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Summer Game Fest 2022: Modern Warfare II and Street Fighter 6 The Last of Us and other trailers

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Something to look forward: This summer, the Summer Game Fest is taking the lead in presenting all new video games that are usually announced in June (no E3). It showed a lot of footage from both new and previously-announced games this week. This is only the beginning. More gaming shows are expected to take place over the coming days.

This year’s Summer Game Fest featured new footage from upcoming Call of Duty games, including Street Fighter 6 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II.

We’ve collected the largest trailers and the complete stream archive (watch the video above).

The Last of Us Part 1

Rumors of an upcoming PlayStation 5 remake of Last of Us have been around for some time. Naughty Dog has completely rebuilt the 2013 survival action game with next-gen graphics and improved gameplay. The PS5 version will arrive on September 2nd, while a PC version will follow. Later, the multiplayer mode will be available as a standalone title.

The Callisto Protocol

This year’s Summer Game Fest featured several horror-sci-fi games. The Callisto Protocol was one of the featured games, and it came from the same team that created Dead Space. Callisto Protocol, just like its spiritual predecessor, is a third-person survival horror video game that features a lot gore and monsters. The game will be available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series consoles starting December 2.

Street Fighter 6

Capcom unveiled gameplay footage for Street Fighter 6 last week at Sony’s State of Play. We now have a glimpse at how Guile, the long-serving series character, will handle the title’s upcoming title. We can expect more Street Fighter 6 footage at Capcom’s presentation on June 13. Capcom will release this multiplatform title next year.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare II

E3 was absent so the Summer Game Fest assumed the tradition of revealing the next Call of Duty campaign level. Modern Warfare II presents a mission on a boat in a storm. The vessel rocking back and forth can be seen covering moving side to side and water rushing inward, which impacts both enemies and players. The game launches October 28 for both console generations and PC, bringing the franchise back to Steam after a 5-year absence.

Stormgate

A group of ex-Blizzard developers worked on StarCraft III and Warcraft III to create Stormgate, a free-to play RTS that mixes sci-fi with fantasy elements. The game is built on Unreal Engine 5. It will offer a simplified and easy-to-use experience for singleplayer, coop, and multiplayer. Next year, a beta version is planned.

Flashback 2

Flashback 2 is the sequel to the classic PC sidescrolling action title. It will launch on PC, PlayStation and Xbox this winter. A Nintendo Switch version will follow next year. The original game’s 2D platforming gameplay and shooting gameplay are still present in the new game. Developers who worked on it have also returned.

Marvel Midnight Suns

XCOM creator Firaxis’ comic-book-themed tactical RPG Marvel Midnight Suns had been due out by now, but was delayed until October 7. This week’s trailer features Spider-Man as well as Venom.

Routine

Another horror title from Summer Game Fest is Routine. It was announced back in 2012 and has been AWOL since 2016. Lunar Software and Raw Fury re-released it with new graphics and a soundtrack by Mick Gordon, Doom Eternal (which we don’t hear in this trailer). Although there is no official release date, many are excited to see the proof of existence. Routine will be available for Xbox One consoles and PCs. Game Pass will launch at launch.

Zenless Area Zero

The company behind Genshin Impact has released a new trailer about its urban-themed hack and slash action game Zenless Zone Zero. Zenless Zone Zero features a similar visual style to Genshin Impact and allows players to explore labyrinths that change with multiple characters. Although there is no official release date, a closed beta will be available for iOS and PC soon.

Saints Row

Deep Silver has released the complete character creator for Saints Row’s upcoming reboot. Players can download it for free on the Epic Games Store as well as both generations of Xbox and PlayStation consoles. The full game releases for those platforms on August 23.

Some other games were displayed included Witchfire and Fort Solis, American Arcadia. Goat Simulator 3 Cuphead: The Delicious last Course, Neon White. TMNT Shredder’s Revenge. One Piece Odyssey. Soul Hackers 2 Metal Hellsinger. Nightingale. Warhammer Darktide. Layers of Fears. Gotham Knights.

Over the next week, more games are likely to show up at the IGN Expo, Netflix Geeked Week 2022, the Tribeca Games Spotlight, the Future Games Show, the Xbox and Bethesda presentation, and the PC Gaming Show.

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Nothing announces official launch date for new Ear (stick) AirPods alternatives

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True to form, Nothing has just announced the full reveal date for its upcoming audio product, Ear (stick). 

So, an announcement about an announcement. You’ve got to hand it to Carl Pei’s marketing department, they never miss a trick.

What we’re saying is that although we still have ‘nothing’ conclusive about the features, pricing or release date for the Ear (stick) except an image of another model holding them (and we’ve seen plenty of those traipsing down the catwalk recently), we do have a date – the day when we’ll be granted official access to this information. 

That day is October 26. Nothing assures us that on this day we’ll be able to find out everything, including pricing and product specifications, during the online Ear (stick) Reveal, at 3PM BST (which is 10AM ET, or 1AM on Wednesday if you’re in Sydney, Australia) on nothing.tech (opens in new tab)

Any further information? A little. Nothing calls the Ear (stick), which is now the product’s official name, “the next generation of Nothing sound technology”, and its “most advanced audio product yet”. 

