(Pocket-lint) – It feels like only yesterday that Rockstar Games was releasing its critically-acclaimed Red Dead Redemption 2, letting us loose into a massive frontier world of bandits and shoot-outs. It surely can’t have been that long beforehand when it set loose the insanely successful Grand Theft Auto 5, can it?
Well, it very much can, actually. GTA 5 may have since been re-released to lengthen its lifespan, but it originally came out in 2013. A lot has changed since then, and with a new generation of consoles finally released, comprised of the PS5 and Xbox Series X and S, rumours are starting to spin that the next game in Rockstar’s most famous franchise could be on its way.
We’ve gathered everything we know about Grand Theft Auto 6 right here for your delectation — let’s get down to it.
GTA 6 release date
Starting with possible release dates, it’s worth giving you a bit of background. While GTA 5 released in 2013, Rockstar couldn’t immediately turn its full attention to developing a sequel. It apparently did start work on GTA 6 in 2014, but meanwhile had the small matter of Red Dead Redemption 2 to make, let alone the PC, PS4 and Xbox One versions of GTA 5, and the PC and Google Stadia versions of Red Dead Redemption 2.
All of those take work, but are now out of the way. That’s the logic applied to a recent leak, purportedly from a playtester who’s been in contact with GTA 6 during development. That source, which remains uncorroborated, suggests that Rockstar is aiming for a 2021 release date.
Now that we’re into 2021, we’re not hugely confident about that, though – that would mean Rockstar announcing and releasing the game within a year, which isn’t too common, and we’ve heard nothing official yet.
Nonetheless, recent rumours suggest that a 2021 teaser announcement could be close, thanks to some strange artwork teases posted by the developer and a “private” video found lurking on its YouTube channel. Still, we think it’s most likely that the game will be fully released in 2022, taking Rockstar’s trademark delays into account.
(1/2)With the help of @SWEGTA‘s new YouTube video, I finally realized that Rockstar is gearing up to announce something. Now at GTAVINR we sincerely hope it’s GTA 6. With a good chance that it will be but putting all the pieces together, a few months ago R* posted a job listing
— GTA VI News & Leaks (@GTAVINR) March 5, 2020
That all said, another kernel of information can apply here, in the form of Rockstar North’s 2020 claims for UK Tax Relief. There’s a bit of controversy rumbling over whether you can really call the likes of GTA and Red Dead Redemption 2 “culturally British”, as the tax scheme requires, but nonetheless Rockstar’s accounting shows a steady flow of tax relief in recent years.
As pointed out by Tax Watch, this is suggestive of continuous development, and some are using it as an indication that GTA 6 is underway. That’s a bit of a stretch, since the tax claim is entirely generic and doesn’t mention any franchises, but still – we know they’re up to something!
Now, there’s another option here – 2K, which publishes the Grand Theft Auto series, recently updated its fiscal plans to allow for a much-increased spend on marketing in 2023, some time off for now. In fact, it expects to spend double what it has planned for 2021 and 2022. That’s fuelled speculation that it expects to be marketing the next GTA game in 2023, and will be spending big bucks on it.
We also had even more fuel poured onto the fire by a report from Jason Schreier over at Kotaku, looking as he had before at the work culture at Rockstar, which is famously demanding. The report mentions that according to his sources the next Grand Theft Auto is indeed in the works, but remained at an early stage of development.
All this adds up to the same picture, roughly – the next GTA is definitely on the way, but you shouldn’t get your hopes up that it’ll appear soon.
GTA 6 platforms
Probably the other key detail contained in that first big leak around GTA 6 concerned the platforms it’s likely to release on. Obviously, GTA 5 came out toward the tail end of a console generation, releasing on the PS3 and Xbox 360, then being re-released with better performance and graphics on the next set of consoles.
Apparently, that pattern won’t be repeated with GTA 6, though. The leak suggests that the game will be exclusive to the Playstation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and S.
Given that those consoles will likely have been out for at least a year upon release, that’s entirely credible.
However, given that Red Dead Redemption 2 took a lot less time to come to PC players than GTA 5 did years ago, it would be slightly surprising if GTA 6 doesn’t also make its way to PC within a year of release.
GTA 6 gameplay
Waiting for details on a new GTA game generally involves one major area of speculation – where will it be set? While characters and storylines are just as subject to interesting details, there’s something about GTA’s setting that feels like the most pivotal choice Rockstar has to make. Whether it’s Liberty City, Los Santos or another metropolitan area, the playground in which players will run riot is a big question mark hanging over the game.
