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Halo: Reach comes to Steam December 3 for $10

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 14 hours, 17 mins ago

The reports were right on the money, and Halo: Reach will release on December 3, 2019 on PC, including the Windows Store and Steam.

Today Microsoft confirmed Halo: Reach will arrive on PC as a full package this December, complete with Firefight, campaign, multiplayer, and huge PC optimizations like uncapped frame rates, 4K 60FPS support, and full mouse and keyboard support. We'll see playlists borrowed from the original 2010 launch including Firefight's online Score Attack mode as well as the classics like Team Slayer. It'll also have online co-op campaign too.

Reach is included with the $40 Master Chief Collection, but you can buy it separately on Steam for $10. The full Master Chief Collection obviously won't be available if you pre-order the complete package--only Reach will drop in December.

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Obsidian's new IP is basically Honey I Shrunk The Kids: The Game

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 14 hours, 47 mins ago

Obsidian's first game under Microsoft's leadership isn't a big new RPG. It's an online-oriented social survival simulator inspired by Honey I Shrunk the Kids.

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Today at XO19 in London, England, Obsidian revealed a brand new IP. It's called Grounded, and it's basically a wacky mashup with platforming aspects, exploration mechanics, and first-person survival elements. There's even some Minecraft thrown in there too.

You play as a kid who's been shrunk down to the size of an ant who's trapped in a backyard, and to survive you have to team up with friends to hunt insects like ferocious ants, build communities, and scavenge the land--all while crafting your own settlements and weapons. It's kind of like the Sea of Thieves set in the Honey I Shrunk the Kids universe.

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Rare announces new IP called Everwild

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 15 hours, 6 mins ago

Rare showcased a brand new IP at the Inside Xbox festival in London.

Rare's new IP is called Everwild, and it looks a lot like Journey's enchanting art style set in a 3D open world. It's nature-based and may feature four-player co-op, but exact details have yet to be announced. The game may be focused on connecting with animals around you while surviving in an alien wilderness, and definitely has an indie look and feel to it.

"We are passionate about creating something special and truly original. I'm excited to share with you a glimpse of the new IP from RARE," said Louise O'Connor, executive producer at Rare.

"The visuals are just amazing. It's really just a magical window into something new that's being created at Rare, a whole new world and universe to explore. Rare, like a lot of our studios, has more than one team under the same roof. It's great to see a new team with a new IP with new leadership come out, and that will exist side-by-side with the team that's working on Sea of Thieves," said Xbox's Mat Booty.

Netflix has officially greenlighted The Witcher TV show season two

By: Jak Connor | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Posted: 23 hours, 11 mins ago

The first season of The Witcher TV show hasn't even released yet, and we already hearing about how there is going to be a second season.

The news comes from the series' showrunner, Lauren S. Hissrich who announced on her personal Twitter that Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri "will be back for more adventures... in Season Two". The Tweet also came with a new image we haven't seen before, it features two swords next each other. To speculate a bit here, could one of these swords be the iron sword and the other be a silver sword? The same set up that Witchers carry?

If you have been following the Witcher news this announcement shouldn't really be that surprising for you as the hype for season one of the show hasn't slowed down since its announcement. Judging from what we have seen of the show so far, and how in particular Henry Cavil is playing Geralt, season two should be extremely welcomed. The only thing to worry about is if season one lives up to the hype following it, my bet is that it will, paving the way for a follow up season.

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Apple users can now do their shopping with their voice, just ask Siri

By: Jak Connor | Apps | Posted: 23 hours, 42 mins ago

The days of gathering the family around a pen-and-paper shopping list could be over as Apple users can now use their voice to fill their Walmart shopping cart.

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The new feature is called Walmart Voice Order, and it's now available in the company's Grocery App for iOS. This means that Siri can listen to users' requests for products, and they will automatically be placed in Walmart's shopping cart, removing the necessity of touch.

Users can follow this voice process; "Hey Siri, add to Walmart" then list out the items you want to be placed into the cart and boom; they should be ready to order. It should also be noted that Apple users can tell Siri on a range of different devices such as an iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, HomePod, or in a CarPlay-enabled vehicle. Due to Walmart being a direct competitor with Amazon, it can be assumed that Walmart won't be adding this feature for Alexa devices now or anytime soon.

Uncharted Movie: Mark Wahlberg in final talks to join cast as 'Sully'

By: Jak Connor | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Posted: 1 day ago

Sony's upcoming movie adaptation of the hit video game 'Uncharted' already has a big name attached to it, Tom Holland. But now, another name is reportedly in final talks about joining the cast.

