Animal Crossing: New Horizons sold an estimated five million digital copies in its launch month of March, setting a record for the most digital units of a game sold in a single month and making it March’s best-selling digital console title.
This is according to Superdata’s estimates, which have New Horizons beating the previous single-month record set by Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII.
At No.4 for digital console sales in March was Doom Eternal, which also came in at No.5 on PC, selling three million digital copies and beating Doom 2016’s 957,000 units of launch month sales.
Also last month, Activision launched the free Warzone mode for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, driving a 159% month-over-month increase in MAUs to 62.7 million — this number includes both users who purchased the full game, and who downloaded only the free Warzone mode.
And Half-Life: Alyx also launched, and was played by 869,000 people in March — including those who got the game for free with a Valve Index.
It generated $40.7 million in digital revenue, and was the No.8 best-selling digital PC title last month.
Overall, Superdata estimates that digital spending reached its highest total for a single month ever in March at $10 billion, up 11% year-over-year from $9 billion last March.
Premium console revenue was up 64% month-over-month from $883 million to $1.5 billion, and premium PC revenue up 56% month over month from $363 million to $567 million.
Finally, mobile game revenue is also on the rise, up 15% year-over-year to $5.7 billion in March.
Pokemon Go revenue alone reached $111 million last month, having already seen $23 million in revenue in a single week.
Apple iOS 13.5.5 Can’t Come Soon Enough: Here Are 3 Reasons Why – Forbes
The next updates for Apple’s iPhone and iPad will be iOS 13.5.5 and iPadOS 13.5.5 (unless a bug appears that needs squishing quickly before then). They can’t be far off, because the first developers’ betas and public betas have appeared, but along with bug fixes there are features which are going to be highly useful.
To get new features at this stage in an OS’s cycle is pretty rare, so here are the three standouts which it’s worth looking out for.
Sure, it’s only days since the latest iOS update dropped – iOS 13.5.1, which was also when iPadOS 13.5.1 arrived. But that update had one specific purpose: to patch a vulnerability which allowed anyone to jailbreak their iPhone – and risked bad actors exploiting the weakness, too.
So, the last new features came with iOS 13.5, back in May. Here are the three headline extras of iOS 13.5.5. that we know about – or think we do.
News+ to gain audio
How do you consume your news features?
For a lot of people it’s a combination of radio, TV, online newspapers, apps and podcasts. Ah, yes, podcasts. The Apple News+ subscription service could do with some of those. The subscription price of $9.99 a month is good value for so many magazines and newspapers, but even so, shouldn’t you expect audio as well?
The iOS 13.5.5 beta shows a new tab in the Apple News app that reads “Audio”. Because it’s only in beta, there’s no actual playable content just yet, even for those signed up for the public beta.
When it’s live, it will almost certainly mean there will be audio versions of curated articles from publications available in Apple News+.
It will have an interface similar to the Podcasts app, according to Jeff Benjamin from 9to5Mac.
It seems that non-subscribers will be able to access little bits of audio but you’ll need the full subscription to hear everything.
Apple is doubtless still sorting licensing issues for this right now. Choosing the articles, employing the actors to read them and recording the audio versions will take time, so don’t expect a full library of audible goodness on day one. But it will be a big step forward for the News+ platform. After all, it’s believed that Apple News+ hasn’t taken off quite the way the company would have liked. Which brings us to the second feature I’m looking forward to.
Apple News+ and other services bundles
Forensic examination of code in iOS 13.5.5. beta by Filipe Espósito at 9to5Mac suggests that we may soon be able to buy Apple services together for a lower price.
This is something that’s been rumored since 2019, but references to a “bundle offer” and to a “bundle subscription” appearing in the code are new, apparently.
