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Halo 3 makes its PC debut with limited testing next month

If you were an Xbox kid around my age, Halo 3 might be the first game you remember arriving with deafening levels of hype. The sole reason most folks picked up Crackdown. The Return Of The King in John Halo's ring-smashing quest, in fellowship with a squid-mouthed Keith David and that cigar-chewing lad from Aliens. Now, developers 343 Industries are preparing the trilogy closer's PC…

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Windows 10’s new update adds DirectX 12 Ultimate

There's a new Windows 10 update out, which instils a tiny bit of fear into me because these updates tend to break at least one random piece of software on my PC. But, there are at least a few things to look forward to. Windows are rolling out the new DirectX 12 Ultimate, which will should help some of those lovely video games have nicer…

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What other game should have a spinoff in a totally unlikely genre?

After a brief moment of uncertainty during its first reveal, I had a pretty good feeling that Minecraft Dungeons would be some nice and breezy block-clad fun. Until I'd seen it though, turning Minecraft into Diablo's little brother was not an obvious experiment—at least not to me. What other game series should get a spinoff into some totally unlikely other genre?Minecraft Dungeons isn't out until tomorrow,…

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Windows 10’s May Update will improve accessibility features for low and no vision users

Microsoft marked Global Accessibility Awareness Day yesterday by announcing plans for improved accessibility features in Windows 10. The listed changes mainly focus on accessibility features for those with low or no vision, including text cursor customisation and quite a few improvements to the Narrator feature. These changes are scheduled as part of the May update for Windows 10.

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Microsoft’s Solitaire anniversary merch sucks, here’s the shirts they should make

Today is the 30th birthday of perhaps the most iconic PC game of all time, Microsoft Solitaire. On this day in 1990, Microsoft launched Windows 3.0, which came with the card game that would grow to be despised by officer managers and IT teachers alike. Microsoft claim that even now, there are "more than 100 million hands played daily around the globe." So if they're…

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Feature: Minecraft mods for every mood

Best Minecraft mods 1.14 (and a few 1.12 mods too)

Minecraft mods have been around very nearly as long as Minecraft itself - and probably far longer than most of its players, too. We've carefully selected the very best Minecraft mods for 1.14 (and a few for 1.12 as well) so you can start to move beyond the confines of Vanilla Minecraft and experience an entirely new game.

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Feature: Throwing some shade at vanilla Minecraft

Best Minecraft shaders 1.14 and 1.15

Many people believe that Minecraft shaders force you to choose between a prettier Minecraft and a faster, smoother Minecraft. And that's true, to a certain extent; but there's a wide range of Minecraft shaders out there nowadays, and they occupy the whole spectrum when it comes to performance and optimisation.We've done our best to cover this spectrum with our list of the very best Minecraft…

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Feature: Become invincible, command the weather, spawn diamond items, give yourself infinite XP, and much more!

Minecraft commands list 1.15: all Minecraft commands explained

Minecraft commands are every bit as creative a tool as Minecraft itself. Using Minecraft's in-game console you can teleport to various locations, change the time or weather, spawn items or entities, chat with your friends, or control entire servers filled with people.Our Minecraft commands guide is fully up-to-date with Minecraft 1.15, and will walk you through how to use every single console command in the…

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Feature: Farmhouses, treehouses, modern houses, and more!

12 Minecraft house ideas and designs for 2020

If you're on the hunt for Minecraft house ideas, you've come to exactly the right place. Below we'll walk you through 12 Minecraft houses of six different varieties, from underground bases to treehouses to modern houses and more. No matter what kind of home you're looking to create, you'll find inspiration with the below builds!

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Feature: Plus info on trading, zombie villages, and raids!

Minecraft village guide – how to find the nearest village in Minecraft

Minecraft villages are some of the most recognisable landmarks of a player's Minecraft world. Ranging in size, style, and the types of welcome you can expect to receive from its inhabitants, these villages are well worth seeking out - and our Minecraft village guide will show you exactly how you can go about finding the nearest villages in any Minecraft game.

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Xbox head Phil Spencer says Covid-19 will cause delays in 2021

Xbox head Phil Spencer has been talking about the impact of Covid-19 on the games industry, and his message is basically: 'don't worry, everything will mostly be fine'. He says he feels "pretty good" about games that are due to come out this summer and autumn, while those that are further away will see "some impact, but they'll be able to react". It makes sense…

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Xbox say they “set some wrong expectations” for yesterday’s gameplay reveals

After lots and lots of #hype in the form of a livestream digital painting reveal that was the precursor to a proper trailer which was also just a precursor to what we were assured would be a first look at actual gameplay, folks were a bit let down by the not very gameplay-looking new video for Assassin's Creed Valhalla during Microsoft's Xbox 20/20 event yesterday. Microsoft's…

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All the PC news from Microsoft’s Xbox Series X showcase

Did you miss today's Xbox Series X stream? While the first of Microsoft's many planned streams for their new machine was naturally concerned with their new tellybox, there were still enough multi-platform announcements and trailers going around for us PC folks to get excited over. Here's our rundown of what happened during today's showcase.

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First Assassin’s Creed Valhalla gameplay coming Thursday in Microsoft’s stream

We'll see Assassin's Creed Valhalla gameplay and learn about other upcoming games in a Microsoft stream on Thursday. With E3 off and everything topsy-turvy, Microsoft are planning to hold monthly showcase streams in the run-up to the launch of their new Xbox Series X later this year. Which effectively means they're also hosting monthly streams showing off PC games, in these blessed days when Microsoft…

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343 Industries share the first screenshots of Halo 3 and ODST on PC

The Halo: Master Chief Collection is rolling right along this year. It appears that 343 Industries are approaching the release for Halo 2 Anniversary. They've also shared first looks at Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST in the meantime. Their newest development update covers that and, as usual, much, much more.

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Halo 2: Anniversary public beta tests begin today

The Master Chief Collection is rolling right along. Now that Halo Reach and Combat Evolved have both been released, Halo 2 Anniversary is on the flight deck. Beta tests for the next remake begin today for registered Halo Insiders—a program you can still freely chuck your name into if you want to get into tests for either Halo 2 or the rest of the Master…

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Minecraft’s RTX beta is out today, assuming you’ve the power to run it

It's time for that expensive RTX graphics card to finally pay off, readers. Starting today, you can now download Minecraft's RTX beta - a version of Mojang's literal block-buster that, with the help of the graphics tech folk over at Nvidia, lets you explore infinite worlds with high-tech ray-tracing effects. Hyper-realistic, perhaps? They're still cubes, mate. It's just that now, they're very quite nice-looking cubes…

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Soon you’ll be able to revive your mates in Sea Of Thieves

The winds are always changing, which is especially true in Sea Of Thieves where they always seem to be blowing right into your face instead of the direction you're attempting to sail. Rare have posted a video explaining some new pirate features coming later this month in greater detail. Your crewmates will be able to revive you when you drop to 0 health instead of…

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