Tag: Switch

12
Oct
2020
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FIFA 21 Has Biggest Boxed Launch Of 2021 In UK, But Switch Version Flops

FIFA is a big deal in the UK, and the launch of FIFA 21 has done big business in the UK–with some caveats. FIFA 21 is the biggest physical game launch in the UK this year, but sales are down compared to FIFA 20, and the Switch version has sold poorly.

Gamesindustry.biz is reporting that sales on FIFA 21’s boxed copies are down 42% on boxed sales of FIFA 20. There’s a few potential reasons for that–the looming next generation of systems (which will bring new versions of FIFA 21), the growth of the digital market, and the COVID-19 pandemic making players less likely to travel to a store to buy the game all factors in.

It’s unknown how well the game has sold digitally, but this is still a big launch, overtaking the launch sales of The Last of Us Part II and Animal Crossing: New Horizons (both of which are single console exclusives).

The Switch version, however, has bombed. The PS4 version of the game accounted for 62% of sales, while 36% of sales were on Xbox One, but just 2% of sales were for the Switch version.

Of course, there’s a good reason for the Switch version to have not sold–it’s a Legacy Edition, meaning it’s the exact same game as the last three FIFA titles on Switch, albeit with updated rosters. The Switch version does not have enough reviews for a rating on Metacritic yet, but the user rating is down to 0.1/10. Hopefully EA will consider releasing a more substantial update for the Switch version of FIFA 22.

Although the game will likely sell well on PS5 and Xbox Series X when those consoles launch too, it’s worth noting that you’ll get a free upgrade to the new versions if you buy the PS4 or

08
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Best Gaming Headset Of 2020: PS4, PC, Switch, And Xbox One

Sound is one of the most important and underrated aspects of a good gaming experience, which makes a good gaming headphone recommendation crucial. You should treat a good pair of ear pads right, as the best gaming headset picks can be expensive, but worth it. The gaming headset is one of the most important accessories you can buy, right up there with a gaming mouse and gaming keyboard. Thankfully, there are a lot of different options out there, whether you’re looking for surround sound, noise isolation, an excellent mic, or just plain-and-simple great sound quality matched a comfortable ear cup build. And it doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a wired or wireless gaming headset because there are fantastic options for both from a lot of different companies.

Some of the best headset makers out there include HyperX, Sennheiser, and Turtle Beach, but there are a number of other manufacturers that do a great job as well. Creative, Razer, and Astro are among those that impressed us as well. Thankfully, whether you’re looking at the HyperX Cloud Alpha or Sennheiser GSP series (or anything in between), then you’re going to get yourself a great headset.

It can still be a difficult decision choosing the right gaming headset for you, especially when you can’t try them for yourself–how comfortable the ear cups are is a big question many have. Thankfully, we’ve tested a large number of headsets and poured over every single important detail, from surround sound and audio quality to comfortability and whether the headset is wireless or wired. We’ve chosen a select few that stand above the rest: the best gaming headsets you can buy in 2020.

Please note that all of the prices listed below do not reflect any current discounts or fluctuations. Each headset is listed alongside

07
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Free Pikmin 3 Deluxe Demo Now Live On Switch eShop, Lets You Transfer Progress To Full Game

Pikmin 3 Deluxe launches on Nintendo Switch later this month, but players will have a chance to sample it before then. During today’s Treehouse Live stream, Nintendo announced that a free Pikmin 3 Deluxe demo is coming to the eShop tonight. The demo is now live, and you’ll unlock some things in the full game for playing it.

If you can defeat the final boss at the end of the demo, you’ll unlock the Ultra-Spicy difficulty in the full version of Pikmin 3 Deluxe right from the outset. Ultra-Spicy is a brand-new difficulty option for Pikmin veterans that caps your Pikmin field limit at 60, making the experience more challenging.

Additionally, Nintendo has confirmed that the Pikmin 3 Deluxe demo allows you to carry over your save data to the full game, so you’ll be able to pick up where you left off when it launches.

We learned a few other new details about Pikmin 3 Deluxe during the Treehouse Live stream. Nintendo confirmed that motion controls and pointer functionality will return as optional control methods. The company also showed off some new features being introduced in this Switch version, including the Piklopedia–which catalogues all the enemies you’ve defeated–and the new side story missions starring Olimar and Louie.

Pikmin 3 Deluxe launches on October 30. You can learn more about the game in our Pikmin 3 Deluxe preorder guide.

That wasn’t all that we saw during the Treehouse Live stream. As advertised, the company also showcased more of

04
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Get your Nintendo Switch right here — it’s in stock at GameStop

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Ever since the pandemic hit, Nintendo has been struggling to keep up with Switch and Switch Lite demand. However, according to an early August GameSpot report, Switch console production is back in full swing — or close to it, at least. That jibes with what we’ve seen over that past few weeks, with the console popping up at online stores like Best Buy and Amazon at its regular $300 price tag.

Of course, it still sells out within minutes. But now that we’re seeing it in stock at stores on a fairly regular basis, we’re trying to keep closer track. We’ll update this story frequently, but you’ll want to click through below since the inventory status often changes on a minute-by-minute basis.

Amazon

Update: As of Oct. 4, there are no Nintendo Switch consoles available for online purchase for $300 at Amazon.    


Best Buy

Update: As of Oct. 4, there are no Nintendo Switch consoles available for online purchase for $300 at Best Buy.  


GameStop


Out of stock

What’s a good price for the Switch?

Unsurprisingly, there’s no “deal” to be had at the stores above; the price is set firmly at $299.99, which is the regular SRP. Indeed, it’s been quite a while since we’ve seen any kind of Switch discount. (Holidays, 2019, if memory serves.)

That said, with bundles and used consoles selling for upwards of $400 or more, paying “only” the suggested retail price is a win on this product. (And don’t worry: Nintendo has already confirmed that it has no plans for a Switch sequel this year.)

Read more: The best Nintendo Switch games for 2020

This post is updated regularly as inventory changes occur.


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02
Oct
2020
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Google research lets sign language switch ‘active speaker’ in video calls

An aspect of video calls that many of us take for granted is the way they can switch between feeds to highlight whoever’s speaking. Great — if speaking is how you communicate. Silent speech like sign language doesn’t trigger those algorithms, unfortunately, but this research from Google might change that.

It’s a real-time sign language detection engine that can tell when someone is signing (as opposed to just moving around) and when they’re done. Of course it’s trivial for humans to tell this sort of thing, but it’s harder for a video call system that’s used to just pushing pixels.

A new paper from Google researchers, presented (virtually, of course) at ECCV, shows how it can be done efficiency and with very little latency. It would defeat the point if the sign language detection worked but it resulted in delayed or degraded video, so their goal was to make sure the model was both lightweight and reliable.

The system first runs the video through a model called PoseNet, which estimates the positions of the body and limbs in each frame. This simplified visual information (essentially a stick figure) is sent to a model trained on pose data from video of people using German Sign Language, and it compares the live image to what it thinks signing looks like.

Image showing automatic detection of a person signing.
Image showing automatic detection of a person signing.

Image Credits: Google

This simple process already produces 80 percent accuracy in predicting whether a person is signing or not, and with some additional optimizing gets up to 91.5 percent accuracy. Considering how the “active speaker” detection on most calls is only so-so at telling whether a person is talking or coughing, those numbers are pretty respectable.

In order to work without adding some new “a person is signing” signal to existing calls, the