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Bendgate reloaded – Samsung Galaxy S6 unlikely to bend in your pocket

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Remember all the bendgate craziness that was surrounding the iPhone 6 Plus last year? Well, it’s back, although on a somewhat smaller scale. This time around we have the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge at the center of the controversy. A recent Youtube video posted by Square Trade showcases a test involving the iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and HTC One M9, all of which are showed to bend and eventually break completely when a certain amount of pressure is being exerted on them. The video apparently wants to convince us that we’re looking at bendgate 2 or worse, but Samsung claims otherwise.

In response to the video by Square Trade, the Korean tech giant has released its own video showing a very similar test being done on both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Samsung doesn’t deny that its new smartphones can end up bending, but clarifies that one would need to use a very high amount of pressure in order to do so. In the bendgate 2 video posted by Square Trade we see the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge reaching its bending point at about 110lbf and breaking completely at around 149. That’s all fine and dandy, but Samsung says that “the normal force that’s generated when a person presses the back pocket is approximately 66lbf (30kgf),” so there’s no real reason to worry about yet another bendgate.

As for the company’s own test, the video uploaded by Samsung yesterday proves that both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge can easily withstand 80lbf and continue to work like nothing happened. Samsung also says that this is one of the most common tests conducted on their devices while they’re in development, so the results are definitely not a coincidence. As much as Square Trade seems to want to ignite another bendgate scandal, Samsung’s own test reveals that the two flagships are pretty resistant and are very unlikely to bend under normal circumstances. Naturally, if someone tries to bend them on purpose they will eventually succeed, but that doesn’t mean that we’re looking at bendgate 2 here.

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Despite popular belief, PS4 sales in the UK skyrocketed last year

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PS4 sales in the UK climbed by a shocking 633 percent year-over-year in 2023, so apparently the old system isn’t dead yet. The previous year’s very limited supply of the system is likely a major factor in this figure, since the console’s lifespan was drastically reduced because of chip shortages caused by the pandemic. Still, it’s proof that PlayStation’s original platform has unmet demand.

With the very low prices of PS4 software (both in-store and online at the PS Store), this strategy makes a lot of sense. Plus, it’s future-proof, so there’s no harm in stocking up on PS4s while new-gen pricing is still high, since if you decide to switch to a PS5 in the future, you can transfer all of your purchases across. Not to mention that the majority of new releases still come out on the PS4, with several offering free PS5 upgrades.

While the percentage rise may seem huge, real PS4 sales will probably be much lower. It’s a sign that the gadget, which is now a decade old, isn’t completely dead yet, and we expect it to keep receiving maintenance for a while longer. Of course, this is great news for Sony, because the company would rather have PS4 players playing on its last-gen gadget than none at all, even if it would love to have them upgrade to PS5.

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New PS5 firmware is available for download!

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A PS5 firmware update on a cold winter morning is unmatched. The latest PS5 system software update is 23.02–08.40.00 from Sony. Does this one add useful features or just boost system performance?

Though closer to the latter, it’s more than Sony’s favorite patch note. It fixes security issues, improves messages and usability, and boosts system software performance. Official patch notes for this 1.185GB update:

  • We updated system software security
  • We improved system software stability and performance
  • Some screens now have better messages and usability

That’s it. PS5 gets another win to recover from its midweek slump. Do you share our enthusiasm for this firmware update? Comment below. To spice things up, make your comment rhyme.

 

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Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Version Will Help PS5

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Belgian developer Larian Studios’ work on Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Series S version will improve performance on all platforms, including PS5. The game’s fifth major patch, expected to launch this week, will include upgrades and new features. More details will be revealed later today.

Director of Publishing Michael Douse says PS5 performance improvements may be the “least exciting thing” in the title’s next update, so it sounds like a big one. Larian Studios employees are proud of “finally” implementing tweaks, fixes, and changes, Douse says. Later today, we’ll bring you all the Baldur’s Gate 3 update details.

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Those who reached the RPG’s third act have reported technical issues during the narrative’s conclusion, especially in co-op, so today’s update should fix them. New features like a permadeath mode are expected, along with Xbox Series S optimization fixes. What else should be added to the game?

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