We Need a New Generation of PSP (Playstation Portable)

I have always been a fan of portable consoles and it all started with Nintendo Game Boy. Back then my favorite games were Tetris, Super Mario, and Pokemon Blue. When Sony released their first PSP, I was blown away and couldn’t believe that a console can look that good. Even though I played Sega Game Gear, PSP was so different. I really enjoyed having a PSP and I played lots of games. When Sony released PS Vita, I believed that things were taken to the next level. The console had an OLED screen, and it was extremely well built. My main issues were the price of memory cards and the amount of games. Both of the issues can be solved with the upcoming PSP if there is one. When Sony decided not to support the device, I was really disappointed, because I have seen how Nintendo supported the 3DS back then even though most people thought that it would fail.

Seeing my friends and family who bought Nintendo Switch just because they wanted a portable console whenever they travel. What Nintendo did was really a genius move. The consolidated the console and portable market in one ecosystem. Now they no longer worry about developing a game for the home console and the portable one. After the release of Steam Deck, I see my friends and family wanting one, and they think of it as a replacement of the PSP. I believe that Sony still has room in the market, but can be done in a total different way than the PS Vita.

This is what I think Sony should do

  1. Make the new PSP with the same specs as the PS4 and uses the same operating system as the consoles. This way the development will be consolidated and Sony platform will have a larger user base. If that happens, I will be able to play all the PS4 games and all the upcoming indie games that doesn’t require PS5 power such as Sifu and Stray.
  2. Make storage expansion very simple similar to the PS5, where they can use something generic not proprietary like Xbox Series X or PS Vita that can be easily bought online like an SD Card or so.

If that happens, Sony will get back the people who played PS Vita and especially the ones who played Japanese games. The user base will be much larger for Sony, and Sony will be able to leverage their PS Plus much better because they are investing in bringing back PS1, PS2, and PS3 games on PS Plus. That should bring more sales to PS Plus and it will make more sense for Sony to invest in having PS3 games downloaded on their consoles.

I was thinking of adding support for Android so I can play Diablo Immortal, because I am having hard time accepting to play it on a mobile phone, but that isn’t realistic at all.

How To Brew The Best Tea Ever

I have been trying to find better ways to brew tea than the samovar, and I recently found one that tastes much better. I found a special kettle from Orca that brew tea leaves using steam. The bitterness is nonexistent using this method, and everyone who tried it was impressed. So far it is my very favorite tea.

The process that I used is the following.

1- 2 small spoons of AlMunayes White Box Tea.

2- Turn on Orca kettle and set it to A, which stands for Automatic.

3- The kettle will heat the water and it will stop at one point.

4- Pour & Enjoy.

 

The Winner Between Playstation 5 (PS5) Vs Xbox Series X | S

I have read many articles and tweets about how the PS5 and Xbox Series X | S will be used in this generation. The argument was very interesting where Xbox with Game Pass will be the everyday console just like Netflix where great games will be released day 1 on Game Pass including all Bethesda, Microsoft, EA Games, and more. Playstation will be like the movie theatre where every now and then there will be a great exclusive that are a must play. I believed that would eventually be the case so I subscribed to Game Pass for 3 years, and the value keeps increasing because Microsoft is acquiring big studios and release all their games day 1. Last week I wanted to buy the new Ninja Turtle game on PS5, but then I decided to check my Game Pass and found the game. I played the game without paying $25 on Playstation. I believe Microsoft need another 2-3 years to be really competitive with Sony, because as of today Sony own lots of established studios with strong IP’s such as Uncharted, The Last of Us, Horizon, God of War, Ratchet & Clank, Ghost of Tsushima, Spider Man, and more. Even the small studios which released console exclusive games such as Sifu and Kena are only on Playstation. I mainly play such games so 99% of the times, I am playing on my Playstation and rarely play on Xbox even though I thought with Game Pass, Xbox will be my everyday console. That wasn’t the case, and my everyday console is Playstation 5. My favorite games are the single player with a really good story, so Xbox games aren’t relevant to me. I don’t know if many people are like me, because most people I know play online games such as Fortnite and COD, and I don’t play any online games. In my opinion Playstation is wining so far, because they are releasing amazing exclusives one after the other. 2022 is really packed with amazing games such as Horizon Forbidden West, The Last of Us Part I, God of War Ragnarok, GT7, and more. The pipeline keeps getting games that are very exciting.

