A Mohali-based teenager has reportedly spent Rs. 2 lakh on the PUBG Mobile (PlayerUnknown’s Battleground) game. This is the second case this month wherein a teenager has been reported to spend huge amounts of money on the game. The 15-year old boy is said to have used his grandfather’s pension amount to make purchases in PUBG Mobile. Mohali is a small city based in Punjab, India. The lengths to which teenagers are resorting to level up in the game are testimony to the rising addiction of PUBG Mobile among youngsters.
Based on a new report in local daily Tribune India, the teenager only started playing the game in January. His uncle says that he was trained to make discreet payments through his grandfather’s bank account by a school senior. In PUBG Mobile, you require something known as UC (Unknown Cash) to buy skins, crates, and other in-game items. UC can be bought through in-app purchases, a known feature within the game. To attain UC, the Mohali teenager made 30 payments in the past two months, the total of which comes to Rs. 55,000.
He reportedly used Paytm to buy UC credit, and an account on Paytm was made on his grandfather’s name. He used his grandfather’s documents to verify the account and process payments. The family only found out about this when they ran a routine check on the grandfather’s bank account statement. The bank account was opened for pension deposits.
After questioning, the boy revealed that he spent more than Rs. 2 lakh on PUBG Mobile. A complaint has been sent by the boy’s family against the senior who introduced him to these fraudulent tactics. They have reportedly sent an email to Mohali SSP Kuldeep Singh Chahal alleging that the teenager was lured by the senior to indulge in this behaviour. The senior lives in Zirakpur, a small town in Mohali district. The teenager claims that some of the money has been given to the senior for purchasing UC.
Asserting on the level of addiction, the teenager’s uncle says that he even bought a special SIM card just to play the game. “Earlier, when we used to find some cash missing from our wallets, we did not pay much heed to the boy,” the uncle told the publication.
Just a few days ago, a 17-year-old Punjab boy was reported to have spent Rs. 16 lakh on PUBG Mobile. He used his parent’s bank accounts to make in-app purchases, and the family claims that the money spent was saved up for medical emergencies.
The Tencent Games’ created battle royale mobile game has seen massive global revenue gain in the first half of this year, bringing its lifetime collection to $3 billion (roughly Rs. 22,457 crores), according to a recent report from Sensor Tower. PUBG Mobile, along with its Chinese variant known as Game For Peace, has collected a total of $1.3 billion (roughly Rs. 9,731 crores) in 2020 alone. This huge spur in numbers is attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic and enforced lockdowns in different parts of the world, forcing people to stay indoors. In March, PUBG Mobile hit a record high of $270 million (roughly Rs. 2,021 crores).
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Open Beta Dates Revealed, Starts September 18
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 beta is coming in September. Activision confirmed in a blog post that the beta launch will be divided into two weekends, with PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 users getting first access. The first open beta phase begins on September 18, exclusively on the PS4 and PS5, and will conclude on September 20. Meanwhile, other major platforms, PC and Xbox, alongside PlayStation, get their share on September 24, as means to assess cross-play functionality. Each playtest is scheduled to begin at 10:30pm (IST)/ 1:00pm (ET)
An exclusive event titled Call of Duty: Next kicks off the release campaign on September 15, showcasing live gameplay and new features on their official YouTube channel. The news comes following the Call of Duty League Championship, held on August 7, which granted several viewers free beta codes to prepare for launch. As with previous betas, the dates for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II beta are separated by platforms and pre-order status.
Pre-Order now for early access to the #MWII Open BETA!
— Call of Duty @ #CDLChamps (@CallofDuty) August 7, 2022
Similar to most AAA titles, players who pre-order Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 get early access. For PS4 and PS5 users, this would run from September 16–17, which will be followed by the previously stated open beta phase, the very next day, from September 18–20.
Pre-orders on PC (Battle.net) and Xbox grant early access from September 22–23. PlayStation users can get in the action as well, since this functions as a cross-play test. The open beta period, which is free to everyone, starts on September 24, giving complete access to CoD’s state-of-the-art multiplayer segment, and ends on September 26. So, if you pre-order the game on either platform, you get to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for five continuous days.
At the Call of Duty League tournament held over the weekend, developer Infinity Ward also teased a new multiplayer map called Grand Prix. As the name suggests, the map is set on a race track, teeming with fast cars, a Ferris wheel, and engulfing flames resulting from fuel leakage. The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II map is set at night time and will be playable in the upcoming beta period.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 launches on October 28 across PS5, PS4, Xbox Series S/X, Xbox One, and Windows PC via Battle.net. Further details on the same will be revealed on the Call of Duty: Next digital event, set for September 15.