At the moment this is where speculation is focused, with GTA Online players at one point becoming convinced that GTA 6 will take place in Vice City, GTA 3’s much-loved, neon-soaked alternative version of Miami. The reasoning behind this? GTA Online’s racing DLC, Open Wheels, has a race circuit that looks suspiciously like the outline of a map that would include Miami, as well as a chunk of Mexico. The outline does look fairly clear, as you can see in the image below, but obviously Rockstar is keeping its own counsel at this stage.
This idea had a little bit more detail added to it by an alleged leak, which purportedly came via the friend of a disgruntled ex-Rockstar employee. If the information is to be believed, the game will be set in Florida, and have a map bigger than GTA 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2 combined, covering three cities including Vice City. Players will apparently be able to control four different protagonists, expanding on GTA 5’s three main characters.
Now fresh rumours have circulated that this roster will include a female playable character for the first time in the series, something that’s long overdue in our minds. The info comes courtesy of Tom Henderson, a longtime leaker who’s made accurate claims in the past.
— Tom Henderson (@_TomHenderson_) January 10, 2021
There have also been suggestions elsewhere that Liberty City (from GTA III), San Andreas (from GTA: San Andreas, natch), and the Midwest could feature, or maybe even all of the above for different sections.
Regardless, expect the game to push the boundaries of what the new hardware from Sony and Microsoft is capable of. There’s no guarantee that the game world will be bigger and more detailed than the map from GTA 5, but that’s certainly how things seem to be trending.
GTA 6 story
The main story of each GTA game so far has involved criminality, as a rule, but the exact flavour is always up for change. A crucial bit of information when it comes to GTA 6’s narrative is that Rockstar’s co-founder, Dan Houser, left the studio in March 2020.
That means that one of the studio’s key tastemakers and writers has departed, someone who, together with his brother Sam, has shaped the franchise’s tone from the very beginning.
Now, on the one hand, given the likely timing of the game there’s a good chance that Dan Houser was able to have solid input and impact on the script and story before his departure. On the other, if he was on his way out it’s very possible that he wasn’t nearly so involved. That means we could be in for a change of voice for GTA 6.
Exactly how that would manifest is hard to guess at, but it’s an interesting development for Rockstar, that’s for sure. Another recent rumour was started by an old patent filed by Rockstar in 2017:
Now look at this excerpt from a 2017 patent from Rockstar Games.
Looks like we‘ll be able to „improve“ neighborhood in the game, and this will change them to be gentrified.
Holy shit. pic.twitter.com/gRcT5nhCoR
— Big Jim Colosimo (@chi_colossimo) January 16, 2021
It sure sounds credible that Rockstar could be looking to tell a story that involves gentrification and the creep of capitalism – fertile ground for some fairly easy satire, dare we say it? A changing city that responds to the players actions in the story, though, is a pretty compelling idea.
We’ll keep adding more details to this round-up as and when new information comes out or actual announcements are made, so be sure to keep checking back.
Writing by Max Freeman-Mills.
The Pixel 6 may get an under-display fingerprint scanner
According to developer kdrag0n, it reportedly contains proof that Google is planning an under-display fingerprint scanner for the Pixel 6. He seen a reference to ‘UdfpsControllerGoogle’ in code from the second Android 12 developer preview, which is a beta model of the software program for builders. Android 12 is the subsequent main replace to Android, however it’s not anticipated till later this 12 months.
The “Udfps” is for “under-display fingerprint scanner”. It was talked about as a part of a com.google.android.systemui path, which, as XDA Developers claimed, suggests it’s being developed for a Pixel cellphone, particularly. It’s not merely a sign of official assist for under-display scanners in Android 12. That stated, because the function is buried in beta code, it might by no means come to fruition.
While Google isn’t assured to launch its subsequent Pixel cellphone with an under-display fingerprint scanner, a earlier Android 12 developer preview additionally hinted Pixel telephones will assist a solution to unlock units that makes use of facial recognition and an under-screen fingerprint scanner.
Android 12 likely won’t release for consumers until September 2021, so we suspect many more upcoming features will surface from the betas in the coming months, perhaps even more proof of an under-display fingerprint scanner.
Writing by Maggie Tillman.
OnePlus 9 collection launch: How to look at it and what to anticipate
(Pocket-lint) – The OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9 Pro, and OnePlus 9R are all set to reach in mid-March. Here is how one can watch their launch occasion. We additionally element what to anticipate, as a result of, in addition to the 2 flagships and cheaper telephone, there’s a fourth machine anticipated to look.
When is the OnePlus 9 collection launch?
