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OnePlus One will be getting both OxygenOS and stable CyanogenMod 12S next month

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In an effort to keep their fans happy following the controversy with Cyanogen, Chinese manufacturer OnePlus decided that it should stop relying on other companies and their software. This decision was likely made some time ago because OnePlus seems to have been working in secret on their very own Android Lollipop ROM called OxygenOS. The custom ROM will run straight out of the box on the upcoming OnePlus 2, but OnePlus One users can expect to experience it first hand even sooner. The OnePlus One “flagship killer” currently runs on another custom Android Lollipop ROM entitled CyanogenMod 11S, but word has it that a stable version of CyanogenMod 12S should be arriving in the near future. So, will the OnePlus One run on OxygenOS,or CyanogenMod 12S? Well, both, although obviously not at the same time.

OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei recently revealed that OxygenOS will not come OTA to OnePlus One owners. Instead, the upcoming custom ROM will simply serve as an alternative to those who don’t like CyanogenMod 12S for some reason. Pei also mentioned that interested OnePlus One users will have to flash OxygenOS themselves if they want to see what it’s all about. As for a potential release date, the very same Carl Pei went on Twitter earlier today to announce that stable builds of both CyanogenMod 12S and Oxygen OS should be available to OnePlus One users starting next month.

The co-founder didn’t let out a specific release date, but in another tweet he estimated that the two ROMs should be up for grabs at some point during mid to late March. In other words, it may still take another month before OnePlus One users will be able to enjoy one (or both) of these new ROMs. Presumably, the stable release of CyanogenMod 12S will be based on Android 5.1 Lollipop while OxygenOS is rumored to be based on Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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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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