#62 Everything Unveiled At Apple’s October Event

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Apple’s new MacBook Air blows the regular MacBook out of the water on price and power

Apple finally gave the MacBook Air a big upgrade. I only spent a few minutes with it Tuesday, but I already think it’s the Apple laptop that most people will probably buy. By size, it fits right between the regular MacBook and the MacBook Pro. In cost, it’s cheaper than both. It starts at $1,199 — admittedly more expensive than the original $999 MacBook Air — but it’s more powerful than the smaller standard MacBook, which starts at $1,299. It’s sort of weird, and I can’t think of many reasons to buy the smaller and more expensive MacBook, unless you just want a bit more portability. Given that iPad sales have continued to outpace Mac sales, however, its strongest competition might be Apple’s new iPad Pros.

Apple iPad Pro specs compared: how the iPads stand out

Apple announced new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros in New York today, which now come with Face ID, a USB-C charging port, and a new “Liquid Retina” display. Aesthetically, they’ve got slimmer bezels that only come in black, like the new MacBook Airs. The black bezels, when paired with the Smart Keyboard Folio, make the iPad Pro look closer to a laptop than it ever has before. They also allow for the 11-inch model display to fit a bigger screen into the same overall dimensions as the prior 10.5-inch model. The iPads also lose their home buttons entirely in favor of the iOS 12 gesture controls found in Apple’s new iPhones. Swiping across the various edges of the screen now brings up the home screen, lets you switch apps, and pull up the Control Center, Notification Center, and Dock.

Apple Launches New Mac Mini: Up to 6 Cores, 64 GB RAM, 2 TB SSD, & TB3

Apple on Tuesday introduced its first new small form-factor PC in four years. The new Mac mini is based on Intel’s latest Coffee Lake processors with up to six cores and improves the SFF system in almost all ways possible, making the miniature PC almost as capable as regular desktops. With that said, the considerably higher performance enabled by the new Mac mini also comes at higher price points when compared to the predecessors. Apple’s Mac mini desktops are designed for SOHO market segment as well as everyday workloads that normally do not require very capable hardware. Meanwhile, historically Apple used mobile processors for its Mac mini, which the company found good enough for the market segment. With its 2018 SFF desktops Apple is changing the game here: the company now calls its Mac mini a “workhorse” and therefore uses Intel’s custom 8th Gen Core CPUs with four or six cores operating at 4.6 GHz Turbo Boost frequency. In a bid to cool the processor down, Apple uses a brand-new cooling system featuring a blower.

SWITCH SALES PASS 22 MILLION, ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD HITS 10 MILLION COPIES SOLD

The Nintendo Switch continues to be a sales success, with Nintendo’s latest financial report placing the console at nearly 23 million units sold since its launch last year. In a new earnings report, Nintendo revealed that over the last six months the Switch has managed to sell more than 5 million units, with a slight increase in sales compared to this time last year. The new numbers now mean the Switch has almost doubled sales of the Wii U, and has overtaken GameCube’s total figure.

Old School RuneScape is officially available on Android as a free-to-play release

Back in September Jagex announced that Old School RuneScape would be releasing on Android on October 30th, and lo and behold, OSR Mobile is now officially available on the Play Store as a free-to-play release. That’s right, the members beta is finally over, which means OSR Mobile no longer requires a subscription to jump in and enjoy its classic MMORPG gameplay.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Is Beautiful on Xbox One X, Deserves PC Release

In the weeks leading up to the release of Red Dead Redemption 2, much of the focus has been on Rockstar’s labor conditions. Not only have company reps repeatedly put their feet in their mouths regarding crunch and credit, but Kotaku’s own Jason Schreier wrote up a wonderful article with dozens upon dozens of sources from both past and present Rockstar staff. The conversation that’s been happening has been at least partially fruitful, and we’re all better off knowing more about how our games get made by real people. With the legitimate and serious concerns about the various Rockstar studios in mind, there’s no doubt that the countless devs who have worked hard for years on end are excited for the world to finally play the game. Let’s jump in, and see exactly what this worldwide team has been toiling over since the release of GTA V.

