Almost all of us have at a certain point played a version of the big video game franchise – Grand Theft Auto, and we all sure have fond memories.
From the dude that won’t just stealing cars off the highway to living an entire ghetto life and making the meal of it.
Well, it seems the company responsible for a game that has sold more than 120 million copies till date decided to give back to its players by currently offering the game to the public completely free of cost, until May 21 on the Epic Games store.
Just to add the cherry on top of the cake, it is not the basic version of the game, instead, it is the premium edition, which comes bundled with a cash bonus of $1,000,000 that can be used inside GTA Online.
Epic Games Store often gives out free games as a ‘mystery game’ that users can download and keep forever. This time, it decided to put up Grand Theft Auto V as the free game till May 21 which is just a no brainier…
As a result, large number of people rushed to the online store website and launcher app to get the game. This caused heavy traffic on Epic’s servers, which led to slowdowns, errors, and the Epic Games Launcher crashing.
Owing to the popularity of GTA V even though it is 7 years old, the swarm of users still wanting to download the game comes as no surprise.
In a tweet shortly after the issues were reported by the users, Epic acknowledged the problems and said that it was working on a fix.
Some hours later, the website was down to the bare voma again…nothing beats a huge fan following, nothing really
Finally, as of the morning of May 15, the company seem to have found a solution to the heavy traffic as it shared that it has “deployed updates to provide resolution for these issues,” and that most users should be able to access the Epic Games Store website and launcher. “We’ll continue to monitor traffic and provide updates if further issues are encountered. Thank you for your continued patience!”, the tweet added.
How to get GTA 5 for free from Epic Games store
If you are excited to hear this news and want to download
GTA 5 to your PC now, or just to keep it in your library to download and play at a later date, follow the given steps below…
However, you might also have to brace up for some downtime due to heavy traffic on the Epic Games store.
- Head over to EpicGames.com
- Sign up for a new account by tapping on the Sign-in option. And there press the sign up option. If you already have an account, simply sign in to it.
- After setting up 2FA head back to the home page and search for GTA 5.
- It will bring up the game, which you need to tap and on the game description page, you need to press ‘Get’.
- This will bring up the order page, where you just need to press the order button to add to your library.
How to install GTA V
PS: GTA 5 is around 95GB in size so it is recommended that you download the game on to your PC when you are connected to a Wi-Fi or you using a heavy subscription.
Better still, get a night subscription plan which will get the job done in this part of the world.
- After the game has been added into your library, you now need to download and install the Epic Games Launcher from the company’s website. The launcher has a size of around 400MB.
- After installing the client, log in to the launcher with your Epic Games Store credentials.
- Tap the library option, which is located on the left apparently which will showcase all your games. Select GTA 5 and click on Install.
An image shared on Reddit might just leaked some upcoming games from the Epic Games store.
These include Civilization 6 expected to come on May 21, Borderlands – The Handsome Collection expected on May 28, and ARK Survival Evolved expected on June 4.
As all three of these games are quite popular, if this leak turns out to be true, a lot of people definitely will be flocking to the Epic Games Store once again to get a hang of them.
Lenovo Legion gaming phone confirmed for July 22 launch, hopes to take on Asus ROG phone and Nubia Red Magic
The Chinese tech company will be hoping it’s third time lucky after their recent failures against the bigwigs in the gaming phone market.
Lenovo has been teasing its first gaming smartphone under the popular Legion branding for a while and on Friday announced it will launch the Legion Phone on July 22.
But its fresh announcement gives away more details, such as the Lenovo Legion Phone will feature the brand-new Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ processor to offer high-end gaming. Coincidentally, Asus is also expected to launch the ROG Phone 3 in India the same day and with the same chipset.
Third time lucky. Really?
It’s really not literally third time is it? Its various smartphones waned too soon, not only in India, China and other international markets but also no major acceptance down here in Africa.
With many major flaws and years of failures to exist and impose itself on the smartphone gaming industry, they will be praying the sky is blue this time around.
Unlike its smartphones, Lenovo’s PC business is thriving in China, India, and other markets. In fact, its range of Legion high-end gaming laptops have carved a niche for itself.
However, the company is now leveraging on the Legion branding to push its gaming smartphones in the market that is rife and will definitely hope to compete with the likes of Asus ROG Phone and the Nubia Red Magic.
Lenovo Legion Gaming Phone Features and Specifications
Previous leaks have suggested the smartphone will be more suited for handholding vertically. Which is why the leaks have shown the Legion Phone with a pop-up camera on the side of the smartphone — in a rather unusual setting.
However, Lenovo is going for the high-end innards on the Legion Phone, including the top-notch Snapdragon 865+ processor that was launched earlier this month as Qualcomm’s most powerful chipset to date. It is packed with the best 5G modem and other connectivity features that will be more than enough for a gaming phone with most 2020-esque standards.
Also to expect is a very high refresh rate on the Lenovo Legion Phone display — with leaks suggesting extraordinary figures though something sort of 144Hz — and an FHD+ resolution will be super fun.
Other expected key specs include a 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB of UFS 3.1 internal storage. A report previously stated that there could be a 64-megapixel main camera that will be situated on the dead centre of the smartphone’s back to facilitate the vertical operability.
Lenovo Legion Gaming Phone Launch Date
Everything points to an awesome gaming experience in the waiting though we expect ASUS to crash the party as usual with its ROG Gaming phone.
The event is slated to begin at 7.30 pm Beijing time, July 22, which translates to 12 pm WAT. The same day, at 8.15 pm, is the launch of Asus ROG Phone 3. So we can expect a showdown between the two gaming smartphones later this month. Lenovo has not said anything about the availability of the Legion Phone outside of China.
