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Niantic adds ‘reality blending’ to Pokémon Go to make your virtual pals even more realistic

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Niantic Labs is adding a new augmented reality feature to Pokémon Go next month that will make the virtual creatures look even more realistic. The new feature will let real-world objects obscure parts of the pocket monsters or let them hide entirely behind environmental fixtures like trees or furniture.

The company calls the feature “reality blending,” and it’s based on the AR technique known as occlusion, which uses a mix of hardware and software features on powerful, modern smartphones to map an environment and understand the shape and depth of real-world objects. Niantic says the feature will come first to Samsung Galaxy S9 and S10 devices as well as the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 4. More devices are expected to join the list in the future.

“Pokémon will be able to hide behind a real object or be occluded by a tree or table blocking its path, just like a pokémon would appear in the physical world,” Niantic product manager Kjell Bronder says in a blog post. “As Pokémon Go has grown throughout the years, trainers have been able to photograph, walk, and play with their pokémon buddy. This new feature brings them even closer to reality.”

Niantic first demoed its occlusion technology nearly two years ago with a video featuring a life-sized Pikachu darting around a crowded public space filled with walking pedestrians, potted plants, and benches. Each time the Pikachu would go behind a pot or stand with a person in between it and the phone camera, parts of the creature would become obscured.

Niantic has built an impressive team of researchers over the last few years to help it pull off techniques like this using existing phone hardware. It’s done so through strategic acquisitions of AR and artificial intelligence companies like Escher Reality, Matrix Mill, and Sensible Object.

More recently, Niantic purchased 6D.ai, a startup dedicated to using AI to 3D map physical spaces. “The research team has grown since the 6D.ai acquisition and now includes world-renowned AR researchers from Oxford Active Vision Lab and the University College London, among others,” a Niantic spokesperson tells The Verge.

In addition to reality blending, Niantic is also giving Pokémon Go the ability to contribute to its crowdsourced 3D mapping project, as it does with its original AR game Ingress. Instead of portal scanning, as it’s called in Ingress, Niantic says players of Pokémon Go will be able to perform “PokéStop Scanning” to “contribute to building 3D maps of their “favorite PokéStops and Gyms by walking around their favorite public places and recording a stream of images with their phone.”

“Techniques such as blurring potentially recognizable objects like faces or license plates are automatically applied to information that trainers choose to send to Niantic,” Bronder explains in the blog post. “Niantic does not collect or store any personal data in connection with this information and it is not tied to specific player accounts.”

The feature will be restricted to trainers who are at the max level of 40 before it comes more broadly to lower-level players. Bronder says these images help it generate more realistic 3D maps, which in turn make the game’s blending of the real and virtual more believable. “This will allow us in the future to tie virtual objects to real world locations and provide pokémon with spatial and contextual awareness of their surroundings,” he says. “For instance, this awareness will help Snorlax find that perfect patch of grass to nap on or give Clefairy a tree to hide behind.”

Of course, COVID-19 is complicating these large, collaborative AR games at the moment. Niantic has taken some measures to ensure its games can be played safely from your home, The company laid out a plan back in March to continuously update its games during the pandemic to make easier to record indoor exercise as in-game activity and enhancing the social, exploration, and live event features to better suit players during shelter-in-place.

That’s resulted in some nice new features, including remote raiding in Pokémon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’s in-game transportation option to ferry players to the “fortresses” that typically require your physical presence at a real-world landmark or location.

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GTA 6 news and rumors: when will Grand Theft Auto 6 be announced?

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GTA 6 news and rumors

The Wave is going over the Internet about GTA 6 news and rumors, but the news, rumors, and things are only in Words. GTA 6 is a matter of debate these days but no official announcement has made yet for the game. GTA lovers are waiting curiously for the addition of new edition in the series. Today, our topic of discussion would be all about GTA 6 release date and rumors. Scroll down to Know more.

Its been 7 years GTA 6 has been released and after that, no other games have released yet. GTA 5 was introduced for XBOX 360 and PS3, later the game got access to Xbox  One and PS4. It is one of the bestselling games of Rockstar games. Now the question arises, why after a huge success no other game yet released? Is there any particular reason or its by chance? Read the article below and get to know the answers to all your questions.

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GTA 6: Development Phase

It is known that GTA 6 is still in the early phase of development.

Schreier wrote: “One plan that management has laid out for the next game, a new entry in the Grand Theft Auto series, is to start out with a moderately sized release (which, by Rockstar’s standards, would still be a large game) that is then expanded with regular updates over time, which may help mitigate stress and crunch.

“But there’s a catch: Rockstar’s next big project is still early in development. When production ramps up and the game gets closer to launching, will overtime come with it? Will Rockstar’s employees then face the pressure of months of crunch in order to finish all of the ambitious work it takes to make a Rockstar game?”

GTA 6: Platforms

GTA 6 will release for the next generation of consoles, Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s next Xbox ‘Project Scarlett’. There is a chance that The game will be seen on PC and Google Stadia as well.

Gamers who are not going to buy new-generation consoles like PS5 and Xbox Series X, would not be able to play GTA 6.

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GTA 6: Locations

According to rumors,  GTA 6 location could be set around Vice City (Miami) with a second-place for new missions being in South America.  In an Interview, Rockstar Stated that they would add all the cities in one game. Here is the list of cities from previous games.

