We’re finally getting to see more of the launch wave of PlayStation 5 titles, with Insomniac revealing a first look at hardware accelerated ray tracing effects in Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. A huge improvement is clearly evident in reflections from the tallest skyscraper to the smallest puddle, but bafflingly, the reveal was met with some vitriol on social media. Artefacts and compromises were highlighted, with some even suggesting that we weren’t seeing ray tracing at all. The reality is clear though: hardware RT is an emerging feature on brand new consoles developers are just getting to know, it’s computationally expensive so compromises are inevitable – and what we’re seeing here is very impressive stacked up against similar hybrid RT implementations seen in the PC space.

In terms of Marvel’s Spider-Man on PS5, there are two rendering modes – a 4K quality mode pegged at 30fps, alongside … Read the rest

Minecraft Caves and Cliffs is an update in the works for the game, and it will feature all sorts of new items along with goats.

Yes, goats are coming to Minecraft with the Caves and Cliffs update, and they are super cute.

Announced during Minecraft Live today, the update is being made to the cave and mountain system with improved cave generation and features things like “lush caves and dripstone caves.”

There will also be a brand new archeology system adding a sense of a history element to the game, and you can expect to see new crystals in the caves. You will also find telescopes, bundles, the sculk sensor block, and a new hostile mob called the Warden. This mob is well adapted to dark caves and reacts to movement instead sight.

The Mountain Update folks voted for last year will be included, which comes with the aforementioned … Read the rest

This Summer marked a distinct turning point regarding internal practices at Ubisoft and the community’s perception of the company all together. After numerous reports surfaced regarding abuse, misconduct, and power corruption leading to several high-profile execs being fired, the investigations into the underbelly of this studio’s culture continue. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot is leading the charge for the investigations and has published publicly the results of a recent employee survey. The results? Over 25 percent of employees witnessed or experienced firsthand workplace misconduct. 

The referenced survey was conducted by a third-party research company and revealed more about the work culture seen over the past several years. The survey was anonymous and encapsulated over 14,000 working employees. At 25%, one in four workers reported that they have either experienced workplace misconduct or witnessed it happening over the past two years alone. Taking those results even further, one in five reported that … Read the rest

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Just six weeks from today, we continue our journey with the launch of Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. Jumping into the next generation of gaming with you – the player – at the center… Read more

Yakuza Like a Major! An Extra Special Xbox Podcast Featuring Yakuza: Like a Dragon
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Activision impressed us with the brilliant Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 and with the new Crash Bandicoot 4 – It’s About Time, it looks like a pattern is forming. The firm looks intent on mining its exhaustive IP, delivering remakes then moving onto brand new sequels. Based on the quality of this release, it’s a strategy that may well play off – Crash Bandicoot 4 is a solid game and an authentic series entry, with numerous improvements and upgrades that pay off while respecting the original formula. The new release also makes use of Unreal Engine 4, offering numerous technical improvements over the recent remakes including a much higher frame-rate – at least if you’re gaming on the right consoles.

Crash 4 perfectly captures the look and feel of an animated film – expressive character models stretch and squish in a cartoon style in both cinematics and gameplay, while gorgeous … Read the rest

Wired Productions and developer Tomas Sala have released a new trailer detailing factions in open-world air combat game The Falconeer.

In The Falconeer, you will choose between competing factions, all of which are at the mercy of the Great Ursee, a near-infinite body of water.

In the skies, the rich and the powerful have airships defended by mercenary Falconeers, while “revolution and dissent brews among the downtrodden and poor” on the waters below. But it isn’t clear who is the “good guy, or the bad guy.”

In the game, you will support your chosen faction while flying on missions from the back of a warbird.

Factions:

  • The Northern Imperium. The greatest power on The Great Ursee, the Imperial throne commands the Northern Ursee with nobility, subterfuge, and manipulation as tools of power.
  • The Mancer Order. The master scholars of The Order control all access to technology across the
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The Pokémon Trading Card Game rolls on as the latest expansion is out now. The Pokémon Sword & Shield – Champion’s Path expansion gives you just more than 70 new cards, making it one of the smaller expansions in recent memory. However, unlike most other additions, you cannot purchase these cards in standalone booster packs. Instead, you must pick up one of several collections themed after gym leaders in the Galar region.

For this gallery, we were sent three of the gym leader collections, the Dubwool V collection, and the Champion’s Path Elite Trainer Box. From my pulls, I noticed an abundance of Gen 1 and, of course, Gen 8 Pokémon. However, the least represented in this expansion is Gen 2, so if you’re a die-hard fan of the Johto region, this probably isn’t the expansion for you.

Check out the coolest cards I pulled in the gallery below!

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Hey Xbox Insiders! We have a new Xbox One update preview coming to the Beta ring. It’s important we note that some updates made in these preview OS builds include background improvements that ensure a quality and stable build for Xbox One.

We continue to post these release notes, even when the noticeable changes to the UI are minimal, so you’re aware when updates are coming to your device. Details can be found below!

System Update Details:

  • OS version released: RS_XBOX_RELEASE_201019041.4943.201001-0000
  • Available: 6 p.m. PT – October 2, 2020
  • Mandatory: 3 a.m. PT – October 3, 2020

Fixes Implemented

Thanks to the hard work of Xbox engineers, we are happy to announce the following fixes have been implemented for this build:

Profile

  • Fixed an issue with text not displaying correctly when comparing achievements.

Settings

  • The time zone information should now display correctly in the menu.

System

  • Various updates
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With the arrival of Mafia Definitive Edition, the trilogy is finally complete. All three games are brought up-to-date to modern consoles but ironically, it’s the first Mafia title that features the most advanced technology of all – including a fascinating software-based alternative to ray traced reflections.

It’s a feature that’s common to all console versions, where the technological differences are fairly minimal – and almost par for the course. Curiously, both PS4 Pro and Xbox One X operate at a native 1440p resolution, though the Microsoft platform enjoys improved shadow quality, ambient occlusion and a better lock on the target 30 frames per second. It’s business as usual on PS4 and Xbox One with a 1080p/900p divide, and all versions use temporal anti-aliasing – which does present some banding issues. As is often the case, there’s the sense that the vanilla Xbox One has the most visual compromises: I immediately … Read the rest

The promised cross-play for Apex Legends is coming rather soon, and you can participate in a beta for the feature.

You will be able to participate in the Apex Legends cross-play beta October 6 through Origin for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

The feature will be enabled by default and will allow you to group up with players on other platforms. You will also be able to use voice-chat. Cross-progression will not be part of this update.

How it will work, is players on PS4 and Xbox One will be auto matches while those on the PC will remain together due to configurations. But if there is a group of both PC and console players, the group will squad up on the PC servers.

If you aren’t interested in cross-play, it can be disabled in the settings menu; however, queue times can get “very very long,” according to Respawn EntertainmentRead the rest