Fortnite developer Epic Games is practically cornered by Apple. The game was removed from the App Store because it bypassed Apple’s payment system, in favor of its own. The hardware maker wasn’t happy with the game developer’s attempt to go completely independent.
Now, Apple is taking another step to ensure its dominance on iOS and macOS app stores. The company is threatening to cut Epic Games’ off from developer accounts and iOS and Mac development tools. The game maker has time until August 28 to make a decision.
All developers who have their apps listed on the App Store are a part of the Apple Developer Program. The membership ensures access to developer tools and distribution channels. Currently, all apps for macOS have to be notarized, even if they’re being installed via third-party sources. Without access to developer tools, Epic Games will be practically unable to support Apple’s operating system by default.
Apple continues to maintain that Epic Games has breached its app store guidelines. The company added that it will “make every effort to work with Epic to resolve these violations.” However, today’s news doesn’t look like the issue will be resolved anytime soon.
Epic Games has filed a case against Apple. The developer won’t be able to offer Unreal Engine for Mac and iPhone, in turn affecting hundreds of game titles that depend on the physics engine. Their filling added that games like Fortnite and PUBG are played by millions of players across the globe.
“We won’t make an exception for Epic because we don’t think it’s right to put their business interests ahead of the guidelines that protect our customers,” Apple said in a statement.
Although, many experts are worried about Apple’s stance. The big tech congressional hearing alleged that companies like Apple are too huge and veil a lot of power. With Epic Games, we can see the giant protecting its already closed ecosystem.
Razer now has its own gaming finger sleeves
Keeping your thumbs dry
Razer has somehow transformed into the ruler of gaming lifestyle accessories. After releasing treasure troves of peripherals and devices, the company has slowly branched off into stranger and stranger niches including toasters and SUVs. Razer is now blending peripheral with accessory in its latest product: Razer Gaming Finger Sleeves.
If you haven’t heard of finger sleeves before, think gloves but only for your fingers — or, in this case, finger. The Razer Gaming Finger Sleeves are meant to be worn on your thumbs. It’s specifically made for mobile gamers.
Made with a mixture of sliver fiber fabric, nylon, and spandex, the sleeves can keep your thumbs dry for serious gaming on your phone. Despite wrapping your thumbs, Razer says that the fabric is still breathable at 0.8 millimeters. They’re also a universal fit for any type of thumb.
Mobile gaming is one of the most popular forms of entertainment especially in Asian countries like the Philippines. Playing on your phone can easily whittle away the time spent in traffic or outdoors. However, since some countries are too warm and humid, sweat can just as easily accumulate and create an unsightly portrait on our otherwise pristine phone screens.
The Razer Gaming Finger Sleeves are out now and retails for US$ 9.99.
The Pulse 3D Wireless Headset now sports Midnight Black
Nicely paired with the DualSense controller and your “Midnight Black” PS5
Back in June, Sony announced two additional colorways for its next-generation DualSense controller. Apart from the classic white, the PlayStation 5’s newest controller also received a Midnight Black and Cosmic Red. This time around, they’ve extended the invitation to another PS5 peripheral, the Pulse 3D Wireless Headset.
Much like the DualSense controller, the headset will also come in Midnight Black. Other than this, everything else is pretty much the same for the Pulse 3D Headset. In essence, it still gives you deeper, more immersive 3D sounds to games that fully take advantage of this. It’s just that now, you have other color options to choose from. Whether or not this also comes in Cosmic Red, Sony has yet to announce that.
It’s worth noting that included in the PS5’s second major update is an equalizer for the 3D Pulse. It adds another layer of control for players. This lets them enjoy the game precisely the way they want to. But if tweaking isn’t your thing, there are also three presets: Standard, Bass Boost, or Shooter.
The Pulse 3D Wireless Headset in Midnight Black will be available on October 29 for PhP 5,590/ SG$ 149 / MYR 469/ DR1,699,000 / THB3,490 / VND2,699,000.
Nintendo Switch gets Bluetooth audio compatibility
Update rolling out today
The Nintendo Switch is one of the most versatile consoles available today. Besides being a home console, commuters and travelers can easily take their favorite games with them. However, for all its bells and whistles, the console lacks a key feature present in today’s traveling tech: Bluetooth audio support. In a surprise move, Nintendo is finally bringing the Switch into the wireless fold.
Today, an official software update is rolling out to Switches everywhere. The update adds in support for Bluetooth audio output. Gamers can now play their favorite games through the wireless earbud of their choice. The system’s settings screen now has a Bluetooth Audio setting to pair the console with wireless audio devices.
There are some caveats, though. The new feature is a single-player one. Users can’t attach Bluetooth microphones using the update. Though some games thrive in multiplayer, Nintendo won’t allow the feature yet.
Further, only on audio device can be paired at a single time, adding more complications for local multiplayer. Likewise, pairing an audio device will limit the console’s wireless controller connections to just two at a time. There might be some latency issues as well, according to the official support page.
The update is already rolling out now. Switch users should have access to the feature as soon as they get it.
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