Doom on Twitter is possibly the worst way to play so far

Browsing Twitter might leave you feeling like you’ve wandered through the depths of hell, but now you can actually do that on the platform by playing Doom. Yep, that's right, the classic FPS game is now playable on Twitter (provided you’re good at coding and love trial and error).

This isn’t the first weird place we’ve seen the game series crop up. Users have managed to play Doom games on a wide range of console alternatives from pregnancy tests to smart fridges proving that you don't need a PS5 after all. Doomguy is even making an appearance in the family-friendly Super Smash Bros. Ultimate via a Mii costume. 

But can this unstoppable force keep charging ahead? Can we actually play Doom on anything?

How to play Doom on Twitter

If you want to play Doom on Twitter for yourself you need to head over to Tweet2Doom and reply to its pinned tweet. By following the input instructions in the images you’ll be able to issue commands to a bot which will then play them out in Doom and provide you with the rendered video of the results.

Here’s what the recommended starting commands look like:

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Through trial and error and across multiple replies players have been tasked with completing an entire run of the game. The first chain to traverse through a level, as well as those who can beat the level fastest, will be shared on the Tweet2Doom page as a reward.

The creators are also asking for fan-submitted achievements so that players can race to complete specific goals that aren’t just ‘finish the level’.

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Why is Doom so easy to play on anything?

Doom has two advantages going for it that allow the series to be playable across so many different consoles. The biggest is the simplicity of the original title that came out in 1993.

While at the time it was truly ground-breaking, Doom's once mind-blowing graphics and controls don't compete with the kinds of games we have today. However, that makes it incredibly simple to run – so as long as you have even the most bare-bones computing components you can cobble together a version of the game that will work.

Its second advantage is Xbox Cloud Gaming. This tool allows you to play certain games – including the Doom series – on devices that can connect to the internet. It's intended for smartphones, consoles, and computers, but as we saw with the Samsung smart fridge you can find a way to make a cloud game playable on just about any modern display.

As our devices incorporate more and more smart features, and computing components crop up in progressively stranger places we'll undoubtedly see Doom follow just behind – why not Doom on a smart blender, or an electric toothbrush?

For as long as Doomguy continues his fight against the forces of hell, so too will he serve as a reminder of just how prevalent technology is in our lives today.


Could new MacBook Pros really have a notch? Fresh rumors suggest they might

Apple’s new MacBook Pro 14-inch and 16-inch laptops are rumored to be launching very soon, with increasing speculation around the devices having an iPhone-style notch

While that seems unlikely – we made our feelings on the possibility clear enough, particularly with this rumor coming out of nowhere – it’s not unfathomable, and more evidence has now emerged to hint that it just might be the case.

MacRumors has been keeping its ear firmly to the Apple ground and has flagged up these new reports, one of which is built around a patent filed back in 2019. In it, Apple floats the idea of a display with an ‘extended active area’ above it, meaning a main screen with an extended region between that display and the bezel, on opposing sides of the central webcam.

Notch or not?

In other words, exactly the scheme of things we described earlier, whereby the camera is in a notch, and there’s a very small black strip either side – separate from the actual 16:10 display below. The patent puts forward the idea that the “extended regions display icons on a black background”, so these regions could contain info like the clock, battery level and so forth, as we previously theorized.

The fact that Apple has considered this idea in the past is clearly interesting, then, but doesn’t mean much by itself. It is, however, backed up by other fresh rumors, which include a blurry photo of a purported MacBook Pro display with a notch shared via Chinese platform Weibo (highlighted by leaker DuanRui on Twitter, who shared the original notch rumor).

On top of that, we’ve seen a further leak from China, courtesy of a forum post by leaker ‘Ty98’ (an unknown source), again highlighted by MacRumors. In a post actually from August, which flew under the leak radar until now, Ty98 claims that they’ve seen marketing materials from Apple, and that in them, the new MacBooks use a wallpaper which purportedly tries to hide, or minimize the visual impact, of the notch design.

The leaker states: “Today, I saw the packaging shell. Sure enough, it was the kind of wallpaper with a dark top. If you don’t look carefully, you can’t see the [notch] at all.”

Huge pinches of salt with all this spillage, naturally. Ty98 also mirrors the other claims from the weekend about the notch, and the camera not having Face ID tech. They further assert that the Touch Bar has been ditched (and the MacBook logo on the bottom bezel is gone, too), both of which have been previously rumored, along with some stranger claims.

The latter includes the nugget that the new MacBook Pro models will be thicker and heavier, which again echoes the leak at the weekend, but as we said about that at the time, it seems highly counterintuitive that the new models would be somehow bulkier. It’s possible that the translation could have gone awry here, in some respects – it would surely look like a poor show, for example, for the new MacBook Pro 16-inch to be getting Apple silicon and end up thicker in the chassis for it.

Analysis: Rumor mill is notching things up – but stay skeptical

All of this speculation around the notch still seems very shaky, and the sources are far from big hitters as well, so even though there is more than a little evidence now, we still remain highly skeptical.

That said, the patent is particularly interesting to see, though. However, if this was going to happen, and status icons were to be shifted into that small screen area atop the main display, either side of the camera, you’d have thought some kind of clues would have been spotted in macOS as to the menu bar being redeployed in this way. And obviously there have been no such sightings.

What could be the case is that this is something Apple has considered in the past, but just hasn’t moved forward with.

The good thing is we’ll know for sure about the notch very soon, as Apple is expected to reveal these much-anticipated new MacBook Pro models later today. Naturally, we’ll be on hand to cover the proceedings at Apple’s Unleashed event in full.


