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EA says Apex is a 10-year franchise: 'There's a lot of new things we can do'

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Jan 31, 2023 6:12 PM CST

EA teases new Apex Legends content, modes, and expansion onto other platforms.

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EA CEO Andrew Wilson displayed surprising candor in a recent earnings call. During EA's Q3 FY23 conference call, Wilson discussed a few key points about the Apex brand and where it's going. The megaton free-to-play shooter helped define battle passes and the current FPS market, innovating on both monetization and gameplay. As a result, Apex managed to make over $2 billion in lifetime revenues.

This level of investment should continue. EA isn't about to abandon the Apex series any time soon. Wilson says that Apex is a 10-year franchise that's rife with possibilities including new games, gameplay modes, and inter-connected services.

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EA delays Jedi Survivor by a few weeks, now launching in April

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Jan 31, 2023 4:40 PM CST

Jedi Survivor has been delayed a few weeks and will now release in April on all platforms.

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Respawn has been given clearance to delay Jedi Survivor to April 28 on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC, Electronic Arts today announced. The publisher is incredibly bullish on Jedi Survivor's success and EA CEO Andrew Wilson believes the game will add significant value to the Star Wars brand.

Jedi Survivor's dev team will use the extra few weeks to make the interstellar adventure game shine brighter while also squashing bugs, glitches, and issues. Respawn confirms that Jedi Survivor has been 100% completed insofar as content and the final stage will be optimizations and adding an extra layer of fine tuning to the experience.

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Xbox 360 classics being delisted, this might be your last chance to buy them

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Jan 31, 2023 3:04 PM CST

Microsoft may be forced to permanently delist nearly 50 classic Xbox 360 games from the digital Xbox marketplace.

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Microsoft has warned gamers that a significant number of Xbox 360 titles may soon be removed from its online storefront. The list of games was published on the Xbox support site and can be found in a drop-down menu that varies on region.

The list of affected games in the United States includes some very high-profile Xbox 360 games. Affected titles include the original Dark Souls, Mass Effect 2, Skate 2, Star Wars KOTOR 2, The Witcher 2, four Assassin's Creed games, Blue Dragon, and Call of Duty Advanced Warfare and Ghosts. There's also some Xbox LIVE Arcade games that may be delisted too including Daytona USA and Jet Set Radio.

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DualSense Edge controller battery is 33% smaller than the $70 PS5 DualSense

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Jan 31, 2023 2:27 PM CST

Sony's new $199 DualSense Edge PS5 controller offers many upgrades over the stock PS5 DualSense, but battery size is not one of them.

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Sony is currently selling a vastly upgraded PlayStation 5 controller called the DualSense Edge. Almost everything is better on the new DualSense Edge, which features new back paddles, swappable analog sticks, custom button combos, and a more advanced adaptive trigger setup. There's just one thing that has consumers worried: Battery life.

For $199, which is half the price of a disc-less PlayStation 5 console, you'd expect everything on the DualSense Edge to be better than the base $70 DualSense controller. According to multiple teardowns, the Edge's battery has a capacity of 1050mAh, which is 33% smaller than the 1560mAh battery found in the basic DualSense.

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Sony denies PSVR2 production cut, PS5 headset to have ample supply for launch

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Jan 31, 2023 1:27 PM CST

Sony has not adjusted its PSVR 2 production forecast and delivers an official statement refuting recent claims.

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With games industry earnings falling and consumers spending less on games and content, now is not a great time to launch a high-priced gaming peripheral set in a relatively niche market. That's exactly what Sony will do next month with its $549 PlayStation VR 2 headset, which also requires a PlayStation 5 console in order to play.

Sources recently told Bloomberg that Sony is reducing its outlook for PSVR 2 shipments over the next year. Bloomberg reports that Sony has adjusted its internal PSVR 2 shipment target and now expects to ship 1.5 million PSVR 2 headsets from now until April 2024. The original target may have been closer to the 2 million PSVR 2 headsets that Sony plans to produce.

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Report: Embracer leases Tomb Raider franchise to Amazon in $600 million deal

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Jan 31, 2023 12:28 PM CST

Embracer Group has reportedly licensed out the Tomb Raider franchise to Amazon for $600 million, which is more than double for what it paid to secure a treasure trove of IPs and developers from Square Enix.

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In 2022, Square Enix made one of the most controversial business deals that gaming has ever seen. The Final Fantasy publisher sold big franchises like Tomb Raider and Deus Ex alongside game developers Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal. That these properties were sold wasn't the confusing part. What perplexed gamers was how much they were sold for.

