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Xbox E3 2021: Forza Horizon 5, Starfield, Free Halo Infinite, and More

Starfield launches in November 2022. Forza Horizon 5 in November 2021. The Outer Worlds 2 announced with no date or year. New games from the developers of Just Cause and Prey. A big multiplayer reveal for Halo Infinite. And Sea of Thieves is teaming up with its most natural partner, Pirates of the Caribbean. We…

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Xbox E3 2021: Forza Horizon 5, Starfield, Free Halo Infinite, and More

Starfield launches in November 2022. Forza Horizon 5 in November 2021. The Outer Worlds 2 announced with no date or year. New games from the developers of Just Cause and Prey. A big multiplayer reveal for Halo Infinite. And Sea of Thieves is teaming up with its most natural partner, Pirates of the Caribbean. We also got release dates and/ or trailers for a bunch of titles, including Age of Empires IV, Psychonauts 2, STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl, and Microsoft Flight Simulator on Series S/X, alongside some new names. All this is coming to Xbox Game Pass as well — PC, Xbox consoles and cloud gaming — as are some other titles, including award-winning Hades (August 21), Diablo II: Resurrected (September 23), and Back 4 Blood (October 12). Here is every major announcement from Xbox and Bethesda’s E3 2021 showcase.Forza Horizon 5Release date: November 5 (Premium edition), November 9 (Everyone)Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X and PC (Windows + Steam)After several reports claiming that a new Forza Horizon from Playground Games would arrive before the next Forza Motorsport from Turn 10, it’s now official. After Australia and the UK, Forza Horizon 5 is now headed to Mexico. Horizon 5 is promising the biggest open world of any Horizon title, better seasons, and a more social and wilder experience.You can form a co-op convoy as you “meet” other racers, you can take part in minigames and challenges in Horizon Arcade, you can give “Kudos” to fellow racers for positive acts, and you can even create your own Barn Finds for friends with any car in Gift Drops. Forza Horizon 5 will offer 1080p 30fps on Xbox Series S, and 4K 30fps on Xbox Series X with an optional 60fps performance mode.StarfieldRelease date: November 11, 2022Platforms: Xbox Series S/X and PCBethesda gave us our first look at its first new universe in 25 years at E3 2021. In the role-playing game Starfield, players can create their own character and traverse the stars with “unparalleled freedom”, Bethesda promises. Is this the studio’s own No Man’s Sky? We will learn more on that over the next year and a half. Starfield is made using the all-new Creation Engine 2 — its predecessor was used to make the likes of Skyrim and Fallout 4.Halo InfiniteRelease date: Late 2021Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X and PCThe multiplayer games-as-a-service side of the next Halo title will be free-to-play, 343 Industries revealed at E3 2021, showcasing what players can expect in a two-minute-long multiplayer gameplay reveal. Xbox also gave us more info on the Halo Infinite campaign, which will feature a new UNSC AI the Weapon that has been purpose built to stop Cortana who absconded in Halo 5: Guardians. As the Master Chief, you will explore Zeta Halo and defeat the Banished to get control of the ring.The Outer Worlds 2No actual details were provided on the follow-up to Obsidian’s alt-history action role-playing game except that it will take place in a “new star system with a new crew.” The accompanying tongue-in-cheek announcement trailer for The Outer Worlds 2 does little to expand on that as well, as the team instead decided to parody announcement trailers for big sci-fi experiences of its sort — claiming that the developers haven’t finished designing the protagonist, the story, or any gameplay.RedfallRelease date: Summer 2022Platforms: Xbox Series S/X and PCThe next game for Prey and Dishonored maker Arkane Austin is an open-world co-op first-person shooter that pits you against superpowered vampires who don’t have any of vampires’ traditional weaknesses. You can play as one of four Redfall characters — an ex-military sharpshooter, a paranormal investigator, empathetic woman with robot companion, and the telekinetic youngest — with powers of their own. Or you can choose to go at it with up to three friends.Age of Empires IVRelease date: October 28, 2021Platforms: PC (Windows + Steam)Joan of Arc will return to Age of Empires with the long-anticipated fourth numbered entry, as part of the French civilisation that will be embroiled in the Hundred Years War with the English (previously revealed as as one of four civilisations alongside Mongols, Chinese and Delhi Sultanate). The other new civilisation announced at E3 2021 is the Abbasid Dynasty that focuses on technology and gives players a variety of upgrades thanks to its House of Wisdom landmark. And oh, there’s naval combat in Age of Empires IV.Microsoft Flight SimulatorRelease date: July 27, 2021Platforms: Xbox Series S/XNearly a year since its release on PC, the newest entry in plane flying simulation is on its way to next-gen Xbox consoles — with everything as is. That means 37,000 airports, 2 million cities, and 1.5 billion buildings, in addition to mountain ranges, roads, trees, rivers, animals, and traffic. Microsoft Flight Simulator will also get a free Top Gun: Maverick mode, when the Tom Cruise movie opens in November. But there is no word on an Xbox One debut.STALKER 2: Heart of ChernobylRelease date: April 28, 2022Platforms: Xbox Series S/X and PCThe next mainline entry in Ukrainian developer GSC Game World’s first-person shooter series now has a subtitle: Heart of Chernobyl, a callback of sorts to the first ever game from 2007. We got about four minutes of STALKER 2 gameplay at E3 2021, showcasing lively gunplay, eerie outdoors, a waltz lover, and monsters — all linked together by a conversation around a fire. The one other thing they have in common is the extreme level of detail thanks to the power of next-gen.ContrabandJust Cause maker Avalanche Studios is leveraging its open world expertise to create a co-op smuggler’s paradise set in the fictional world of 1970s Bayan, where you will be pulling off heists — among a lot more — if the tiny announcement trailer is anything to go by. Contraband will make use of Just Cause’s Ape Engine too, whose prowess is coming to Xbox Series S/X for the first time.Psychonauts 2Release date: August 25, 2021Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, PS4, PS5 and PC. Mac and Linux TBAThe sequel to Double Fine’s 2005 cult classic is now just a couple of months away. In Psychonauts 2, acrobat and psychic Razputin Aquato must bring back a murderous villain back from the dead, all while coming to grips with all manners of challenges inside a… brain. Just as the brain has different parts to it, so will Psychonauts 2, with different types of levels. All you will need to save the world is some bacon, it seems.A Plague Tale: RequiemRelease date: 2022Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X and PCFrench developer Asobo Studio’s 2019 survival horror game is getting a direct sequel with returning duo Amicia and her little brother Hugo on “a perilous new quest, doing whatever it takes to survive a brutal, uncaring world.” The 90-second announcement trailer shows war in the Middle Ages, and a nightmarish swarm of rats. Are they real? You bet they are.ReplacedRelease date: 2022Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X and PCIt’s not The Last Night, but it sure threw many off at its E3 2021 announcement, with its neon-lit pixelated dystopian world and beat ’em up gameplay. And though the trailer doesn’t say it, an accompanying announcement tweet revealed that you will play as an artificial intelligence trapped in a human body.Atomic HeartThere are major steampunk vibes to this alt-history first-person action game that is set in 1955 Soviet Union where Internet, holograms and robots are already a thing. You will play as P-3, an agent sent by the Soviet government to investigate a manufacturing facility that has dropped off radar. But if the Atomic Heart reveal trailer is anything to go by, you will be engaged in a lot more than that.Why did LG give up on its smartphone business? We discussed this on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Later (starting at 22:00), we talk about the new co-op RPG shooter Outriders. Orbital is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever you get your podcasts.

