A week after Microsoft detailed the price and release date for both the Xbox Series X and the Series S, Sony has followed suit with a major PS5 showcase event. On Wednesday, Sony revealed not only how much the PS5 will cost and when it will launch, but also more details on the games coming to the next-gen platform.
If you missed the event live, here are all the major reveals.
The PS5 will cost $499.99, and it launches November 12th
The big news, of course, were details on the PS5 itself. We now know that the next-gen console will launch on November 12th, with two price points: a base PS5 for $499.99, and a disc-free Digital Edition for $399.99.
God of War is back
The long-awaited follow-up to God of War is official, thanks to a brief tease. We don’t know much about it, but it appears to be called Ragnarök, something that was heavily suggested at the end of the original game. It’s expected to launch next year.
PlayStation Plus is getting an extra bonus
Sony also announced the “PlayStation Plus Collection,” a new feature for its subscription service that lets subscribers play a huge range of classic PS4 games on their PS5. Best of all, it’ll be available at launch in November.
Final Fantasy XVI announced for PlayStation and PC
The show opened with a surprise: Final Fantasy XVI is in the works. We don’t know much more than that — like, say, when it’ll be available — but the debut trailer is full of familiar sights like chocobos, crystals, and wild magic spells. The game will be coming to both the PS5 and PC.
A good look at the next Spider-Man
We already knew that a Miles Morales-focused Spider-Man game was coming to PS5, but today’s reveal showed off an extended look at gameplay, so you can get an idea of all of the hero’s spidey abilities. It’ll be launching this holiday on the PS5.
A first look at the long-rumored open-world Harry Potter game
The wizarding world of Harry Potter is getting even bigger with a new game called Hogwarts Legacy. It’s the long-rumored — and occasionally leaked — open-world game set in the vast Harry Potter universe. It’s launching next year.
Resident Evil: Village looks terrifying
The award for spookiest trailer goes to the eighth mainline Resident Evil, which looks as gruesome and unsettling as you’d expect. The scares are coming to the PS5 in 2021.
Devil May Cry 5 is getting a special edition
One of the best action games of the last few years is getting a new version for the PS5. Capcom revealed a “special edition” of Devil May Cry 5, which will be a PS5 launch title, available digitally.
Five Nights at Freddy’s goes next-gen
The ubiquitous horror series Five Nights at Freddy’s returns with an incredibly creepy-looking new entry for the PS5. It’s called Security Breach, but no word on when it launches.
A better look at the Demon’s Souls remaster
Bluepoint Games’ ambitious remaster of Demon’s Souls is one of the most exciting PS5 titles we know about, and we got a good long look at the revamped action RPG in a new trailer.
The OnePlus 8 is $100 off ahead of OnePlus 8T launch
OnePlus is gearing up to launch its next flagship in October, so it’s no surprise that prices for the existing generation are starting to fall. The OnePlus 8 is currently $100 off on Amazon and the company’s own website, with the 128GB model now going for $599 instead of $699. The 256GB configuration is now $699 instead of $799, and this appears to be the only model available on Amazon at the moment.
The OnePlus 8 Pro, which is one of our favorite Android phones this year, is similarly discounted, though only the 256GB option is available on Amazon and the company’s website. For the original $900 starting price, the OnePlus 8 Pro offers a 6.78-inch Quad HD+ AMOLED screen with a hole punch cutout for its selfie camera. The display refreshes at a speedy 120Hz for smooth scrolling and animations at that higher resolution, compared to Samsung’s version on the S20 Ultra and Note 20s, which only support 120Hz at 1080p.
Metal Gear, Metal Gear Solid, and more Konami classics come to PC on GOG.com
The 1987 original Metal Gear and successors Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance highlight a slate of classic Konami re-releases for modern PCs via GOG.com today.
Joining the three Metal Gears will be the Konami Collector’s Series: Castlevania & Contra, which bundles five games from the franchises’ 8-bit origins: Castlevania, Castlevania 2: Simon’s Quest, Castlevania 3: Dracula’s Curse, plus Contra and its sequel, Super C.
Though better known by their editions that launched on home consoles of their day, all the games had versions on a variety of personal computers, too. Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance, for example, was the Windows PC expanded version of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, which premiered on PlayStation 2 in 2001.
Metal Gear, considered by many to be the progenitor of the stealth genre, debuted in 1987 on Japan’s MSX2 personal computer, joining the Famicom/Nintendo Entertainment System later that year in Japan (and coming west at the beginning of 1988). It was ported for MS-DOS PCs in 1990. Metal Gear Solid arrived in 1998 on PlayStation, following on PC in 2000; Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty launched in November 2001, arriving to PC as Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance in 2003.
A news release from GOG.com promises all of the games have been updated for modern PC hardware.
iOS doesn’t need to be more like Android, it just needs more Google
Even though I’ve used several Android handsets over the years, I’ve always stuck with an iPhone. For one thing, I’m so invested in the ecosystem at this point (I’ve purchased many apps, several of which are iOS-only) that switching to another platform would be too painful.
But the main reason that I still have an iPhone, despite the many advantages of Android, is simply force of habit. Its interface, design language and keyboard feel so much like second nature that I can’t get used to anything else. This is a huge reason why Android’s widgets and home screens simply don’t appeal to me: I just never saw the need for them. Even now, after I’ve installed iOS 14, I haven’t bothered adding a widget or cleaning up my home screen, because I just like it the way it is. I suspect many other iOS users feel the same.
For me, the main benefit that Android has over iOS has never been its design or its interface or anything like that. The main advantages with Android, in my view, are the features. Specifically, its compatibility with Google’s apps and services. That’s because, as much as I like iOS, Google is the world in which I live. I use Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Maps, Google Photos and Chrome literally every day. I find Google services easier and more pleasant to use, and I like that it all syncs together. The fact that Android comes with Gmail, Chrome and all the usual Google services by default, working seamlessly with a single sign-on, is great.
That hasn’t been the case with iOS, and one can certainly understand why. Apple obviously wants you to use its own apps and services over the competition. Sure, third-party apps like Gmail and Chrome have been around for a few years now but there were always certain restrictions. The biggest hassle is that tapping on an email link in an app or in Safari would often kick me over the default Apple Mail app rather than Gmail (If you tapped on an email link in the Chrome app, it does let you go to Gmail however). Now, thanks to iOS 14, this is no longer a problem.
Of course, it’s likely that Apple isn’t allowing this in iOS 14 out of the goodness of its heart. Instead, it could be a tactical move. The company is already facing serious antitrust scrutiny as well as accusations that it holds an App Store monopoly, partially due to the 30 percent commission it charges developers (This is the basis of Epic’s recent legal battle with Apple). Perhaps, by ceding ground on default iOS apps, Apple could be heading off concerns that it holds a monopoly over that at the very least. It is not unlike when Microsoft was forced to unbundle Internet Explorer from Windows in 2009 due to European regulations.
Be that as it may, this could be a sign of greater things to come. It’s given me a glimmer of hope that other Google apps, like Calendar and Maps for example, could be given the default treatment too. Of course, there are many things that Android still does better than iOS, such as managing notifications, app permission handling, Live Transcribe, the ability to sideload apps not from an App Store, and more. But if all I get is greater access to Google’s apps and services while still keeping the phone I like, I’d be happy.
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