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Forget PS4 and Xbox cameras, NBA 2K17 will allow you to scan your face using your phone

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As hoops fans patiently await the arrival of NBA 2K17 on September 20 (or September 16 for those who preordered), developer 2K Sports has dropped major news about a new and exciting feature that will take basketball’s video game darling to unprecedented heights.

For the first time ever, NBA 2K17 will allow gamers to scan their own faces into the game using a smartphone app. Forget about creating a random with a generic face, this is as good as it gets until VR arrives, and players find themselves playing pick-up ball in a Lakers uniform against virtual LeBron James.


Also: Goodbye and good riddance to using a console camera or that depth-sensing Intel camera that’s only available on a minority of laptops. We always thought that the pursuit of the best version of our faces should start with a smartphone sporting a top-notch selfie camera, rather than a tethered console accessory that isn’t designed for narcissistic tendencies.

The free MyNBA2K17 companion app will be available on Android and iOS devices starting September 8, giving users ample time to play around with the feature before tip-off. But c

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reating a person’s likeness isn’t the only thing the app is meant to accomplish; MyNBA2K17 also includes a mobile card game and a virtual closet that houses gear for console or PC avatars, and using it can earn players digital currency for NBA 2K17.

Face-scanning was introduced in NBA 2K15 but required a PlayStation camera or an Xbox One Kinect camera to use. A year in development didn’t do it any good, as the feature was panned by the NBA 2K16 community. Interestingly, EA’s NBA Live 16 featured a similar face-importing process, but it relied on smartphone cameras for creating cyberfaces.

NBA 2K17 will be released on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC.

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Source: Forbes

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Playdate is a handheld gaming system with a crank

Yes, an actual crank

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If you’re bored of the current gaming console landscape or are simply waiting for the next-gen PlayStation to come out, there’s this new handheld system that might keep you a little busy.

From a company named Panic, which is known for developing the popular game Firewatch, comes the Playdate. It may seem like a simple gaming system at first, but look to its right and you’ll see its defining feature: a crank.


The developer says that some titles will use this analog controller exclusively, while some won’t at all (which, to me, sorta defeats the purpose of placing that game on this console). Everything will be played on its monochrome screen with no backlighting.

You can see it in action here:

The spin here is that the Playdate will come with a subscription of 12 games — delivered to you once a week for 12 weeks. It’s part of the initial cost of US$ 149, but there’s no word yet if there’ll be subscriptions after that and how much they’ll cost.

Each game will be a surprise, which may or not be a good thing. Spending this much on an unproven console — and possibly more for succeeding subscriptions — could end up becoming a costly risk.

Orders will be accepted later this year, while actual shipping will happen in early 2020. For now, you can sign up through the official website to receive updates on its progress.

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Here’s an early look at the Sony PS5’s raw performance

Spoiler: It’s fast!

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Even though Sony dished out some early info on the upcoming PlayStation 5 (should they choose to stick to the numbered naming scheme) and revealed that it’s more than just a mere upgrade, we don’t have any tangible data on what exactly to expect.

Fortunately, Wall Street Journal tech reporter Takashi Mochizuki was present at Sony’s most recent gaming presentation and had this video to show us:


What you see here is a comparison between the loading times of the PS5 and PS4 Pro. Make no mistake here: The next-generation console is incredibly fast! A lot of credit must be given to the built-in SSD the PS5 will ship with.

This should be taken with a grain of salt, however. Tech demos are often fixed to make the newer (and more expensive) product seem superior. To the next-gen console’s credit, it’ll come with the latest eight-core Ryzen chip and a custom GPU from AMD’s Radeon Navi, which are capable of 8K gaming and ray tracing when put together.

Sadly, we still don’t have a release date and Sony won’t announce anything at E3 next month. For now, savor your PS4 and its growing library of classics.

Via: Kotaku

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Minecraft Earth is like Pokémon Go but with building blocks

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In a move that makes loads of sense, Minecraft is coming to mobile though an augmented reality app similar to Pokémon Go.

It’s called Minecraft Earth and it’s arriving later this year with a beta phase happening during summer. The developers offered this trailer, but it does little to explain how the system would work.


Check it out:

The official website’s FAQ section, however, delves into more of the info we actually care about.

For one, it’ll be free to play and will include several of Minecraft‘s traditional features including world building and discovering/fighting mobs.

Concerning regional availability, the developers aren’t confirming these details just yet. If it’s anything like the issues Niantic experienced with Pokémon Go before, chances are this rollout will be gradual, too.

Finally, for the “Will Minecraft Earth have loot boxes?” question, the website has a definite “No” to answer that.

Minecraft Earth will be available on both Android and iOS. Fingers crossed that there’ll be no delays. 🤞

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