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Nintendo Switch Lite Deal

This is not a drill folks – the Nintendo Switch Lite has plummeted once more, letting you nab the super popular portable for the ridiculously low price of just £169.99.

At any time of the year, the Nintendo Switch Lite would set you back £199, but with a near £30 saving right off the bat, you could use that spare cash to pick up a title to go with your new console. With a ton of fantastic titles to choose from like Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Paper Mario: The Origami King, you’ll be glad you saved the extra money. 

If you’ve been on the lookout for a Nintendo Switch over the last five months, then you’ll know that it’s comparable to trying to find Wally in a landfill. Even now, with most of the work starting to ease out of lockdown, it’s still incredibly difficult to find a brand new Nintendo Switch. On the flip side however, there’s still plenty of stock for the Switch Lite available.

Unless you’re absolutely set on using the Nintendo Switch as a home console, the Switch Lite actually provides a better experience where portability is concerned. With the clue being in the name, the Switch Lite is smaller than its full-fat counterpart, making it small enough to be transported in a coat pocket with ease.

Plus, despite being a smaller console, the Switch Lite also boasts a longer battery life, making it the ideal companion for a long-haul flight or even the daily commute. Old-school Nintendo fans will also appreciate the inclusion of the much loved d-pad, which is noticeably absent on the regular Nintendo Switch.

At present, the aforementioned offer is available on all colour variants of the Switch Lite, so you won’t be penalised for adding a bit more flare to your gaming experience. I’m partial to the slick turquoise option, but there’s no denying that the coral pink variant is eye-catching.

Whichever Switch Lite you go for, you’re getting a great offer and a chance to experience some of the most entertaining games from this generation.


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Marvel's Avengers beta: Dates, times and how ...

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Crystal Dynamic’s Marvel’s Avengers will be unleashed upon the public for the very first time this week with the arrival of its playable beta across PS4, Xbox and PC. 

First arriving on PS4, the upcoming trial will be available across a multitude of platforms until August 23, with each one being introduced with tiered access depending on pre-orders, exclusivity and a few other factors. 

If you’re interested in jumping into the shoes of this iconic superhero team, Trusted Reviews has compiled everything you need to know about the Marvel’s Avengers beta including all the dates, times, gameplay and more. 

Marvel’s Avengers beta date and times – when is it?

Square Enix has announced that Marvel’s Avengers’ playable beta will be split across multiple different sessions up until the end of this month. We’ve compiled them all below to make things a little easier to follow: 

  • PS4 Pre-order Beta: August 7 (9pm) to August 9 (9pm)
  • Xbox and PC Pre-order Beta, and PlayStation Open Beta: August 14 (9pm) to August 16 (9pm)
  • Open Beta: August 21 (9pm) to August 23 (9pm)

Marvel’s Avengers beta trailer – how does it look?

Crystal Dynamics has released a video which dives into extensive detail surrounding the upcoming beta, if you’re curious about what will be playable later this week. 

Marvel’s Avengers beta access – how can I play it?

As you’ll see above, Marvel’s Avengers will have both public and private beta periods during the month of August. To access the latter, you’ll need to have either pre-ordered or gained access to a code through other means. Otherwise, you can wait a handful of days and jump in alongside everyone else. Chances are servers will have a hard time keeping up with such a high number of players, though. 

Marvel’s Avengers beta gameplay and heroes – What can I expect?

Crystal Dynamics has provided a detailed breakdown of what exactly the beta will contain, and it’s quite a sizeable selection of missions and heroes to sample. We’ve compiled a bunch of them below to give you a solid idea of what will be coming later this week when the beta drops on PS4.

Missions:

  • Golden Gate Hero Mission: This 25-minute sequence takes place right at the beginning of Marvel’s Avengers as San Francisco becomes under attack from an unknown threat. You’ll play as the majority of the game’s heroes, testing out their abilities through a sequence of set-pieces. It’s a stunning introduction to the game’s world, and a solid way of introducing how it will play from moment-to-moment.
  • Hero Missions: In addition to the opening level, the beta will feature four additional hero missions in the form of The Light That Failed, To Find Olympia, Missing Links and Help Dr.Banner. These will all focus on specific heroes, giving you ample room to experiment with their powers and battle a number of formidable enemies.
    Other activities: Once you’re done with the beta’s campaign offerings, you’ll be free to jump into a selection of other activities such as Warzones, HARM Rooms and Drop Zones. Some of these are multiplayer-focused, while others can be tackled as a solo endeavour. No matter what, you’ll still be earning experience and loot with each new victory.

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Marvel’s Avengers beta progression – will things carry over?

Progression made through the beta will carry over across each period, although you’ll need to start from scratch once Marvel’s Avengers launches on September 4th. This is a bit of a shame, but the silver lining comes in the form of beta rewards you can earn which will carry over to the full game. Check them out for yourself below:

  • Beta Participation Nameplate: Login and play during each beta period
  • HARM Challenge Rooms Nameplate: Complete all three challenge rooms

 

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Here's how all the PS4 accessories you own ...

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DualSense vs DualShock 4

Sony has released a detailed FAQ on the PlayStation Blog explaining exactly which existing accessories will be compatible with the PS5 when it launches later this year. 

With both the PS5 and Xbox Series X boasting about forward compatibility and fostering a growing ecosystem, it’s reassuring that both companies are now beginning to address questions that consumers have been floating around for months.

More specifically, a recent blog post from Sony delves into exactly which accessories will work on the upcoming next-gen console, and if there will be any limitations to their compatibility. Turns out there will be, but it’s handy to know exactly where the Dualshock 4 and other devices will stand later this year.

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You can check out the full list (via PlayStation Blog) below: 

  • Specialty peripherals, such as officially licensed racing wheels, arcade sticks, and flight sticks, will work with PS5 games and supported PS4 games.
  • The Platinum and Gold Wireless Headsets, as well as third-party headsets that connect via USB port or audio jack, will work on PS5 (the headset companion app is not compatible with PS5).
  • The DualShock 4 wireless controller and PlayStation officially licensed third-party gamepad controllers will work with supported PS4 games. 
  • Both the PS Move Motion Controllers and the PlayStation VR Aim Controller will work with supported PS VR games on PS5.

Perhaps the most significant takeaway here is that the Dualshock 4 will be fully compatible on the PS5, but won’t work with any games developed exclusively for the new platform. Sony states this is due to PS5 games taking “advantage of the new capabilities and features we’re bringing to the platform, including the features of DualSense wireless controller.” Guess you’ll need two new controllers for local multiplayer.

Sony has already confirmed that PlayStation VR will be compatible, as will its existing controllers and accessories. It remains to be seen whether a second iteration of the device will emerge exclusively for the PS5, although we wouldn’t be surprised if such a thing makes its way to the new console in the coming years.

