Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Apple Delays Release Of Digital ID Cards To 2022

Apple has pushed back the rollout of a feature that would allow you to store your ID in the Wallet app. Apple says the functionality will arrive sometime in early 2022, according to an update to the iOS 15 website seen by MacRumors. Previously, the company had intended to launch in late 2021.

Apple announced that the tool would enable you link your driver's license or state ID card to Apple Wallet in the same way that you would a credit or debit card. Select Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints at some US airports will be among the first to offer the capability. 

You'll be able to submit your ID to the TSA using your iPhone or Apple Watch at those locations. You won't have to hand over your iPhone or Apple Watch to a TSA agent because you'll be tapping your device on an identity reader.

Apple stated in September that the functionality would be available in eight states at launch, starting with Arizona and Georgia and then moving on to Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah. Apple stated that businesses and venues would be included later, in addition to TSA checks.

Apple has not given a particular release date for the feature other than early 2022. It's evident that it won't be included in iOS 15.2. That update is still under beta testing, and it doesn't support saving digital IDs.

Xbox Live Games With Gold For December 2021

Here are the Games with Gold games for December 2021. Below you can see the full list of games and when they will be available. 

Xbox One X/S

  • The Escapists 2 - Available from December 1-31
  • Tropico 5 : Penultimate Edition - Available from December 16 - January 15

Xbox 360 

  • Orcs Must Die! - Available from December 1-15
  • Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet - Available from December 16-31

Epic Games Buys Harmonix To Improve In Game Concerts

Harmonix, the studio behind Rock Band and Dance Central, has been bought by Epic Games. In the near future, the two intend to develop "musical adventures for Fortnite."

Epic's interest in the studio makes a lot of sense when viewed in this light. Apart from many corporate agreements, Fortnite is best recognized for its virtual concerts at this moment. A number of prominent singers, including as Ariana Grande and Travis Scott, have sparked a lot of interest in the game in the previous two years. In the latter scenario, more than 12.3 people were watching Scott's performance at the same time.

Meanwhile, Harmonix says it will continue to support its current game lineup. This implies that Rock Band fans can expect more DLC, and Fuser fans can expect the studio to continue holding events. Also, any game that's currently available through Steam will continue to be sold through Valve's storefront.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Rockstar Games Apologizes For Grand Theft Auto Trilogy Issues

Rockstar Games has taken to their website to apologize to fans for the issues surrounding the recently released Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition. The company says that it is sorry for launching the game in the state it was in and acknowledge that the trilogy should have spent more time in the oven before releasing to the general public. They said that the Trilogy is very important to them, as whatever you think of them, they are a part of cultural history and will be adding the classic PC versions of Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas back to the Rockstar Store after they were removed. As an apology, Rockstar Games have stated that everyone who has purchased Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition for PC from the Rockstar Store through June 30, 2022, will receive the classic versions in their Rockstar Games Launcher library at no additional cost.

Message from Rockstar Games:

Hi everyone,

We want to provide an update regarding the unexpected technical issues that came to light as part of the launch of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition.

Firstly, we want to sincerely apologize to everyone who has encountered issues playing these games.

The Grand Theft Auto series — and the games that make up this iconic trilogy — are as special to us as we know they are to fans around the world. The updated versions of these classic games did not launch in a state that meets our own standards of quality, or the standards our fans have come to expect.

We have ongoing plans to address the technical issues and to improve each game going forward. With each planned update, the games will reach the level of quality that they deserve to be.

A new Title Update is on the way in the coming days for all versions of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition that will address a number of issues. We will update everyone as soon as it is live.

In the meantime, it pains us to mention that we are hearing reports of members of the development teams being harassed on social media. We would kindly ask our community to please maintain a respectful and civil discourse around this release as we work through these issues.

While one of the goals of the Definitive Editions was to allow players to enjoy these games on modern platforms for many years to come, we also understand that some of you would still like to have the previous classic versions available for purchase.

We will be adding the classic PC versions of Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas back to the Rockstar Store shortly as a bundle. Additionally, everyone who has purchased Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition for PC from the Rockstar Store through June 30, 2022, will receive these classic versions in their Rockstar Games Launcher library at no additional cost. We will update everyone as soon as these are back in the Rockstar Store.

Once again, we’d like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding while we work through these updates to ensure these games meet everyone’s justifiably high standards.

Rockstar Games

MultiVersus Features Characters Like Arya Stark, Bugs Bunny, Batman And More

Warner Bros. Games has announced MultiVersus, a free-to-play platform fighter game featuring team-based 2v2 combat between characters like Batman, Bugs Bunny, and Arya Stark. 

“Featuring matches with a strong emphasis on online cooperative gameplay, every fighter will be outfitted with a deep set of combat mechanics that distinguish the game’s fresh take on 2 vs. 2 gameplay,” a press release about the announcement reads. “This allows combatants to boast customizable movesets that combine dynamically with other characters as they battle for supremacy. From Wonder Woman and her Lasso truth attack being unexpectedly paired with Shaggy and his sandwich projectile, to Arya Stark’s face-swapping ability being used to complement Superman’s laser vision, the impossible can become possible through surprising team combinations and matchups.” 

One fascinating feature about MultiVersus is the voice cast, which features many of the original or best-known voice actors for these characters. 

Here are the characters and voice actors behind them that Warner Bros. Games revealed today: 

Batman, voiced by Kevin Conroy

Superman, voiced by George Newbern

Wonder Woman, voiced by Abby Trott

Harley Quinn, voiced by Tara Strong

Shaggy, voiced by Matthew Lillard

Bugs Bunny, voiced by Eric Bauza

Tom and Jerry, voiced by Eric Bauza

Arya Stark, voiced by Maisie Williams

Jake the Dog, voiced by John DiMaggio

Finn the Human, voiced by Jeremy Shada

Steven Universe, voiced by Daniel DiVenere

Garnet, voiced by Estelle

Reindog, a new original character, voiced by Andrew Frankel

MultiVersus comes to  PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC with cross-play, dedicated server rollback netcode, and more in 2022. 

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

The Saints Row Reboot Delayed, Releasing In August 2022

The Saints Row reboot has been delayed. Volition’s chief creative officer, Jim Boone, has announced that the title will now land on August 23rd, 2022, back from the original launch date of February 25th.

In a statement, Boone said that the title wasn’t undergoing any changes and that the team had adapted well to the adversities imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. But that the original deadline did not offer the team enough time to “do our vision justice,” especially given the “size and scope” of the new game.

Friday, November 19, 2021

Apple Releases Firmware Updates For AirPods Pro And AirPods 3

Apple has released firmware updates for the AirPods Pro (version 4A402) and AirPods 3 (version 4B66). To check the versions of the firmware:

° Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

° Go to the “Bluetooth” menu.

° Select your AirPods in the list of devices.

° Tap the “i” (information) icon.

° Look at the “Firmware Version” number.

If the firmware hasn’t been updated:

° Place the ‌‌‌‌‌AirPods‌‌‌‌‌ in the case.

° Connect ‘em to a power source.

° Pair them to an iPhone or iPad.

This should force the firmware to update.