Final Fantasy 16 finally has a release date after revealing a new gameplay trailer at The Game Awards 2022. We now have a little deeper understanding of the medieval vibes and the monsters that will be encountered on the journey.
After much anticipation, Final Fantasy 16 is set to release on June 22, 2023, which means RPG fanatics across the world will have to wait around half a year to experience the next entry in the long running series.
It’s been a long time since there’s been a major entry in the franchise, with the predecessor, Final Fantasy 15, having originally dropped in 2016 – a gap of over half a decade. That’s what makes this particular announcement at The Game Awards 2022 so substantial for RPG junkies, as there are sure to be hundreds of hours to devote to this one.
Final Fantasy 16 – World premiere trailer
A lot is happening in Final Fantasy 16’s latest world premiere trailer. Far be it from us to detail everything on screen because it’s fast. We can say that the action is high-octane and the monsters you will encounter in your quests in a whole new environment.
The core of the trailer revolves around the themes of revenge, as we see our protagonist lose someone close to him as a child only to swear revenge in blood. It’s an exciting premise and one that is sure to unfold with plenty of twists on the established formula. This game is undoubtedly a game to watch if you like JRPGs.
Potential spoilers for The Witcher: Blood Origin follow.
The Witcher: Blood Origin star Minnie Driver has hinted that she won’t appear in the third season of Netflix’s main Witcher series.
Speaking exclusively to on the UK spin-off show, Driver tried to play down reports that her character – Seanchaí – will be making the jump to the main series, starting with The Witcher season 3.
In Blood Origin, Driver’s Seanchaí is a shapeshifting storyteller who can traverse time and space. These abilities allow the mysterious chronicler to travel to different realms and time periods, telling long-forgotten stories to specific individuals as she goes. In doing so, Seanchaí has the power to guide various worlds (and their races) down a different path – one that will hopefully lead to a better future for all.
Given Seanchaí’s ability to time travel, fans of Netflix’s Witcher live-action series believe it’s only a matter of time before Driver’s character makes his way into the main show. After all, Seanchaí interacts with fan-favorite character Jaskier (Joey Batey) in Blood Origin, so the spin-off series set a precedent for her bumping into other Witcher characters in the future.
However, when we asked Driver if she could confirm whether she would appear in The Witcher season 3, the Oscar nominee was understandably careful about what she could say.
“No – I mean I wanted to!” Driver responded when asked if she could say if she’s in season three. “There’s a lot of secrecy surrounding the show, simply because the creators want to give fans the best possible experience when they watch it. I wasn’t part of those discussions.”
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It’s natural to assume that Driver’s response is a PR rant. As she said, given the secrecy surrounding Netflix’s Witcher series, it wouldn’t be fair for one of the fanbases for Netflix’s best shows to confirm her involvement at this stage. Still, filming on The Witcher season 3 has wrapped – the show’s third season arrives in the second quarter of 2023 – so Driver knows if her character is part of the process, even if she and Netflix aren’t willing to divulge that just yet.
While she couldn’t address that question directly, Driver revealed that she would be open to reprising her role as Seanchaí in a different season of The Witcher or even her own spinoff project. If Seanchaí stars in her own Netflix production, there’s one particular Witcher character Driver would love to interact with as well.
“Just hanging out with Geralt would be cool,” Driver revealed. “But yeah, I love this world and this character. I love the fact that she can get into really dangerous situations, move across this landscape, and then change shape.
“I think the idea of being the keeper of stories is so deep and magical, so I would really like to see her approach other characters and help them with their stories in that world. But we’ll have to see what happens.”
If Driver’s Seanchaí doesn’t appear in The Witcher season 3, she won’t be interacting with Henry Cavill’s hugely popular portrayal of Geralt of Rivia. Cavill is leaving the hit Netflix series as soon as the third season is released, with Liam Hemsworth taking up the mantle of Geralt in The Witcher season four and beyond.
