Microsoft has long failed in Internet search and browsing. The company has spent plenty of time, money, marketing and development resources to catch up — to no avail.
In search, Google has a stranglehold with 85% of the worldwide search market share in the first quarter of 2023, compared to 9% for Bing. In browsing, Edge fares even worse: it accounts for a 5% market share compared to 64% for Chrome and 20% for Safari. That’s a far cry from 2003, when Internet Explorer had a 95% market share.
Evercore Heroes is a competitive PvE game in which each match sees your squad of four participating in missions against hordes of AI-controlled enemies, but you’re doing so at the same time as three other teams all on the same map. So it’s a little PvP too in terms of each match being a race between four different teams. It’s a creative idea for Vela Games’ debut title, upping the ante of PvE scenarios with the competitive drive of PvP. This setup works–I left a preview event for Evercore Heroes wishing I could play just one more match, which is my go-to benchmark for whether a free-to-play multiplayer game has that magic touch to make it in the increasingly crowded live-service market. If you can make your players go, “Okay, one more game,” then you’ve stumbled onto something special.
In Evercore Heroes, you play as one of several Heroes–there will be 14 at the game’s launch–who fall into your traditional roles of damage, tank, or support. Your team of four then loads onto a map alongside three other teams. Each team has free reign to do what they want to prepare for the first wave of enemies coming to destroy your spawn point. You could capture an objective to secure resources to upgrade your characters, for example, or kill a miniboss to upgrade your chosen hero’s unique abilities.
As you race around the map, you can see the opposing teams completing objectives as well, represented as small glowing sprites within your world. Once a task has been completed on the map, it counts as completed for every team, so your squad has to decide whether it’s worth racing against the other teams for the bigger payoffs or completing the smaller, often-ignored objectives. You can also use special PvP items like a frost grenade that can stun all the opposing players around you, slowing them down on whatever objective you’re trying to finish first.
Virgin Galactic is gearing up for its first crewed flight in nearly two years. The space tourism company announced that it will launch its Unity 25 crew into space later this month but didn’t provide a specific date.
The upcoming spaceflight is “the final assessment of the full spaceflight system and astronaut experience” ahead of Virgin Galactic’s first commercial flight that’s planned for the end of June. Unity 25 marks the company’s fifth spaceflight and will launch four Virgin Galactic employees — Beth Moses, Luke Mays, Jamila Gilbert, and Christopher Huie — to the edge of space.
— Virgin Galactic…
Last year, Microsoft Edge surpassed Safari as the second most popular desktop browser. Now, new data from Statcounter shows that Apple’s browser has finally regained second place.
The full ranking shows that Google Chrome remains the most used browser… It’s also interesting to note that after Firefox almost surpassed Safari in February of 2022, the browser is still losing its base to Microsoft Edge and Safari… Even the all-mighty Google Chrome has lost a bit of userbase, as it had 66.64% of users last April and now has 66.13%.
The final rankings (with data from April 2023):
Google Chrome: 66.13%
Microsoft Edge: 11%
Internet Explorer: 0.55%
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The Starfield ESRB rating is here as Bethesda shares the RPG game’s classification before the ratings board itself, seemingly by accident, letting us know what we can expect when the Starfield release date drops and how it compares to ratings for other Bethesda games like Elder Scrolls and Fallout. While we wait for more Starfield footage, this is definitely the next best thing.