Why do I think Microsoft needs another 2-3 years to fully compete, because they have games in the pipeline and they are acquiring big studios that Sony can never buy, so eventually they will catch up and they will offer much better value to Game Pass and Microsoft can afford it even if they lose billions in the short term.

The remaining studios that can be acquired in the market are the following.

  • Take-Two
  • EA Games
  • Ubisoft
  • Konami
  • Capcom
  • Sega

I think Konami is the most relevant for Sony to acquire, the rest can be acquired by Microsoft. I personally don’t know if such deals will go through since there are laws that protect industries from monopolies. Whatever is happening right now in terms of competition between Microsoft and Sony is better for customers and we keep getting better offerings because of the competition. In this generation of console wars, I think Sony is winning so far, but let’s see if things change the next few years. I believe it will be very competitive and eventually they will compete neck to neck.

Where To Pre-Order Sony IZNONE PC Gaming Accessories in Kuwait

It seems Sony is getting much more serious about PC gaming the past 1-2 years. They first released their games on PC, which I never thought that they will ever take that approach. Now they released an entire new gaming brand for PC gaming accessories called INZONE. The first two items they released were headsets and monitors. Local brands in Kuwait didn’t upload any INZONE pre-orders yet, but I will be actively monitoring all websites. I will list the options currently available which are Amazon US and Amazon UK

 

International Pre-Orders For Sony INZONE (Might require freights forwarding address like MyUS, or Postshipper)

Amazon US

Gaming Headsets

Sony INZONE H3 Gaming Headset

Sony INZONE H7 Wireless Gaming Headset

Sony INZONE H9 Noise Cancelling Wireless Gaming Headset

Amazon UK

Gaming Headsets

Sony INZONE H3 Gaming Headset

Sony INZONE H7 Wireless Gaming Headset

Sony INZONE H9 Noise Cancelling Wireless Gaming Headset

Monitors

Sony INZONE M9 27 inch gaming monitor

How To Get International Driving License For 10 Years in Kuwait

Now is the season to travel and I see a lot of people applying for Kuwait’s International Driving License. You can order it online on their website and it cost 10 KD for 1 year, which is a lot. If you ask for delivery then it will be 13 KD since delivery cost 3 KD. I personally order my International Driving License from an international website and you can get up to 10 years. The website is called idlid and the prices is as the following

Book & Plastic Card for 7.5 KD (Additional card cost 3 KD)

Book & Mag Stripe Plastic Card for 10.75 KD (Additional card cost 4.5 KD)

Book & Gold Plastic Card With Chip for 24 KD (Additional card cost 15 KD)

The above prices doesn’t factor in the shipping. The shipping cost 10 KD for 2-4 weeks delivery and it cost 41.7 KD for 3-6 days delivery. The beauty about idlid is that the cost of 1,3,5, and 10 years validity is all the same.

The license was used to rent a car in Spain without any issue, so it works perfectly.

 

Maxed Out Macbook Pro 16″ Price in Kuwait

I was curious to know the price of the Maxed out Macbook Pro 16″ in Kuwait since it is the most expensive laptop at Apple. The specs is the following.

  • Apple M1 Max chip with 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine
  • 64GB unified memory
  • 8TB SSD storage
  • 16-inch Liquid Retina XDR display
  • Three Thunderbolt 4 ports, HDMI port, SDXC card slot, MagSafe 3 port
  • 140W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Backlit Magic Keyboard with Touch ID – US English / Arabic
The price in the US is $6,099 which is equal to 1,870 KD. If you factor in shipping and customs the difference will be around 200 KD. I went to Gait in Assima Tower and the price was 2,176 KD. I started to be afraid to order from the US after one of my laptops was lost or stolen in a shipment and I couldn’t get my money back. Buying in Kuwait is safer than a forwarding address, but it comes at a cost.

Talabat Pro | Unlimited Free Deliveries Launched in Kuwait

Talabat Pro finally launched in Kuwait. Talabat Pro is the competitor to Deliveroo Plus where you pay 3.5 KD per month and you get free deliveries for orders above 4.5 KD from certain restaurants. You also get 4 free coffees and 1 beverage for up to 2 KD from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. You can subscribe now and get 2 weeks trial to see if it works for you or not. I subscribed already and I chose Chicken King for an order and I got free delivery in the checkout page then I realized that it was the wrong address. When I changed the address, they showed delivery charges in the checkout page, so it seems it isn’t working properly yet. I ended up paying for delivery even though I am subscribed to the service.

