The official gameplay trailer for Fifa 21 has been released showing off loads of new features.
The new game comes out in October and follows Fifa 20 which received a lot of criticism after its release last year, with some players unhappy about overpowered player abilities, bugs and glitches.
EA Sports – which makes the game – says Fifa 21 will reward players for their “creativity and control with new features, in the most intelligent Fifa gameplay to date”.
Let us know what you think of the changes in the comments.
Agile dribbling is a new way to keep close control of the ball, so that players can perform quick feet and touches, especially with more skilful players such as Kylian Mbappe or Marcus Rashford.
To perform agile dribbling, players will have to hold R1/RB while moving the left stick, the dribbler will move the ball with rapid and precise touches.
However, some gamers have commented saying the feature looks “ridiculous”, “too fast” and “broken”. Others have compared it to Fifa 20’s drag back controls or ‘strafe dribbling’, which made it almost impossible to take the ball off some players.
New positioning personality means players who are tactically aware in real life will have a bigger impact by being in the right place at the right time to shoot, pass, or block the ball.
Think Kevin De Bruyne in attack or Virgil van Dijk in defence.
Computer-controlled artificial intelligence (AI) varies, with some players better at some things than others, for example:
- Onside and offside runs – Awareness to know when to slow down and time the run to stay onside.
- “Passer readiness” runs – Understanding when players in possession of the ball are ready to make a pass so the player can time their run perfectly.
- Decision making time and intelligence – The ability to make faster and accurate decisions on where and when to run.
- Passing lane analysis – Understanding and finding space on the pitch to receive a pass.
Fifa 21 has a new creative runs feature, where you can decide how your AI teammates move off the ball:
- Directed runs – You can now control the direction of the runs of your teammates by flicking the right stick after triggering a run (L1/LB then flick right stick), or after calling a team-mate short (R1/RB then flick right stick)
- Directed pass and go – This is a good way to perform quick one-two passes, by deciding where your team-mate runs to after receiving a pass. This can be performed by quickly flicking the right stick in any direction.
Crossing has also been changed in Fifa 21, and gives you different ways to zip a ball into the box.
- Whipped cross – (R1/RB + L1/LB + ⬜/X) – This has arguably been inspired by the technique of Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, these fast and dangerous crosses travel through the box and are perfect for a team-mate to just poke the ball into the net with their foot or head.
- Driven cross – (R1/RB + ⬜/X) – Another fast ball into the box, similar to whipped crosses but slightly higher up at waist level meaning it’s perfect for diving headers or volleys.
- Ground-driven cross – (R1/RB + ⬜/X then ⬜/X ) – A ground driven cross, does what you expect. A fast cross, low on the ground.
Natural collision system
EA Sports says that the days of crashing into defenders and goalkeepers, falling over and losing the ball, are over.
Developers have created a new animation system where players bump into each other in a more natural way, also meaning AI will jump over, or try to avoid falling over other players.
New competitor mode
In Fifa 21 you can still select difficulty settings such as Legendary or Ultimate.
However there is an option to select ‘competitor mode’. Competitor mode will see the computer AI copy some of the best Fifa players in the world, making the computer better at performing skill moves, using space and making scoring opportunities.
Some celebrations have been removed from the game for Fifa 21 which might good news for fans who don’t like them and think they’re mean.
EA say they’ve gone for “toxicity” reasons.
Sam Rivera, lead gameplay producer for Fifa 21, said two celebrations have been removed including the ‘Shhh’. This is when the player holds his finger to his/her lips and it’s sometimes seen as a way to provoke another player.
Another to be banned is the ‘A-OK’ – a finger challenge celebration made popular by Tottenham Hotspur player Dele Alli, which only lasted one season.
While many football fans have probably wished they could ‘rage quit’ thanks to VAR in real life this season, the controversial video assistant ref won’t be making a virtual appearance in the new Fifa.
Speaking about the decision, Sam Rivera said: “This year we decided to focus on other features that the community was requesting. We think that VAR, in terms of a video game, may not be adding as much as we wished.”
What else to expect
- Career mode – In the new game you can simulate the majority of a game through the new Interactive Match Sim, deciding to jump into the match during a key moment if things are going badly. It’s a system that has been copied from the Madden games, also made by EA Sports.
- Ultimate team – You can now play in co-op with a friend, plus there will be new ways to customise your team’s look, both on and off the pitch.
- Licensing – Unfortunately for Fifa, Juventus are not in the game for the second season running. Once again they’ll be replaced by a fake team called Piemonte Calcio. The name Piemonte is nothing to do with Fifa being ‘pied-off’ by Juve. It’s actually the area of Italy where Juventus play. Calcio is the Italian word for football.
Pro Evolution Soccer
Fifa’s main competitor when it comes to football game supremacy is doing things a little differently this year too.
