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Your next Windows PC could be in the cloud

by Jon Fingas, Android Authority You might not have to buy a whole new computer to get an up-to-date Windows experience in the future. ZDNet sources say Microsoft is planning to launch a Cloud PC service in June or early July that would offer a remote Windows 10 desktop and software like Office. Nicknamed Project Deschutes, Microsoft’s Cloud PC initiative would give you a secure, always-updated Windows experience for a flat per-person fee. The company already has a vaguely similar offering in the form of Windows Virtual Desktop, but you pay for that based on Azure data consumption — not very practical for most people. A 2020 leak hinted Microsoft might offer different Cloud PC plans based on the processing power, RAM, […]

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PS5 Doesn’t Like It When You Put an Extra NVMe SSD Inside

It won’t even boot by Sammy Barker, Push Square Sony has said that it will unlock access to the PlayStation 5’s M.2 slot later this summer, as it allows players to upgrade their console’s system storage with an additional NVMe SSD. But what happens if you try to install one right now? According to Digital Foundry, who tested out the feature, your console won’t even boot with a stray SSD inside it. This obviously makes sense, as the system doesn’t officially support the feature just yet – but we’re a little surprised by the lengths PlayStation’s gone to stop it from being used. For now, you’ll have to make do with an external hard drive – although it’s worth noting that you can now offload PS5 software onto a […]

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Epic CEO Tim Sweeney Is Very Excited About The Epic Games Store Losing A Ton Of Money

by Zack Zwiezen, Kotaku Epic is going to lose at least $330 million as a result of all those Epic Game Store exclusives and free games. But on Twitter, Epic CEO Tim Sweeney considers this an investment and seems surprisingly excited about losing hundreds of millions of dollars. This information was spotted and reported by PC Gamer from new court documents that have emerged from the ongoing legal fight between Apple and Epic. While these two big companies battle each other in court, we all get a new insight into the Epic Game Store’s financial situation. It’s not great! Epic spent $444 million on grabbing up exclusives and free games for the store. This money went towards a bunch of “minimum guarantees” for […]

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The Last of Us PS5 Remake Report Met With Backlash

by Logan Moore, A new report emerged earlier today stating that Naughty Dog is currently in the process of working on a remake of the original The Last of Us game for PlayStation 5. Although the project was one that was initially worked on by a team outside of Naughty Dog, it has since been passed off to the studio that creating the original game. And despite how much many fans might love that title, it seems that almost no one believes a remake of The Last of Us is something that needs to happen. A quick perusal through social media today has shown that virtually all fans of The Last of Us believe that the original game still holds up perfectly fine until this day and doesn’t need to […]

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Sony reportedly rejected plans for Days Gone 2

Internal conflict is said to have resulted in key departures; Studio now working on new Intellectual Property (IP) by Andy Robinson, VGC PlayStation rejected plans for a sequel to open-world Sony Bend title Days Gone, it’s claimed. That’s according to a new Bloomberg report on Sony Interactive Entertainment’s first-party development. According to the story, Sony’s increasing focus on exclusive blockbusters has come at the expense of “niche” teams within its first-party organisation. One such casualty was reportedly Sony Bend, which is claimed to have had a 2019 pitch for Days Gone 2 rejected. “Although the first game had been profitable, its development had been lengthy and critical reception was mixed, so a Days Gone 2 wasn’t seen as a viable option,” Bloomberg states. Instead, journalist […]

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Cancelled Game ‘Castlevania: Resurrection’ Resurfaces as Lost Prototype Is Found

Great news for video games preservation! More than 20 years after its official cancellation, Castlevania: Resurrection has once again become the source of speculation after a supposed early prototype of the Dreamcast game resurfaced. The reveal of the prototype happened thanks to the little-known site Sega Dreamcast Info, created and kept by Laurent Comby, a one-man team dedicated to preserving Sega games, commercials and technology. The revealed prototype supposedly pre-dates E3’s 1999 presentation of Castlevania: Resurrection, when journalists were able to access a playable version of the game behind closed doors. This was the only time the game was ever shown to some sort of public, until last weekend, when a video of the prototype emerged. In the video, we can see a rough version […]

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Microsoft Dunks Servers Into Boiling Fluid to Cool Them Off

by Joel Hruska, Extreme Tech Microsoft has been exploring innovative ways to cool its data center servers for some years now. In the past, the company has previously made waves for its offshore data center cooling using seawater via its Project Natick. Now, it’s showing off a two-phase liquid cooling solution it says enables even higher server densities. The new system uses a non-conductive cooling fluid. Microsoft doesn’t precisely identify it, but it sounds similar to 3M’s Novec 1230, with a very low boiling point around 122F (Novec 1230 boils at 120.6F). Boiling off the coolant creates a vapor cloud, which rises and contacts a cooled condenser at the top of the tank lid. The liquid then rains back down into the […]

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533 million Facebook users’ phone numbers and personal data have been leaked online

by Aaron Holmes, Business Insider A user in a low-level hacking forum on Saturday published the phone numbers and personal data of hundreds of millions of Facebook users for free. The exposed data includes the personal information of over 533 million Facebook users from 106 countries, including over 32 million records on users in the US, 11 million on users in the UK, and 6 million on users in India. It includes their phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, bios, and, in some cases, email addresses. Insider reviewed a sample of the leaked data and verified several records by matching known Facebook users’ phone numbers with the IDs listed in the data set. We also verified records by […]

