Thursday, June 30, 2022

Next Gen AirPods Pro Rumored To Have Heart Rate Detection Sensor

According to 52Audio, the next version of AirPods Pro will have a heart rate detection sensor that will gather and analyze the wearer's inner ear data to monitor heart rate. According to the report, the heart rate monitoring sensor may also measure temperature.

In terms of audio performance, 52audio believes that the Apple AirPods Pro 2 will mimic the acoustic characteristics of the AirPods 3, which are equipped with a combination of bespoke high-amplitude drive units and high-dynamic-range amplifiers, resulting in sensitive sound quality. It will also feature self-adaptive equalization, spatial audio for dynamic head tracking, audio sharing, and other functionalities, according to the report, "offering a full wireless audio experience.

The AirPods Pro 2 are said to have a completely new design that eliminates the small stem that protrudes from the bottom for a look similar to the Beats Fit Pro. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes the new AirPods Pro will increase shipments to well above 100 million.

Metroid Prime Remaster Is Said To Release This Holiday

Video game journalist Jeff Grubb, who has recently been on a roll with gaming leaks, has spoken with the team at Giant Bomb about Nintendo's holiday 2022 lineup and has been told "pretty definitively" that one of the games is the long-rumored Metroid Prime remaster. Nintendo appears to be remastering the original Metroid Prime, rather than the complete trilogy, which began on the GameCube and ended on the Wii with Metroid Prime 3. We'll have to wait and see what happens.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Overwatch 2 Will Replace Overwatch When It Enters In Early Access

 During a recent Reddit AMA, the Overwatch 2 team from Blizzard Entertainment answered questions from the community on the state of the franchise and the planned pseudo-sequel to its famous hero shooter. In one response, Blizzard confirms an important fact regarding OW2 when it launches in Early Access in the first week of October: it will completely replace the original Overwatch.

We’re using the term Early Access to indicate that this is just the start of many new things coming to the game. We’re launching with new heroes, maps and features, but there are even more of these coming seasonally – every 9 weeks. We recently released a roadmap detailing some of this content, with a new hero coming in Seasons 1 and 2, and a new map in Season 2. Additionally, larger pieces of the game that have always been a part of the vision for OW2 will be released to the game as part of the live service, including the launch of the PvE Campaign next year.”

Overwatch 2 will take the place of the original game and build off of it, rather than being a standalone software on your preferred console or the Blizzard launcher. While Overwatch 1 and 2 have always been scheduled to be linked into a single client and general roadmap, this is the first time Blizzard has publicly said that Overwatch 1 would be phased out fully when the sequel comes. Get your 6v6 games in now because they will not be available once OW2 Early Access is out.

This comment also mentions when PvE content will be available in OW2. Its first Early Access material this year will update the PvP experience with new heroes, maps, modes, and so on, but the much-touted narrative content for the sequel will arrive in 2023 instead of with the rest of the bundle. Overwatch 2 will be available for free on the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Switch, and PC on October 4.

Monday, June 27, 2022

Mouse And Keyboard Support Finally Coming To Xbox Cloud Gaming

 As the service's latency improves, Xbox Cloud Gaming will offer mouse and keyboard support soon.

As part of Xfest, Xbox revealed that mouse and keyboard functionality for titles playable over xCloud, Microsoft's cloud gaming service included with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, will be available shortly. Developers may begin implementing mouse and keyboard support immediately, and functionality will be introduced upon launch.

Xbox Cloud Gaming is accessible on mobile devices, desktop computers, and Samsung televisions. On PC, the service now only supports gamepads, but gamers will soon be able to play games using a mouse and keyboard.

Friday, June 24, 2022

Pokemon Snap Is Available Today For Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack

It would be an understatement to say that the Nintendo Switch Online vintage libraries have been expanding. After years of adopting a slow-drip of new titles, Nintendo has suddenly
abandoned this strategy. Indeed, several vintage games have been added to their retro collections in the previous few months.

Pokemon Snap will be added to the Nintendo 64 catalog of titles accessible on Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack on June 24th. The official tweet is seen below.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Blizzard Details Overwatch 2 Season 1 And Beyond

It was recently confirmed that Overwatch 2 would be available for free on all platforms and will include a Battle Pass, as do most other free-to-play games these days. This has split some of the game's fans, but as they say, the proof is in the pudding, so we'll have to wait until October 4th to see how the economic model succeeds. For the time being, the Blizzard team has put out a release schedule, with Season 1 launching off on October 4th, and Season 2 starting off on December 9th.

This time around Blizzard says there won’t be loot boxes, which were very much present in the first Overwatch game, stating that in Overwatch 2 the players can acquire the items they want directly through the Battle Pass, which is very much like there current systems in the popular, Fortnite. Overwatch 2 will also feature cross-progression, which is certainly handy if you own more than one system. 

October 4 – Season 1 begins:

  • Three new Heroes: Sojourn, Junker Queen, and a yet to be revealed Support Hero
  • Five new maps: New York, Rome, Monte Carlo, Portugal and Rio
  • New mode: Push

December 9 – Season 2 begins:

  • New Tank hero
  • New map
  • 30+ new skins
  • Mythic skin

2023 and onward:

  • New Heroes
  • New maps
  • New modes
  • 100+ new skins
  • PvE begins

Overwatch 2 Content Bundle Includes Skins And Beta Access

Overwatch 2 will be available as a free-to-play Early Access release on consoles and PC later this year. With the shift in revenue model, Blizzard Entertainment is now providing a bundle for the next game that includes a slew of cosmetics and bonuses, including beta access. However, it will cost you roughly the full price of a game.

Overwatch 2's first DLC package, named the Overwatch Watchpoint Pack, costs $39.99 and includes a game you can play right now. It's the Legendary Edition of the first Overwatch, which comes with some extra skins for characters and is likely required for the second element of the bundle; buyers will also gain access to the upcoming Overwatch 2 beta, which begins on June 28. When the game enters Early Access proper in October, the Watchpoint Pack will cover the cost of the initial season pass while also providing skins, in-game money, and other benefits.

Here are the entire contents of the Watchpoint Pack: 

  • Guaranteed access to the Overwatch 2 PvP Crossplay Beta (Beta begins June 28th, 2022)
  • Overwatch: Legendary Edition (includes five (5) Legendary Skins and five (5) Epic Skins)
  • Additional content granted to purchasers at the release of Overwatch 2 on October 4th
  • Premium Battle Pass: Season 1 - Two (2) Overwatch
  • 2 Legendary Hero Skins - Space Raider Soldier 76 and Space Raider Cassidy
  • 2000 Overwatch 2 Virtual Currency - Overwatch
  • 2 Player Icon (Overwatch 2 Watchpoint Pack pre-purchase exclusive)

The Overwatch 2 Watchpoint Pack is available on all platforms Overwatch 2 which will be available for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4,  Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.