Fans reacted angrily to this news, even starting a Change.org petition (opens in new tab) to get Netflix to fire the show’s writers and retain Cavill’s services. Responding to Cavill’s departure, The Witcher showrunner Lauren Hissrich exclusively told that she “totally understands” fans’ concerns about Cavill’s departure, but hopes the fanbase will stick around to see where the decision goes. live-action franchise goes from here.
While we wait for Blood Origin and The Witcher season 3 to arrive – Blood Origin will be released on Netflix on December 25th – check out how to read The Witcher books in order. Alternatively, learn all about The Witcher 4, the next entry in CD Projekt RED’s video game adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s series of fantasy novels.
Any iPhone with Ultra in the name would always be expensive and therefore it is no surprise to learn that the supposed iPhone 15 Ultra could cost even more than the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
That’s according to LeaksApplePro – a leaker with a respectable track record – who, writing for How to solve (opens in new tab), stated that the iPhone 15 Ultra can start as low as $1,299. Pricing for other regions hasn’t been provided, but Apple currently sells the 512GB iPhone 14 Pro for that price, and elsewhere it’s £1,429 / AU$2,249, so those prices would likely apply here as well.
For comparison, the iPhone 14 Pro Max starts at $1,099 / £1,199 / AU$1,899, so that would mean a starting price increase of $200 / £230 / AU$350.
It might not be so bad though, with a starting price as low as $1,199 (probably translating to £1,309 / AU$2,099) mentioned as the most optimistic possibility, but even that is significantly more than the iPhone 14’s starting price. ProMax no.
So how would Apple justify this price increase? Part of the reason is simply inflation, according to LeaksApplePro, but beyond that, this phone could have a slew of upgrades not seen on the rest of the iPhone 15 lineup, including a titanium bezel, a dual-lens selfie camera, and an initial storage capacity of 256 GB.
All of this will lead to production costs that would be about $90 higher than the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Bizarrely, the source also claims that the iPhone 15 Ultra may only be offered in one color – the same silver hue as the Apple Watch Ultra. They claim there may be other shades as well, but so far haven’t seen any evidence of them.
We add the usual caveat to all this – that leaks should be taken with a pinch of salt, especially so far away from the iPhone 15’s likely September 2023 release date, but we’d be frankly surprised if something called the iPhone 15 Ultra didn’t cost more than than any current model.
Analysis: Not as much of a price increase as it might seem
While the iPhone 15 Ultra looks pretty pricey here, one detail worth noting is that it will apparently come with over 256GB of storage, which is double the initial 128GB capacity of the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Pick up a 256GB iPhone 14 Pro Max and the price goes up to $1,199 / £1,309 / AU$2,099, which is the same price as the lowest iPhone 15 Ultra estimate here and $100 / £120 / AU$150 less than the highest estimate.
So for comparable amounts of storage, the iPhone 15 Ultra might not cost more than the iPhone 14 Pro Max; and if it does, the increase may not be as great as it first appears. Either way, it’s likely to be one of the most expensive non-folding phones of 2023.
The best folding e-bikes make electronic commuting a more portable affair. Because they’re designed to fold up to be more compact, you have the added benefit of being able to store them in smaller spaces than regular bikes would require, as well as easily loading them onto public transport and taking them into the office. You simply fold yours and place it out of the way.
Electric bikes are a great option for getting around town, taking the sweat out of commuting tasks, and e-bikes that fold are even better. And while folding e-bikes are typically heavier than their non-folding counterparts due to the need for sturdy frames with sturdy knuckles, but even that is becoming less of an issue with models like the Gocycle G4 and MiRider. One, which weigh just over 17 kg. each.
Don’t be put off by the price either – folding e-bikes are also cheaper than you might think. They’re still a sizable investment, but the prices are only slightly higher than non-folding models with similar specs.
We tested a wide range of folding electric bikes. And we’ve put all of these bikes to the test in real-world conditions – mastering their folding mechanisms, testing their battery life, assessing their comfort and assessing their overall suitability for the street. We also tested bikes across the price range, and some of the cheapest came out on top.
