HP has added its latest Chromebook offering and a new Android-powered laptop to its range of PC devices.

The new Chromebook PC serves as a refresh to the company's Chromebook 11, which launched in collaboration with Google last year.

HP has retained the 11.6-inch display and 1366 x 768 pixel resolution of its predecessor, instead focusing on new aesthetics akin to the larger Chromebook 14.

The Chromebook weighs 2.69lbs and is under 1 inch thick, with a 16GB hard drive and 2GB of RAM inside, as well as a battery capable of lasting for 6.25 hours.

Turquoise and white colour options will be available initially, starting from $249 in the US and from £229 in the UK by late July.

Meanwhile, HP's SlateBook comes with a 14-inch 1080p touchscreen display in tow, supported by a Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, 2GB of RAM and up to 64GB of storage space.

It measures in at 16mm thick, weighs 3.71lbs and will only be available in black with flashy yellow accents.

The Android device hits shelves in the UK from late July for £329 (and $399 in the US).

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Sony will stop shipping PSP hardware to Japanese retailers later this month, it has been revealed.

Nearly ten years after going on sale in its native Japan, the PlayStation Portable is gradually being phased out in the region, according to The Verge.

Sony stopped shipping the PSP to North American retailers earlier this year. European supplies will be cut at an unspecified date in the future.

The handheld console will continue to be manufactured and shipped to Latin America and parts of Asia.

Japanese consumers will be able to trade in their old PSPs for upwards of 4,000 yen off the price of a Vita.

The PSP has sold approximately 80 million units worldwide since launching in 2004.

The PlayStation Vita has struggled to make the same impact, and has been outsold by its predecessor, particularly during its first year on sale.

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Nintendo has released a new Wii U system update.

Rolling out across all regions today (June 3), update 5.0.0 shaves 50% off the time it takes to access games.

On booting the console, users will be greeted by the ten most recently used games and apps on the GamePad. Selecting one bypasses the Wii U start-up menu completely.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata previously said that the time it takes to access games "significantly impairs" the console's ease of use.

The latest update also introduces visual notifications about new games and products, which will be sent straight to the Gamepad.

Users can customise the timing of notifications, change alert sounds and choose whether or not the Gamepad powers on when notifications arrive.

Notifications will also be available on the Home Menu, as well as the Wii U menu.

Elsewhere, users can receive and download system updates when the Wii U console is powered down, while Nintendo Network IDs are easier to set up for new users.

Nintendo Wii U console sales were recently boosted by the release of Mario Kart 8.

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The Last of Us lead developers Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann are working on Uncharted 4.

Having worked on the first two games in the Uncharted series, the pair will return to lead development on the upcoming sequel.

The news was confirmed by Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra in an interview with Game Informer.

"They are excited as veterans of the Uncharted franchise to take the responsibility and they're doing great," Wells explained.

Asked if the pair bring a new spirit to the game in terms of direction, Wells continued: "It was not a difficult transition at all. Everybody just sort of accepted that as the new order of things and soldiered on.

"I mean we've been making enormous progress. If anything, things are accelerating instead of slowing down."

Balestra hinted at a few changes to the series, admitting that Straley and Druckmann would "adjust what they've got and make it what they think is right".

"They also had a lot of really good experience with the development of The Last of Us and some production philosophies that they're able to incorporate into the production of Uncharted," Wells added.

During the same interview, Wells and Balestra said that a project 'on the scale' of Uncharted was in the 'very early' pre-production stages.

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An unknown game is in development at Naughty Dog, it has been confirmed.

The unannounced project is said to be 'on the scale' of Uncharted and in the 'very early' pre-production stages.

"We definitely have another project on the scale of Uncharted in very early pre-production stages," studio co-president Evan Wells told Game Informer.

"We have the sizeable team that it takes to get something like that off of the ground, but it's got a long runway in front of it. We have a lot of great ideas and some stuff that is already getting everybody jazzed and excited."

