New consoles, new Apple devices, and a little update policy. That was the week, here are the GIGA headlines.
The weeks of the new generation of consoles
We were able to take a first look at the PlayStation 5 as well as the Xbox Series X and S.
Our colleague Chris took a look at the PlayStation 5. He says: Fast loading times thanks to the SSD and a low operating volume make for a positive first impression. The tightly dimensioned memory – which cannot currently be expanded – and the controller's short battery life spoil the picture.
And Robert has also decided not to moderate this episode of the news, but rather to adopt a new console. Can't blame him.
In his test, he got to see both the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S. His interim conclusion:
The design of both variants is inconspicuous, even if the Xbox Series X is anything but compact – a trend in this generation of consoles. The controller – which was already top-notch on the Xbox One – has made minor improvements, such as the haptic texture on the shoulder buttons. And: With the Xbox Series X, too, long loading times are a thing of the past thanks to the fast memory.
OnePlus: Fewer updates for new smartphones
OnePlus' update policy is also a thing of the past. So far, OnePlus smartphones have been known for being supplied with updates relatively quickly, on the one hand, and for a relatively long time after the release, on the other. That can now change with the new entry-level devices from the manufacturer. Both the OnePlus Nord N10 and the Nord N100 should only receive an Android update. And because they will be launched on the market with Android 10, it will be over immediately after the update to the current Android 11. In addition, the devices will only receive security updates for two years.
This moves away from the actual company policy of supporting your own devices for as long as possible … like Apple does, for example.
Apple Silicon: New MacBooks presented
They were announced back in summer, and now they are here, the new Apple devices with their own “Apple Silicon” chips.
The heart of the new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini is the M1 baptized chip with Apple's own architecture, as it is already known in a similar form from iPhones and iPads.
Major advantage: Thanks to the new chip, power consumption should be significantly lower. The new MacBook Pro is said to last up to 20 hours on a single charge.
Big disadvantage: From now on everything is built in like an iPhone, which means that the simple upgrade of RAM on the Mac mini will no longer be possible. In addition: They are devices of the first product generation, many programs have not yet been optimized for the new platform. Adobe, for example, does not want to offer some of its programs for the new chip architecture until next year.
The new Apple devices can already be pre-ordered and should be delivered in the coming week.
PS 5 vs. Xbox Series X / S: Which console will prevail?
The analysts at Ampere Analytics expect that the PlayStation will also have sold significantly more units in the end.
The only question left is: which console are you going to strike?