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By Asher Madan
Best Buy to host PS5 and Xbox Series X buying event on Thursday
by Asher Madan
Even after a year, it's still very hard to find a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X. If you're in the United States, you'll get the chance to buy a PlayStation 5, PlayStation 5: Digital Edition, or an Xbox Series X in stores starting at 7:30 a.m. on September 23, 2021. It seems like consoles will be available in major metropolitan areas based on the list. Curiously, the Xbox Series S is absent from this event.
Best Buy said the following about the in-store console event.
Just head over to the Best Buy website to see if there's a store near you. Keep in mind that many of these stores don't open until 10 AM so you'll have to wait a good two-and-a-half hours to complete your purchase.
Universal Media Server 10.12.0
by Razvan Serea
Universal Media Server is a DLNA-compliant UPnP Media Server. UMS was started by SubJunk, an official developer of PMS, in order to ensure greater stability and file-compatibility. The program streams or transcodes many different media formats with little or no configuration. It is powered by MEncoder, FFmpeg, tsMuxeR, AviSynth, MediaInfo and more, which combine to offer support for a wide range of media formats. Because it is written in Java, Universal Media Server supports all major operating systems, with versions for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.
To see a comparison of popular media servers, click here.
Universal Media Server 10.12.0 changelog:
Increased performance and reduced memory use of startup scan Renderer configurations now have MediaInfo enabled by default Fixed files locking during or just after download Fixed process hanging on shutdown Made building the project faster Started using DeepSource for static code analysis Translation updates via Crowdin
French (100%) (thanks, Archaos!) German (100%) (thanks, pipin!) Italian (100%) (thanks, Marco F. V. Baljet!) Portuguese (Brazilian) (thanks, Mauro.A!) Russian (96%) (thanks, Andrey Zhernovoy!) Dependencies
Revert h2database from 1.4.199 to 1.4.197 Bump JRE to 8u302+8 on macOS Bump junit5.version from 5.7.2 to 5.8.0 Bump maven-javadoc-plugin from 3.3.0 to 3.3.1 Bump maven-pmd-plugin from 3.14.0 to 3.15.0 Bump oshi-core from 5.8.1 to 5.8.2 Fixed using x64 JRE on x86 (i586) Linux Download: Universal Media Server 10.12.0 | 167.0 MB (Open Source)
Download: Other operating systems
View: Universal Media Server Website
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By Asher Madan
Here are the biggest games from THQ Nordic's September 2021 showcase
by Asher Madan
On Friday, publisher THQ Nordic hosted its first-ever digital showcase where it revealed a slew of new games and provided gameplay footage for others. While more than half a dozen titles were highlighted, we're going to focus on the major releases like Destroy All Humans 2 - Reprobed and SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake. You can learn more about them below.
Destroy All Humans! 2 - Reprobed
Destroy All Humans! 2 - Reprobed was leaked a few days ago by PlayStation and many gamers assumed that it was a PlayStation 5 exclusive. Luckily, that's not the case and it's coming to Microsoft's platforms as well.
Destroy All Humans! 2 - Reprobed is in development for PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S. It doesn't seem like it's coming to last-generation consoles.
Elex II is coming to last-generation and current-generation consoles. It should be available on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X.
Outcast 2: A New Beginning
Outcast 2: A New Beginning was announced a while back, and it's currently in development for PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S. The in-engine gameplay trailer finally showcases the visuals we can expect from the project.
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake is coming to PC, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One soon.
Which games stood out for you during the showcase? Let us know in the comments below!
By Karthik Mudaliar
Sony-owned Nextorage releases M.2 NVMe SSDs that can be used with the PS5
by Karthik Mudaliar
Nextorage, the Sony-owned subsidiary, has launched an SSD that can be used with the PlayStation 5. This comes a few days after Sony officially announced support for expansion through the M.2 solid state drive slot on the PS5. The new series of Nextorage NEM-PA PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 NVMe SSDs are available in both 1 TB and 2 TB capacities.
The performance of the 2 TB unit is slightly higher than the 1 TB one. For the 2 TB unit, the sequential read/write speeds are up to 7,300/6,900 MB/s respectively while the random read/write speed can reach up to 1 million IOPS. As far as longevity is concerned, the 2 TB version is rated for 1,400 Terabytes Written (TBW). There is 2 GB of DDR4 RAM for caching needs.
PS5-Compatible Sony SSD Sequential Read/Write
Endurance 2TB Nextorage NEM-PA
7,300 / 6,900 MB/s
1,000,000 / 1,000,000 IOPS
1TB Nextorage NEM-PA
7,300 / 6,000 MB/s
750,000 / 1,000,000 IOPS
The 1 TB unit offers a sequential read/write speed of up to 7,300/6,000 MB/s meanwhile the random read speed is rated at 750,000 IOPS and the write speed is the same as that of the 2 TB unit at 1 million IOPS. For longevity, the 1 TB unit is rated for 700 TBW.
Both the units come with an aluminum heatsink. This is on par with Sony's requirements for installing the PS5's SSD. Once installed, players can use the expanded storage to download, copy and launch both PS4 and PS5 games as well as other media apps on the PlayStation 5. Players can also move games and apps freely between the internal and external storage options.
Via Tom's Hardware
By Asher Madan
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake PS5 and PC timed exclusivity confirmed
by Asher Madan
During the PlayStation September 2021 Showcase, Sony revealed that it was working with Aspyr — the team that's ported a lot of old Star Wars games to modern consoles lately — including Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake. Despite the overwhelming excitement for the project, there was some confusion about whether the game was a timed exclusive. The main question was if it would end up on other consoles aside from PlayStation 5 (PS5).
The terms "Launch Exclusive" and "Console Launch Exclusive" were thrown around, but it's unclear what they really mean. Luckily, Tully Ackland, the Senior Game Designer of the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake, answered that question. A few days ago on Twitter, Ackland confirmed that it's a "timed exclusive for PS5 and PC". This means it'll come to other devices eventually. Ackland didn't discuss other platforms it'd be available on, but we're hoping it hits Xbox Series X|S down the line.
Typically, timed exclusivity lasts around a year. Just look at Rise of the Tomb Raider as an example. Keep in mind that Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake is still very early in development so we'll probably have to wait many years to get our hands on it. Given the fact that COVID-19 is still affecting how everyone works, there's no way to ascertain an accurate timeline.