Sony needs to create synergy between its AAA games and live games

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Oct 3, 2022 2:43 PM CDT

Sony needs to ensure there is proper synergy between its live games and big premium AAA singleplayer games in order to maximize reach, engagement, and potential sales.

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We've outlined a few things that Sony should be doing regarding its live games, including dropping the PS Plus requirement for any first-party free-to-play games, and now it's time to quickly discuss synergy between online and singleplayer games.

Ideally, Sony should establish direct links between its first-party AAA games and its live games. This is especially true for games that are set in the same franchise, and it can be done in a number of ways. We've already seen Sony's early start into live games with built-in monetized multiplayer modes like The Last of Us' Factions mode, Uncharted 4's multiplayer, and non-monetized live content like Ghost of Tsushima Legends.

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Lordstown Motors starts production of Endurance electric pickup truck

Michael Hatamoto | Electric Vehicles & Cars | Oct 3, 2022 12:30 PM CDT

Commercial production of the Endurance electric light-duty pickup truck from Lordstown Motors has officially started, with the company aiming to deliver 50 units to customers by the end of the year. So far, two Endurance trucks have rolled off the line, with another unit expected to be completed in the immediate future.

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Manufacturing will take place at Foxconn's EV Ohio factory, which Lordstown purchased from General Motors - but later sold to Foxconn for $230 million. Foxconn will produce the Endurance truck and EVs for automaker Fisker.

Lordstown aims to build at least 500 vehicles and will spend around $85 million during Q4 - and have only $110 million cash and equivalents available to finish 2022. The company is going to start slowly and hopefully ramp up production, based on supply chain constraints ranging from engineering readiness, quality, and parts availability.

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Sony readies PlayStation VR 2 salvo, plans to make 2 million units

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Oct 3, 2022 11:49 AM CDT

Sony is significantly ramping up production of its PlayStation VR 2 headset and plans to make 2 million units by March 2023, sources have told Bloomberg's Takashi Mochizuki.

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Sony is planning a VR blitz to accompany its new record-breaking PlayStation 5 shipments. The company will produce 2 million PlayStation VR 2 headsets throughout Fiscal Year 2022 as part of a new hardware fusillade meant to meet exceptionally high market demand.

Sony will also ship 18 million PS5's during the year, the single largest console shipment in PlayStation history. By March 2023, Sony expects to have over 37 million PlayStation 5 consoles shipped worldwide.

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Gamespot, Giant Bomb bought by Fandom and no one will lose their jobs

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Oct 3, 2022 9:56 AM CDT

Fandom, a network of websites known for walkthroughs and content, has bought out some of the biggest gaming sites on the internet.

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Today Fandom announced that it has purchased a ring of leading gaming and entertainment websites including Gamespot, Giant Bomb, GameFAQs, Metacritic and others. Workers' jobs are apparently being preserved and no one is expected to be fired during the transition period.

"The news is out. We learned about this last week. The amazing thing is everyone got to keep their jobs, titles, and salaries, which never happens with these acquisitions. While it's kind of scary to be bought out, at least our new parent company understands what it is we do," Gamespot video producer Tom Caswell said on Twitter.

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Maserati GranTurismo goes electric with luxury Folgore

Michael Hatamoto | Electric Vehicles & Cars | Oct 3, 2022 5:09 AM CDT

Italian luxury automaker Maserati has shared additional details about its GranTurismo Folgore, an all-electric luxury sports car.

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The GranTurismo Folgore utilizes a 100 percent electric battery-based powertrain with 760 horsepower and 996 pound-feet of torque. The car can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 2.7 seconds and reach 124 mph in 8.8 seconds - with a top speed of 199 mph.

There is a normal battery capacity of 92.5 kWh with a discharge capacity of 560 kW, with the "T-bone" battery modules not located under the seats. New manufacturing processes were needed because Folgore has high-performance steel and lightweight materials that include aluminum and magnesium.

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Elon Musk proposes next-gen video game using Tesla's crazy Simulation

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Oct 3, 2022 3:34 AM CDT

Tesla engineers have showcased new technology at Tesla's AI Day 2022 that reduces the amount of time for a 3D animated scene to be produced.

