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Microsoft’s Phil Spencer Aims To Have Xbox Game Pass On All Devices

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Microsoft has some lofty goals for Xbox Game Pass, and Phil Spencer is aiming for the moon when it comes to delivering Xbox Game Pass to more people.

Spencer said that Microsoft wants to bring Xbox Game Pass to “every device”, while speaking during the San Francisco’s Barclays conference last week.

Certainly, Microsoft’s Project xCloud will lay the foundation for doing just that, as it will go to public testing in 2019 and would be the logical bridge to Xbox Game Pass on mobile.

“We need to make sure that we’re world-class at free-to-play content, but we also look at subscription as a much lower barrier way for a customer to build a library of content,” Spencer elaborated (h/t VG247). “So we built Xbox Game Pass. It started on console, it will come to PC, and eventually it will come to every device.

“We use the flywheel that we have with customers on an Xbox to start the growth in Xbox Game Pass. But as somebody sitting back and taking a longer-term view of where our business is going, you should look at that as a business model that we think scales to billions of people not hundreds of millions of people like retail does.”

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Fortnite Update v7.20 Arrives

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A brand new update, v7.20, has officially arrived and brings with it a new limited time mode and some vaulted items as well.

As the Ice Storm Challenge event continues, weapons such as the Quad Rocket Launcher, Port-a-Fortress, and Grappler have all been vaulted, and the Sneaky Snowman has been added.

The new LTM mode is the Sniper Shootout which pits you against players with scoped weapons only being available for combat.

Here are the full patch notes:

Battle Royale

LTM: Sniper Shootout
In this limited time mode, players will do battle using scoped weapons only. May the best aim win!

  • Suppressed Sniper Rifles have been added.
  • Legendary Scoped Pistols have been added to Supply Drops.
  • Floor Loot spawners reduced by 50%
  • Reviving “Down But Not Out” teammates in Duos & Squads is deactivated – be careful peeking!
  • Profile Stats (K/D & Wins) are tracked in this mode

Weapons and items

Sneaky Snowman

  • Use Primary Fire to throw a projectile that creates a destructible snowman.
  • Use Secondary Fire to wear the Sneaky Snowman.
  • Sneaky Snowman has 100 Health and acts as a shield when worn by a player.
  • Sneaky Snowman is destroyed when its Health reaches zero or when the player wearing the snowman swaps to a different item or building mode.
  • This means that a player wearing a Sneaky Snowman cannot build or use other items. Movement of all types is allowed.
  • Available in Common variant.
  • Can be found from Floor Loot, Chests, and Supply Llamas.
  • Drops in stacks of 5.
  • Max stack size of 10.

Other weapons and items:

  • Swapped the drop chance of Shield Potions and Small Shield Potions.
  • Shield Potion
  • Reduced drop chance from Floor Loot from 16.53% to 13.22%.
  • Reduced drop chance from Chests from 14.26% to 9.51%.
  • Small Shield Potion
  • Increased drop chance from Floor Loot from 13.22% to 16.53%.
  • Increased drop chance from Chests from 9.51% to 14.26%.
  • Vaulted the following items:
  • Quad Rocket Launcher
  • Port-A-fortress
  • Grappler
  • Reduced the drop chance of Gliders.
  • Reduced drop chance from Chests from 11.89% to 4.43%.
  • Reduced the drop chance of Balloons.​​​​​​​
  • Reduced drop chance from Chests from 7.58% to 3.24%.
  • Reduced the spawn chance of Quad Crashers from 100% to 50%.
  • Reduced the spawn chance of X-4 Stormwings from 80% to 50%.

Performance

  • Fixed an issue where building would cause a major drop in FPS.

Events

  • Added additional dates for Explorer Pop-Up Cup.
  • Updated additional materials gained on elimination to now drop with the eliminated player, rather than being granted immediately.

Creative

Weapons and items

  • Sneaky Snowman
  • Use Primary Fire to throw a projectile that creates a destructible snowman.
  • Use Secondary Fire to wear the Sneaky Snowman.
  • Sneaky Snowman has 100 Health and acts as a shield when worn by a player.
  • Sneaky Snowman is destroyed when its Health reaches zero or when the player wearing the snowman swaps to a different item or building mode.
  • This means that a player wearing a Sneaky Snowman cannot build or use other items. Movement of all types is allowed.
  • Available in Common variant.
  • Can be found from Floor Loot, Chests, and Supply Llamas.
  • Drops in stacks of 5.
  • Max stack size of 10.
  • Added to Creative
  • Light Machine Gun
  • Suppressed Sub-Machine Gun
  • Revolver
  • Semi-Auto Sniper Rifle
  • Smoke Grenade
  • Remote Explosives

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Frostnite Weekly Challenge 4 – Cold Chaos

Focus your fire! Enemies gain modifiers when attacked, so work as a team and defeat the threat to unlock the banner and the Guardian’s Will Sword.

Lynx Kassandra
A new Hero arrives! Fast on her feet with catlike reflexes, unlock her in the Event Store for a limited time.

Missions and systems

  • Weekly Frostnite Challenge 4: Cold Chaos
  • Enemies gain modifiers when damaged. Focus your attacks for maximum efficiency.
  • Enemies receive a certain combination of mutators per wave: Quickened, Enraged, Exploding Deathburst, Frenzied Deathburst, and Smoke Screens.
  • Survive for 30 minutes (three times) to collect the Week 4 Challenge Banner.
  • Survive for 30 minutes to collect the Medieval Sword.
  • Available on January 23 at 7 PM ET.

Heroes

  • Lynx Kassandra
  • Mythic variant of the Fleetfoot subclass.
  • Available on the Event Store from January 23 at 7 PM ET.
  • Note: Lynx Kassandra will be unique when the new Hero Loadout launches.

Weapons and items

  • Guardian’s Will Sword
  • Rewarded for completing the week 4 Frostnite Weekly Challenge.
  • A large sword with high damage and moderate impact.
  • Leap Attack
  • A Heavy attack that jumps to the targeted foe and damages nearby enemies.

Audio

  • Improved Low Health state audio mix so that gameplay sounds aren’t ducked as severely.
  • Updated Lefty/Right weapon equip/unequip sounds.
  • Updated Decoy deploy and physics sounds.

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Ubisoft Discusses Far Cry New Dawn’s “light RPG”

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Ubisoft is discussing the newly introduced RPG-inspired mechanics for the Far Cry series, a first for the title.

Far Cry creative director Jean-Sebastien Decant spoke about it during a developer Q&A, talking about how “light RPGs” will work in the game.

“You’ll be able to craft guns that have ranks, and these guns will be useful to fight against enemies that also have ranks,” Decant went on to say.

Far Cry New Dawn is set to arrive on February 15th for Xbox, Playstation, and PC.

Far Cry New Dawn

Today’s Developer Q&A features #FarCryNewDawn creative director Jean-Sebastien Decant! @Battlesand from Twitter asked us “What game mechanics changed over Far Cry 5?” pic.twitter.com/TqhogYJhvf— Far Cry New Dawn (@FarCrygame) January 21, 2019

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Monster Hunter World Receives New PC Update

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A brand new update has rolled out for Monster Hunter World in the form of patch 5.1.

The main part of the update is the added support for 21:9 resolutions, which has been absent from the game since it’s initial launch.

The update also implements push to talk for the in-game VOIP.

Other things added include:

Ultrawide (21:9) support added.

Vignette Effects options will change from On/Off to High/Normal/Off.

Support for Simplified Chinese added.

Push-to-talk voice chat option added.Various bugs fixed.

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