After revamping the Apple TV app, Apple is now making changes to the core operating system that runs on its Apple TV box: tvOS. At WWDC 2019, the Cupertino company announced a slightly redesigned tvOS with a much richer interface.
Apple’s tvOS 13 doesn’t look drastically different, but it has a new home screen with full-screen previews. Also, it now has multi-user support (finally!) for customers to access their personalized content like music, TV shows, or movies in a shared Apple TV. There’s even a new Control Center for quick access to key features like system sleep and audio routing.
Additionally, Apple Arcade is finally coming to Apple TV as a subscription service good for a family of six. Individual users will have unlimited access to over 100 new and exclusive games with support for game controllers including the Xbox’s and PlayStation DualShock 4. The controllers can also be used with other games from the App Store.
— Michael Josh @ #WWDC19 (@michaeljosh) June 3, 2019
Those who already enjoy the beautiful space screen savers of Apple TV will have more to appreciate thanks to Apple’s latest collection of 4K HDR screen savers showing marine life. These new screen savers were shot by the team behind BBC’s critically acclaimed Blue Planet documentary.
The new tvOS version will be available as a free software update for Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD later this fall. Developers and beta testers can test out and enjoy tvOS 13 ahead of everyone.
Taiwan Excellence is holding its first esports cup in the Philippines
With a prize pool of P360,000
Esports continue to grow in the Philippines thanks to the help from both organizations and major brands. The latest to make its mark in the local competitive scene is Taiwan Excellence, which will be holding an esports cup in Manila beginning in July.
With the help of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taiwan’s Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), there’ll be a PhP 360,000 prize pool for the expected 2,000 participants from across the country. The featured games are Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) and League of Legends (LOL).
Registration for the tournament begins on June 15. The first phase of the competition will start on July 6 for CS:GO and August 3 for LOL. The grand finals will happen from October 4 to 5 at SM North EDSA The Block, Quezon City. Taiwan Excellence’s esports cup was previously held in Malaysia and Thailand.
“Taiwan is known for its breakthrough electronics industry, with renowned innovations and quality products being developed for global distribution. Now with esports, we take pride in sharing that industry-leading brands are from Taiwan, with Filipino gamers,” said C.T. Wu, director of the Strategic Marketing Dept. at TAITRA.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel is on its way
Following up the Switch’s best game
Leave it to Nintendo to make the announcements that are worthy of closing the pre-E3 keynotes.
During Nintendo’s keynote, the company announced that a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is in the works. A trailer was provided but didn’t show anything in terms of gameplay.
Instead, we see main characters Link and Zelda exploring a cave, seemingly continuing where they left off from the first game, and finding a ghastly corpse that awakens.
You can watch it here:
Breath of the Wild is considered by many to be the best game on the Switch (along with Super Mario Odyssey), as well as the highest-rated entry in the long-running series, so any mention of a sequel is fantastic news.
Sadly, Nintendo didn’t provide a release date or any other details. All we know for sure is that this will be another Switch-exclusive.
Final Fantasy VIII is getting the remaster it deserves
It’s not a remake though
At long last, Final Fantasy VIII is releasing on newer consoles. It had been notably absent when Square Enix launched fellow FF-series games lately. Somehow, they got their shit together for this.
Unfortunately, it isn’t a remake like what we’re getting out of Final Fantasy VII for the PS4. Rather, this is only a remaster of the classic PlayStation title with the same gameplay mechanics and slightly improved graphics.
This is the official trailer:
“Coming 2019” is all we have for a release schedule. The good news is we’ll see it on the PS4, Switch, Xbox One, and Steam — no mobile version, however. Previously, a vanilla version of FFVIII arrived on PC in late 2013.
For context, the original game came out in 1999. It’s time for younger millennials to get a taste of emo protagonists from the 90s.
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