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Gadgets 360

Gadgets 360’s flagship podcast for the biggest tech developments on a weekly basis. Hosted by Akhil Arora, the show brings in Gadgets 360’s writers, and experts from the tech industry.

iPhone 14 and 14 Plus + 14 Pro and Pro Max + Apple Watch Ultra
08-09-2022
iPhone 14 and 14 Plus + 14 Pro and Pro Max + Apple Watch Ultra
Eight — yes, eight! — new Apple devices were launched at the Far Out event. (Gadgets 360 was there!) And you can pre-order most of them this week. Gadgets 360 executive editor Jamshed Avari, reviews editor Roydon Cerejo, and senior reviewer Sheldon Pinto join Orbital host Akhil Arora to discuss all of them. In India, the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max are more expensive than ever, starting at Rs. 1,29,900 and Rs. 1,39,900, respectively. For that money, you get an all-new design with Dynamic Island, an always-on display that looks cool as heck, and a new 48-megapixel main camera. The iPhone 14, however, retains pricing status quo — Rs. 79,900 — but sadly, it’s saddled with last year’s A15 Bionic chip. It’s also now the most affordable option, with a new 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Plus coming in at Rs. 89,900. Over in the wrist section, Apple has introduced the Watch Ultra with a bonkers Rs. 89,900 tag. It’s almost twice as heavy as the new Series 8, which has some new sensors but not much. There’s also a new Watch SE, with the same chipset as others, and the same old launch price. Lastly, there’s the AirPods Pro 2, which are also more expensive than before at Rs. 26,900. For that, you get a new H2 chip, longer battery life, and personalised spatial audio. Phew, we are done. Hit play to hear us delve into all those announcements, sprinkled with hands-on first impressions. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00)iPhone 14, Plus, Pro, and Pro Max (00:26)Watch Ultra, Series 8, and SE 2 (20:09)AirPods Pro 2 (27:34)Outro (30:00) Photo credits: Apple
Xbox Game Pass vs new PlayStation Plus: are video game subscription services worth it?
17-06-2022
Xbox Game Pass vs new PlayStation Plus: are video game subscription services worth it?
The new three-tiered PlayStation Plus — out next week in India — is finally set to properly compete with Xbox Game Pass. Which one should you pick? Industry insider Rishi Alwani and video game enthusiast Pranay Parab — both Orbital veterans — join host Akhil Arora to discuss that and more. We talk about how the new PS Plus works, split into its three tiers Essential, Extra, and Deluxe. The last of them has a different name in some markets — Premium — and you can learn why on the podcast. Read: PlayStation Plus: India pricing revealed for PS Plus Deluxe, Extra, and Essential We delve into the differences between the new PS Plus and Xbox Game Pass (Ultimate), in terms of their India pricing, game models, and other associated benefits. Along the way, we touch upon the problems with Sony and Microsoft’s approaches, and how video game subscription services can be harmful to both gamers and the industry. Follow Gadgets 360 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Write to us at podcast@gadgets360.com Chapters Intro (00:00)New PS Plus (00:45)Reasons to be unhappy (07:55)What Sony and Microsoft really want (13:35)Xbox Game Pass, and Xbox in India (18:47)More benefits! Good or bad? (23:51)The classics (27:44)Are game subscriptions good? (32:17)Outro (44:49) Cover: Sony. Photo credits: Sony/Akhil Arora/Gadgets 360, Insomniac Games, Arora/Gadgets 360, Microsoft, Guerrilla Games, AP Photo/Jae C. Hong