Take a look at our top picks for the best folding electric bikes, whether you’re looking for a premium or a budget option. Make sure you keep your folding bike in top shape with our e-bike maintenance guide.
The best folding e-bikes 2022
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The best folding e-bike for most riders
Maximum range: Up to 25 miles
reasons to buy
really easy to fold
Good power level on tap
Excellent overall quality
reasons to avoid
Small wheels require concentration
Slightly erratic power delivery
A good example of a folding e-bike, the Axon Pro Lite is lightweight, excellent build quality, a decently long battery life and a beefy motor. It has a small lever that sits underneath the computer, which unleashes a significant burst of power, but it also lives up to its name, being much easier to carry around than many 15kg rivals. Plus, it’s been cleverly designed to be slim, making it easy to carry on public transport.
There is a downside to its compact size. In testing, we found it can be difficult to ride, especially on less-than-smooth surfaces. The lack of suspension and small amounts of rubber in contact with the road can make the ride feel a little jumpy over any real bumps and potholes. Furthermore, the wheels are so small that any unusual steering maneuvers can be tricky.
At the same time, there are no gears to worry about. So, as long as you give yourself time to adjust, you’ll find that maneuvering a little better with time and practice. If you’re looking for a lightweight folding e-bike that’s great for your (fairly short) daily commutes, this is a great option.
Read our complete Axon Pro Lite review
A budget e-bike that trades a little style for a super low price
Weight: 23.5 kg
Maximum range: 30 miles
reasons to buy
Cheaper than most
reasons to avoid
looks a little fragile
V-brakes instead of discs
If you’re on a budget, the E-Trends Fly is an excellent option. The ride is comfortable and its controls are easily accessible with a flick of your thumb. There’s also a push mode, which gives you a little battery boost when you need to jump and roll it across the sidewalk for a stretch.
The design is somewhat odd, and our reviewer commented that it felt less smart and cohesive than other e-bikes, but for such a modest price it’s relatively minor complaint. It’s worth noting that it uses V-brakes, which proved effective in our testing, but don’t provide the same stopping power as the disc brakes used by the other folding e-bikes in this roundup. It’s also undeniably heavy, which can be an issue if you need a folding electric bike that you can easily carry around.
Read our complete E-Trends Fly Review
A great premium folding e-bike that’s a pleasure to ride
Weight: 17.6 kg
Maximum range: 40 miles
reasons to buy
new powerful engine
Excellent mobile app
reasons to avoid
Small wheels take a beating
More expensive than most
Gocycle is one of the biggest names in folding electric bikes, and the G4 is their best machine yet. The star of the show is an all-new motor that provides smooth power assistance when you need it most and is powered by a large capacity battery that will keep you going for up to 40 miles on a single charge. It also charges particularly quickly, so you don’t have to leave it plugged in overnight.
The frame is a masterclass in design, folding quickly but feeling reliably sturdy when fully assembled. It’s not feather light, but Gocycle has shaved off 1kg of weight through astute use of different materials throughout the frame. This also results in a bike that is well balanced and easy to carry open.
Like all folding e-bikes, it has small wheels that can be somewhat unforgiving on uneven surfaces, but a small shock absorber under the saddle soaks up the worst of bumps. It’s priced at a premium, and if you’re on a budget, the excellent MiRider One below will suit you better, but if you’re looking for a foldable e-bike to be your new daily rider, we think the cost is justifiable. .
Read our complete gocycle g4 review
A lightweight and compact folding e-bike
Weight: 17.2 kg
Maximum range: 45 miles
reasons to buy
Easy to fold and carry
Smooth and comfortable ride
Easily adjustable power levels
The MiRider One is a very impressive folding e-bike – it zips up in under a minute, it’s one of the lightest models on the market, and it’s incredibly affordable. It’s also extremely comfortable to ride, and when we put it to the test, we were blown away by how solid its magnesium alloy frame was. There are no compromises; it doesn’t feel like a folding bike.
