Bing’s support for Google AMP just took a big step forward

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<p>Microsoft is <a href=now supporting Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) directly from Bing’s mobile search results. Although Microsoft has supported AMP since 2016, previously it was limited to the dedicated Bing app. Compatible AMP web pages will display a small lightning bolt next to the website name in the news carousel of the Bing search results.

Now users of both Bing and Google search will benefit from AMPs fast load times when using their mobile browser of choice. Microsoft’s blog shows off the functionality in a Safari browser (adorably Photoshopped onto a Windows Phone), but other AMP-supporting browsers include Chrome, Firefox, and Edge.

The move follows the news last week that the AMP Project is adopting a new governance model,…

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New Resident Evil 2 Remake Story Trailer Premieres At TGS

A new story trailer for Resident Evil 2 Remake premiered at Tokyo Game Show, giving a further glimpse at Claire Redfield and Leon Kennedy’s stories.

Claire and Leon are separated and must fight and survive through Raccoon City, meeting different characters and horrific creatures on the way. Take a look at the trailer in the embed above.

As announced previously, the new remake gets rid of the original game’s “zapping” system for its parallel campaigns. Now, the two campaign are unique to Claire and Leon. In addition to the new trailer, Capcom has released a series of new screens–you can see them here on Capcom’s blog.

Resident Evil 2 Remake launches on January 25, 2019 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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GoPro Hero7 leaks with three new versions

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<p>B&H Photo has <a href=spilled the beans on the new GoPro Hero7 lineup: the top-end Hero7 Black, the mid-range Hero7 Silver, and the Hero7 White entry-level camera.

Hero7 Black is the flagship action camera with the ability to stream live video. Its 12 megapixel sensor can shoot 4K video at 60 frames per second with GoPro’s “HyperSmooth” digital image stabilization, which the company claims is “gimbal-like” in its ability to compensate for camera shake. Hero7 Black can shoot at a maximum 4K bitrate of 78Mbps. It can also record in 2.7K at 120fps, or 1080p super slow motion at 240fps. It supports raw photo capture, and stereo or raw audio. Better yet, the Hero7 Black can be fitted with an optional adapter for use with an external mic to grab…

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Final Fantasy Composer Taking Leave Of Absence Due To Health Concerns

Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu is stepping away from the industry for a period of time so he can focus on improving his mental and physical health. In a blog post, Uematsu said he is taking an “extended leave of absence” to recover from what has been a hectic production schedule following the formation of his studio Dog Ear Records.

“Since the establishment of Dog Ear Records, I have found myself blessed with countless opportunities. From composing new works to holding concerts around the world, my days have been hectic, yet fulfilling,” he said. “The resulting fatigue, however, has finally caught up with me, and I find it mentally and physically difficult to go on at my current pace. After giving serious consideration to all options, I have decided to take an extended leave of absence and give my mind and body the time they need to properly mend.”

Uematsu said if he ever comes to back, he wants to do so “in full health.” While he used the word “if,” later in the blog post he said he expects to make a full recovery.

“Do not worry. Once I’ve made a full recovery, I’ll be back doing what I do best,” he explained. “My current plan is to rest for the remainder of the year, and while I cannot commit to a method or time frame for my return, I’m very hopeful.”

Uematsu said he apologies for the “burden” that he believes his leave of absence puts on his fans and clients, adding that he hopes people understand that he has to do what’s best for his health and well being. “I thank you all for your continued support and only ask that you are patient until I’m on my feet once again,” he said.

Uematsu, who was born in 1959, is considered by some to be the John Williams of video games. For lots more, check out GameSpot’s interview and profile of Uematsu from 2009.

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Devil May Cry 5 Deluxe Edition, New Trailer Revealed At TGS

Capcom has announced Devil May 5‘s Deluxe Edition. It comes with a number of extras, perhaps the most notable of which is Mega Man’s megabuster for Nero.

You can see the buster in action in the new gameplay video above. One thing to note is that the camera angles in the trailer have been altered for the purpose of showing it off. An impressive new trailer for Devil May Cry 5 was also released as part of Tokyo Game Show.