Xbox Series S India Price Hiked Again, Now Rs. 37,999: Report
Xbox Series S consoles are reportedly getting a price hike in India — again. As per games analyst Rishi Alwani, the new (higher) price for Microsoft’s new-gen gaming console in India is Rs. 37,990. This marks roughly an 8.5 percent increase in cost, from the original Rs. 34,990 price tag, during the Series S launch in India. The hike is now effective, starting August 6, and seemingly owes credit to the weakening power of the Indian Rupee (INR) against the US Dollar (USD). Gadgets 360 has reached out to Microsoft India for confirmation on the new Series S price. We will update if we hear back.
In June, Microsoft raised the prices for the next-gen Xbox Series S console by nearly 6 percent, taking it from the original Rs. 34,990 tag to Rs. 36,990. This new Rs. 37,990 tag marks a 2.7 percent increase from the recently updated price.
“After careful observation of the market conditions in India, we are updating the suggested retail prices of Xbox consoles in the country,” a Microsoft spokesperson said at the time. The company had also raised the prices for the Xbox Wireless controllers by nearly 4 percent taking it from the original Rs. 5,390 to Rs. 5,590. That is now going up again, to Rs. 5,690. Meanwhile, the Pulse Red and the neon-drenched Electric Volt controllers are also subject to the price hike. Both are currently displayed at Rs. 5,890 (not updated), but will rise to Rs. 6,290, per Alwani. The Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 has gotten expensive as well, going from Rs. 15,990 to Rs. 17,990.
— 0xSkeptic (@RishiAlwani) August 6, 2022
For now, both Microsoft Store and Amazon India list the Series S at its original price of Rs. 34,990. On Amazon, the console is currently in stock and promises to dispatch in six days. You could also opt for a renewed version of the Series S console, which costs Rs. 27,999. The Series S listing on Flipkart and Reliance Digital still say Rs. 34,990, but the product is out of stock in the latter.
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These are the best gaming phones in 2022 so far
Gaming phones are more popular than ever, and they pack the latest and most powerful chipsets that money can buy. Some gaming phones come with RGB lights on the back and dedicated fans, while others pack small displays to let gamers show off their other side. Most of these devices pack large displays, beefy batteries, and support fast charging technologies that can juice up in less than 45 minutes in most cases.
We compiled a list of the best-dedicated gaming smartphones that money can buy in 2022. We included the best REDMAGIC, Black Shark, Poco, and ROG smartphones.
Best dedicated gaming smartphones
Gaming smartphones stand out with their gamer-y looks, dedicated software, and hardware features, not to mention the RGB lights and dedicated fans. We created a small list of the best gaming smartphones that are widely available on the market.
nubia REDMAGIC 7S Pro
The nubia REDMAGIC 7S Pro was unveiled not long ago, and we have already reviewed the latest gaming smartphone. It’s enormous, highly responsive, and extremely powerful. It’s powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset, and it has 12/18GB of RAM and lots of storage to store your favourite games. It has RGB lights on the back, shoulder triggers on the side, a plethora of dedicated gaming features, and even a fan to help keep things cool.
It’s a relatively affordable gaming smartphone, and it even has an under-display selfie camera that doesn’t get in the way while playing your favourite titles. The phone also comes with a 65W fast charger, and you can top up the device in a little more than half an hour. The battery can also last a full day, or more, on a single charge, making it a solid choice for hardcore gamers.
nubia REDMAGIC 7S Pro
The nubia REDMAGIC 7S Pro is an excellent smartphone, and one of the best and most affordable gaming devices in 2022. It features an enormous, responsive display with a high refresh rate, the latest and most powerful Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 SoC, and insanely fast charging speeds.
Black Shark 5 Pro
The Black Shark 5 Pro is one of the most powerful gaming smartphones, and it’s powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset; and it has up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of NVMe and UFS 3.1 storage. It has a large 6.67-inch OLED display with a 144Hz display panel supporting 720Hz touch sampling rate. Like most gaming smartphones, it lacks any IP certification, but it has physical pop-up gaming triggers on the side, making it more enjoyable than the optical sensor ones on other competing handsets.
The device has a 108MP primary, 13MP ultrawide, and a 5MP telephoto camera, making it ideal for photography. The Black Shark 5 Pro also comes with a 4,650 mAh battery, which supports 120W fast wired charging. Black Shark claims that it can top up from 0 to full in just 15 minutes. The phone is relatively affordable, and it’s one of the best devices to consider if you take mobile gaming seriously.
Black Shark 5 Pro
The Black Shark 5 Pro is affordable, powerful, and features physical shoulder trigger buttons for a more comfortable and enjoyable gameplay. It supports 120W fast charging, and it has a decent camera setup on the back.
