Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Horizon Zero Dawn’s Aloy Is Joining Fortnite

 As part of Fortnite's Primal Season, Horizon Zero Dawn’s Aloy is the latest in the Gaming Legends lineup. With her comes a new Fortnite item addition, special items, a new tournament, and a brand new Limited Time Mode. 

As revealed by the PlayStation Blog, Aloy joins the world of Fortnite with a few familiar items and an adorable heart emote. This Horizon Zero Dawn bundle will go live on April 15, 2021. PlayStation has confirmed that each item can also be bought individually.

The Aloy Cup has also been revealed for a chance to unlock this bundle. The tournament is live now and the top-performing teams in each region will unlock this special item before it lands in the shop for everyone else. 

There is also a new Team Up! Aloy & Lara Limited Time Mode as well. According to PlayStation, "When Fortnite’s current Season began, gaming icon Lara Croft was one of the varied veterans of the wild to join the primal fight. Starting April 16, fellow members of the Gaming Legends series Aloy and Lara are assembling for a new Limited Time Mode: Team Up! Aloy & Lara." "Players will automatically be outfitted as either Aloy or Lara in this Duos mode, with their teammate being outfitted as the other. At your disposal will only be the bow for Aloy and Dual Pistols for Lara — keep an eye out for wildlife and master your crafting skills to upgrade your weapons."

Ryu And Chun-Li From Street Fighter Are Joining Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid

 Ryu and Chun-Li are set to join the roster of Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid on May 25, announced exclusively by IGN,. The pack (which will cost $12.50) includes both fighters and future exclusive skins. If you want just one of the characters, they can be purchased for $6 each. 

In Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid, Ryu transforms into the Crimson Hawk Ranger, while Chun-Li turns into the Blue Phoenix Ranger. Each character has their trademark moves, including Hadouken, Shoryuken, and Spinning Bird Kick.

Ryu and Chun-Li join Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid on May 25. Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia, and PC. 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Apple Planning To Merge HomePod And Apple TV In At Least One Product

Apple may have discontinued the HomePod, but apparently the company still has plans for its wireless speaker. According to a Bloomberg report,  plans to merge HomePod and Apple TV in at least one future product.

Gurman writes: The company is working on a product that would combine an ‌Apple TV‌ set-top box with a ‌HomePod‌ speaker and include a camera for video conferencing through a connected TV and other smart-home functions, according to people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified discussing internal matters. The device’s other capabilities would include standard ‌Apple TV‌ box functions like watching video and gaming plus smart speaker uses such as playing music and using Apple’s Siri digital assistant.

NEO The World Ends With You Coming In July

Square Enix has announced a release date for NEO: The World Ends With You and it will be arriving on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on July 27th. NEO: The World Ends With You is a follow up to the Nintendo DS JRPG The World Ends with You which launched back in 2007.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Samsung’s New Galaxy A Line Up Offers Its Cheapest 5G Phone To Date

 For anyone who doesn’t want to drop a decent amount of cash for a flagship phone, Samsung just revealed a line of new affordable models for the US, including the company’s cheapest 5G smartphone to date.

First up is the $499 Galaxy A52 5G. The A52 packs a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a 4,500mAh battery, a quartet of rear cameras headlined by a 64-megapixel sensor, and one of Qualcomm’s relatively fresh Snapdragon 750G chipsets. As we mentioned last time, the A52 5G is in some ways a more impressive device than the LTE-only Galaxy A72 Samsung announced at the same time, which explains why Samsung didn’t bother bringing that pricier model to the US this year. 

The next step down from there is the Galaxy A42 5G, which pairs the same 750G chipset as its sibling with a more restrained set of specs, 4GB of RAM instead of 6GB, a 13-megapixel front camera instead of the A52’s 32-megapixel one, and one fewer camera around back. The A42 has a 48-megapixel main rear shooter with an f/1.8 aperture, flanked by an 8-megapixel ultra-wide and a 2-megapixel sensor for capturing depth data. The A42 has a couple things going for it that the A52 doesn’t, it’s the only model Samsung announced that supports mmWave 5G, and it has a slightly larger 5,000mAh battery. 

And then there’s the A32 5G, which — at $280 — is the company’s first crack at making a truly inexpensive 5G device. Samsung managed to drive costs down by using one of MediaTek’s Dimensity 720 chipsets with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, along with a 6.5-inch HD+ LCD screen instead of a more visually appealing AMOLED panel (90Hz). Apart from that, the A32 uses the same battery and the same front and rear camera setups as the A42 does, just with one change: the A32 also packs a 5-megapixel macro camera.

Rounding out Samsung’s lineup are the A12 and A02s, which share the same 6.5-inch Infinity-V display. That’s about where the similarities end, though. The $180 A12 runs with a MediaTek P35 chipset, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage, along with an 8-megapixel front camera and a rear quad camera system headlined by a 16-megapixel main sensor. Meanwhile, the $110 A02s is considerably bigger than last year’s model thanks to its whopper of a screen, but you’d do well to keep your expectations for the 13-megapixel main and 2-megapixel macros in check. Similar caution is probably warranted for the A02s’s performance too since it uses a three-year-old Snapdragon 450 chipset, but you could do much worse for price. 

The A42 5G will make its US debut first on April 8th, followed by the A52 5G, A32 5G and A12 on April 9th, and the A02s on April 29th. All phones will get three years of Android updates as well.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Siri Will No Longer Have A Default Voice In iOS

The digital assistant Siri has defaulted to a female voice in North America even since debuting on the iPhone 4s. That’s about to change. With the latest iOS 14.5 beta, TechCrunch reports Apple is introducing two English-speaking voices for Siri and making it so that you can pick the voice you like best when setting up an iOS or HomePod device.

“We’re excited to introduce two new Siri voices for English speakers and the option for Siri users to select the voice they want when they set up their device,” Apple told the publication. “This is a continuation of Apple’s long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion, and products and services that are designed to better reflect the diversity of the world we live in.”

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Has Been Delayed

TT Games have announced on Twitter that they have decided to push back the release of LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. The team were planning to release the game in the spring, but have now decided that the game needs more time. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is set to cover all nine Star Wars saga films in a brand-new LEGO video game. TT Games says that they will announce a revised date for the game when ready.