Finally, at last, it appears Sony will be unveiling the feature its MLB The Show series has been missing since its inception. In 2014, I spoke with Sony San Diego Studio’s Ramone Russell, and he told me create-a-ballpark was coming, but not that year.
It’s been seven years, but it is better late than never.
Thanks to a leak in the YouTube description of a recently released hype video for the upcoming MLB The Show 21 title, virtual baseball fans will have access to a “new Stadium Creator” that will allow users to “build the next great ballpark.”
Sony has since deleted the description in the video, but here is a screenshot with the reference.
Now that Sony is launching The Show on the PS5, PS4, and Xbox One, and Xbox One X/S, SSDS has also deemed this to be the right time to open up the Stadium Creator feature.
It’s difficult to quantify how big of an addition this could be to the game, but I must mention my optimism and even excitement comes with some caution. As you can see from the length of time it took to add this feature, this isn’t a publisher that rushes into things and makes it a point to go big or go home.
Because of their measured approach to new features, I’m a little concerned it might not be as fleshed out as some fans are hoping and expecting.
Let’s hope we’re not saddled with restrictions that keep it from specific modes like Diamond Dynasty and franchise mode. If it’s not available in the latter, Stadium Creator is almost a complete waste as franchise mode is where the new feature will be best appreciated.
If you’re only able to build a new stadium for user-controlled teams, that’s not a complete killer, as there should be some workarounds, but it would be much more enjoyable without that limitation. Hopefully, SSDS doesn’t make the same mistake EA does with Madden’s relocation and stadium customization tool.
EA forces users to wait through in-game processes before they can enjoy the customization. You can’t start to build your stadium until Week 8, and you’re not able to move into your new digs until the following season. Again, this isn’t a feature-breaking restriction but it is one bit of realism fans of the concept could probably do without.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, let’s hope this creation tool isn’t too simplistic and devoid of the kinds of options that allow stadium creators to feel as though they’ve engineered something unique.
Ideally, we’ll have access to super-high or short fences, structures or statues in the outfield stands, varied light fixtures, a wide range of dimensions, nuances in the outfield like bullpens in fair territory, hills in center field, elevated dugouts, plexiglass protection in front of the first few rows, etc., and even customizable ads and images (within reason) for the ballpark.
Hopefully–considering we’ve been waiting nearly ten years for this thing–Sony will abandon the overly safe, breadcrumb approach and instead bust out the whole loaf.
MLB The Show releases on April 20.
All the Apps That Support Apple's Spatial Audio Feature – MacRumors
Spatial audio is a sonic feature exclusive to AirPods Pro and AirPods Max that adds surround sound to Apple’s premium audio wearables. By utilizing dynamic head tracking, it brings a theater-like audio experience to the movie or video you’re watching, so that it seems as if the sound is coming from all around you.
The feature works by comparing the data from your iOS device’s gyroscope and accelerometer against the data from your AirPods Pro or AirPods Max, ensuring that the sound field stays anchored to the device, even if you move your head.
Unsurprisingly, spatial audio isn’t universally supported by third-party apps and services. To save you spending time wondering if a particular app works with the feature, we’ve put together a list below of all the apps that have officially been updated to support Spatial Audio, and some popular apps that have yet to add support.
Popular Apps That Support Spatial Audio
- Air Video HD (Turn on Surround in Audio settings)
- Apple’s TV app
- FE File Explorer (DTS 5.1 unsupported)
- Foxtel Go (Australia)
- HBO Max
- Plex (Enable old video player in Settings)
Popular Apps That Don’t Support Spatial Audio
We’ll keep these lists updated as and when we learn of additional third-party apps and updates that come out in support of spatial audio. In the meantime, check the following details to make sure that your hardware is compatible with the feature.
What You Need to Use Spatial Audio
To take advantage of spatial audio on AirPods Pro or AirPods Max, you need an iPhone 7 or later or one of the iPad models listed below. Note that spatial audio is not supported by any Mac model or any Apple TV models.
- iPad Pro 12.9‑inch (3rd generation) and later
- iPad Pro 11‑inch
- iPad Air (3rd generation)
- iPad (6th generation) and later
- iPad mini (5th generation)
You also need iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 or later installed on your device, as well as the latest firmware on your AirPods Pro or AirPods Max. To learn more about using spatial audio, check out our dedicated how-to article.
New research will study impact of COVID-19 on Halifax's long-term care residents – HalifaxToday.ca
An infectious disease expert at Dalhousie University will be leading a study aimed at finding out why elderly people are more at risk of severe complications when contracting COVID-19.
Dr. Lisa Barrett said it’s clear seniors, particularly those living in long-term care facilities, have been hit hardest by the novel coronavirus, but why that is isn’t quite known.
“Why their immune system responds differently and doesn’t prevent infection, or how their overall state of health or frailty level can impact their ability to resist COVID-19 is not clear,” she told NEWS 95.7 fill-in host Jordi Morgan.
“The first part of our study looks at people who are, say, 100 who did really well with COVID, or 65 with COVID and didn’t do well at all, and try to understand what the differences are in their immune system that make a successful response or not.”
The study will involve long-term care facility residents in the Halifax area and 356 people have already signed up to participate.
Over the next year, Barrett’s team of experts in frailty research, immunology, virology and clinical infectious disease will also be looking into vaccine effectiveness in the elderly population.
“Although we don’t know the details, immune systems are different in older people and we need to figure that out,” she explained.
Barrett is hoping the results will have implications well beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
“A great deal of knowledge will be generated about immune systems in older people in general that we have vastly understudied in the past,” she said. “We know infections in older people are one of the leading causes of death, and we don’t really understand that.”
“Adding a frailty lens in here, and also down deep immune cell descriptions is going to help us, not only with COVID-19, but in designing better responses, better treatments and better vaccines for older people.”
Barrett’s team has received $1.9 million in funding for the research from the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Immunity Task Force.
COVID-19: Peterborough Public Health, MPP Dave Smith plan virtual town hall on vaccine rollout – Globalnews.ca
A tele-town hall will be held later this month to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan for Peterborough and area.
The virtual and teleconference town hall from 7-8 p.m on March 16 is being co-hosted by Peterborough Public Health and Peterborough-Kawartha MPP Dave Smith. The town hall will focus on COVID-19 vaccine distribution for priority groups, the rollout plan for the region, information on the various types of vaccines and feature a question and answer segment.
“My office has received thousands of calls and emails from constituents who are anxious to get their vaccine but don’t know when it’s their turn or how to book an appointment,” Smith said. “The next few months will be the largest peacetime effort in a generation and the communication of clear, concise and accessible information will be crucial to a successful campaign.”
Medical officer of health Dr. Rosana Salvaterra says she’s looking forward to sharing details on the vaccine distribution plan as a more consistent supply arrives. The health unit serves Peterborough, the municipalities in Peterborough County, Curve Lake First Nation and Hiawatha First Nation.
“We have planned clinics throughout our region to make sure every eligible resident can get vaccinated in the coming months,” she said.
Northumberland-Peterborough South MPP David Piccini will also be a part of the town hall.
“The realities in cities are very different than those in rural Ontario, as such, things differ across our 34 public health units in Ontario,” he said. “Communication between all health partners remains critical to a successful rollout and MPP Smith and I look forward to joining Dr. Salvaterra to discuss our local plan in greater detail and answer your questions.”
To participate in the town hall, you must share your phone number one of the following ways:
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