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Exclusive: How the Ather 450X was born and the Series 1 was conceived

“We had to do it. Ather couldn’t die. We had to show it was possible!”, explained an impassioned Tarun Mehta when a fellow journalist questioned the pricing of the new scooters. It had just committed the implicit sin of raising the prices of its existing offerings when a new one was around the corner—the opposite of which is what tech and auto consumers are accustomed to.  Interaction (Image credit: Ather Energy) This feature story includes inputs from Tarun Mehta, the CEO and co-founder of Ather Energy. Ather Energy as a company is known to be bold and rebellious, almost to the point where it can seem arrogant. But as Steve Jobs rightly said, “Customers don’t know what they want”, sometimes, the standards need to be challenged. Electric vehicles, generally regarded as the future of mobility, are often known to go above and beyond replacing the fuel source — they hope to usher in a change in usage habits of the users as they look to offer an alternate user experience. With its first vehicle already on the roads for a few years now, it also has valuable data around how people use scooters for their commute which is factored into every important decision. The 450X, which is finally ready for deliveries, will take the crown for the quickest scooter in India. While it has a long way to match traditional scooters in terms of range, the company is hopeful that the acceleration and suite of smart features will help it…Continue readingExclusive: How the Ather 450X was born and the Series 1 was conceived

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Xbox is buying Bethesda – will Elder Scrolls 6 be an Xbox Series X exclusive?

Update: It’s been noted by Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier via reporter Dina Bass that future Bethesda games “will be on Xbox, PC and ‘other consoles on a case-by-case basis’”. Games already bound by PS5 exclusivity agreements, like Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo, will continue to release as before.  Original story: Microsoft just made a move that could seriously shake up the next console war. Xbox has entered into an agreement to acquire ZeniMax Media, which owns publisher Bethesda Softworks and game series like Fallout, Doom, The Elder Scrolls and Dishonored.  Nothing specific on console exclusivity is revealed by the statement, or what it means for future multiplatform games that would have previously been planned for release on PS5 – The Elder Scrolls 6 and Starfield, for example. Bloomberg, though, has been told by Xbox’s Phil Spencer “One of the things that has me most excited is seeing the roadmap with Bethesda’s future games, some announced and many unannounced, to Xbox console and PC including Starfield, the highly anticipated, new space epic currently in development by Bethesda Game Studios,” said Xbox head Phil Spencer in a statement. The deal is costing Microsoft $7.5 billion.  It also means Bethesda games will be a fully integrated and permanent part of the Xbox Game Pass offering. When Starfield launches, for example, it’ll be available with the subscription-based service on day one. “With each new console cycle, we evolved together,” notes Bethesda’s Todd Howard on why the collaboration makes sense. “From bringing mods to consoles with Fallout 4, now…Continue readingXbox is buying Bethesda – will Elder Scrolls 6 be an Xbox Series X exclusive?

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Final Fantasy 16 confirmed for next-gen – but it’s a PS5 exclusive

There’s a new Final Fantasy game on the way for PS5 – and it’s going to be a PlayStation console exclusive. Sony boldly opened its PS5 event live stream tonight (September 16) with a trailer for Final Fantasy 16, showing off a war-ridden world plagued with chocobos, crystals, and giant flaming phoenixes. If there’s one thing Final Fantasy isn’t known for, it’s understatement – and you can see for yourself in the video below. The new instalment comes several years after the 2016 game Final Fantasy 15, making it the perfect time for a new title in the long-running fantasy franchise. It looks pretty similar to that game in terms of its real-time combat, at first glance. Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn super producer Naoki Yoshida is behind the game. It’s been confirmed as a singleplayer entry by Square Enix. “The exclusive footage, comprised of both battles and cutscenes running in real time, represents but a fraction of what our team has accomplished since the start of development on this, an all-new Final Fantasy game,” Yoshida says in a blog. “In that span, the team’s size has grown from a handful of core members to a full-fledged unit that continues to polish and build upon what they have created so far, all to provide players an experience unmatched in terms of story and gameplay. When is out? While we haven’t yet heard a release date, the earliest it could come is late 2020 – with the PS5 expected to…Continue readingFinal Fantasy 16 confirmed for next-gen – but it’s a PS5 exclusive