  • Los Santos- GTA V & GTA San Andreas
  • Vice City-  GTA Vice City
  • Las Venturas- GTA San Andreas
  • San Fierro- GTA San Andreas
  • Liberty City-  GTA IV & GTA 3

GTA 6: Lead Character

According to rumors only, it has been said that GTA 6 would have a female lead character.

It is completely unknown whether there would also be more protagonists like in GTA V. The switching between the players could be possible through a single-player.

GTA 6 News: Release Date

Last but not least, everyone is waiting for this to be confirmed. Gamers are really excited and curious to know when their favorite GTA 6 will release. It is the main expected GTA 6 news.

It is very much expected that the game is to come this year at least, in 2020. So, the release date of GTA 6 would be somewhere in summers 2021. When the pandemic around the world will start to fade away, maybe!

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EndNote

Well, friends, this is all about GTA 6 news and rumors. I am just hoping that everything in this article would get correct.

Right now, we can only assume the things and can only daydream. The actual reality will be known only when the game would release.

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EA Sports UFC 4 announced: Trailer, release date and Everything else

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So finally wait is over for the most awaited sports game, Yes the users were waiting for the release of UFC 4 from last 2 years, And now EA Sports UFC 4 announced, There is a lot of changes has been made in the sports, It’s been more than  2 years when “EA Sports UFC 3” was released. The release of EA Sports UFC 4 is really a big no. of changes made in UFC 3. EA Sports returns with “UFC 4,” and a lot has gone into the fourth instalment of the only UFC licensed game on the market.

The announcement of the game took place virtually and the selected media got the chance to look at the gameplay and the newly added gaming modes and the pre-order DLC fighters — unified boxing heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and current WBC and lineal heavyweight titlist Tyson Fury.

There is a lot of rumours and speculation coming about the release of EA Sports UFC 4, Like the games would release this holiday season with the launch of upcoming gaming console PS5 and Xbox series X. But fans of the game won’t have to wait that long as “EA Sports UFC 4″ is set for release on Aug. 14 for Playstation 4 and Xbox One.

Here’s everything we know about the upcoming game.

When ‘EA Sports UFC 4’ will release?

  • Date: Aug. 14, 2020

“UFC 4” will be released Aug. 14, 2020, for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Gaming Console supporting EA Sports UFC 4

  • Xbox One
  • Xbox Series X
  • PS4
  • PS5

“UFC 4” will be available on current-gen consoles on Aug. 14. There is no set release date for next-gen consoles.

Watch the ‘EA Sports UFC 4’ trailer

Who are the cover athletes for ‘EA Sports UFC 4’?

  • Israel Adesanya
  • Jorge Masvidal

There will be two new fighters that will grace the cover of “EA Sports UFC 4.” UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will cover the game alongside “BMF” champion Jorge Masvidal.

What game modes will be in ‘EA Sports UFC 4’?

  • Fight Now (Knockout Mode, Stand and Bang and Custom)
  • Career Mode
  • Tournaments
  • Custom Events
  • Online World Championships (online only)
  • Blitz Battles (online only)
  • Quick Fight (online only)
  • Invite (online only)

Who will be the ‘EA Sports UFC 4’ commentary team?

  • Jon Anik
  • Daniel Cormier

What new fighting environments will be included in ‘EA Sports UFC 4’?

  • The Backyard
  • The Kumite
  • UFC Apex
  • Action Avenue

What fighters will be available if you pre-order ‘EA Sports UFC 4’?

  • Tyson Fury
  • Anthony Joshua
  • Bruce Lee

What else is included if you pre-order ‘EA Sports UFC 4’?

  • Backyard Customization Pack (Jean print shorts, backyard camo shirt, backyard MMA gloves, skull cap & gold chain)
  • Kumite Customization Pack (Kumite gladiator shorts, Kumite cobra shirt, rope gloves, cobra mask & Kumite necklace)

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Call of Duty: Mobile Season 8 leaks, start date, characters, skins and battle pass

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Call of Duty: Mobile Season 8 is around the corner and can arrive anytime. Are you excited to Know what characters, skins you are going to get in Season 8? confused about the release date?

Season 7 has already given us an endless number of entertainment hours and fans has now rolling eyes for season 8. Today I am going to share Call of Duty: Mobile Season 8 leaks, release date, characters, skins, and battle pass.

Call of Duty is available on the various platforms to play on and Call of duty: mobile was designed exclusively for mobiles. It is a first-person shooter video game franchise published by Activision.

What’s new in Season 8?

Piece Bullet  – Get 1 more Grenade Explosive when aroused and marked sticking explosive damage will be funny.

Fast Recovery – Fast healing after defeating the enemy. Moreover, holding the target will increase healing frequency.

What’s included in Call of duty: Mobile season 8?

New Skins

New Characters

New Weapons

Map Leaks

 

How much does Battle pass cost?

It is very much expected that the battle pass will cost the same that’s 800 COD Points ($9.99 / £9.99).

A premium pass will cost 2000 COD Points ($24.99 / £24.99).

Release date

Call of duty: Mobile Season 8 is expected to arrive this week, July 11- July 18. No exact date is released but the Season is about to release.

So, what you are waiting for? You can now go for day-dreaming for season 8.

Well, Gamers! How do you like the information?

Call of Duty is a very popular game of all time and is winning hearts with its every release. So, what’s next? Much Awaited!

I hope you would like all the information about Call of duty: Mobile Season 8 battle pass, leaks, characters, etc.

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