Release date and pricing details remain unconfirmed, and Sony hasn’t provided an idea of when such information will be unveiled. Given the console is now only a handful of months away, we’re hoping the lid is lifted on such things sooner rather than later. We’ll be sure to update you as soon as we know more.

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How To Watch The FA Cup Final: Stream Arsenal vs ...

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 21: Hector Bellerin of Arsenal scores his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC at Stamford Bridge on January 21, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

It’s one of the biggest days in the football calendar as Chelsea take on Arsenal in The FA Cup Final this Sunday. It’s an all-London affair at Wembley, and our guide will tell you how to watch Arsenal vs Chelsea live online wherever you are.

Arsenal vs Chelsea FA Cup Final kick-off time

The FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea will be played, as is tradition, at Wembley Stadium in London. The game will kick off at 5:30pm BST.

How to watch Arsenal vs Chelsea FA Cup Final

The FA Cup Final will be broadcast on the free-to-air television on the BBC. Coverage starts on BBC One at 4:30pm, with an hour of build up before the big kick-off. If you can’t get to your television set, the game will be broadcast live on the BBC Sport website, mobile app and the BBC iPlayer.

If you’d prefer to watch on BT Sport, the pay TV broadcaster is also covering the final. Coverage starts at 4:15. For subscribers with compatible equipment, it’ll be available on BT Sport Ultimate in glorious 4K. If you’re not currently a BT Sport subscriber you can sign-up for a monthly pass here.

Arsenal vs Chelsea FA Cup Final match preview

It’s the 139th FA Cup Final and it features two of the most successful clubs in the competition’s storied history. Arsenal have won it 13 times (a record), while Chelsea are in third-place with 8 wins overall.

Both clubs overcame tough semi-finals, especially Arsenal who surprised favourites Manchester City with a 2-0 win. Chelsea disposed of the other Manchester club with a comprehensive 3-1 win over United the following day.

Chelsea are slight favourites to bring the famous old trophy back to Stamford Bridge after finishing the Premier League in third-place. Arsenal were down in 8th, but have shown serious promise under new manager Mikel Arteta since the season restarted.

The pair last met in the FA Cup Final in 2017, with Arsenal overcoming Chelsea 2-1, to earn Arsene Wenger a final major trophy as Arsenal manager.

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If you’re a fan of streaming content online, then you should also be in interested in staying safe while you’re doing it and keeping your private data away from the hands of hackers. If that’s the case, there’s no better way to keep your online activity safe than with a dedicated VPN.

Allowing you to connect via a different IP address somewhere else in the world, having a VPN can let you browse the internet in peace, knowing that you’re safe from the prying eyes of anyone who might be looking to steal your personal information.


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Winners and Losers: Huawei crowned smartphone ...

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It’s been a big year for smartphones, with foldable phones like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip offering a variation of the usual formula, and 5G becoming a major talking point across the globe. 

We’ve also seen some fantastic phones from the likes of Samsung, OnePlus and Motorola, and with the year not even halfway through yet there’s likely lots more to come. 

This week, we found out that the tussle for the smartphone crown took a massive turn, while one of the most exciting phone launches of the year has been delayed. Keep reading on to find out more. 

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Winner: Huawei is crowned the smartphone king

It’s been a topsy-turvy few years for smartphone-manufacturer Huawei, with Google recently pulling Play Store support from the company’s handsets. That seemingly hasn’t been as big of a setback as many had thought though, with Huawei reportedly taking over Samsung as world’s biggest smartphone vendor for the very first time. 

According to analyst firm Canalys, Huawei sold more smartphones worldwide than any other company during the last quarter (April to June). Samsung has long reigned supreme in this area, but the company’s sales fell by 30% year-on-year, which was likely down to Covid-19 disruptions. 

Huawei actually saw a decline in smartphone sales year-on-year too, but only by 5% since China remains Huawei’s largest market by a significant margin.

This all means that Huawei’s time in the top spot may be short lived, as Samsung will surely bounce back once consumer behaviour returns to normal. But take nothing away from Huawei, which has endured a difficult couple of years and yet somehow still managed to come out on top.

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Loser: Apple delays the iPhone 12

Apple has confirmed its next smartphone (expected to be the iPhone 12) has been delayed. While the company didn’t confirm the reasoning for this, it’s widely assumed to be due to production disruptions caused by Covid-19. 

But while Apple’s CFO Luca Maestri revealed the launch date will be pushed beyond the typical September window, the iPhone 12 is planned to launch just “a few weeks later”. This should alleviate concerns of Apple’s next flagship being delayed to 2021, although nothing is guaranteed in these strange times. 

The upcoming iPhone 12 is expected to feature 5G connectivity and a new design that will see the notch squeezed down to a smaller size. It’s also been rumoured that there will be four different models of the new iPhone, ranging from a smallish 5.4-inch model with a dual-lens camera, to a huge 6.7-inch handset featuring a triple-lens camera with 3D sensing.

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Surface Neo: Release date, price, specs and design

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Surface Neo

The Surface Neo was announced late in 2019, revealed my Microsoft to be a dual-screen computing device with a 360-degree hinge. But while the groundbreaking device was set for a “Holiday 2020” launch, Microsoft has now confirmed it has been delayed. 

Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer, Panos Panay, suggested in a blog post earlier this year that the Surface Neo would be delayed as it was decided the upcoming Windows 10X operating system will be optimised for single-screen devices initially, therefore pushing dual-screen computing products to the back burner.

Even more recently (as spotted by Neowin) Microsoft removed the “Coming Holiday 2020” from the official Surface Neo website. This means the Neo will likely arrive in 2021 at the very earliest. Fortunately, this delay doesn’t seem to have affected the Android-powered Surface Duo smartphone.

Read on for all the information on the upcoming Surface Neo.

What is the Surface Neo?

The Surface Neo is Microsoft’s upcoming dual-screen computing device, running on Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10X operating system.

Featuring two 9-inch displays, the Surface Neo looks similar to a traditional laptop, but with the keyboard replaced with a second touchscreen. With a 360-degree hinge, it can be folded up like a book when not in use. A keyboard accessory can also be clipped onto the touchscreen, turning it into a make-shift laptop when you need to type up an essay.

A big appeal of the Surface Neo looks to be its ability to straddle two current form-factors – tablets and laptops. The Surface Pro line already somewhat embraces this idea but they are still weighty machines. If the Neo can hit the sweet spot between productivity and portability then Microsoft could be set to create a new thriving product category.

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Surface Neo release date – When is the Surface Neo out?

The Surface Neo has been delayed by Microsoft, with 2021 now the earliest we’ll likely see it.

Microsoft is yet to provide a new launch window, but has removed mention of the initial “Holiday 2020” release from the official website, suggesting we won’t see the device before the end of the year.

The delay was made to give Microsoft more time to optimise the upcoming Windows 10X operating system for dual-screen devices. With the Neo being one of the very first devices of its kind, it’s no surprise that Microsoft wants additional time to ensure everything’s running smoothly.

