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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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Pac-12 football players threaten coronavirus opt-out

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A group of Pac-12 football players have threatened to opt out of the season unless the conference addresses systemic inequities and concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Why it matters: College football players have never had more leverage than they do right now, as the sport tries to stage a season amid the pandemic. And their willingness to use it shows we've entered a new age in college sports.

Betting on inflation is paying off big for investors

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The specter of rising inflation is helping power assets like gold, silver and Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) to strong returns with record demand this year.

The big picture: Investors continue to pack in even as inflation metrics like the consumer price index (CPI) and personal consumption expenditure (PCE) index have remained anchored.

Scoop: Top CEOs urge Congress to help small businesses

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With a new coronavirus relief measure stalled in Congress, CEOs of some of the world's biggest companies have banded together to send a message to Washington: Get money to small businesses now!

Why it matters: "By Labor Day, we foresee a wave of permanent closures if the right steps are not taken soon," warns the letter, organized by Howard Schultz and signed by more than 100 CEOs.