PlayStation Plus subscribers can kick off 2021 with an impressive selection of free games – Maneater, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Greedfall. While PlayStation 5 users can get their hands on all three games, PlayStation 4 users will get free access to just the last two. Since Sony launched the next-gen PS5 in November, it has been looking to offer a free game exclusively for the new console. With Maneater, it appears to have set the ball rolling. The PlayStation 5-version of the title has been specially upgraded to show off the console’s hardware prowess, including ray-tracing support and 4K resolution at 60 fps. PS5 players can also access the other two titles via backwards compatibility.
All three games will be available for download starting Tuesday, January 5, until February 1, the company announced in a blog post. Both PS5 and PS4 players will still have access to last month’s free game lineup – Just Cause 4, Rocket Arena, and Worms Rumble – until Monday, January 4. As an added bonus for PS5 owners, indie launch title Bugsnax will still be available for a last round of downloads until January 4. Here’s a quick look at the free games on offer for PS Plus subscribers in January:
If you’ve seen the Steven Spielberg-classic Jaws, you won’t face much problem in understanding what Maneater’s all about. You start off as a baby shark (do-do-do-do-do-do) and your goal is to become an apex predator by chomping down humans and other aquatic monsters. The open-world RPG, or SharkPG, is actually a whole lot of fun. It involves a surprisingly-detailed levelling up structure, and there’s a certain joy in seeing your wee little fish grow into a super-powered monster. It may not require too many skills to execute the perfect kill, but the game offers enough options to players to find their own playing style at their own pace.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
The third chapter in the Lara Croft franchise reboot trilogy, Shadow of the Tomb Raider continues Lara’s journey from 2015’s Rise of the Tomb Raider as the adventurer races through the wild jungles of South America to stop a Mayan apocalypse. While the action-RPG may not be as great as the first two titles in the series, it still offers some memorable moments and tense encounters, making it a good-enough title to spend a few hours with, especially since its free.
Developed by French studio Spiders, Greedfall allows players to take a deep dive into the world of old-school RPG mechanics as they explore a medieval island and fend off invaders, supernatural threats, while experiencing a surprisingly engaging story. A sleeper hit, Greedfall is sure to keep gamers busy for hours.
As always, you will need to have an active PlayStation Plus subscription to have continued access to the games, once you’ve added them to your library. PlayStation Plus subscriptions are available in India at Rs. 499 for a month, Rs. 1,199 for three months, and Rs. 2,999 for 12 months.
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Motorola's next Edge flagship phone might drop the curved display – Yahoo Canada Shine On
Motorola might soon release a sequel to its flagship Edge phones — albeit without their signature feature. OnLeaks and Pricebaba have shared what they say are CAD-based renders of the standard Edge 20, and Motorola appears to have dropped the highly curved “endless” display in favor of a 6.7-inch flat screen. It would be just another phone on the outside, even if the 120Hz,1080p panel could make it feel extra-responsive.
You’d also get a triple rear camera system that reportedly includes a 108MP primary sensor, a 16MP secondary cam and an 8MP tertiary sensor (likely for telephoto and wide-angle shots). This regular Edge 20 model would be an upper mid-tier device on the inside between a Snapdragon 778G chip, up to 8GB of RAM, a peak 256GB of storage and a 4,000mAh battery.
There is a chance the rumored Edge 20 Pro would keep the curved screen, and it might offer improved performance from the Snapdragon 870. An Edge 20 Lite is supposedly in the works as well. If Motorola does use this design for the mainstream Edge 20, though, it signals a change of tack. Rather than relying on an eye-catching (if somewhat impractical) design for the entire Edge line, it would focus on delivering value for the money. It’s just a question of whether or not the price will be low enough to draw you away from rivals.
Oppo Watch 2 leaks ahead of July 27 launch, but will it get the new Wear OS 3? – Android Authority
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- Renders of the Oppo Watch 2 have leaked.
- Successor to the Wear OS-powered Oppo Watch, the new wearable will launch on July 27.
In the four images of the Oppo Watch 2 leaked by Blass, we see a square-shaped device that looks akin to its predecessor. It’s got two buttons on the right side and the renders depict blue, red, and black colorways for the straps.
One of the leaked images of the Oppo Watch 2 shows that it’ll have the ability to receive calls, something we also saw on the original Oppo Watch. A retail listing of the smartwatch on China’s JD.com confirms that it’ll feature eSIM support in its home market. This was also the case with the previous Oppo Watch. However, it remains to be seen if the second-gen Oppo Watch will come with eSIM capabilities globally.
Meanwhile, another render of the Oppo Watch 2 shows map directions on display. This suggests the device could come with built-in GPS like the first-gen Oppo Watch.
Oppo Watch 2 specs
Under the hood, the Oppo Watch 2 could be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 Plus SoC coupled with the Ambiq Apollo 4s coprocessor. The second chip is expected to help the smartwatch run a low-powered RTOS in addition to the main operating system.
As for the latter, it’s unclear if the Oppo Watch 2 will feature Wear OS this time around. With the Snapdragon 4100 Plus at its core, the wearable should technically be able to run Google’s new Wear OS 3. However, Google recently shared a list of current and future supported devices for the software and the Oppo Watch 2 wasn’t on it. That said, things could change by the time the Oppo Watch 2 steps out of China.
Elsewhere, the Oppo Watch 2 is rumored to have seven models divided into 42mm and 46mm sizes. It might get 16GB of storage, up from 8GB on the current model. It is also tipped to feature stress detection, remote camera control, a tweaked UI, and a new Relax app. However, these findings only pertain to the Chinese model of the smartwatch.
OnePlus Nord 2 OxygenOS is built on top of OPPO ColorOS – SlashGear
The line that divides OnePlus and its distant cousin OPPO is becoming thinner and blurrier. Not long after OnePlus CEO Pete Lau took up a key position in OPPO, OnePlus announced that it would be using OPPO’s ColorOS instead of its own HydrogenOS for Chinese models. It didn’t take long for the two companies’ software teams to merge, and the first fruits of this unification of OxygenOS and ColorOS can be found but not seen in the new OnePlus Nord 2.
OnePlus’ announcement last month that it will be merging part of its operations, specifically its R&D, with OPPO may have brought concerns from those on the younger company’s side. CEO Pete Lau, of course, downplays the negative impact of such a move and focuses on the positive effects of combining the two’s Android customizations. In a nutshell, OnePlus says that it will be able to provide faster software updates because of it.
That promise still has to be proven in action, but at least one part of OnePlus’ guarantee is already verified. Anyone using or testing the OnePlus Nord 2 haven’t noticed any differences, at least as far as the user experience goes, from any other OnePlus phone. That’s despite it actually running OPPO’s ColorOS underneath.
According to 9to5Google, this detail was apparently only mentioned briefly in the reviewers’ guide for the phone. It seems that most of the ColorOS-related changes happened under the hood, invisible to users’ eyes. In other words, OxygenOS has become a skin on top of ColorOS.
Since the changes aren’t disruptive in any way, it could ease the worries of OnePlus fans about the merger of these two companies’ software. OnePlus promised that OxygenOS isn’t going anywhere soon, but it’s too early to tell it won’t happen eventually. OxygenOS 11 already proved that the company wouldn’t shy away from turning the user experience away from something its customers have been used to, and it might only be a matter of time before OxygenOS and ColorOS become nearly indistinguishable.
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