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#55 GameWisp Is Shutting Down

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The Fancy Display Tech Samsung Apparently Wants for Its Future Phones Sounds Amazing

Samsung is one of the clear leaders in mobile display tech, and its screens are found in a wide range of flagship devices including its own Galaxy phones and those of its biggest competitors like Apple. However, one of the biggest complaints about the Galaxy S9 is that looks virtually identical to last year’s device, a sentiment that arose largely due to the fact that Samsung didn’t do much to change up the S9’s screen. However, based on a number of leaks and rumors, that may not be an issue for Samsung’s next big phone, which could boast one of the most advanced mobile displays yet.

GameWisp is Saying Goodbye

The GameWisp subscription platform will be shutting its doors in January of 2019. For more than half a decade, we’ve had the privilege of being a part of the gaming content ecosystem and working with countless amazing creators. In that time, the world of “Let’s Plays” and the earliest of Twitch streams has turned from niche internet trend to a fundamental part of pop culture, and it’s been an absolute honor to have been along for the ride.

INTEL IS PREPARING FOR A DUAL-SCREEN COMPUTER FUTURE

At Intel’s headquarters in Santa Clara, California, Dieter Bohn got the chance to see the development process for two prototype devices that could be an early look at what might be coming next for computers. They’re dual-screen tablets that are unlike anything that’s on the market today, but they’re also very far from being finished products you’d want to use.

Microsoft has a platinum edition Xbox One X bundle, but there’s a catch

Microsoft is set to release a special limited edition Xbox One X bundle that includes the console and an Elite wireless controller in a sleek platinum finish. The package deal also contains 3-month subscriptions to Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold. The whole bundle is worth about $600. There’s just one catch — it’s not for sale. Microsoft is partnering with Taco Bell in a cross-promotion. Starting on Thursday, October 18, and going through November 21, anyone who orders a $5 “Double Chalupa Box” from Taco Bell will receive a code that they can submit online or via text message that will enter them to win one of the platinum beauties.

‘Rocket League’ cross-platform profiles delayed until 2019

Rocket League’s cross-platform profile system, RocketID, has been pushed back until early next year. Psyonix said that it’s working “incredibly hard to ensure that it’s as intuitive, stable and polished as possible, before releasing it to the world.” When it arrives, RocketID will enable cross-platform parties and friend connections.

‘Friday Night Fortnite’ Tournament: Start/End Times, Rules, Scoring, Prizes And How To Enter

It would be easy to be confused about the name, but take note: this is not Friday Fortnite, the Keemstar-hosted Fortnite tournament that served as the first major professional Fortnite event. Keemstar’s Friday Fortnite was eventually cancelled after Epic kept scheduling Fall/Summer Skirmish events on Friday night, and as a sort of nail in the coffin the developer has apparently decided to start holding its own in-game weekly tournament and naming it Friday Night Fortnite. The first one starts tonight, so read on for rules, timing, scoring and more.

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Microsoft Is Bringing Back 19 More Original Xbox Games Like Star Wars Classics

Six Star Wars games, Conker, Blinx, Jade Empire, Morrowin are just some of the games that will have backwards compatibility.

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Microsoft just announced a list of original Xbox games that are now playable on the latest generation hardware. They will be split into two waves but will all be available this month!

The list includes fan favourites like The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind, Panzer Dragoon Orta and Jade Empire. Fans would also be happy to note that half a dozen Star Wars games would also be included in the list of backward compatibility games.

If you have these discs lying around in your attic, you can readily use them on your latest Xbox Ones as the disc versions would now be compatible. Users can also download a digital copy of the game from the Microsoft Store.

Here’s the list of games that are going to be available on the 16th of April:

  • Blinx: The Time Sweeper
  • Breakdown
  • Conker: Live & Reloaded
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
  • Hunter: The Reckoning
  • Jade Empire
  • Panzer Dragoon Orta
  • SSX 3

And here are the ones that will be given backwards compatibility on the 26th of April:

  • Destroy All Humans!
  • Full Spectrum Warrior
  • Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
  • MX Unleashed
  • Panzer Elite Action: Fields of Glory (Europe only)
  • Star Wars: Battlefront
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
  • Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
  • Star Wars: Republic Commando

Major nostalgia alert indeed!

Hello Games: No Man’s Sky Xbox One Release Coming, Big Update Announced

Game developer Hello Games announced that a huge update is coming to No Man’s Sky. The update will be rolled out to Xbox One gaming console. Thus, fans should expect the game’s Xbox One release come 2018.