Surface Neo

Surface Neo price – How much will the Surface Neo cost?

Microsoft is yet to give any indication on the price, but we reckon it’s going to be very expensive. 

The design is likely to lead to a high price for early adopters, but there may be some reprieve depending on the specs. The integrated Intel Lakefield chip inside is aimed at causal users, as seen with the Galaxy Book S. While Samsung’s laptop is hardly cheap at £999, it fits in nicely with the price range of Microsoft’s other devices.

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Surface Neo design – What does the Surface Neo look like?

The Surface Neo centres around a 360-degree hinge, bringing together two separate 9-inch displays. The hinge will enable users to utilise it in a more traditional laptop style as well as like a tablet.

For laptop use, Microsoft will also offer the option of buying a keyboard that attaches to one of the screens for a more comfortable typing experience. It seems like the keyboard will be able to flipped around the back of the device for storage when not in use.

The device is just 5.6mm thin, which Microsoft calls “the thinnest LCD that’s ever been created”. The device will also weigh 655 grams, which is significantly lighter than your average laptop. 

The new Neo and Duo devices will be covered in Gorilla Glass front and back. Along with the aesthetic advantages, the design choice will also allow for a stylus to be wirelessly charged once magnetically attached to the back of the device.

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Surface Neo

Surface Neo specs – How powerful is the Surface Neo?

The new device is set to run on an Intel Lakefield hybrid processor, which is a hybrid of the performance-focused 10nm Sunny Cove CPU, alongside several smaller power-efficient 10nm Tremont Atom cores. The Galaxy Book S is one of the very first laptops to feature the chip, showing an entry-level laptop performance while flaunting a battery life superior to the majority of modern notebooks.

This means the Surface Neo will likely have a performance more akin to a tablet than a performance-focused laptop, so don’t expect to do any serious gaming or creative work here. This is primary a device for web browsing, video streaming and applications, although it’s very much possible Microsoft could pitch this as the ideal device for Xbox’s Game Pass via xCloud.

In terms of software, the device will run on Microsoft’s new Windows 10X operating system, a new OS designed specifically for dual-screen machines. Microsoft stated updates on the Neo would take less than 90 seconds – that’ll be music to anyone’s ears who’s had to deal with some several hour-long Windows update marathons in the past. 

Windows 10X will encourage developers to build apps that use one screen, but be provided with secondary information if they’d like to apply to both screens of the device. You’ll also be able to run two separate apps on either screen.

The software responds when placing the detachable keyboard on the screen, turning the remaining part of the screen to something akin to Apple’s Touch Bar. Microsoft’s version is jollily named the “Wonder Bar.”

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You'll soon be able to play online for free ...

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According to VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb, Microsoft could be removing the Xbox Live Gold requirement for playing online multiplayer across its family of platforms. 

This new piece of information has emerged following the rumour that Halo Infinite’s multiplayer will be launching as a free-to-play experience later this year, with Grubb conversing with people on Twitter about the potential abandonment of Xbox Live Gold. 

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At the time of writing, Xbox Live Gold is required to play online multiplayer in any capacity, and that includes free-to-play experiences such as Fortnite, Apex Legends and Call of Duty: Warzone. It seems that Microsoft is aware that high user engagement can result in bigger returns, and a paywall to online multiplayer is one obstacle they could do without. 

Some have previously believed that Xbox Live Gold would instead be incorporated under Game Pass Ultimate, rolling all of Microsoft’s monthly subscriptions into one cohesive service. However, this apparently won’t be the case, and Microsoft won’t force you into the Game Pass ecosystem if you want to play online, although it will remain a big part of its next-gen strategy. 

This is positively huge if true, and definitely makes sense when you consider the Xbox experience is now spread across multiple platforms and services. Paying one subscription, in this case Game Pass Ultimate, is easily the most convenient option Microsoft could pursue, and it seems to be the direction it is heading in.

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You will require PlayStation Plus to access online multiplayer on PS5, so if Microsoft abandons Xbox Live Gold it will put them at a huge advantage. We’re set to hear more about Xbox Series X and the coming generation this August, so there’s a possibility Microsoft will address these rumours in some capacity. Xbox Series S is also due a reveal after months of speculation, acting as an entry-level console of sorts for those wanting a more powerful machine without breaking the bank.

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iFi Zen CAN headphone DAC makes high-end ...

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iFi has added a new product to its ZEN series portfolio, with the ZEN CAN headphone DAC making high-end hi-fi sound more affordable.

According to iFi, the ZEN CAN offers features that’d be reserved for high-end headphone amps way in excess of the price on the table here.

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It’s an all-analogue headphone amp with no digital inputs. Connection is via the headphone output or RCA outputs, and the ZEN can also be paired with the ZEN Blue to create a Bluetooth connection. Or combine it with the ZEN DAC and the CAN’s headphone amp stage gets an upgrade. Just to add to its versatility, it can double up as a preamp to feed a power amp and speakers or a pair of active speakers.

In terms of design, the CAN is housed in an aluminium enclosure, and in the centre of the front panel is rotary volume control with sockets and buttons on either side. The power and input switches on are on the left, alongside a control for selecting the appropriate gain. Four settings are available in six dB steps – 0dB, 6dB, 12dB and 18db – to suit the connected headphones. Higher gain settings are apt for tougher headphone loads, while unity gain (0dB) is said to ensure low noise with sensitive in-ear monitors.

To the right-hand side of the rotary volume control are a pair of headphone outputs – 6.3mm output that’s compatible with all headphones, and 4.4 Pentaconn balanced output. The last button on the right is the latest version of iFi’s ‘XBass’ and ‘3D’ sonic tailoring options for headphones.

The former adjusts frequency response to enhance low frequency performance, and the latter compensates for the ‘in-head localisation’ effect. This often occurs when using headphones to listen to music that was mixed with a pair of speakers, widening the soundstage for a more speaker-like experience. Both XBass and 3D engage in analogue processing and can be bypassed entirely.

But that’s not all! More connections can be found around the rear: stereo RCA and 3.5mm single-ended inputs, plus a balanced 4.4mm Pentaconn input. A 4.4mm balanced output is also included for connection to power amps and active speakers that are equipped with a balanced input (either a Pentaconn 4.4mm input, or XLR inputs via a 4.4mm-to-XLR cable). All the ZEN CAN’s inputs and outputs are gold plated for optimal conductivity.

The iFi ZEN CAN is available from today (31 July). The first 1000 units come with iFi’s ultra-low noise ‘iPower’ AC/DC power adapter for £169. Once this has sold out, the ZEN CAN will be available for £149. The power adapter is available separately for £49.

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Reports have emerged today from Bloomberg to suggest Nvidia is in ‘advanced talks to acquire Arm Ltd, a processor designer that supplies chips to the likes of Apple, Qualcomm and Intel. 