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'Final Fantasy XVI' will be a PlayStation console exclusive

Sony didn’t waste any time in pulling out the big guns during its PS5 showcase. It showed off a pretty bombastic trailer for Final Fantasy XVI, which will be a PlayStation console exclusive. It’ll also be available on PC. Developing… Source linkContinue reading'Final Fantasy XVI' will be a PlayStation console exclusive

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Dyson Australia says ‘forget Black Friday’, launches its own week of exclusive deals

For Aussie deal hunters, we’re entering the sticky end of the year. While we might still be waiting to see if Prime Day 2020 will actually take place this year, Black Friday is a safe bet, inching closer by the day. However, Dyson isn’t waiting for a big sale event to come by; instead, the company known for some of the best vacuum cleaners is hosting its own sale in Australia. Starting today (Monday, September 14), Dyson Week brings online-exclusive deals and bonus offers from Dyson Australia. You can save a decent chunk of change on the V8 Absolute or grab a Dyson Pure Cool desk purifier for less – something that could be particularly useful as we head towards summer and bushfire season here in Australia. Dyson Week will not only help you save on individual products, but you can also bundle and save. For example, you can get a V7 Motorhead vacuum cleaner along with a Pure Cool Me fan and save just under AU$300 on the combined price. And it’s not only about the company’s vacuum cleaners and fans – this is also your chance to grab the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer and score a bonus gift worth AU$99, or you can get the versatile Airwrap styler instead. Scroll down to see a complete rundown of all the offers available during Dyson Week, which ends Sunday, September 20. So hurry as some offers can be taken off the table as they’re subjected to stock availability. Discounts Dyson V8 Absolute | AU$699…Continue readingDyson Australia says ‘forget Black Friday’, launches its own week of exclusive deals

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PS5 games list: every PlayStation 5 exclusive and cross-gen game announced so far

The PS5 games line-up was initially revealed back in June, and it was impressive. Since then, more and more PS5 titles have been added to the release schedules, and the next-gen console is starting to look like a must-buy. The only issue could be with the launch games: the likes of Horizon Forbidden West will not be releasing until 2021, and now Deathloop has been delayed until next year too. While we didn’t get official confirmation of the PS5 price during the event, Sony put on one heck of a next-gen showcase in its hour-long gameplay footage presentation. And since then, lots more multiformat PS5 games have been revealed, such as FIFA 21 and Madden 21. An additional State of Play event in August 2020 added the likes of TemTem and Hood: Outlaws & Legends to the list, while DC FanDome seen the unveiling of the new Suicide Squad and Gotham Knights games.  Below, we’ve compiled an extensive list of all the PS5 games that have been confirmed so far, including both first and third-party titles, alongside PS5 games that we expect (and hope) to see in the future. There’s plenty of competition, of course, especially now that Microsoft has unveiled a huge number of new Xbox Series X games and exclusives in its July Xbox Games Showcase and the final Xbox Series X price and release date. With many of those games coming to Xbox Game Pass too, it’s going to be a real fight this generation. Read on…Continue readingPS5 games list: every PlayStation 5 exclusive and cross-gen game announced so far

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Spotify is launching an exclusive League of Legends esports podcast

Spotify keeps adding to its exclusive podcast arsenal, and today, it’s getting into the esports space. The company announced a multiyear partnership with Riot Games that’ll make Spotify the hub for all League of Legends audio content, including exclusive podcast series. At least one show will launch this year, called Untold Stories: Top Moments from Worlds, a nine-episode series that’ll lead up to the 10th League of Legends championship this fall. Listeners will hear about the players and top anthem through game highlights, interviews, and game sound effects. Two music playlists, including the existing, “This is League of Legends,” will be updated regularly, too. Spotify’s also planning to dedicate a day to the Worlds Anthem, a song Riot releases every year to kick off its annual championship competition, to give listeners a behind-the-scenes look at how the music was made. The partnership might seem somewhat unlikely, but it makes sense given how popular League of Legends’ music appears to be. The game’s YouTube channel has a playlist dedicated to music videos from the game, and more than 21 million people have watched. The game is also an official user on Spotify with its top track counting more than 154 million listens. Spotify clearly sees an opportunity here to beef up its marketing and lure gamers onto the platform. Once they’re there, it can start marketing other audio content, possibly other game-related podcasts, and eventually encourage them to make Spotify their go-to music and audio player. An esports podcast is also…Continue readingSpotify is launching an exclusive League of Legends esports podcast

