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Welcome to your weekend! On the Engadget Podcast we’re discussing Apple’s pricey new Mac Pro, while separately Porsche showed off its idea for a Star Wars ship. Story highlights from last week included Elon Musk’s Cybertruck tour of LA, the Xbox Series X and NASA’s most powerful rocket yet. Also, our holiday gift guide is ready and waiting whether you’re the one who needs some ideas or if you’re making sure someone else gets you the right present this year.
This week, Senior Editor Devindra Hardawar and UK Bureau Chief Mat Smith explore who may need a $52,000 Mac Pro (it’s not as crazy as you think!).
In a forum post celebrating the three awards it was nominated for at The Game Awards, Obsidian revealed it will expand The Outer Worlds next year with DLC.
After months of thinking, curating, photographing and more thinking, we’ve come up with a holiday gift guide that covers all the bases (and budgets), from laptops and mobile devices, to toys, to the smart home, to book and media recommendations (only on nerdy subjects, of course). All told, there are more than 150 items in our guide, spanning 13 categories, with advice from 25 of our writers and editors. You know, the people testing and reviewing this stuff all year long.
Previously known as Project Scarlett, the next-generation Xbox resembles a PC tower, and it arrives holidays 2020. Xbox chief Phil Spencer wrote in a blog post that the Series X design allows Microsoft to pack in four times the processing power of Xbox One X “in the most quiet and efficient way.” It’s said to be no louder than an Xbox One X, helped by a single fan that pushes air through the top.
Microsoft says the Xbox Series X can handle 4K visuals at 60 frames per second, and potentially up to 120 fps. The console will also offer hardware-accelerated ray tracing and variable refresh rate, along with 8K capability. It’s compatible with software going back to the original Xbox and will work with Xbox One controllers. The controller it comes with is similar to the current Xbox pad, but it’s very slightly smaller and adds a dedicated DualShock 4-like Share button. As far as games, Halo: Infinite is in development, and with the unveiling, we got a peek at Nina Theory’s Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II.
Los Angelenos spotted the Tesla boss driving his electric truck down the 405 and getting some dinner at Nobu.
Apple has started taking orders for the redesigned Mac Pro and its webcam-lacking Pro Display XDR. The workstation is available starting at $5,999 with an eight-core 3.5GHz Xeon processor, 32GB of RAM, Radeon Pro 580X graphics and a 256GB solid-state drive. All told, you’re looking at close to $53,000 if you max out the system with 1.5TB of RAM and a set of $400 wheels — which we did here.
This week at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine gave the public its first up-close look at the Space Launch System, or SLS. The SLS program is running rather behind schedule, with launch originally aimed for 2019 and a possible manned first mission being considered. Now, the first test of the SLS is aimed for 2021, to be ready for the Artemis mission to the moon in 2024.
But wait, there’s more…
- Citizen has a fancier alternative to Amazon’s Alexa wall clock
- Amazon-owned Ring is preparing its first smart light bulb
- The $1,399 Pixelbook Go with 4K display is now available
- Louis Vuitton’s ‘League of Legends’ biker jacket can be yours for $5,650
- NASA finds ‘water ice’ just below the surface of Mars
- Thousands of ‘Coolest’ Kickstarter backers will only receive $20
- ‘The Matrix 4’ premieres in theaters on May 21st, 2021
- Samuel L. Jackson has arrived on Alexa devices
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