PlayStation Now still isn’t good enough

Seventeen years later, Ico is still a masterpiece. The PlayStation 4 doesn’t support traditional backward compatibility. Shove a Fallout 3 disc into your PS4 Pro, for instance, and nothing will happen. This is due to the custom Cell processor that Sony used in the PS3. It was a capable but notoriously difficult chip for developers … Read morePlayStation Now still isn’t good enough

What’s Coming and Going From Netflix the Week of February 18, 2019

Everybody loves him!Photo: Netflix Ray Romano was not kidding when he titled his very recent standup special Right Here, Around the Corner. It gives me no joy to tell you that a mere two weeks after said special dropped (if anything that Ray Romano produces could be said to have “dropped”), Ray is has come … Read moreWhat’s Coming and Going From Netflix the Week of February 18, 2019

Game streamer Ninja will have his own toy line

Other streamers will get nods as well. WCT is launching an augmented reality-enhanced set of four-inch vinyl figurines ($10 each) that will use a QR code to unlock a virtual experience based on top streamers. Ninja is unsurprisingly part of the mix, but he’ll also be joined by well-known streamers like Lirik, Summit1G and Tim … Read moreGame streamer Ninja will have his own toy line

NBA game recaps are coming to Facebook Watch

Each week, the NBA will host a watch party in the hope fans will check out recaps and videos together in real time and discuss them. The WNBA, NBA G League and NBA 2K League will have watch parties too, but those will take place monthly. The NBA has an extensive reach on Facebook, with … Read moreNBA game recaps are coming to Facebook Watch

Amazon’s first ‘Lord of the Rings’ teaser is a minimal Middle-earth map

Amazon posted a trio of tweets about the upcoming project, the first of which is an apt quote from Tolkien: “I wisely started with a map.” Amazon also released an “interactive” map of Middle-earth, but so far all you can do is zoom in and out and scoot around the landscape. “I wisely started with … Read moreAmazon’s first ‘Lord of the Rings’ teaser is a minimal Middle-earth map

Overwatch League’s premium pass wasn’t ready for its debut

The audio and video were sometimes garbled in individual player streams. The commentators (or casters in eSports parlance) occasionally sounded like robots and the gameplay at points looked like an incomprehensible, trippy kaleidoscope of color. There were framerate issues as well, particularly with the multiviewer streams that combine a player’s perspective with the main broadcast … Read moreOverwatch League’s premium pass wasn’t ready for its debut

David Fincher’s disturbed ‘Love, Death and Robots’ premieres March 15th

The series premieres March 15th. The trailer doesn’t show enough to indicate whether these will be thought-provoking tales or simply a bit risqué, but it’s certainly enough to raise eyebrows (and ears, given the thumping industrial soundtrack). And even if you don’t care for it, look at it this way: it might open the door … Read moreDavid Fincher’s disturbed ‘Love, Death and Robots’ premieres March 15th

AT&T’s streaming service won’t have original shows until 2020

The executive also said that there would be original DC Comics material, and that some originals would come from outside WarnerMedia even as its leaders “look[ed] at ourselves first.” He also floated the possibility of “dynamic windowing” where shows wouldn’t always find a permanent home. Reilly hinted at the potential interface, which would have a … Read moreAT&T’s streaming service won’t have original shows until 2020

Netflix expands its podcast repertoire with ‘Strong Black Legends’

The inaugural season will include guests like Ruth E. Carter (Black Panther), John Witherspoon (Friday) and Garrett Morris (the first black Saturday Night Live actor). There are “more surprises to come,” Netflix teased. This isn’t a snap decision for Netflix — the podcast earns its name from an internal team, Strong Black Lead, meant to … Read moreNetflix expands its podcast repertoire with ‘Strong Black Legends’

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ returns on Hulu on June 5th

June 5. #WakeUp #HandmaidsTale pic.twitter.com/9IxFpEG4sc — The Handmaid’s Tale (@HandmaidsOnHulu) February 11, 2019 The streaming service revealed a ton of other news, such as a deal with Marvel to produce four adult animated shows: Howard the Duck, M.O.D.O.K, Hit-Monkey and Tigra & Dazzler. Following the template of Netflix’s Marvel shows and The Defenders, the characters … Read more‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ returns on Hulu on June 5th