MiRider One’s power controls are simple to use and right at your thumb’s reach. When it’s time to store the bike, the frame neatly folds in half, the seatpost retracts and the handlebar stem folds out. The pedals also fold and the whole package can be placed inside a weatherproof case. It doesn’t have the range for a long touring vacation, but if you’re looking for a folding electric bike for everyday riding, the MiRider One is as good as it gets.
Read our complete MiRider One review
A fun folding e-bike great for short commutes
Weight: 17.5 kg
Maximum range: 18.6 miles
reasons to buy
Smooth pedal assistance
reasons to avoid
Shorter reach than most
The Mycle Compact Folding Electric Bike is a fun and lively little number well worth looking into if you’re looking for a machine for short trips. There is a choice of two battery sizes, which will provide either a 20km or 30km range. That’s pretty short for an e-bike, but most trips taken by bike are well under that distance, so it needn’t necessarily discourage you.
If range isn’t a concern, this is a lightweight and convenient e-bike that’s easy to fold and store at home, on public transport, or in the office. Power delivery isn’t exceptionally smooth, but it effectively tackles your route and lets you get to your desk without breaking a sweat (as long as the absence of suspension isn’t an issue).
The Mycle Compact is also one of the most affordable folding e-bikes on the market. It’s cheaper than most fixed-frame electric bikes, let alone ones with the added engineering complexities of a folding mechanism.
Read our complete Mycle compact folding electric bike review
Proof that a folding e-bike can be genuinely cool
Maximum range: 50 miles
reasons to buy
Impressive speed and range
Convenient LCD display
reasons to avoid
Bulky even when folded
The Mate City is a real talker, as our reviewer found, with its sleek bezel (available in a range of subtle and not-so-subtle paint colors) attracting plenty of admirers. It’s also solidly built, with a sturdy frame that sets up quickly and is easily adjusted to suit your height and preferred riding position.
A small LCD display on the handlebars displays your battery status, your speed, the time and distance of your current ride. It’s a practical addition that avoids the need to mount your phone on your bike, which is always a little risky if you’re prone to forgetfulness and accidentally forget your device.
The downside is that the Mate City is very heavy, weighing in at 22.5 kg with the battery attached. You won’t be running up and down stairs with it, but if your main reason for choosing a foldable e-bike is ease of storage at either end of the journey, it’s definitely worth considering.
Read our complete City of Mate review
How we tested folding electric bikes
It’s always a good idea to test any folding electric bike for yourself before committing to a purchase, but our goal is to give you the fullest picture of the experience possible first.
We’ve tested every folding electric bike model we recommend so we can give you a full rundown of how they actually ride on the road. We always test each one in real-world conditions so you know how each one will handle day-to-day, and put them to the test in a variety of terrains and gradients.
We test every folding e-bike’s full range of power settings, as well as custom settings, and if the bike has a navigation system, we’ll also use that to plot and ride various routes. We’ll also compare the ride computer’s GPS tracking to readings from a high-end sports watch.
If the bike has a mobile app, we’ve tested that too so we can let you know how easy it is to install and use – plus any hidden surprises you should be aware of, like needing to pay a subscription fee to download maps.
What looks and works like a TV is now a real TV. Through a new software update, the Echo Show 15 now supports Amazon Fire TV, allowing you to watch your favorite shows from multiple streaming services.
Platforms like YouTube, Disney Plus, and Paramount Plus have a new home in the Show 15’s interface. If you don’t mind spotting the 15.6-inch Full HD screen, you can use the newly developed virtual remote to navigate menus. This is especially useful as not all video apps are touch-enabled. However, if you intend to use or already have the display in your kitchen (Amazon already knows you know (opens in new tab)), it works with the third-generation Alexa Voice Remote so you can keep it smudge-free. Or you can use the Fire TV app; it’s all the same.
In addition to Fire TV support, the Echo Show 15’s audio is getting an upgrade, adopting the company’s “custom spatial audio processing technology” from the Echo Studio. That doesn’t mean the Show 15 is getting spatial audio itself, as the display probably isn’t capable of that. Still, any improvement is worth it if it means more immersive sound. The device’s audio performance, including lackluster bass, is one of its biggest drawbacks.