 

Hello Games added that the big update would be rolled out to PS4 and PC this year for free. This means that No Man’s Sky previous expansions would be included in the Xbox One release. These expansions are Foundation, Pathfinder, and Atlas Rises.

 

No Man’s Sky Xbox One Release Is Coming

 

And if you are an avid No Man’s Sky fans, you could expect that the upcoming update would also be pre-installed. What’s amazing about the No Man’s Sky’s Xbox One release is that it has an enhanced features.

The game developer announced that the Xbox One X has now with HDR capabilities. It did not add more details about the feature that was announced. It can be recalled that No Man’s Sky was released exclusively to PS4 and PC back in 2016.

 

Moreover, the game’s upcoming update is expected to be rolled out for free to PS4 and PC players, respectively. In case you don’t know, Hello Games considered the update as “an important next step in a journey for No Man’s Sky.”

 

“No Man’s Sky is immediately a massive game with impressive seamless transitions from ground to space, and it will entertain your inner collector for a while,” Peter Brown, a critic of the No Man’s Sky gave a review of the popular sci-fi game.

 

“The more you get to know it, the more you recognize its faults, and it’s easy to fall so deep into the act of exploring and trading that your focus narrows to those aspects alone. If, however, you consider everything it has to offer and listen to what Atlas has to say, No Man’s Sky becomes more than a collection of slightly different worlds in a seemingly never-ending galaxy–it becomes an examination of the meaning of life in a way that’s more valuable than all the gold or starships in its virtual galaxy,” he told Gamespot.

Microsoft Xbox One X Has Three Key New Features Edging PS4

Xbox One X console users have something to cheer about. This comes after software giant Microsoft announced three major features for its gaming console.

 

Xbox One X three new features

 

The first feature that Microsoft announced is the support for FreeSync for both the Xbox One X and Xbox One S, respectively. This feature was announced by Microsoft during the company’s recent Inside Xbox episode.

 

The FreeSync support for both the Xbox One X and Xbox One S would be rolled out via a software update. This would eventually enable both the S and X consoles to fix the problematic frame rates of the game. The fluctuating frame rates are said to have produced by AMD’s FreeSync capable Radeon displays.

 

For gamers, the FreeSync support is a deal breaker. Why? Because it would remove what they called as the “tearing” when a screen is trying to cope with the various frame rate in the game engine.

 

Further, they claimed that the new feature had been rolled out on PC. And rolling out this to gaming consoles would further enhance their gaming experience. Other gamers claim that this feature would be working in Samsung 2018 televisions.

 

Apart from the FreeSync support, the software giant has also announced the Automatic Game Mode switching. This second feature would give the ability to gamers to automatically program TV/displays to switch game picture preset mode for Xbox One X and S.

 

Lastly, Microsoft early on announced about the Automatic Game Mode switching for Xbox One X and S. This would allow gamers to instruct compatible TV/displays to switch to their ‘Game’ picture preset mode.

Microsoft Xbox One X Launched: A Price and Release Date Peak

XBox One X is expected to be available in India According to Microsoft

Last Tuesday, Microsoft announced at a media event in New Delhi the release of XBox One X and the price in India. This will be the company’s answer to Sony’s PS4 Pro. The XBox One X price is said to be Rs. 44,990 (around $706). This will be available starting Tuesday at Amazon, Flipkart, Croma, Landmark, and Microsoft India stores.

The company has a comprehensive retail distribution plan for India, said by Priyadarshi Mohapatra, Country General Manager, Consumer and Devices Sales, Microsoft India at the launch event.

But before this announcement, the XBox One X was supposed to be released last January 15. Microsoft admitted that it was an error on their part and that time they were still supplying requirements.

It was a great news to see Microsft release the XBox One X although there was a problem on Sony PS4 Pro’s supplies issues in India. It’s new from the company’s usual wait time that saw the XBox One S release almost a year and a half after the rest of the world. Also, the original XBox One hitting the country nearly a year after everywhere else.

Reviewing the XBox One X around its international launch, it’s an excellent choice right now. Also the price of PC components being expensive just adds to the value. If you have a 4K TV or planning to have one, then, this one is right for you. With the help of a good Internet connection, you’re good to go. But if you have a PS4 Pro or a PS4, it could add up to be a decent complimentary system. Also more developers support it in terms of XBox One X enhancements.