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Sony said Tuesday that its next game console, the PlayStation 5, will arrive by next year's holiday shopping season. It also announced the PS5's controllers will feature advanced haptics with variable tension, so shooting a bow and arrow feels more realistic, for example.

Why it matters: Though eagerly awaited by hard core gamers, the new PlayStation will face competition not just from Microsoft's next Xbox, but also from streaming services like Google's Stadia.

The big picture: Sony unveiled the PS5 in April but didn't say when it would ship. Microsoft announced earlier this year that its next Xbox, code-named Project Scarlett, is also due out for next year's holidays. Both are powered by AMD's Ryzen processor and will pack far more computing power than their predecessors.

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Biden's China plan: Bring allies

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Joe Biden is planning to confront China across the globe, embracing some of President Trump's goals but rejecting his means.

The big picture: By starting a trade war with China, Trump has fundamentally altered the U.S.- China relationship — and forced both Republicans and Democrats to accept a more confrontational approach towards Beijing.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Health: Fauci says U.S. may not return to normal until 2022 — Trump's testing czar: Surge "is real" and not just caused by more tests
  2. World: Taiwan reaches a record 200 days with no local coronavirus cases
  3. Europe faces "stronger and deadlier" wave France imposes lockdown Germany to close bars and restaurants for a month.
  4. Sports: Boston Marathon delayed MLB to investigate Dodgers player who joined celebration after positive COVID test.

In pictures: Storm Zeta churns inland after lashing Louisiana

Debris on the streets as then-Hurricane Zeta passes over in Arabi, Louisiana, on Oct. 28. It's the third hurricane to hit Louisiana in about two months, after Laura and Delta. Photo: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images

Tropical Storm Zeta has killed at least two people, triggered flooding, downed powerlines and caused widespread outages since making landfall in Louisiana as a Category 2 hurricane on Wednesday.

The big picture: A record 11 named storms have made landfall in the U.S. this year. Zeta is the fifth named storm to do so in Louisiana in 2020, the most ever recorded. It weakened t0 a tropical storm early Thursday, as it continued to lash parts of Alabama and the Florida Panhandle with heavy rains and strong winds.

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