But unlike Fifa, the new Pro Evo game won’t be a brand new instalment. Instead, makers Konami announced that PES 2021 will be a cheaper than normal downloadable update for PES 2020.
The decision was made after development slowed down due to coronavirus and has been praised by many gamers online.
PS5 vs Xbox Series X: How do they compare?
If we had a console war klaxon, now would be the time to sound it!
Sony has just revealed more details about the PS5, so how does it compare to the XBox Series X which will also be released in November?
Take a look below to see how these monster machines match up, as they battle it out for Christmas 2020 supremacy.
Price and release date
Sony has now revealed that the PS5 will match the Xbox Series X in price, costing £449.99.
However the new console will come out nine days later than its competitor in the UK, releasing on 19 November.
Microsoft’s new Xbox will be out on 10 November, but will that head start give it the edge over the PS5?
You wait for two next-gen consoles and then four come along at once… Both Microsoft and Sony have announced cheaper alternatives to their main consoles.
The new Xbox Series S is the cheapest of the new next-gen consoles at £249.
A slimmed down version of the PS5, which doesn’t include a disc drive, will cost £359 at launch.
While that might encourage people to go for the cheaper Xbox Series S, some gamers have pointed out that that machine is limited to 1440p gaming. That means it won’t look as good on screen as it can’t run in 4K resolution.
The slim digital edition of the PS5 has the same specs as the more expensive console, just without a disc drive.
More and more gamers are opting for digital downloads rather than physical discs to insert into consoles, so this could prove to be a positive move made by Sony in the console war.
So, back to the main machines, which one is more powerful?
“The two higher-spec consoles are close to each other in terms of specification – the Xbox has more storage,” said Nicky Danino, a gaming expert at the University of Central Lancashire.
“But there are still reasons why people will pick a specific console. What platform your friends play on, for example, is highly influential.”
So as we compare the power in each machine, something that will be a relief to most gamers is that the days of waiting for long, lengthy loading screens are finally over!
Inside the shell of both consoles is something called a Solid State Drive or SSD for short. That bit of hardware means that the PS5 and Xbox Series X will be able to read data quicker and more efficiently, meaning bigger open worlds and near-instant load times.
For example the SSD on the PS5 means it will be around 100 times quicker than the PS4!
Both consoles also feature ray tracing. This means that light can be recreated realistically for the first time in video games by simulating each ray individually, allowing for the most lifelike lighting, shadows and reflections yet.
Ray tracing has been added into lots of games recently (like Minecraft and Fortnite) and makes games look even more epic.
Both consoles support up to 8K resolution and 120 frames per second (fps). The current standard for games consoles is 30fps, meaning both consoles will have smooth gameplay unlike any seen before.
Technically the Xbox is slightly more powerful; the new console will run on 12 teraflops. Teraflops are how speed is measured in gaming.
For comparison The Xbox One X currently runs at six teraflops and the new PS5 will run on 10 teraflops – so basically the new Xbox Series X is going to be faster.
Space for game saves and downloads
The Xbox Series X also packs more onboard storage than any PS5 model, with 1TB of space to save game data, which is pretty roomy.
The PS5 has 825GB, so for gamers on the digital only version, that storage space could fill up pretty quickly.
How do the controllers compare?
The new Xbox controller will look a little like the old ones but with some differences; it will be slimmer, wireless and have a new ‘share’ button.
The bumpers will be more rounded for comfort, and have raised dots on the back for extra grip.
You’ll be able to use it with an Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.
Sony revealed their new PS5 controller design on their blog in April.
Called DualSense the controller has lots of new features like ‘adaptive triggers’, a create button, and an in-built microphone.
The controller will do more than just vibrate as things happen on screen and is more immersive than previous models.
Players will have different sensations as their in-game character struggles to walk through sand or heavy winds for example.
However it has caused a bit of debate online over its appearance, with some people loving the new design, and others saying it’s a bit ‘ugly’.
The old PS4 DualShock controller can be used with the new console, but it might not work as well with newer games.
What comes with the consoles?
Inside the PS5’s box, you’ll get the console, power cable, and a DualSense controller.
Both versions of PS5 are also bundled with Astro’s Playroom, a 3D platformer game designed to show off some of the interactive features of the DualSense controller.
Inside the Xbox’s box, you’ll get the black Series X console, power cable, an HDMI cable, and one black wireless controller.
In terms of games, the Playstation 5 has some big exclusives coming out at launch including Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
Meanwhile, the Xbox Series X’s launch line-up relies mostly on third-party games, which will also be available on PS5.
As for online subscription the PS5 is releasing an upgrade to the Playstation Plus service, called ‘PlayStation Plus Collection’. It basically includes several big-name PS4 games to download, for example Ratchet and Clank, at no extra cost.