The potential deal is reportedly worth over $32 billion, and could see Nvidia acquire the company from SoftBank Group Corp. Bloomberg reports that the two parties seek to reach an agreement ‘in the next few weeks’, with Nvidia the only party in concrete discussions at the time of writing. 

Such a deal could potentially be the most expensive yet in the semiconductor industry, and would see Nvidia become a huge player in the processor market when they have previously retained focus in GPUs, data centres and artificial intelligence. 

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But since Nvidia is already a customer of Arm – having manufactured the Tegra chips for Shield TV and Nintendo Switch – the potential acquisition will likely ‘trigger regulatory scrutiny’ as rival companies such as Apple and Intel may want to seek assurances that they can continue to use Arm-based processors. 

Apple is a particularly interesting case, with the company recently announcing plans to switch all of its Mac devices over to ARM-based Apple Silicon. There has also been a growing trend for computing devices to feature Arm processors, with the Samsung Galaxy Book S a recent example, while Microsoft has also confirmed plans to integrate the technology into the upcoming Surface Neo. It looks like the demand for Arm will only increase in the laptop industry. 

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The Arm technology is also used in the Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile processors, found in the majority of Android smartphone devices. 

Due to a potential conflict of interest, it’s not guaranteed that Nvidia will be able to complete the acquisition of Arm Ltd. But if successful, there’s no doubt that such a move would give Nvidia further dominance over the computing industry. 

Bloomberg reports that SoftBank is looking to sell in order to “to pay down debt at the Japanese conglomerate.” In contrast, Nvidia is in a very strong financial position having recently overtaken Intel as the most valuable US chipmaker. It’s been suggested by Reuters that Nvidia has benefited from the current Covid-19 crisis with more people making use of the company’s GPUs and data centres after being forced to work from home. 

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Level Up: How an obsession with visuals is holding ...

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It’s understandable that visuals have long been the defining feature of each new console generation. Players adamant for a graphical justification allowing them to jump on an expensive new console. 

As the medium has approached the realms of photorealism, a plateau has formed at what we can reasonably expect from each new platform. Advancements are iterative instead of groundbreaking, meaning developers are pushed to more unreasonable limits to create visually splendorous worlds to explore.

I adore experiences like this, with Horizon 2: Forbidden West and Demon’s Souls Remake already providing a glimpse at how PlayStation 5 will build upon what we already know and love. But as the next generation approaches, many have already begun questioning whether they could be playing these games on existing platforms. 

Microsoft is further reinforcing this mindset with Xbox Game Pass and a number of major titles such as Halo Infinite set to launch across both new and existing platforms. On the flipside, Master Chief’s latest effort has already received ample criticism for its supposedly lacklustre visuals, debating whether 343 Industries is holding the game back by accommodating older hardware. 

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Halo Infinite

There’s no winning in this scenario, and game companies will constantly be subject to criticism whether they’re pushing for graphical prowess in traditional exclusives or scaling such qualities back in favour of a consumer-friendly, multiplatform approach. You either try and make games accessible for millions of people, perhaps more than ever before, or cater to the vocal minority who expect every new title to be a wondrous blockbuster. 

I feel this attitude to be damaging, and it is ultimately holding games back from the greatness they’re capable of achieving. I spoke about this a couple of weeks ago on Level Up, touching on how Ghost of Tsushima adopts a tried-and-true formula in favour of something innovative, yet still offers a beautiful world to explore. 

It favours style over substance, which is far too often the case with big exclusives nowadays. Everything needs to push the envelope, occupying the strict definition of “prestige” instead of pursuing mechanical experimentation that could push the medium to new and exciting places. It has often been said that AAA development is ultimately unsustainable as budgets balloon and the time to craft such worlds increases, so perhaps it’s time to reassess things. 

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Grounded

As subscription services such as Xbox Game Pass and PlayStation Now become more commonplace, and players are willing to sample new experiences with such a low cost of entry, Sony and Microsoft should push for smaller, more experimental releases that teach mainstream consumers that things go far deeper than the quarterly blockbuster. 

Both companies already have the libraries to support such a strategy, and Microsoft is well ahead of the curve with recent releases such as Grounded and Gears Tactics already offering something new and different. Traditional platforms are slowly but surely being abandoned in favour of a flexible ecosystem, and the virtual libraries should grow to reflect that.

With any luck, this will give smaller creators and more intimate projects a chance to shine, where in the past they might have been buried. Technical prowess is never the appeal for games like this, it all comes down to striking art design and gameplay ideas we’ve never seen before, and players discovering these for the first time is never a bad thing.

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Horizon Forbidden West

There will always be room for blockbusters, but them sharing the stage is a necessity for the medium to grow. Visuals aren’t everything, and it’s important to instil this sentiment if games are to grow beyond the open-worlds and conveyor belt exclusives that have come to define the past generation. The “more more more” attitude of gaming enthusiasts and the constant need for technological advancement is destined for disaster, we should also be exploring what exciting new things games are capable of in how they play, the stories they tell and how they encourage us to try new things.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m intrigued by the potential PS5 and Xbox Series X bring to the table with ray tracing and the implementation of SSDs, but seeing how such leaps in console hardware can push the medium forward beyond fancy graphics is far more compelling. I’m sure Horizon 2: Forbidden West will look lovely, but I want it to be far more than the same experience with a nicer coat of paint, and these consoles provide a foundation for such advancements to take place. 

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Netflix offers a change of pace with new playback ...

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Netflix is adding new playback controls for speed binging, or slower viewing of its hit shows.

Android users will now have the opportunity to stream shows at 1.25x or 1.5x speeds to whiz through content at an accelerated pace, or at 0.5x or 0.75x to enjoy shows at a more leisurely stroll.

The latter has been heralded why the National Association of the Deaf and the National Federation of the Blind. Deaf people, for example, will appreciate slowing down the content to give them more time to read the captions. Netflix also says that those watching films in another language will appreciate the change in pace, enabling them more time to keep up with the dialogue.

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“More than 80% of members use subtitles or closed captions at least once a month, with many of them reporting that they use dubs and subtitles to learn new languages. In the last two years, US viewing of non-English titles has increased by 33%,” Netflix says in an updated blog post.

The speeds will be opt-in per title, so you’ll have to manually change them each time you start a new show if you want to change the speeds. Netflix has also automatically corrected the “the pitch in the audio at faster and slower speeds.”

Podcasts and audiobooks, for example, often offer similar controls to enable users to listen to episodes a little faster and get more in in the allotted time. This makes plenty of sense.

However, for video, this is a slightly different ballgame. We certainly understand the need for content to be slowed in some circumstances, but sped up? This might play into the psyche of those looking to binge shows as fast as humanly possible in order to get onto the next viral Netflix Original hit (not that there have been many of those lately).

Or, as Netflix says, it could prove useful for those hoping to rewatch their favourite scenes over and over. As for the quality off the experience, Netflix acknowledges content creators may be somewhat reluctant.

