Xbox Chaturdays Live: Leaked Elden Ring trailer and more with SnowBikeMike

For our 17th episode of Xbox Chaturdays we’ll be joined by the ‘Master of Hype’ and host of the Kinda Funny Xcast SnowBikeMike to discuss the leaked Elden Ring trailer, the latest developments regarding the ongoing Xbox and Bethesda dealings, and what big business moves might be in Xbox’s future. If you want to join the conversation live, be sure to catch us on Saturday (3/6) at 12:00PM ET.

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Xbox

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Best Upcoming Xbox Games for 2021
Xbox One X vs. Xbox Series S

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Xbox Series X

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The full next-generation experience.

Xbox Series X is Microsoft’s new flagship, as its most powerful console with over 12TF GPU performance and a custom SSD. It boasts up to 4K resolution and 120 FPS, full backward compatibility across four generations, and ray-tracing support.

Next-gen in HD

Xbox Series S

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Experience next-gen gaming for less.

Microsoft serves the next-generation for less with its budget-friendly Xbox Series S. The console packs the same high-performance CPU and SSD technology as Xbox Series X, while scaling back the GPU and removing the disc drive.

Xbox Chaturdays Live: Leaked Elden Ring trailer and more with SnowBikeMike

Xbox lead Phil Spencer commends Nintendo's risk-taking in new interview

Xbox <3 Nintendo.

Xbox lead Phil Spencer isn’t one to shy away from offering praise where it’s due, and in a recent documentary, the Xbox leader had some praise for rival gaming platform Nintendo (via VGC).

The documentary is called “Playing With Power: The Nintendo Story,” and is exclusive to U.S. streaming service Crackle. The documentary explores the rise of Nintendo as an industry staple, along with every high point and every low point in the legendary company’s illustrious history.

Many industry figures offer context and their takes on Nintendo’s efforts throughout the show, with Xbox lead Phil Spencer offering some choice words on Nintendo’s risk-taking and ingenuity.

“The role that Nintendo has played in making gaming a safe and inviting family experience, while also bringing core game experiences to their platform, I think has been foundational to the industry that we have today. I don’t think you can decouple the video game industry from Nintendo. I think they’re intrinsically tied.”

Phil Spencer reflects on how many gamer’s first experiences are on Nintendo platforms, and how Nintendo’s growth and innovation is something that should be cherished by the wider industry. Spencer specifically cites Nintendo as an inspiration for Xbox to do better, too.

Interestingly, Spencer also conceded that the Wii is something Microsoft may have deemed too risky to even attempt.

“I don’t know if I’m not brave enough or whatever as a platform holder now to go and do something as just completely different, and to be just so all-in on a new paradigm was just amazing to see. […] It gave us a real jolt that we can’t just be great at what others are doing. We have to have to some unique things that are important for our platform, and the Wii was just a perfect example of that.”

The Kinect could be seen as Microsoft’s response to the Nintendo Wii, but it wasn’t the “all-in” approach Nintendo went for, instead launching it as an optional peripheral. In fact, when Microsoft attempted to bundle Kinect with the Xbox One in 2013, the backlash was quite palpable.

Microsoft is attempting new paradigms across its business portfolio, with Microsoft Mesh as an AR-alternative to the workspace. And Project xCloud is delivering Xbox-quality games to mobile devices through Xbox Game Pass. If the power of Nintendo’s IP teaches us anything, it’s that Mario, Zelda, and others are so familiar and so popular, that people are always willing to experience them in new ways. Perhaps Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax, with franchises like Fallout, DOOM, and The Elder Scrolls, can deliver a similar jolt to Xbox Game Pass in the near future.

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Xbox Series X/S

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Xbox lead Phil Spencer commends Nintendo's risk-taking in new interview

Grounded's latest patch update is all about preventing crashes

Bug fixes for all! Grounded players, I mean.

