and without further need for your intervention, the floor of the area would be clean again.


In any case, if a robot maps it is because it has some kind of intelligent navigation system that will help you move better than without it, allowing for more effective cleaning, minimizing the chance of getting lost and also getting stuck around. That he does not clean a part of the house is a problem, that he pulls the cord of the lamp, throws it on the floor and breaks it is a chore.

Not related to mapping, but to note: models without mapping are entry-levelwhich generally implies more rudimentary handling (perhaps manual and remote controlled) and basic cleaning Technologys (don’t expect special rubber center rollers for pets).

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How robot vacuum cleaners navigate

The state of the art of robot vacuum navigation. As we anticipated in the intro, nowadays finding smart mapping and navigation is not only unusual, but the exception are models that do not map. But there are mappings and mappings.

The highest range of robot vacuum cleaners is mostly taken over by models with a multi-navigation system with a laser sight and a front camera which, in addition to allowing maps, serve to recognize objects. Map and objects usually appear in the application, so that we know what problematic things are on our floor. Under the hood, a processor, algorithms and even artificial intelligence to make decisions: ignore it and try to go over it or avoid it.

This is essential because that way you can avoid what was Worst cleaning day of my life: that fateful date when Lola felt unwell, she planted a pine tree in the corridor, the Roomba ran over it while cleaning and you can imagine the rest. Cleaning the floor of the house of excrement is not a pleasant dish, but having to disassemble your vacuum cleaner and waste time removing splinters… for me it stays.

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The Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra has it “everything”: laser sight and front camera

Then there are models that they either just have a laser sight or a camera (although iRobot bets only on a camera placed on the front for mapping, navigation and recognition of objects in models like the Roomba J7 +). These models are more than enough for domestic mapping and optimized navigation, although to avoid accidents and loss it is best to leave the house as clear as possible.

And we close with the non-mapping. These robot vacuum cleaners have a combination of mechanical pressure sensors to detect contact with walls, infrared sensors to measure the distance to obstacles, optical sensors similar to those of mice to analyze movement, and fall-prevention light sensors that detect steps and unevenness. How do they navigate? Like you would if you were blindfolded and released into a room: with moderate caution and touching everything. The bonus is that they must also try to cover the entire area, so navigating randomly means taking a few more detours and turns.

Do I map yes or do I map no?

The good thing about robot vacuum cleaners is that they clean moderately well for you, which depends on their suction capacity, the quality of their brushes, that they are capable of covering the maximum space in your house and that they have a battery to do so.

Are you concerned about privacy? Here are two recommendations: see how the manufacturer manages this data related to our architecture and its objects (essentially, if they stay on the device or if they go to a server, if there is data encryption) and the premise that Although on paper there are protection systems, logically there is always some risk. The second is to weigh this fear against what you earn.

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When is it essential to have mapping? If you have a large house and/or with several floors, you want to do partial cleaning or you simply expect the best results from a vacuum cleaner, then your thing is to bet on efficient navigation. No matter how much battery a robot with random navigation has, it is highly difficult for it to clean a large floor well and it is not so much a question of size as of obstacles: it can already have autonomy of 300 minutes, which if it gets stuck at minute 7, it will not be able. Another thing is that you have a completely clear ship.

Ok, but I still want to spend as little as possible, Is a robot vacuum cleaner without mapping worth it? Obviously having a robot vacuum cleaner is better than nothing and its effectiveness can be acceptable if we are clear about its limitations. In any case, it can be a good option if your budget is just over 100 euros, you have a small and/or sparsely furnished house that you agree to leave uncluttered, or you simply want an extremely basic model without connectivity (an example : to give it to your grandmother and she can control it with a remote).

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the first approach to the big screen

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After decades of making use of cathode ray tube televisions, several manufacturers began to launch televisions on the market that were considerably thinner and with a novel panel technology. We are talking about plasma televisions, which ended up revolutionizing the industry. It must also be said that there was such a powerful marketing campaign around this new technology that even today you can find people thinking that they are still the ones that offer the best image quality.

And it is that the manufacturers of TVs made sure that when someone talked about plasma TVs, they were talking about a product synonymous with quality and high-end. For a while it was like that because the evolution compared to the old CRT was considerable. In this article we wanted to pay tribute to this type of television, mentioning its origins, what its technology consisted of, and its successors.

It took decades to see the first plasma television

Although the plasma display was developed in the 1960s for the PLATO (Programmed Logic for Automated Teaching Operations) computer system by a group of researchers from the University of Illinois, it was not until the late 1990s that to commercialize televisions with this technology. During all that time there were monochrome screens (orange, green or yellow), very popular for their hardness and because they detached from elements such as memory or circuits to update the image.


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In 1973, IBM developed an 11-inch monochrome display with this technology, accompanying the IBM 3270 computer and making it capable of displaying up to four terminal sessions at once.

The Plasmaco company, founded in 1983, also played an essential role in the development of this technology. In fact, it was acquired in 1996 by Matsushita Electric Industrial, who in 1983 launched the Executive Partner, its first computer with plasma screen. The latter is known today as Panasonic, one of the companies that has most promoted plasma technology.

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When Pioneer launched the first plasma television to the public in 1997, the technology began to catch on in a big way, promising larger screens and better image quality and brightness.

Much larger panels with higher image quality

The plasma television has a set of small cells located between two glass panels. These contain a mixture of noble gases (neon, argon and xenon) that after charging the electrodes creates a voltage difference between the rear and front, causing the gas to become ionized and change its state to plasma. After this process, the ions of the gas move towards the electrodes, where they collide and generate photons, thus causing the emission of light.

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This technology allowed to manufacture televisions with much more brightness than tube TVs. In addition, they were popular given their larger size, since in the market we could find plasma televisions larger than 70 inches.

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In terms of image quality, it was an incredibly noticeable leap, with a greater color gamut and deeper blacks than LCDs, given its low luminescence. However, they were televisions that got too hot, being unpleasant for the user in the case of spending long hours with the television on. In fact, as with OLEDs, in plasma televisions there was also the fear of burning the panel.

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In the market we could find all kinds of plasma models of different sizes. Manufacturers such as Pioneer, Panasonic, LG, or Samsung, among many others, showed the world the capabilities of this technology in televisions, which became very popular, although yes, significantly more expensive than CRT TVs.

The price and its stagnation buried this technology

The price disadvantage, and the need for the panel to have a large diagonal for its manufacture, meant that the plasma television became part of a highly concentrated market. Secondly, LCD technology kept growing. And it is that although the first LCD televisions were notably inferior to plasma, little by little they were conquering the public, eventually tackling the problems of dead pixels or ghosting of the first generations.

During the last years of life, the plasma barely reached 5% of the market sharein a context in which brands such as Samsung or LG dominated the market for flat screens with LCD technology.

In 2014, most plasma TV manufacturers finally abandoned the technology, although it ceased to be relevant several years earlier. However, it will always be remembered as one of the Technologys that most helped advance the image quality of televisions.

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