The Devil May Cry 5 Deluxe Edition also includes three other Devilbreaker weapons (one of which is for eating pasta), as well as live-action cutscenes, 12 music tracks from Devil May Cry 1-4, the Cavaliere motorcycle weapon for Dante, and other digital content. It costs $70 USD. Devil May Cry 5 launches for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on March 8, 2019.

Behold, the Pasta Breaker:

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Maroon 5 Is The Next Super Bowl Halftime Act, Apparently

Maroon 5 will be the Super Bowl halftime entertainment act for this season’s big game, according to a new report from Variety. No official announcement has come down as of yet, and the NFL said in a statement that rumour and speculation is par for the course.

“It’s a Super Bowl tradition to speculate about the performers for the Pepsi Halftime Show,” reads a line from the NFL’s statement. “We are continuing to work with [longtime sponsor] Pepsi on our plans but do not have any announcements to make on what will be another epic show.”

Maroon 5 is the kind of safe, crowd-pleasing pick that you might expect. Their latest hit, “Girls Like You” featuring Cardi B, is one of the most popular songs on planet Earth right now, while the band’s older cuts like “This Love” And “She Will Be Loved” are recognisable and palatable to the wide audience that the Super Bowl attracts.

Super Bowl LIII takes place on February 3 in Atlanta, Georgia. Maroon 5’s touring schedule is free for multiple weeks on both sides, so it appears availability is not an issue.

Rapper Jay-Z reportedly turned down the opportunity to perform at Super Bowl LIII. Jay-Z pretty much confirmed this in his verse of the song “Apeshit,” where he sings, “I said no to the Super Bowl: you need me, I don’t need you.”

Some of the biggest names in music and entertainment have performed at Super Bowl halftime shows over the years, including Katy Perry, Beyonce, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, and Bruce Springsteen just to name a few.

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Why Red Dead Redemption 2’s Online Mode Is Launching After The Main Game

Red Dead Online, the new “online connected experience” for Red Dead Redemption 2 will not be available at launch. Players will have to wait until sometime in November to try it out.

But why? Design director Imran Sarwar said in a new interview that Rockstar sees the single-player and the multiplayer elements as “separate products.” Each will “grow and evolve independently of each other,” he told IGN.

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Sarwar added that Rockstar learned from previous releases that launching big online games is a tricky task. “There are bound to be a few issues and we want to ensure that we have time to gradually roll out the game and make the experience as smooth as we possibly can for everyone,” he explained. “We believe this way of rolling out will give people the best overall experiences with both single player and multiplayer.”

The launch of Red Dead Online comes in the form of a public beta, so players can expect the experience to be a work in progress. Rockstar is expecting some “turbulence” at launch, adding that the studio looks forward to working with the community to make Red Dead Online everything it can be.

Rockstar’s last big release, Grand Theft Auto V, also saw its single-player and multiplayer modes released separately. GTA Online launched about a month after GTA V came out back in 2013. It had numerous serious and significant issues, for which Rockstar apologised. GTA Online went on to become a massive hit for Rockstar, bringing in mountains of money from its microtransactions. Rockstar will be looking to replicate that success with Red Dead Online, which will also get numerous and frequent updates.

In the wake of the news about Red Dead Online launching after Red Dead Redemption 2, Take-Two’s stock dropped today, though only slightly.

Red Dead Redemption 2 launches on October 26 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Keep checking back with GameSpot for more on the ambitious open-world western.

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Nintendo Switch Online: NES Games, Family Plan, Service Price, And More

Nintendo fans have had it good for a long, long time. Unlike Xbox and PlayStation owners, they’ve never had to pay to play their games online. This free period, like all good things, has come to an end. With the launch of Nintendo Switch Online–which is now live with the 6.0 system update–Nintendo has begun charging for online play, although there is a free seven-day trial available to sample it first.

As with Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus, anyone who wants to get the most out of their Switch will all but have to subscribe. (Note: this doesn’t affect Wii U or Nintendo 3DS owners; online service for those systems will remain free). And while it’s not ideal having to pay for something you used to get for nothing, you won’t have much of a choice.