Decentralized games industry Embracer Group snapped up the IP franchise rights and these studios for just $300 million. We've outlined why Square Enix sold the assets, but a recent bit of news really underlines just how much Square Enix wanted to turn a page and be done with these game franchises and teams (after losing over $200 million from failed Marvel games, who could blame them). However, with 95 million sales, the Tomb Raider series was certainly worth more. Right? Amazon apparently think so.

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GEEKOM Mini IT11 Sale - a Core i7 mini PC for just $510 with $90 off discount

Sponsored Content | Deals | Jan 31, 2023 9:11 AM CST

GEEKOM is back again with another sales event whereby they are offering up its Mini IT11 small form factor computer powered by an Intel Core i7 CPU, 512GB SSD, and 16GB of RAM for just $509.99. Usually this system sells for $599.00, but from 01/30/2023 12:00 AM PST till 02/05/2023 11:45 PM PST, you can save $90 when buying it from Amazon. There's no need to enter any coupon code, as this is a direct price discount already applied at Amazon.

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In addition to the i7 model, GEEKOM also has the Mini IT11 mini PC with an Intel Core i5 CPU, 512GB SSD, and 16GB of RAM on sale for just $429.99. Usually, this system sells for $499.99, but like the deal above, from 01/30/2023 12:00 AM PST till 02/05/2023 11:45 PM PST, you can pick up the system with the $75 discount from Amazon. Again, there's no need to enter any coupon code, as this is a direct price discount already applied at Amazon.

GEEKOM's Mini IT11 is a tiny system weighing just 565 grams and measuring just 117 x 112 x 46mm. It is powered by Intel's 11th Gen Core i7-1195G7 processor (4 Cores, 8 Threads, 12M Cache, and up to 4.7GHz) and Intel Iris Xe graphics. It comes installed with 16GB DDR4 SO-DIMM memory modules in dual-channel mode, with upgradability up to 64GB if required. Also included is a 512GB 2280 M.2 PCIe/SATA SSD, which is upgradable to a 2TB drive.

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Radioactive capsule goes missing sparking urgent health alert

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Jan 31, 2023 6:04 AM CST

Officials have issued an urgent health alert to the public regarding a missing radioactive capsule that was presumably lost during transportation.

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The announcement comes from Western Australia's chief health officer, Andy Robertson, who stated at an emergency press conference called on Friday that a very small capsule containing radioactive material is now missing, presumably lost in transportation along the 870-mile-long road between Newman and the north-eastern suburbs of Perth. Notably, the substance that has been lost is used within gauges in mining operations, and exposure to it could result in radiation burns or sickness.

Unfortunately, the capsule is extremely small, measuring 6mm in diameter and 8mm tall. According to reports, the radioactive gauges give a comparable amount of radioactive exposure as getting ten x-rays within one hour. Robertson warned that the obvious risk of this kind of radioactive exposure is developing cancer.

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Mercedes-Benz touts that its now beaten Tesla at its own game

Jak Connor | Electric Vehicles & Cars | Jan 31, 2023 6:04 AM CST

Mercedes-Benz has received a new level of driving automation for its Drive Pilot system, which is a direct competitor to Tesla's Autopilot system.

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Mercedes took to its website with a press release that states its Drive Pilot system is approved for use in Nevada, receiving the first Level 3 "conditionally automated" driving certification, making it the very first car company to reach Level 3.

According to the announcement, Mercedes' Drive Pilot system at Level 3 capabilities will be able to keep the car in a lane, change lanes, and maintain the car at a safe distance behind the one that it's in front of by adjusting speed and more. However, all of this new technology is only permitted at speeds up to 40 mph. Notably, Tesla currently sits at Level 2 autonomy with its Autopilot system, but many of the features that make up Level 3 autonomy are already present in Level 2, which are already present on the road.

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US Surgeon General drops big warning for 13-year-olds and their phones

Jak Connor | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Jan 31, 2023 5:32 AM CST

In a growing field that studies the effects of social media use on teenagers and adolescents, the US Surgeon General has given his thoughts on what age is appropriate for children to use social media platforms.

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Since social media use hasn't been around very long, or at least in its today's form, where it has been completely adopted by mainstream society, the body of research is still in its early stages. However, there is still some evidence to suggest that allowing children aged approximately 13 to use social media can be detrimental to their development.

One study published in The Lancet that looked at nearly 10,000 children aged between 13 and 16 found that social media itself doesn't cause harm, but frequently using it takes away from other activities that would have a positive impact on mental health, such as exercise and getting consistently good sleep.

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