PlayStation's next State of Play broadcast arrives Thursday

Eurogamer - Mon, 03/08/2020 - 15:09

PlayStation's next Nintendo Direct-style State of Play broadcast takes place this Thursday, 6th June at 9pm UK time.

As detailed by PlayStation on Twitter, you should expect "no big PS5 announcements" during the stream.

What will you get? Well, the focus for now will be on PS4 and PSVR titles, along with a few third-party and indie PS5 games which have previously been announced.

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PS4 Dualshock won't work with PS5 games

Eurogamer - Mon, 03/08/2020 - 14:31

PlayStation has detailed which PS4 peripherals you'll be able to use with PS5 - and there's bad news for the DualShock 4.

While you will be able to use the PS4's pad to play some PS4 games on PS5, you won't be able to use it as a PS5 game controller.

Every PS5 will come with its new DualSense controller, of course, but this rules out using your DualShock as a second PS5 game pad.

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SpaceX Asks FCC To Allow 5 Times More Internet Terminals for Starlink's Satellites

Slashdot - Mon, 03/08/2020 - 13:34
CNBC reports: SpaceX said Starlink, its nascent satellite internet service, has already seen "extraordinary demand" from potential customers, with "nearly 700,000 individuals" across the United States indicating they are interested in the company's coming service. Due to the greater-than-expected interest, SpaceX filed a request with the Federal Communications Commission on Friday — asking to increase the number of authorized user terminals to 5 million from 1 million. User terminals are the devices consumers would use to connect to the company's satellite internet network... SpaceX is beginning a private beta test of Starlink's service this summer, which it says will be "followed by public beta testing." Elon Musk's company told the FCC that Starlink will begin offering commercial service in the northern United States and southern Canada" before the end of this year, "and then will rapidly expand to near-global coverage of the populated world in 2021...."

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Ubisoft exec Tommy François leaves company

Eurogamer - Mon, 03/08/2020 - 12:13

Another senior Ubisoft staff member has left the company amid its ongoing investigations into sexual harassment and abuse.

This time, it's Tommy François, who was placed on leave in June after facing multiple claims of misconduct.

Business Insider's Samuel Horti broke the news via Twitter yesterday, after seeing an internal memo announcing François' departure penned by Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot.

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Save on the Yakuza games from Fanatical

Eurogamer - Mon, 03/08/2020 - 12:07

If you haven't yet set foot on the streets of Kamurocho, then now's the time as you can save a lot on the Yakuza games on PC.

I for one am gutted that I had to cancel my trip to Japan this year, while the Tokyo Olympics also got postponed. But if you ever wanted a virtual tour through one of the most special (and seedy) parts of Tokyo, then the Yakuza games are a great place to start. Over on Fanatical, you can pick up the Yakuza bundle, which includes Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami and Yakuza Kiwami 2, for just £20.99.

If you're not sure about going for them all at once, you can also buy them separately, and Yakuza 0 is an absolute steal for just £3.44. It's also arguably the best of the bunch - after all, there's a disco-dancing mini game and you can recruit a chicken to help you build your real estate empire.

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Save 10% off Horizon Zero Dawn on PC from Green Man Gaming

Eurogamer - Mon, 03/08/2020 - 10:39

The former PS4 exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn finally makes its ways to PC this Friday, and you can save 10% off when you pre-purchase from Green Man Gaming.

This is the complete edition, which includes the Frozen Wilds expansion as well as a host of extra in-game gear and a digital art book. The game may have been out on PS4 for over three years now but this is the definitive version of the game (provided you've got the PC hardware to match), with ultra-widescreen support, unlocked framerates and other visual improvements like dynamic foliage and improved reflections.

While you're over at Green Man Gaming, don't forget they're also having their Summer Sale with discounts for over 2000 titles, and today is the last day to take advantage of the offers.

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If you really want to learn from Good Sudoku I reckon Arcade mode is the way to go

Eurogamer - Mon, 03/08/2020 - 10:07

Sudoku is the game where you have to be certain about things. Your job is to put the numbers from 1-9 into each and every row, column, and 3x3 "house" of a 9x9 grid, and you do this by using the scattering of numbers that are already there. You only write a number down when you are absolutely certain it's right, and you trust the game to parcel out this certainty so there is always progress to be made.

For years I have been stuck at the very base of the great Sudoku tree. I know how to slice and dice, but this only sees me through the very basic puzzles. Now Zach Gage and Jack Schlesigner have created Good Sudoku. It's another Sudoku app for smartphones, of which there are many, but this one is different. It wants to teach you how to get better at Sudoku. It's a sort of Sudoku academy.

I have been playing this for the last few weeks, and it's taken a while for it to click. A central idea here is that you can get hints when you're stuck: the program that made each Sudoku can point out where you should turn your attention to next when you can't see the way ahead. This is neat stuff, but along with auto-noting - the ability to automatically keep track of the possible number options for each square - and a neat thing that lets you highlight a number and see all possible spaces where that number might go, Good Sudoku seemed... well, it seemed to automate a little too much. How could I learn Sudoku from this game that seemed to be able to play Sudoku so well without me? And these handy helpers seemed to enforce their own bad habits - their own reliances - which made me feel that the lessons I learned in the app would not really come across to Sudoku on paper.

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Chrome and Edge Rise In Popularity. Firefox, Opera, and Safari Drop.

Slashdot - Mon, 03/08/2020 - 09:34
July's statistics from web analytics firm Net Applications showed continuing changes in the most frequently-used web browsers. Softpedia reports: Last month, Google Chrome increased its market share from 70.19% to 71.00%, while Microsoft Edge jumped from 8.07% to 8.46%... The migration to the Chromium engine allowed Microsoft to turn Edge into a cross-platform browser, and this is one of the reasons that contributed to the growth of the new app. Edge is now available not only on Windows 10, but also on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and even macOS. At the same time, Microsoft is also working on a Linux version of the browser, and a preview build is expected by the end of the year. But what made Microsoft Edge the second most-used desktop browser out there so fast after the switch to Chromium is definitely Microsoft offering it as the default browser in Windows 10. But what about Firefox? And Opera, and Apple's Safari? Computerworld reports: A decade ago, Mozilla's browser may have dreamed of upsetting the then-order of things, taking its April 2010 share of 25.1% and parlaying it into victory over IE — down to 61.2% by then... But that was Firefox's peak. At the end of July, Firefox stood at 7.3%, down three-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month... Firefox let its second-place spot (far, far behind Chrome) slip away in March, when Edge snatched it. That did not change in July. The gap between the two more than doubled, in fact, to 1.2 points. On almost every browser share metric, Firefox is in trouble... Since the end of January, Firefox has been stuck in the 7s; for the eight months before that, it was mired in the 8s; and between May 2018 and March 2019, Firefox floundered in the 9s. The trend is crystal clear... Elsewhere in Net Applications' numbers, Apple's Safari plunged to 3%, a loss of six-tenths of a point, its lowest mark since late 2008. Opera software's Opera also took a dive, ending July at 0.8%, a decline of three-tenths of a point. Those numbers have to be frightening to both those browsers' makers.

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Black Hat 2020: See you in the Cloud!

Microsoft Security Response Blog - Fri, 31/07/2020 - 00:35

It hardly feels like summer without the annual trip to Las Vegas for Black Hat USA. With this year’s event being totally cloud based, we won’t have the chance to catch up with security researchers, industry partners, and customers in person, an opportunity we look forward to every year. We’ll still be there though, and …

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