What you need to know

Grounded is an early access survival game from Obsidian Entertainment on Xbox and PC.
The latest update for Grounded is patch 0.7.2, a smaller release that smashes a few bugs.
0.7.2 focuses on a handful of crashing issues, and builds on top of the February Content Update.
Patch update 0.7.2 is available now for all Grounded players, and is recommended for the best experience.

Grounded is building on the recently released 0.7.0 February Content Update with the new 0.7.2 patch update. The latest update is rolling out now to everyone playing Grounded’s early access on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, Xbox Game Pass, and PC. This is a smaller update, but still includes some important fixes (especially for crashing issues) so it’s recommended players install as soon as possible.

Grounded is one of the Best Survival Games for Xbox, and it continues to get better and better with every update just like this one. Get the most out of Grounded and all of your games with one of the Best Headsets for Xbox Series X|S, which promise exceptional audio and mic performance.

The full changelog for Grounded’s 0.7.2 patch update includes:

Bug fixes

Top community issues

Buildings can now be placed with a controller while looking at interactables
Clients can now correctly place base building blueprints on top of other base buildings
Fixed a crash related to rotating buildings while relocating as a client
Fixed a crash related to hovering over unbuilt ziplines
Fixed a crash related to beginning zipline creation
Fixed a crash when the host exits the game with the map open

Game

Fixed a rare crash when a loot bag is dropped from a character who is leaving the game
The Repair Item window will no longer assume you have enough ingredients when you do not
Dropping items by dragging them onto your character in Inventory will no longer prevent Tab from closing the screen

Microscopic survival

Grounded

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It’s a big(ger) world out there.

Obsidian Entertainment makes its exclusive debut on Xbox One and PC with Grounded, a unique survival experience that literally makes all of your problems much, much bigger. Join your friends as you’re shrunk down to the size of an ant and are forced to survive in a dangerous backyard.

Grounded

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Grounded's latest patch update is all about preventing crashes

The Division 2's seasons are rerunning while Ubisoft works on new game mode

Ubisoft’s plans for The Division 2’s 2021 updates are basically one big mysterious update and several months of reruns.

What you need to know

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is an action RPG set in a ruined America, first released by Ubisoft in 2019.
The game is getting a major content update at the end of 2021 that will include a new game mode.
In the meantime, the game’s Seasons will rerun, giving players a chance to replay them.

Ubisoft Massive just revealed its roadmap for The Division 2’s content in 2021. The good news is that the development team will be rerunning its previous Seasons, allowing users a chance to replay previously inaccessible content. The better news is that the developers are working on a big, mysterious update that will add a new game mode.

The development team on The Division 2 first announced it was receiving new content a few weeks ago, and before that the game got a surprise 60FPS update for Xbox Series X/S. Now we know what kind of content it’s planning to add. As for what kind of game mode we’re getting, the team doesn’t say. The only description we get is that it’s “entirely new to the franchise.”

It’ll also apparently be quite large, as the team estimates it won’t be finished until the latter half of 2021 at the earliest (which means it could be released in 2022). In addition to this mode, the team is working on new ways for you to level up your agents with an eye towards build variety.

So what will happen to Division 2 while the development teams works on the game mode update? Ubisoft will rerun previous seasons to fill time until we get the big new update, starting with Season 5, which will be a rerun of Season 1. This will give players a chance to “collect rewards and collectibles that you might have missed out on.”

The development team also released a list of stats to show off what players have done in the game in the time it’s been active. It’s not exactly clear if the stats cover both Division games or just The Division 2 — but regardless, it’s rather impressive how much the players have managed to do. According to Ubisoft, the 40 million players across the franchise have managed to land 156 billion headshots. If you want to play The Division 2 on console and score some headshots of your own, check out our list of the best keyboards for Xbox Series X/S.

The Division 2's seasons are rerunning while Ubisoft works on new game mode

Learn all there is to know about the Valheim's Black Forest

The Black Forest is resource rich, but don’t come unprepared.