ASUS ROG Phone 6 Pro
The ASUS ROG Phone 6 Pro is also powered by the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset, coupled with 512GB of storage and 18GB of RAM. The phone also features IPX4 water resistance, making it one of the rare gaming smartphones to feature any kind of protection against splashes of water. The device also packs a 6.78-inch AMOLED display with 165Hz refresh rate, and there are pressure-sensitive triggers on the side, and a 2-inch OLED panel on the back.
The ROG Phone 6 Pro has all of the gaming features, performance, and even a decent camera setup. It also has a beefy 6,000 mAh battery, and it supports 65W fast wired charging. ASUS promises a full charge to take roughly 40-42 minutes, which is impressive considering the large battery cell. However, it’s also one of the most expensive devices on the list, making it less appealing. The device costs around $1,100 (depending on region and currency).
ASUS ROG Phone 6 Pro
The ROG Phone 6 Pro offers everything gamers need. It has the latest and most powerful chipset, a high-resolution and responsive display, a screen on the back, a beefy battery, a decent camera setup, and fast wired charging.
Xiaomi Poco F4 GT
The POCO F4 GT is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, coupled with 8/12GB of RAM and 128/256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. It has a large 6.67-inch AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate and 480Hz touch sampling rate, making it a responsive and excellent smartphone for gamers. The device supports 120W fast wired charging and has a 4,700 mAh battery that can last you all day on a single charge.
One of the best things about the Xiaomi Poco F4 GT is the price. It costs only just €599, making it one of the cheapest and most affordable gaming devices on the market. If you can get your hands on a unit, you’ll be amazed by the performance and additional gaming features that let you get the most out of your gaming session and your favourite game.
POCO F4 GT
POCO F4 GT is a great mid-range Android smartphone that offers high-end specs at an affordable price. The features include Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Android 12, LPDDR5 memory, UFS 3.1 storage, 6.67-inch 120Hz AMOLED display, and more. Check out all the deals on the device using the links given below.
Best smartphones for gaming
Technically speaking, most modern phones qualify as “gaming smartphones”, since they have adequate processing and graphical power to render games in the highest possible resolutions. Even though these devices don’t have specific gaming features and shoulder triggers, they’re perfect for long gaming sessions.
We decided to list three smartphone makers in this list, but any modern smartphone with a flagship chipset will do just fine, including the Google Pixel lineup, ASUS, OnePlus, OPPO, Xiaomi, Sony, Motorola, and many other OEMs.
Galaxy S22 Plus and Galaxy S22 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy S22 lineup might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about gaming smartphones, but they’re powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip, and have 8/12GB of RAM and plenty of storage. All three devices in the entire lineup are excellent for playing graphics-intensive titles, but our primary picks are the Galaxy S22 Plus and the Galaxy S22 Ultra due to their larger sizes – making them more comfortable to hold, and more enjoyable due to the larger displays.
What’s more is that these three devices not only excel at gaming, but they’re also fantastic smartphones. They all take breathtaking photos, and are some of the best flagships on the market that you can buy today, and throughout 2022.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is the most advanced smartphone in the Galaxy S lineup. It has a massive display, a flagship chipset, plenty of RAM and storage, and the beloved S Pen. If you’re looking for the ultimate and best smartphone experience, you can’t go wrong with the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
iPhone 13 Pro Max
The iPhone 13 lineup also deserves some credit, as Apple is known to have some of the best and most powerful smartphones on the market. While the iPhones don’t have any specific gaming-related features, iOS is one of the best platforms for mobile game developers. iOS features an advanced gaming engine, making it an excellent choice for gamers.
We wanted to highlight the iPhone 13 Pro Max, as it provides excellent battery life, camera capabilities, and unmatched performance when it comes to multitasking and rending graphics-intensive games. They heat up quite a bit over a long gaming session, but due to the excellent optimization by Apple, it doesn’t throttle even after playing your favouite game for multiple hours at a time.
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
If you’re looking for an even bigger display than the standard iPhone 13 and 13 Pro, the 13 Pro Max has everything you’re looking for, and it can even last longer thanks to the larger battery.
The OnePlus 10T was recently unveiled, and it aims to be one of the best Android smartphones at an affordable price tag. It’s powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset, 8/16GB of RAM, and plenty of storage to download multiple graphics-intensive games. It has a large 6.7-inch AMOLED panel with 120Hz, and up to 1,000 Hz touch sampling rate – making it excellent and responsive for playing games on the go.
Sadly, the OnePlus 10T lacks wireless charging, but it supports the new 150W fast charging technology, which promises a full charge in just 20 minutes. It also has an excellent camera setup, which we’ll show you more about in our review.
OnePlus 10T is the latest affordable flagship from the OnePlus. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC, and it has up to 16GB of RAM. It has a 4800 mAh battery and supports up to 150W fast wired charging.
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