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Dell Stops Some US Gaming PC Shipments Over New Energy Efficiency Rules

PC maker Dell said it has stopped shipping some versions of its powerful gaming systems to California and five other states because the products do not meet new energy efficiency standards.The regulations affect “select configurations” of its Alienware Aurora R10 and R12 gaming PCs, Dell said in a statement sent to Reuters late on Tuesday.Gaming PCs…

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PC maker Dell said it has stopped shipping some versions of its powerful gaming systems to California and five other states because the products do not meet new energy efficiency standards.The regulations affect “select configurations” of its Alienware Aurora R10 and R12 gaming PCs, Dell said in a statement sent to Reuters late on Tuesday.Gaming PCs made by Dell and others use powerful chips for cutting-edge graphics in video games. Those components mean gaming systems typically consume far more electricity than an average computer.Dell said it planned to have new models and configurations that “will meet or exceed these regulations, in line with our long-term focus to address energy and emissions.”It did not give details on why specific models did not meet energy standards, what it planned to change and or when new models would be introduced.The affected models contained graphics processing units from Advanced Micro Devices and Nvidia, along with central processors from AMD and Intel.The Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 gaming desktop, which is among the affected products, costs $1,819.99 (roughly Rs. 1.3 lakhs), according to Dell’s website.California’s toughened efficiency regulations for computers went into effect on July 1. The state has said the new standards will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change and will also lower electricity bills for consumers.Residential computers and computer monitors account for up to 2.9 percent of the electricity consumption in the most populous US state, according to a California report.In addition to California, Dell will no longer ship the products to customers in Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington state.The California Energy Commission, which wrote the new standards, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.© Thomson Reuters 2021

