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By Usama Jawad96
Sony is permanently banning PS5 owners selling access to PlayStation Plus Collection
by Usama Jawad
A major advantage a PlayStation Plus subscription offers to new owners of the PlayStation 5 is immediate access to 20 high-quality PlayStation 4 games. Games such as Uncharted 4, Until Dawn, Bloodborne, God of War, and more are playable at no extra cost under the "PlayStation Plus Collection" umbrella. Once claimed, these games are playable across both the PlayStation 5 and the PlayStation 4. Now, Sony is permanently banning some PlayStation 5 owners for exploiting this offer.
Citing several now-removed forum posts, GamerBraves claims that Sony is issuing permanent bans to PlayStation 5 owners who have been selling access to this collection of games. How this "exploit" works is that some PS5 owners create listings online for fees as low as $8 according to one Malaysian listing, and ask people to share their account credentials to gain access to the collection. Shared credentials can then be used to create an account on a PS5 which also gives that account instant access to the games on the originally associated PS4.
Apart from the fact that this is an exploitative technique which Sony definitely does not want people to employ, the security implications of sharing account credentials with strangers on the internet are enormous.
As such, Sony is handing out bans to players on both sides - sellers and buyers - for engaging in this practice. The report claims that sellers have been issued permanent bans while accounts of buyers have been banned for two months. An account ban entails losing access to all content tied to it, including games purchased using those credentials. For the selling parties, this means permanent loss while for people buying their services, this means that they will be able to access their content from the same account again after two months.
Source: GamerBraves via Push Square
By Jefferson Mangubat
Sony promises more PlayStation 5 units are coming to retailers before end of year
by Jefferson Mangubat
Sony revealed today that it's shipping more inventories of the PlayStation 5 to retailers before this year ends. The Japanese tech company said it has seen an "unprecedented demand" for its latest-generation gaming console following its release earlier this month.
In a tweet, Sony noted that the PS5 launch was its "biggest console launch ever", although it did not disclose any figures about how many units it sold. The company only said the following on Twitter:
There's no clear information as well on how many PS5 consoles it plans to release to retailers later this year. The PS5 faced significant demand even during the pre-order period, as previously confirmed by Jim Ryan, the President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment. In the U.S. alone, the consoles sold in the first 12 hours matched the number of PS4 consoles sold in the first 12 weeks, as people were staying at home due to COVID-19 lockdowns in many places.
Ryan also acknowledged that not everyone would be able to get their hands on the PS5 on launch day. Sony also made it clear prior to release that the console would only be available to purchase online at launch. That said, Sony's announcement today should appease PlayStation fans who want to snap up the PS5 in time for the holidays.
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.