Abandoned’s PS5 App Creates More Confusion and Frustration

A long-delayed app for the upcoming PS5 exclusive Abandoned is now live. The mysterious “real time experience” app only contains a short teaser trailer for the game, which has left curious fans even more confused.

Abandoned has a complicated history. The game was first announced through a PlayStation blog post, showing off the game’s environments. Following the post, some fans began spinning a conspiracy theory that the project was actually a new game from Hideo Kojima. That morphed into an unfounded, but widespread rumor that Abandoned was actually a Silent Hill revival. While developer Blue Box Game Studios attempted to distance itself from those rumors, gamers kept drawing connections and convincing themselves that the indie was a publicity stunt.

During the height of the speculation, Blue Box announced that it would reveal more about the game through a dedicated PS5 app. It was heavily delayed, fueling more rumors, but was scheduled to launch earlier this week. Last-minute bugs pushed the app’s launch to today. PS5 owners can now download the app and enter it, though it requires a 5GB update to download.

The Abandoned thing is live and yeah this seems about right

— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) August 13, 2021

The actual content of the app makes matters even more confusing. Upon opening it, users will see a list of boxes indicating future trailers and demos that will be housed within the app. However, the only one that’s currently available is an introductory teaser video. It features a roughly two-second teaser shot of somewhat walking on a wooden floor (which the developer had already shared on Twitter), followed by some text noting that a demo and trailer are coming soon.

For fans who were hoping the app would finally put months of speculation to bed, one way or another, the app is just another bizarre piece of the saga. It gives no new details about the project or really even shows what it actually looks like. There’s also the fact that the update to see the trailer takes upwards of 10 minutes to download, despite the fact that the teaser is only around 30 seconds long.

The app will, presumably, shed some more light on the game eventually. At the moment, however, players are expressing confusion and frustration across social media. All signs point towards Abandoned having no connection to Silent Hill, though there are more legitimate revival rumors for the franchise.

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Microsoft Fixes A Big Frustration with PC Health Check App

The first beta versions of Windows 11 will be coming to PCs this week, and Microsoft is already listening to some feedback from those who are unable to run the new operating system ahead of release. The company recently updated its PC Health Check app, which should now better reflect the reasons why a Windows 10 device can’t update Windows 11.

The update was first noted by a Microsoft employee on Twitter, who mentioned that the PC Health Check app now better provides more detailed information on which requirements to run Windows 11 have not been met. Basically, this update helps address frustrating cases where the app was simply just reading “this PC can’t run Windows 11” without saying why.

We just made updates to the Windows 11 PC Health Check App. It now provides more detailed info on requirements not met. This should help in cases where folks assumed CPU compat issues were TPM related

— DWIZZZLE (@dwizzzleMSFT) June 25, 2021

Thanks to the update, the PC Health Check app should mention things like the lack of a TPM 2.0 chip, low disk space,  unsupported processor, and secure boot. TPM 2.0 and a lot of these things are requirements by Microsoft to run Windows 11, which has been a source of controversy as it leaves certain PCs and high-end gaming machines in the dust.

These requirements are all mentioned on the Windows 11 hardware requirements page. The page was even updated by Microsoft in the past week to remove “hard floor” and “soft floor” requirements, and correct the guidance around the TPM requirements for Windows 11 so that it is clear TPM 2.0 chip is mandatory.

Other than TPM 2.0, to run Windows 11, you’ll need a compatible 64-bit processor (Intel 8th generation or newer, or AMD Ryzen 2000 series and newer,) 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a TPM 2.0 chip, or a graphics card that’s compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver. If you don’t meet these requirements, then your PC will have to stay on Windows 10, which will continue to be supported by Microsoft through the year 2025.

Windows 11 is expected to arrive in the Windows Insider program for beta testing this week. You can enroll your PC into the Dev Channel of the program in just a few steps to get started with it if you’re ready for some bugs and other early issues.

Everyone else who isn’t brave enough to beta test Windows 11 should see a release in October, as most of Microsoft’s marketing images seem to tease this release date. Even Walmart has mentioned “free upgrade to Windows October 2021 when available” on laptops, again hinting at an October release.

Microsoft mentioned a”holiday 2021″ release for Windows 11 and said the new OS would roll out through 2021 and early 2022.

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Apple could have a fix for its charging cables’ biggest frustration

Most people with an Apple device (or most people with any smart device, for that matter) can tell you stories about charging cables fraying over time. It’s a frustrating issue because not only does it represent money that you’re throwing in the trash can, but until you replace the cable, it’s also a hazard. Apple may have figured out a way to make cables more durable, potentially solving the issue of frayed cables.

As reported by AppleInsider, Apple has filed a patent for a “Cable with variable stiffness.” The abstract for the patent tells us that this cable would include a “cable core surrounded by an outer sleeve having uniform thickness,” which is the first key to this solution. Apple’s patent wouldn’t rely on varying thickness like some cables do, and indeed, it sounds like it wouldn’t need to reinforce the areas where the cable attaches to connectors with bulkier segments, like we see in current Lightning cables.

The abstract goes onto describe a cable “further having a first longitudinal section having a first stiffness (e.g., corresponding to a flexible cable), a second longitudinal section having a second stiffness (e.g., corresponding to a rigid cable), and a third longitudinal section between the first and second longitudinal sections, where the second stiffness is greater than the first stiffness and where a stiffness of the third longitudinal section varies between the first stiffness and the second stiffness.” The abstract then goes onto say that the “second longitudinal section can provide strain relief for the cable.”

One of the cross-section illustrations accompanying the patent filing shows us what Apple is talking about, with the actual cable running through the center and then being surrounded by different layers of material. Toward the area where the cable attaches to the charging connector, one of those layers (the stiffer second layer) gets thicker without changing the thickness of the cable as a whole.

It’s an interesting idea, and a lot of the patent application explores the materials and compositions these charging cables can have. Obviously, a patent application does not a product make. We’ll have to see if Apple puts the ideas laid out in this patent to use in future charging cables, so stay tuned for more.

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