Google Pixel 6 release date, price, news, specs, leaks and what we know so far

The Google Pixel 6 range is almost here, with the company set to fully announce the phones on October 19 - which is tomorrow at the time of writing. The big event kicks off at 10am PT / 1pm ET / 6pm BST (or 4am in AEDT on October 20). If you want to tune in yourself, check out how to watch the new Pixel phone launch live.

But Google actually already partially revealed the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro – oddly only in a press release and over Twitter – in August, and they look just like the leaks predicted: sleek devices with a visor-like camera block that splits the back cover in two.

The new Pixel 6 features

- Announcement on October 19 (confirmed)
- Releasing October 28 (rumored)
- All-new design
- Big camera bump
- Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro both coming
- 6.7-inch QHD+ 120Hz screen for the Pro
- 6.4-inch 90Hz flat screen for the standard Pixel 6
- New in-house Tensor chipset
- Up to 512GB of storage and 12GB of RAM
- Triple-lens camera for the Pro
- Dual-lens camera for the Pixel 6
- 4,614mAh battery for Pixel 6 / 5,000mAh battery for Pro

The design isn't the only interesting thing about these phones either, as the Google Pixel 6 range has been confirmed to pack an in-house chipset for the first time – one that we haven't seen in any other phone. It's called Google Tensor, and the company has hyped up everything the new phones can do with the new custom silicon.

There's lots we don't officially know about the Google Pixel 6 yet though thanks to the minimal unveiling on social media, so we're waiting on a 'full' unveiling to bring us all the stats. 

But in the meantime, leakers have brought reams of info on the Google Pixel 6 range, and we're hearing new information about the devices all the time. You can scroll on down for all the important information we've heard so far, including images of the Pixel 6 we managed to snap ourselves.

Latest Google Pixel 6 news (updated October 18)

The Pixel 6 range is landing tomorrow (October 19) and you can watch the announcement, but ahead of that we've seen surprisingly low leaked prices, along with more leaked marketing materials.

Google Pixel 6: what you need to know

Google Pixel 6 release date: Google has confirmed it will reveal the phones at an event on October 19, while leaker predictions say the phones will hit stores on October 28.

Google Pixel 6 price: Pricing isn't totally clear yet, but leaks point to a starting price of $599 (around £435 / AU$810) for the Pixel 6, and $898 (roughly £655 / AU$1,215) for the Pixel 6 Pro.

Design: Google has already revealed the design of the Pixel 6 range and it's totally different to the Pixel 5, with a big camera block running across the back and a three-tone color scheme.

Colors: Images show the Pixel 6 in black, pale green and pink shades, with the Pixel 6 Pro shown in black, white and yellow colors.

Display: The Google Pixel 6 is rumored to have a 6.4-inch flat screen with a 90Hz refresh rate, while the Pixel 6 Pro might have a 120Hz curved screen of between 6.67 and 6.71 inches.

Camera: We know that the Pixel 6 has a dual-lens camera and that the Pixel 6 Pro has a triple-lens one, with the extra lens being a 4x telephoto snapper. Leaks suggest  a 50MP main, a 12MP ultra-wide and - in the case of the Pro - a 48MP telephoto.

Specs: The Pixel 6 range will use the Google Tensor chipset. This is new, and leaks can't agree on whether it's slightly more or slightly less powerful than the Snapdragon 888 powering many of 2021's flagships. There's also talk of up to 12GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage.

Battery: Rumors suggest the Pixel 6 will have a 4,614mAh battery with the Pixel 6 Pro having a 5,000mAh one. For reference, the Pixel 5 has a 4,080mAh power pack.

Google Pixel 6 release date

The Google Pixel 6 will be revealed in its entirety at the company's Pixel Fall Launch on October 19. The event starts at 10am PT / 1pm ET / 6pm BST (that's 4am in AEDT on October 20). We've got a guide covering how to watch the Pixel 6 launch live.

The Google Pixel 6 release date has been confirmed to be in 'fall 2021', which means we'll see it before the end of November. A previous leak that was accurate about the phone being unveiled on October 19 also said pre-orders would open on that date with a full release on October 28, while a retailer listing additionally points to October 28 for the phones shipping.

Expect a Google Pixel 6 pre-order date to be revealed on October 19, and it may be that you can pre-order the phones immediately after the big event. We likely won't know until the Pixel 6 event.

Plus, Google's own Camera app included code that said the Pixel 6 Pro will need to be updated on October 27. That also matches with these dates, and would make sense for the Pixel 6 release.

Google Pixel 6 price

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The price of the Pixel 6 range is hard to guess, because while the Pixel 3 and Pixel 4 were more premium offerings, the Pixel 5 is a mid-range phone, and we don't know for sure if Google will stick in that price range or return to the top end.

For reference, the Pixel 5 cost $699 / £599 / AU$999, so maybe we could see a similar price again. That said, given that there's a Pixel 6 Pro as well, we might see both a mid-range Pixel 6 and a high-end Pro model, with the latter probably costing a lot more than the Pixel 5.

While we still don't have an official price for either phone, Google hardware executive Rick Osterloh was quoted in Der Spiegel as saying the Pixel 6 'belongs in the upper segment' of phones as a 'mainstream premium product.'

The Pixel 6 Pro, on the other hand, Osterloh said 'will be expensive.' Given that he said the last two years of Google phones (including the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4) weren't competing in the flagship market segment, Osterloh may be suggesting that the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro will be pricier than we expected.

