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Pokemon announces trio of relaxing Pokemon games

Including a new Pokemon Snap

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Who doesn’t need more Pokémon in their lives? After a few relatively tepid months from the popular monster-catching series, Pokémon is back with a brigade of upcoming games for the dedicated trainer. Coinciding with the first Pokémon Sword and Shield DLC, the company has announced three new titles in the spinoff series: Pokémon Snap, Pokémon Café Mix, and Pokémon Smile.

Pokémon Snap

A classic title from the Nintendo 64 era, Pokémon Snap is coming to the Nintendo Switch as an all-new game — officially titled New Pokémon Snap. Much like the main battle-focused titles, New Pokémon Snap is a collecting game but, instead of throwing PokéBalls at cute creatures, you just take photos of them. The upcoming title is designed to be a much more relaxed experience as you try to fill up your Photodex. New Pokémon Snap does not have a release date yet, but it’s coming soon.

Pokémon Café Mix

Remember Diner Dash, the classic strategy game where you control and manage your own restaurant? Pokémon Café Mix follows the same plot. However, instead of beating the clock to satisfy customers, you solve puzzles to make the perfect cup of coffee. Like New Pokémon Snap, the café-building game offers a chillout experience away from the bustle of trainer battles. It will come free-to-start starting June 23.

Pokémon Smile

Sometimes, teaching a child to brush their teeth is as difficult as pulling your own teeth. Pokémon Smile aims to help with that particular childcare predicament. Using a front-facing AR camera, players can save Pokémon from bacteria and catch the newly saved Pokémon. The app can also set notifications for brushing and provide brushing advice. (Though the app is made for kids, us adults sure could use some help brushing our teeth, too. Especially for that cute Charmander.) Pokémon Smile is available now on Google Play and the App Store.

SEE ALSO: Pokémon Sleep will gamify your sleeping patterns

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Razer now has its own gaming finger sleeves

Keeping your thumbs dry

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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.

SEE ALSO: Razer unveils its Phantom Keycap Upgrade Set

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The Pulse 3D Wireless Headset now sports Midnight Black

Nicely paired with the DualSense controller and your “Midnight Black” PS5

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Pulse 3D Wireless

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.

SEE ALSO: How to use the DualSense controller with PC, Mac

 

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Nintendo Switch gets Bluetooth audio compatibility

Update rolling out today

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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.

SEE ALSO: Is the Nintendo Switch (OLED) worth the upgrade?

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