Valheim’s Black Forest may be unassuming at first due to the quiet stillness or the peaceful sun peeking through the tall trees. It’s a beautiful biome — that is, until a tree trunk comes flying at the back of your head, tossed nonchalantly by a massive Troll. The Black Forest is the second biome you’ll explore on your journey to defeat every forsaken beast in the game. It’s a resource-rich biome that hosts many crafting materials that you’ll absolutely need to get ahead. Here’s a detailed guide on everything you need to know about the Black Forest, including how to find it, how you should prepare for it, and what kinds of treasure you’ll find there.

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Valheim Black Forest guide: How to find The Black Forest

One of Valheim’s coolest features is that it generates the terrain differently for every player, so the area generated for you will be totally different than your friends. That being said, chances are the Black Forest isn’t too far from your starting position, often existing on the border of the Meadows biome.

Valheim Black Forest guide: How to prepare for the Black Forest

Just because you encounter the Black Forest early in the game doesn’t mean it’s a simple cakewalk. If you wander through the forest unprepared, you might end up on the wrong end of a sword.

Make sure you have the basic gameplay mechanics down. Consult our beginner’s guide to your first days and beyond in Valheim before getting started.
You should definitely be carrying a few weapons and a shield. A club and round shield is a perfect early game combo, while a bow and arrow can be crafted early for players who prefer to keep their distance. Once you’ve crafted Bronze, upgrade that club to a sword.
Make sure you craft Leather Armor. You have to use Leather Scraps for this, so do some hunting before heading out.
Have a base built nearby and set up a bed, as well as a few chests to hold your loot. Take a look at our building guide for some quick tips.
You may not be able to cook a huge meal but stock up on some cooked meat. Cook any raw meat and neck tails you might find. Berries are also useful for keeping health and stamina high.
Stock up on Torches! You don’t want to be caught in the dark without one.
Use the map to mark any Burial Chambers and Troll Caves you find. If you can’t explore them now, you can return to them later when you’re better prepared.
Crafting a pickaxe will allow you to mine Copper Ore, which can be smelted down and combined with Tin to create Bronze, a very useful material. For more on how to mine, check out our ore guide.

Valheim Black Forest guide: Black Forest Enemy List

The Black Forest is beautiful but is home to many monsters. Here are some tips on handling each one.

Greydwarf: Greydwarfs are basic enemies that can be dispatched fairly easily, either with a club to the head or an arrow to the knee. They can, however, swarm the player so don’t let them group up around you.
Greydwarf Brutes: These are like Greydwarfs, only bigger and more likely to knock you out if you don’t have your guard up. You don’t want to go toe to toe with them. Rather, circle them and smack them from behind.
Greydwarf Shaman: These guys are sneaky magic users who heal their fellow Greydwarves during battle. They also have a nasty poison spray attack that should be avoided at all costs.
Troll: The big bad of the Black Forest, Trolls wander aimlessly until you get too close. Then, they’ll plow through the entire forest to rip you apart. Not only are they devastating to fight, but they may knock over trees in the forest that could kill you. Keep your distance from this creep, if you can. However, their skin makes for some very good armor.
Skeletons: You’ll find Skeletons creeping around Burial Chambers. They are more of a bother than your standard Greydwarf but are fairly easy to deal with. Use your shield or a well-timed roll to dodge their attacks.
Ghost: Occasionally you’ll run into a Ghost inside of the Burial Chambers. They are aggressive, but thankfully can be beaten down with a Club or sword, though they are resistant.
Rancid Remains: Sometimes, you’ll come across a slightly larger Skeleton called Rancid Remains. It’s not too different than a normal Skeleton, except that these inflict poison when they hit you.

Valheim Black Forest guide: Haldor the Merchant

Haldor is a merchant that can be found in the Black Forest biome. However, he’s deep within the biome, and can sometimes be hard to find. Take a look at our guide on everything you need to know about Haldor the Merchant. He may be tough to find, but he’ll be important once you start finding valuables in burial chambers and caves.

