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Gartner predicts in-use global devices will hit 6.2 billion this year
by Paul Hill
The analyst firm Gartner has predicted that in-use devices including PCs, tablets, and mobile phones, will reach 6.2 billion units this year. According to the firm, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed device usage patterns and is ultimately increasing the number of devices that each person has.
According to data from the firm, the 6.2 billion figure is set to rise by a further 3.2% in 2021 reaching 6.4 billion units. The biggest loser as a result of the pandemic is desktop PCs which are expected to decline from 522 million in 2020 to 470 million in 2022, however, the usage of laptops and tablets will increase by 8.8% and 11.7% respectively as they’re preferred by people working from home.
Image via Gartner Commenting on the data, Ranjit Atwal, senior research director at Gartner, said:
In addition to laptops and tablets doing well in 2020, smartphones are expected to see an in-use increase of 1% this year following a decline of 2.6% last year. The analyst said that lower-priced 5G handsets will encourage people to upgrade their smartphone or finally make the shift from a feature phone.
By Namerah S
Krafton launches top-down mini-game POBG inside PUBG
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
In honour of April Fool's Day, companies around the globe have celebrated the day with fake products and ridiculous announcements. At first sight, one might think that the announcement of the game titled PlayerOmnom's Battlegrounds, or POBG as most people are calling it, is one such prank.
On the contrary, the creator of the wildly popular battle royale title PlayerUknown's Battlegrounds says so otherwise. Krafton has released an official statement authenticating that POBG is indeed real. PUBG's makers are currently offering players a chance to play POBG, which they are jokingly claiming to be the inspiration for the main game.
Players can enjoy the title in the form of a mini-game within the PC version of PlayerUknown's Battlegrounds. A gag trailer for the newly unveiled game-within-a-game can be seen below:
The mini-game is available for a short period of time. PUBG players can play the top-down shooter through the lobby of the game. PC users will be able to play POBG starting from today until April 12.
Meanwhile, console owners have not been left out of the April Fool's special release. PUBG players on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms will be able to play POBG through the main game's lobby from April 8 through April 19, 2021.
Rocket League is coming to smartphones as a 2D game called Sideswipe
by João Carrasqueira
Rocket League, the driving and soccer mashup game by Psyonix, is heading to mobile devices later this year - kind of. The developer today announced Rocket League Sideswipe, a new take on the Rocket League formula that's tailored to be played on smartphones (via Gamespot).
The biggest difference between Sideswipe and the original Rocket League is that it will play in a 2D perspective, with the players' cars and the ball being seen from the side. Because of the more limiting movement that comes with a 2D environment, the game will also support fewer players, so only 1-versus-1 and 2-versus-2 matches are supported. Matches will be shorter, too, lasting just two minutes.
Aside from those changes, the heart of Rocket League gameplay is still prominent here. Both the typical Soccar mode and Hoops mode can be played here, but in order to add some challenge to the former, goals are now raised from the ground, so scoring a goal isn't as simple as just pushing the ball forward. Rocket League Sideswipe also retains the heavy customization elements of the original, with different bodies, wheels, boost trails, and more to choose from.
Psyonix says the title will feature controls that are easy to learn, regardless of whether you've played the original or not. With Rocket League becoming free-to-play last year, one might have expected the full game to eventually come to mobile devices, but reworking the controls for that would likely have made it much more difficult to play. Plus, since matches are shorter and feature fewer players, cross-platform play would probably have been impossible anyway.
If you want to see for yourself what the experience feels like, you'll need to be in Australia and New Zealand so you can register for a time-limited alpha test on Android devices. The full launch is planned for later this year, both on Android and iOS, and more betas should show up in different regions before then.
By Namerah S
Life is Strange: True Colors and Remastered Collection unveiled for multiple platforms
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
After three years of waiting, the next title in the Life is Strange video game series has been announced. Today at the Square Enix Presents virtual gaming showcase, Life is Strange: True Colors was unveiled. The latest instalment in the franchise has departed away from the format of the previous titles, players will no longer have to wait for episodes of the game to come out to play the full game.
Pre-orders for the upcoming game from game makers Deck Nine Games and Square Enix are now open. Life is Strange: True Colors is set to launch on September 10, 2021. It will be available on PC via Steam, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Stadia.
The blurb for the game reads:
Aside from the newest chapter in Life is Strange, Square Enix revisited some of the old games in the series as well. A remastered collective edition inclusive of Life is Strange and Life is Strange: Before the Storm has been announced. Titled the Life is Strange Remastered Collection, both games in it will feature optimized animations and graphics.
The rebooted collection is due out Autumn 2021 on PC via Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Stadia. You can watch the announcement trailer for the Life is Strange Remastered Collection down below.
By Namerah S
Scarlet Nexus launches on June 25, anime adaptation announced
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
JRPG title Scarlet Nexus was first announced in the May 2020 episode of Inside Xbox for the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, followed by a PlayStation reveal the next day. Although the game's maker Bandai Namco revealed a lot of information about the game itself, no exact launch date for the game was known until today.
The Japanese video game developer and publisher has finally taken the wraps off the launch date of Scarlet Nexus. The futuristic sci-fi game will make its way to PC and consoles on June 25, 2021. The launch date aligns with the previously assigned release window of Summer 2021. Pre-orders for the game are now open with various editions available to pre-purchase.
The summary of the game's story reads:
In addition to the unveiling of the release date of Scarlet Nexus, an anime of the same name based on the game was also announced today. It is developed by the legendary Japanese animation studio Sunrise which is behind many noteworthy works such as Mobile Suit Gundam, Code Geass, Cowboy Bebop and more.
You can watch the announcement trailer for the anime down below. Further information about the Scarlet Nexus anime adaptation can be found on its dedicated website.
Source: Bandai Namco | Image: PlayStation Blog