Monday 29 June 2020

Microsoft redesigning Windows 10 Start Menu

 Christo [PCD]    29 Jun : 08:32
 None    Software


Windows 10X removes Cortana

It's been a few years since Microsoft introduced the first ever version of Windows 10 under its new Windows as a Service (WaaS) model. Looking back at the last 5 years, it feels like the company has been focused more on addressing the (never-ending) issues than bringing any new features.

While we have received a handful of major features over the years, in terms of visual changes, things have been few and far between. The past few months have, however, assured us that we may get to see an improved Windows 10 Start Menu very soon.

The rumors started pouring in as Microsoft began testing Windows 10X, a variant of Windows 10 designed for the dual screen devices. However, it has become clear that Microsoft is exploring a modern take on Start Menu for the "basic" Windows 10 as well, potentially moving away a bit from Live Tiles (which is ironic considering Apple's latest obsession).

Microsoft had shared a short clip earlier this year revealing both the dark and light mode designs of this new Windows 10 Start Menu. Earlier this week, releasing some new Pride themes, Microsoft 365 offered another look at this new design.

Now this may not be a drastic design change (which Microsoft usually avoids to do anyway considering its business/education user-base), but it does offer small improvements to the current design of the Start Menu. The new design brings Fluent Design aesthetics to the Start Menu, offering more spacing, less color, and a de-cluttered feel.

Considering the comments on our previous coverage on this, it's safe to say not everyone is a fan of this change. But, we have to admit users don't really like it when Microsoft does drastically change things. If it's any consolation, Microsoft hasn't shared when it is planning to release this redesign to the public. As the development process for 20H2 is done, it is likely we won't get to see this until 2021 feature updates.


Thursday 25 June 2020

Cyberpunk 2077 has been delayed again

 Christo [PCD]    25 Jun : 08:13
 None    Software


New launch date November 19th

CD Projekt RED statement:

We have decided to move the launch of Cyberpunk 2077 from September 17 to November 19.

Those of you who are familiar with the may we make games know that we won't ship something which is not ready. "Ready when it's done" is not just a phrase we say because it sounds right, it's something we live by even when we know we'll take the heat for it. At the same time, we are fully aware that making such a decision costs us your trust and trading trust for additional time is one of the hardest decisions a game developer can make. And despite we think it's the right decision for the game, we'd still like to apologize for making you wait longer. Our intention is to make Cyberpunk 2077 something that will stay with you for years to come. In the end, we hope you understand why we did what we did.

At the time we are writing these words, Cyberpunk 2077 is finished both content and gameplay-wise. The quests, the cutscenes, the skills and items; all the adventures Night City has to offer - it's all there. But with such an abundance of content and complex systems interweaving with each other, we need to properly go through everything, balance game mechanics and fix a lot of bugs. A huge world means a huge number of things to iron out and we will spend the additional time doing exactly that.

This week, journalists from all over the world are starting to independently play the game. We are eager (and quite stressed) to hear their opinions, as well as see your reactions when they publish their previews right after we air Night City Wire on the 25th of June. We hope this will satisfy some of your hunger for the game as we work to polish it for the November launch.

Tuesday 23 June 2020

Google Stadia Premiere Edition gets a price cut

 Christo [PCD]    23 Jun : 08:39
 None    Hardware


But it's no longer offering three months of Stadia Pro for free

Google has dropped the price of its Stadia Premiere Edition from $129.99 to $99.99, though some of the bundle's features have changed since its original release.

Most notably, Google is no longer offering three months of Stadia Pro for free to those who purchase the Premiere Edition, meaning the bundle only contains a Chromecast Ultra and a Stadia controller.

Instead of the free three months of Stadia Pro, all new users (regardless of whether or not they purchased the Premiere Edition) are able to access Stadia Pro for free for one month, after which they can either pay $9.99 per month to continue access to 4K streaming and monthly free games, or revert to the free version of Stadia at 1080p and no free games.

Stadia Premiere is the replacement bundle that Google began offering when its Founder's Edition sold out. The Founder's Edition originally contained the three-month Pro subscription, a second three-month "Buddy Pass" to give to a friend, a ChromeCast Ultra, a night-blue Stadia controller, and the ability to reserve a Stadia username ahead of release.

When the Premiere Edition launched in November, it cost the same as the Founder's Edition, but no longer included the ability to secure a username (given the service had launched at this point) or the Buddy Pass, and the controller was swapped for the clearly white color

[Source: Games Industry]

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