Whether there’s something in the water, or the political climate has us all a bit pessimistic, we just can’t get enough of the end of the world as we know it. Zombies? Atomic bomb? Or maybe a deadly virus? Modern media is awash with various iterations of how society will crumble – and videogames are the biggest offender.
The twilight of the current console generation has seen a host of post-apocalyptic titles emerge. 2018 saw the release of icy-survival sim Frostpunk and zombie-shooter State of Decay 2, and Bethesda’s Rage 2 and Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds are set to come out in 2019.… Read the full article
There's no better place to see the future of technology than at CES in Las Vegas, and from smartphones to smart homes the tech on show at CES 2019 was every bit as impressive as we expected – but it was the 8K TVs showcased by the likes of Sony, LG and Samsung that really blew us away.
Despite being around for decades, virtual reality (VR) has had some difficulty hitting a mainstream gaming audience. Whether that's down to expensive headsets, a limited library, or just a general lack of appeal, gamers (and developers) just weren't invested in virtual reality as a viable platform for 'true' gaming experiences.
However, in recent years, the jaded perception of VR has slowly started to lift. As the technological possibilities increase for the platform, game developers have began to take the medium more seriously, creating more games specifically for VR.… Read the full article
Tom Clancy's The Division 2 will not be released on Steam, as publisher Ubisoft has opted to make the PC version of the title a semi-exclusive release on the Epic Games Store.
According to a report by Polygon, Ubisoft and Epic Games are teaming up to bring select future Ubisoft PC titles to the Epic Games Store – including The Division 2. Alongside selling the title on the Epic Games Store, Ubisoft will offer it (and future PC titles) on the Ubisoft Store.… Read the full article
Google Home Max has officially launched in the UK. The smart speaker, which we feel is much more clever and better designed than its competitors, has been available in the US and Australia for a while, but finally UK customers have the chance to get their hands on one.
How much will it cost me?
Now, here's the thing: the Google Home Max is now available to buy both in store and online exclusively from the Google Store and John Lewis, but it's coming for the rather high price of £399.… Read the full article
Jaybird has announced the latest addition to its X-series at IFA 2018 – Jaybird X4 Wireless Sport Headphones.
Designed for outdoor athletes, these headphones have been upgraded to now be water-resistant, rather than just sweat-proof, although there's no recommendation to take these things swimming, despite being able to submerge them for up to a meter for half an hour.
In addition, Jaybird claim they have a more comfortable fit than previous headphones in the series due to new silicon fins, ultra-soft silicon tips and exclusive-to-Jaybird Comply Ultra foam tips, which feature unique thermo-reactive foam that conforms to your ear canals for a more comfortable and secure fit.… Read the full article
Just in time for IFA 2018, Bang and Olufsen has launched the Beosound Edge home speaker – which, according to the designer, “sits on the edge of consumer electronics and gallery-worthy sculpture”.
The coin-shaped wireless speaker has been created in collaboration with modern designer Michael Anastassiades. The speaker itself is a metallic 3D circle, with a black matte fabric top and polished aluminium sides. Bang and Olufsen is expected to release new fabric colors over time.
Here’s the most interesting part
Although the Besound Edge has an undeniably imaginative and contemporary design, it’s the functionality itself which is most intriguing.… Read the full article
Harman Kardon has introduced its latest smart home speaker, the Harman Kardon Citation 500.
The brand has teamed up with design textile manufacturer Kvadrat to produce an elegant and minimalistic speaker which aims to fit in with the decor of your home as well as providing a dynamic listening experience. And, as with all smart speakers, it’s got voice control (courtesy of the Google Assistant) built in too.
What does it look like?
The Citation 500 is an oblong cylinder that’s small enough to place on a side-table, with a gray or black wool fabric exterior and plastic top panel – Harman Kardon calls it a ‘Nordic’ design – and a touch-sensitive color menu screen.… Read the full article