Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War has been officially announced with a teaser posted on YouTube called “Know Your History”. The short two-minute video sets up the backdrop for the upcoming game with clips from an old interview of KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov warning the US about a soviet spy that has infiltrated the country. The trailer states that the game is “inspired by actual events”. The game will be revealed worldwide on August 26 as the latest entrant in the Call of Duty Black Ops franchise.
Activision, the publisher for Call of Duty franchise, has been teasing the upcoming game through Easter eggs in Call of Duty: Warzone and now it has finally announced the title through a short teaser. While the video posted on YouTube form the official Call of Duty account does not reveal much about the game itself, it builds up its premise with clips from an interview from 1984 of KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov issuing a warning to America. The trailer also mentions that the game is “inspired by actual events” and that it will be unveiled worldwide on August 26.
In the teaser, a text flashes on screen mentioning a Soviet spy codenamed “Perseus” who infiltrated the Western intelligence to “subvert the U.S. to ensure Soviet dominance in the arms race.” A report by The Verge points out that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) does have an article on “Perseus” but calls it a “Soviet/Russian intelligence disinformation operation.”
Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War is being developed by Treyarch and Raven Software and the game is expected to be released later this year. The developers have also been teasing the game through a multi-day Alternate Reality Game (ARG) within Call of Duty: Warzone’s Verdansk map as well.
The game, as the name suggests, will be part of the Black Ops franchise that started back in 2008 with Call of Duty: World at War. Since then, there have been four more games in the series with the latest one featuring only a multiplayer mode.
Source: – Gadgets 360
The new iPad Air reminds us just how bad most Android tablets really are – Android Central
Samsung can make a damn nice tablet. I don’t much care for tablets, but even I was really impressed with the Galaxy Tab S6 while I had it here for a review, and I’ll be the first to say that a Samsung tablet is a well-built piece of machinery that looks and feels like it justifies its price. But that’s not the problem — it’s the apps.
The most expensive Windows laptop is hundreds of times faster than a new iPad or Chromebook or crappy Windows laptop.
Forget all the PR mumbo jumbo Apple’s slick new iPad Air presentation about how much more powerful it is than practically every Chromebook and Android tablet out there. That’s all hogwash — an expensive product from one company was compared to the best-selling budget models from others. The new Galaxy Tab S7 with Qualcomm’s latest processor is plenty powerful enough to do everything the new iPad can do. The iPad is overbuilt so Apple has fewer components to manage and that saves money in the long run.
No, what’s frustrating about Android tablets isn’t the hardware. It’s not even the platform. It’s the apps.
The only great apps on a brand new Galaxy Tab S are the ones Samsung wrote for it. You can use the S Pen with oodles of pressure sensitivity, you can transfer handwriting to text, you can even draw a crummy circle and an app can make it look geometrically accurate instead of like the blob you drew. But when you open the Play Store it all comes crashing to a halt.
I feel like I keep writing this over and over, but Google just doesn’t seem to care about tablet apps the same way Apple does. That’s a shame because something like a Galaxy Tab deserves great apps like Pixelmator or any of the other “must-have” apps for the iPad. It just doesn’t get them.
There isn’t much Samsung can do about it other than pay thousands of developers to write those apps and games. Samsung probably could afford to do it, but it’s not going to when it can spend that money developing its own first-party apps that are pretty awesome on the Galaxy Tab. No, this problem is something only Google can solve.
That’s not an easy task, either. Google basically has two choices: it could go the Apple route and if an app isn’t tablet-optimized it’s not listed on the device’s Play Store at all. That means close to 90% of the apps — including ones you want to use — would be gone when you hit up the Play Store with a new Android tablet. Or it could pay cold hard cash to get developers to do it. Google is going to do neither, so it just gave up.
It’s all about the mighty dollar. You’ve heard it before but developers don’t make much money from Android apps when compared to apps for iOS. That goes double (at least) for tablet apps. I don’t know if that’s because Android users have been trained not to pay for things after years of getting most apps and services for free, or whether because of Android’s open nature piracy is just rampant. But I do know it’s true because I’ve seen the same studies and reports you have. Apps written for iOS make a lot more money than ones written for Android even though there are twice as many people using Android.
