In a surprise twist, Sony has delisted Cyberpunk 2077 from the PlayStation Store while promising to offer refunds to gamers who have already purchased the game.
The company confirmed the move on Twitter, noting that those looking for their money back for the PS4 game can initiate the refund process here.
On the refund page, Sony left the following message:
SIE strives to ensure a high level of customer satisfaction, therefore we will begin to offer a full refund for all gamers who have purchased Cyberpunk 2077 via PlayStation Store. SIE will also be removing Cyberpunk 2077 from PlayStation Store until further notice.
Once we have confirmed that you purchased Cyberpunk 2077 via PlayStation Store, we will begin processing your refund. Please note that completion of the refund may vary based on your payment method and financial institution.
This is a major decision from Sony, which has — with few exceptions — been declining to offer refunds to those who purchased Cyberpunk 2077. Since the game launched a week ago, Cyberpunk 2077 players across all platforms have been experiencing a variety of technical issues.
For many people, though, the PlayStation 4 version has suffered from the highest number of bugs, prompting many people to pursue a refund for Sony. Most of these gamers, however, were told by Sony that they would not be eligible for a refund because they’d already downloaded the game.
This is despite the fact that Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red told buyers on Twitter to seek a refund if they were dissatisfied with the game, suggesting that the company did not confer with Sony beforehand. As a result, many gamers reached out to Sony only to be turned down, with the company’s representatives telling them to wait until January or February when CD Projekt promised to roll out extensive patches to fix the game.
The fact that PlayStation is not only now offering refunds, but has also delisted Cyberpunk 2077 altogether marks a major reversal for the company. It remains to be seen whether this is an isolated case or if the tech giant will revise its refund policies to be more lenient for other games experiencing buggy launches.
It’s also unclear whether Xbox will offer a similar refund option. Gamers have likewise reported being denied refunds from the company, although this seemingly hasn’t been as widespread of an issue with Xbox as it had been with PlayStation.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra teardown reveals hard to swap screen and battery – GSMArena.com news – GSMArena.com
Taking the glass back off reveals the camera lens cover is made from metal just like the frame of the device. It’s held by adhesive to the glass panel and should be substantially more durable compared to the glass camera covers of the previous S-series models. Since this is the international version of the S21 Ultra, the phone is missing the mmWave antennas which would be located on the left and right sides. The actual slots for the antennas are still in place though.
Going deeper into the phone we can see Samsung used plenty of graphite film on the NFC antennas and motherboard. We then get confirmation that all three cameras on the S21 Ultra come with optical image stabilization.
Interestingly enough the top speaker does not come with foam ball insulation which was present on the smaller and cheaper Galaxy S21. Unlike the standard S21, the S21 Ultra’s screen connector cable is not detachable and is fixed to the screen which makes the process of replacing the screen more difficult.
LG considers exiting smartphones in 2021 – The Verge
LG is considering exiting the smartphone market in 2021. After losing around $4.5 billion over the past five years, LG’s smartphone business has been struggling to compete with rivals. Now LG CEO Kwon Bong-seok has notified employees that the company is considering making big changes to its smartphone business.
The Korea Herald reports that Kwon Bong-seok sent out an internal memo to staff on Wednesday, hinting at a change in direction for LG’s phone business. “Since the competition in the global market for mobile devices is getting fiercer, it is about time for LG to make a cold judgment and the best choice,” says an LG official in a statement to The Korea Herald. “The company is considering all possible measures, including sale, withdrawal and downsizing of the smartphone business.”
LG confirmed the internal memo was genuine in a statement to The Verge, noting that nothing has been decided yet. “LG Electronics management is committed to making whatever decision is necessary to resolve its mobile business challenges in 2021,” says an LG spokesperson. “As of today, nothing has been finalized.”
This new internal memo follows a now-deleted report from Korean outlet TheElec earlier this month that claimed LG was planning to exit the smartphone business. LG branded that report “completely false and without merit,” in a statement to Android Police just a week ago.
LG has previously promised “wow factors” to try and attract consumers and make its flagging mobile division profitable. LG has tried multiple times with the G7, the V40, the G8, and the V50 to compete with Samsung and Huawei, but it’s not been enough to push its market share in the right direction. LG’s latest Velvet and Wing smartphones have attempted to try something new, but neither were well received.
Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, Vivo, and Apple all continue to dominate worldwide smartphone shipments, according to IDC. LG is now turning its focus to its Rollable phone, in an effort to differentiate it from the competition. LG teased the Rollable device again at the Consumer Electronics Show last week, with a “unique resizable screen” that extends from a phone to become a small tablet display.
LG has promised its Rollable device is real and will launch in 2021, but with the company reconsidering its mobile plans it could be one of the last LG phones we’ll see.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro is equipped with a new camera with 120x zoom – Phone Mantra
Due to the lack of a periscope camera in Xiaomi Mi 11, the smartphone is quite strongly criticized
After the release of the flagship smartphone Xiaomi Mi 11, which turned out to be quite problematic, as we already reported yesterday, all the fans’ attention turned to the upcoming model Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro.
A well-known Chinese insider under the nickname Digital Chat Station claims that the Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro smartphone will be equipped with a 120x zoom camera. It is also expected that the main camera of the smartphone will have four modules, and not three, like the Xiaomi Mi 11. The manufacturer is obliged to add a periscope camera for high-quality optical zoom. Due to its absence in Xiaomi Mi 11, the smartphone is quite strongly criticized.
Recall that the main image sensor Samsung ISOCELL HMX (S5KHMX) with a resolution of 108 MP optical format 1 / 1.33 inches with pixels of 0.8 microns is installed in Xiaomi Mi 11, which previously appeared in Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro, Xiaomi Mi 10, Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro and Motorola Edge +. It is suggested that the smartphone will be equipped with a yet unannounced Sony IMX782 50MP sensor, which should also be used in the Huawei P50 line of smartphones.
Digital Chat Station was the first to accurately report the specifications and release dates of Redmi K30 and Xiaomi Mi 10. It also regularly publishes information received from its own informants in the research and development departments of various companies so that you can trust this source.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro is expected to be announced in February.
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