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According to an exclusive report by Variety, Mark Wahlberg is teed up to co-star with Tom Holland in the upcoming 'Uncharted Movie'. Travis Knight, director of Bumblebee will be directing the Uncharted Movie and for those that haven't played the notoriously popular games, the story follows Nathan Drake, a treasure hunter who adventures to remote locations to uncover mysteries.

Wahlberg will reportedly be playing the role of Victor 'Sully' Sullivan, another treasure hunter, businessman, and, most importantly, a father figure to Nathan Drake. If you are unaware of how popular the Uncharted gaming series is, it's developed by Naughty Dog, published by PlayStation, and went on to sell more than 41 million copies worldwide, becoming a staple series in Sony's exclusive library. Now that you know that, you can understand why Sony wants to get an all-star cast for the movie, as there are literally millions of fans worldwide that are expecting nothing but the absolute best.

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Scientists create sci-fi 3D holograms that you can see, feel and hear

By: Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 day, 1 hour ago

Scientists out of Britain have managed to create realistic 3D holograms that can be seen with the naked eye, heard and even felt.

A team of scientists working at the University of Sussex in southern England has managed to use technology to create a prototype called Multimodal Acoustic Trap Display (MATD). This prototype has the ability of "simultaneously deliver visual, auditory and tactile content". This is done through using sound waves or "acoustophoresis" that move and manipulate particles to form an image.

The team spoke out about how they achieved this, saying "Our system traps a particle acoustically and illuminates it with red, green and blue light to control its color as it quickly scans the display volume." Due to the system being developed with sound waves, it allows the hologram to not only be seen but also heard and felt.

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Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition pre-load is live & launch times

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 1 hour ago

The long wait for Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is almost over, and ahead of the title's launch, we have been given the option to pre-load the game.

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For those that don't know about the Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, Microsoft has decided to remaster the classic Age of Empires games. The first Age of Empires: Definitive Edition has already been released, and now we are up to the second game with the third possibly being in the pipeline. The AoE: Definitive Edition features three brand new civilizations, 4K textures, three new campaigns, revamped building destruction, adjustable zoom controls, and more.

The release of Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is November 15th, but ahead of the game's launch, gamers can pre-load the game via Steam and the Microsoft Store. Not only can gamers pre-load the game, but we also have the launch times for each and every region. I have provided an image in the entirety of this article detailing each of the times for the different locations across the world. It should be noted that the game will be launching at the exact same time everywhere, so there will be no specific region ahead of another. A link to the Steam Store listing can be found here.

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NASA side-step big Nazi controversy by renaming Kuiper Belt object

By: Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 day, 2 hours ago

The Kuiper Belt object located deep in our solar system has had its named changed from MU69 Ultima Thule, to Arrokoth.

Why have NASA decided to make the name change? Well, 'Ultima Thule' means "farthest place", but it also has the same term that white supremacists and Nazi's in particular used to refer to a mythical homeland. The 'Thule Society' was a German occultist group founded in Munich right after World War I.

The society was also heavily recognised by Adolf Hitler, and as you can imagine many people that knew these facts didn't think that NASA's name for the object fit. So in an effort to side-step the controversy, NASA decided to rename the object from 'Ultima Thule' to 'Arrokoth'. This new name is derived from Powhatan/Algonquian language and it means 'sky'. Above is a video of Dr. Phoebe Farris of the Powhatan-Pamunkey Tribe officially renaming the Kuiper Belt object.

Disney Plus has already raked in an astonishing 10 million subscribers

By: Jak Connor | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Posted: 1 day, 2 hours ago

We all knew the launch of Disney Plus was going to shake up the streaming market, but by how much exactly? 10 million individual shakes, according to Disney's recent announcement on Wednesday.

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Disney Plus launched this past Tuesday, and the company has taken the streaming wars by the horns by already pulling in 10 million subscribers. For comparison on how much that exactly is, the Disney-owned Hulu has more than 28 million subscribers as of May this year. Another comparison is Netflix, who has 97 million subscribers internationally, as of the third quarter of 2019.

The reason for the massive influx of subscribers to Disney Plus is due to it being not only significantly cheaper than the other streaming services at $6.99 a month, but it also offers a gigantic library of content that attracts not only children but adults. With Disney moving this many paying subscribers within just the first couple of days of being live, other streaming services such as Netflix are going to be shaking in their boots at what the future holds for them.