Thursday 25 June 2020

Cyberpunk 2077 has been delayed again

 Christo [PCD]    25 Jun : 08:13
 None    Software


New launch date November 19th

CD Projekt RED statement:

We have decided to move the launch of Cyberpunk 2077 from September 17 to November 19.

Those of you who are familiar with the may we make games know that we won't ship something which is not ready. "Ready when it's done" is not just a phrase we say because it sounds right, it's something we live by even when we know we'll take the heat for it. At the same time, we are fully aware that making such a decision costs us your trust and trading trust for additional time is one of the hardest decisions a game developer can make. And despite we think it's the right decision for the game, we'd still like to apologize for making you wait longer. Our intention is to make Cyberpunk 2077 something that will stay with you for years to come. In the end, we hope you understand why we did what we did.

At the time we are writing these words, Cyberpunk 2077 is finished both content and gameplay-wise. The quests, the cutscenes, the skills and items; all the adventures Night City has to offer - it's all there. But with such an abundance of content and complex systems interweaving with each other, we need to properly go through everything, balance game mechanics and fix a lot of bugs. A huge world means a huge number of things to iron out and we will spend the additional time doing exactly that.

This week, journalists from all over the world are starting to independently play the game. We are eager (and quite stressed) to hear their opinions, as well as see your reactions when they publish their previews right after we air Night City Wire on the 25th of June. We hope this will satisfy some of your hunger for the game as we work to polish it for the November launch.

Tuesday 23 June 2020

Google Stadia Premiere Edition gets a price cut

 Christo [PCD]    23 Jun : 08:39
 None    Hardware


But it's no longer offering three months of Stadia Pro for free

Google has dropped the price of its Stadia Premiere Edition from $129.99 to $99.99, though some of the bundle's features have changed since its original release.

Most notably, Google is no longer offering three months of Stadia Pro for free to those who purchase the Premiere Edition, meaning the bundle only contains a Chromecast Ultra and a Stadia controller.

Instead of the free three months of Stadia Pro, all new users (regardless of whether or not they purchased the Premiere Edition) are able to access Stadia Pro for free for one month, after which they can either pay $9.99 per month to continue access to 4K streaming and monthly free games, or revert to the free version of Stadia at 1080p and no free games.

Stadia Premiere is the replacement bundle that Google began offering when its Founder's Edition sold out. The Founder's Edition originally contained the three-month Pro subscription, a second three-month "Buddy Pass" to give to a friend, a ChromeCast Ultra, a night-blue Stadia controller, and the ability to reserve a Stadia username ahead of release.

When the Premiere Edition launched in November, it cost the same as the Founder's Edition, but no longer included the ability to secure a username (given the service had launched at this point) or the Buddy Pass, and the controller was swapped for the clearly white color

[Source: Games Industry]

Wednesday 17 June 2020

Microsoft Stores remain closed

 Christo [PCD]    18 Jun : 16:00
 None    Misc

Apple and Best Buy continue reopening while Microsoft stores are still closed

MS Store

Microsoft is being a little warier than other companies when it comes to welcoming consumers back to its retail stores. Just today, Apple announced it will offer curbside pickup or appointment-based service at over 70 more stores in the United States this week, including the Fifth Ave “cube” and other New York City locations. 9to5Mac has the full list. Best Buy has also continued bringing more stores back online as cities relax the guidelines put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19.

But Microsoft is still taking a wait-and-see approach, according to a statement provided to The Verge by email. Its stores remain closed until further notice. “Our approach for re-opening Microsoft Store locations is measured and cautious, guided by monitoring global data, listening to public health and safety experts, and tracking local government restrictions,” a spokesperson said. “We are prioritizing the health and safety of our employees and customers and have no new updates on store re-openings to share at this time.”

After closing the doors at its physical locations, Microsoft continued selling devices online and shifted the focus of retail employees to remote assistance for enterprise, small business, and education customers. And it has continued to offer virtual workshops for customers.

Some of the company’s latest products, like the Surface Headphones 2, Surface Go 2, and Surface Book 3, have been in high demand at authorized resellers. Microsoft Store locations have been closed since before the launch of this batch of products in May.

Microsoft operates over 100 retail stores; the vast majority are in the United States, with a handful of stores in Canada and others in Australia, Puerto Rico, and the UK. The company’s retail chain isn’t quite as vital to its business as Apple’s, but Microsoft Store locations still serve as an important showcase for all things Surface, Xbox, and Windows.

With COVID-19 still a very real threat to public health, retailers have implemented various safety measures as they reopen to help protect customers. These include social distancing, shortened operating hours, and requiring the use of face coverings for anyone who visits a store.

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