👋 Good morning! It’s E3 week! And yes, while I’m off to France, there’s too much happening not to send you an update!
Across the E3 press conferences we go, with a host of new games and developments already announced. There’s too much going on, really, but here’s the big stuff you can’t miss.
Microsoft’s “Project Scarlett”: its next-gen Xbox console
Microsoft revealed some scant details about Project Scarlett, it’s next-generation Xbox console. A 3m 58s trailer on YouTube showed off some glimpses of the hardware, promising “this generation is going to bigger leap than any generation we’ve done before” - 4 times the performance of the current-gen Xbox.
What we know:
Xbox Game Pass is now available on PC
Now this is pretty good value, buuuut….
Microsoft’s Project xCloud
Microsoft isn’t letting Google Stadia muscle in on its hard-won gaming turf, with some more detail about Project xCloud - its own streaming service taking Xbox games and more to PC.
What else at E3? Games!
More to come: There's a PC gaming Show conference today, Ubisoft also has announcements today along with Square Enix, with Nintendo taking over tomorrow. (There's no Sony PlayStation event at E3 2019, just in case you'd forgotten!)
📶 We asked, you told us: Most aren’t buying 5G phones until networks are ready (Android Authority).
🎮 Google Stadia: The finer print of Google’s game streaming service (AA).
🆚 Xbox's biggest competitor isn't PlayStation: It's Google (Engadget).
📺 Quibi is coming! Pronounced Quib-eye, this is a new streaming service coming on April 6 2020 for mobile devices only, and something I don’t understand at all. But it has raised $1 billion to get off the ground? (Variety).
🍎 Apple is Listening (marco.org).
💵 NASA says the International Space Station will begin accepting space tourists (The Verge).
⚡ Mazda will offer an EV in 2020 (Engadget).
🚗 EU will force electric cars to emit a noise when traveling below 20 km/h from July 1 (The Next Web).
🏎 McLaren’s next supercar now has a soft-top: the 2020 McLaren 720S Spider is out, $315k, ludicrously fast, and now a convertible (CNET).
👎 Tesla will soon downgrade software on the entry-level Model 3, even if you already own it and had unlocked software at the time, via an update. Some say people got a bonus they hadn’t paid for which has now expired; others are questioning the legality behind a seeming bait-and-switch tactic (Engadget).
📰 Top voting machine maker reverses position on election security, promises paper ballots - significant and important about-face, because hackers (TechCrunch).
🕧 This interactive timeline helps make sense of “Avengers: Endgame” time travel logic (Gizmodo).
🤔 What are the tiny triangular creases on your skin called? (r/askscience).
With fond memories, saying goodbye to the “me and the boys” meme - slowly going, but not forgotten:
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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