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Shroud returns to Twitch under a new, exclusive deal

Shroud’s homecoming stream will go live on August 12th at 11am PT. I’m coming homehttps://t.co/0nsby7MTHi pic.twitter.com/6qO2E4m4jy — Michael Grzesiek (@shroud) August 11, 2020 Shroud was one of many high-profile streamers who jumped ship from Twitch in fall 2019, mainly to sign exclusive deals with Microsoft’s rival streaming platform, Mixer. He was one of the most prominent names on the list, alongside Tyler “Ninja” Blevins. Microsoft unceremoniously shut down Mixer in July, less than a year after signing numerous multimillion deals with streamers. This left Shroud, Ninja and other big names up for grabs, and it’s been a waiting game to see where they all land. Facebook Gaming reportedly offered both Shroud and Ninja “almost double” the value of their Mixer contracts, though they both refused early on, according to esports lawyer Rod Breslau. He said Shroud’s Mixer contract was worth $10 million, while Ninja’s came in at $30 million. Ninja still hasn’t announced any concrete plans, but he booted up his Twitch channel in early August and he streamed on YouTube in July. Ninja has 15 million followers on Twitch and 24 million subscribers on YouTube. Source linkContinue readingShroud returns to Twitch under a new, exclusive deal

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PUBG Mobile now runs at 90fps in the US, but it’s exclusive to OnePlus for a month

If you wanted to play PUBG Mobile at a frame rate higher than 60fps, it was a bit tricky. You either needed to live in China or download the Chinese version of PUBG Mobile (well, it’s actually called Game for Peace), plus you needed a phone with a 90Hz or 120Hz refresh rate. Now, Tencent Games is finally adding support for 90fps in the US and other countries, but you’ll need to wait a month unless you have some specific OnePlus phones. Specifically, if you own a OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, OnePlus 7T, or OnePlus 7 Pro you can now run the game at a smooth 90 frames per second. OnePlus announced a similar partnership with Epic Games in May After the timed exclusivity deal expires on September 7th, Tencent said that any PUBG Mobile player with any smartphone that supports a higher frame rate can enable 90fps as an option. Meaning Android phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S20, the newly announced Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL, Asus ROG Phone II, and the Razer Phone 2 should have access. Don’t expect any iPhone to run the game at 90fps because iPhone screens are still stuck at 60Hz, but the 120Hz iPad Pro could support the feature. OnePlus announced a similar partnership with Epic Games in May, allowing its phones from the 8 series to run Fortnite at 90fps. However, enabling a higher frame rate on Fortnite for either the OnePlus 8…Continue readingPUBG Mobile now runs at 90fps in the US, but it’s exclusive to OnePlus for a month

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The Avengers could web up PlayStation players with exclusive Spider-Man access

Sony confirmed today that Spider-Man will be exclusive to the PlayStation versions of Marvel’s The Avengers. Barring any delays, The Avengers will release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, and PC on September 4. PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X versions will follow in 2021. Spider-Man will be available as free downloadable content for the PlayStation versions in “early 2021.” Sony recently published an exclusive hit game starring the web-flinging hero that released in 2018. It’s unclear if whatever deal that Sony made for the licensing of that game is resulting in this new development for the multiplatform Avengers title that Square Enix is publishing. This could be a new, separate deal made between Sony, Marvel, and Square Enix. But whatever the reason, Spider-Man is one of the most popular superheroes of all time. His exclusivity on PlayStation could be more than enough to sway indecisive gamers to that platform. Square Enix’s Avengers is an action role-playing game with multiplayer support. Players can choose to play as one of several heroes, including Captain America, Black Widow, and Thor. Square Enix will make more characters available after launch. But if you’re playing on Xbox, PC, or Stadia, you’ll have to do without Spider-Man. Source linkContinue readingThe Avengers could web up PlayStation players with exclusive Spider-Man access