The latest pricing leak though points to $599 (roughly £435 / AU$810) for a 128GB Pixel 6, and $898 (around £655 / AU$1,215) for a 128GB Pixel 6 Pro, which are actually surprisingly low prices.

Then again, an earlier leak points to a starting price of $850 (around £625 / AU$1,155) for the Pixel 6, with no Pixel 6 Pro price given. This leak also suggests that there will be a Pixel Pass, which is a subscription service bundling the Pixel 6 with an extended warranty, Google One, Play Pass, and YouTube Premium - check out our full Pixel Pass guide for more on that.

Elsewhere, an even earlier leak suggests a starting price of 649 euros (roughly $760 / £560 / AU$1,045) for the Pixel 6, and 899 euros (around $1,050 / £775 / AU$1,450) for the Pixel 6 Pro, which doesn't sound too bad. Another leak has also since listed the same price for the standard Pixel 6.

With Osterloh's comments in mind, it may be Google opts for a similar pricing structure to both Samsung and Apple in 2021. The iPhone 13 is priced at $799 / £779 / AU$1,349 with the iPhone 13 Pro at $999 / £949 / AU$1,699.

Similarly, the Samsung Galaxy S21 starts at $799 / £769 / AU$1,249 with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra starting at $1,199 / £1,149 / AU$1,849. Google may see fit to follow a similar pricing structure for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro with one offered as a cheaper flagship version to its top-end sibling.

But the $599 starting price leaked above has been corroborated by a second source, so that's actually our best guess, and that could make the Pixel 6 a real bargain.

Meanwhile, the latest word from the production line is that Google has ordered a lot of these phones – so the Pixel 6 range should be widely and readily available.

Google Pixel 6 design

Google officially revealed the Pixel 6 in a series of tweets in early August – and the company essentially confirmed the design leaks that trickled out through 2021.

There's a camera block that runs across the width of the back, jutting out, and a three-tone color scheme in a range of options. The Pro model has more space above the camera block, and that camera block has glossy silver edges on the Pixel 6 Pro and matte black ones on the standard Pixel 6.

Flip the phone to the front and you can see an all-screen design with a selfie camera in a central punch-hole - a design which Google has since also shown off in video adverts.

The company has even put the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro on display in New York City, albeit behind glass and only visible from the back. We captured some photos of the phones, and you can see some of them below.

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Some details have leaked too, such as the Pixel 6 Pro dimensions, which are apparently 163.9 x 75.8 x 8.9mm (with an 11.5mm camera bump). The phone also apparently has dual stereo speakers.

While Google hasn't called this the Pixel 6 XL (the company previously called its larger phones by that naming convention) this handset is expected to be bigger than the Pixel 6 in size.

Indeed, we've elsewhere heard that the Pixel 6 has dimensions of 160.4 x 75.1 x 8.2mm.

We've also now seen additional leaked renders and marketing shots of the Google Pixel 6 range, some of which show water on the phone - strongly hinting at water resistance. A leaked promo video has even now emerged, giving us a look at the Pixel 6 in motion.

Google Pixel 6 colors

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You can see the colors we're expecting for the Pixel 6 range in the official images above, though there may also be other colors that we haven't yet seen. That said, Google has extensively shown these shades, including on a color selector on its website, so we suspect this probably is all of them.

In any case, based on these images, the colors include black, white, yellow, pink, and pale green.

The images show the standard Pixel 6 in the black, pale green and pink shades, with the Pixel 6 Pro being shown in black, yellow and white, so you can expect those phones in those shades.

Those aren't the official color names, but a leak suggests they'll be called Kinda Coral, Sorta Seafoam, Stormy Black, Sorta Sunny, and Cloudy White. Those colors are in line with Google's usual naming scheme, while an earlier leak pointing to Carbon and Fog names, isn't.

Google Pixel 6 display

Google was light on screen specs, but according to Marques Brownlee (a YouTuber who got hands-on time with the phones) the Pixel 6 Pro has a slightly curved 120Hz screen of around 6.7 inches, while the standard Pixel 6 has a smaller 90Hz flat screen.

Beyond that we're in leak territory for additional display details, with one source claiming that the Google Pixel 6 Pro has a 6.67-inch curved AMOLED display.

You can see that screen in a leaked hands-on video. The back also looks glossier here than we'd seen in official images.

Another source points to a 1440 x 3120 screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, and elsewhere we've similarly heard that the Pixel 6 Pro might have a QHD resolution, while the Pixel 6 might have a 6.4-inch flat screen with a resolution of 1800 x 2340.

That screen size has been echoed by Jon Prosser (a leaker with a good track record), who also points to both models using OLED, and says that the Pixel 6 Pro's screen is 6.71 inches (which is in line with Brownlee's claim of it being around 6.7 inches). We've heard the same screen specs for both phones from a Chinese source now too.

Marketing materials leaked online would seem to confirm the 6.4-inch and 6.7-inch screen sizes, as well as a host of other details – it sounds as though these Pixels will be in line for a full five years of software updates, for example.

Other leaked marketing materials meanwhile mention a 120Hz screen on the Pixel 6 Pro.

Google Pixel 6 camera

When Google officially revealed the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro via tweet in early August, the company confirmed the former will get two cameras and the latter will get three shooters – with the extra being a 4x optical telephoto.

There wasn't any other information from Google itself, but Marques Brownlee (who was granted hands-on time with the phones) claims that the other two lenses are main and ultra-wide ones.

He also stated that Google has switched to all new photo sensors, for basically the first time since the Pixel 2, and that the Pixel 6 is likely to offer a significant video upgrade on the Pixel 5, thanks to the new chipset (more on which further down) powering computational photography.