Valheim Black Forest guide: Burial Chambers and Troll Caves

The Black Forest is home to two underground areas that are basically the closest thing Valheim has to dungeons (the other being the Sunken Crypts found in the Swamp biome). Here are some basic tips to consider when exploring them.

Burial Chambers are usually made up of a couple of paths leading into rooms full of Skeletons. The best course of action is to search each path room by room, making sure you check every corner before turning your back to move forward.
You’ll find many valuables, including Ruby, Amber, and Amber Pearl, all of which can be sold to Haldor for Coins. You can also find a lot of Coins in the dungeons.
Be sure to hold onto the Surtling Cores found in the Burial Chambers. You’ll need these to craft Portals. Check out our Portal guide for more information on that.
If you come across an Evil Bone Pile, destroy it as quickly as you can to stop Skeletons from spawning.
You may come across The Elder’s rune, which will make its location known on your map.
Troll Caves are marked by Bone Fragments outside. Troll Caves are small, with not much room between you and a Troll. Keep moving around the Troll and dodge its attacks, exiting the cave if you are overwhelmed.
Troll Caves always have loot hidden at the back of the cave. Don’t forget to clear out the spoils on your way out.

Valheim Black Forest guide: The Elder

The Elder is the boss of the Black Forest and the second boss you’ll encounter in Valheim. While huge and intimidating, the Elder can be toppled if you enter the battle prepared.

To spawn The Elder, you’ll need to sacrifice three Ancient Seeds at its altar.
Ancient Seeds can be found by defeating Greydwarf Brutes and Shamans, or by destroying their respawn nests.
The Elder is a giant tree and has three attacks, including one that sends roots hurling at the player like spears. Take cover behind the stone pillars around the altar.
This boss should be dealt with from afar. Use Fire Arrows as a way to pick away at its health while you dodge its attacks.
Just because it’s a boss fight doesn’t mean Greydwarfs and other enemies won’t interfere. Make sure you clear the surrounding area before summoning the boss.
If you’re playing with multiple people, have someone distract the giant beast while the other players attack it.

Tame the forest

The Black Forest is the second biome you’ll have to conquer before you can proceed to the much more difficult Swamp biome. Make sure you upgrade your base, as well as your weapons and armor with all of the new spoils you’ll find in the Black Forest before proceeding. Valheim is in Early Access on Steam, but has quickly become immensely poular and is one of the best survival games on the PC.

Onward to Valhalla

Valheim

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A Viking life is a life for me

Valheim is a challenging yet entertaining survival game set in a world heavily inspired by Norse mythology. Build, craft, scavenge, and hunt your way to success.

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Remedy CEO reveals Control didn't sell well, but he's not disappointed

Insight into this studio’s ambitious plans.

What you need to know

Remedy Entertainment’s 2019 title Control has sold over two million copies.
Remedy CEO Tero Virtala doesn’t consider that to be a “major hit” but he’s not disappointed either.
Remedy is currently divided into four teams, with a variety of different projects in the works.

Remedy Entertainment’s Control has sold over two million copies so far but Remedy CEO Tero Virtala doesn’t consider it a “major hit” — not that he’s disappointed. Speaking with GamesIndustry.biz, Virtala explained Remedy’s reasoning for thinking of the game in those terms.

“We’re really happy with the success of Control,” he says. “It won Game of the Year awards, it has sold over two million units and continues selling — but two million is not yet a major hit in our industry. When we talk about major hit games, we’re talking on an industry level — that’s what we’re aiming at.”

Virtale goes on to talk about rise of subscription services, such as Xbox Game Pass and PlayStation Plus, provide “post-launch opportunities” so it isn’t necessarily all about copies sold anymore.

Remedy is currently divided into multiple teams, with five games being developed. The team that worked on Control is helming another game, while a big AAA title and a smaller game that are set in the same universe have been signed on by Epic Games. Another team is working on the Vanguard multiplayer project, which will be free to play, while the final team continues work on the campaign for CrossfireX in partnership with Smilegate Entertainment.

