The 7 Best Video Game Announcements at Sony's PlayStation Showcase 2021

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Watch the September 2021 PlayStation Showcase Here,1pm PT / 4pm ET

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The September 2021 PlayStation Showcase is shaping up to be one of, if not the biggest presentation of games and updates since the PS5 launched last year. With not much left that we currently know of in Sony’s upcoming first-party slate, the publisher is getting ready to show off what numerous PlayStation Studios and third-party developers have coming to the PS5 over the next little while. It’s guaranteed to be chock full of surprises and big announcements that you won’t want to miss.

The next God of War is expected to be the breakout star of the show, as well as some teases for a Crash Bandicoot announcement related to today’s 25th anniversary. Activision’s partnership with PlayStation probably guarantees a Call of Duty: Vanguard trailer in there, with the early access beta kicking off tomorrow. We’ll also likely get more gameplay for Horizon Forbidden West, get to see what other first-party studios are up to (that inFamous rumor holds a bit of water), and perhaps even an update on Final Fantasy XVI. And would it be too much to hope for a tease for the next part of Final Fantasy VII Remake?

Additionally, while Sony specifically said there wouldn’t be any PSVR2 talk during the showcase, it didn’t take PS5 hardware talk off the table, so we may see some announcements about future plans for the console, and maybe even a surprise release of the latest firmware that’s been in beta over the last month. Now that we’re approaching a year of PS5, it would behoove Sony to talk about what’s next for the console experience with added quality of life improvements, not just the games. We might even get more details on that previously announced partnership with Discord, which is supposed to go live in early 2022.

The September 2021 PlayStation showcase kicks off at 1pm PT / 4pm ET, and will run about 40 minutes long. While it’s not the behemoth E3 press conferences we’ve seen in the past, this is longer than any showcase they’ve done this year, and the pared down runtime could indicate better pacing that will keep the hits coming.

Watch the PlayStation Showcase in the embedded video below.

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Join us in the comments below with your predictions. What do you hope to see in today’s showcase? What games do you not want to show up? We’ll be bringing you all the news and a full roundup once the show has concluded too, in case you can’t make time to catch it live.

Google Workspace apps get a Material You makeover ahead of Android 12

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Google announced new visual changes for its Workspace apps on Thursday, adding new Material You designs as part of the upcoming Android 12 update.

With the change comes the Google Sans font for better readability and apps will receive more rounded navigation bars with improved floating actions.

Workspace apps "[o]n Pixel devices with Android 12 or newer" will also make use of the dynamic theming system, adding background colors and accents throughout the apps based on the set background of user-choice. Fortunately, it's fairly easy to customize your phone's theme in Android 12.

Apps receiving the new visual update include Gmail, Google Meet, Google Drive, Calendar, and more. You can see what the changes look like in the images below:

Google's Workspace apps aren't the first to receive Material You and won't be the last as Android 12 nears its official launch following the Android 12 Beta 5 release on Pixel devices and some of the best Android phones.

Google notes that the updates should have already begun arriving for some apps like Gmail, Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. The Google Drive app can expect the changes as soon as September 9, while Meet will receive the update starting September 19 followed by Google Calendar on September 20.

Additionally, Google says that the Material You changes "will automatically adjust contrast, size, and line width based on user preferences and app context," and that certain pre-existing color schemes will not be altered.

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During the Sep. 2021 PlayStation Showcase event, Sony Santa Monica revealed that the title of the next God of War game is God of War Ragnarok.

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