It adds: “We’ve also been mindful of the concerns of some creators. It’s why we have capped the range of playback speeds and require members to vary the speed each time they watch something new – versus fixing their settings based on the last speed they used. It’s also worth noting that extensive surveys of members across several countries who watched the same titles with or without the feature showed it didn’t impact their perceptions of the content’s quality. We’re constantly trying to make Netflix better – so it’s easier for people to find and enjoy great stories. We believe Mobile Playback Speeds is another small but meaningful step in that effort.”

It’s not clear when the controls will roll out to the wider viewing audience.

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Google has offered more details on the plan to bring the Windows experience to Chromebook laptops.

Last month Google revealed it would partner with the Parallels visualisation software to bring full featured Windows applications to Chromebook Enterprise users.

However, in a new interview, Google has indicated the integration will be a fully-fledged project that will enable many more Chromebook users to run apps like Word, Excel and PowerPoint in their native desktop form.

Cyrus Mistry, group product manager for Chrome OS told The Verge, that Parallels Desktop will boot a full copy of Windows alongside the Chrome OS and the Android apps they’re already running. You can see an example pictured above.

Mistry used the analogy of needing to play a VHS tape once in a while, alongside your Dolby Atmos home cinema system. The idea being that users will be able to jump in and out of the native Windows desktop apps they need.

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Mistry said: “The analogy I give is that yes, the world is all state of the art and Dolby Atmos home theaters, but every once in a while you do have that old wedding video on a VHS that you need to get to.

“We want to make sure you have that option [for Windows apps] as well… so that every once in a while you’ll be able to get that when you need it, but we don’t want that to be the world you’re living in.”

We’re not sure that analogy is particularly kind to Microsoft, or that accurate, but nonetheless we get what Mistry is trying to say here. The need to run the entire operating system won’t always be necessary, with Google promising access to specific adds, likely using the Parallels Coherence feature.

“In the future we’ll have other types of things where you don’t even have to run the whole Windows desktop, you’ll just run the app you need,” explains Mistry. “We are trying to make it as seamless as possible.”

Google hasn’t informed users what the minimum specs will be yet, but it appears you’ll need a higher-end Chromebook running an Intel i5 or i7 processor.

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Trump may ban TikTok in the US, Microsoft 'in ...

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The short form video app TikTok faces a potential ban in the United States, according to president Donald Trump.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump said there are multiple options for dealing with a perceived threat from the Chinese-owned app, which has been criticised for lax data protection of its users.

“We’re looking at TikTok. We may be banning TikTok. We may be doing some other things,” Trump said (via Guardian). “There are a couple of options. But a lot of things are happening. So, we’ll see what happens.”

Previously it had been reported the US may seek to ensure TikTok’s parent company ByteDance to sell the app to a US-based owner. On the list of interested parties is reportedly none other than Microsoft.

Fox Business reporter Charles Gasparino said Microsoft is already “in talks to buy” TikTok. Microsoft has not commented on the reports. Gasparino cited the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which could force TikTok into the sale.

The United States appears concerned that the Chinese company may hand over user data to its government. The company, which is now run by former Disney exec Kevin Mayer, has said it would not comply with any requests.

A spokesperson said: “While we do not comment on rumours or speculation, we are confident in the long-term success of TikTok. Hundreds of millions of people come to TikTok for entertainment and connection, including our community of creators and artists who are building livelihoods from the platform. We’re motivated by their passion and creativity, and committed to protecting their privacy and safety as we continue working to bring joy to families and meaningful careers to those who create on our platform.”

The app has been downloaded close to 200 million times in the United States. However, it has been banned by some US companies, as well as the country’s military.

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Fast Charge: Galaxy Note 20, a new foldable and ...

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The wait is almost over and we’re mere days away from Samsung Unpacked, with a number of new products expected to be announced including the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

If the rumours, and teases from Samsung themselves, turn out to be true then we could be expecting to see an absolute barrage of tech revealed at the online-only event. From wearables and tablets, to a kidney bean-shaped earbud and 5G gaming phone. Here’s everything we expect Samsung to show off on Wednesday, August 5.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra

Likely the event’s highlight and main focus, Samsung is expected to unveil a duo of Note 20 ‘phablets’ during the show, and most of the key details have already started cascading out. Expect the Note 20 Ultra to be the true high-end phone, with a 6.9-inch display and 120Hz refresh rate. There could also be a gaming focus, with Samsung said to be entering into a partnership with Microsoft’s xCloud streaming service.

The Note 20 could be smaller, have a plastic body and miss out on both the high-resolution curved 120Hz display and main 108-megapixel camera. It might also come in both 4G and 5G variates, rather than solely 5G.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

The follow up to the Galaxy Fold is expected, and if the leaked images published turn out to be real then it looks like Samsung has fixed a lot. The outer display looks far bigger, and there’s a smaller notch inside too. The rear camera array also looks similar to the that of the Note 20. We doubt it’ll come much cheaper than the first effort though, with a ‘budget’ Fold expected next year.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus

Along with the phones, a couple of premium tablets are also heavily rumoured for the event. Though Samsung could always save these for a showcase later in the year if it wants to give the phones more stage time.

Again, it looks like they’ll be two models, one with a larger 12.4-inch OLED screen and another with a smaller 11-inch LCD one. According to WinFuture, both of these will have a 120Hz refresh rate, giving them smoother looks along with a Snapdragon 865+ chipset and 6GB RAM.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

Thanks to numerous leaks, there’s very little we don’t know about these quirky, kidney-bean shaped earbuds. Set to launch for $169, these earbuds will pack ANC that’ll help them compete with AirPods Pro, and  they’ll come in a snazzy gold hue. The Buds will support gestures and a leak of the app revealed an EQ for tweaking sound.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3

We could also see a new Watch from Samsung at the event. We’ve seen leaks suggesting two sizes, 41mm and 45mm, along with LTE options and a bunch of new watch faces. The same leak also reported black, silver and gold colour options.

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Best Samsung TV: The South Korean giant is one of the biggest consumer electronics companies in the world, and tt also makes some pretty impressive TVs.

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Samsung is the largest manufacturer of TVs in the world, offering everything from a budget 43-inch set to a cutting-edge 75-inch 8K TV.

QLED is Samsung’s attempt to produce the brightest pictures in the TV world, while still also competing on black levels that are OLED’s speciality. If you’re looking for Dolby Vision, you won’t find that on Samsung’s TVs. It backs the HDR10+ solution instead – but the peak brightness they’re capable can be higher than OLED, and they’re often very good all-rounders with impressive upscaling and rapid-fast gaming performance.

Here are the best Samsung TVs to buy in 2020.