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A camera leak points to the Pixel 6 having a 50MP main and 12MP ultra-wide camera, while the Pixel 6 Pro apparently has both of those along with a 48MP telephoto one. This source also claims that the Pixel 6 has an 8MP selfie camera while the Pixel 6 Pro has a 12MP one.

A more recent leak has also said the same about the Pixel 6 Pro, while another leak echoes these claims about both phones. We've also seen a retailer listing and a leaked marketing render and other marketing materials with the same camera specs, so these look very likely.

That said, an earlier leak suggested that we'd see a 50MP main camera with a larger sensor than on the Pixel 5, plus an 8MP periscope snapper and an ultra-wide camera. So that differs slightly.

Android 12 code also suggests that both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will have a 50MP main camera. Code in the Google camera app meanwhile suggests that the front-facing camera on the Pixel 6 might support 4K video recording, which is higher resolution than most selfie cameras can get.

That's been backed up by another more recent leak, which points to an 11MP selfie snapper on the Pixel 6 Pro, and an 8MP one on the standard Pixel 6.

We've heard about some Google Pixel 6 camera modes, thanks to leaked code from the camera app, though we don't actually know what they do. Modes include 'magic eraser', 'face deblur', 'scene lock', 'portrait spotlight', 'front torch', 'baby mode', 'nima aesthetic' and more. These are likely for both photography and videography.

Google Pixel 6 battery

As for the battery, there's no official news about this but multiple sources claim the Pixel 6 Pro will have a 5,000mAh one, with the Pixel 6 having a smaller one. Elsewhere we've heard the same claim, but this leak details the Pixel 6's battery too, saying that it's 4,614mAh. Another source has also since listed the same battery sizes, while a retailer listing points to a similar 4,620mAh size for the Pixel 6.

We've also heard that - unsurprisingly - the phones will support wireless charging.

They might support faster wireless charging than the 12W offered by the Pixel 5 though, as evidence of a new wireless charger has been found in Android 12 code, and there's mention of fans - a feature which helps keep the phone and charger cool when pumping out lots of power. More evidence was revealed by retailers who could stock the wireless charger, letting us know this kind of powering could hit 23W.

Wired charging might get a speed boost too, with one source pointing to 33W charging, up from 18W on the Pixel 5, and we've heard this leak multiple times. However, that charger won't come in the box - in fact the Pixel 6 won't have an in-box charger at all.

Google Pixel 6 Tensor chipset

When Google revealed the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro in early August, the company also unveiled the Google Tensor – its first custom chipset, which the tech giant suggested will improve the cameras, speech recognition, and other features – especially improving voice commands, translation, captioning and dictation, with more things carried out on device. 

According to Brownlee (who got an official look at the phone) the Tensor chipset also allows the Pixel 6 to decode voice and process it on the device (rather than on Google servers), which allows for faster responses from Google Assistant and other vocal interface features.

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Neither Google nor Brownlee have said much about the power of this chipset, but rumors around this chip are gaining momentum, and we've heard that it could be a 5nm one. However, it sounds like it won't match the best Android chipsets for performance, with a source claiming it will basically slot between the top-end Snapdragon 888 and the older Snapdragon 865 in terms of power.

Another source has echoed these claims, saying that it rivals the Snapdragon 870 for power - a chipset that's high-end but not top-end. They added that its GPU performs well under stress.

That said, one report has suggested that the Tensor chipset is in fact the Samsung Exynos 9855, previously rumored but never put inside a phone. If that's correct, the performance of the Pixel 6 phones would be somewhere in between the Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy S22 launching next year.

Google Pixel 6 specs and features

We've heard more than once that the Pixel 6 might have 8GB of RAM and a choice of 128GB or 256GB of storage, with the Pixel 6 Pro upping the RAM to 12GB and offering 128GB, 256GB or 512GB of storage. Additionally, this source claims that the two phones will get at least five years of software updates, which is far more than other Android devices.

More specifically, another leak suggests the Pixel 6 will have a choice of 128GB or 256GB of storage in all regions, but with the Pixel 6 Pro only the US and Australia will get the 512GB model.

A benchmark for the Google Pixel 6 Pro has also now appeared, and this backs up the leak above by listing 12GB of RAM - though the scores achieved by the phone are unimpressive.

You can also expect an under-display fingerprint scanner on the Google Pixel 6. An executive from Google included a screenshot - which has since been deleted - that showed a phone with a fingerprint in the middle of the screen.

Beyond that, in Android 12 code we've seen two hints of the feature as well.

And a leak also suggests that the Pixel 6 could get a redesigned version of Google Translate, which should be easier to operate with one hand.

Finally, we've heard the Pixel 6 could have UWB, or ultra-wideband technology. This is a short-range communications function that lets devices talk to each other if they're nearby - it can be useful for location tracking, so maybe the Pixel 6 will have some new feature regarding this?

Google Pixel 6 software

The Pixel 6 range will of course Android 12 out of the box. We know already that this includes a whole new visual design, along with a real focus on privacy and security. 

That extends to the hardware too, as Google itself has said that the Pixel 6 is built with the most layers of hardware security in any phone.

One leak has suggested the smartphones will both support four years of software upgrades, and five years of security updates. That is a huge amount of time, and far beats any other Android phone on the market.

If this rumor is true, that means the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will both be upgradeable to Android 16 (or whatever the company calls its software in 2025).


Y: The Last Man canceled by FX after just one season – but is it the end?