Here’s a look at everything you need to know about Nintendo Switch Online.

Pricing

First, some good news: Nintendo Switch Online costs significantly less than the competition. While you have to pay $60 for a year’s subscription to Sony and Microsoft’s services, Nintendo only charges $20. You can order a subscription here. Here’s the breakdown of pricing for a single account holder.

  • One month — $4
  • Three months — $8
  • One year — $20

If you have multiple people in your house who want their own accounts, you’ll need to spring for the family plan. It costs $35 per year and allows up to eight people to play online.

Now let’s take a look at what you get for your money.

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Online Play

With Nintendo Switch live, you won’t be able to play games like Mario Tennis Aces, Splatoon 2, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe online without a subscription. The same goes for third-party games like the upcoming port of Diablo 3: The Eternal Collection.

If you look at the Eshop page for online first-party games like Mario Tennis Aces, you’ll see Nintendo has added a disclaimer warning that online play will require a subscription. Free games like Fortnite don’t have the disclaimer and can continued to be played online for free.

Nintendo Switch Online App

Some games, like Fortnite, have voice chat built in. Unfortunately, many games–including Nintendo’s first-party titles–don’t. And while voice chat is a standard built-in feature for PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live, that’s not the case with Nintendo Switch Online.

This feature is already in place, but to talk with other players while playing online, you need to download the Nintendo Switch Online app (you can grab it here: iOS, Android). Yes, you’ll need two separate devices to play and talk to people online.

Save Data Cloud Backup

If you were to lose your Nintendo Switch and buy a new one, all of your save data would be gone forever. But with a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, most of your save data is backed up on Nintendo’s servers.

Unfortunately, it’s not all sunshine and cool breezes when it comes to Nintendo’s cloud saves. Some games don’t support online save data, and if you let your subscription lapse, you could lose your saves.

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Access to Classic NES Games

PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold subscribers get free games each month they can download and play on their respective systems. Nintendo Switch Online subscribers will get a similar benefit, but with much older games.

When Nintendo Switch Online launches, subscribers will get access to a selection of 20 classic NES titles. The games will also have added online play, so you won’t need your second player to be in the same room with you. Here’s the launch lineup of NES games:

  • Balloon Fight
  • Baseball
  • Donkey Kong
  • Double Dragon
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • Ghosts ‘n Goblins
  • Gradius
  • Ice Climber
  • Ice Hockey
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Mario Bros.
  • Pro Wrestling
  • River City Ransom
  • Soccer
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Soccer
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • Tennis
  • Yoshi

Nintendo has also announced what games are coming to the service through the end of the year. In October, we’ll get Solomon’s Key, NES Open, and Super Dodge Ball. November will bring Metroid, Mighty Bomb Jack, and Twinbee. In December, Nintendo will add Wario’s Woods, Ninja Gaiden, and Adventures of Lolo.

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Special Offers

Nintendo will also offer exclusive special deals and offers to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. So far, the company has detailed two of these offers. One is a download code for exclusive in-game Splatoon 2 gear that will be available for anyone with a 12-month membership. The other is the ability to purchase the Switch-compatible NES controllers seen above.

That’s all we know so far about Nintendo Switch Online. Presumably, more information will be available as the release date nears.

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Amazon reportedly planning 3,000 cashier-less Go stores by 2021

Amazon plans to open as many as 3,000 of its cashier-less Amazon Go convenience stores by the year 2021, according to a report from Bloomberg today. That would be Amazon’s most aggressive move in the brick-and-mortar space since its purchase of Whole Foods in 2016. It would also significantly alter the company’s potential offline retail success as it moves to compete with grocery stores brands like Kroger, convenience and liquor stores like CVS and 7-Eleven, and big-box retailers like Walmart and Target.

The first Go store, which use sensors and lightweight automation software to let customers shop and checkout without interacting with a human employee or kiosk, first opened in Seattle in late 2016. Since then, Amazon has studied its…

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