He added: "So, it's a long way off before we can really start talking about it in detail. But no, [Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann working on Uncharted] is not going to impact our ability to keep that stirring that pot."

Whether the title will be unveiled at E3 next week has yet to be seen.

Naughty Dog is also working on another instalment in the Uncharted series.

The developer recently stated that creating a PlayStation 4 port of The Last of Us was an excruciatingly difficult task.

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Xbox One will receive a FIFA World Cup Brazil companion app, Microsoft has announced.

The 'Brazil Now' app will be available to download from the Xbox One dashboard from June 12.

Available as part of Microsoft's 'Destination Brazil' section, the app can be snapped alongside live games to provide additional stats, polls and score updates.

It will also provide notifications and alerts when users are playing other games on Xbox One.

Users can personalise the app to receive info on a team's upcoming matches, tweets, and squad and group information.

Microsoft states: "Xbox Live Gold membership is not required, but fans will need advanced TV hardware, broadband internet, and a subscription from an affiliated service provider."

The 'Destination Brazil' section can also be used to access Thierry Henry and Edgar Davids' reality TV series Every Street United.

Premiering on June 15, Every Street United sees the two pros travel to different countries to seek out the best up and coming footballing talent.

'Destination Brazil' will also have links straight to FIFA 14's newly launched 'World Cup Ultimate Team' game mode.

The separate game mode within 'FIFA 14 Ultimate Team' gives players an opportunity to build squads from the 32 teams participating in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

It features authentic national crests and kits, as well as FIFA World Cup online and single-player tournaments.

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Without Memory has been announced as a PS4 exclusive by Russian developer Dinosaurum Games.

Developed using the Unreal Engine 4, Without Memory will launch as a PS4 exclusive in 2016.

According to a translation of the Dinosaurum Games website (via VG247), the game is inspired by Quantic Dreams titles such as Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls.

The story revolves around a girl who wakes up in the woods with amnesia.

Featuring "modernised" quick-time events, players will learn to detect lies as they attempt to survive harsh conditions.

The game will also feature logic puzzles and side quests, as well as conversation options that take advantage of the touchpad.

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God of War developer Sony Santa Monica has teased an announcement for E3.

In a post on Twitter, the studio hints at a God of War reveal for next week's gaming expo.

The tweet references a recent Earthquake that hit California over the weekend.

The studio is involved in several upcoming PlayStation 4 exclusives, co-developing games such as Everybody's Gone to the Rapture and The Order: 1886.

It was hit with a round of layoffs earlier this year, which resulted in the cancellation of a new property.

Sony Santa Monica released God of War Ascension last year, which serves as a prequel to the original God of War.

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Motorola is planning to pull the plug on its only assembly plant in the US.

The smartphone maker employs around 700 people in the Texas-based factory, which the company opened to assemble its Moto X handset under the "Made in America" tagline.

"What we found was that the North American market was exceptionally tough," Motorola's president Rick Osterloh told The Wall Street Journal.

The facility first opened under Google in 2013 but has since changed hands. In January, Chinese firm Lenovo bought Motorola in a $2.91 billion (£1.83bn) deal.

Motorola operated its Moto Maker service from the plant, enabling customers to order a customised Moto X handset within four days in the US.

The service will still operate despite the closure, Motorola told Engadget, but plans to expand to Europe and Mexico this quarter seem uncertain.

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Amazon looks set to bolster its Prime subscription plan with a music streaming service, a report claims.

According to BuzzFeed, the music on offer will be at least six months old in what would mark the company's first crack at the streaming market.

The selection of music will also be less than the likes of Spotify and Deezer, and will be rotated music like Prime Instant Video.

Amazon has reportedly struck deals with multiple record labels and will offer the service for free to existing Prime subscribers.

It is not clear whether music streaming will be limited to the US initially, although the service is tipped to launch in June or July.

In March, Amazon brought its Student Programme to the UK, giving those studying Prime privileges including Instant Video and the ability to borrow one Kindle book a month for £39 a year.

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