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Halo Infinite chose delay over being broken into pieces

Getting Halo Infinite out of the door this year was kind of a big deal. But while serious consideration was given to severing the game's singleplayer from its multiplayer, the folks at Xbox instead opted to delay Halo Infinite into next year. It's better, they reckon, to deliver all of Halo all at once, even if it means waiting a few months to finish the…

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Feature: Twelve astonishingly beautiful shader packs to use with Optifine 1.16.1

Best Minecraft shaders 1.16 – the best shaders to use with Optifine 1.16.1

We've updated our list of the best Minecraft shaders for 1.16.1 as a result of the newly released Optifine version for 1.16.1, so you can once again find exactly the right Minecraft shaders for you. We run the gamut between highly performant, lightweight shaders and glorious trundling behemoths that require beastly rigs to even contemplate using. But all the below shaders are guaranteed to make…

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Microsoft Flight Simulator is coming to Steam, with VR support later this year

If you don't fancy going for the 10-disc physical version of Microsoft Flight Simulator, it turns out there'll be more than one storefront to download the chonky game digitally. The game will be making a cheeky landing on Steam when it releases next month, so now you'll be able to choose whether to grab it on there, or go with the version that's coming the…

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Have You Played… Sea Of Thieves?

I want to like Sea Of Thieves so badly that I've convinced myself I do like it, even though deep inside I find it quite dull to play. I don't understand why I find it dull. The premise is superb, it looks great, and I know lots of folks who routinely have the time of their lives being weird, balloon-bodied pirates. I just can't seem…

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Sea Of Thieves’ Ashen Winds update is here, and so are some very angry fire pirates

Remember the other day when I reported that some skelly-head flamethrowers were coming to Sea Of Thieves? Well, it turns out those heads belong to four particularly deadly Skeleton Captains, who've arrived in today's Ashen Winds update. It doesn't look like it's going to be easy to nab their flaming skulls, either, as each of these Captains will use all sorts of dirty tricks to…

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Shrink down into Obsidian’s survival game Grounded, out in early access today

If you've ever wondered what it's like to become a very tiny child forced to survive in the jungle that is your own back garden, well, today is your day. Obsidian's Honey I Shrunk The Kids-like, Grounded, releases in early access at around 6pm BST, inviting you to make spears out of twigs and create armour from the carcasses of your buggy foes. I mean…

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Sea Of Thieves is getting skelly-head flamethrowers next week

Have you ever wanted to just lop off a skeleton's head and use it as a flamethrower? It's never even been a thought that's crossed my mind, but Sea Of Thieves seem to be letting us do exactly that in next week's update. They're part of the new Ashen Winds update, which is arriving on Wednesday the 29th of July. Be cautious, though, using up…

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Watch Microsoft’s Xbox Games Showcase stream here today

NotE3 wraps up today with Microsoft's Xbox Games Showcase stream, starting at 5pm (9am Pacific). Microsoft have said this stream would focus on games made by their own studios, though I suppose some surprises could creep in. And don't be thrown by the name: all the Xbox games are PC games too these days. They've said that the stream will include "the first look at…

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Microsoft’s livestreaming service Mixer shuts down today

After four-and-a-half years, Microsoft's livestreaming platform Mixer will shut down later today. Officially, Mixer streamers (Mixerers?) are invited to swap over to Facebook Gaming's livestreaming service, with treasured Mixer Partners getting partner status over there too. From what I've seen on my stroll through Mixer on this final day, a whole lot of folks are planning to switch to Twitch. The shutdown comes less than…

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Feature: The best Minecraft seeds for 1.16.1, from Villages to Bamboo Jungles to Large Biomes and more!

Best Minecraft seeds 1.16.1 and 1.15.2

The best Minecraft seeds for 1.16.1 create fantastic worlds that capture your imagination from the first moment you set foot in them. And if you're looking for a good seed to help kickstart your latest Minecraft adventure, you've come to the right place. Below you'll find no fewer than 30 of the most amazing Minecraft seeds for 1.16.1 and 1.15.2. Whether you're after Villages, Bamboo…

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Feature: From survival to skyblock, from minigames to Hunger Games, our best Minecraft servers list has something for you

Best Minecraft servers 1.16.1 – Survival, Skyblock, Factions, and more

Minecraft servers are as varied as they are abundant, and it can be hard to hunt around for the kind of experience you're after when you're so spoilt for choice! But whether you're looking for Skyblock, Hunger Games, factions, or just good old fashioned survival, our Minecraft servers list will offer you a top-tier selection of reliable and reputable servers to play on.

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

12 Minecraft house ideas: modern houses, treehouses, and more

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, from modern houses to underground bases to treehouses and more. No matter what kind of home you're looking to create, you'll find inspiration with these builds!

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Microsoft Flight Simulator will have an in-game marketplace for add-ons

Microsoft Flight Simulator is going to be so darn large that you'll be able to fly all over the world and land on a gagillion airstrips but the world is not enough, eh Mr. Bond? That giant simulation won't stop creators from adding to and tweaking the game. Asobo Studio say they know how important unofficial add-ons are for Flight Sim, so they're adding an…

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Microsoft Flight Simulator will ship on 10 (10!) disks

The physical edition of Microsoft Flight Simulator will ship on 10 disks, and in 2020 this is a very easy thing to mock. I do honestly believe it has been literal years since I have even seen a single disk, and the idea of faffing about with 10 outdated retro-wheels makes me shudder. But it makes total sense! Flight Simulator models a huge portion of…

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Have you seen the green flash at sunset in Sea Of Thieves?

As the sun slowly disappears over the horizon, for just a few seconds it's possible to see the edges of the sun glow green in colour. It's rather aptly named the "green flash", and it's a somewhat rare meteorological phenomenon that can happen during sunset or sunrise when the conditions are just right. Thing is, I didn't actually realise that it was a real thing…

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Microsoft’s Xbox Games Showcase is on July 23rd

June is over, but we're not free from FakE3 just yet, folks. Two of the 'softs, Micro and Ubi, are planning showcases of their upcoming games for July. We've already got a date for Ubisoft Forward, and now Microsoft have announced the date for their big announcement bonanza as well. They'll be showing off all manner of Xbox (and likely PC) games on Thursday, July…

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Minecraft Dungeons’ first DLC Jungle Awakens is out now

If you've already hacked and slashed and tumbled your way through Minecraft Dungeons' campaign, you can grab your enchanted boots for another spelunking. The first DLC for Minecraft-but-Diablo is out now. The Jungle Awakens DLC sends you into the overgrowth to battle the Jungle Abomination. Even if you don't grab the DLC, a free update including a new secret mission has been added for all…

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Feature: How much better than Diamond are the new Netherite tools and armor?

Minecraft Netherite: how to get the new best tools and armor in Minecraft

Netherite is a new material in Minecraft, added in 1.16 (the Nether Update). Netherite is tricky to get your hands on, but once you've smelted some Netherite Ingots you can make tools and armor that are even stronger than diamond. Read our below Minecraft Netherite guide to find out where to get Netherite, how to craft with it, and how much better Netherite tools are…

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Sorry, Microsoft probably aren’t announcing a new Fable or Perfect Dark

Your hopes are low - do you have any sources, or facts? This weekend, a very select group of FPS and action-RPG fans were elated to discover that Fable and Perfect Dark - two franchises that have gathered dust under Xbox's stewardship - may have been preparing for a comeback. Well, sorry team. Microsoft have stepped in to confirm that, no, you can't believe everything…

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