Monday, August 10, 2020

More Characters Are Coming To Street Fighter V

Capcom announced the next wave of downloadable fighters coming to Street Fighter VThe first character is Dan Hibiki, who made his first appearance in Street Fighter Alpha. Dan's Saikyo style and unique attributes give him a special playstyle in fights, while Street Fighter V gives him the ability to show off his personality more than ever before. Dan is planned to release this winter before the end of 2020.
The second character is also from the Alpha series: Rose. Rose was selected due to her ability to use unique moves harnessing Soul Power. Rose is still in the design phase, but the development team is also planning a stage tied to her character. Rose is planned to join the fight in spring 2021.
Next up is Oro, a character who debuted in Street Fighter III. The popular fighter is an important character to the story, with many ties to other characters in the game. Oro also has a unique playstyle with tricky movements and a high-skill moveset. Oro is planned to join the fight in summer 2021.
The final DLC character announced is Akira Kazama from the Rival Schools franchise. The Capcom team will use the battles in Rival Schools as inspiration for her moveset, and is also planning to implement some unique gimmicks from Rival Schools. Akira is planned to join the fight in summer 2021 after Oro.
Capcom also shared a roadmap for when we should expect these characters, and other updates, to release. One additional character is planned for this season of Street Fighter V DLC, but it will be announced at some point in the future. That character is planned for release in fall 2021.

Android Getting Its Own Version Of iOS AirDrop, Nearby Share

Google has unveiled its tool called Nearby Share that’s basically Android’s version of Apple’s AirDrop sharing feature. It’s now available for select Pixel and Samsung phones, with Google saying it’s continuing to “work with our partners to bring Nearby Share to more smartphones in the Android ecosystem over the next few weeks.”
Nearby Share will let you quickly send and receive files with the people around you and uses a mix of protocols. It’ll show you a list of devices near you, and once you select your recipient, they’ll get an alert to accept or decline your file. Nearby Share will also work with Chromebooks in the coming months and enable easy transfers between your laptop and smartphone. 

Friday, August 7, 2020

10th-Generation Intel Processors And More Come To The 27-Inch iMac

Apple has announced an substantial update to the 27-inch iMac. It features faster Intel processors up to 10 cores, double the memory capacity, next-generation AMD graphics, SSDs across the line with four times the storage capacity, a new nano-texture glass option for the Retina 5K display, a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, higher fidelity speakers, and studio-quality mics.


The all-in-one has the latest 6 and 8-core 10th-generation Intel processors. For pros who need to push iMac even further, the 27-inch iMac has a 10-core processor option for the first time, with Turbo Boost speeds reaching 5.0GHz for up to 65 percent faster CPU performance. And when working with memory-intensive applications, iMac features double the memory capacity for up to 128GB.
Tom Boger, Apple’s senior director of Mac and iPad Product Marketing, says that when compared to the previous-generation 8-core 27-inch iMac, the new all-in-one delivers:
  • Up to 65% more plug-ins in Logic Pro X;
  • Up to 40% faster 8K ProRes transcode in Final Cut Pro X;
  • Up to 35% faster rendering with Arnold in Autodesk Maya;
  • Up to 25 percent faster build time in Xcode.
The 27-inch iMac has more powerful next-generation AMD graphics. Apple says it delivers up to 55% faster graphics performance from its Radeon Pro 5000 series graphics, featuring AMD’s latest RDNA architecture with faster, more power-efficient compute units. For customers using pro apps that can take advantage of large amounts of video memory for even greater performance, iMac features a graphics option with 16GB of memory for the first time — providing double the video memory capacity of the previous-generation 27-inch iMac.

Boger says that when compared to the previous-generation 27-inch iMac with Radeon Pro Vega 48 graphics, the new iMac delivers:
  • Up to 55% faster rendering in Maxon Cinema 4D ProRender;
  • Up to 50% faster demo fly-through in Unity Editor;
  • Up to 45% faster performance in “Total War: Three Kingdoms”;
  • Up to 30% faster timeline rendering in Final Cut Pro X.
The 27-inch iMac now comes standard with SSDs across the line, delivering performance up to 3.4GB/s for launching applications and opening large files. For users who need massive amounts of storage, the all-in-one also features an 8TB SSD option for the first time — four times the SSD capacity of the previous-generation 27-inch iMac.
The new iMac also includes the Apple T2 Security Chip, Apple’s own custom-designed, second-generation silicon. The storage controller in the T2 Security Chip provides on-the-fly data encryption for everything stored on the SSD. And the T2 chip also checks that software loaded during the boot process hasn’t been tampered with.