Budget Vs Premium TV’s in Kuwait

I never expected to be interested in trying out new TV brands as I have always been stuck to buy either Sony or Samsung TV’s. About 2 years ago, I needed to buy a new TV for my office and I didn’t want to spend much. Of course I looked at Sony and Samsung first, but then decided to spend less because of the very light use of that TV. That was the very first time where I stepped out of my comfort zone and bought a TV that isn’t Sony or Samsung. The TV I bought was a 55″ TV from Hisense for 99 KD. I was surprised that the TV was excellent, and it was perfect for presenting our powerpoint files. The resolution is great, and it is a TV that can be perfectly used for watching movies. Until today, the TV is still functioning properly without any issues.

Since buying the Hisense TV, I started giving a chance to other brands. Between my home and the office, I tried the following brands

1- LG C1 OLED 77″ (1,500 KD) | This is my favorite gaming TV where the colors and contrast are great and really deliver an amazing gaming experience, but has the worst remote ever. The remote is such a piece of junk that is so laggy and doesn’t always work. The operating system doesn’t compare with Samsung Tizen and Android TV. I personally regret buying LG just because of the remote and operating system, and if I go back in time, I will buy the Sony A90J 83″ which is often at the same price as the LG C1 77″

2- Sony X90J 75″ (650 KD) | This is a really great TV and I don’t have a single issue. Just my first delivery the colors were fading across the TV so I got it replaced and since then I don’t have any issue.

3- Samsung AU7000 70″ (335 KD) | This is the perfect TV for office use because of connecting via Bluetooth for Windows laptops and Airdrop for Macs. This TV we had to change the panel after a year of intensive use at the office, and it cost us 120 KD to replace.

4- Orca Android TV 75″ (240 KD) | Got this TV for the Diwaneya, and it is perfect for watching Netflix and basic gaming. This is my recommendation for Diwaneyas since it is very inexpensive and does the job.

5- Smart Tech Android TV 65″ (135 KD) | This TV has good colors, but the remote works once every 20 clicks. This TV can only be found at Eureka, but I can’t find it recently.

6- Hisense 55″ (99 KD) | This TV good budget TV for basic use as well.

My conclusion is the following.

Sony | The best brand for home entertainment / gaming. I would have chose LG if it wasn’t for the remote and operating system. Of course I would stick to OLED or the new QD-OLED for gaming

Samsung | The best brand for office use because of how smooth it is to connect to Windows and Mac to the TV. It is much faster than Sony TV’s when it comes to connecting to the TV

Orca | The least expensive large size Android TV’s in the market which are perfect for basic use in places such as a none gaming Diwaneyas. 

I started to see more Orca, TCL, Hisense, and Skyworth TV’s at Diwaneyas and it makes a lot of sense since they are perfect for most people due to their basic use. It is a different case for gamers where the high refresh rate and deep contrast make the gaming experience much better.

Buy Herman Miller Chairs Online in Kuwait

I got to know Herman Miller back in 2009 when I got a call from my family to immediately send 4 Herman Miller chairs from the US. A family member got Disc and the doctor recommended Herman Miller chair to be used. I didn’t ask whether they sell them in Kuwait or not, so I went and bought 4 chairs and barely delivered them to Fedex. The staff were so surprised that we were sending such large boxes to Kuwait via air. I sent them to Kuwait and few days later the chairs were delivered. When I visited Kuwait, I tried the chair at my home and loved it and since that day Herman Miller became my favorite office chair. I used to go to Dia Behbehani store in Kuwait to buy them. I didn’t like the fact that I can’t buy them online like Amazon in the US. Now the option is available online via Dia Behbehani website. I highly recommend this office chair even though it is very expensive.

How To Save Money on Apple Macbook Pro & Other Devices in Kuwait

Few days ago my business partner wanted to purchase a Macbook Pro 16″, so we were checking online whether to buy it from the US or Kuwait. There was a saving if we buy it from the US but it wasn’t much. The warranty is worth more than that small difference, so we decided to buy it from Blink. We found the one we were looking for at Blink for 899 KD, so before my partner proceeded with the purchase. He asked his friend if he knows another store that sells it at a discount, so he told him to buy it from Hawali Bin Khaldoun Street (Silicon Valley of Kuwait). He said most people buy phone lines plus a device from the telecom companies in Kuwait. Such deals have a contract for 2 years where the pay the service plus the device over time. They take the device and sell it at Bin Khaldoun Street at a discount to make quick cash. The same laptop that we were looking for sells for 800 to 820 KD depending on demand in the market. It also have a warranty, so it is 10% discount for the same exact product.