  • Best Samsung TV: Samsung Q950TS
  • Best 4K QLED: Samsung Q90T
  • Best gaming QLED: Samsung Q80T
  • Best QLED HDR: Samsung Q90R
  • Great for viewing angles: Samsung Q85R
  • Great affordable QLED: Samsung Q80R
  • Best budget QLED: Samsung Q70R
  • Best budget Samsung TV: Samsung RU7020

Samsung Q950TS

Spectacular picture quality

Pros:

  • Spectacular picture quality with a wide range of resolutions
  • Beautiful, cutting edge design
  • Innovative and effective object tracking sound system

Cons:

  • One or two very rare backlight glitches
  • It will be too expensive for most households
  • No Dolby Vision support

The QE75Q950TS sits at the top of all of Samsung’s TVs for 2020. It’s price matches its excellence, with this TV is packed to rafters with specs that offer an incredible picture and sound performance.

Standout features include 8K Quantum AI processing and Object Tracking Sound+, which can replicate the position of effects accurately on screen. Picture quality is genuinely immense, unlocking as much potential from any source you give it. The Q950TS’ bezel-erasing Infinity design, combined with the One Connect box single cable connectivity makes this TV one of the most cutting edge options available.

Samsung Q90T

Does what the Q95T does for less

Pros:

  • Corking picture quality from any standard of content
  • Excellent for gamers
  • Class-leading user interface

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Sound is nothing special
  • No Dolby Vision

The QE55Q90T sits just below the Q95T in Samsung’s 2020 line-up, but carries practically all the Q95T’s tech and performance for less money. What’s missing is the One Connect box, and if you’re with some cable clutter (and a less streamlined wall-mount process), the Q90T offers fantastic value.

Picture quality is impressive, with Samsung employing the AI and machine-learning algorithms from its 8K TVs to help aid the Q90T’s attempts to upscale sub-4K content. Colours, skin tones and detail are all rendered in exacting fashion. The Tizen-based operating system is as sophisticated as ever, and the TV is compatible with Alexa and Samsung’s own Bixby voice-control. From a sound perspective it’s decent, but factor in a soundbar purchase.

Samsung Q80T

Blistering gaming performance

Pros:

  • FALD backlight
  • Impactful OTS audio
  • Lightning fast gaming performance

Cons:

  • No Dolby Vision support
  • No Freeview Play

Despite sitting below the Q95T/Q90T, the Q80T is relentless in the features it devours including with full-array local dimming, Samsung’s Object Tracking Sound and fast gaming performance. As a step down from the Q95T, you won’t be disappointed.

Like we’ve seen from several of Samsung’s TVs, its excellent at upscaling content to near-4K. QLED’s fondness for brighter HDR performance than other brands means content is displayed in a punchy manner. There’s no Dolby Vision, which will increasingly grate with the with the likes of Netflix, Disney+ and Apple TV supported. Gaming is incredibly fast, with the 8.7ms latency. Perfect for the upcoming next-gen game consoles.

Samsung TV 2019

Samsung Q90R

Fantastic HDR performance

Pros:

  • Groundbreaking contrast for an LCD TV
  • Groundbreaking viewing angles for an LCD TV
  • Fantastic HDR performance

Cons:

  • No Dolby Vision support
  • Some missing shadow detail in Standard mode
  • Motion could be handled better

Back in 2019, the Q90R represented a huge leap forward for LCD technology. Samsung stepped up its QLED technology and improved it in a number of ways, getting close to OLED’s viewing angles and black levels, while producing a spectacularly bright image.

The Q90R’s ability to hit 2000 nits of peak brightness delivers a dynamic, intense picture with consistent black levels, producing some of the most impactful HDR images we’ve seen.

Samsung QE55Q80R

Samsung QE55Q80R

An expert upscaler

Pros:

  • Bright, high-contrast images
  • Good off-axis performance
  • Quite full-bodied sound
  • Fine OS

Cons:

  • No Dolby Vision
  • Relatively deep chassis
  • Some mild motion-handling traumas

The 2019 Q80R sits os the Goldilocks of the range, retaining some of the fancy features seen in the premium efforts – Ultra Wide Viewing Angles, 4K AI upscaler and high peak brightness – for a cheaper price. Colours oare lifelike, contrast is vivid and motion performance assured.

The price has settled below £1000 mark, and despite its age (in TV terms), it’s a solid pick for those who want QLED quality, but don’t have such deep pockets.

Samsung QE55Q70R

Samsung QE55Q70R

The cheapest way of enjoying “proper” QLED

Pros:

  • Great picture quality
  • Good HDR performance
  • Comprehensive smart platform
  • Incredibly low input lag

Cons:

  • No Dolby Vision or Atmos support
  • Limited viewing angles

This 2019 TV doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles of QLED tech, pitched at a more affordable price to a more discerning audience. The panel is a full-array local dimming display, good for black levels and contrast, and its peak brightness still offers plenty in the way HDR goodness.

Samsung UE43RU7020

Samsung UE43RU7020

An impressive budget set

Pros:

  • Good spec
  • Brilliant OS
  • Impressive upscaling
  • Rapid response time
  • Great overall picture performance

Cons:

  • Eco mode should be avoided
  • Nasty sound
  • Poor remote control

The RU7020’s build quality belies its price; it avoids the cheap plasticky feel of the majority of models at the price. Picture quality is convincing and natural, and Samsung’s upscaling abilities mean it can deal with sub-4K content very well.

Audio isn’t great, warranting the purchase of an external sound system. Nonetheless, with a gaming performance as fast as the Road Runner, the UE43RU7020 is a superb gaming monitor for a smaller room.

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What are the Xbox Series X launch games?

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Cyberpunk 2077

Xbox Series X is slowly but surely approaching, set to usher in a new generation of consoles alongside the PS5. Like all big hardware launches, it will be accompanied by a selection of massive games set to showcase the console at its best. 

However, Microsoft is playing things a little different with the Xbox Series X, with all of its major launch offerings also coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 simultaneously. This is a far cry from the PlayStation 5, which will be offering the likes of Demon’s Souls and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales as traditional exclusives. 

Microsoft’s approach is arguably a double-edged sword and could turn away general consumers, but it’s easily the more forward-thinking approach, especially with services like Xbox Game Pass and Project xCloud becoming more and more mainstream. 

What are the Xbox Series X launch games?

We’ve compiled all the major launch games we know about so far for the Xbox Series X below, which include first-party blockbusters, big hitters from third-parties and even a couple of indie darlings. 

Halo Infinite

Halo Infinite

Developer: 343 Industries

It’s been almost four years since the release of Halo 5: Guardians, which is a long absence from Master Chief and company, especially when The Reclaimer Trilogy remains unsolved after a truly epic cliffhanger. Cortana has gone rogue, taking control of UNSC systems across the galaxy. Oh, and she’s found another Halo ring, meaning she could bring the entire universe down with her if Chief, Arbiter and friends don’t stop her before it’s too late.

Halo Infinite will continue this story, despite not being a numbered entry in the franchise. It’s heading in a new direction, aiming to depict wider environments and more ambitious mechanics all made possible by Slipstream Engine. Chances are you’ll be teaming up with friends, taking on missions and finally concluding a narrative we’ve been waiting years to see come to fruition. It’s time to finish the fight.