After just one highly-anticipated debut season, Y: The Last Man won’t be returning for a second season – on Hulu and Disney Plus, at least.

The news comes after showrunner Eliza Clark took to Twitter to announce that the TV adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s acclaimed graphic novel series “will not be moving forward with FX on Hulu for season 2.”

Y: The Last Man – which follows the plight of Yorick Brown, the last cisgender male human on Earth – spent more than a decade in development with various studios, enduring several failed attempts to bring its comic book story to the screen before FX finally commissioned a TV show in 2018. 

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That doesn’t mean a second season definitely won’t happen, mind. “We’re sad YTLM is not going forward [at the studio],” Clark said in her tweet, “but we know that someone else is going to be very lucky to have this team and this story [...] We are committed to finding Y its next home.”

It seems, then, that a presumptive second season for Y: The Last Man is up for grabs to any streamer or studio willing to take it on.

A challenging subject 

In our review of the series’ first season, we described Y: The Last Man as “a show that just about deserves your attention” – which is rather indicative of the decidedly lukewarm reception to the live-action adaptation, and one evidently shared by FX itself.  

That reception likely didn’t come as a surprise to Y: The Last Man’s creator, either. During a recent appearance on THR’s dedicated TV podcast, Vaughan acknowledged that his comic is concerned with “challenging subject matter” that makes (and made) big-screen adaptation problematic. 

Speaking of previous attempts to theatrically adapt his story, Vaughan said Y: The Last Man was often diluted and sanitized so much that it “lost everything” and was bordering on “becoming cartoonish,” adding that “[the story] can only be [told] on television.”

Showrunner Clark also told THR’s podcast that she envisioned the show as a five-season, 50-episode series – signing off her announcement tweet by saying “we don’t want it to end.”

As for whether Y: The Last Man will find a new studio home and receive a second series, then, the jury is out. As acknowledged by both Vaughan and Clark, this is a difficult story that demands – and perhaps deserves – telling across more than just a single season.

The show’s first season was by no means bad, either. Y: The Last Man boasted a cinematic quality to match some of the biggest shows out there right now, one that meant its complex themes were explored in a very visceral and comprehensive way – its episodes just needed to move a little quicker.

But perhaps that ponderous pace, one that reflected an equally slow development cycle, proved the final nail in the coffin for a show that looks to have crash landed on takeoff.


Best home security camera 2021: the top outdoor and indoor cameras tested

The best home security camera can be a great source of peace of mind when you’re not at home. It’ll send an alert to your smartphone if motion is detected and allow you to view a live feed from the camera to put your mind at rest that nothing untoward is happening when you’re not close by.

The best home security cameras are more affordable than traditional CCTV systems, and usually don’t require professional installation. They’ll also store the footage they capture of this motion either in the cloud or locally on a micro SD card so it can be reviewed at a later date.

If a wireless security camera does store this footage in a secure area online, this may require a subscription - just like many of the best video doorbells on the market. These services are usually priced from around $3 / £2.50 / AU$4 per month, and as well as offering cloud storage also provide access to a range of functions designed to reduce the number of false-positive alerts you receive. 

One of the best smart speakers can also be connected to a home security camera to offer an audible alert if the camera detects motion, as well as letting you converse with whoever is in the camera’s field of view. If you have one of the best smart displays in your home, you’ll be able to see as well as converse with them, as you can view the camera’s live feed from the smart home device.

A home security camera can also be used in automation, too. For example, if you have a smart lock, it can be set to automatically engage the lock if your home security camera detects motion. 

When it comes to the best home security camera there are a wide range to choose from. Some are mains-powered, while others are battery-operated, which makes them more flexible in where they can be positioned. There are also indoor and outdoor home security cameras to choose from too, which means choosing the right wireless security camera may seem like a daunting task.

We’ve put models from big names such as Ring, Arlo, Google, and Blink to the test to discover which is the best home security camera for 2021.  

Best home security camera 2021

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1. Anker Eufycam 2

The best home security camera you can buy

Resolution: up to 1080p | Footage recording: As much fits onto a 16GB BaseStation | Audio: HD two-way

Clear video record during the day and at night
No monthly subscription needed
365-day battery life is longest on the market
No color night video
Resolution limited to Full HD

In the very crowded world of home security cameras, the Anker Eufycam 2 is a solid mid-range option at an affordable price. While it doesn’t offer the highest recording resolution (you'll need the EufyCam 2 Pro for 2k video), and there’s no color footage at night, for the majority of people this home security camera hits the sweet spot between price and features. 

The claimed 365-day battery life is the longest of any home security camera we’ve tested. In fact, it’s double the battery life of top-of-the-range cameras from Arlo and Ring, which is handy considering the battery isn’t swappable so the camera will be out of action when it needs recharging. It also stores all of its encoded clips directly to the included BaseStation in your living room, which means you don’t have to worry about someone somewhere else in the world looking at footage from your property. It can identify if humans triggered a motion alert, although it can’t identify animals, vehicles, or other sources in the same way as Arlo’s home security cameras can. However, it does offer integration with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri. 

Bottom line? If you want a system that doesn’t cost anything to maintain but still lets you keep a close eye on your home when you’re not there, the Eufycam 2 is great. It gives you complete control with no overhead cost.