None of the smart home features are being cut in any way. You can still use the Echo Show 15’s original smart home features, such as controlling other devices or tracking packages.
A glimpse of the future
What’s interesting about the Echo Show 15 is that back in September, Amazon revealed that more than 70% of device owners (opens in new tab) use it to watch something outside of Prime Video. With that in mind, you could argue that Amazon has given the screen a more sustainable purpose amid tough financial times for the company.
If you didn’t know, Amazon’s Worldwide Digital unit, which is the part of the company that handles Alexa and Echo devices, is on the verge of losing $10 billion, according to a Business Insider report (opens in new tab)🇧🇷 Apparently the devices don’t sell well enough. They are popular with their audience, but few consumers are interested beyond that core group.
These tests don’t mean the Alexa or Echo hubs are going to stop working overnight. Far from it. Either way, we can see Amazon making every effort to ensure these devices continue to receive support or potentially new buyers. More people can get the Echo Show 15 because of Fire TV support. Either way, it’ll be interesting to see what the future holds for Alexa and the devices that support it.
If you’re interested in an Echo, be sure to check it out ‘s Recent Collection of the Cheapest Amazon Echo Deals for the month of December.
A new game from the team behind BioShock, titled Judas, was announced at The Game Awards with a trailer that showcases some of project lead Ken Levine’s masterful world-building and some elements familiar to longtime fans.
It’s the first game in development from Ghost Story Games, which formed out of the ashes of Irrational Games in 2017. Despite its rather limited runtime, the Judas trailer shows plenty to be excited about.
If you haven’t watched the show yet, you can catch up on everything you need to know about The Game Awards 2022 so you don’t miss a thing. It’s coming in fast and thick, with awards being handed out alongside excellent reveals like this one, so there’s a lot to be excited about.
Judas Official Reveal Trailer – The Game Awards 2022
The official reveal trailer, which clocks in at 1:29 minutes, makes an impressive impression, especially for those familiar with Levine’s previous work in the BioShock and System Shock franchises. When it comes to immersive sims, there are few names that can stand on the same level as what this man’s visions have given gamers for over two decades.
More exciting, though, are the powers on display. The main character has a stopwatch of sorts built into the middle of his left hand, which seems to simulate the styles of Plasmids and Vigors before them. Flames emit from its hands, which can be used as some sort of ranged weapon. In particular, we see an injured woman approaching our protagonist, crowbar in hand, as flames surround her, which could be a nod to the opening scenes of the original BioShock.
What Levine game would be complete without decadence and beauty? There’s pop culture and talent to be found for sure. There’s also traditional weaponry, like a crossbow that leans more towards the Cyberpunk/Sci-fi side than the previous Randian dystopian setting.
We’re looking forward to this one when it comes out next year. No release date has been announced yet, but we’ll be bringing you more as soon as possible.
After two years we finally have the sequel we deserve, Hades II has been announced and we couldn’t be happier.
One of the first games to hit our radar at The Game Awards 2022 was the announcement of Hades II. For those who haven’t played the first game yet, this roguelike has you battling the myths of ancient Greek mythology.
The art style is amazing, the music is stunning, and the gameplay was immersive in the extreme. While Hades has received acclaim at several awards shows, being named by many as the best indie game of 2020 (and 2021, thanks to console releases).
From what the trailer suggests, Hades 2 will be a lot like the original we know and love. The short teaser starts with an epic fight scene, followed by a short dialogue. While our protagonist, Melinoe, clearly has a desire to become stronger, she’s sure it’s just a matter of time. Her mentor, Hecate, encouraged her to venture out with the words “death to Kronos”.
I spy some Titan action coming. Kronos is known in Greek mythology as the father of Zeus, Hades and Poseidon; those are some heavy hitters. He is also a Titan, the godlike being who preceded the Olympians and was at war with them before their eventual defeat. However, some stories aren’t quite so simple, so we’re expecting bigger and better action than we’ve seen before.
