FIFA 21 Has Biggest Boxed Launch Of 2021 In UK, But Switch Version Flops

FIFA is a big deal in the UK, and the launch of FIFA 21 has done big business in the UK–with some caveats. FIFA 21 is the biggest physical game launch in the UK this year, but sales are down compared to FIFA 20, and the Switch version has sold poorly.

Gamesindustry.biz is reporting that sales on FIFA 21’s boxed copies are down 42% on boxed sales of FIFA 20. There’s a few potential reasons for that–the looming next generation of systems (which will bring new versions of FIFA 21), the growth of the digital market, and the COVID-19 pandemic making players less likely to travel to a store to buy the game all factors in.

It’s unknown how well the game has sold digitally, but this is still a big launch, overtaking the launch sales of The Last of Us Part II and Animal Crossing: New Horizons (both of which are single console exclusives).

The Switch version, however, has bombed. The PS4 version of the game accounted for 62% of sales, while 36% of sales were on Xbox One, but just 2% of sales were for the Switch version.

Of course, there’s a good reason for the Switch version to have not sold–it’s a Legacy Edition, meaning it’s the exact same game as the last three FIFA titles on Switch, albeit with updated rosters. The Switch version does not have enough reviews for a rating on Metacritic yet, but the user rating is down to 0.1/10. Hopefully EA will consider releasing a more substantial update for the Switch version of FIFA 22.

Although the game will likely sell well on PS5 and Xbox Series X when those consoles launch too, it’s worth noting that you’ll get a free upgrade to the new versions if you buy the PS4 or

The Walmart version of Prime Day has arrived: A $98 Roku TV and $49 Instant Pot lead the best deals

This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

Amazon’s Prime Day starts on Tuesday, Oct. 13, but the cascade of sales have already started. Not to be outdone, Walmart is having its own blowout sale that runs now through Thursday, Oct. 15. The Walmart “Big Save” offers thousands of Prime Day and Black Friday-like deals, including electronics, home goods, toys, fashion and more. Walmart will offer free two-day shipping on orders over $35 for eligible items, and some orders will be eligible for next-day delivery or in-store pickup as well. (That’s if you haven’t already signed up for Walmart Plus, of course.)

Here are a few of the best deals you can take advantage of right now. Browse them below, but remember that there are more great deals to be had. We’ll be adding more of the best as we discover them, so check back often. 

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JVC’s LT-50MAW595 is a 50-inch 4K TV with HDR. It’s built on our favorite smart TV OS, Roku TV, and features a trio of HDMI inputs. Regularly selling for $349, it’s 37% off during the sale, while supplies last. 

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The Roku Streaming Stick Plus supports HD, 4K and HDR content from all the major streaming services, It includes Roku’s enhanced remote control with voice control, and adds thousands of streaming channels to your TV (but notably, still no HBO Max at the moment). You can save 24% during Walmart’s sale this week. 

For more details, read CNET’s review of the Roku Streaming Stick Plus.  

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If you want to grab a TV for under $100, JVC’s LT-32MAW205 might be just the ticket. After all, this 32-inch HD TV (it has a

Python programming: Version 3.5 is now out of support, so upgrade

Python 3.5.10 will be the final release of the Python 3.5 series, which will no longer receive bug patches or updates.

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Python is also closing the gap with Java in the league tables, according to the TIOBE index.

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3.9 breaking cover and bringing with it host of new features for programmers to sink their teeth into, it was only a matter of time before Python 3.5 reached the end of its shelf life.

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As of October 2, Python 3.5 is now out of support, which means there will be no more bug fixes or security patches for the 3.5 series, and as such Python 3.5.10 will be the final release. Any remaining Python 3.5 users should upgrade to the latest version, the Python core development team said.

SEE: Hiring kit: Python developer (TechRepublic Premium)  

The lifecycle of Python 3.5 has been overseen by Larry Hastings. Hastings has ended his stint as Python Release Manager to coincide with the end of series 3.5.

“I know we can all look back fondly on Python 3.5,” Hastings wrote.

“[Python] 3.5 added many new asynchronous I/O programming features, the ‘typing’ module, and even a new operator (‘@’). Plus many and varied quality-of-life improvements for the Python programmer, in both the language, the library, the core implementation, and even the installers.”

Hastings added: “Python 3.5.0 was the best version of the best language at the time, and since then it’s gotten even better!”

Better and, it seems, more popular. According to the latest figures from the TIOBE programming community index for October 2020, Python is steadily closing the gap with Java in terms of its popularity with programmers worldwide.

SEE: Top 5 programming languages for systems admins to learn (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

The index, which provides