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.css-14iz86j-BoldTextfont-weight:bold; Seven years since the Xbox One hit the shelves Microsoft has released it’s next generation of consoles.
“This will be an era where games feel tremendously better than before,” Phil Spencer tells Newsbeat.
The boss of gaming at Microsoft says the real difference will be all about “speed and feel” with games being “much more responsive to players”.
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Despite giving the Xbox Series X and its digital only little brother the Xbox Series S the big sell in our interview Phil Spencer seems acutely aware of the context into which these machines are being released: “We’re at a time of a lot of uncertainty for families,” he says.
“Gaming is playing a really important role, and I don’t want to downplay the investments people have already made in Xbox.
“We have a commitment to them, they’ll continue to see games on the consoles they already own from us, and that’s important.
“If this isn’t the right time for people to make a multi hundred pound investment in the next generation, that’s fine with us – we’d rather just keep them playing.”
The new consoles
If people choose to spend £450 to upgrade to an Xbox Series X they’ll be getting what Microsoft are calling the most powerful console on the market.
Phil explains: “We have new hard drive technology which loads things tremendously faster, so less waiting when you click a button.
“How fast things happens on screen is going to be much more responsive than in previous generations.
“The box is just snappier and the convenience factor of gaming in this next generation is going to be incredibly high and I’m looking forward for people to experience it.”
The Xbox Series S is a digital only version which offers similar upgrades in graphics and speed for £250.
Choice is important to Phil: “We’ve really seen this generation move from a device focused to play focused.
“Let’s meet the players where they are, whether that’s on our current console, our next console, on the PC, or even on their phone, let’s allow them to play Xbox, wherever they are.
“And when they’re ready to buy our next generation of consoles will be here ready for them to sell one.”
The elephant in the room is the lack of a Halo title on release day – something that was originally the plan.
Once again Phil Spencer seems to be comfortable playing the long game: “I’m a big Halo fan, and the opportunity to have a it as a launch title was special.
“But we’re dealing in a different world today, we’re dealing with, you know, teams of hundreds of people that are working from home and I think the health and kind of safety of our teams has to be the most Paramount thing.
“That wasn’t a decision that we wanted to make but it was the right decision.”
A lack of big hitiign exclusive titles is one reason why some beleive Microsoft were outsold by Sony and Nintendo in the previous generation.
Altjought here might not be a new Halo or similar
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According to long-going rumors, Apple is looking to release an iPad with mini-LED display in H1 2021. Now we hear that Cupertino is also planning an OLED iPad Pro release sometime in the second half of 2021 with panels procured from Samsung and LG.
The news is based on reports from South Korean news outlet TheElec and further confirms Apple’s plans to still release mini-LED iPads in the first half of 2021. The new OLED display models will be solely for the iPad Pro models. Samsung Display has reportedly renovated its OLED production line at its A4 factory in Asan, South Korea in preparation for the new iPads.
OLED iPad screens will be manufactured with higher specification requirements to prevent burn-in and loss of brightness by stacking emitting layers on top of the OLED panels to ensure longer lifespans of the displays. Samsung Display has reportedly added a special distribution chamber to its OLED production line to meet Apple’s requirements.
The actual release date of the OLED iPads is still not finalized and is subject to change according to the new report. There’s also talk of 5G connectivity making its way to the 2021 iPad Pro lineup.
Should you buy the Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ in 2020? – SamMobile
The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are nearing their three-year anniversary and now that the Galaxy S21 is just around the corner, you might be able to find the 2018 flagship on sale for a great price. The question is whether or not you should buy the Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ in late 2020, lower price and all.
If you’ve read our previous story on buying the Galaxy Note 9 in 2020 then you might already have an idea of where this is headed, seeing how the two series were released six months apart and share many characteristics. See, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are still powerful and featureful-enough to be relevant in 2020, but they are far from futureproof.
In addition, the Galaxy Note 9 series offers the advantage of an S Pen paired with an updated S Pen suite of apps. In a way, the Galaxy Note 9 can represent an inexpensive way to acquire the S Pen, whereas the Galaxy S9 series doesn’t have a unique feature like the S Pen to cling onto. It’s slightly less relevant than the Galaxy Note 9 in this day and age because of this, but let’s take a quick look at a few other reasons why you’d want to buy or avoid the Galaxy S9 series in 2020.
Reasons to buy the Galaxy S9 / Galaxy S9+ in 2020
In short, the reasons why you’d want to buy the Galaxy S9 / Galaxy S9+ in 2020 lie in a few older features that have aged surprisingly well. For example, the Super AMOLED display doesn’t support 120Hz but it still has a high pixel count of 2960 x 1440 while supporting HDR10, and for better or for worse, it doesn’t have a notch or cutout.
The fingerprint scanner’s location is not very convenient but the sensor itself is very fast and accurate, more so than current under-display solutions. In addition, it’s equipped with an iris scanner as well as an Sp02 sensor – two technologies that are no longer included in the latest Galaxy flagship models.
Last but not least, the Galaxy S9 series is equipped with USB-C and 3.5mm ports. Granted, a lot more smartphone users are transitioning to wireless solutions but the 3.5mm port remains relevant for many people, whether it’s because they want to spend less money on earbuds or they reside in the completely opposite camp and wish to pair their smartphones with audiophile-grade headphones, many of which lack USB-C connectivity.
Reasons to avoid the Galaxy S9 / Galaxy S9+ in 2020
First things first, this isn’t a reason to avoid the Galaxy S9 series per se but it is an unavoidable fact that might cause you to lose interest in the lineup: it’s very difficult to come by in 2020. As of this writing, the Galaxy S9+ is M.I.A. on the Samsung USA portal whereas the Galaxy S9 is listed but it’s not available for purchase. Your best bet is finding a refurbished model sold by a third-party at a discount.
Then there’s the fact that the Galaxy S9 series will no longer undergo significant firmware changes. The lineup received One UI 2.5 last month as its last major update. Meanwhile, newer flagships that were shipped with Android 9 out of the box are now eligible for three major Android OS updates following Samsung’s change of policy.
Finally, even if the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ remain relatively competent today, their age is starting to show in certain areas. The Galaxy S9, in particular, has only 4GB of RAM, so if you really want to buy one of the two models then you’d probably want to go for the Galaxy S9+ with 6GB of RAM. Either way, they both lack 5G support and amenities such as Wireless PowerShare and faster-than-15W wired charging.
In conclusion, the S Pen is giving the Galaxy Note 9 more relevance in 2020 but the Galaxy S9 series isn’t as lucky. Should you buy the Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ in 2020? Assuming you find a good deal and you’re not put off by the lack of new firmware updates, 5G, top-end performance, super-fast charging, a full-screen design, and newer One UI features, then it could still be a decent choice. It is a tough sell indeed…
Just remember that 4GB of RAM can become an issue, and depending on your expectations, you might be tempted to replace the Galaxy S9/S9+ with a newer phone sooner rather than later. The Galaxy S20 FE is already a good value proposition and it’s a newer, better phone even though it may lack some of the Galaxy S9’s older features. Check our new device comparison widget below for a closer look, or a reminder of what hardware the Galaxy S9 series has to offer.
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