Instax, hot iPhones, and Paris Fashion Week
Instruction Set, 2023/10/6
Welcome back to Multicore. This is Instruction Set for the week of Friday, October 6th, coming at you on another long weekend here in Japan.
Kind of a light week, to be honest. Google made the biggest news with its Pixel launch event — you can read more about that here — and almost everything about it had already been leaked.
But the one thing that didn’t leak is whether the new Pixel 8 phones and Pixel Watch 2 are class-leading products. I have devices in hand and am in the process of figuring that out.
That’s not to say there wasn’t any other news. Let’s start with Dance Dance Revolution. Where else?
Okay, so in last week’s Instruction Set I linked to a tease of a possibly DDR-related project from a company called Zuiki, which I am mostly aware of thanks to it making the first official Densha de Go! train controller in a long time, so I figured they’re good people. I’m not a hardcore DDR player myself but I’m aware there hasn’t been much in the way of modern controller options in a long time, so an updated official product ought to be good news.
Readers, the news is better than that. Zuiki is making possibly the most ridiculous and ambitious mini console to date: the Dance Dance Revolution Classic Mini is a 1/5-scale full-on DDR arcade cabinet that you play with your fingers. It has a 5-inch 4:3 display. You can also hook it up to your TV over HDMI and play it with a mat controller.
Konami is not exactly known for effective stewardship of its history, but this is 300% a thing that should exist. You can even detach the finger pads and use them with PCs.
The Dance Dance Revolution Classic Mini is still technically in some sort of crowdfunding pre-launch period, but it seems like Konami wants to make it happen. I will be morally obligated to buy it when it does.
iPhone 15 users found their phones were getting hotter than usual, and Apple put out an update to address the issue. But not before blaming it on Instagram and Uber.
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