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Sony’s acquisition of Insomniac Games is a boon to its worldwide studios


With the success of Spider-Man and the shared history between the two companies, buying Insomniac was a no-brainer.

When Sony announced that it had acquired Insomniac Games shortly before Gamescom 2019 began, it was both the most surprising and least surprising announcement in the world. There were rumors that Sony was gearing up to purchase more game studios in an effort to compete with Microsoft ahead of the PlayStation 5’s eventual launch, but there was no solid information to go from. A company as large as Sony opening up its wallets isn’t exactly noteworthy all the time. Still, if Sony were to acquire a game studio, Insomniac would have been the perfect fit. And that’s exactly what happened.

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Insomniac is the 14th developer under Sony Worldwide Studio’s belt, joining acclaimed developers like Sony Santa Monica (God of War), Naughty Dog (Uncharted, The Last of Us), and Guerrilla Games (Horizon Zero Dawn, Killzone) to name just a few. Sony cultivates an impressive pedigree of studios, and it has for nearly two decades.

Sony cultivates an impressive pedigree of studios.

I recently said that Sony needs much more than great games to stay on top of Xbox next-generation, and I stand by that assessment. But adding new services and features to the mix doesn’t lessen the importance of a strong first-party portfolio. They complement each other, not compete. I’m incredibly excited to see what Insomniac and Sony can do together. It was a smart move to snatch it up before another company did. And the studio certainly has a lot of pre-existing talent to offer.


Spider-Man became the best-selling superhero video game of all-time according to the NPD Group, beating out Batman Arkham City, what is arguably one of the greatest superhero games ever made. What makes this feat even more impressive is that the rest of the top 10 list is rounded out by multiplatform games. Spider-Man beat them all out as an exclusive to PlayStation 4. As of July 2019, the title had crossed over 13 million sales.

There’s no doubt that Insomniac is hard at work on a sequel, even if one hasn’t been officially announced. The end of Spider-Man teased a continuation that Sony would be foolish to pass up.


Insomniac’s Sunset Overdrive released as an Xbox One exclusive back in 2014 in partnership with Microsoft, but Insomniac holds the rights to its IP. Whether Sony wants to continue the Sunset Overdrive series is another matter entirely. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sony’s Shawn Layden indicated that Sunset Overdrive isn’t a priority for the company right now. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed that this is the case. Sunset Overdrive was vastly under appreciated, and it’s just the sort of wacky, zany fun that we need in games. It knew what kind of game it was and was unapologetic, even breaking the fourth wall at times.

That was a great experience for Insomniac, and they learned a lot through that, as well. As far as the IP itself, we really haven’t turned over the files on that one to see what that actually means, to be honest. We like what they’ve been doing in the Spider-Man franchise, and things like Ratchet & Clank are certainly vital series in the present and future. That’s what we’re concentrating on.

Ratchet & Clank, Insomniac’s longest running series to date, has a legion of loyal fans ready and raring for the next one. Mediocre film aside, the game series by and large has received positive feedback. There’s always more room on the market for 3D platformers, especially as one as polished as Ratchet & Clank can be.


It would be nice to see Insomniac take the helm of Spyro again, but Activision currently holds the rights to the IP, and I don’t see the company giving them up any time soon. And the Resistance series has been dormant for several years now. It’s hard to imagine the studio going back to it considering the other projects it’s focusing on.

Insomniac Games still has several pre-existing franchises to toy around with. What I’m hoping Sony does now — and what it surely will if it went through the trouble of purchasing Insomniac — is leveraging that creativity to create sequels and new IP alike. Insomniac doesn’t usually make the same type of gritty, serious, hyper-realistic games some of the other Sony studios are known for. It makes games with brightness and levity, something I believe is much needed nowadays.


Verizon announces Samsung Galaxy A71 5G UW

Back in May, Verizon announced the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G UW, a phone compatible with Verizon’s 5G Ultra-Wideband and lowband networks.Now Verizon has come back with the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G UW, a far more affordable smartphone than the flagship S20 while still bringing 5G connectivity.SpecsThe A71 5G UW features:A 6.7″ Super AMOLED Infinity-O DisplayA quad-camera rear array with a 64MP main module, a 12MP Ultra Wide lens, a 5MP Macro lens, and a 5MP Depth CameraA 32MP front cameraA 4,500mAh battery8GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storagePricing and availabilityThe Samsung Galaxy A71 5G UW has a retail price of $649.99, which breaks down to $27.08 a month for 24 months on Verizon Device Payment.However, if you activate a new line on any Premium Unlimited Plan, you can get the device for $15 a month or $20 a month online.Preorders for the Galaxy A71 5G UW start tomorrow, July 9 here. The phone will be available in stores starting July 16. During the preorder period, users can get 25% off cases and screen protectors.Verizon also launched three additional phones, the Samsung Galaxy A11 and A21 and the Orbic Journey L.