Similarly, the Xbox Series X will have the subscription service Xbox All Access which will provide access to hundreds of games from different generations of Xbox.
The company also announced it would include EA’s Play library with the “ultimate” version of its Xbox Games Pass along with Xcloud, a streaming service a bit like Google Stadia, which they say will enable gamers to stream the newest games online.
“It is possible that PS5 will have launched three console-exclusive titles before Xbox Series X manages to launch its first,” said Louise Shorthouse, a games analyst at Omdia.
“Consumers also tend to stick with the same console brands across generations, so Sony is in an incredibly strong position,” she added.
BBC Click’s Marc Cieslak said: “But is the PS5 fighting the last generation’s console war?
“Xbox has a compelling offer with its Game Pass Ultimate subscription service. So even if Xbox doesn’t sell as many physical consoles as PlayStation, it may still prove to be at least as profitable.”
Can old games be played on the new consoles?
Both consoles will have something called ‘backwards compatibility’ which means that a new console is able to play game discs from older consoles.
The Xbox Series X will be able to play games from their previous two consoles, the Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Playstation fans will only be able to play games from the PS4 console onwards on the standard version of PS5.
What do they look like?
The Playstation 5 is really, really massive. In fact it could be the biggest games console ever made.
It’s over 15 inches tall and more than four inches wide. If you are worried about having enough desk space, it can be placed either sitting up or lying flat.
However the PS5 has received some criticism for the way it looks online, with some people saying it looks a bit like a wi-fi router.
The Xbox is wider, but considerably shorter at about 5.9 inches wide and 11.8 inches tall.
The Xbox Series S is tiny in comparison standing at 10.8 inches tall, but only 2.5 inches wide.
Sony was the clear leader in the previous generation of the so-called console wars.
The PS4 outsold the Xbox One, selling 111 million consoles to Xbox’s 51 million, but what about predictions for the new machines?
“On paper the Xbox Series X is the more powerful, but PlayStation has a solid line-up of platform-exclusive titles,” said Marc Cieslak from BBC Click.
VCs have to train themselves to ‘ask the stupid questions’, says Hoxton Ventures’ Hussein Kanji
If venture capitalists could predict the future, why wouldn’t they just start companies themselves? That’s the question Hussein Kanji, founding partner at Hoxton Ventures, asked rhetorically at Disrupt 2020.
“If anyone says that they have predictive power in this industry and says they know where the future is gonna be, I just question the wisdom of this,” he said during a session exploring how VCs seek out new markets before they even exist. “Because if you could figure it out, you could come up with the idea, you’re capable enough to be able to put all the pieces together, why would you not found the business?”
Instead, the key to betting on the future is to learn to ask the stupid questions. “I think it’s actually perfectly fine in the venture industry to not be the smart person and to kind of train yourself to be stupid and ask the stupid questions,” said Kanji. “I think a lot of people are probably too shy to do that. And a lot of people [are] probably too risk averse to then write the check when they don’t really understand exactly what it is that they’re investing into. But a lot of this stuff is a lightbulb moment”.
One of those lightbulb moments was Hoxton Ventures’ investment in Deliveroo, the takeout food delivery service that competes with UberEats and helped turn almost every restaurant into a food delivery service. However, Kanji reminded us that the European unicorn wasn’t the first company to try takeout delivery, but new technology, in the form of cheap smartphones coupled with GPS and routing algorithms, meant the timing was now right.
“People did try delivery,” he said, “they tried it back in the 90s. Everyone forgets about that. There’s a company in New York City called Cosmo that would go off and like get you a pint of ice cream on demand. You know, it never worked because they used pagers. Like, do you remember pagers? Like, that’s how they ran the fleet. They couldn’t move the fleet around. They couldn’t get the driver to the apartment and the driver to the store in any kind of efficient way… The breakthrough for delivery, and for that whole industry, was you had smartphones, you could give smartphones to the drivers, you could track what the driver was doing, which is good because then you could route logistics, you know, with a smartphone… light bulb moment”.
Kanji said that, although they are very different businesses and markets, Hoxton’s two other unicorns, Babylon and Darktrace, involved similar lightbulb moments. Yet you don’t get that light bulb moment until someone walks in the door and explains it to you. “Then your natural question is… why now… what’s actually changed? Like, what makes this so interesting? Why didn’t someone come up with this a year ago? There’s almost always usually a reason for that kind of stuff. And then then the harder part of the job is … are you really picking number one?”
Entering or helping to create new markets is often not without controversy — which both Babylon and Deliveroo has attracted for different reasons. As real disruption inevitably creates societal consequences, it often raises ethical questions that, the Hoxton co-founder argues, aren’t always possible to anticipate early on. However, as the picture becomes clearer, he says VCs should absolutely care, along with, of course, founders and CEOs.
