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OnePlus Two to run on new custom Android ROM dubbed OxygenOS

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Chinese manufacturer OnePlus is looking to leave CyanogenMod behind for good and is currently focusing on the new custom Android ROM that will power the upcoming OnePlus Two flagship. Following the scandal with Cyanogen in India last year, OnePlus revealed that it will no longer be able to provide users in the country with OS updates and that they were working on a custom ROM for their future devices. While we still don’t have a lot of official information in regards to the said ROM, the company revealed yesterday that it’s going to be called OxygenOS, so at least we now have a name.

At the moment, we can’t be absolutely certain that the OnePlus Two will run on OxygenOS as it hasn’t been confirmed yet, but chances are that it will given that the partnership between OnePlus and Cyanogen is quickly dissolving. Basically, the company doesn’t really have much choice but to equip their flagship with the custom Android ROM. Most details surrounding the OxygenOS are still unknown, but we’ll be able to learn more about it soon. OnePlus went on the forums to say that we can expect more information to arrive on February 12th and we’ll definitely keep our ears peeled for that. Hopefully, the company will also shed a bit more light on the OnePlus Two next month because we’re just dying to find out more.

Meanwhile, word on the street is that we might not see the flagship in the near future as it has been delayed until the third quarter of the year. According to a report by Forbes, the delay is being caused by “manufacturing challenges” with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset. The report also mentions that the device will actually be marketed as OnePlus 2 instead of OnePlus Two. That said, these are just rumors and we advise you to take them for what they are until OnePlus actually confirms them. We’ll make sure to let you know as soon as we have new details on the OnePlus Two or the OxygenOS. Stay tuned.

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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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