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Gran Turismo 7 has been delayed due to COVID-19
by Usama Jawad
Sony made multiple announcements today including the next iteration of PlayStation VR as well as plans for its exclusive titles making their way to PC, starting with Days Gone. While these are positive pieces of news, some not-so-good news is that Gran Turismo 7 has been delayed to 2022.
In a statement to GQ, Sony stated that the delay is due to COVID-19 and that Gran Turismo 7's release will be pushed to 2022 as a result:
The announcement will likely come as a blow for fans of the series. When Sony announced the latest entry in June 2020, it showed off in-game footage captured on the PlayStation 5 to highlight just how pretty the graphics can end up being on the new hardware.
Gran Turismo 7 also features a brand-new campaign mode which lets players customize cars in their own garage and unlock new vehicles - like the Mazda RX-VISION GT3 concept - by winning various races. Little else is currently known about the Polyphony Digital title except that it will be a PlayStation 5 exclusive, and will purportedly support ray-tracing and 4K60 gameplay. It is also expected to utilize features offered by the DualSense controller. While there is no firm release date for Gran Turismo 7 as of yet, fans of the series will have to sit out the rest of this year at the very least.
More PlayStation exclusives head to PC, starting with Days Gone this spring
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Sony will soon bring back its PlayStation to PC porting initiative according to Sony Interactive Entertainment president Jim Ryan, who revealed the detail in an interview with GQ.
Days Gone is slated to be the next game to leave the PlayStation exclusives list, with it releasing this spring on PC, following in the footsteps of Horizon Zero Dawn from last year. The Bend Studio-developed title is an open-world action survival game set in a post-apocalyptic scenario involving zombie-like creatures. It originally released in 2019 for the PlayStation 4.
However, the porting journey won't stop there, as Ryan had said even more exclusives will come pouring through to PC afterward. An Amazon leak from last year - which Sony called inaccurate - showed PC listings of Days Gone, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, Persona 5 Royal, and Gran Turismo Sport, among other games. In the end, these could be the games that are incoming to PC.
When asked what changed within the company to allow PC ports of its exclusives after a long time of closed doors, Ryan answered saying:
Ryan added that Horizon Zero Dawn's launch on PC was a success. This was thanks to the PC community going on to liking and purchasing the game and the PlayStation community not having a "massive adverse reaction" to the porting decision. Sony also announced its next-generation virtual reality plans today, though the headset and controllers won't be landing this year.
Sony announces its next-generation PlayStation VR system, not launching in 2021
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
The original PlayStation VR system Today Sony announced that it is building a next-generation virtual reality system specifically for its new PlayStation 5 console. However, it will be a while before PlayStation VR (PS VR) fans get their hands on it.
"We’re continuing to innovate with our new VR system so that our fans can continue to enjoy the unique experiences that are synonymous with PlayStation," said Sony Interactive Entertainment senior vice president Hideaki Nishino in today's announcement. "We’re taking what we’ve learned since launching PS VR on PS4 to develop a next-gen VR system that enhances everything from resolution and field of view to tracking and input."
The new PS VR headset will connect to the PlayStation 5 with a single cable to "simplify setup and improve ease-of-use" according to the company, shedding the wireless rumors. Moreover, Sony is building a new VR controller, and it will take on features from its PlayStation 5 DualSense controller. This should mean that the latter's advanced haptic features will also make an appearance on the VR controller side.
The bad news is that the project is still in development, and not even images of what the VR headset or controllers look like were shared today. While a launch window reveal wasn't a part of the announcement, Nishino said that the next-gen virtual reality system is not coming in 2021. The original PlayStation VR headset from 2016 can be used with the PlayStation 5, however, the compatible games may only run the original version, not a next-gen enhanced version.
Universal Media Server 10.1.0
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 10.1.0 changelog:
Added lastPlaybackPosition, lastPlaybackDate, and playbackCount to UPnP responses Added bitsPerSample to UPnP responses (thanks, sf666!) Fixed VLC transcoding bugs Fixed SkipExtensions setting not supporting spaces (thanks, ik666!) Fixed tsMuxeR on 64-bit Linux and macOS systems Fixed MPlayer/MEncoder on macOS 10.15+ Translation updates via Crowdin
Arabic (100%) (thanks,خليل مراطلة (meratkha)!) Catalan (93%) (thanks, nikodeimos!) Dutch (100%) (thanks, DJ_eMPe!) Korean (99%) (thanks, VenusGirl!) Serbian (Cyrillic) (100%) (thanks, Slobodan Simić (Слободан Симић) (slsimic)!) Dependency updates
Bump junit5.version from 5.7.0 to 5.7.1 Bump maven-checkstyle-plugin from 3.1.1 to 3.1.2 Bump MPlayer/MEncoder for macOS to SB67 Download: Universal Media Server 10.0.1 | 160.0 MB (Open Source)
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By Namerah S
PS Plus vs. PS Now: Which one should you get?
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
We currently live in the age of the consumer, there is no limit to what you can buy. The recent years have seen the advent of various monthly subscription services in the world of gaming. Big names like Microsoft, Sony, Apple, Google and Amazon have all jumped on board and released similar products.