“One of the constant criticisms in the tech industry is, I think the maturity of our industry… we behave more like teenagers. And it’s great to be libertarian, it’s great to be free markets and say markets are gonna sort it out. But you’re gonna have touch points with a lot of other places in society. You’ve got to figure out, and I think, get ahead in terms of…what the impact is going to be, and be more responsible”.
TikTok and Oracle deal could be approved by Trump despite resistance from Republicans
The deal would require extensive outside oversight of TikTok in the United States, including a plan for the company to go public within the next year or so to increase transparency into its operations, one of the individuals said.
Mnuchin called senior Defense Department officials Wednesday and briefed them on the deal but told them it was going to get done regardless, according to some of the people familiar with the talks.
His message was, “Give me your concerns and I will try to address them, but we are doing this,” said one former U.S. official briefed on the call who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Oracle chief executive Safra Catz has developed a close relationship with the White House, including serving on Trump’s transition team as he took office. Nonetheless, Trump met with Oracle on Wednesday and expressed concerns with the deal, a senior administration official said.
Trump told reporters Wednesday that he would not be happy if ByteDance maintained its majority stake in the business.
“Conceptually, I can tell you I don’t like that,” Trump said. “If that’s the case, I’m not going to be happy with that.”
Mnuchin will have to overcome Trump’s reluctance. “I don’t think anybody has the ability to push something through if the president is opposed to it,” said a senior administration official.
TikTok confirmed this week that it has chosen Oracle as its “trusted technology partner” after two months of confusion and harried dealmaking, as Trump moved to ban the short-form video app in the country, citing national security concerns. Suitors including Microsoft, Walmart and Oracle were interested bidders, but as government requirements conflicted in Washington and Beijing, TikTok eventually presented a deal that marked a significant step back from a full sale.
Instead, the proposed deal would make TikTok’s U.S. user data entrusted “exclusively” to Oracle and give Oracle oversight over all TikTok’s technical operations in the country, according to the person familiar with the talks. The entire deal is designed to quell officials’ fears that TikTok poses a national security threat because of its Chinese parent company. TikTok has said repeatedly it does not share U.S. customer information with the Chinese government.
U.S. officials say, however, Chinese laws require Chinese companies to share data with the government if directed and give the companies no discretion to refuse.
The Treasury Department sent the proposal back to the companies Wednesday with revisions on how the security structure would work, and ByteDance accepted the changes, one of the people said.
Under the proposed deal, the U.S. government would be able to approve the board members of the new TikTok entity, which would probably include Walmart chief executive Doug McMillon. Walmart would invest in the company, one of the people said.
TikTok would also prepare for a U.S. public offering in the next year. And it would allow a third-party organization to conduct audits and oversight of its operations.
Oracle, Walmart and TikTok did not comment beyond previous public statements earlier this week.
The Treasury Department did not respond to a request for comment.
Pentagon spokeswoman Jessica Maxwell had no comment.
TikTok’s saga with the U.S. government heated up this summer when Trump threatened to ban the app and eventually issued an order that takes effect Sunday, though the government hasn’t said exactly what that ban would look like. The Commerce Department will issue an order Friday spelling out what transactions will be subject to the ban.
“We are focused on the corporate level transactions, the business-to-business relationships,” the senior administration official said. “We’re not interested in going after the college kid in his dorm room taking videos. If people have TikTok on their phones, they’re not going to find themselves before a judge.”
Trump issued a second order that would require ByteDance to essentially divest from TikTok in the U.S. under a process by the Committee of Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), an interagency organization that oversees mergers with foreign companies for national security risks.
Longtime CFIUS staff are upset about how the deal is being handled and have expressed concerns that what is supposed to be a walled-off national security process is being increasingly politicized, according to a former CFIUS official.
By law, the Treasury Department “is the chair of CFIUS and therefore the ‘first among equals,’” said another former official, “but it does not grant them authority to blatantly steamroll other CFIUS member agencies and ignore legitimate national security concerns. Unfortunately, the system has drifted off course.”
The companies and government have been working to finish the deal before the ban is set to take place in just a few days. Mnuchin previously said on CNBC that the deal would also require TikTok to establish a U.S. headquarters for the newly created company and hire an additional 20,000 people here. Currently, TikTok runs its U.S. operations from Culver City, Calif.
Oracle was a somewhat surprising choice to win the TikTok deal after weeks of speculation that Microsoft was the front-runner in the bidding process.
Oracle, which provides database and other services to large companies, does not have a consumer business. But its executives have close ties to Trump, and TikTok is probably an attractive target to boost Oracle’s cloud technology business, which has failed to break into the top of the pack.
TikTok could also bolster Oracle’s data brokerage business, which collects detailed information on consumers to sell to advertisers. TikTok has a growing U.S. base of about 100 million users quarterly.
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