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Sony has come up with a great way to market the PlayStation 5 to gamers. The company will accept applications for the purchase of consoles

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The current generation consoles were introduced about a year ago and are still in short supply. Sony understands that the Christmas season is approaching, so it has already started accepting applications for the purchase of the PlayStation 5.

So far, the initiative is only available to US residents. Whether it will be launched elsewhere is still unknown. The important thing is that these are not pre-orders in the classical sense, but an application for purchase. Sony invites those wishing to register on the official website in the appropriate form.

The main highlight is that not the fastest and not those who left the most applications will get the opportunity to purchase the console. The company says it will select the lucky ones based on previous activities and interests within the PlayStation ecosystem. Since registration takes place on the official website, it requires a PlayStation account. And then, apparently, Sony will look at how active this or that gamer was, how much he spent on games and so on. This should allow us to weed out regular resellers with new accounts.

In addition, there are other protections. Those who receive an invitation will be able to purchase only one console in any modification, up to two DualSense controllers, if they are black or red, up to three white controllers, one PS5 remote and one Pulse 3D headset. Moreover, there will be a limited time for the purchase, but it will be indicated by Sony in the letters with the invitation.

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Samsung unveils new features for its smart TVs – video calling, games and automatic subtitling

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Samsung Electronics revealed a lot today at SDC 21. In addition to launching a cloud gaming service and opening the Tizen platform to third-party vendors, Samsung also talked about new features that will soon be available on its smart TVs.

One of the areas Samsung is focusing on is video calling. The new video communication solution was implemented in collaboration with Google. As Samsung promises, it will bring higher quality video calls to TVs thanks to AI-powered autofocus and zoom capabilities.

Samsung unveils new features for its smart TVs - video calling, games and automatic subtitling

The company is making it easier for developers to release camera services and apps on Samsung TVs, and is working to improve compatibility with external webcams.

For example, the Samsung Health solution for Samsung TVs can connect to a webcam and analyze exercise performance in real time while exercising.

Samsung unveils new features for its smart TVs - video calling, games and automatic subtitling

Samsung also paid attention to games. A gaming extension is under development that will provide support for HDR10 + technology with automatic frequency settings up to 120Hz HDR calibration.

Samsung unveils new features for its smart TVs - video calling, games and automatic subtitling

Consideration is being given to addressing compatibility issues to provide support for more game controllers. More than 10 game controllers are currently officially supported.

Samsung TVs will get new capabilities based on artificial intelligence. These include automatic subtitles that do not overlap with the text in the video, as well as new sign language capabilities, including a 3D character that can translate TV menus into sign language.

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No, the Apple M1 Max SoC is not capable of competing with the GeForce RTX 2080, but the performance is very high. There were tests of the new MacBook Pro in games

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The GPU performance in the Apple M1 Max SoC exceeds 10 TFLOPS, which can be compared with the PS5 or GeForce RTX 2080. But the TFLOPS figure is not directly related to the performance in games. And now we have the opportunity to assess what Apple’s solution is capable of in games.

And it is really capable of a lot. In Tomb Rider, the top-end Apple platform performs at the level of the mobile GeForce RTX 3060. Yes, we are talking about the 70-watt version, that is, almost the slowest. Recall that the RTX 3060 for laptops has a power limit ranging from 60 to 115 watts.

No, the Apple M1 Max SoC is not capable of competing with the GeForce RTX 2080, but the performance is very high. There were tests of the new MacBook Pro in games

However, we are still talking about a very productive mobile video card of the most modern generation. Yes, you need to wait for tests in more games to put together a more complete picture, but you can state the very high performance of Apple’s solution right now. M1 Pro, by the way, also looks decent. This is roughly the level of mobile GeForce RTX 3050 Ti or RTX 3050.

Of course, the MacBook Pro is not bought for games at all, since the situation with games on macOS is not easy. However, this does not prevent us from evaluating the new Apple SoCs simply in terms of their capabilities.

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An offline game has appeared in the Opera gaming browser in case of an unstable Internet connection or network disconnection

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Opera Software has announced the launch of an innovation for the Opera GX browser. As a reminder, Opera GX is being promoted as a browser designed specifically for gamers. The innovation is intended to brighten up the moments when Wi-Fi suddenly disappears for game lovers.

In this case, the arcade game Operius appeared in the browser, which can be played offline. Created with GameMaker Studio 2 engine, the game will automatically appear in the browser every time the connection fails. If someone wants to play Operius on a stable internet, they can simply type opera: // operius in the Opera GX address bar.

An offline game has appeared in the Opera gaming browser in case of an unstable Internet connection or network disconnection

Operius was selected through a competition involving more than 900 games created in GameMaker Studio 2. As a result, Operius won a poll where more than 100,000 Opera GX and GameMaker users voted for eight games selected by experts.

An offline game has appeared in the Opera gaming browser in case of an unstable Internet connection or network disconnection

Operius features retro graphics inspired by 1980s space arcade shooters and a soundtrack from Catonator. Multiplayer is available to players without the Internet: in order to do this, you need to enter the mode for two players and then share the keyboard with a friend.

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