The new iMac offers a nano-texture glass option — first introduced on Pro Display XDR — for even better viewing under various lighting conditions, such as a bright room or indirect sunlight. Unlike typical matte finishes that have a coating added to the surface to scatter light, this industry-leading option is produced through an innovative process that etches the glass itself at the nanometer level, according to Boger. The result is extremely low reflectivity and less glare while maintaining stellar image quality and contrast, he adds.
The FaceTime HD camera now features 1080p resolution, while the Image Signal Processor in the T2 Security Chip brings tone mapping, exposure control, and face detection for a much higher quality camera experience. To complement the improved camera, the T2 Security Chip also works with the speakers to enable variable EQ for better balance, higher fidelity, and deeper bass. In addition, a new studio-quality microphone array enables users to capture high-quality audio for improved FaceTime calls, podcast recordings, Voice Memos, and more, right on their iMac.
Starting a $1,799 USD, the new 27-inch iMac is available to order today on apple.com and in the Apple Store app. It will begin arriving to customers and will be in select Apple Store locations and Apple Authorized Resellers starting this week. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options, and accessories are available online at apple.com/mac

xCloud Comes To Xbox Game Pass Ultimate In September

Xbox has detailed that subscribers will be able to play a library of more than 100 games when xCloud comes to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription on September 15. This initial roll out will include 22 markets across North America, Europe, and South Korea, and will enable players to game on Android phones and tablets. The list of available titles includes Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Destiny 2, Forza Horizon 4 and more. 
As previously announced, if you're playing on a device other than your Xbox, your profile, friends list, achievements, controller settings, and save data travel with you. Microsoft has intentionally designed xCloud to work even in low-bandwidth situations, requiring a minimum 10Mbps wi-fi connection or LTE mobile connection. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate adds cloud gaming through xCloud on September 15.

Google Pixel 4a Goes On Sale In Late August

Google has announced the Pixel 4a. The phone features a 5.8-inch OLED screen and a  Snapdragon 730G chipset with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It also packs a headphone jack and the same AI-augmented 12MP camera Google has been using in its flagship phones for years. There is one potential catch however, the Pixel 4a only comes in black. The Pixel 4a costs $350 and goes on sale on August 20th. You'll be able to buy unlocked models from Best Buy and Amazon in addition to Google itself, or from carrier partners US Cellular and Verizon.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Spider-Man Coming To Marvel’s Avengers In Early 2021, PlayStation Exclusive

In a post on PlayStation Blog, Crystal Dynamics associate art director Jeff Adams announced that Spider-Man will be coming to Avengers in early 2021. The hero will be available exclusively on PlayStation.
Adam also says this version of the web-slinger is "our own Crystal Dynamics take on Spider-Man," so don't expect any ties to Insomniac's version. 

Sony Reveals What PS4 Peripherals And Accessories Will Work On PS5

Sony has revealed what PlayStation 4 peripherals and accessories will be compatible on PlayStation 5. The standard DualShock 4 controller will work with PlayStation 5, but only for supported PlayStation 4 games. The DualShock 4 cannot be used for PlayStation 5 games. In a post on PlayStation Blog, Sony's Isabelle Tomatis, who works on PlayStation VR, Peripherals Marketing and Licensing, clarifies this stance, saying "We believe that PS5 games should take advantage of the new capabilities and features we’re bringing to the platform, including the features of DualSense wireless controller." This rule also applies to third-party controllers.
Most other accessories are fully compatible with PlayStation 5. This includes the Platinum and Gold Wireless headsets (along with third-party devices that use USB or the audio jack), arcade sticks, flight sticks, and racing wheels. These items will work with with supported PlayStation 4 games and PlayStation 5 games.
The PlayStation Camera is also compatible with PlayStation 5 for PlayStation VR gaming. To use it on the new hardware, players will have to get a PlayStation Camera adaptor that Sony will provide at no additional cost. How do you get the adaptor? More info will be shared at a later date. Tomatis also says that PS Move Motion Controllers will work with supported PS VR games on PlayStation 5.