E3 2021 has really started. And although we have to wait until Tuesday to see what Nintendo is planning – let alone the lack of any stand-alone Sony event – Summer Game Fest gave us a proper look at the long-awaited Elden Ring.
FromSoftware’s latest game draws the creative talent of no less than George RR Martin for the story, as well as a number of creatures and enemies that can not be described in any other way than nightmare fuel.
It may have been the big success of the revelation, but it came at the end of a barrage of followers that included Death Stranding: Director’s Cut (what did they cut?), a fantasy theme Borderlands spin-off, an overwhelming Jeff Goldblum look for a new Jurassic Park game and a long-lasting look by Weezer. There were also new trailers too Tales of Arise, Endless Dungeon, Monster Hunter Stories 2 and news on around 20 other games. That was, well, a lot. How am I meant to make progress in Ratchet and Clank with all these E3 things to cover? The next big presentation comes from Ubisoft, and it starts on Saturday at 15:00 ET. A brief postponement for today.
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1020 top horsepower and 390 miles range.
While Elon Musk’s car company is still hovering on the Roadster and Cybertruck, it’s ready to start shipping a newer version of the Model S. By going from Ludicrous Mode, this sport EV goes to Plaid with permission for a three-engine setup that – along with other upgrades, such as a new heat pump and radiator – are capable of achieving repeated high-speed runs. According to Musk, when it comes to Plaids under-two-second 0 to 60 MPH capability, “This car can do it over and over again, and there will be no wind.”
The Tesla event also served as an opportunity to showcase the redesigned elements that come with each new Model S and Model Y. It includes the PS5-caliber infotainment system, which can run Cyberpunk 2077 at 60 frames per second, improved rear seats, handlebar and gearshift that are not there. But Plaid was the star of the show, and it’s available for purchase if you have $ 130,000 or so left over and can wait while Tesla increases production in the coming months. Continue reading.
Almost definitely before Martin’s ‘The Winds of Winter’ comes here.
Two years after it was unveiled last E3, we’ve got a good look at FromSoftware’s next Souls-ish game. Not only is the New World co-created by George RR Martin, but there was apparently also some help from the past Game of Thrones employees. While we saw some action in the game, it is still not entirely clear how Elden Ring will play, but expect tortured animals, much dying and a gloomy world to explore. Continue reading.
The Xbox experience is also baked into smart TVs.
Just days before Microsoft’s big E3 livestream, Microsoft decided to reveal that Xbox is working with global TV producers to get Game Pass on smart TVs. Considering a Game Pass Ultimate subscription unlocks the cloud features, this feature will allow people to play Xbox titles with just one controller, no console required. Think of it as the Chromecast for Xbox. In addition, the company officially announced that it is building a streaming stick for video games, which teased late last year. This means you can equip your TV for xCloud without having to buy a new one. Continue reading.
You have until June 17 to catch the amazing paranormal adventure for free.
In case you did not play again Mass effect or Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade (what a title), maybe you can distract from all the new E3 titles with Control, a pretty brilliant game that is currently free to download from the Epic Games Store. Continue reading.
A small drone for full format cameras.
Sony has officially launched the Airpeak S1 drone – the same professional film drone it first unveiled at a CES virtual presentation earlier this year. The company says it is “the world’s smallest drone” that can use full-frame alpha cameras with mirrorless, interchangeable lenses to shoot HD footage. Airpeak S1 can last for 22 minutes in the air without payload and up to 12 minutes with a camera in tow. It has a maximum speed of 55.9 MPH, can stay stable in winds up to 44.7 MPH and is equipped with five image sensors. These sensors help to estimate the aircraft’s spatial position and orientation in real time. As you might expect, this high-tech drone comes at a high price: $ 10,000. And no, that does not include a camera. Continue reading.
0.64 micrometer pixels are the smallest in the industry.
Samsung pushes the boundaries of pixel sizes again with its latest smartphone camera sensor. ISOCELL JN1 fits 50 megapixels in a small 1 / 2.76-inch format for a pixel size of only 0.64 micrometers. Why should we care? Well, the small sensor size will be useful for multi-camera setup, and future phones may use the sensor for front-facing, ultra-wide, telephoto or standard cameras, depending on the setup and resolution required. It will also reduce the thickness of the camera module by around 10 percent, Samsung said, which means either slimmer devices or more space for other technology. Continue reading.
NMPA also launched a removal campaign against Twitch.
The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) has filed a $ 200 million lawsuit against Roblox for allowing illegal use of songs in streams. It has also launched a “major upgrade” of the removal campaign against Twitch for the Amazon platform’s lack of licensing of music.
NMPA President David Israelite said Roblox, with 42 million daily active users, “has taken virtually no action” to prevent copyright infringement. Israelite added that Amazon’s live streaming service Twitch is still unable to license music. As such, it has stepped up its removal campaign and will continue to remove music that Amazon reportedly does not pay for. Roblox has not yet responded to the lawsuit. Continue reading.
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