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Take-Two retreats from $70 games being the norm for PS5 and Xbox Series X – The Verge

Take-Two Interactive now says it may not raise the price of next-gen video games by $10, after saying it would do so for NBA 2K20. CEO Strauss Zelnick says the company will evaluate on a title-by-title basis.

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For now, Take-Two says it will evaluate on a title by title basis
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The companies that sell video games are all staying relatively quiet about whether they plan to universally hike game prices from $60 to $70 with the launch of next-gen consoles later this year. But of the more vocal ones, massive publisher Take-Two Interactive has flip-flopped in its public statements of late, causing a bit of confusion in the process.
After initially becoming the first company to …

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Amazon’s Luna cloud gaming service sounds like the cable of video games – The Verge

Amazon’s newly announced Luna cloud gaming service won’t be structured like Google Stadia or Microsoft’s xCloud. Instead, it’s following a model similar to television, with individual channels of bundled games with a separate subscription fee attached.

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The company will sell access to game publisher channels, like how it sells streaming TV subscriptions
Amazon revealed its new cloud gaming service, officially called Luna, at its annual Alexa hardware event today. That makes it an immediate competitor to Googles Stadia, Microsofts xCloud, Sonys PlayStation Now, and a number of other services from major game publishers all eager to try the code on how to stream video games over the internet.
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New Amazon hardware: Ring drones, Echo Dot 4th Gen, Wi-Fi 6 Eero and more – Ars Technica

You wanted a security drone flying around inside your home, right?

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Enlarge/ One of many devices introduced today, the 4th-generation Echo devices is a cloth-covered sphere with a halo at the base, contrasting with the squat plastic cylinders of earlier generation Echoes.
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Today at Amazon’s hardware launch event, the company announced new Ring, Echo, Eero, and Fire devices. Amazon also announced a new gaming service called Luna, which we’re covering in its own article.
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Google Maps’ color-coded regions let you see COVID-19 spikes near you – Business Insider – Business Insider

Google Maps also rolled out COVID-19 checkpoints, transit alerts, and transit station busyness info available in June.

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Google began rolling out a new feature Wednesday that allows app users to view relative COVID-19 case numbers as a layer in Google maps. The layer color codes areas by their 7-day average for the number of new cases per 100,000 people, and shows if cases are trending up or down.
The goal of the new feature is to help users “make more informed decisions about where to go and what to do,” wrote Sujoy Banerjee, a product manager at Google, in a blog post on Wednesday. 
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