It turns out Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is coming to Nintendo Switch pretty soon. Initially revealed last September, the Definitive Edition of the heralded Wii RPG will land on Switch on May 29. Nintendo revealed the release date during a surprise Nintendo Direct Mini that showcased a bunch of previously unannounced Switch games. The Definitive Edition is joined by a new 250-page art book dubbed Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Works that will be bundled with the $80 Definitive Works Set (US exclusive). Meanwhile, fans in the UK can grab the Collector’s Set, which comes with a few more goodies.
The biggest addition to the Definitive Edition is the brand-new epilogue, Future Connected, which provides some incentive for those who have already played Monolith Soft’s grand adventure to grab it again on Switch. The Switch version also includes some quality-of-life improvements, including remixed music, updated controls, and enhanced visuals. Menu screens will be more user-friendly and feature easier-to-read text, too.
Both US editions of Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition are available to pre-order now. The UK-exclusive Collector’s Set isn’t available to pre-order just yet, but you can check out all of the details below.
Pre-order Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition | $60
The base game on its own will cost $60. No pre-order bonuses have been announced at this time, but you can currently order it from Best Buy and GameStop.
Pre-order Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Works Set | $80
The Definitive Works Set comes with the game and a premium hardcover art book in a slip case. It’s available to pre-order at Best Buy for $80.
Pre-order Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition Collector’s Set (UK only)
The UK-exclusive Collector’s Set includes several more goodies. In addition to the art book, you’ll get a poster and official soundtrack on vinyl and digital. We’ll add pricing information once it’s available to pre-order.
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Tom Hanks WWII Movie 'Greyhound' Debuts on Apple TV+ – MacRumors
Apple TV+ today debuted “Greyhound,” the highly anticipated Second World War movie starring Tom Hanks as a naval officer given command of Navy destroyer Greyhound in the Battle of the Atlantic.
“Greyhound” features Hanks as George Krause, who must fight his own self doubts and personal demons as he leads a convoy of Allied ships against German U-boats to prove that he belongs in command.
The screenplay for the movie was written by Hanks and the film was meant to be released in theaters, but could not premiere because most theaters across the United States remain closed. Apple ultimately paid $70 million for the film to premiere on Apple TV+.
Alongside “Greyhound,” the first four episodes of “Little Voice” also debuted on Apple’s streaming service today. The show is a coming of age drama created by J.J. Abrams, Sara Bareilles, and Jessie Nelson, and uses original music by Bareilles. Apple also debuted short-form sports docuseries “Greatness Code” on Friday.
Apple TV+ can be accessed through the TV app on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, Mac, select Samsung and LG smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices, as well as online at tv.apple.com. A list of all of the TV shows and movies on the service can be found in our guide.
Sony invests $250m in Fortnite maker Epic – Eurogamer.net
Sony has invested $250m in Epic.
The “strategic” investment gives Sony a minority interest in the Fortnite maker.
“The investment cements an already close relationship between the two companies and reinforces the shared mission to advance the state of the art in technology, entertainment, and socially-connected online services,” Sony said.
“The investment allows Sony and Epic to aim to broaden their collaboration across Sony’s leading portfolio of entertainment assets and technology, and Epic’s social entertainment platform and digital ecosystem to create unique experiences for consumers and creators.”
According to Sony boss Kenichiro Yoshida, the investment allows the Japanese company to “explore opportunities for further collaboration with Epic to delight and bring value to consumers and the industry at large, not only in games, but also across the rapidly evolving digital entertainment landscape”.
To put the investment in context, senior analyst at Niko Partners, Daniel Ahmad said Sony’s $250m nabs it a 1.4 per cent minority stake in Epic, which values the company at $17.86bn. Chinese tech giant Tencent has a 40 per cent stake after a $330m investment made in June 2012. Epic boss Tim Sweeney remains the majority stakeholder.
Quick thread on Sony and Epic deal:
Sony made a strategic investment of 0 million in Epic Games to acquire a 1.4% minority stake.
The investment cements an already close relationship. Is to explore opportunities for further collaboration, primarily around entertainment. pic.twitter.com/Moin0hUWJu
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) July 9, 2020
Epic and Sony already established a close relationship with the unveiling of Unreal Engine 5 running on a PlayStation 5. Sony also gets exclusive Fortnite skins, available only to PlayStation Plus subscribers.
Writing on Twitter, Epic boss Sweeney said “serious investment discussions” followed from the PS5 Unreal Engine 5 demo. “I guess they liked it!” he added.
Yes, here?s what I said back in May below. Serious investment discussions followed from the Unreal Engine 5 demo we showed on PlayStation 5. I guess they liked it!https://t.co/c9x4q1v87P https://t.co/XoOTR5hThU
— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) July 9, 2020
According to VentureBeat, Epic has confirmed it will still be able to publish to other non-Sony platforms, so don’t expect Fortnite to go PS5 exclusive any time soon.
As for Sony, it’s spent big on video games in recent years with the PS5 on the horizon. In August 2019 it splashed out $229m for Spider-Man PS4 developer Insomniac Games, and is reportedly sniffing around Digital Extremes (Warframe) and Splash Damage (Brink, Gears Tactics) owner Leyou Technologies.
But this Epic deal is clearly about more than just video games. Fortnite is now an enormous platform in which music artists perform and current affairs debates are held alongside players shooting each other to bits. Fortnite recently held a virtual Travis Scott concert and an incredible 27 million people tuned in. Given Sony’s stakes in the music and film industries, you can see why it would want a piece of the pie.
Images of Samsung’s bean-shaped earbuds leak again, including its charging case – The Verge
Samsung’s upcoming bean-shaped earbuds have leaked again in a series of new images that also include its charging case for the first time. The images were initially leaked by Evan Blass, before being republished by 9to5Google. As well as giving us our best look yet at the earbuds’ charging case and bronze color scheme, Blass also suggests that the earbuds will be called the Galaxy Buds Live, rather than the “Galaxy Beans.”
Although these are set to be Samsung’s second pair of true wireless earbuds this year, they’re a significant departure from the Galaxy Buds Plus. What’s notable about the design of the Galaxy Buds Live is that they don’t appear to have a silicon ear tip that sits in your ear canal while you wear them. Instead, there’s just a bean-shaped earbud that you wear in the outer part of your ear.
The charging case, which wasn’t included in a previous leak from WinFuture, is similar to what we’ve seen with other true wireless headphones. There’s no recessed section for the non-existent ear-tips to slot into, but otherwise we can see a typical set of charging pins.
A final note is that the images appear to show that the earbuds have a pair of microphones on the outside, as well as what 9to5Google calls a “vent-like speaker.” These microphones are likely to be used for taking calls, and may also play a part in the active-noise cancellation that Gizmodo UK has reported that these earbuds will support.
Alongside these images of Samsung’s upcoming true wireless earbuds, Blass has also posted new images of the Galaxy Tab S7. The images, which were later republished by SamMobile, show a tablet with a similar design to the Galaxy Tab S6. It will reportedly be powered by a Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset, and will have an in-display fingerprint sensor.
We shouldn’t have long to wait to find out if these rumors are accurate. The earbuds and tablet are expected to be unveiled in August, where they’ll likely appear alongside the Galaxy Note 20.
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