Control saw multiple DLC packs released, including the AWE Expansion, which begins the Remedy Connected Universe with the inclusion of Alan Wake. Control: Ultimate Edition was recently released for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PS5, which includes the base game and all its DLC in one package alongside next-generation enhancements like a 60 FPS mode, ray-tracing mode and faster load times.

Xbox Series X/S

Xbox Series X: Everything we know
Best games coming to Xbox Series X/S
List of Xbox Series X specs
What is the Xbox Series X release date?
How much does Xbox Series X cost?
Why you can’t preorder Xbox Series X yet
Best Xbox Series X Headsets

Remedy CEO reveals Control didn't sell well, but he's not disappointed

Go farm these 10 Destiny 2: Season of the Chosen weapons

Fill your inventory with these superb tools of destruction.

Getting top-notch weapons is a huge part of what makes the Destiny 2 grind feel so satisfying and rewarding, especially since you can weave these guns into the best Destiny 2 builds. In Season of the Chosen, there are plenty for players to chase across the game’s various game modes and activities. Here’s a breakdown of 10 Season of the Chosen weapons that you should be farming for, as well as how to get them and what perk rolls are the best for each one.

Extraordinary Rendition

This SMG is arguably the best one ever added to the game, as it has an incredible perk pool and solid all-around stats. In the first column I’d target Smallbore for a nice bump to range and stability, and in the second column you should look for Tactical Mag. Overflow or Outlaw are ideal for the third column. Finally, go with One For All, Rampage, or Frenzy in the fourth column.

For a chance at getting the Extraordinary Rendition, you’ll need to play the Battlegrounds activity and smash a chest at the end with your Hammer of Proving. You can also focus Umbral Engrams back at the H.E.L.M. to target the Extraordinary Rendition more closely, though this will take a lot of time since you have to use Hammer of Proving charges.

God Roll: Smallbore, Tactical Mag, Overflow/Outlaw, One For All/Rampage/Frenzy

Code Duello

Rocket launchers got a big 30 percent damage buff when Season of the Chosen launched, and along with the buff came Code Duello, one of the best boss DPS rocket launchers ever added to the game.

Code Duello is best equipped with Quick Launch, Impact Casing, the new Impulse Amplifier perk that increases projectile velocity and reload speed, and Cluster Bomb in the perk columns. These perks maximize the amount of damage that you can inflict on a target in a short period of time.

Like the Extraordinary Rendition, you can get the Code Duello by smashing chests at the end of Battlegrounds runs or by focusing Umbral Engrams for Season of the Chosen weapons.

God Roll: Quick Launch, Impact Casing, Impulse Amplifier, Cluster Bomb

Threaded Needle

Linear fusion rifles aren’t very popular at the moment as a whole (and never really have been), but that doesn’t change the fact that the Threaded Needle’s excellent PvE perk pool and stats make it a very viable Champion-killer in Nightfall Strikes and a strong DPS option in Raid encounters.

The best perks for it are Arrowhead Brake and Enhanced Battery in the first two columns for strong recoil control and a healthy magazine size. You should aim for Rapid Hit and Vorpal Weapon in the last two columns for maximum reload speed and damage against Champions and bosses. You could replace Rapid Hit with Clown Cartridge if you want, though the perk’s activation is RNG-dependent.

Like the other Battlegrounds weapons, you can get the Threaded Needle by smashing open Battlegrounds chests or focusing Umbral Engrams.

God Roll: Arrowhead Brake, Enhanced Battery, Rapid Hit, Vorpal Weapon

Brass Attacks

I’m not the biggest fan of sidearms in Destiny 2, but if you are, you’ll love Brass Attacks and its absurdly wide pool of superb perks. Shoot for Hammer-Forged Rifling and Appended Mag in the first two columns for improved range and magazine size. In the third column, Feeding Frenzy and Rapid Hit are both awesome for boosted reload speeds, while One For All, Rampage, and Frenzy in the fourth column are all excellent options for damage-boosting.

You can get Brass Attacks by smashing open Battlegrounds chests and by focusing Umbral Engrams so that they drop Season of the Chosen Battlegrounds weapons.