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Monster Hunter Rise Sells 5 Million Copies In First Week, Boosts Entire Series Beyond 70M

by  Eddie Makuch, GameSpot Capcom’s Monster Hunter Rise has now climbed to 5 million sales since it was released on March 26. Last month, it sold 4 million copies in its first three days alone. Capcom clarified that Rise has shipped 5 million copies globally, so it hasn’t necessarily sold that many through to consumers in its first week. But it’s still a gigantic number and it speaks to the enormity and appeal of the franchise. Monster Hunter games have shipped 66 million units as December 31, 2020, Capcom said. So with Rise’s figures added on, that number climbs to about 71 million. The Monster Hunter series debuted in 2004 and has grown massively since. Once popular primarily in Japan–one Japanese tech CEO gave his company the day […]

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Microsoft wins 10-year contract supplying AR tech to the US Army

The deal is reportedly worth $21.9 billion. by A. Tarantola, Engadget America’s ground-pounders of tomorrow will soon be equipped with custom-built HoloLens headsets as part of a decade-long contract struck between the Department of Defense and Microsoft, the Pentagon announced Wednesday. Per the $21.88 billion deal, Microsoft will supply some 120,000 of its AR units to the US Army. This announcement follows a $480 million deal between Microsoft and the DoD in 2018 to develop the Integrated Visual Augmented System (IVAS) based on the standard $3,500 HoloLens headset and augmented using Azure Cloud Services. “The program delivers enhanced situational awareness, enabling information sharing and decision-making in a variety of scenarios,” Microsoft Technical Fellow, Alex Kipman, wrote in a Wednesday blog post. Effectively, […]

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Super Mario Bros fans are panicking over rumors that Mario is going to die

by Clare Duffy, CNN Business New York (CNN Business)Grab the tissues. The internet is freaking out over a rumor about the possible impending death of Mario, the famous, red-wearing, Italian plumber who changed the world of video games with the release of “Super Mario Bros” 35 years ago. Let’s back up: In September, the “Super Mario Bros” franchise celebrated its 35th anniversary with the launch of two remastered, classic games — “Super Mario 3D All-Stars” and “Super Mario Bros 35” — for the Switch console that would be available for a limited run until March 31. Nintendo (NTDOF), which owns the franchise, also released other 35th anniversary Super Mario products that would be on sale through March 31. Fans have been grappling to understand why sales of […]

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PS5 restock disaster is set to get worse — here’s why

Buying a PS5 could be a headache for a while yet by Rory Mellon, Tom’s Guide Let’s face it, the PS5 restock situation over the last four months has been nothing short of a disaster — and it looks like the situation is only going to get worse.  For the unaware, there is currently a global semiconductor shortage delaying the manufacturing of electronics, and this chip shortage is now reaching a crisis point. “There is a perfect storm of supply and demand factors going on here. But basically, there is a new level of demand that can’t be kept up with, everyone is in crisis and it is getting worse,” claims tech analyst Neil Campling (via The Guardian). The crux of the issue […]

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It’s the End of an Era as the PlayStation 3 bows out for Good!

PlayStation 3 Store Set To Permanently Close After Nearly 15 Years by Ewan Moore, Gaming Bible It’s the end of an era, albeit an era a lot of us probably already assumed had ended. According to a new report, Sony is gearing up to shut down the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation Portable stores in just a few months. According to a source close to the situation that has since been verified by TheGamer, these stores are set to close their virtual doors for good on July, with an announcement planned for the end of this month. If there are any digital PlayStation 3 games you wanted to grab, now might be the time to do it. TheGamer understands that the PSP and […]

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‘Gamer dad’ sparks outrage with response to wife’s parenting request: ‘He needs to be responsible’

by Emerald Pellot, In The Know A couple with a newborn got into a fight over the husband’s video game habits. The wife went on Reddit’s “Am I the A******” forum after forcing her husband to drop his game to take care of their baby. She had warned him that he was speaking too loud while playing the online game and when he didn’t lower his voice, their baby woke up in the middle of the night and the wife became fed up. “Our nine-month-old is teething and pretty fussy right now,” the mom explained. “I finally got her to sleep — I breastfeed and she nurses to sleep, so my husband couldn’t help with that. He was playing an online game with […]

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Why The Snyder Cut of Justice League Isn’t Widescreen

The Mother of all Boxes. by Matt Fowler, IGN Superhero fans were recently treated to a throwback aspect ratio when WandaVision opened its run with the yesteryear sitcom screen of 4:3 – the glorious black and white square that viewers saw on their sets for decades. But that was semi-expected, given WandaVision’s TV time-hopping gimmick.What people may not have been prepared for was Zack Snyder’s Justice League (a.k.a. The Snyder Cut) being presented in a very similar ratio. The trailers for the film were not in the widescreen format like the theatrical release was. And indeed, Snyder confirmed that – yes – all of the new Justice League, which premieres March 18 on HBO Max, is presented in what was once the standard aspect ratio […]

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Sony PlayStation PS5 restock: Console updates for Amazon, GameStop, Sony, Walmart, Best Buy

Having trouble finding a PS5? Here are all the links to all the stores selling the console. by Dave Johnson, CNET The PS5 is available in two versions: There’s a $500 model with a Blu-ray drive and an otherwise identical $400 digital-only version with no disc slot. At this point, people are happy to get their hands on either one, but if you don’t have a library of optical discs — for Blu-ray movies, used games or old PS4 games — CNET recommends that you go with the $400 version. Remember to check back here for news and updates on new PS5 availability. You can also browse all the major retailers to see their restock status. The list below has links to the PS5 product pages at […]