Don’t worry; there will be some friendlier faces like Apollo and Nemesis looking to help you on your way to the Titan figurehead. In short, this sequel seems to be celebrating its roots while carving out its own mythical name.
After nearly a year of silence, we finally have an update on Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League, with a new trailer shown off at The Game Awards.
We find the stars of Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League in a somewhat tricky location, despite having somehow captured The Flash, the crew of misfit villains are then confronted by Batman.
While we still don’t have all the details on why the Justice League turned evil or how a group of supervillains become humanity’s last hope to stop the possessed heroes, the new trailer does confirm that the characters won’t be pulling any punches. , with Captain Boomerang accidentally cutting off one of The Flash’s fingers.
You can see the game in action below:
While the game has been delayed, Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League is still heading towards its new release date of May 26, 2023.
It looked like developer Rocksteady Games had left The Dark Knight behind with the Arkham series, but it turns out that the Caped Crusader will make an appearance in the Suicide Squad game, being voiced by actor Kevin Conroy, who sadly passed away in November. Conroy has voiced Batman in all of the Arkham games, as well as Batman: The Animated Series and several movies, so it’s heartwarming to see that he was able to lend his voice to Rocksteady’s latest.
While Rocksteady pulled out of the Arkham series, WB Games Montreal allowed players to step into the boots of, well, not Batman, but the Bat Family boots, and the team did a great job. Making Gotham City swinging in Gotham Knights a complete blast.
Rocksteady has real competition with Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, hopefully it can match the work of its peers.
An in-engine trailer for Dune Awakening was shown off at The Game Awards, which gives MMO fans their first look at how the sci-fi epic will translate into the RPG format. It’s being developed by the Funcom Age of Conan team, so it’s worth playing!
Whether you’re a fan of the books or movies, Dune Awakening is sure to be set on a grand scale, as the franchise isn’t exactly known for being fast-paced. Bear in mind that the trailer footage we saw is very pre-alpha, so things are tricky around the edges. However, there’s no doubt that what’s on display is Dune at its core.
This announcement is just a sampling of what we’ve seen so far at The Game Awards 2022, so if you’re not already tuning in, we recommend keeping up with new reveals and category winners. Everything we’ve seen so far certainly points to this show offering some excellent games.
Dune Awakening pre-alpha trailer
Here’s the first official look at the game’s Dune Awakening in its early state. Not much has been revealed other than the game world and a bunch of deserted land to make your own.
Now, there’s a lot more than just sand here. We’ve also taken a look at some of the flying vehicles you’ll be able to pilot in the game, as well as an imposing timed figure that makes quite an impression despite its brief appearance. How is that going to play out when players get their hands on this type of kit and clothing? Well, that remains to be seen.
If you’re a Dune fan, you’ll definitely want to keep this on your radar. With a sequel to last year’s blockbuster epic slated for 2023, next year looks like an excellent time to jump into the series. If you’ve never taken a look at the franchise, it’s not too late; what was shown is certainly impressive from a visual point of view.
Time to look up and head to the stars; we’re finally getting Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. With the release date of March 17, 2023it’s safe to say we don’t have to wait light years.
It’s been over three years since the release of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Just when I thought I had my Star Wars filled with all the shows, Disney seems to be popping up; Star Wars Jedi: Survivor got me hooked again.
The Game Awards 2022 showcased the action-packed trailer, and boy, is there a lot to unpack. Order is over and betrayal is frequent, so what can you expect from this new installment?
While it picks up where Fallen Order ends, the trailer shown leaves a lot to be seen. From deserts to starships to forests, it showcases all the fantastic scenery we can expect.
One thing is right; the fight seems to have remained the same. The nice combination of soulsborne and RPG style is still at the core of this game. This is great to see, as this is what attracted so many people to Fallen Order.
The fights shown in the trailer look dynamic and engaging; it’s that kind of action that we love to see, because that’s what makes you settle into the role of a Jedi.
Whatever the case, I’m finally ready to wreak havoc again, even if almost every other opponent in the teaser shown looks twice my size.