God Roll: Hammer-Forged Rifling, Appended Mag, Feeding Frenzy/Rapid Hit, One For All/Rampage/Frenzy

Imperial Needle

The Imperial Needle bow may be the last Battlegrounds weapon to feature on this list, but it certainly isn’t less effective than the others. It has base stats that are higher than most other bows, and its perk selection is great as well.

I recommend Elastic String for good bumps to handling, charge time, and draw time, while your best bet in the second column is Straight Fletching — a perk that cancels out the small accuracy loss you get with Elastic String. Archer’s Tempo and Impulse Amplifier are great options in the third column for improving your firing rate. Finally, you should opt for Swashbuckler in column four if you want boosted damage output, while you should go with Wellspring or Thresh if you want faster ability/Super regeneration.

Like the other Battlegrounds weapons, you can get the Imperial Needle by smashing open Battlegrounds chests or focusing Umbral Engrams.

God Roll: Elastic String, Straight Fletching, Archer’s Tempo/Impulse Amplifier, Swashbuckler/Wellspring/Thresh

Shadow Price

The beloved Shadow Price auto rifle from the original Destiny has returned in Destiny 2, and it has some truly excellent perk options. Extended Barrel is an excellent pick in the first column for more range and recoil control, while Tactical Mag in the second column boosts reload speed and adds slightly more rounds to the magazine. Feeding Frenzy is the best perk in the third column (Overflow and Fourth Time’s The Charm aren’t bad, either), while Swashbuckler and One For All in the final column are perfect for raw damage boosts.

You should also consider Dragonfly and Disruption Break in this column. The former is superb for ad clear, while the latter is an excellent choice in Nightfalls where there are lots of Arc-shielded enemies since the Shadow Price does Arc damage.

You’ll need to play and complete Nightfall Strikes to have a chance at getting the Shadow Price. Completing Nightfalls on higher difficulties improves your chances of getting the weapon. Keep in mind that the weapon on offer rotates weekly, so make sure the weapon of the week is the Shadow Price before trying to farm for it.

God Roll: Extended Barrel, Tactical Mag, Feeding Frenzy, Swashbuckler/One For All/Dragonfly/Disruption Break

The Palindrome

Returning alongside the Shadow Price is The Palindrome, and it’s possibly the most satisfying-to-use hand cannon ever added to Destiny 2. Aside from having great stats, the gun also has a nice collection of sweet PvE perks. Go for Fluted Barrel and Appended Mag in the first two perk columns for improved handling, stability, and magazine size, and shoot for Outlaw in column three for a huge boost to reload speed on every headshot kill.

In the final column, go for One For All or Rampage if you want damage buffs, or alternatively go with Thresh if you want improved Super energy generation.

Like with the Shadow Price, you’ll have to play Nightfall Strikes during the weeks that the Palindrome is available to have a chance at getting the weapon.

God Roll: Fluted Barrel, Appended Mag, Outlaw, One For All/Rampage/Thresh

Bottom Dollar

This 120 RPM hand cannon has quickly become a player favorite due to the strength of the archetype and the sheer number of perks available on the gun (seriously, there are 40 perks that can roll on this thing). It’s going to be a staple in both PvE and PvP for a long time. I recommend Smallbore in column one and Tactical Mag in column two. For column three, Outlaw and Rapid Hit are both prime choices, though some Crucible fans may prefer Rangefinder for increase to range.

There are lots of interesting options in the final column — Rampage, Multikill Clip, and Wellspring are all excellent for PvE, while Opening Shot and Eye of the Storm reign supreme in PvP.

You have a chance to get the Bottom Dollar when completing Gambit matches or when earning faction rank-up packages from The Drifter.