Read our full review: Anker Eufycam 2

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2. Arlo Ultra 2

Best home security camera that records in 4K

Resolution: up to 4K (3840x21600) | Footage recording: 30 days with subscription, local storage available | Audio : HD two-way

Extremely detailed color footage
Integration with Alexa, Google Assistant and HomeKit
Smart features reduce false alerts
Most expensive home security camera on the market
Video stored locally can’t be seen in the app

Looking for a home security camera that ensures tiny details are visible in the footage it records, even if the camera's field of view is taking in a large area. The Arlo Ultra 2, which records in 4K offers just this, and is great for mounting high-up on your property, for example looking over your driveway, ensuring you can still read a car number plate on the drive. 

The footage the Arlo Ultra 2 records is extremely clear and detailed, and in color during the day and night, thanks to a built-in LED. It builds on the Arlo Ultra with support for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-F bands and an increased range, which should put an end to connectivity issues. It’s also compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant, and HomeKit, too, and has a range of smart features that help reduce the number of alerts the camera sends you.  

However, the Arlo Ultra 2 will set you back at least $599.99 / £629.99 / AU$799 (it comes in different camera configurations) and if you want to store video to review at a later date, you'll need to subscribe to Arlo Secure at a cost of  $14.99 / £12.99 / AU$21.99 per month if you want to continue storing footage in 4K and making use of the various smart features. There is the ability to store footage locally on a micro SD card in the base station, but these videos can’t be viewed through the Arlo app. 

If that's slightly out of your price range consider the Arlo Pro 3, which also comes with a base station for local storage, or the Arlo Pro 4 that connects directly to your home Wi-Fi network. Both these Arlo camera record in 2k, so still offer detailed footage but are more affordable.  

Read our full review: Arlo Ultra 2  

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3. Google Nest Cam (battery)

Best home security camera for facial recognition

Resolution: up to 1080p | Footage recording: Three hours free, 30 days with subscription | Audio: HD two-way

Clear footage during the day and at night
Facial recognition
Integration with Google Assistant
No color night vision
Camera is out of action when it needs charging

Not only is the Google Nest Cam (battery) a versatile home security camera that can be used outside or indoors thanks to its rechargeable battery, it also benefits from facial recognition. Using the Google Home app, you can assign names to people detected by the camera, and get an alert next time they appear in the camera's field of view.

On test, we found this home security camera was simple to use and recorded clear color footage during the day, although the lack of a built-in spotlight meant video recorded at night was in black and white. Unsurprisingly, it offers Google Assistant integration and even comes with three hours of free storage too, although if you want to review footage captured by the camera after that point, you will need to invest in a Nest Aware subscription. 

We were disappointed that the battery is built-in to the camera, so it'll be out of action when it needs charging, unlike other cameras in this list that offer swappable batteries.  That said it's a versatile camera. 

Google also offers a mains-powered version, known as the Google Nest Cam (wired) although this isn't weather-proof. 

Read our full review: Google Nest Cam (battery) 

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4. Eufy SoloCam E40

Best home security camera with local storage

Resolution: up to 2K (2560x1440) | Footage recording: Local storage | Audio: HD two-way

Great value for money
Detailed footage captured during the day and at night
8GB of built-in local storage
No color night video
Camera is out of action when battery needs recharging

Many of the best home security cameras of the market require an on-going cost in the form of a subscription to a cloud storage service, where video clips can be stored and reviewed at a later date. However, if you’re after a home security camera with the local storage, the Eufy SoloCam E40 is the best on the market in our eyes right now. 

It has 8GB of memory built-in to the camera itself where videos are stored - Eufy says this equates to about a month’s worth of footage, based on 30 detections a day, with each video lasting for 10 seconds. The video it records is detailed, with a resolution of 2K, although while this is in color during the day, it’s only in black and white at night, as the camera lacks any form of spotlight that can illumuniate the video.

However, the battery life isn’t as long as with the EufyCam 2 (above) although at around four months, it’s comparable to cameras from rival brands such as Arlo and Ring. However, the battery is built-in so when it needs recharging, the camera will be out of action. Those compromises aside, it’s great value for money. 

Read our full review: Eufy SoloCam E40

Best indoor home security cameras

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5. Ring Indoor Cam

The best indoor home security camera

Resolution: Up to 1080p HD | Footage recording: 30 days with subscription | Audio: Two-way

Clear footage
Value for money
Requires a subscription
No Google Assistant or HomeKit support

The Ring Indoor Cam is the company's entry-level security camera, and it offers great value for money. Simple to use, it records clear Full HD footage when motion is detected both during the day and at night. 

However, the only way to review footage once it's been captured is if you subscribe to Ring Protect. It’ll cost you $3 / £2.50 / AU$4 per month or $30 / £24.99 / AU$40 for a year but also provides access to handy features like person detection and activity zones, which ensure you're not plagued by unwanted notifications. 

Ring is an Amazon-backed company, so it's no surprise that the only voice integration offered is with Alexa. However, that means it's not suitable if your smart home uses Google Assistant or HomeKit

 Read our full review: Ring Indoor Cam

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The best compact indoor home security camera

Resolution: Up to 1080p HD | Footage recording: Up to 30 days with recording | Audio: Two-way

Extremely affordable
Crisp video quality
Lacks person detection
Local storage requires additional module

One of the most affordable home security cameras on the market, the Blink Mini may be compact but it certainly packs a punch. The full HD footage it records during the day and at night is clear, and we found the camera simple to set-up, and easy to control using the app. 

It offers both cloud storage and local storage, although you’ll need to purchase an additional sync module if you want to use local storage, as unlike the Blink Indoor and the Blink Outdoor (below), this isn't included. There's a free cloud storage trial bundled with the camera, but when it ends it'll set you back $3 / £2.50 per month if you want to continue with that option. 

