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Sony’s next virtual reality system is coming soon, as is Minecraft Legends and Redfall, which were given release dates today.

PS VR2 is a month away, here’s what you can play at launch

PS VR2, the second generation virtual reality system from Playstation comes out on February 22, and we’ve got a clear picture of the games you’ll be playing.

The two premiere titles are both from Sony studios. Horizon Call of the Mountain is a story set in the world of Zero Dawn and Forbidden West, and Gran Turismo 7 is a car racing sim.

Two of the other new games releasing within a month of of the hardware – this is defined as the launch window – are Resident Evil Village and
Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge.

Other titles are updates to games that are already available on PS VR. These include:

PS VR2 requires a PS5 console and costs $750 CAD. A bundle which includes Horizon Call of the Mountain is $820.

Minecraft Legends and Redfall coming this spring

In a showcase broadcast online Wednesday, Microsoft put dates on two key games that are coming this spring. Both games are available with an Xbox Game Pass subscription.

Minecraft Legends, which was co-developed by Vancouver’s Blackbird Interactive, puts a strategy spin on the block-based adventure game and includes a player vs. player mode which pits two teams of up to four players against each other. It launches on April 18 on all the platforms, including PS4, PS5, Switch, and Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

Redfall, from Arkane Austin, is an open world vampire hunting action game. The game is set on an island, named Redfall, and you can take on the vampire horde on your own or with up to three friends. Redfall is exclusive to Windows and Xbox Series X/S.

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The new smart speaker from Apple has arrived, but you have to travel to Japan or Europe to feed your nostalgia for music players from the eighties.

Apple hopes revamped HomePod can better compete with competitor smart speakers

Apple revealed a second generation HomePod last week. The price, $399 CAN, is the same as the original model that was released in 2018, but that was a difficult time to be pushing into the smart speaker market with a premium-priced device.

That was right when smart speakers were becoming popular, and there were multiple version of Amazon and Google’s lower-priced devices available in the following years.

Even if the HomePod sounded better, it was handcuffed by the higher price tag and a digital assistant in Siri that wasn’t as effective as Alexa or Google’s.

But neither Amazon nor Google have been as successful staying in hardware, and this may be a good time for Apple to plant a flag.

The new HomePod from Apple will be on shelves February 3, and is available to preorder now.

If you’re looking for a new music player Sony’s still making Walkmans

You can’t buy a Walkman in North America – yet – but if you’re traveling to Japan or Europe, Sony’s got slick dedicated music players that honour the eighties in the best possible way.

There are two of these Android devices available, the NW-A306 (46,000 yen, 399 euro), and the higher-end NW-ZX707 (104,500 yen, 745 euro) which has an amplifier built in and adds a quarter inch output in addition to the standard 3.5 mm headphone jack.

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HBO’s adaptation of The Last of Us (it airs on Crave in Canada) is something special, Illustrated is a relaxing game, and Google’s Stadia controllers will live on.

The Last of Us prestige television drama expands beyond the video game

Have you watched this yet?

As someone who played and enjoyed the Naughty Dog video games, the show, co-created by Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin, is very faithful to the source.

The actors, Pedro Pascal, Anna Torv, and Bella Ramsey, are absolutely perfect.

Can’t wait for more.

Illustrated is a calm, relaxing jigsaw puzzle game on Apple Arcade

Not every game you play has to be an endorphin-driving violence fest. Sometimes you just need to sit back. Relax.

That’s what you can do with Illustrated, a new game available to Apple Arcade subscribers.

It presents you with digital jigsaw puzzles created out of artwork from artists around the world, including representations of paintings by Van Gogh.

Each of the puzzles has a layer of meaningful text on top of it, and you can toggle back and forth between seeing the words and only seeing the art, so you can take a different strategy to solving the puzzle depending on what you focus on.

Google’s Stadia is now decommissioned, but the controller lives on

Google Stadia’s last gasp was to make sure that everyone who was part of the journey can continue to use their game controller even though the Stadia game streaming service has shut down.

You can always use the Stadia controller with a USB cable, but the firmware update means you can use it wirelessly with Android, ChromeOS, macOS, and Windows. You cannot use it with a Playstation or Xbox console.

Instructions on how to turn your Stadia controller into a Bluetooth controller.

Support for connecting a Stadia controller to a different device

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Apple announced new computers yesterday, and an Italian designer has clothes to protect you from the surveillance state.

Apple’s got new MacBook Pro laptops and a new Mac mini coming later this month

On Tuesday, Apple announced the latest MacBook Pro laptops which feature the M2 silicon chips designed by the company.

There are configurations with either the M2 Pro or M2 Max, and in 14- and 16-inch sizes.

The MacBook Pro with the M2 Pro chip has a 10- or 12-core CPU and a GPU with up to 19 cores and storage capacity of up to 32 GB.

The M2 Max model uses the 12-core CPU and accommodates a GPU with up to 38 cores and storage of up to 96 GB. This is the machine you want if you’re a video, effects, animation, or graphics professional.

The new laptops boast a battery life of up to 22 hours, too, and have the latest Liquid Retina XDR display. They can run an 8K display thanks to the HDMI 2.1 port.

Also announced were two new Mac mini systems. These are powerful computers that can support multiple displays and are packed with processing power despite their small footprint.

The Mac mini M2 comes with 8 GB, 16 GB or 24 GB of memory and hard drive space that starts at 256 GB and goes up to 2 TB. The Mac mini M2 Pro has 16 GB or 32 GB of memory and storage that ranges from 512 GB to 8 TB.

The new Apple computers are available to order now and will be in stores next week.

The 14-inch MacBook models are priced starting at $2,599 CAD, the 16-inch MacBook models start at $3,199 CAD, and the Mac minis start at $799 CAD for the M2 and $1,699 CAD for the M2 Pro.

Slick sweaters can thwart facial recognition software

Cap_able is a fashion company out of Italy that is creating clothing designed to thwart facial recognition software.

The Manifesto Collection includes knitted pants, hoodies, t-shirts, dresses, and sweaters and each of them are created with surrealistic images of different animals that can capture the attention of the software in surveillance cameras.

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