Add Hideo Kojima’s P.T. to the list of PlayStation 4 games you can’t play on Sony’s next-generation console. In case you need a refresher, P.T. was a demo Kojima Productions released in 2014 to build excitement for its then-upcoming Silent Hills reboot. When Konami canceled the project, it removed P.T. from the PlayStation Store. The company also made it next to impossible for people who had the game on their console at some point to download it again.
When Sony didn’t list the title as one of the dozen of PS4 games you can’t play on the PS5, there was some hope it would live on, but that’s not to be the case. According to Polygon, it’s neither possible to transfer P.T. to a PS5 nor play it on the console through backward compatibility.
But what makes that situation stranger still is that it was playable on the PS5 at one point. Polygon’s Michael McWhertor reports when he first got his PS5 review unit, he could both transfer the game and play it on the console. However, at some time in the last few days, the situation changed. McWhertor says you can’t play P.T. on the PS5 anymore. After factory resting his PS5, he learned he couldn’t transfer the game any longer as well. A Sony spokesperson told Polygon the change in backward compatibility on PS5 “was a publisher decision.”
It would seem if you’re one of the lucky few who still has P.T. on your PS4, your best bet is to keep it there. At this point, you’re holding onto a piece of history, one Konami would rather you not have.
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Samsung is starting to roll out updates to Android 11 and One UI 3.0, its customized interface, to some of its latest phones. The first up are Galaxy S20 series devices in the US, Korea, and most of Europe, which will start receiving updates today. Updates for the Note 20, last year’s Note 10 and S10, and the Z Fold, Z Fold 2, and Z Flip are planned to arrive in the “coming weeks.” Updates for the Galaxy A series will arrive in the first half of 2021.
The updates come three months after the launch of Android 11. Samsung has historically been slow to deliver Android updates even to its latest phones. Three months isn’t a huge wait (it maintains the same pace as last year), but a number of other phone manufacturers, including OnePlus, Xiaomi, and Oppo, managed to deliver Android 11 on day one this year. Samsung’s updates take longer in part because it heavily customizes Android with its own interface.
One UI 3.0 mostly brings visual refinements to Samsung’s existing interface. Menus and widgets are now presented with a frosty, translucent background, rather than the grayish look they previously had. Samsung has also added some richer lock screen widgets and a redesigned volume menu, and it says animations should be smoother, and camera autofocus should be faster. Android Police has a thorough rundown of the changes.
It’s not entirely clear how soon any given phone will get these updates, even though the rollout is starting today. Samsung’s software rollouts often start slowly, and they’re frequently held up on a carrier-by-carrier basis. To illustrate just how chaotic it can be: Verizon preempted Samsung’s announcement and started rolling out this update to the Galaxy S20 5G UW yesterday.
, which includes the company’s One UI 3 interface, for those three phone models in the US.
The update includes Samsung’s own improvements, such as a more minimal interface and new widgets for the home and lock screens. The new widgets add controls for things like music directly to the screen.
The camera app has also seen its share of improvements, with autofocus and auto-exposure leading the way.
Also called out by Samsung is an update to the share sheet, which you use to select an app where you want to share documents, links or photos. You can now customize the share sheet, tailoring it to your preferred apps and contacts.
Samsung is also launching Samsung Free, an app where you’ll find news, games and Samsung TV Plus content on your device. This takes the place of Samsung Daily, a similar app, that can be found by swiping to the right on your home screen.
I almost always disable Samsung Daily the moment I set up a Galaxy phone, so I’m not sure renaming the feed and adding some of its own subscription services to it will entice me to leave it on, but I’m willing to give it a try.
There’s no exact word on when the update will start showing up on devices. Typically carriers will release the update in waves, with unlocked devices randomly getting the update during that time.
As for other Samsung devices, the company has said that the Note 20, ZFold 2, Z Flip, Note 10, Fold and S10 series will all get the update in the “coming weeks.” Based on previous release schedules, that timing can and will easily slip into months.
If you see the update on your Galaxy phone, be it an S20 or another device, leave a comment and let us know which device and carrier you have.
Some Xiaomi Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro specifications have shown up online. Both phones are tipped to come with a 1440p screen that refreshes at 120Hz. The Mi 11 Pro will allegedly support fast charging at 120W. Xiaomi is expected to unveil the Mi 11 series by the end of December 2020.
With the Xiaomi Mi 11 series’ launch date drawing closer, the internet is abuzz with speculations about the phone’s specifications. Xiaomi and Qualcomm have already confirmed that it will run the Snapdragon 888, so we know that for sure. However, there seems to be a lot of buzz around the Xiaomi Mi 11 series’ camera and battery prowess. A table showcasing the alleged specifications of the Xiaomi Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro’s side-by-side has now surfaced on Weibo. It shouldn’t be long before we know if this information is correct. Ice Universe suggests that Xiaomi plans on launching the Mi 11 series at the end of December.
It is unclear as to how many cameras both smartphones will come in total. The base Xiaomi Mi 11 is billed to ship with a 108MP Samsung ISOCELL HM3 sensor assisted by a 13MP ultra-wide-angle lens. Things begin to get murky here, as the machine translation fails to tell us the telephoto lens’ megapixel count. It may also come with a hole-punch 20MP selfie camera. There appears to be a macro lens thrown in the mix, too. More details about it should emerge as time passes. The Xiaomi Mi 11 will reportedly ship with a 4,700mAh battery that can be charged at 50W via a cable, and at 30W wirelessly. Prices are expected to start at RMB 3,999 (US$610) for the base variant with 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of USF 3.1 storage. Other Xiaomi Mi 11 features include an under-display fingerprint scanner, NFC, and a 1440p screen with a refresh rate of 120Hz.
Moving on to the better-specced Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro (or Mi 11 Ultra according to some sources), we get what appears to be a 50MP primary sensor. However, an earlier report told us that the 50MP image is a result of 4:1 pixel billing, so we’re likely looking at a 200MP sensor. It will be assisted by a 48MP ultra-wide-angle lens and a 48MP telephoto lens. Xiaomi could very well follow Huawei’s path and throw in a second telephoto lens for good measure. Even the Galaxy S21 Ultra is billed to feature a similar setup, giving Xiaomi additional incentive to follow suit. Things get even more impressive when we look at the Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro’s battery specifications. It will allegedly support fast charging at 120W over a cable and 80W wirelessly. Xiaomi has been working on its 100W fast charging tech for quite some time now, and it’s good to see it make its way in a flagship smartphone. The Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro is expected to cost RMB 5,299 (US$807) for the same memory and storage configuration as the non-Pro variant. Information about the exact screen size is scant, but it stands to reason that the smartphone will come with a 1440p 120Hz AMOLED screen.
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