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Posts tagged “Microsoft”

Microsoft Flight Simulator lets you go on excellent airborne safaris

Reader, I'm not super fussed about planes. I didn't think Microsoft Flight Simulator would be for me, but this morning my eyes were opened. The game is gorgeous, most trailers and screenshots will attest to that, but that wasn't what really caught my attention. What grabbed me was how much wildlife there is to see. It seemed logical that it had birds and airborne creatures,…

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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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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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Feature: Kraken open a cold one with the boys

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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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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Sea Of Thieves will get custom servers

Sea Of Thieves is meant to be a dangerous sandbox full of threatening skeleton ships and dastardly fellow players nipping at your heels. It is that, and more, but as players do with sandboxes, many organise less lethal events on the high seas. In the past, pirate crews have hosted everything from fashion shows to ship races, but those events always exist with the threat…

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Halo Infinite breaks radio silence to receive a message from The Banished

Surely you didn't forget about Halo Infinite amidst the constant churn of PC releases for the Halo: Master Chief Collection. Halo Infinite has been here all along. Watching. Listening. 343 Industries have fired up the radio to broadcast a message on the newest Halo game. It's just a teaser for now, though it seems to confirm yer pals The Banished are coming back for a…

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All Halo Insiders are getting invited to Halo 3 on PC testing today

The year of Halo on PC is rolling right along. We've checked off several PC Halo releases already this year and by lore order Halo 3 is next up to bat. As with the others, 343 Industries are inviting registered members of the Halo Insider Program to what they call "flights," basically a big beta test. Instead of continuing to pick select groups of players,…

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