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Sony adds USB extended storage option for the PlayStation 5 - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
Also adds a ton of new social features.
Sony is rolling out the first major software update for the PlayStation 5 console tomorrow and it comes with several new features, including the much requested USB storage support. With this feature, players will be able to transfer their games from the PS5 to a connected USB storage device. You won't actually be able to play the game from the drive but rather just use it for archival. If you need to the game in future, it's much faster to just transfer it from the drive than download it all over again. This feature has been available on the PS4 consoles for a while now and they could even run the game directly off the external drive. Even the PS5 allowed transferring and playing PS4 titles from an external drives. It was only the native PS5 titles that could not be transferred before this update. The other major feature is cross-generation Share Play. Now, PS5 owners can invite their PS4 owning friends to join them in a game. This lets the PS4 player play in your game as you over the cloud. You can also invite them to play alongside you in co-op. You could also just share your screen with you for them to watch. The first two features require PlayStation Plus subscription but the third one is free. A selection of your friend's joinable game sessions will now appear on both PS5 and PS4 consoles, making it easier to find and join games. Other changes include improvements to Game Base to make it easy to switch between friends and parties, ability to quickly disable game chat or adjust other players' volume, pre-download updates for games (if enabled by developer) so that its ready to play as soon as the patch goes live, screen zoom, ability to limit automatic screen shots/videos of trophies to only high value trophies such as gold and platinum, and a new player Trophy Stats screen. Lastly, Sony also announced changes for the PlayStation App for iOS and Android, which will be rolled out in the coming weeks. These include the ability to join a multiplayer session on PS5 from the app, manage your PS5 console storage, compare trophy collections with friends, and sort and filter products shown in the PlayStation Store. Source
Google announces second generation Nest Hub with sleep tracking - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
Also features updated design and speakers.
Google has announced the second generation model of the Nest Hub. The new model features several hardware improvements and also a new sleep tracking feature. The Nest Hub design has been updated by an edge-less glass front and four colors, Chalk, Charcoal, Sand, and the new Mist. The device is built using recycled materials. The new Nest Hub also features updated speakers with 50% more bass. The motion sensors on the front allow you to play/pause music by just pointing your palm at the screen. Like the Nest Mini and Nest Audio, the new Nest Hub can also process some Assistant tasks on the device itself (US-only) with an on-device machine learning chip instead of first sending them over to Google's servers. The main new feature here is Sleep Sensing. Using a feature called Motion Sense, powered by Soli low-energy radar on the front of the device, the new Nest Hub can track your body's movements as you sleep with the device next to you on the bedside table. Sleep Sensing can keep track of things like coughing and snoring, as well as light and temperature changes in the room using microphone, light, and temperature sensors. Using all of this information, the device can produce a report sleep report for the person sleeping directly next to the device, which means it can only track one person at a time. The feature is completely optional and there are no cameras on the Nest Hub. Sleep Sensing will be available as a free preview till next year. Google is also looking to integrate this feature with Fitbit's sleep tracking. The second generation Nest Hub is priced at $100 and can be pre-ordered in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, France and Australia at the Google Store and other retailers starting today. Source
Sony is working on next-gen VR headset and controller for PS5 - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
But it's not coming in 2021 and there aren't many details about it.
Sony has started development of its next generation VR system for the PlayStation 5 and SVP Hideaki Nishino has shared a few details about it on the PlayStation blog. The next PS VR headset will bring higher resolution, wider field of view, better tracking and input and will connect to the PS5 through a single cord. Sony is teasing a new VR controller, which will incorporate some of the features of the new DualSense wireless controller, and while it doesn't go into details as to which features, Sony says the controller will focus on great ergonomics. Sadly the next-gen VR system won't come to the PS5 in 2021. Sony is expected to start issuing development kits to developers soon and will likely share more teasers of its next PS VR throughout the year. Source | Via
Yonhap: LG has put the rollable phone project on hold - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
Insiders claim that BOE and other component suppliers have been told to stop work on the project.
A report from last month claimed that LG is weighing its options for the rollable phone it showed off at CES 2021. Now Yonhap reports that the decision has been made to mothball the project. LG has told its parts suppliers to put work on the rollable phone on hold, according to insiders quoted by the Korean news agency. This includes BOE, which was contracted to make the display. The suppliers may seek compensation for the work they have already done. LG has made no official comment on the matter. This device was part of the ambitious Explorer Project, which was supposed to deliver a one-two punch with a classic flagship (the LG V70, most likely) followed by the rollable phone. Weve heard no rumors of a flagship on the way, however. The company is reportedly considering selling its mobile division or shutting it down. The division has been losing money since Q2 of 2015 and racked up $4.5 billion in total loses to date. It has continued to struggle despite multiple attempts to turn things around and bold projects like the LG Wing (also part of the Explorer Project). Mothballing the rollable phone doesnt necessarily mean that LG has decided to leave the mobile business. There were doubts that the project would be commercially successful (the Wing wasnt), so this could just be a move to cut loses. Source | Via
YouTube for Android now giving 4K playback option even if don't have a 4K screen - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
This is a server-side update and it remains to be seen how many devices are supported.
An interesting change in the YouTube Android app now lets some users playback videos at up to 4K resolution at 60FPS with HDR on devices with lower res-displays. The new feature is seemingly a server-side update as Im using version 15.05.35 of the YouTube app and not the latest 15.06.35 build which released on February 13. Last year the iOS YouTube also app gained 4K playback with the rollout of iOS 14. Newly added 2160p playback option in YouTube app In my personal testing with a Galaxy S10e playback at 2160p worked well though when I switched to a Galaxy Tab S5e playback fared much worse with chopped frames resulting in more of a slideshow than video playback. It remains to be seen which devices will gain this new feature though its a welcome addition. Even on smaller FHD+ smartphone screens, the 2160p videos look noticeably sharper with less compression due to the higher bitrate. Let us know in the comments if your smartphone or tablet gives you the option to playback 4K videos on YouTube.
Microsoft unveils Xbox Wireless Headset, puts it on pre-order immediately at $100 - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
The headset is designed for high-quality spatial audio and team chat during gaming. You can also connect it to your phone.
Microsoft unveiled the first wireless Xbox headset in quite a while it will be available from March 16 at $100, but you can pre-order one today if you want to be among the first to have it. This Xbox Wireless Headset is designed for gaming on the Xbox Series X or Series S as well as PCs. You can also simultaneously connect it to your phone so you would hear it if it rings while you play. You can even accept the call and continue playing. As a proper gaming headset, this one has a microphone (which can be tucked away when not in use). Two beam-forming mics and voice isolation tuning help the headset separate your voice from background noises. Also, you can rotate the earcups to adjust the volume of game audio and team chat separately. Three high-quality spatial audio standards are supported: Windows Sonic, Dolby Atmos and DTS Headphone:X. You may need a Bluetooth 4.2 (or higher) dongle to connect with your PC, the Xbox consoles have the functionality built in. Game and team chat volumes can be adjusted separately The microphone filters out background noise The Xbox Wireless Headset weighs 312g. Its battery should last 15 hours on a single charge. If youre in a hurry, a 30 minute charge is puts in 4 hours of play time into the battery. Using the Xbox Accessories app you can tune additional settings on the headset adjust the equalizer and bass boost, configure the auto-mute feature, change the LED brightness and more. The video above demos the app, the one below is the launch trailer for the headset. You can find more details and pre-order the headset over at the online Microsoft Store in the US, Canada (CAD$ 130), the UK (£95), Germany (100), Australia (AUD$150) and others. The headset will also be available through select retailers. Source