When there’s no money to be made, nobody cares. I can’t fault a developer who wants to feed their family by sticking with iOS. That’s a smart move and exactly what I would do if I were in their shoes. I’m actually impressed that some third-party apps, like Sketchbook (a must-have app for any Galaxy Tab or Galaxy Note, in my opinion) are so great on a tablet because I know they aren’t making much money.
I want to recommend a new Galaxy Tab to someone looking for a great tablet, but I can’t because iOS has apps that are so much better.
There is no easy answer. Most Android apps work on an Android tablet or a Chromebook but they look like crap or don’t work correctly. Google keeps making it easier to design and lay out apps for bigger screens — because it hasn’t given up on great Chromebooks like it has for tablets — but it’s not making a difference. Google Play is a desert for good tablet apps. You’ll find an oasis once in a while, but there is a lot of empty sand not worth paying attention to in between.
If someone were to ask me which tablet I recommend I’d either steer them to a Fire tablet if they were all-in with Amazon Prime — or an iPad. And I hate that because Android is just better than iOS. You can simplify Android down so it “just works” but you can’t upscale iOS so it does more than just work. I want to be able to recommend Samsung’s great line of premium tablets, but until Google gets the app gap sorted, I can’t.
Console Makers Now Have Bigger Game to Play – The Wall Street Journal
The two companies have dueled over price since 2006. That is when Sony launched its PlayStation 3 for $100 more than Microsoft was asking for its Xbox 360, which hit the market the year before. That cost Sony some valuable ground, as the PlayStation 3 ultimately sold a little over half the amount of the previous PlayStation model. Microsoft made the same mistake in the next cycle, initially charging $100 more for the Xbox One than the PlayStation 4 when both made their debut in 2013. The Xbox One likewise is estimated to have sold just a little over half the units of its predecessor—and less than half of what the competing PlayStation 4 has sold to date.
Both companies seem to have tired of this particular fight. The new flagship models of the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 coming out this fall will carry the same price for the first time since 2001, when Microsoft’s first Xbox came on the scene to challenge Sony’s game business. The flagship version of each console will cost $499 when they go on sale in early November.
So who wins? Analysts still give an edge to Sony, given the company’s longer history in games, better-known brand and strength in markets such as Europe and Japan. The initial stock of PlayStation 5 units available for preorder sold out fast this week, and Colin Sebastian, an analyst at Robert W. Baird & Co., noted Thursday that the console was already fetching a 50% premium over its sticker price on eBay. Microsoft, which opens preorders next week, will also lack the next version of its popular Halo game, which was delayed into next year.
However, Microsoft may appeal to some bargain hunters with a $299 version of the new Xbox that lacks an optical drive. But that device also carries a slower processor and less system memory than the flagship, while Sony’s $399 “digital edition” of the PlayStation 5 carries the same components as the main version. Still, Wedbush Securities Inc. analyst Michael Pachter notes that $299 for a next-gen console is a “pretty compelling entry point.”
But ultimately, a war over unit sales becomes less important as the game business evolves. Now entering their third decade of competition, both Sony and Microsoft have enormous bases of players with established game libraries—a growing portion of which is digital games run as a service. Such players are less likely to switch over, given their investment. In its last earnings call in July, Microsoft reported that its Xbox Live membership has hit nearly 100 million players. Notably, Xbox Live membership has more than tripled during the lifespan of the Xbox One, even given that console’s relatively poor performance.
The success of Xbox Live reflects Microsoft’s larger corporate goal of driving use of its software and cloud services. The company even sells PlayStation versions of Minecraft—the popular world-building game it spent $2.5 billion on in 2014. Sony, by contrast, is far more dependent on its games business, which made up more than a quarter of the company’s revenue for the trailing 12-month period ended in June, compared with about 8% for Microsoft for the same period.
Microsoft’s overall cloud strategy has garnered the company a market value of more than $1.5 trillion—up nearly fivefold since the start of the most recent console cycle in late 2013 and more than 16 times that of Sony’s. PlayStation may keep winning the console war, but Microsoft will be very hard to catch in the much bigger game.