But that’s not all! Apparently, Ear (stick) are “half in-ear true wireless earbuds that balance supreme comfort with exceptional sound, made not to be felt when in use. They’re feather-light with an ergonomic design that’s moulded to your ears. Delivered in a unique charging case, inspired by classic cosmetic silhouettes, and compactly formed to simply glide into pockets.” 

Opinion: I need more than a lipstick-style case

Nothing Ear (stick) – official leaked renders pic.twitter.com/FrhKmRttmiOctober 1, 2022

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It’s no secret that I want Nothing’s earbuds to succeed in world dominated by AirPods; who doesn’t love a plucky, eccentric underdog? 

But in order to become some of the best true wireless earbuds on the market, there is room for improvement over the Nothing Ear 1, the company’s inaugural earbuds. 

Aside from this official ‘news’ from Nothing, leaked images and videos of the Ear (stick) have been springing up all over the internet (thank you, developer Kuba Wojciechowski) and they depict earbuds that look largely unchanged, which is a shame. 

For me, the focus needs to shift from gimmicks such as a cylindrical case with a red section at the end which twists up like a lipstick. Don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of theater, but only if the sound coming from the earbuds themselves is top dog. 

As the natural companions for the Nothing Phone 1, it makes sense for the Ear (stick) to take a place similar to that of Apple’s AirPods 3, where the flagship Ear (1) sit alongside the AirPods Pro 2 as a flagship offering. 

See, that lipstick case shape likely will not support wireless charging. That and the rumored lack of ANC means the Ear (stick) is probably arriving as the more affordable option in Nothing’s ouevre. 

For now, we sit tight until October 26. 

Becky is a senior staff writer at TechRadar (which she has been assured refers to expertise rather than age) focusing on all things audio. Before joining the team, she spent three years at What Hi-Fi? testing and reviewing everything from wallet-friendly wireless earbuds to huge high-end sound systems. Prior to gaining her MA in Journalism in 2018, Becky freelanced as an arts critic alongside a 22-year career as a professional dancer and aerialist – any love of dance starts with a love of music. Becky has previously contributed to Stuff, FourFourTwo and The Stage. When not writing, she can still be found throwing shapes in a dance studio, these days with varying degrees of success.  

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YouTube could make 4K videos exclusive to Premium subscribers

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You might soon have to buy YouTube Premium to watch 4K YouTube videos, a new user test suggests.

According to a Reddit thread (opens in new tab) highlighted on Twitter by leaker Alvin (opens in new tab), several non-Premium YouTube users have reported seeing 4K resolution (and higher) video options limited to YouTube Premium subscribers on their iOS devices. For these individuals, videos are currently only available to stream in up to 1440p (QHD) resolution.

The apparent experiment only seems to be affecting a handful of YouTube users for now, but it suggests owner Google is toying with the idea of implementing a site-wide paywall for access to high-quality video in the future.

So, after testing up to 12 ads on YouTube for non-Premium users, now some users reported that they also have to get a Premium account just to watch videos in 4K. pic.twitter.com/jJodoAxeDpOctober 1, 2022

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It’s no secret that Google has been searching for new ways to monetize its YouTube platform in recent months. In September, the company introduced five unskippable ads for some YouTube users as part of a separate test – an unexpected development that, naturally, didn’t go down well with much of the YouTube community. 

A resolution paywall seems a more palatable approach from Google. While annoying, the change isn’t likely to provoke the same level of ire from non-paying YouTube users as excessive ads, given that many smartphones still max out at QHD resolution anyway. 

Of course, if it encourages those who do care about high-resolution viewing to invest in the platform’s Premium subscription package, it may also be more lucrative for Google. After all, YouTube Premium, which offers ad-free viewing, background playback and the ability to download videos for offline use, currently costs $11.99 / £11.99 / AU$14.99 per month.

Suffice to say, the subscription service hasn’t taken off in quite the way Google would’ve hoped since its launch in 2014. Only around 50 million users are currently signed up to YouTube Premium, while something close to 2 billion people actively use YouTube on a monthly basis. 

Might the addition of 4K video into Premium’s perk package bump up that number? Only time will tell. We’ll be keeping an eye on our own YouTube account to see whether this resolution paywall becomes permanent in the coming months.

Axel is a London-based staff writer at TechRadar, reporting on everything from the newest movies to latest Apple developments as part of the site’s daily news output. Having previously written for publications including Esquire and FourFourTwo, Axel is well-versed in the applications of technology beyond the desktop, and his coverage extends from general reporting and analysis to in-depth interviews and opinion. 

Axel studied for a degree in English Literature at the University of Warwick before joining TechRadar in 2020, where he then earned a gold standard NCTJ qualification as part of the company’s inaugural digital training scheme. 

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Europe sets deadline for USB-C charging for (almost) all laptops

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USB-C als Ladestandard in der EU

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Author: Michael Crider
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Michael is a former graphic designer who’s been building and tweaking desktop computers for longer than he cares to admit. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

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