Celebrate Age of Empires: Definitive Collection with this trebuchet project

Thanks to Xbox Game Pass for PC shelling out some money, we get a real-life trebuchet AND all three Age of Empires: Definitive Edition games.

Microsoft and its partnered studios have been hard at work for the last few years bringing us remastered versions of some of the best real-time strategy (RTS) games ever made. We reviewed all three titles — including Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition, and Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition — and came to the easy decision that these are must-haves for anyone who loves PC gaming.

To make their acquisition about as easy as possible, all three are included with the Xbox Game Pass for PC, a subscription service that nets you more than 150 PC games for one monthly price. You can buy each game separately, but they do now come in a Definitive Collection set if you want all three without going in for the subscription service.

But to celebrate the Definitive Collection on Xbox Game Pass for PC, YouTuber colinfurze — well-known for building some truly impressive machines — was sponsored to build a modern trebuchet inspired by Age of Empires.

Anyone who loves a 90-kilogram projectile-slinging weapon of war is definitely going to want to check out the video. This is a modern project, so where wood would have been used in the middle ages, it’s now been replaced with steel. This is no amateur project, and the end result is monstrous. Bonus points for being impervious to arrow fire and cavalry charges.

You’ll have to wait for the next video to see if the modern trebuchet actually launches anything, or if the massive gold investment has gone to waste. In any case, props to Microsoft and its Xbox Game Pass for PC for sponsoring this awesome project.

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Xbox Game Pass for PC

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More games than you’ll ever need

Microsoft’s Netflix-style subscription service extends to PC, serving varied titles for a monthly fee. From hit franchises to experimental indies, Xbox Game Pass has value for all.

Celebrate Age of Empires: Definitive Collection with this trebuchet project

Knowable offers audio courses from over 200 top experts, and lifetime access is now 75% off

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Learning something new is always a positive, but not everyone has time to sit down and watch video lectures. Knowable offers a neat alternative, packaging expert instruction in audio courses. Right now, you can get lifetime access for $59.99 — that is 75% off.
Many of us enjoy listening to podcasts on the way to work or while doing chores. Knowable takes this idea and makes it educational.
Rated at 4.7 stars on the App Store, this app gives you access to tutorials from over 200 leading experts in a wide range of fields. It’s basically the audio version of MasterClass.
Just by putting on your headphones, you can improve your understanding of business, career growth, entrepreneurship, sales, and marketing. The library also covers creativity, personal finance, health and fitness, food and drink, and self-improvement.
Named one of Google Play’s “New Apps We Love”, Knowable is the ultimate learning resource for busy people.
Lifetime access is worth $249, but you can get your subscription today for just $59.99.

 

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Sea of Thieves is adding Seasons and Battle Passes next year

Sea of Thieves is looking for new ways to add content and make money.

What you need to know

Sea of Thieves is a multiplayer pirate game from Rare, positioned as a “Game as a Service.”
The game regularly adds new content and features through updates and continuously grows over time.
Starting in January, Sea of Thieves is shaking things up with the addition of Seasons and Battle Passes.
Seasons will last three months each, with 100-tier Battle Passes offering unique challenges and rewards during the Season.

Sea of Thieves is a unique pirate-them-up multiplayer title from legendary studio Rare, and has wholeheartedly embraced the “Game as a Service” business model that other games like Fortnite also follow. This means regular monthly updates with new content, features, and improvements, with a constantly revolving door of progression, events, rewards, and more.

Since the game’s launch, monthly updates have been the way Sea of Thieves has operated. With the new year, Sea of Thieves is changing things up a little bit, following in the footsteps of other GaaS, by adding Seasons and Battle Passes.