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Top PlayStation 5 Games to Look Out For – Gadgets 360
The age of the Sony PlayStation 5 (PS5) is finally here and it brings with it an array of exciting gaming titles to look forward to. In its new generation, Sony’s iconic gaming console series is said to deliver the most immersive experience to date, thanks to its impressive specifications. Powered by a custom octa-core AMD Zen 2 CPU , the PlayStation 5 features a custom GPU that is based on AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture, promising 10.28 teraflops of compute power.
In a series first, the console features SSD storage which the company claims will cut down loading times to mere seconds. The new DualSense controller doesn’t just look gorgeous, but also features haptic feedback and adaptive triggers.
For gamers, all of this simply means that the Sony PS5 should offer a plethora of engaging games to choose from. The Sony PS5 will cost $499.99 (about Rs. 36,800) in the US, while the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition is priced at $399.99 (about Rs. 29,500). While the official Indian pricing details haven’t been announced yet, both consoles are expected to launch on November 12 in the US, Canada, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand; and November 19 for the rest of the world, including India.
We have shortlisted some of the most anticipated, upcoming titles for the PS5, based on the buzz they have created and their expected ability to showcase the prowess of the console’s next-generation hardware. From Horizon Forbidden West to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, check out some of the most exciting titles announced for the PS5 so far, including console exclusives and cross-platform releases.
Demon’s Souls (PlayStation exclusive)
When Demon’s Souls was first released on the PlayStation 3 back in 2009, its challenging difficulty and complex combat made it a cult classic. It also inspired similar titles in the coming years, including Dark Souls, Ashen, and Nioh. Now, Bluepoint Games – the studio behind the Shadow of the Colossus remake – is remastering the action-RPG title for the PS5. An announcement trailer was released in June, showcasing the title’s heavily revamped graphics. Although no gameplay trailer has been released yet, we’re hoping that the PS5 exclusive would retain the game’s agonising difficulty, which made the title a classic in the first place. No release date has been announced yet.
Destruction AllStars (PlayStation exclusive)
Do you like battle royale games with fun, colourful Fortnite-like characters? Do you also like wreaking havoc with monstrous vehicles, a la Twisted Metal? If you agree with both, Destruction AllStars could be the perfect PS5 game for you. Developed by Lucid Games, the announcement trailer shows off the title’s crazy gameplay and even crazier vehicles. Going by the trailer, players will not only get to crash into each other’s overly powerful vehicles, but will also get to set off chaotic explosions on foot as well. We’re hoping that Sony would reveal more on the gameplay, along with the release date, in the coming months.
In a mysterious occurrence, nearly all the citizens of Tokyo have disappeared. The empty neon-lit streets are haunted by ghastly spirits and mysterious cult survivors. It is up to you and your supernatural powers to liberate the city. Developed by Tango Gameworks and published by Bethesda Softworks, the first-person adventure evokes memories of action-horror classics such as the F.E.A.R. and Condemned series, combined with an immersive anime-esque world design. Given the title’s magic-meets-karate gameplay, as revealed in June, Ghostwire: Tokyo may turn out to be the most radical title among PS5’s earlier releases. It is expected to be launched for PS5 and PC in 2021.
Gran Turismo 7 (PlayStation exclusive)
The gorgeous racing simulator series has been a PlayStation mainstay since the release of its first installment in 1997. It’s no surprise that the upcoming Gran Turismo 7 has been designed specifically to make the best use of PS5’s powerful hardware. The DualSense controller’s new haptic feedback feature and reworked triggers are also expected to offer a racing experience like no other. While the trailer was revealed in June, no release date has been announced for the PlayStation exclusive.
