E3 2021 has indeed launched. And while we have to wait until Tuesday to see what Nintendo has in store – not to mention the lack of a standalone Sony event – the Summer Game Fest gave us a good look at the highly anticipated. Ancient ring.
FromSoftware’s latest game draws the creative talent of no less than George RR Martin for history as well as an array of creatures and enemies that can only be described as nightmare fuel.
This may have been the major reveal of the blockbuster, but it came at the end of a barrage of trailers that included Death Stranding: Director’s Cup (what did they cut?), a fantastic theme Borders spin-off, a disappointing appearance by Jeff Goldblum for a new Jurassic Park game and a lengthy appearance by Weezer. There were also new trailers for Tales of Arise, Endless Dungeon, Monster Hunter Stories 2 and news on about 20 other games. It was, well, a lot. How am I supposed to make progress in Ratchet and Clank with all that E3 stuff to cover? The next big show will be Ubisoft, and it kicks off Saturday at 3 p.m. ET. A brief reprieve, therefore, for today.
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1,020 peak horsepower and 390 miles of range.
While automaker Elon Musk is still launching the Roadster and Cybertruck, it’s ready to start shipping a new, more capable version of the Model S. Going out of Ludicrous mode, this sports EV goes Plaid thanks to a three-motor setup which, along with other improvements, like a new heat pump and radiator, is able to cycle repeatedly at high speed. According to Musk, when it comes to the Plaid’s 0-60 MPH in under two seconds capacity, “This car can do it over and over again and it doesn’t run out of steam.”
The Tesla event was also an opportunity to show the redesigned elements of each new Model S and Model Y. This includes the PS5 caliber infotainment system, which can operate Cyberpunk 2077 at 60 fps, dramatically improved rear seats, a steering yoke, and the shifter that isn’t there. But the Plaid was the star of the show, and it’s available for purchase if you’ve got around $ 130,000 to spare and can expect Tesla to ramp up production over the next few months. Continue reading.
Almost certainly before the arrival of Martin’s “The Winds of Winter”.
Two years after it was first revealed in last E3, we’ve got a good look at FromSoftware’s upcoming Souls-ish game. Not only is the New World co-created by George RR Martin, there was apparently help from the old one as well. Game of thrones Staff. While we’ve seen some in-game action, it’s still not entirely clear how Ancient ring will play, but expect tortured beasts, plenty of deaths, and a grim world to explore. Continue reading.
The Xbox experience is also built into smart TVs.
Just days before Microsoft’s big E3 livestream, Microsoft decided to reveal that Xbox is working with global TV makers to get Game Pass on smart TVs. Since a Game Pass Ultimate subscription unlocks the capabilities of the cloud, this feature will allow people to play Xbox titles with just a controller, no console required. Think of it as Chromecast for Xbox. Additionally, the company has officially announced that it is building a video game streaming stick, as announced late last year. This means that you can equip your TV for xCloud without having to buy a new one. Continue reading.
You have until June 17 to snag the great paranormal adventure for free.
In case you are not replaying Mass Effect or Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade (what title), maybe you can distract yourself from all the new E3 titles with Control, a pretty awesome game that’s currently free to download from the Epic Games Store. Continue reading.
A small drone for full frame cameras.
Sony has officially launched the Airpeak S1 drone – the same professional cinema drone that it first revealed during a virtual presentation at CES earlier this year. The company claims it is the “world’s smallest drone” that can use its full-frame mirrorless interchangeable-lens alpha cameras to shoot high-definition footage. The Airpeak S1 can last 22 minutes in the air without a payload and up to 12 minutes with a camera in tow. It has a top speed of 55.9 MPH, can remain stable in winds up to 44.7 MPH, and is equipped with five image sensors. These sensors help to estimate the spatial position and orientation of the aircraft in real time. As you might expect, this high-tech drone comes at a steep price: $ 10,000. And no, that doesn’t include a camera. Continue reading.
The 0.64 micron pixels are the smallest in the industry.
Samsung is pushing the limits of pixel size even further with its latest smartphone camera sensor. The ISOCELL JN1 packs 50 megapixels in a small 1 / 2.76 inch form factor for a pixel size of just 0.64 micrometers. Why should we care? Well, the small size of the sensor will be useful for multi-camera setups, and future phones could use the sensor for front, ultra-wide, telephoto, or standard cameras, depending on the configuration and resolution required. It will also reduce the thickness of the camera modules by around 10%, Samsung said, which means either thinner devices or more space for other tech. Continue reading.
NMPA has also launched a takedown campaign against Twitch.
The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) has filed a $ 200 million lawsuit against Roblox for authorizing the illegal use of songs in the streams. It also launched a “major acceleration” of its takedown campaign against Twitch for the failure of the Amazon platform to license music.
NMPA Chairman David Israelite said Roblox, with 42 million daily active users, had “taken virtually no action” to prevent copyright infringement. Israelite added that Amazon’s Twitch live streaming service was still unable to authorize the music. As such, it has stepped up its takedown campaign and will continue to remove music that Amazon apparently won’t pay for. Roblox has yet to respond to the lawsuit. Continue reading.
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