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Flipkart Big Saving Days 2021 Sale Ends Tonight: Best Offers on Mobile Phones, Laptops, TVs, Electronics

Flipkart Big Saving Days 2021 sale will end at midnight. In case you missed out on the first few days of the sale, you’ve still got around 12 hours to grab some exciting deals on top mobile phones, laptops, TVs, and other electronics. We’ve handpicked some of the best tech deals available on the last…

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Flipkart Big Saving Days 2021 Sale Ends Tonight: Best Offers on Mobile Phones, Laptops, TVs, Electronics

Flipkart Big Saving Days 2021 sale will end at midnight. In case you missed out on the first few days of the sale, you’ve still got around 12 hours to grab some exciting deals on top mobile phones, laptops, TVs, and other electronics. We’ve handpicked some of the best tech deals available on the last day of Flipkart’s Big Saving Days 2021 sale. For maximum savings, make sure you use the available bundled exchange and payment offers available on most electronics products. ICICI Bank credit and debit card users can avail an additional 10 percent discount.Flipkart Big Saving Days Sale: Best deals on mobile phonesApple iPhone 12 mini (Rs. 57,999)iPhone 12 mini 64GB is still available at a discounted price of Rs. 57,999 (MRP Rs. 69,900) on the last day of Flipkart Big Saving Days 2021 sale. This is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on the current-generation iPhone model. Flipkart is also offering a bundled exchange offer with iPhone 12 mini that can further sweeten the deal by up to Rs. 19,250. ICICI Bank credit and debit card users can avail an additional 10 percent off.Buy now at: Rs. 57,999 (MRP Rs. 69,900)Apple iPhone 12 (Rs. 72,999)iPhone 12 64GB is sold out on Flipkart but the 128GB model is still available at Rs. 72,999 (MRP Rs. 84,900) during the Big Saving Days sale. You can swap an old smartphone and receive another additional discount worth up to Rs. 19,250 on iPhone 12. In case you were looking to grab iPhone 12 at a discounted price, this looks like a decent overall deal. ICICI Bank cardholders can avail 10 percent additional discount.Buy now at: Rs. 72,999 (MRP Rs. 84,900)Asus ROG Phone 3 (Rs. 39,999)In case you’re looking for a gaming smartphone under Rs. 40,000, the ROG Phone 3 is currently selling at Rs. 39,999 (MRP Rs. 55,999). Although this is an older phone, if you’re upgrading you can avail the bundled exchange offer so that you end up with a pretty decent deal (additional discount worth up to Rs. 19,250). Asus ROG Phone 3 comes with a 64-megapixel triple rear camera setup and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865+ SoC, supported by 8GB of RAM.Buy now at: Rs. 39,999 (MRP Rs. 55,999)Motorola G10 Power (Rs. 9,999)Motorola G10 Power is available at a discounted price of Rs. 9,999 (MRP Rs. 12,999) during Flipkart’s Big Saving Days 2021 sale. The bundled exchange offer promises an additional discount of up to Rs. 9,800. ICICI Bank cardholders can avail of an additional discount of 10 percent. Motorola G10 Power features a 48-megapixel quad rear camera setup and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 460 SoC.Buy now at: Rs. 9,999 (MRP Rs. 12,999)Realme 8 (Rs. 13,999)Realme 8 (4GB + 128GB) is still available at Rs. 13,999 (MRP Rs. 16,999). That’s around Rs. 1,000 less than its usual selling price online. If you’re upgrading, you can avail the bundled exchange offer to grab another instant discount worth up to Rs. 13,350. Realme 8 comes with a large 5,000mAh battery, a 64-megapixel quad rear camera setup, and is powered by the MediaTek Helio G95 SoC.Buy now at: Rs. 13,999 (MRP Rs. 16,999)Flipkart Big Saving Days Sale 2021: Top offers on electronicsHP 15s Ryzen 5 15.6-inch laptop (Rs. 47,490)If you’re eyeing a thin-and-light laptop under Rs. 50,000, HP 15s Ryzen 5 is currently selling at a discounted price of Rs. 47,490 (MRP Rs. 52,629) on Flipkart during the Big Saving Days 2021 sale. The laptop is powered by an AMD Ryzen 5 CPU, supported by 8GB of RAM. It comes with a 512GB SSD and runs Windows 10 Home out-of-the-box.Buy now at: Rs. 47,490 (MRP Rs. 52,629)Acer P2 series 14-inch laptop (Rs. 49,090)If you’re looking for a thin-and-light laptop with an Intel processor, Acer P2 series 14-inch laptop is currently down to Rs. 49,090 (MRP Rs. 59,500) on Flipkart. The laptop is powered by a 10th generation Intel Core i5 processor, supported by 8GB of RAM. It comes with a conventional 1TB hard drive and runs Windows 10 Home out-of-the-box.Buy now at: Rs. 49,090 (MRP Rs. 59,500)GoPro 9 (Rs. 37,499)If you’re already planning a vacation once the pandemic ends, you probably want to carry an action camera. GoPro 9 is currently down to Rs. 37,499 (MRP Rs. 47,000). This is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on the camera. ICICI Bank cardholders can avail an additional 10 percent instant discount.Buy now at: Rs. 37,499 (MRP Rs. 47,000)Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (Rs. 14,990)Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is down to Rs. 14,990 (MRP Rs. 25,990) during Flipkart’s Big Saving Days 2021 sale this week. The smartwatch comes with a round-shaped Super AMOLED display and promises a battery backup of up to 5 days on a full charge. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 is rated IP68, making it waster and dust resistant.Buy now at: Rs. 14,990 (MRP Rs. 25,990)Nokia Media Streamer (Rs. 1,999)If you’re eyeing a low-cost media streaming device under Rs. 2,000, Nokia Media Streamer is currently selling at a discounted price of Rs. 1,999. The compact streaming stick runs on Android TV 9.0 and therefore supports Chromecast streaming and Google Assistant.Buy now at: Rs. 1,999 (MRP Rs. 4,999)Asus Vivobook Gaming Core i5 (Rs. 52,490)Asus’ Vivobook gaming laptop is now selling at a discounted price of Rs. 52,490 (MRP Rs. 76,990) on Flipkart during the Big Saving Days 2021 sale. The gaming laptop is powered by the ninth-generation Intel Core i5 processor, supported by 8GB of RAM. It comes with a 512GB SSD and runs Windows 10 Home out-of-the-box. Graphics are handled by the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card with 4GB of video RAM.Buy now at: Rs. 52,490 (MRP Rs. 76,990)Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details.