Yakuza 7

Yakuza 7: Like a Dragon

Developer: SEGA

Having already been released as a PS4 exclusive in Japan, Yakuza: Like a Dragon will be arriving on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and PC in the West later this year. That’s more platforms than any Yakuza launch before it, and teases a hugely exciting future for Sega’s cult franchise. It’s one we’ve been screaming about from the rooftops for years here at Trusted Reviews, and we can’t wait for its popularity to skyrocket.

For those unfamiliar, Yakuza: Like a Dragon is a role-playing video game set in Yokohama, Japan. Unlike previous entries in the series, this is a turn-based affair featuring a new protagonist, new city and an abundance of new zany activities to partake in throughout the massive campaign. It’s still somewhat alien to see such an established PlayStation franchise make a splash on Xbox, but if it means even more people can enjoy it, who are we to complain.

Watch Dogs Legion

Watch Dogs Legion

Developer: Ubisoft

Watch Dogs Legion takes players to a future vision of Britain where the controversial Brexit result has turned London into a neon-drenched dystopian hellscape. A sudden terrorist attack has brought the capital under authoritarian rule, with military police roaming the street and putting unruly citizens into submission.

You are DedSec, and can recruit anyone in the world to a resistance to fight back against evil powers and liberate the city of London. By completing missions you can play as literally anyone in the open world, each with their own unique skills and abilities to experiment with. It’s an exciting new direction for the series, even if the impact of its political storytelling seems a bit divisive.

FIFA 21 vs PES 2021

FIFA 21

Developer: Electronic Arts 

FIFA 21 is making a predictable splash on next-generation consoles later this year, and will be bringing with it an assortment of visual and mechanical enhancements alongside all the expected licenses and teams being renewed from the previous season. The Covid-19 pandemic means the world of professional sport has been a little strange this year, but things are slowly returning to normality.

This year’s installment will see all your usual modes, teams and mechanics alongside the return of Volta – a new vision of street football which debuted with FIFA 20. Don’t expect a new chapter in Alex Hunter’s The Journey anytime soon though, it seems Electronic Arts has abandoned that. Either way, football fans have a lot to look forward to with this one.

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077

Developer: CD Projekt Red

Cyberpunk 2077 is arguably the biggest game of the year, and CD Projekt Red has already confirmed that it will be coming to next-gen consoles. It will support Smart Delivery, so you’ll be able to use existing copies of the game on Xbox Series X with absolutely no issue. All your saves, achievements and other progress will carry over. 

It has also been confirmed that a next-gen patch will be coming after launch which will enhance the monolithic RPG. We imagine this will come in the form of better visuals, faster performance and perhaps even ray tracing support. Only time will tell, but it’s exciting to know we already have a huge, ambitious adventure to look forward to on new consoles. 

Marvel's Avengers

Marvel’s Avengers

Developer: Crystal Dynamics

Like a number of sprawling multiplayer titles, Crystal Dynamics has confirmed that Marvel’s Avengers will be available as a launch title for PS5 and Xbox Series X. It will take full advantage of the new hardware with improved performance, resolution and visual features which simply aren’t possible on older consoles. It looks amazing already, so we’re excited to see how the minds behind Tomb Raider will utilise these new platforms.

Marvel’s Avengers has you taking control of Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Kamala Khan, Black Widow and Captain America as you seek to overthrow an evil threat and restore the reputation of superheroes across the world. There will be a solo campaign and missions where you can team up with friends to take on large stages and even larger boss battles. Also, you can expect plenty of satisfying customisation options in a similar vein to Destiny 2 or The Division.

Valhalla

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Developer: Ubisoft

Following in the footsteps of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, the next entry in Ubisoft’s open-world series will take players to The Viking Age scattered across Great Britain, Norway and Scandinavia. It’s poised to be a vast, beautiful and ambitious adventure which will build further upon the series’ growing adoption of RPG mechanics.

Much like Odyssey, you can choose between a male or female protagonist, and will have your very own settlement to grow and mould into your own virtual home throughout the game’s campaign. Chances are its occupants, atmosphere and morales will be influenced by your own decisions. Obviously, players can once again expect the franchises’ signature exploration, combat and massive sense of scope, pushed even further with next-gen consoles.

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Bugsnax: Everything we know about the weird and ...

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Bugsnax

Bugsnax is one of the strangest and most delightful games to emerge for the PlayStation 5 thus far. From the creators of Octodad comes a cute, bizarre and genuinely entrancing adventure into the surreal, and we can’t wait to experience it. 

Announced during the PS5 ‘Future of Gaming’ event, Bugsnax is a strange adventure game where you navigate an island filled with unusual creatures that are not only bugs, but also snacks. Bugsnax, if you will. It’s also coming to PS4 and PC, so you won’t need a next-gen console to get lost in the oddities.

Trusted Reviews has compiled everything you need to know about Bugsnax including all the latest news, gameplay, release date, trailers and more. 

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Bugsnax

Bugsnax gameplay – What is it?

Developed by Young Horses, Bugsnax is a first-person adventure game set on Snacktooth Island. Here, you’ll need to explore and capture Bugsnax using a variety of different contraptions located across the island. It’s like a scavenger hunt, but you’re catching weird, living things instead of random objects. 

But wait, it gets even wilder. Once captured, you can feed Bugsnax to the local Grumpuses, who will then adopt the physical properties of whatever Bugsnax they ingest. You can capture a better glimpse of what this means in the reveal trailer, but we can say with confidence it’s both creepy and delightful in equal measure. 

Bugsnax release date – when is it coming out?

Bugsnax is currently in development for PS4, PS5 and PC and is aiming for a Q4 2020 launch. No specific release date has been confirmed, but we imagine such a thing will emerge in the coming months. 

Bugsnax trailer – how does it look?

Bugsnax story – what’s it all about?

The plot of Bugsnax is equally as obtuse, and that’s honestly why it sounds so wonderful. You play as a newspaper reporter who is invited to Snacktooth Island by Elizabert Megafig, who details the island’s unusual inhabitants in a letter and how our protagonist should venture forth and document them for all the world to see. Unfortunately, upon arriving on the island everything isn’t as it seems, and it’s your job to uncover what exactly is going on.

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How to watch Fulham vs Cardiff Championship ...

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CARDIFF, WALES – AUGUST 31: Josh Murphy scores the first goal for Cardiff City FC during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Fulham at Cardiff City Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Cardiff City FC/Getty Images)

Tonight’s Championship play-off semi-final sees Cardiff travel to Fulham looking to overcome a first-leg deficit and secure a place in the Wembley play-off final against Brentford. Our guide will tell you how to watch Fulham vs Cardiff wherever you are.

Fulham vs Cardiff kick-off time

The Fulham vs Cardiff game will be played at Craven Cottage and will kick off at 7:45 BST.