The OnePlus 9 collection launch occasion is scheduled for Tuesday 23 March 2021 at 7am PDT (10am EDT/2pm GMT). Below you will discover a handful of different timezones, so remember to mark your calendar and comply with the steps under for the best way to really watch the occasion:
- New York – 10am EDT
- San Francisco – 7am PDT
- London – 2pm GMT
- Central Europe – 3pm CEST
- New Delhi – 7:30pm IST
- Tokyo – 11pm JST
- Sydney – 1am AEST 24 March 2021
How to look at the occasion
What to anticipate from the launch
Here’s all the things OnePlus will doubtless announce throughout its occasion…
OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro
OnePlus not too long ago sent out an invitefor 8 March, the place it introduced a three-year partnership with Hasselblad, while additionally revealing the launch date of the OnePlus 9 collection: 23 March. OnePlus did not say what number of units could be revealed on 23 March, however rumours recommend we’ll see the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro, which comply with up on the OnePlus 8T and OnePlus Nord collection.
OnePlus is engaged on its OnePlus 9 collection, with each an ordinary OnePlus 9 and the OnePlus 9 Pro having leaked closely during the last couple of months. There’s one other machine that is additionally been doing the rounds, although: the OnePlus 9R. This machine was additionally known as the OnePlus 9E and the OnePlus 9 Lite previously, but it surely’s now been confirmed – by OnePlus CEO’s – because the OnePlus 9R.
The OnePlus smartwatch has one thing of an extended historical past. Until 2019, it was a “will they, won’t they” hearsay that trundled alongside for years. But with the corporate confirming the watch is being put into manufacturing, it is now greater than hearsay.
Writing by Maggie Tillman.
The finest Beats headphones 2021: Which must you select?
(Pocket-lint) – Beats has one of many world’s most recognisable manufacturers regardless of nonetheless being comparatively younger. Apple’s now owned the model for an excellent few years, although, and its guardian firm has had a giant affect on the tech getting used within the headphones, in addition to its newer designs.
With fairly a wide array of headphones obtainable throughout all totally different matches, whether or not over-ear, on-ear or in-ear, deciding which pair is finest for you is usually a bit difficult. Luckily for you, we have damaged down each Beats headphone obtainable immediately, overlaying dimension, options and worth.
There are eight pairs of Beats headphones obtainable, comprising two pairs of over-ears, three pairs of on-ears and three pairs of in-ears.
- Beats Studio 3 Wireless are an over-ear design and may join wirelessly to your cell machine. They’re obtainable in a spread of colors, have energetic noise cancellation expertise and the brand new W1 chip.
- Beats Solo Pro characteristic an on-ear design, however with a extra premium design than its predecessor, the Studio 3’s ANC engine, up to date H1 Chip and nice battery life.
- Beats Solo 3 Wireless are an on-ear design, characteristic the brand new W1 chip to immediately connect with your iPhone.
- Beats EP are on-ears and the most cost effective Beats headphones connecting through wire.
- Beats Flex are wi-fi pair of in-ear headphones with a neckband and have the W1 chip.
- Powerbeats 4 are sports-orientated in-ear wi-fi headphones, with the H1 chip and an ear-hook design.
- Powerbeats Pro are, primarily, a real wi-fi model of the Powerbeats 4 however with an improved design and the identical inner tech because the Apple AirPods.
- urBeats are typical in-ear headphones.
Beats Studio 3 Wireless
Chunky headphones that convey highly effective sound.
The Beats Studio 3 Wireless are an over-ear headphone design that encapsulates your complete ear contained in the ear cup. This design helps to dam out exterior noises, though it is aided additional by energetic noise cancellation (ANC). This new ANC is totally different to earlier iterations, in that it always adjusts its frequency to match the sound of your atmosphere, making it extra versatile.
The built-in rechargeable battery can final over 22 hours, and the light-weight construct mixed with the comfortable supplies used will imply you may wish to maintain them in your head for so long as doable. There are controls on the headphones themselves to skip tracks, change quantity and settle for telephone calls.
The Beats Studio should not simply one of the iconic pairs of Beats headphones obtainable, however one of the iconic pairs of headphones full cease. Soundwise, they’re bassy (as you’d count on), however the complete nature of the audio profile appears to have shifted to make it extra refined. They can go loud and onerous, and the addition of energetic noise cancellation ought to solely assist focus you on the music.
Beats Solo Pro
Great for individuals who need smaller headphones.
Beats Solo Pro is a pair of headphones that takes the smarts and noise cancelling of the Studio 3 and places them in a smaller, on-ear pair of headphones. It’s arguably the most effective pair of wi-fi headphones Beats has made so far.
The headphones themselves characteristic a premium anodised aluminium arm that slides easily out and in of the headscarf, whereas the ear cups have reminiscence foam-stuffed padding. It provides extra floor contact than its predecessor, due to a redesign and new supplies. The ear cups are mounted on arms in a method that permits them to maneuver and angle freely to suit every consumer.