Such gaming services can be quite convenient as they provide users with value for money and can usually be cancelled at any time. Today we will consider two subscriptions provided by Sony, PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now, which cater to PlayStation and PC users. While the former has been around since 2010, the latter came around about four years later.
A very common question that so many PlayStation owners are plagued with - myself included - is "Which subscription should I choose?". To help our readers solve this conundrum, we will analyze both options and tell you which one is the right choice for you.
What each subscription offers
PS Plus is a subscription which offers members two free games for the PS4 and recently, one extra for the PS5, exclusive PS Store discounts, exclusive added content, 100GB of cloud storage and access to a collection of 20 classic games only on the PS5. It also enables online gaming and is a requirement for almost all multiplayer games except for free-to-play titles like Apex Legends or Fortnite. Once the PS Plus subscription expires, members lose access to their PS Plus library until they activate their subscription again.
PS Now is a cloud gaming subscription which allows users to stream or download select titles from the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation 4 on the compatible platforms. Like PS Plus, once the monthly pass expires, players no can no longer access any of the games that they may have downloaded or streamed before. PC users need a DualShock 4 or any other compatible controller to play, and can only stream games from the service, not download them.
Price and platforms
The PS Plus subscription costs $9.99 per month, $24.99 for three months, or $59.99 for 12 months. Initially, the PS Now service used to cost more but the prices changed in October 2019. Following the change, PlayStation Now costs exactly the same, $9.99 for one, $24.99 for three or $59.99 for 12 months as the PS Plus.
While the PS Plus membership is limited to the PS4 and PS5, PS Now is available on both the Sony consoles as well as PC.
Collection of games
PlayStation Plus offers three free titles each month. Apart from that, it also has a library of 20 games that players can download. This library is called the PS Plus Collection and it's only available on the PS5. All games can only be kept as long as they are active members.
The PS Plus Collection has the following list of games:
Bloodborne Days Gone Detroit: Become Human God of War Infamous Second Son Ratchet and Clank The Last Guardian The Last of Us Remastered Until Dawn Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Batman: Arkham Knight Battlefield 1 Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Zombies Chronicles Edition Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Fallout 4 Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition Monster Hunter: World Mortal Kombat X Persona 5 Resident Evil 7 Biohazard The PlayStation Now Library, on the other hand, has over 800 games in its arsenal. However, these games don't always stay in the collection permanently. From time to time, new games are added and old ones are given the boot. All of them are playable on the PS4, PS5 and PC.
Some of the current titles on the PS Now Library are:
Call of Duty Black Ops III Detroit: Become Human Ratchet and Clank Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Uncharted: Drake's Fortune Darksiders Genesis WWE 2K Battlegrounds The Crew 2 Frostpunk Surviving Mars Little Nightmares Horizon Zero Dawn Darksiders III The Surge 2 Wreckfest Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Mafia III A comprehensive list of all PS Now titles in the collection at the moment can be found here.
It goes without saying that an internet connection is required to access both PlayStation services. When it comes to PS Plus, users can download their games and play them offline unless they are playing online multiplayer titles. So once the games are downloaded, users don't really need a connection.
Unfortunately, for most of the PS Now titles, subscribers need to stream the game. Therefore, at least a minimum speed of 5Mbps is required at all times. Only a few games from this collection can be downloaded while most of the games, including some popular titles like God of War and the Uncharted franchise, are only available to stream.
The Playstation Plus service is available in 73 countries around the globe. Different regions have different content depending on the rules and demands of the area. The full list of regions where people can purchase PS Plus can be found here.
Meanwhile, PS Now is available in far lesser territories than PS Plus. As of March 12, 2019, the PlayStation Now service is only available in 19 countries. These are Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the UK and the U.S.
So, after considering all the above factors, which one should you choose? Well, the answer actually varies from person to person. Obviously, if you are situated in a region where either or both gaming subscriptions aren't available, you can't get them. However, if you have both options available, you'll need to consider your gaming needs to select the right one.
Our recommendation is that if you don't play online multiplayer, like to play on the PC as well as console and have a really good internet connection, go with PlayStation Now. It has a huge selection of games that you can play as long as they're in the library. You may not be able to download them all, but that's a small price to pay for access to such a large collection. The service provides true-blue bang for your buck.
On the other hand, if you play online multiplayer, frequently purchase games or lack a stable internet connection, opt for the PS Plus service. Although it doesn't offer many games, it does give you three games per month, access to 20 classic titles on the PS5, 100GB of cloud storage, a ton of discounts, and exclusive content.
If you have a nice fat disposable income and both offerings have something essential to you, we would suggest you choose both of them! An active PS Plus subscription is mandatory for almost all multiplayer on PlayStation consoles so it's a very logical choice. In fact, both monthly memberships complement each other as the cloud storage of the PS Plus helps you store your PS Now games. If you can afford it, why not?
Which subscription service - PlayStation or otherwise - do you prefer? Do you think we missed out on any important factors? Let us know in the comments below!
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