The Blink Mini lacks person detection, something the only slight more expensive Ring Indoor Cam (above) offers, but for those that want a device with a small footprint, you’ll be hard pushed to do better than the Blink Mini

Read our full review: Blink Mini 

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7. Arlo Essential Indoor camera

The best indoor home security camera for privacy

Resolution: Up to 1080p HD | Footage recording: Up to 30 days with subscription | Audio: Two-way

Clear, detailed video
Privacy shutter
Integration with Alexa and Google Assistant
No HomeKit support
Expensive compared to most affordable home security cameras

Privacy is a huge concern for many when it comes to choosing a home security cameras. If the thought of the camera in your home watching your every move is too much to bear, the Arlo Essential Indoor Camera will be right up your street. 

The privacy shutter can automatically be activated when the camera is disarmed, ensuring that the lens and microphone are disabled so there’s no fear of being watched. 

On test, we found the camera recorded clear full HD footage during the day and at night, although you will need to subscribe to Arlo Secure, which costs $2.99 / £2.49 / AU$4.49 per month, if you want to review footage after it’s been recorded. On top of that it works with Alexa and Google Assistant, although it lacks HomeKit support. 

However, while the Arlo Essentials range is billed as the brand’s affordable offering, it’s more expensive than most affordable home security cameras. 

Read our full review: Arlo Essential Indoor Camera

Best outdoor home security cameras

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8. Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro

Best outdoor home security camera for gardens

Resolution: Up to 1080p | Footage recording: 30 days with subscription | Audio: two-way

Clear video quality
Smart features reduce unwanted alerts
2 x 1,000 lumen spotlights and siren
No free video storage
Requires existing mains wiring

If you're seeking the best outdoor home security camera for your garden, the Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro really is the best on the market right now. The Full HD camera, which records clear video during the day and at night, is flanked by two 1,000 lumen spotlights that can be set to bathe your yard in light if motion is detected, deterring any would-be intruders. 

A built-in laser enables a number of handy smart features such as 3D Motion that will only alert you about motion when the source has passed a set threshold, to ensure you're not plagued by unwanted alerts.  Obviously, as Ring is an Amazon-owned company, it ingrates with Alexa too. 

However, it's not perfect. It requires existing mains-wiring for a sensor light, which may mean you need an electrician to install the camera for you and, like all Ring cameras, there's no free video dotage. To review footage at a later date, you will need a Ring Protect subscription, which starts from $3 / £2.50 / AU$4 per month. 

Read our full review: Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro

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Best outdoor home security camera for battery life

Resolution: Up to 1080p HD | Footage recording: Free local storage or subscription based cloud storageor cloud storage with sub | Audio: two-way

Far longer than usual battery life
Local video storage available
Extremely affordable
No color night video
Lacks person detection

This is one of the most affordable battery-powered outdoor home security cameras on the market right now, and it's also one of the most compact too. 

The Blink Outdoor is simple to use and records clear Full HD video during the day and at night. Powered by two regular AA batteries, Blink promises these will last up to two years, which is staggeringly longer than other affordable security cameras, such as the Ring Stick Up Cam that lasts between three to six months per charge in comparison.

The Full HD footage is clear, although while in color during the day, the lack of any form of light to illuminate the video, means it's in black and white at night, and one other area where it's lacking is person detection. Unlike many affordable home security cameras on the market, it can’t distinguish whether a person, or another source created the motion that triggered an alert. However, for those on a budget it represents good value for money. 

Read our full review: Blink Outdoor

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10. Wyze Cam v3 (US only)

The best budget outdoor home security camera

Resolution: 1080p HD | Footage recording: Free cloud storage | Audio: Two-way

Clear footage during the day and night
Integrated stand
Free cloud service and MicroSD slot for local 
Person detection locked behind paywall
Unreliable sound detection

If you're looking for an outdoor home security camera on a budget, you'll be hard pushed to do better than the Wyze Cam v3. 

This full HD camera records clear footage during the day and at night, comes with free cloud storage for up to 14 days, as well as a Micro SD card slot for local storage, making it a more than worthy competitor to other budget cameras.

It's one of the few outdoor home security cameras with an integrated stand so it doesn't have to be mounted to a wall, although it can be if you'd prefer. That said, it does require a power outlet rather than using a rechargeable battery so its outdoor use may be limited depending upon your set up.

However, if you're not willing to pay for a monthly subscription, you'll miss out on person detection, and on test we found it was unreliable when detecting unusual sounds, as well as motion.

Read our full review: Wyze Cam v3

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11. Swann Spotlight Outdoor Security Camera

The best outdoor home security camera for poor Wi-Fi

Resolution: 1080p HD streaming | Footage recording: Free seven day cloud storage | Audio: two-way

Good value for money
Built-in spotlight and siren
Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections
Unhelpful app
Narrow field of view

More discreet than the Netatmo Smart Outdoor Security Camera (above) this Full HD home security camera has two built-in spotlights that will illuminate automatically if the camera detects motion or heat. 

As well as deterring any potential intruders, the spotlights also ensure footage is recorded in color, even when it's dark, making it easy to see details in the video it stores. On top of that, like other Swann home security cameras, the footage is stored in a secure area online, for free - so there's no need to invest in a monthly subscription, making it great value for money.  

It also can connect to the internet over Wi-Fi or Ethernet, making it ideal for those that struggle to get a reliable Wi-Fi signal outside their home. However, with a field of view of just 110 degrees, this outdoor security camera doesn't offer the same wide viewing angle as others on the market. 