Tesla has recently held its AI Day 2022, and throughout the presentation, the company revealed many interesting upgrades to its software line-up, as well as a humanoid robot named Optimus that took the show by storm. During the presentation, Tesla explained that 3D scenes, such as the one seen in the video above, are extremely useful for teaching vehicles and, eventually, robots to accurately carry out a task.

However, simulated scenes such as the intersection from Market Street in San Francisco can take up to two weeks for artists to complete. This time frame isn't something Tesla was willing to work with, which led the company to develop new technology that can procedurally generate a scene like the one above and others of the same quality in just five minutes.

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Tesla delivers record 343,000 cars in Q3, still short of expectations

Michael Hatamoto | Electric Vehicles & Cars | Oct 3, 2022 3:12 AM CDT

Electric car maker Tesla produced more than 365,000 vehicles and delivered over 343,000 vehicles during its fiscal Q3. Financial Wall Street analysts expected the company to deliver more than 364,000 vehicles throughout the quarter, though still had better year-over-year success.

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Tesla doesn't offer public sales reports - or vehicle production or delivery breakdowns by region - so delivery rates are the most accurate way to predict overall sales health.

The leading electric automaker noted that delivery volumes tend to peak towards the end of each quarter because of "regional batch" manufacturing of its vehicles. Due to this surge, it's more difficult for low-cost transportation capacity, so the company had to change its strategy, which Tesla noted:

"In Q3, we began transitioning to a more even regional mix of vehicle builds each week, which led to an increase in cars in transit at the end of the quarter. These cars have been ordered and will be delivered to customers upon arrival at their destination."

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NASA's Webb telescope catches a giant spider out in deep space

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Oct 3, 2022 2:32 AM CDT

NASA's now-famous James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has pointed its high-tech instruments at a cosmic tarantula.

NASA has taken to its blog to reveal an incredible mosaic image of the stellar nursery called 30 Doradus, which is located "only" 161,000 light-years away from Earth in the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy. Astronomers have nicknamed 30 Doradus the "Tarantula Nebula" for its wispy and dusty filaments, along with its structure and composition of gas and dust. NASA explains that the Tarantula Nebula is the brightest star-forming region in the Local Group, which the group of galaxies closest to our Milky Way galaxy.

Astronomers have used Webb's infrared instruments to observe the Tarantula Nebula and discovered tens of thousands of never-before-seen young stars that were previously obscured from astronomers' view by cosmic dust. The above image showcases a large cluster of massive young blue stars in the center, which are causing the center of the nebula to be hollowed out by their "blistering radiation".

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TikTok to release new shopping feature with big brands very soon

Jak Connor | Software & Apps | Oct 3, 2022 2:04 AM CDT

A new report from the Financial Times has revealed that TikTok is preparing to roll out a new shopping feature to users in North America.

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According to the report from the Financial Times, TikTok is gearing up to release a new feature called "TikTok Shop" across North America in partnership with US company TalkShopLive, which will be responsible for supporting livestreams hosted by influencers and brands. The report states that TikTok will release this new feature "over the next month" and that large brands will be part of its release.

The new feature comes after TikTok's sister app Douyin, which is extremely popular in China, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, the Philippines, and Indonesia, released a similar feature where it hosted nine million live ecommerce broadcasts per month, which resulted in more than ten billion products being sold in a year.

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Google's new keyboard is 65-inches long and doubles as a bug catcher

Jak Connor | Peripherals | Oct 3, 2022 1:33 AM CDT

Google Japan has announced a new type of keyboard, but instead of keeping the traditional format, the arm of the largest search engine in the world has opted for something a little different.

Introducing the Gboard Bar, a 65-inch long bar that features every key on a typical keyboard but in a straight line. According to the above video, the design is meant to be "extremely simple" that is also meant to save on desk space. Additionally, Google Japan said that due to the small width of the Gboard, users will be able to have piles of documents and papers on their desks and not have to worry about the Bar taking up too much space.

Furthermore, Google's official specifications sheet states that the Bar is "wide enough for a cat to walk across" and that its height is at a "comfortable thickness". Adding to the array of features, Google Japan states that two people are able to use the Gboard Bar at the same time, allowing users to pair up and tackle programming tasks together. Here's where things take a turn, Google Japan has also equipped the Gboard Bar with a bug-removing stick which allows users to take advantage of its long shape.

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