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RedmiBook India Launch Set for August 3, Xiaomi Reveals

RedmiBook India launch is set for August 3, Xiaomi confirmed via a media invite on Tuesday. The company teased the arrival of the first Redmi-branded laptop in India a few days ago and now the launch date has been confirmed. Xiaomi entered the laptop segment in India last year with the launch of the Mi…

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RedmiBook India Launch Set for August 3, Xiaomi Reveals

RedmiBook India launch is set for August 3, Xiaomi confirmed via a media invite on Tuesday. The company teased the arrival of the first Redmi-branded laptop in India a few days ago and now the launch date has been confirmed. Xiaomi entered the laptop segment in India last year with the launch of the Mi Notebook range, and now the RedmiBook range is also entering the Indian market. It is likely to be priced aggressively and offer competitive specifications. In China, Xiaomi has already introduced RedmiBook, RedmiBook Air, and RedmiBook Pro models.In its media invite, Xiaomi has confirmed that a new RedmiBook laptop is launching in India on August 3. This will be the first Redmi-branded laptop to launch in the country.“Last year, Redmi became more than a smartphone brand with a phone-plus strategy. We have launched products that would complement your phone and your lifestyle, like power banks, earbuds, and smart bands. This year, we took a step further and ventured even into the smart television segment. And now, we have something very interesting coming up. Are you ready to #SuperStart life with #RedmiBook?” the company says in its invite.The teaser poster attached with the invite shows a classic design with thick bezels around the display, especially at the bottom and top portions. While China has seen many RedmiBook models launches, there is no clarity on which model will make its debut in India. The Redmi Book series was first unveiled in China in 2019 and since then a host of options have launched in the home market. The most recent ones include the RedmiBook Pro 14 and RedmiBook Pro 15 laptops in both AMD Ryzen and 11th-generation Intel Core processor versions.Xiaomi is also reported to expand its Mi Notebook product lineup in the country, alongside the RedmiBook introduction. More specifically, it is reported to introduce the Mi Notebook Pro 14, Mi Notebook Ultra 15.6 laptops in India. However, Xiaomi has made no announcements regarding that, yet.

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