You can grab all the details by watching the video above (we went ahead and skipped to the relevant bits), but we’ve summarized everything you need to know. The Sea of Thieves Seasons and Battle Passes will work like this:

Three-month Seasons. Every Season will last three months, with the first Season beginning in January.
Content updates come with Seasons. Every Season will start with some way of changing the game, either with new game modes, areas, or anything else that could potential come in a traditional content update.
Live events, content drops, and patches continue. Even with the addition of Seasons, Sea of Thieves will continue their regular live events, content drops through things like Twitch, and quality-of-life patches. There will also be new rewards added all the time.
Pirates progress through Seasons just by playing. You earn renown during Seasons by interacting with every aspect of Sea of Thieves, with adventures, exploration, combat, trading, and everything in between.
Plunder Pass adds additional rewards and challenges. The optional premium “Battle Pass,” known as the Plunder Pass, adds 100 tiers of extra rewards for players to earn, including exclusives from the Pirate Emporium. This also includes new challenges and missions for players to complete.
The first Season adds a new Merchant Voyage. In January, the first Season comes with a new Voyage for the Merchant guild, which sees players becoming detectives and tracking down a missing ship (and the goods that were on it).

It’ll be interesting to see how this develops for Sea of Thieves and it’s growing player base, which recently crossed 15 million pirates. The Battle Pass, especially, has already received some concern from players for how it has affected other games, but only time will tell how well Rare approaches this new system of progression.

Sea of Thieves is available through Xbox Game Pass and is optimized for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. If you want the best possible experience, consider one of the Best Headsets for Xbox Series X|S, especially as communication through a decent mic is such an important part of Sea of Thieves.

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Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It’s possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. That means access to hundreds of games, with more added all the time, for a single monthly subscription cost.

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The HyperX Pulsefire Haste is a lightweight mouse with a lightweight cost

Light as a feather — both in your hands and on your budget.

Among the many different types of gaming mice on the market, the lightweight variety is one of the most popular. Indeed, while many gamers prefer to have a mouse with some heft, many other players prefer something light and easy to move around. One of the latest lightweight mice to hit shelves is the HyperX Pulsefire Haste, and after testing it out thoroughly for a few weeks, I’m confident in saying that it’s one of the best lightweight gaming mice available. In fact, thanks to its excellent design, strong performance, and affordable price, it’s easily one of the best PC gaming mice out there.

Light weight, light price

HyperX Pulsefire Haste

$50

Bottom line: The HyperX Pulsefire Haste feels great to use, has strong performance, and comes at a relatively low cost, making it a superb option for fans of lighter mice.

Pros

Excellent comfort and feel
Strong performance
Bonus features like grip tape and PTFE skates
RGB mousewheel looks cool

Cons

Can’t change DPI presets
Honeycomb design isn’t for everyone

$50 at HyperX

What you’ll love about this mouse

Above all else, the best thing about the HyperX Pulsefire Haste is how comfortable it feels to use in-game. The device is curved in a way that allows your hand to wrap around it perfectly without any awkwardness or discomfort, and it also features a honeycomb-like design that allows air to pass through the entirety of the mouse, keeping your hand cool and eliminating the chance of sweat building up without reducing durability. This design is also why the device is lighter than most other gaming mice, weighing in at just 59g. Ultimately, whether a weight this low fits you well or not is a personal preference. That being said, people who do prefer light mice will love the low weight of the Pulsefire Haste.

Category
Spec

Sensor
PAW 3335

DPI range
400 to 16,000

Polling rate
1000Hz

Programmable buttons
6

RGB
On mouse wheel, requires software (free to download)

Weight
59g (without cord), 80g (with cord)

Connection
USB-A

Secondly, the performance of the mouse is impressive for something priced in the mid-range. The device has a max DPI of 16,000, which is pretty crazy for something that costs $50. While the optical sensor isn’t as accurate and smooth as more expensive options I’ve used before, this difference in performance is so small that I almost didn’t notice it.

Finally, the mouse comes with some neat bonus features and accessories that many users will appreciate. The first of these is a set of grip tape pieces that can be applied to the mouse’s buttons and chassis for more of a textured grip. Secondly, the mouse comes with PTFE feet for easy gliding across surfaces, and a replacement set is included if the original ones get worn down somehow. Finally, the Pulsefire Haste comes with RGB lighting on the sides of the mousewheel, which looks cool. It can be configured using HyperX’s NGENUITY software (this software can also be used to remap the mouse’s buttons).

What you’ll love less about this mouse

The only real complaint I have with the HyperX Pulsefire Haste is that you can’t change the DPI button presets with HyperX’s software. Right now, you’re limited to 400/800/1600/3200 DPI. This is hardly a problem, but it’s a feature that really should be there.