THE FIFTH HEAVEN! Five things we noticed as Sony reveals the PlayStation 5 – its NextGen gaming console
Sony finally took the wraps off the PlayStation 5, it’s Next-Gen gaming console on early Friday.
It’s white, it’s got wings, and it’s designed to stand vertically, just like the Xbox Series X but spotting a more modern look to Xbox Series X.
The most visible change to the PlayStation 4 being the design, which includes a tower-shaped console clad with two white surfaces on either side and just about a disk slot which is present for the Standard Edition alone(more on this later).
There is also a Digital ONLY Edition, which will be available at launch and will come without the native 4K Blu-ray disc drive.
Truth be told, the PlayStation 5 has surely got heads turning and pockets whamping but that’s not all, here’s everything we noticed at the reveal event.
1. Futuristic Design or just a New Wi-Fi Router?
Tongues have been waggling since the early hours of the PlayStation 5 reveal about its console design and quite rightly so.
Unlike the Xbox Series X which kept things going simple with it’s monolith design, Sony has chosen to make an architectural design for a new-age skyscraper, a Wi-Fi Router, a brand new BMWi8, thanks to the curves and those protruding wings at the top.
Who buys gaming consoles for a decorative piece btw??!
However, Sony said it can be placed horizontally below a television set or a monitor, as well.
While the memes will never go away for now, it’s fair to note that the PlayStation 5 futuristic design will no doubt help in heat dissipation produced by the powerful PS5 internals.
As we mentioned, there are two variants – one with a 4K Blu-ray disc drive and another that lacks it and is purely digital. There is a similar design to both the models, except for the thickness the former has.
While all these different shapes and forms looks great on paper, it would probably look okay if Sony would consider having a black variant cos keeping this thing clean will be hell!
A little outlandish you might say but the PlayStation 5 design doesn’t take no prisoners for a 2020 gaming console.
2. Powerful Next-Gen Engine
Though Sony had announced Thursday’s PS5 event as one dedicated to games, many had hoped that it would give us our first peek at the console itself as well. And those hopes have been now fulfilled in a three-minute PS5 hardware reveal video.
Under the hood, the Sony PlayStation has an octa-core AMD Zen 2 CPU and a custom AMD RDNA 2 GPU. Sony has claimed the chipset on the PlayStation 5 will deliver 10.28 teraflops of power using both CPU and GPU.
Sony is also using an SSD on the console with an 852GB capacity and a read/write speed of 5.5GBps. It supports 8K graphics, in addition to offering 4K quality at 120Hz refresh rate, and 3D Audio.
Now, what more can you ask for son??!!
The PlayStation 5 also comes with a USB-A and a USB-C port at the front, along with other ports that will facilitate the attachment of accessories that Sony has launched.
Sony is also introducing an HD Camera, a DualSense charging station, a Plus 3D wireless headset, and a media remote for the gaming console.
3. Slew of Exclusive Gaming Titles
The PlayStation 5 didn’t really disappoint with some 27 packs of game announcement with cross-play compatibility at its reveal event, many of which will be exclusive to the PlayStation 5.
The Spider-Man: Miles Morales trailer was launched while Sony also announced a more ‘expanded and enhanced’ Grand Theft Auto V will arrive on the platform in 2021.
Other game announcements range from the God of War, Gran Turismo, HITMAN III to COD which are not really exclusives at this point.
The PlayStation 5 gaming showcase sure exceeded all expectations and will no doubt have just pointed out what to expect in the next phase of console gaming; most times, gamers ain’t after the 100 percent photorealism but just something SLEEK and does it job.
Folks won’t still be playing Lego games if this was the case
4. Standard and Digital ONLY Variants
At its reveal event, Sony showcased the PlayStation 5 in two variants – the one with a Blu-ray disc player and the one without it themed “STANDARD and DIGITAL” variants.
And since then the world of tech have been left in limbo with regards to the differences, like
However, the bit we could gather from the midst of the confusion is this;
There is a similar design to both the models, except for the thickness and one with a 4K Blu-ray disc drive and another that lacks it and is purely digital.
Speculations have also been mounting and Sony might need to do a little bit of an in-depth explanation before it starts pushing it out to the public.
Does the disk version cost more? What’s the trade off? Does the digital version have better ram? Better SSD? Want to dig deeper into our pocket Is this is a grand way for Sony to prepare for Worldwide 5G offering which has no doubt been turning heads?
So many questions man!
There’s also rumours the disc-free version, called the
Digital Edition, will only be able to play content downloaded from Sony’s online store.
Interesting move all the same by Sony going with a separate “Digital Edition” for the PlayStation 5. We’re definitely getting close!
5. PlayStation 5 Pricing & Availability
We all expecting Sony to price the PlayStation 5 a ridiculous pocket-draining price yet they’ve gone ahead a done a Microsoft Xbox thingy.
The pricing and availability of the PlayStation 5 have not been announced yet many expect nothing less than a $599 offering for the Standard Edition and a Worldwide launch in late 2020.
Which means we all got to lay hands on this beauty and you know what, the tears of joy afterwards
“The PS5 gameplay experience will be the same, so the choice is all yours. While there are some slight differences in the look of each model, for the overall design, we wanted to deliver a console that’s bold, stunning, and unlike any previous generation of PlayStation,” Sony added.
The major takeaway from Sony’s event was how the PlayStation will stand out from its predecessors, and, of course, Microsoft’s Xbox Series X.
But then, over to you…
What do you think of Sony’s next-gen console? We’ll update this article as we learn more, but until then, give us an honest opinion in the comments section below.
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