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PUBG Mobile is making a re-entry in India with all new features and gamers are desperately waiting for it. South Korea-based PUBG Corporation has said an all-new version of the game, which will be compatible with Indians, will be launched soon. The final date, however, has not been announced yet.
In a big surprise to gamers, PUBG, which is the most popular gaming app in India with the most number of downloads, was banned in the country on September 2 over security concerns. The government said the app, like many of the Chinese apps that were banned, was engaged in activities prejudicial to India's sovereignty.
After the ban, the app was removed from Good Play Store and Apple's App Store but those who had already downloaded the app were initially able to use it. This facility was later turned off, apparently after the government pressure.
To comply with the government's diktat, PUBG Corporation parted ways with its Chinese investor Tencent Games over the distribution rights in India. Later, the reports emerged that PUBG may come back after tying up with Reliance Jio or Airtel but that also didn't work. Later, the company announced its India foray in an all-new avatar.
The company is now planning to launch its India unit, PUBG Mobile India, with a local twist. Some of the prominent changes made specifically for the Indian users include virtual simulation training setting, fully clothed characters during the start of the game, green blood instead of red, and restrictions on game time to promote healthy habits.
The company will set up an Indian subsidiary to allow easier communication with players. Initially, the company may hire over 100 employees in India. For the investment part, PUBG Corporation has announced to invest around $100 million in India. As far as concerned about the date, PUBG has not announced the launch date because of lack of clarity from the government as yet. The company, however, is hopeful of launching the game in India as soon as it gets a go-ahead from the government.
This week, Apple dominated news headlines. On Tuesday, Apple launched the M1 chip, its first computer processor designed in-house. The M1 is based on the ARM-based processor technology that powers the company’s latest MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini. The basic technology is the same that’s found in iPhones and iPad. Also in tech this week, PUBG Corporation said it plans to launch a new PUBG Mobile game for India, after being banned in the world’s second-most populous country due to the mobile app’s link to China. This week, Sony’s highly-anticipated PlayStation 5 went on sale in the US and other markets. Both PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition are out of stock in the US. But there is more happening in the tech world that we want to make sure you know about, so let’s take a look at this week’s top headlines.
M1 is the first ARM chip for Macs
Apple has officially revealed the M1, its first in-house-designed M1 computer chip – at its virtual ‘One More Thing’ event. This marks the beginning of a new era of Macs, which will now run on “Apple Silicon” instead of Intel-based chips. The M1 chip brings unified memory architecture, integrated GPU, neural engine, and will deliver longer battery life. New versions of the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini all featuring the new M1 chip will come to India in the coming days.
PUBG Mobile set for re-entry in India
The PUBG Corporation is ready to relaunch the popular PUBG Mobile in India. The game was banned in September in India due to the gaming firm’s ties with China’s Tencent. Before the game was officially banned in India, PUBG Mobile had 50 million users. The South Korean developer said it would create a new Indian subsidiary to oversee the title and that the game would “maximize data security and cater to local preferences.” The company also announced that it will invest $100 million in the Indian “gaming, esports, entertainment, and IT industries,” though there is no info on the exact launch date of PUBG Mobile.
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PS5 goes on sale in select countries
Sony’s new PlayStation 5 console, which competes with Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, is now on sale in the US and other countries. The PS5 starts at $399.99 for the digital edition and $499.99 for the standard edition. The next-generation console is out of stock as of this writing. However, Sony is yet to confirm the launch date for PS5 in India. The PS5 will cost Rs 49,990 while the digital version of the console is priced at Rs 39,990.
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