Also, it’s worth pointing out that the honeycomb design isn’t going to be for everyone. I don’t mind it personally, but if having a smooth mouse chassis is important to you, you won’t like how the honeycomb style feels on your hand.

Should you buy this mouse?

Ultimately, if you’re looking for a lightweight mouse and don’t want to spend big bucks on something super expensive, I can’t recommend the HyperX Pulsefire Haste enough. Between its excellent comfort, great performance, cool bonus features, and affordable price, it’s simply fantastic.

4.5
out of 5

If you want a good mouse that’s budget-friendly, but you’d prefer something that has a little more heft to it, I recommend the AUKEY Scarab. It lacks some of the extra features you get with the Pulsefire Haste, but it’s extremely affordable at just $15.

Light weight, light price

HyperX Pulsefire Haste

$50 at HyperX

Excellence doesn’t have to be pricey

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste feels great to use, has strong performance, and comes at a relatively low cost, making it a superb option for fans of lighter mice.

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste is a lightweight mouse with a lightweight cost

Microsoft launches Azure Purview, its new data governance service

As businesses gather, store and analyze an ever-increasing amount of data, tools for helping them discover, catalog, track and manage how that data is shared are also becoming increasingly important. With Azure Purview, Microsoft is launching a new data governance service into public preview today that brings together all of these capabilities in a new data catalog with discovery and data governance features.
As Rohan Kumar, Microsoft’s corporate VP for Azure Data told me, this has become a major paint point for enterprises. While they may be very excited about getting started with data-heavy technologies like predictive analytics, those companies’ data- and privacy- focused executives are very concerned to make sure that the way the data is used is compliant or that the company has received the right permissions to use its customers’ data, for example.
In addition, companies also want to make sure that they can trust their data and know who has access to it and who made changes to it.
“[Purview] is a unified data governance platform which automates the discovery of data, cataloging of data, mapping of data, lineage tracking — with the intention of giving our customers a very good understanding of the breadth of the data estate that exists to begin with, and also to ensure that all these regulations that are there for compliance, like GDPR, CCPA, etc, are managed across an entire data estate in ways which enable you to make sure that they don’t violate any regulation,” Kumar explained.
At the core of Purview is its catalog that can pull in data from the usual suspects like Azure’s various data and storage services but also third-party data stores including Amazon’s S3 storage service and on-premises SQL Server. Over time, the company will add support for more data sources.
Kumar described this process as a ‘multi-semester investment,’ so the capabilities the company is rolling out today are only a small part of what’s on the overall roadmap already. With this first release today, the focus is on mapping a company’s data estate.
Image Credits: Microsoft
“Next [on the roadmap] is more of the governance policies,” Kumar said. “Imagine if you want to set things like ‘if there’s any PII data across any of my data stores, only this group of users has access to it.’ Today, setting up something like that is extremely complex and most likely you’ll get it wrong. That’ll be as simple as setting a policy inside of Purview.”
In addition to launching Purview, the Azure team also today launched Azure Synapse, Microsoft’s next-generation data warehousing and analytics service, into general availability. The idea behind Synapse is to give enterprises — and their engineers and data scientists — a single platform that brings together data integration, warehousing and big data analytics.

Microsoft’s Azure Synapse Analytics bridges the gap between data lakes and warehouses

“With Synapse, we have this one product that gives a completely no code experience for data engineers, as an example, to build out these [data] pipelines and collaborate very seamlessly with the data scientists who are building out machine learning models, or the business analysts who build out reports for things like Power BI.”
Among Microsoft’s marquee customers for the service, which Kumar described as one of the fastest-growing Azure services right now, are FedEx, Walgreens, Myntra and P&G.
“The insights we gain from continuous analysis help us optimize our network,” said Sriram Krishnasamy, senior vice president, strategic programs at FedEx Services. “So as FedEx moves critical high value shipments across the globe, we can often predict whether that delivery will be disrupted by weather or traffic and remediate that disruption by routing the delivery from another location.”
Image Credits: Microsoft

Microsoft launches Azure Purview, its new data governance service

Sight Tech Global day 2 is live! Hear from Apple, Waymo, Microsoft, Sara Hendren and Haben Girma

Day 2 for the virtual event Sight Tech Global is streaming on TechCrunch from 8 a.m. PST to 12:30. The event looks at how AI-based technologies are rapidly changing the field of accessibility, especially for blind people and those with low vision. Today’s programming includes top accessibility product and technology leaders from Apple, Waymo, Microsoft and Google, plus sessions featuring disability rights lawyer Haben Girma and author and designer Sara Hendren. Check out the event’s full agenda.

