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Halo Infinite is probably one of the most eagerly anticipated Xbox Series X games of 2021, promising to completely reimagine Microsoft’s renowned Halo brand.

The new Halo was meant to be a launch title for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles, but it was postponed owing to the Covid-19 outbreak and negative fan reaction to the gameplay presentation.

We finally have a release date for Halo Infinite: December 8, 2021, after a placeholder date of “Holiday 2021,” which falls between November and early January. During Gamescom 2021, 343 Industries announced the news, as well as the availability of a custom Xbox Series X and Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 at launch.

Halo Infinite, described by developer 343 Industries as a “spiritual reboot,” will continue the series’ ongoing tale on Xbox One, PC (including Steam), Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S. The game will also be available on Xbox Game Pass from the start and will have ray-tracing in a post-launch patch. Xbox Series X owners will also get an improved version of the game, with “up to 4k resolution at 60fps in the campaign and drastically decreased load times delivering seamless gameplay that ushers in the next age of gaming,” according to Microsoft.

Halo Infinite PC System Requirements

(According to Steam’s product page)

MINIMUM

  • OS: Windows 10 RS3 x64
  • Processor: AMD FX-8370 or Intel i5-4440
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD RX 570 or Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 50 GB available space
  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

RECOMMENDED:

  • OS: Windows 10 19H2 x64
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X or Intel i7-9700k
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Radeon RX 5700 XT or Nvidia RTX 2070
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 50 GB available space
  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
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Snapdragon is now a standalone product brand

The company will also unveil Snapdragon 8 Gen1 on its tech summit on Nov. 30.

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Qualcomm is said to be changing the name of their next flagship Snapdragon 8-series processor. However, the firm said on Monday that it is making even more significant changes to the popular mobile chipset brand.

Qualcomm is hosting its next Snapdragon Tech Summit next week, but in the meantime, the company has announced that its Snapdragon division will be a “standalone product brand with specific ties to the Qualcomm brand where appropriate,” adding, “We’re giving Snapdragon room for continued recognition and relevance with current fans, as well as for discovery and resonance with new fans.”

Thankfully, the suffix “5G” will be phased out of mobile platform names in the future, as 5G has become pervasive enough to no longer be necessary. Qualcomm has already stated that it will exclusively release 5G-capable mobile platforms from now on, so there’s no need to state the obvious.

Qualcomm also published a new marketing video to coincide with the event, marking the start of a “new era” for the brand. Apart from a few enigmatic references to the number 8, it doesn’t give much information. Previous Qualcomm trailers ended with a depiction of a processor chip accompanied by the SoC’s official name. The image of a mobile processor, on the other hand, is merely branded with the number 8 in this case.

It appears to back up previous reports that the Snapdragon 898 might be renamed. Qualcomm is considering dubbing the new SoC “Snapdragon 8 Gen1,” according to leaker Ice Universe.

The rumored name change appeared to be Qualcomm’s approach of getting around the 8-series naming scheme at the time. The following entry was rumored to be called Snapdragon 898, implying that its successor could not be named after a three-digit number beginning with 8 and having a greater value.

The name “Snapdragon 8 Gen1” was not finalized yet, according to Ice Universe, but it was the “naming logic” Qualcomm was exploring for the move. With the news of Qualcomm’s mobile chipset becoming an independent brand and beginning a new era, some tech aficionados were also perplexed as to why Qualcomm would call the next chipset “Gen1.” Now, calling the rumored Snapdragon 898 a first-generation product makes more sense.

Qualcomm’s next Snapdragon Tech Summit will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 30. The Snapdragon 888’s successor is likely to be announced during the keynote talk at these events.

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Cowboy Bebop trailer on Netflix is a melodic explosion

It will be shown on November 19.

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Netflix has released the first official trailer for its upcoming live-action Cowboy Bebop series starring John Cho, Danielle Pineda, and Mustafa Shakir, following the release of the “The Lost Session” teaser last week. The trailer was released shortly after a live YouTube countdown event.

Spike Spiegel (Cho) stands in front of Bebop’s rising hangar doors, looking out over a futuristic cityscape with his personal spacecraft, the Swordfish II, visible in the background. The scene cuts to a shot of the asteroid colony of New Tijuana, intercut with Spike discussing his new line of work as a bounty hunter with his partner Jet with his old acquaintance Ana (Tamara Tunie) (Shakir). Spike tells Ana that if she ever needs to find him, he now goes by the name Spike Spiegel, implying that “Spike Spiegel” is merely an alias he adopted to conceal his identity after faking his own death and leaving the Red Dragon Syndicate, unlike in the original series.

As the series’ theme song “Tank” begins to ramp up, Jet is seen piloting the Bebop towards an Astral Gate, amusingly banging shut one of the ship’s shutter windows. From there, fans of the original Bebop anime will recognize a lot of the territory: Spike and Jet are seen fighting the Teddy Bomber, with monochrome flashbacks of Spike and his lover Julia (Elena Satine). Faye (Pineda) appears in a darkened ship corridor wielding a rifle before cutting away to a scene of the trio at dinner, with Faye suggesting that they form a team. Spike fights Vicious (Alex Hassell) in a cathedral, we see a spacecraft soaring through space and Cho’s smooth delivery of “depends on who you ask” before soaring over a dock at night aboard the Swordfish II.

In terms of look and setup, the trailer looks very different from the original anime series, with a stylized approach to the source material reminiscent of the Wachowskis’ Speed Racer or Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

It’s unclear how much of the original 26-episode anime Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop will be covered in its first 10-episode season, or whether Ed, the genius child hacker and fan-favorite character from the original series, will appear this season, though their presence was seemingly hinted at in a teaser video posted on Twitter in the lead up to the release of “The Lost Season” teaser.

On November 19, Netflix will release Cowboy Bebop.

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This is the Sony Xperia PRO-I official product video

THE camera with a huge 2.4µm-sized pixel.

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Sony has released a new Xperia Pro smartphone. The Xperia Pro-I is the first phone outside of Japan to feature a 1.0-inch camera sensor with phase-detect focusing.

A huge 20MP 1″-type stacked-CMOS Exmor RS photography sensor with built-in DRAM is featured on the new Sony Xperia Pro-I. Although only around 60% of the imaging area is used (resulting in a 12MP image), this is still a huge sensor for a smartphone. With 90 percent field coverage, the main camera has a 24mm equivalent focal length and 315 PDAF focusing points.

A 16mm equiv. F2.2 ultra-wide camera with a 1/2.5″ sensor and a 50mm equiv. F2.4 telephoto camera with a 1/2.9″ sensor round out the photography gear. All three cameras are built for quickness and include real-time autofocus tracking. The main camera can shoot at 20 frames per second and do 60 AF/AE calculations each second, while the ultra-wide and telephoto cameras can only shoot at 10 frames per second.

Sony is asking a premium once again, as is customary. The Xperia Pro-I will cost $1,800 in the United States. According to Sony, you’re getting a flagship phone and a point-and-shoot camera in one device for less money.

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