How to create and share WhatsApp QR code for groups

WhatsApp recently released a feature that allowed you to share contacts using a QR Code. This allowed for users to share their own and scan other QR Codes, saving users the trouble of exchanging mobile numbers or contact details. A new feature lets you share WhatsApp QR Code for groups, allowing you to invite others to join your private groups.The feature is currently in beta, but once it becomes public will maintain the same steps.A pre-requisite to this step is being the Admin of a group. This helps prevents members of the group from abusing the feature.In addition, the QR code is static. Anyone with access to the QR code can join the group, so be careful who you share it with.Step 1.If you are the admin of a group, tap on your group settings. You can quickly access this by pressing the header of your group.Alternatively, you can also press the three dots at the top right of the group window, and tapping on Group info.Step 2.Tap on Invite via link. You’ll see a lot of options here, but there will be a new option for QR Code, tap on that.WhatsApp will generate a QR code for that group.Step 3.If you’re looking at scanning the code, go back to your main screen on WhatsApp (where all your chats are located).Press the 3 dots at the top right of the screen and choose Settings. Look to the right of your name and status to see a QR Code icon.Once you tap on it, swipe to the right and you’ll get the option to scan a WhatsApp QR Code.If you’re looking to share the code, you can take a screenshot of the QR code and send it to the person for them to scan via their computer screen using their phone.Alternatively, if the person is in physical distance, they can also scan the code directly from your phone screen.The feature is currently in Beta, and might not be available to all users. You’ll have to wait patiently for the feature to become public.With the help of QR codes, adding people to a group is now further streamlined. You no longer have to add a person as a contact to add them to a group.Errors, omissions? Be sure to let us know what might be wrong and we’ll make an adjustment.

Just $89.95, the MagiMask is the future of AR

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are two topics which have been kicking around for quite some time, with the former dating back decades. And thanks to the advances in phones and consoles, they both continue to get better. And cheaper.Augmented Reality really took off with the launch of Pokemon Go, ushering in an exciting and fun way to blend the real world with collectible characters. Over on the retail front, places like IKEA and Amazon are making AR an instrumental part of their shopping experience.What does the future hold for AR technology? It looks an awful lot like what MagiMask is doing today.Whereas most conventional AR accessories have an image that’s viewed via split-screen, the MakiMask is a singular full-screen experience. What’s more, it’s four times the resolution as compared to today’s common experience. That means fewer headaches and less eye strain.Beyond the AR aspect, the MagiMask is a fun way to enjoy movies and games on your handset. Paired with a Bluetooth controller, you’ll have more fun gaming with popular such as Fortnite. Or, simply take in a cinema-like experience from the comfort of your hammock.As we’ve seen time and again, innovations like these get their start on crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. It should come as no surprise to learn that the MagiMask was successfully backed on both outlets (Kickstarter, Indiegogo).Magimask BundleMagiMask: Full resolution 4x higher than split-screen VRsMagiTools: Physical tracker objects that allow you to easily interact w/ the digital worldUniversal phone mount: Adjusts to your AR-compatible smartphoneRecommended Portable Cinema Viewing Apps: Netflix, HBO, Hulu, VLC, YouTube, YouTube 360, & Amazon PrimeRecommended Augmented Reality Apps: Sketchfab, Augment, Kubity, IKEA, Alone, Holo, Sketch AR, Geogebra AR, Jig Space, Civilizations AR, Visible Body AR, Dinopark AR, & Enter the roomGaming & Drones: Grand Theft Auto (With Bluetooth Controller), Fortnite (With Bluetooth Controller), DJI (Navigate Drone With Controller, Connect To DJI app)Ludenso Create: Create 3D models & view your masterpiece in AR on the MagiTile with your iPad.Buy it Today!Normally, the MagiMask retails for $129.99; however, AndroidGuys readers can snag the MagiMask plus a bundle of props for $89.95. That’s 30% off its regular price, plus the goodies.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

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