January 17, 2019
Google Stadia 2020 plans to include 120 new games
Google said this week that it’s on track to bring more than 120 games to its cloud gaming service Stadia in 2020 and is planning to offer more than 10 Stadia-exclusive games for the first half of the year. That would be a pretty massive jump from the 26 games and one exclusive that are currently available, and all in a little more than a year since the service’s launch, if those projections hold true. Previously, Google had only explicitly confirmed four games for 2020, so this news was much needed to let early adopters know there are a lot more games on the way.
Other new features planned for the first quarter of 2020 including support for 4K gaming, expanded Google Assistant functionality while playing on the web, support for additional Android phones, and wireless gameplay through the web via the Stadia controller.
2. Fisker debuts an electric SUV with a solar roof
Last week electric vehicle entrepreneur Henrik Fisker unveiled his first purportedly mass-market EV, an SUV called the Fisker Ocean. Starting at $37,500, Fisker says the electric SUV will get between 250 and 300 miles per charge, and it will feature solar panels on the roof. Fisker and his eponymous company, Fisker Inc., plan to put the Ocean on the road sometime around the end of 2021 or the beginning of 2022.
One technical spec Fisker teased on Sunday is that there will be a performance version of the Ocean that can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.9 seconds. He also said there will be multiple powertrain configurations, likely meaning that the base version of the Ocean will come with one electric motor. The company said on Sunday that the base version will also be powered by a battery pack that is approximately 80kWh.
Henrik Fisker has always been a man known for ambitious vision, but he also often has trouble executing. Even if the Fisker Ocean hits the market in the time frame he’s targeting, it will enter an increasingly crowded market populated by far more than just Tesla’s electric vehicles. And as Tesla has proven, it takes billions of dollars and a lot of luck to bring a new car to market.
Source: Business Insider
3. A glimpse to the future – Intel’s Horseshoe Bend concept
Foldable-screen PCs were one of the biggest trends of CES 2020, but only one of the models on display could actually make a passable substitute for a desktop when it’s unfolded: that’s Intel’s “Horseshoe Bend” prototype, which can open up to a seamless 17.3-inch display that resembles a small all-in-one PC or a mobile monitor.
Horseshoe Bend is essentially a 17-inch tablet or an all-in-one computer (if you use a kickstand and attach a keyboard and mouse) and it folds in half to become a 12.5-inch laptop with a touchscreen on one half and a touch keyboard and touchpad on the other. There’s also a hardware keyboard that can slide on the bottom touchscreen for those who don’t love virtual keyboards. It’s a compelling design that wants to push PCs forward in some new directions.
Horseshoe Bend is built around Intel’s new 10nm Tiger Lake architecture, which is set to ship in laptops later this year. It allows for a 7mm-thick chassis with a 9W TDP and without any active cooling. The device is running Windows 10, but Intel expects Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10X to be a good fit for the category later on.