God Roll: Smallbore, Tactical Mag, Outlaw/Rapid Hit, Rampage/Multikill Clip/Wellspring (PvE) OR Opening Shot/Eye of the Storm (PvP)

The Third Axiom

Like the Bottom Dollar, The Third Axiom pulse rifle has a ton of different possible perk rolls. Also like the Bottom Dollar, this is a strong weapon in both PvE and PvP. For the first and second column, Arrowhead Brake and Appended Mag are your best bets for improved recoil control and magazine size, respectively.

If you’re mostly a PvE player, shoot for Feeding Frenzy and One For All, Rampage, or Multikill Clip in columns three and four. If you prefer the Crucible, go with Moving Target or Zen Moment in column three and Unrelenting in column four.

The Third Axiom can be obtained randomly when completing Strikes of any kind. You also have a chance to get it from Zavala when you turn in Vanguard Tokens.

God Roll: Arrowhead Brake, Appended Mag, Feeding Frenzy (PvE) OR Moving Target/Zen Moment (PvP), One For All/Rampage/Multikill Clip (PvE) OR Unrelenting (PvP)

Frozen Orbit

The final weapon on the list is the Frozen Orbit sniper rifle, which has good stats and nice perks for both PvE and PvP. I recommend Fluted Barrel and Tactical Mag in columns one and two, and if you’re a PvE player, Triple Tap and Vorpal Weapon in the third and fourth column. PvP players will want to swap out Triple Tap and Vorpal Weapon for Moving Target and Snapshot Sights.

Frozen Orbit is a Crucible reward, so the best way to try and get your hands on one is to go play PvP matches. You also have a chance at one every time you rank up in the Crucible and earn loot drops from Lord Shaxx.

God Roll: Fluted Barrel, Tactical Mag, Triple Tap (PvE) OR Moving Target (PvP), Vorpal Weapon (PvE) OR Snapshot Sights (PvP)

What are your favorites?

Do you agree with our list? Do you have other new favorite weapons from Season of the Chosen? Let us know. For more on pieces of powerful Destiny 2 loot, check out our roundup of all the best Destiny 2 Exotic weapons and armor.

Destiny 2’s latest expansion, Destiny 2: Beyond Light, is available now on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One consoles, and Windows 10 PCs for $40. The base game is free on all platforms, so if you haven’t tried it out yet, I highly recommend doing so since it’s one of the best Xbox One shooters available.

If you do end up giving it a shot, don’t miss my guide on how to get into Destiny 2 in 2021 for some tips, tricks, and pieces of important information.

Wield the Darkness

Destiny 2: Beyond Light

$40 at Microsoft
$40 at GMG (Steam)
Also on Xbox Game Pass

Europa awaits

Beyond Light is the next big expansion for Destiny 2, introducing a new element for Guardians to wield, a new area on the Jupiter moon Europa, a new story, and plenty of loot to go around.

Go farm these 10 Destiny 2: Season of the Chosen weapons

Microsoft's unified Edge code means more features for mobile

Microsoft is unifying the codebases of Edge’s mobile apps and Edge on the desktop.

What you need to know

Microsoft is working to unify the codebase across all platforms.
Right now, Edge is split across different codebases and versions on different operating systems.
The unification could see the Android and iOS versions of Edge come closer to parity with the more up-to-date Windows version.

Microsoft plans to unify the codebases of Microsoft Edge across multiple operating systems. Right now, Edge apps on mobile platforms are based on different codebases than the desktop version. As a result of this, you see things like Edge on Android being based on version 77 while Edge on desktop is based on Edge 89. Microsoft aims to fix this, and to improve the efficiency of Edge’s development across platforms, by unifying Edge codebases across platforms.

Not sharing a codebase creates redundancy of effort. For example, when Microsoft built the Collections feature for Edge, the feature was built for Edge desktop. Microsoft then had to recreate the feature to bring it over to mobile devices.

By unifying codebases on different versions of Edge, Microsoft can more easily share features across desktop and mobile versions of Edge. The unification also improves the engineering process.

Microsoft discusses unifying the codebases across the different versions of Edge in a video from Ignite 2021. The video was flagged up by Reddit user SumitDh (via Neowin).

