Cyberpunk 2077The woes of the game continued long after the game launched, with all the issues that entailed. CD Projekt Red announced yesterday that we will have to wait until the second half of March for the next big patch. The developer cited this recent ransomware hack as the main culprit – it originally planned to release patch 1.2 in February. As you probably know, February ends this week. The news is particularly frustrating for PS5 owners as the game has not returned to PlayStation Store since it was retired.
Later in the day, Bloomberg according to some sources, many people working on CP2077 has been blocked out of their workstations for the past two weeks. Developers can’t access the corporate VPN to access the tools they need from home, and have apparently been told to send their computers to IT, so they can be scanned for malware.
Months later I’m not sure you can consider the latest “launch issues” issues, but it’s always a mess for CD Projekt Red.
– Mat Smith
Speaking of messy game launches, Next hymn, a revamped version of BioWare’s jetpack-powered action game, has been canceled. BioWare says it will continue to run the Anthem live service as it is. “Working from home during the pandemic has had an impact on our productivity and everything we planned as a studio before COVID-19 cannot be accomplished without undue stress on our teams,” said executive producer Christian Dailey in the blog post announcing the news.
Anthem was released in February 2019 and was widely considered a mess. At launch, it was riddled with revolutionary problems and inconsistencies. One year after launch, BioWare veteran Casey Hudson sketched out a plan to fix the game. Hudson finished leaving BioWare at the end of 2020.
The judge refused to impose an injunction against the law at the request of commercial groups.
California can enact its Net Neutrality Act, paving the way for the enforcement of rules that prohibit Internet service providers from blocking, speeding up or slowing down certain websites or services. This came after the Department of Justice fall his legal challenge to the legislation, which has been in limbo since 2018.
Several telecom trade groups have filed their own lawsuits to block the net neutrality law. But in the final hearing on Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge John Mendez expressed concern over the lack of domestic industry regulation following the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality rules. .
A Biden-led FCC is expected to adopt net neutrality protections at the federal level. FCC Acting President Jessica Rosenworcel recently reaffirmed her support for the principles, but added that the agency (currently divided 2–2 depending on the party) is “aware of the composition of the commission”.
Ring’s new smart doorbells offer better sound, a wider field of view and, perhaps most interestingly, radar. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 adds features such as 3D motion detection and bird’s eye view. Both use the new radar sensor – with a range of up to 30 feet – to better identify and track people approaching your home. The former makes motion detection much more accurate, while the latter uses radar to track a person’s movements in your front yard in real time. It’s available for pre-order now and will start shipping to customers on March 31, 2021, priced at $ 250.
The latest feature of Amazon’s Echo Show 10 is a swivel base that can automatically rotate to follow you, which is useful for getting a quick overview of information, following cooking instructions, and seeing how-to videos. It’s also great for video calls, with automatic panning and zooming to help you stay in the frame. But, according to editor Nicole Lee, the rotating display doesn’t quite justify its higher price tag, especially when the Echo Show 8 takes up less space and has almost the same functionality.
Nothing announced Teenage Engineering as a founding partner. The new partner is best known for its portable music creation tools like the OP-1 synth and Capcom-themed pocket synths. The Stockholm-based company, which worked with Ikea on a range of electronics a few years ago, will be in charge of the design of the Nothing products. The company’s first product will be a pair of wireless headphones coming this summer. The company plans to release more audio products throughout the year.
Four months after its launch, Amazon is now offering the cloud gaming service to all US users of its Fire TV devices, in hopes of capturing gamers who prefer the experience on the big screen. Fire TV users can now download the app and enjoy a 7-day free trial on the Luna + channel, which otherwise costs $ 6 per month. This gives you access to a revolving range of games including Control, Metro Exodus, Sonic Mania and Grid – it’s a pretty solid early scale.
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