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Jay Peters is a News Editor at The Verge. He covers breaking news in consumer technology, social media, video games, virtual worlds, streaming, and more. He’s appeared on CNBC, NPR, BBC News, WNYC, and other broadcast outlets to discuss technology news.

Before joining The Verge as a News Writer in 2019, Jay worked for Techmeme, where he helped curate the most important technology news of the moment. He actually started his career in technology public relations, working in the field for more than five years. He graduated from the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication.

When he’s not writing, Jay really likes running. But he prefers to run far, not fast.

Roblox’s chatbot assistant for developers is available now in beta.

The Assistant, which Roblox recently showed off at its 2023 Roblox Developers Conference, can answer questions, insert scripts, explain code, and generate materials for in-game assets, according to a post on Roblox’s developer forums.

Many game studios are experimenting with AI tools for making games, but some developers worry about how the tools could affect their jobs. Roblox seems very invested in AI; CEO David Baszucki has said the company is aiming for Westworld-like ease of design with its generative AI tools.

A screenshot of the Roblox Assistant’s material generation feature.
The Roblox Assistant’s material generation feature.
Image: Roblox
Fortnite had a good November.

Epic Games said Friday that the game had 100 million players in November, which apparently broke a record. The Fortnite OG season, which has taken the game back to the Chapter 1 island, also broke a Fortnite player record on its first day.

The OG season is set to end on Saturday with a “Big Bang” event featuring Eminem. The game’s next season might add Peter Griffin and Solid Snake.

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Did you know Drake purchased an amusement park?

The theme park / immersive art exhibition (yes, you read that right) is a real thing, and the Los Angeles Times has a great story about it with some really cool photos. It will apparently open sometime this winter.

Who needs the Cybertruck when you can have Cyberpunk... transit?

Cyberpunk 2077 is getting a full metro system with Update 2.1, which is set to release on December 5th. It looks like a fun way to get around Night City if you don’t want to fast travel or walk. The 2.1 update also brings a feature that lets you listen to radio outside of a vehicle, “new hangouts with romantic partners,” repayable car chases, and some new accessibility features.

Cyberpunk 2077: Ultimate Edition, the physical versions of the game for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X / S, will be available the same day as the new update.

A screenshot from Cyberpunk 2077.


Image: CD Projekt Red
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Steam is going to drop support for macOS 10.13 and 10.14 in February.

From Valve’s support document:

Unfortunately, macOS 10.14 was the last version to support running 32-bit games on macOS. Apple chose to drop support for 32-bit applications in macOS 10.15 (released 2019), and since many developers have not updated their games to support 64-bit executables, some games will effectively stop functioning on macOS. The Steam store will stop considering games that offer only 32-bit macOS binaries to be Mac compatible at the end of 2023. 98%+ of Steam customers on Mac are already running macOS 10.15 or newer. This means 32-bit only games and applications no longer run on your current operating system.

Steam’s support for macOS 10.13 and 10.14 will end on February 15th, 2024.

Tesla can make your Cybertruck black — for $6,500.

The black and white wraps are available as one of many Cybertruck accessories that you can now shop for on Tesla’s website. The company delivered its first Cybertrucks earlier on Thursday.

An image of the black Cybertruck.
The black Cybertruck.
Image: Tesla
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iOS 17.1.2 and iPadOS 17.1.2 are out with some important security fixes.

The updates fix two WebKit vulnerabilities that “may have been exploited against versions of iOS before iOS 16.7.1,” according to an Apple support page. macOS Sonoma 14.1.2 is out, too, with fixes for the same vulnerabilities.

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A US judge has blocked Montana’s TikTok ban.

US District Judge Donald W. Molloy issued a preliminary injunction (pdf) blocking the ban on Thursday, as reported by Reuters. The ban had been set to take effect on January 1st. TikTok sued Montana shortly after Governor Greg Gianforte signed SB 419 in May.

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The first season of the Halo show is available to watch for free on YouTube.

You can watch all nine episodes from this playlist, as shared by Wario64. If you want to read more about the show before jumping in, check out Ash Parrish’s review of the season.

The Paramount Plus show has been renewed for a second season, but we still don’t know when it’s set to come out.