The Sight Tech Global project aims to showcase the remarkable community of technologists working on accessibility-related products and platforms. It is a project of the nonprofit Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, which is based in Silicon Valley.
This year’s event sponsors include: Waymo, Verizon Media, TechCrunch, Ford, Vispero, Salesforce, Mojo Vision, iSenpai, Facebook, Ability Central, Google, Microsoft, Wells Fargo, Amazon, Eyedaptic, Verizon 5G, Humanware, APH, and accessiBe. Our production partners: Cohere Studio (design),  Sunol Media Group (video production), Fable (accessibility crowd testing), Clarity Media (speaker prep), Be My Eyes (customer service), 3Play and Vitac  (captioning).

Sight Tech Global day 2 is live! Hear from Apple, Waymo, Microsoft, Sara Hendren and Haben Girma

Spellbreak update: Story driven quests and competitive challenges await

Druidess of the Old Faith shooting a Conduit Gauntlet at a Bogmore Deathdealer.

Learn about how Spellstorm came to be.

Spellbreak is a free-to-play battle royale set in a fantasy world that focuses on elemental guantlet attacks rather than your typical array of guns. The game has been out for a few months now, and developer Proletariat Inc has revealed that a Chapter 1 update will make some big changes to the game on Dec. 15.

What does that mean for players, though? Besides it joining some of the best PC games by coming to Steam, making it more accessible for other PC gamers, there will be new story quests and rewards. More interestingly, players will learn the lore behind some of the game’s features — including the Spellstorm.

I had a chance to view about 45 minutes of Chapter 1 gameplay shown by demoists, and it looks like some really fun things are in store for Spellbreak fans.

Elemental wars

Spellbreak

Free at Epic Games
Coming soon to Steam

Prove your elemental control

You and two other members of your squad go up against others while using elemental guantlets that shoot fire, ice, electricity, gas, wind, or stone. When combined together, attacks can have elemental reactions like a cloud of gas turning into a ball of flame.

What’s new in Spellbreak: Chapter 1?

Bogmore Agent shooting a Frost Gauntlet at a Stormbolt Mage.

Since I only saw 45-ish minutes of gameplay, I only got a small peak into what the Chapter 1 update brings to Spellbreak, but what I saw looked promising. The key thing it adds is more world-building. We’ve already known that the Hollow Lands have been left completely uninhabitable, aside from the spellcasting battlemages who are powerful enough to brave the storm. With the Chapter 1 update, players are tasked with figuring out how the Spellstorm — the narrowing circle of death that reduces the map’s viable playing field — came to be.

“Chapter 1: The Spellstorm is really the launching pad for a truly innovative Battle Royale experience that blends together storytelling and gameplay,” Seth Sivak, CEO of Proletariat, said. “Not only are players going to get a fun way to experience more of the Spellbreak universe but also weeks of engaging content complete with some awesome rewards.”

Story-driven battle royales definitely aren’t the norm. Call of Duty: Warzone is really just about being able to play in the franchise’s sandbox. Fortnite’s seasons have a vague storyline often mixed with big franchises to get you to buy into themed battle pass skins, but they don’t really build upon the game’s overall lore. Now, Apex Legends actually does have an overarching story and story-based quests, but, as far as I can tell, it’s not nearly as in-depth as Spellbreak’s story system, which seeks to expand on the world over many weeks in-game and not through YouTube videos.

Spellbreak Chapter Pass New Story Quests

Bogmore ruins.

Chapter 1’s Story Quests will break down over 12 weeks and they’re absolutely free. Each week, players will be given various tasks from one of three fully-voiced NPCs. Completing these quests reveals a cohesive storyline that continues one week to the next and allows players to experience the lore of Spellbreak.

