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Did Sony Just Hint that it has Acquired Kojima Productions? Adding Death Stranding to First-Party Games List Seems to Suggest So, Or Not

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Sony seems to have teased an interesting hint for fans of gaming legend, Hideo Kojima. However, the hint appears to be so obscure that extrapolating any legible information from this could seem like a bit of a stretch. Nevertheless, if the move does pan out, it could turn out to be a major moment for the gaming world. The case in point relates to rumours around Kojima Studios, the eponymous game production house owned by Kojima himself, being acquired by Sony to become a part of its PlayStation Studios. The source of the rumour is the appearance of Death Stranding, Kojima Productions’ first and only independent game until date, on the PlayStation Studios banner.

Sony and Kojima Studios: What Could the Deal Mean?

Kojima has long been regarded as a legendary figure in the world of game developers. Having joined Japanese video game company Konami in 1986, rose to popularity due to his work on the iconic Konami franchise, Metal Gear Solid. Kojima left Konami in 2015 to setup his own game studio, called Kojima Productions.

The latter, in fact, was part of Konami for about 10 years until Kojima went solo. Death Stranding is the first product of the game studio. While Sony did serve as a publisher for the game through Sony Interactive Entertainment, the game remains a third-party title for Sony, since it was developed by an independent studio outside of the Sony ecosystem.

The PlayStation Studios banner, which is regularly updated on its website, showcases still snippets from a number of games under the production and publishing house. The key factor behind each of these showcased snippets happens to be the fact that they are all first-party Sony titles. This means that they are all built and developed by studios that are owned by Sony, and Kojima Productions is not.

This has therefore sparked speculations among ardent followers of this space that Sony has indeed acquired Kojima Productions, and an official announcement on this should follow, soon. However, Sony has remained tight lipped about any significance behind the update to its banner, and Kojima Productions hasn’t issued any statement on this, either.

While an acquisition statement could be released any moment, fans have speculated about Sony acquiring Kojima Productions for a while. However, many have posed a counter argument by stating that if the acquisition was to happen, word around Kojima Productions being up for sale should have gone around for much longer. Kojima has also had a close relationship with Sony for a long time, making games for its PlayStation ecosystem for a while. As a result, a good deal between the two cannot really be ruled out.

However, rumours also started circulating in late last year that Kojima had begun work with Microsoft, for an Xbox-exclusive cloud gaming title. The rumours had led to fan petitions attempting to stop Kojima from working with Microsoft, but most reports have stated that talks between the two have only extended to a letter of intent – and nothing more.

Sony’s acquisition of Kojima Productions could interject any such plans, the details of which are still unclear. For Sony’s PlayStation Studios, getting Kojima onboard could be a sign of intent in getting big gaming names onboard, after Microsoft acquired Bethesda as well as Activision in the past one year.

Going forward, it therefore remains to be seen what the PlayStation Studios banner update means. It could well mean absolutely nothing – Sony might just have decided to include titles that it has published, and not only produced. But, about Kojima Productions acquisition, a word on the matter should surface soon.

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This Feature is Coming to WhatsApp – Silent Exit

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If you’re a WhatsApp user and you found yourself added to a group without your knowledge, and you don’t want to annoy the person who added you probably because it’s a family member, well worry not as WhatsApp is working on a feature that will make you secretly leave a group without anyone noticing.

According to the latest report from Wabetainfo, an update is in work that would allow WhatsApp users to leave groups silently. A screenshot of the upcoming feature shows that when you leave a group, other members won’t be informed about your exit. Only you and the WhatsApp group admin will be notified that you’ve left the group.

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What this means is that when you exit a group, WhatsApp normally adds a system message in the chat to inform all participants that you exited the group; but with this latest development, only the group admins will be notified that you left a group. Group admins should always be notified about what happens in their groups, so it is needed to show them who exited a group.

The feature is still in development, and it will be rolled out fully once it’s tested in the coming weeks.

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Infinix Launches Note 12 VIP With 120W charging, 120Hz screen, 108MP Camera

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Infinix has added another member to the infinix Note 12 series dubbed as Infinix Note 12 VIP, and it supports 120W Hyper Charge.

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Infinix Note 12 VIP features a 6.7” AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution, similar to the original Note 12 display, but noticeably more capable. This is a 10-bit panel with 100% DCI-P3 coverage and 120Hz refresh rate (plus 360Hz touch sampling rate).

Looking at the cameras, the main camera on the back has a 108MP sensor (1/1.67”, 1.92µm pixels after 9-in-1 pixel binning), 13MP ultrawide-angle camera as well as the Laser AF system.

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The new Note 12 VIP have 16MP selfie camera and XOS 10.6 software (based on Android 12) and run 8GB of real RAM and can enable 5GB of virtual RAM.

The device is housed by a 4,500mAh battery that supports 120W Hyper Charge technology.

The Infinix Note 12 VIP will be available soon in select regions at $300. You can visit the official site, which will guide you to a store near you.

Infinix Note 12 G96

The second device launched is the Note 12 G96 named after the Helio G96, a 12nm chipset (2x A76, 6x A55, Mali-G57 MC4).

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Infinix Note 12 G96

Infinix Note 12 G96 features a 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 60Hz refresh rate. Under the hood, the smartphone is powered by MediaTek Helio G96 chipset paired with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage. The smartphone runs on Android 12 OS out of the box.

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Infinix Note 12 G96

When it comes to camera, the device features a dual lens camera setup at the back with 50MP primary lens and a 2MP depth sensor. For video calls and selfies, the smartphone comes with a 16MP front-facing camera.

The Infinix Note 12 is housed by a 5,000mAh battery that supports 33W fast charging. The Infinix Note 12 (G96) will sell for $200. More details at the official site.

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