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Winners & Losers: PS5 footage wows gamers while the Pixel 4 takes a beating

By reviews / 18. May 2020

Despite the on-going coronavirus lockdown, its been a reasonably eventful week in tech. From Twitter telling staff to work from homeforever”, to Trump renewing his feud with Huawei, and gamers finally getting to see PS5 gameplay footage. While the big winners were definitely PlayStation fans, thanks to that glimpse at the upcoming hardware, this weeks loser was the Google Pixel 4, which came under heavy critical fire

Winner: PS5 fans

The good news for PlayStation fans was two-fold this week. Not only did they get to see shiny new gameplay footage, (albeit of a demo for the Unreal Engine 5, rather than a real upcoming game,) they also got confirmation that the PlayStation 5 will not see its release postponed by the coronavirus. Phew.

The visuals on display in the Unreal Engine 5 demowhich was recorded directly from a PS5 developer kitwere jaw-dropping. It showed off the engine and the consoles ability to display dynamic light and how that could change environments within a game.

This demo came hot on the heels of the much-discussed Xbox Series X gameplay reveal. That live stream event was derided for not really showing off gameplay. Instead, viewers saw in-game cinematics and elements of in-engine footage, but nothing that could really be described as gameplay. As a result, it was the less-hyped PS5 gameplay reveal that hit harder with fans. Take a look at it below.

The positives didnt stop there for Sony and PlayStation thoughwhen the stream finished, Epic Games founder and CEO, Tim Sweeney, started piling praise on the upcoming console.

Sonys storage system is absolutely world-class,” said Sweeney. “Not only the best-in-class on console but also the best on any platform. Better than high-end PCs. I think its going to enable the types of immersion that we could only have dreamed of in the past. The days of pop-in, geometry pop-in as youre going through game environments, are ended.”

In the constant back and forth thats going on between Microsoft and Sony, in the build-up to next-gen console releases, it was Sonys week. We cant wait to see more from both machines.

Loser: Google Pixel 4

Googles smartphone has taken a lot of flak this week and rightly so. Shockingly a recent report in The Information revealed that Google had been made aware of the Pixel 4s sub-standard battery life long before the phone was released. The company chose to ignore the feedback and shipped the phone as it was.

As we know, the Pixel 4 turned out to be a disappointment, but now it seems like something could actually have been done about itbad form Google.

Rick Osterloh, the former president of Motorola, gave the phone a real pasting in a meeting prior to the phones release, according to the report. One excerpt reads:

At a hardware team all-hands meeting in the fall, ahead of the October launch in New York, Osterloh informed staff about his own misgivings… He told them he did not agree with some of the decisions made about the phone, according to two people who were present at the meeting. In particular, he was disappointed in its battery power.”

Why, oh why didnt Google do anything about it? We cant figure it out.

As if that reputation-chewing revelation wasnt enough, Google received another blow this week when it was announced that camera guru, Marc Levoy, had left the company.

The Pixel 4s camera was its biggest selling point, by a long way, so to lose the man who masterminded that camera isnt likely to help Googles struggling smartphone business.

The tech behemoth went from producing a very good phone in the Pixel 3, (four and a half stars in our review,) to producing one known for its bad battery life. While the Pixel 4 sold in surprising volume, it remains the case that Google is making a loss on its smartphone business. Reversing that is looking more and more difficult.

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