Matter officially launches as PS Plus loses millions of subscribers
Staff, 2022-11-06 03:00:37,
It’s the weekend, meaning we’ve rounded up this week’s best and worst news in tech in this edition of Winners and Losers.
This week saw a handful of major updates, including the Fujifilm X-T5, the arrival of Netflix’ budget-friendly Basic with Ads plan and our 5-star review of God of War Ragnarök.
However, our winner this week is Matter, while our loser title had to go to Sony. Read on to discover why we awarded each winner and loser.
This week’s winner is Matter, after the long-awaited smart home standard finally launched this Thursday.
Matter is an industry protocol designed to make it easier for your smart home devices to communicate, whether they’re built by Apple, Google, Amazon or any of its other supporting manufacturers.
In fact, there are more than 170 companies involved in Matter, including a number of massive names like Huawei, Samsung SmartThings, Comcast, Signify and even Ikea.
The protocol addresses one of the biggest issues with smart home devices right now – many of them don’t play nice together. As Home Technology Editor David Ludlow wrote in our guide to Matter earlier this year, it can take a combination of three or four smart home systems to get a Ring alarm, Arlo camera and Yale smart lock to cooperate, meaning the whole process can become needlessly…
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