Hunter of rare PlayStation 5 game consoles on Twitter, Wario64, now finding Covid-19 tests

    A Twitter account followed by more than a million people looking for rare PlayStation 5 game consoles is now helping them find Covid-19 tests.
    By BLOOMBERG
    | Updated on Jan 09 2022, 11:48 PM IST
    A Twitter account followed by more than a million people looking for rare PlayStation 5 game consoles is now helping them find Covid-19 tests.
    A Twitter account followed by more than a million people looking for rare PlayStation 5 game consoles is now helping them find Covid-19 tests. (Bloomberg)
    A Twitter account followed by more than a million people looking for rare PlayStation 5 game consoles is now helping them find Covid-19 tests.
    A Twitter account followed by more than a million people looking for rare PlayStation 5 game consoles is now helping them find Covid-19 tests. (Bloomberg)

    A Twitter account followed by more than a million people looking for rare PlayStation 5 game consoles is now helping them find Covid-19 tests. The account known as Wario64 tweeted on Thursday that BinaxNOW rapid tests were in stock from Amazon.com Inc. On Wednesday evening, it alerted followers when the test became available on Walmart Inc.’s website in some regions, generating thousands of likes and hundreds of quotes and retweets.

    The new focus for Wario64, who predominantly tweets about the availability of video games and restocking of game consoles, underscores just how much trouble Americans are having finding Covid-19 tests. While President Joe Biden vowed this week to ramp up testing capacity, many people have been left in a lurch as the fast-spreading omicron variant sweeps through the country. Tests like BinaxNOW, made by Abbott Laboratories, are often out of stock at drug stores and online.

    Wario64’s Twitter profile says the verified user is an Amazon associate who may earn from qualifying purchases.

     

    Sony teases details of next-gen VR headset

    (Reuters) - Sony Group Corp on Wednesday teased details of its next-generation virtual reality headset for its PlayStation 5 console, as the Japanese conglomerate seeks to secure a lead in the nascent sector amid growing attention from tech giants.

    The PlayStation VR2 device will have an OLED display, use integrated cameras to track players and offer feedback via a built-in headset motor and the PlayStation VR2 Sense controller.

    "Players will feel a heightened range of sensations unlike any other," Sony said in a statement without providing details on visuals, pricing or launch date.

    A game in the "Horizon" franchise, "Horizon Call of the Mountain," has been custom built for the system, Sony said.

    While Sony is a pioneer in virtual reality its earlier PlayStation VR headset, which launched in 2016 for the PlayStation 4, failed to become a major sales driver.

    Virtual reality and the metaverse, or the idea that consumers will spend more time in shared simulated environments, has become a major talking point after Facebook changed its name to Meta to signal its focus on the area.

    Sony, whose business includes chips, music and movies, also said on Wednesday it would launch a new company focused on electric vehicles as it explores entry into the market.

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