Horizon Forbidden West (PlayStation exclusive)
Horizon Zero Dawn mesmerised us with its gorgeous graphics, unique mecha-dinosaur hunting gameplay, and a surprisingly memorable story. Horizon Forbidden West looks to take up the mantle, furthering protagonist Aloy’s saga as she journeys to the Forbidden West (California, Utah, and Nevada) in a post-apocalyptic world set in the 31century. The game’s announcement trailer promises stunning world designs and even more challenging mecha-monsters to hunt. The PlayStation exclusive is expected to release in 2021.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PlayStation exclusive)
When Marvel’s Spider-Man swung into our PS4s in 2018, we were bowled over by just how fun the gameplay turned out to be. Sure, it had a great main story, even better DLCs, excellent graphics, and all the works. However, it was the high-on-adrenaline, web-swinging gameplay that hooked us, bringing back memories of the fun physics-based gameplay of 2004’s Spider-Man 2. Spider-Man: Miles Morales is touted as a launch title for the PS5. Although earlier it was speculated to be an expanded re-master of Marvel’s Spider-Man, Sony confirmed that Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a standalone title which acts more like an expansive spin-off than an actual sequel. Fans will get to know more when the PlayStation exclusive releases later this year.
Project Athia (PlayStation exclusive)
When the PS5 was announced, Project Athia was one of the earliest titles used to showcase the hardware muscles of the new console. Not much has been revealed about the open-world action-adventure. Even the name itself is a working title. All we know for now that this is a story-led action-adventure developed by Square Enix of Final Fantasy fame. The announcement trailer shows a super-powered female protagonist exploring a world “not her own.” The trailer also points out that the game is “designed for PlayStation 5.” No release date has been announced yet, but we’ll sure keep an eye out for this one!
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (PlayStation exclusive)
As mentioned earlier, the PS5 boasts of a new SSD storage which is said to remarkably reduce loading times. This feature is best highlighted in the upcoming chapter in the adventures of Ratchet and Clank. Developed by Insomniac Games, the PS5 exclusive follows the daring Lombax Ratchet and his sarcastic robot friend Clank, as they jump through dimensions and worlds to stop the vile Dr. Nefarious from destroying the fabric of space and time. The gameplay trailer showcases the SSD’s technical prowess as the lead characters tumble through levels and worlds seamlessly, without wasting even a second in loading time. The Ratchet & Clank series has always remained a great way for Sony to show off its console’s capabilities and it looks like Rift Apart may not be any different. It is expected to be a launch title for the PS5.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
When Call of Duty: Black Ops was released in 2010, we were encaptivated by its twisted-yet-engaging story which didn’t hold back from messing around with events from the Vietnam War and the Cold War. While a part of 2012’s Call of Duty: Black Ops II took a detour to depict events from the future – 2025, to be exact – it looks like the series is returning to the murky Cold War era with its sixth installment. As shown in the reveal trailer, CIA veterans Alex Mason, Frank Woods, and Jason Hudson returns with a secret mission to take on Soviet spy Perseus, under the leadership of CIA officer Russell Adler. Captured on the PS5, the trailer shows the upcoming title’s intriguing storyline and explosive gameplay. You can check out the story trailer for more details on the title’s premise. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is set to release on the PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC. A release date hasn’t been announced.
Stray (PlayStation exclusive)
Goat Simulator made us laugh with its glitchy gameplay. Untitled Goose Game brought out a darker side in us thanks to its human-pestering gameplay mechanics. Now, yet another animal simulator is on its way, and dare we say that it looks purr-fect? Stray lets you control a cat, who navigates the streets of a dystopian urban jungle populated by robots. The teaser trailer left us scratching our heads. Why do all the robots appear sad? Why are there no other animals in this world except cats? And last but not the least, is the cat wearing a jetpack? The upcoming title looks stunning in the trailer and we’ll be able to figure out more as the PlayStation exclusive approaches its 2021 release.
When it comes to RPGs, not many studios can hold a candle to the elaborate experiences created by CD Projekt of The Witcher fame. Cyberpunk 2077 promises to take everything to another level with deep player customizations and an intriguing dystopian Night City to explore. Although the game is scheduled to release on PS4 on November 19, users will get to play it on PS5 when the console is launched, through backwards compatibility. The title will also release on Xbox, PC, Stadia. Given the PS5’s stellar hardware, the Night City seems like an ideal world to explore on the next-gen console. Oh, did we mention that the title stars Keanu Reeves as well?
