The Daily Moot: PS5 Controller RevealNews Picks
1. PS5 Controller Reveal
The PlayStation 5 controller has been revealed! Nicknamed DualSense, the new controller features a two tone design with a blue LED trim around the touchpad. Not only does the DualSense look futuristic, Jim Ryan (president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment) asserted that "the new controller, along with the many innovative features in PS5, will be transformative for games.” Sony also confirmed that the PS5 controller will have a headphone port so you won’t have to worry about buying a special headset like with the Xbox Series X.
2. Google Stadia Now Free In what seems like a last-ditch effort to compete with Nvidia’s GeForce Now, Google Stadia is now free. As long as users have a gmail account, they can now sign up for the service and stream games in 1080p free of charge. Google is also offering 2 months of Stadia Pro for free, which currently includes games such as Grid, Destiny 2: The Collection, and Gylt.
3. Sea of Thieves Cats Next week’s update, Ships of Fortune, is bringing cats to Sea of Thieves. There will be 3 different breeds of cats, the scruffy Wildcat, fluffy Ragamuffin, and slinky Mau, which will join monkeys and parrots as premium pets in the Pirate Emporium. The update will also allow players to become emissaries for their favorite in-game trading companies. As an emissary you can advance through 5 Grades by accomplishing tasks for your trading company. The Ships of Fortune update is expected to go live on April 22.
4. No Solos for Apex Apex Legends has permanently added a duos mode but it doesn’t look like solos will get the same treatment. Electronic Arts put out a statement saying that a solos mode doesn’t align with the game’s underlying co-op elements. Furthermore, EA claims that when solos were temporarily added last year, it “negatively impacted the game, especially when it came to new player retention.”
5. Hearthstone Ashes of Outland Hearthstone’s latest expansion, Ashes of Outland, is now live. Ashes of Outland introduces the Demon Hunter class as the first new class to the game. The new class is free for all players and includes a Demon Hunter prologue campaign, the completion of which grants players 10 Demon Hunter basic cards, a 20-card Demon Hunter Initiate set, and a pre-built Demon Hunter starting deck list.