Microsoft will release preview versions of Edge on iOS and Android with new codebases. Microsoft explains that it has worked on this process for the past year and that we’ll see public beta versions “in the coming months.”

Download it now

Microsoft Edge

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Free at App Store
Free at Google Play

A worthy browser.

The new Microsoft Edge runs on Chromium, supports popular extensions, and regularly gets new features from Microsoft.

Microsoft's unified Edge code means more features for mobile

You'll soon be able to play Minecraft Dungeons in arcade dungeons

Minecraft Dungeons is heading to the arcade – but not in the way you know.

What you need to know

Minecraft Dungeons is an excellent co-op focused ARPG from Minecraft-creator Mojang Studios.
In a new development, Mojang Studios announced that they’re working with Play Mechanix to recreate Minecraft Dungeons.
Minecraft Dungeons is heading to arcades with its very own custom-designed arcade cabinet, and it looks great.
The tweaked game features simplified gameplay and controls, nine intense levels, and a unique card-based mechanic.

Minecraft Dungeons has already enjoyed an incredible couple of weeks, after releasing its biggest update yet with the massive Flames of the Nether DLC. Now, Mojang Studios has surprised players everywhere by announcing that Minecraft Dungeons is heading to arcades!

Mojang Studios is pairing up with legendary arcade company Play Mechanix, who designed an awesome-looking arcade cabinet for Minecraft Dungeons. The Minecraft Dungeons present on this machine isn’t quite the same version of Minecraft Dungeons you know, though, as Mojang Studios has made plenty of changes to make Minecraft Dungeons fit better in an arcade environment.

The arcade machine supports four-player local co-op, with “Melee,” “Dodge,” and “Range” buttons for each player (on top of movement). The game will take players across nine familiar levels to battle hordes of vicious enemies, and see Minecraft Dungeons in a different light (and sometimes from different angles!).

However, Mojang Studios have massively shaken things up with one new mechanic: cards. Players will have a chance to earn up to 60 physical collectible cards from playing Minecraft Dungeons: Arcade, with each card depicting a different weapon, pet, skin, or item. Each session, players will be able to scan up to five of the cards from their collection to equip their hero with all the gear and class they need to prevail. To earn cards, players will fill up their “card meters” while playing by defeating mobs, completing levels, and more. The more you play, the more chance you have of collecting every card!

Minecraft Dungeons: Arcade is heading to a select few arcades across North America right now for testing, and will expand more in the future. Hopefully, an arcade near you will feature Minecraft Dungeons: Arcade and its unique take on the established Minecraft Dungeons formula. Either way, it’s exciting to see Mojang Studios offer yet another way to play Minecraft Dungeons.

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The next era of Dungeons

Minecraft Dungeons: Season Pass

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Explore new worlds in Minecraft Dungeons.

It’s been a busy first year for Minecraft Dungeons, and now the ARPG dungeon-crawling Minecraft spin-off is looking ahead towards its future, with four new expansions planned. The first two, Howling Peaks and Flames of the Nether, are available right now, but players can also grab the new Season Pass to gain immediate access to all four expansions as soon as they launch.

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You'll soon be able to play Minecraft Dungeons in arcade dungeons

How to add a Reolink camera to a TerraMaster NAS

Unfortunately, there’s no surveillance app available for TerrMaster NAS enclosures. The company is currently working on the app and it’s reportedly in testing, as shared by support staff on the official community forum.

We’ll be keeping an eye on the situation and update this guide accordingly once we’ve got our hands on the surveillance app. In the meantime, if you’d like to buy a TerraMaster NAS enclosure, the F2-221 would make for a great fit and is likely to support a similar number of home security cameras as the Synology DS220+.

The Reolink E1 Pro is a brilliant security camera that can save footage to local SD card storage until you’re able to connect it to a NAS. If you’d rather not wait for TerraMaster, we have rounded up the best NAS for home surveillance and recommend a few enclosures from other leading NAS enclosure manufacturers.

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How to add a Reolink camera to a TerraMaster NAS