How to watch Fulham vs Cardiff

Sky Sports has the rights to show this game. It’ll be available on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football for subscribers. Coverage starts at 7:00pm.

If you’re not you’re not a full Sky subscriber, you can grab Now TV Sky Sports pass. These passes come in daily, weekly and monthly flavours and will be ideal to let you get your football fix. Now TV works on multiple devices so you can watch the games on your phone, TV, laptop, tablet or Chromecast. See the widget below to gander at the latest deals for Now TV.

Fulham vs Cardiff match preview

Cardiff face a massive struggle to get back into this tie after a damaging 2-0 home defeat in the first leg, which put Fulham on the brink of Wembley. Josh Onomah gave Fulham a second half lead before a Neeskens Kebano free-kick, crucially coming in injury time, put the Londoners in full control of the tie.

Unless Cardiff pull off an unlikely comeback, Fulham will be within one game of an instant return to the Premier League following last season’s disappointing relegation. The winners of this tie will take on Brentford who clinically dispatched of another South Wales side, Swansea, in the other semi final.

The final takes place on August 4.

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If you’re a fan of streaming content online, then you should also be in interested in staying safe while you’re doing it and keeping your private data away from the hands of hackers. If that’s the case, there’s no better way to keep your online activity safe than with a dedicated VPN.

Allowing you to connect via a different IP address somewhere else in the world, having a VPN can let you browse the internet in peace, knowing that you’re safe from the prying eyes of anyone who might be looking to steal your personal information.


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Google One is now a legit iCloud rival for iPhone ...

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Google has announced an expansion of the Google One cloud storage platform to enable iOS and Android device owners to automatically back up their phone data.

The new initiative will be available even if the user doesn’t have a paid Google One subscription, and will be deducted from the free 15GB of cloud storage that comes with every Google account.

For iPhone users specifically, Google is launching a new Google One app that’ll facilitate the back up of photos, videos, contacts, and calendar events with Google.

This will give iPhone users an alternative to the paltry 5GB of storage they get free through iCloud and will enable more data to be backed up without paying for a cloud subscription. However, the range of data backed up from native iPhone apps won’t be as great.

15GB isn’t that much, and may not be enough for users seeking to back up reams of stuff from their phones, but for those with less than 15GB of stuff on their handsets this might be ideal. Additional storage is available from a couple of quid a month, so if you find yourself going over it’s not the end of the world.

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For those with loads of photos on their phone, there’s also the option of Google Photos, which will back up all of your photos and videos for free, provided you agree to a resolution cap.

Previously, the automatic Google One backups had only been available on Android devices for those with a paid Google One subscription, so this is a decent expansion of the Google One service and it’s available everywhere.

In a blog post Google writes: “Start backing up your phone with the Google One app, and save the stuff you care about using the free 15 GB of storage that comes with your Google Account. If you break, lose, or upgrade your phone, you can rest easy knowing that your data is safe in the cloud.”

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You can now play games on a Google smart display ...

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Google Nest Hub Max hero

Google’s array of smart displays seem to get more useful by the week. Earlier this month, Netflix finally arrived and now the company is confirming an array of new games.

Saying “Hey Google, let’s play a game” in the vicinity of a Nest Hub Max will serve up classics like Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and Jeopardy!, hosted by the great Alex Trebek himself. If you play regularly, you’ll be able to compete on online leaderboards with others around the world.

Among the less well-known games are Song Quiz, Are You Feeling Lucky, Trivia Crack and Guess the Drawing, which will encourage you to identify the object being drawn as it appears on screen. Google is also launching its own version of an Escape the Room game called.. er… Escape the Room.

You can see the launch line up in the video below:

in a blog post on Thursday, Google says the games “take full advantage of the screen, and combine with voice and touch controls for instant, easy fun.”

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John Hsu, the product manager adds: “These are just a few of the games available today on your Smart Display, and it doesn’t stop there. We’re continuing to work directly with top game developers to to bring even more immersive games to your smart display. Stay tuned for the lineup of new titles we’ll be introducing throughout the year. All you’ll have to say is “Hey Google, Let’s Play a Game” to browse the latest and greatest games.”

As well as the Made by Google Nest Hub range, the games will be available on smart displays from third-party manufacturers like Lenovo. It’ll be interesting to see whether gaming on a smart display gains any traction, because on the face of things it seems a pretty viable prospect.

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British Grand Prix: How to watch F1 on Sky Sports ...

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How to watch the British Grand Prix: Hamilton assume pole position in the drivers championship, consummately taking the win at the Hungaroring two weeks ago. F1 returns to the home of motorsport  – Silverstone – for the fourth and fifth rounds of the championship season. It’s hard to see Hamilton relinquishing his advantage, even at this early stage. Bottas will have to be perfect to beat the Brit at his home track, while Red Bull will be looking for more consistency from their rather difficult to drive car. We could see Racing Point launch another attack on the podium positions, but they may have to do so without their Mexican driver, Sergio Perez. He’s currently self-isolating, awaiting the results of a test, after the first proved to be inconclusive.

Our guide explains how to catch this weekend’s British Grand Prix action, including channels and UK times for practice races, qualifying and, of course, the main event. Plus, how to live stream everything and keep your data safe.

British Grand Prix Schedule

The British Grand Prix will be shown live on both Sky Sports F1 and Channel 4. Here’s the race schedule (all times GMT, Channel 4 in brackets):

Friday, July 31st

  • 9.30am − Welcome to the Weekend Live
  • 10am − British GP Practice 1
  • 10.55am – Practice 1 (Channel 4)
  • 1.45pm − British GP Practice Two
  • 2.45pm – Practice 2 (Channel 4)

Saturday, August 1st

  • 10.45am − British GP Practice Three
  • 10.55am – Practice 3 (Channel 4)
  • 1.00pm – British GP qualifying build-up (Channel 4)
  • 2.00pm − British GP Qualifying (Sky F1/Channel 4)

Sunday, August 2nd

  • 12.30pm − Grand Prix Sunday Live
  • 2:10pm − THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX (Sky F1/Channel 4)
  • 20.00pm – Full British Grand Prix replay

British Grand Prix– TV channel and live stream details

If you’re a Sky subscriber, you can tune in on Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky One. You can also watch the action unfold by using the Sky Go mobile app, at no additional charge. Here are some quick-links to help you:

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If you’re not a Sky customer, but desperately don’t want to miss this weekend’s action, you can pick up a NOW TV Sports Pass, which will set you back either £9.99 (for a Day Pass), £14.99 (for a Week Pass). The Week Pass is obviously the best value for F1 fanatics, especially if you’ve got a free schedule on both Saturday and Sunday.

NOW TV Sky Sports Week Pass

You need to head to the normal broadcast channel or the All 4 website linked below for an on-demand service:

Alternatively, you can watch the action using the All 4 mobile app:

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