During our review, we found that Swann’s Security app does have some rough edges, and you may need to be patient as you go through the initial set-up process. Even so, the Spotlight Outdoor camera is a good, affordable option for keeping an eye on your garden or other areas outside your home.

Read the full review: Swann Spotlight Outdoor Security Camera 

How we test home security cameras

To ensure the home security cameras we’ve reviewed can be fairly compared, we’ve tested and analysed a number of key features covering style, performance, and practicalities. 

We rated each camera on the quality of the footage it records both during the day, and in the dark, as well as how clear the two-way talk features are, and settings to arm and disarm the camera. For each model, we wanted to know how easy they set-up and installation was, as well as how efficient the camera’s were at delivering motion notifications and whether AI features designed to identify if activity has been created by a personal, animal, vehicle or other source, were accurate. 

Where relevant, we compared the battery life of each model and for cameras that have lights and/or siren we also compared the brightness and loudness,, to see if they are sufficient . We also assessed each model for its durability and design,  looking to see if it comes with handy mounting plates and the ability to adjust the angle of the camera to suit your home.  

What to consider when buying a home security camera

What to consider when buying a home security camera

Start by working out whether you need a home security camera that is weatherproof and can be used outside, or you are looking for a smart security camera you can place inside your home. 

You'll also need to consider how the camera is powered. Some need to be connected to mains power, which may mean you need to employ a professional to install it, whereas other a battery-powered. Look for home security cameras that have swappable batteries, so you can purchase additional batteries and ensure the camera isn’t out of action for several hours when the battery needs recharging. 

The quality of the video the home security camera records in, is also important. Many home security cameras record in Full HD, although there are some that record in a higher resolution of 2k and 4k. While Full HD is sufficient for most homes, if you plan to mount the camera up high so its field of view covers a wide area, higher resolution cameras will mean you can zoom into the footage and still pick out clear details such as car number plates. 

The majority of home security cameras record footage in color during the day, although it's in black and white at night. Some come with an LED that can be triggered when motion is detected, to ensure footage recorded at night is in color, as well as a way to scare off any would-be intruders. Some home security cameras even come with built-in alarms that can be triggered manually from the app, or automatically when motion is detected, to help deter intruders. 

Finally, consider how video the camera captures is stored - does it require a subscription to save video in the cloud so it can go back and be reviewed after it has happened. These start from $2.99 / £2.49 / AU$4.49 per month, so remember to factor in this cost. Some cameras offer local storage so you don’t have any ongoing costs associated with the camera, which can either be in the form of memory built into the camera itself or the ability to add a micro SD card to the camera or base station. 

Do home security cameras need to be plugged in?

When it comes to powering the best home security cameras, not all models need to be plugged in. While there are plenty of mains-powered home security cameras on the market, suitable for both indoors and outside, if you don't have access to a power socket where you want to install your home security camera, then fear not - there are many models that can be powered by a rechargeable battery. 

How long the battery lasts between charges will depend upon how often the camera detects and records motion and how many times the app is used to view the camera's live feed, but you can expect anywhere between one month and one year. Some home security cameras have swappable batteries, while other need to be removed completely to be recharged. 

It's also worth noting that some home security cameras that offer a choice of power method, may only offer certain features, such as activity zones when they're used on mains power. 


Metroid Dread players face game-crashing bug – but a fix is incoming

If you're about to start the excellent Metroid Dread anytime soon, you should be aware that a potentially game-halting bug has slipped through the cracks of this otherwise pretty-polished Nintendo Switch game.

The issue was pointed out by Nintendo's official Twitter account, where it stated that it was aware of the error that halted progress "under a certain condition." The tweet then reassured fans that a fix is coming as part of an October 2021 software update, linking to how players can remedy the bug in the meantime.

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The Metroid Dread error in question occurs towards the end of the game, where if a certain condition is met, the game will crash and shut down, displaying the "software was closed because an error occurred" message before taking you back to the Nintendo Switch dashboard.

In Metroid Dread players are able to leave markers on their map to highlight places of importance. It's here where the error occurs: if a player destroys a certain late game door while a map marker is placed on it, the game will crash.

The fix is relatively simple, then, as Nintendo recommends restarting the game should the crash occur, then removing the map marker before initiating the sequence that involves the destroyable door. Progress should then continue as normal.

Analysis: Good spot, Nintendo

While this particular bug might sound like it'd only be experienced by a handful of users, it might be more common than you think. Map markers are a useful tool in Metroid Dread, especially if you're highlighting spots on the map that contain hidden items if you're going for a 100% completion run. They can also remind players of which direction they need to be going in, should they be returning to the game after stepping away for a while.

Plus, without the knowledge to fix the error provided by the official Nintendo Twitter account, it's not immediately obvious what could be causing it. And as such, players could find themselves caught in a cycle of crashes to the dashboard without knowing what's going on.

We're glad that Nintendo was quick to discover the error, though, and with a software update rolling out so soon, it should be a problem that ceases to exist very soon. 

Metroid Dread continues the series tradition of 'sequence breaking,' meaning to discover areas and power-ups outside of the intended order. This means that skilled players can bypass entire sections of the game, and grab some of Samus' more useful abilities far earlier than intended.

While Dread's level design largely seems to accommodate the existence of sequence breaking players (one boss even has an entirely unique cutscene if you've obtained a certain power-up you're not supposed to have at that point), we do wonder if the game has a breaking point in this regard, especially as speedrunners continue to discover faster, more efficient routes through the game.

With that in mind, it'll be interesting to see just how airtight Metroid Dread is as the game's best players continue to crack the map wide open.