There’s no choice to make use of a wired reference to the Solo Pro, and you should use a Lightning cable to cost them, however they’re nonetheless a implausible pair of on ears. They’re comfy, final ages on a full cost and sound implausible.
Beats Solo 3 Wireless
A strong set of over-ear cans.
The Solo 3 Wireless have been launched across the identical time because the iPhone 7 and include Apple’s W1 wirless chip. It guarantees larger battery life, a larger Bluetooth vary and improved connectivity choices for iPhone customers.
Touch-sensitive controls are current on the left ear cup for skipping tracks and altering quantity. Beats claims as much as 40 hours of life – they usually do final so lengthy – however naturally you may also plug in a 3.5mm cable for a wired connection to your telephone. Or cost them up for 5 minutes to get three hours of playback time.
In phrases of sound they’re very a lot a pair of Beats headphones, meaning bass in your face. But they do bass very nicely. So should you’re after a strong but transportable pair of headphones, the Solo 3s are for you.
A pleasant easy approach to get Beats branding with a decrease price.
The Beats EP symbolize one of the reasonably priced methods to get your ears on Beats headphones. They are an on-ear pair of headphones, and join through a standard cable, no Bluetooth wi-fi right here. Beats says the EP headphones have been tuned to breed sound “the way it was meant to be heard”.
They’re designed for portability and as such, have a light-weight, chrome steel body and include a carry pouch. The cable has a RemoteTalk unit which is appropriate with iOS gadgets to take calls and management your music.
They’re a classy pair of headphones that may little doubt present the signature, bass-heavy Beats sound and will probably be superb for anybody on the lookout for an reasonably priced headphone improve for his or her telephone.
Amazing funds wi-fi audio.
Beats Flex are a welcome replace to the formulation laid out by Beats X, and are among the finest funds wi-fi earbuds round, with a neckband design.
They’re comfy to put on and actually mild, and are available some enjoyable colors, whereas working beautifully with iOS like many of the Beats lineup now, on this case due to the older W1 chip on board. You get 12 hours of battery life, which is basically spectacular for the value, they usually’re actually nice for a busy life-style. If you need some Beats with out breaking the financial institution, these are the apparent resolution.
Solid older earbuds for operating.
Sports headphones want to remain snugly slot in your ears, present an excellent sound high quality to maintain you motivated and be weatherproof. Fortunately, the Powerbeats 4 tick all these bins – updating the design of the wired Powerbeats line to match the Powerbeats Pro under.
The Powerbeats 4 have an ear hook fashion match, which makes certain they keep on your ears whenever you’re exercising and include three pairs of ear ideas to make sure a good slot in your ears. The size of the neck cable could be adjusted so you haven’t any further slack flailing about whenever you’re operating they usually’re waterproof, sweat proof and climate proof.
The H1 chip means they connect with your iPhone straight away and the built-in battery lasts as much as 15 hours on a single cost. The sound they produce is large and highly effective, and naturally, has loads of bass. When it involves exercises although, bass is usually a good factor to maintain you pumping. However they are not essentially going to be the most effective pair to make use of for on a regular basis listening.
The Powerbeats 4 are the best companion for exercises. Their wi-fi and light-weight design, H1 chip for longer battery life and an excellent Bluetooth vary, and fascinating sound will maintain you going for longer.
Beats Powerbeats Pro
Amazing true wi-fi earbuds, these are perfect for exercising in.
Beats has an alternative choice that loses the wire fully, although, leading to an excellent higher pair of earphones that offer you full freedom when operating or within the health club – they’re unashamedly workout-orientated with the distinctive earhooks, however can simply be used for common listening.
They’re based mostly on the identical expertise because the Apple AirPods, however are as a substitute sweatproof and waterproof. They’re extraordinarily mild in your ears and are available a charging case.
You get tremendous sound throughout the spectrum, however you do not really feel like they’re urgent into your ear – you do not have to get an entire seal. They’re not noise isolating, so do not count on that. Battery life is sensible with 9 hours of fixed listening, whilst you can cost them twice over once more from the case.
A easy set of earbuds that sound respectable.
The urBeats are a standard pair of Beats in-ear headphones. The supply basic Beats design in a spread of colors, and are wired with a 3.5mm headphone connector, so you’ll be able to plug them into your telephone.
The urBeats supply a cable mic for taking calls, in addition to providing in-line controls. The supply of the music is classically Beats, with loads of bass.
Writing by Dan Grabham. Editing by Max Freeman-Mills.
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