Far Cry 6
The Far Cry series is known for several factors. Its well-designed, expansive worlds offer first-person immersion like no other. The series’ gameplay offers the player equal moments of breakneck action and tranquil explorations. However, it is the title’s antagonists who almost always steal the show. From the deranged Vaas of Far Cry 3 to the sinister Joseph of Far Cry 5, the series has delivered its share of memorable baddies. With the sixth installment, the Ubisoft series stars Giancarlo Esposito, or Breaking Bad’s Gus Fring, as tyrannical dictator Antón Castillo. In the official reveal, Castillo speaks to his son Diego, menacingly introducing him to his riot-torn regime, raising him to follow in his rule. The action-RPG is set to release on February 18, 2021, on PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Stadia.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
The DC FanDome event revealed several upcoming games from the superhero franchise. Gotham Knights appear to be a fun action-RPG title that allows players to take on the villainous Court of Owls as Nightwing, Batgirl, Robin, and Red Hood. However, it was the teaser trailer for Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League that truly caught our attention. For starters, the game is developed by Rocksteady, the studio behind the acclaimed Batman: Arkham series. Secondly, this title moves away from the usual tropes to let gamers play as Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, and King Shark, with possibilities of a four-player co-op mode. Lastly, the game is likely to feature the entire Justice League as the baddies, including Superman as revealed in the teaser. The title will be released for PS5, PC, and Xbox Series X, in 2022.
Resident Evil Village
Sony sprung quite a surprise on its fans when it announced the latest installment in the Resident Evil franchise at an event in June. The announcement trailer begins with glimpses of a European village that is soon revealed to be sprinkled with werewolves, monsters and evil cults. Along with impressive world designs, the trailer showed that the upcoming title will be a first-person survival horror. Towards the end, the trailer teases the return of one of the most popular characters from the series, Chris Redfield. Resident Evil Village is set to release in 2021 for PS5, PC, and Xbox Series X.
Many gamers might argue that EA Sports continues to release the same FIFA title every year with a few added upgrades and changes here and there. However, it doesn’t take away from the fact that it remains to be one of the most engaging and popular sports titles out there, many thanks to its local co-op support that allows up to four players to play simultaneously on a single screen. Now that the PS5’s here, it would be interesting to see how the classic title feels like on next-gen hardware. The gameplay trailer showed off several new gameplay features, including Agile Dribbling, Creative Runs and a fun Rewind mode that let you undo events and take another go at the same move in the middle of a match. The title will first release for current-gen platforms, including the PS4, on October 9, with a next-gen release following after.
God of War: Ragnarök
The God of War franchise reinvented the hack-and-slash genre with its over-the-top violence and a surprisingly engaging storyline. In 2018, Santa Monica Studio reinvented the game by choosing to offer an emotionally charged story, exploring the growing relationship between Kratos and his son, Atreus.
Apart from the addictive gameplay that goes beyond blind button-smashing, God of War (2018) presented the entire game in a seamless shot, from the first scene to the last. Sony announced the next installment to the series, God of War: Ragnarök, at its PS5 Showcase event in September. Although not much of the game has been revealed yet, we do know that this time, Kratos will be facing Ragnarök – the supposed end of the world according to Norse mythology. Given the 2018-title’s incredible gameplay and memorable experience, we expect nothing less from God of War: Ragnarök.
Missing the magical world of Harry Potter? Fret not, as the upcoming open-world action RPG title promises to take gamers back to the enchanting Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Set a century before our familiar bespectacled hero embarked on his adventures, the game features iconic locations such as the Forbidden Forest, Hogsmeade Village, and even the wondrous Diagon Alley.
The story sounds engrossing as well. According to the game’s official website, “your character is a student who holds the key to an ancient secret that threatens to tear the wizarding world apart. You have received a late acceptance to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and soon discover that you are no ordinary student: you possess an unusual ability to perceive and master Ancient Magic.” Hogwarts Legacy is set to release in 2021 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.
Which upcoming PS5 title are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below.
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