It’s not clear when this might come – some sources say not until 2021 – or which services might be included. After all, although Apple launched TV+ alongside the Apple Arcade games subscription, that wouldn’t be the best fit, perhaps. Either Apple Music ($9.99 a month) or Apple TV+ ($4.99 a month) could make a tempting combo with Apple News+, especially if the price is right.
iPad Keyboard backlighting
The third feature is something I think about, well, every time I use my iPad Pro with its spectacular Magic Keyboard. The Magic Keyboard, unlike Smart Keyboards from Apple that have preceded it, is backlit. So you can use it in a dark room without squinting crazily or tipping the iPad screen toward the keys to try and make out which key is which.
But adjusting the brightness of the keyboard isn’t quite as simple as it might be. I mean, it’s designed so it adjusts the brightness automatically based on the lighting conditions, but your idea of what’s right and the keyboard’s aren’t always the same thing.
There’s no row of function keys on the Magic Keyboard, you see, so that’s not where you go to adjust brightness as you might on a regular laptop. Instead, you need to stop what you’re doing, open the Settings app, go to General, then Keyboard and then Hardware Keyboard.
Only then do you reach a screen where you can adjust the brightness.
According to 9to5Mac, iPadOS 13.5.5 has references in the code which suggest that there will be keyboard shortcuts to offer the capabilities which would normally fall to the function keys.
It looks like the shortcuts will allow simple, quick adjustment of the Keyboard backlighting, iPad display brightness and more.
They’re not active in the software beta so it’s not clear if they will be customizable or exactly how they will work.
It’s also worth noting that it’s not clear whether, though the code is in place in iPadOS 13.5.5, if that’s when it will debut or whether we’ll have to wait for iPadOS 14. Let’s hope it’s coming soon.
The final release of the software is imminent. When it launches, I’ll report on exactly what is, and what isn’t, included.
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Raptors Uprising down Nets GC to improve to 7-0 in NBA 2K league esports play – moosejawtoday.com
TORONTO — Raptors Uprising GC continued its perfect start to the NBA 2K League esports season, sweeping Nets GC in its best-of-three series Friday to improve to 7-0.
The Raptors raced out to an early lead in Game 1 but had to rally to take Game 2.
Toronto downed Brooklyn 84-71 in Game 1 and 79-72 in Game 2 with star point guard Kenneth (Kenny Got Work) Hailey, an early MVP candidate, racking up 75 points in the Raptors’ two wins.
Hailey was averaging 32.9 points, 6.4 assists, and 3.1 steals going into Friday’s game.
The Nets, who had won three straight, fell to 3-2.
Hailey led the way with 32 points — and zero turnovers — in Game 1 while rookie power forward Maurice (ReeceMode) Flowers added 25 points. Centre Jerry (Sick One) Knapp recorded his fourth triple-double of the season with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
Point guard Josh (Choc) Humphries led the Nets with 32 points and 10 assists. Humphries, the ninth overall pick in the February draft, was averaging 31.6 points and 8.3 assists per game prior to Friday’s play.
In Game 2, the Nets rallied to lead 18-15 after the first quarter — with Humphries accounting for 14 of Brooklyn’s points— and 36-32 at the half. Hailey, who had 14 points in the half, hit a late three-pointer to reduce the Raptors’ deficit.
But Toronto reeled off a 22-7 run to open the third quarter and led 60-50 going into the final quarter.
Brooklyn had some connectivity issues in Game 1, according to the NBA 2K official broadcast feed.
The NBA 2K League’s third season was to have started March 24 but was postponed until May 5 because of the global pandemic. The first six weeks of the rescheduled season are being played remotely rather than at the league’s New York City studio although the league has yet to say what happens beyond Week 6.
It was the fourth game in four days for Brooklyn, which did not open its season until May 29. In contrast, Toronto began play May 5.
Toronto, which has now swept five of its first seven series, hadn’t played in 15 days following a Week 4 bye. The Raptors snapped Hawks Talon GC’s three-game win streak last time they played on May 21.
Friday marked the second ever meeting between the two teams. Toronto won 54-42 in week 3 last season. That game saw former Raptors centre Seanquai (KingQuai614)Harris pull down a franchise-record 20 rebounds to go along with 10 points.
Toronto plays Blazer5 Gaming on June 11 and Celtics Crossover Gaming on June 12.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 5, 2020.
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