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By Usman Khan Lodhi
Fortnite receives in-game video chat thanks to Houseparty
by Usman Khan Lodhi
Epic Games announced today that it is integrating Fortnite with Houseparty, letting players see their friends while they play the game together. Users will be required to install the Houseparty app on an iOS or Android device and connect their Houseparty account to their Epic Games account. Those doing so will receive the Rainbow Fog Wrap as a reward.
Initially, the feature will only be available to PC, PS4, and PS5 gamers. Using their phones, players will be able to connect to Houseparty, and the video chat will be shown in-game. Epic has detailed the process of bringing video chat into Fortnite:
The video chat will only display player faces and replace the background with a Fortnite-themed image. Epic has emphasized that the service is restricted to people aged 13 or more. In the parental settings menu, there is an option to turn off the feature. Epic didn't say whether the feature will be made available to other games.
Universal Media Server 9.8.2
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 9.8.2 changelog:
Improved filename prettifying for XviD and x265 videos Improved support for WebP images Fixed memory leaks Fixed duration of resume files via DLNA Fixed incorrect resolution metadata if the renderer uses KeepAspectRatioTranscoding Fixed not removing old JRE folders on Windows install Updated links in documentation (thanks, xaitax!) Fixed date on zip logs filename (thanks, Midhun R Nair!) Save logs to desktop by default (thanks, dotslash21!) Renderers
Improved support for Blu-ray and DVD subtitles on VLC for desktop Improved detection of Microsoft Edge Updated logo for Microsoft Edge Translation updates via Crowdin
Chinese (Simplified) (100%) Chinese (Traditional) (100%) Dutch (92%) Italian (100%) Romanian (100%) Serbian (Cyrillic) (86%) Dependencies
Bump AdoptOpenJDK from 14.0.2 to 15.0.1+9 Bump assertj-core from 3.17.1 to 3.18.0 Bump commons-io from 2.7 to 2.8.0 Bump commons-lang3 from 3.7 to 3.9 Bump commons-text from 1.3 to 1.9 Bump git-commit-id-plugin from 4.0.2 to 4.0.3 Bump icu4j from 67.1 to 68.1 Bump junit5.version from 5.6.2 to 5.7.0 Bump junrar from 7.3.0 to 7.4.0 Bump maven-project-info-reports-plugin from 3.1.0 to 3.1.1 Bump metadata-extractor from 2.14.0 to 2.15.0 Bump oshi-core from 5.2.5 to 5.3.4 Bump spotbugs-maven-plugin from 4.0.4 to 4.1.4 Download: Universal Media Server 9.8.2 | 161.0 MB (Open Source)
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By Usama Jawad96
Here are some tidbits you might not know about the PS5
by Usama Jawad
Microsoft's next-generation Xbox Series X|S consoles launch in a few hours, but those eager to get their hands on the PlayStation 5 have a few days to wait. The consoles offer similar advantages over the previous generation, including faster load times and better graphics, but they also feature some unique capabilities currently not present in the other. For Xbox Series X|S, this is Quick Resume, while for the PlayStation 5, it is the DualSense controller.
With PlayStation 5's launch a couple of days away, Sony has published an "Ultimate FAQ" to answer some questions people may have around the company's next-gen offering. Although you may know most of the information presented by Sony in this blog post - particularly which revolves around the console's graphical prowess -, we have gathered some tidbits you may not be aware of.
Here's a list of things you might not know about the PlayStation 5:
The console does not come with additional colors or designs at launch. Sony's phrasing suggests that this may change in the future. The PS5 comes with an internal power supply and does not feature an external power brick. In some PS5 games, developers may offer players the options to remove specific modes and content they are not interested in to improve the storage space situation. Although you can play PS4 games stored on a USB drive connected to a PS5, this is not possible for PS5 games, as those need to be stored on the internal SSD. Sony is looking into ways as to how it can at least allow storage on external USBs, but these capabilities are not available at launch. The PS5 sports an expansion port that will allow users to plug in an M.2 SSD for storing and playing PS5 games in the future. This capability will come later via a software update, and Sony will share more information about compatibility. The company has currently discouraged players from buying an M.2 SSD as the PS5 will enforce a minimum performance level for SSD storage. Every PS5 game will take advantage of the console's Tempest 3D AudioTech, but exact enhancements will be dependent on developer optimization. Virtual surround sound via TV speakers is not currently supported but will arrive in future updates. The PS5 supports resolutions of 720p, 1080i, 1080p, and 2160p. While the console is compatible with 8K displays right now, the capability to output at that resolution will arrive later via a system software update. Players can choose whether they want to enable or disable the DualSense controller's haptic feedback technology. The DualSense controller sports an integrated microphone array and a speaker. The DualSense controller features a player-facing light bar. For PS4 games that require a forward-facing light bar instead, Sony has recommended the use of PS4's DualShock 4 controllers. DualSense offers lower input latency as compared to DualShock 4. The PS5 controller will have a similar battery life as DualShock 4, and up to 3 hours may be required to fully charge the peripheral. Sony will offer other colors of the DualSense controller in the future but has no further information to share at this time. PS5's Blu-ray discs store up to 100GB of game data, double that of the 50GB capacity offered by its predecessor. The PS5 does not support 3D Blu-ray movies. The new UI for the PS5 does not support folders and themes at launch. You can head over to the dedicated Ultimate FAQ page here if you wish to take a deep dive around the upcoming console yourself. Sony says that it will keep updating this page in the future as more information is ready to be shared with the public.
By Ather Fawaz
Airpeak is Sony's new project for AI-powered drones and remote sensing
by Ather Fawaz
Today, Sony announced that it was launching a new project called 'Airpeak'. As the name hints, Airpeak will be Sony's take on AI-powered drones and the Japanese giant will contribute by bringing its remote-sensing technology to the domain.
The firm already specializes in making top-of-the-line cameras for both photography and videography, and Airpeak will take a cue from this. Sony says that the project will "support the creativity of video creators to the fullest extent possible, aiming to contribute to the further development of the entertainment industry". This could mean that the new project will bring in drones to capture some interesting shots of sports, exploration, and even regular settings. Furthermore, the project also aims to bring in improved efficiency and savings in various industries. Special attention will be paid to safety and reliability in all environments as well.
Airpeak is slated to launch somewhere in the spring of 2021. Sony will soon be seeking collaborating partners for the project. Apart from this, there isn't much that the Japanese firm has detailed about the project.
Further information and development information will be regularly updated on this website.
The PlayStation 5 will only be available online at launch
by João Carrasqueira
The next generation of consoles is almost upon us, and with the PlayStation 5 set to launch next week on November 12 (in some markets), Sony has decided to warn its fans about lining up at stores on launch day. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic that hasn't subsided yet, the company has made clear that retailers won't be selling any units of the PlayStation 5 in stores on launch day.
If you're planning to get the PlayStation 5 on the day it launches, you'll need to place your pre-orders online. You can still pick up you pre-ordered units at the store, using the designated pickup areas set by each retailer so as to keep customers safe. While the console is launching on different days depending on where you live - some markets will get it on November 12, others on November 19 - this measure will apply to all regions.
What Sony didn't clarify is when you can expect to start seeing consoles on store shelves. Presumably, giving out a date would just encourage people to line up on said date anyway.
Sony isn't the only one launching a console next week, and the Xbox Series X|S will actually be available a little earlier on November 10. Reviews are starting to come in for Microsoft's consoles, and you can read our own review of the Series X here.