Another wild week in the Tech world has come and gone, and we’ve got the winners of reliable reviews and the best (and worst) announcements of the last seven days in Los.
You will be forgiven for thinking that the Tech world was stable even for a moment with its most recent phone launch to OnePlus. With its new camera system – co-designed with Hazelblad – the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro have garnered everyone’s attention over the past few days, but there have been plenty of other notable headlines in the background.
If you’re a Marvel fan, this is a terrible week not only for the fact that Disney’s launch schedule for 2021 is jammed, but now we have confirmation that Black Widow will get a cinematic / domestic release. For fans of PS Vita (and indeed PS3 and PSP), however, it is a terrible week with the announcement that the digital stores for all these consoles are going to be offline soon.
Winner: Disney Plus (and fans of Marvel)
In these attempts to shut down at home, streaming services have become a complete Godsend, but none are more synonymous with the epidemic than Disney Plus. After launching in the UK in the same month that the nation went into lockdown, the service’s list of melancholy hits has helped to a great extent, but fans have long been questioning whether Aseem has released the MCU flick, Black Widow Was postponed, will it ever show its way to Disney Plus. Well, now we have an answer.
After much deliberation, Disney finally confirmed that Black Widow would be a joint release in theaters and on-demand through the Disney Plus premiere on July 9. In the past I usually featured Disney on the notion of paying any additional fees at the top. This month’s Disney Plus subscription costs (see original), but for a mainline Marvel film, which no doubt will attract a ton of people to the cinema, I’ll gladly admit that this joint release is now Is the best option for
Given that the epidemic is still very ongoing and until everyone is vaccinated, it makes perfect sense to release Black Widow in this way. This will not only allow any Marvel fans who are shielding to take in the fun, but it should also encourage more engagement with those who are not yet comfortable with sitting in a room full of stuff – remember that What happened to Tentate?
Also there is no denying that this is the kind of clot that only Disney can remove – can you wonder if Netflix became the sole distributor for No Time to Die? As far as we are concerned, July is under lock and key at Disney, and it will be very interesting to see if this trend becomes permanent for the company’s major releases.
Loser: PS Vita Fans
Cast your mind to 2012. It was a sunny year – the Olympics were scheduled to change London forever, just as the PS Vita was going to revolutionize the concept of portable gaming. With significantly improved graphics over its predecessor, along with two bonafide joysticks, it felt like the PS Vita would eventually be the system to bring console-quality gaming when it went.
However for today Flash and we, unfortunately, know better. Even though the PS Vita was a fantastic console that sadly never got the audience it deserved, there is still a small crowd of fans who swear by its quality after all these years. Well, I hate to break it to them, but PS Vita’s dream is finally over because the console’s online store will have its bitter end on 27 August.
Worst of all, this revelation is not just limited to the Vita, as both online stores for the Sony PS3 and PSP will go offline from July. In all fairness, heyday has passed for these consoles, and it doesn’t sting as much as PS Vita, which couldn’t make a decade before closing its online store. We recommend that you download all your titles – as well as any titles you choose before you choose them.
Seeing the PS Vita nearing the end of its lifecycle, the question arises as to how the fans’ reaction to the PS5 store going offline will be many moons from now. In the past, it was not the worst thing to be pulled to stores as fans can still rely on physical media, but for anyone who has purchased a PS5 digital version, there is a good chance that an expensive piece of kit will someday become a very big brick Can.