During my demo, I got to see a set of quests given out by a new character named Quincy Poisewax. This researcher had me go investigate Castle Bogmore, an overhauled section of the Deadmoss region. Here I found desolated ruins cloaked in a dark fog and surrounded by drained swamps. Tall towers jutted out of the mist, luring me closer with their eerie glowing tops, which suggested that loot or some other mystery awaited me if I scaled to their highest points.

Completing Chapter 1’s Story Quests reveals a cohesive storyline that continues one week to the next.

These aren’t straightforward, linear tasks. All players are competing to complete the same tasks with the Chapter 1 update. Say you’ve been asked to find and acquire an item. There will be a limited number of those items scattered around the map. If other players obtain all of the quest items in a round before you can get to them, you might just have to wait for another round to complete the task. This definitely raises the level of competition in Chapter 1’s Spellbreak sessions.

Something to note is that if you miss out on a week’s Story Quests, you won’t be able to go back and do them in the following weeks. This is done intentionally as Proletariat’s developers want this to be an ongoing story that all Spellbreak players are experiencing together.

Spellbreak Chapter Pass Rewards

Bogmore Deathdealer.

If players purchase the Chapter Pass for 1,000 Gold, they’ll be able to unlock additional rewards and Honor Quests as they make their way through the Story Quests. The first reward is the Bogmore Agent, an outfit (or skin) of an unsavory (though, really cool-looking) characters who comes from Bogmore. In addition to outfits, there are also several emotes, titles, and artifacts available in the Chapter Pass.

I do have to say that the last reward given at level 50 looks super awesome. It’s a Bogmore Deathdealer, an awesome dark-elf-looking outfit with green glowing eyes. It’s a good incentive for pushing players to unlock all rewards in the Chapter Pass.

What do you think?

Are you planning on checking out the Spellbreak Chapter 1 update? Tell us about it in the comments below.

Elemental wars

Spellbreak

Free at Epic Games
Coming soon to Steam

Prove your elemental control

You and two other members of your squad go up against others while using elemental guantlets that shoot fire, ice, electricity, gas, wind, or stone at your opponents. When combined together, attacks can have elemental reactions like a cloud of gas turning into a ball of flame.

Spellbreak update: Story driven quests and competitive challenges await

Population: One gets festive with the 12 Days of Chaos event

The big event starts December 3!

What you need to know

The 12 Days of Chaos event begins on December 3 and lasts through December 14, 2020.
Players can earn special loot and rewards by participating in this Winter Wonderland event.
Population: One supports cross-platform play between all available versions and VR headsets.

You may have heard of the 12 Days of Christmas, but how about the 12 Days of Chaos? If you’re a Population: One player, you’re about to get a lot more familiar with the latter, as the 12-day event begins December 3 and continues until December 14, 2020. During this chaotic Winter event, the Population: One world will be transformed from a Fall haven into a winter wonderland complete with snowmen and frosty hills.

During the 12 Days of Chaos, players will have the chance to collect 100 snowflakes around the map and earn special in-game rewards as a result. Squadding up with friends will grant extra points so that rewards can be earned faster and, in total, the 12 Days of Chaos event will almost double the number of rewards possible when compared to previous events in the game. Look specifically for new skins like the Aurora and Zero skins pictured below.

Population: One players can battle each other no matter which VR platform they choose to game on. That means if you own the Oculus Quest version of the game but weren’t able to play against your friends using a Valve Index, your time has come to challenge them to find out who is the most ruthless player in this VR-exclusive battle royale title.

Developer BigBox VR says that the map will continue to evolve throughout December, so be sure to check back sometime around December 14 to find out what’s going to be happening next. Population: One is a unique battle royale shooter that’s only possible in VR thanks to its unique vertical movement system. Players can fly anywhere with their jetpacks, climb any obstacle, and have battles in the air, on the ground, or even while hanging from the side of a building.

Battle everywhere

Population: One

$30 at Oculus
$30 at Steam

Can you be the last?

Population: One turns the classic battle royale formula on its head by introducing the concept of vertical movement. Fly anywhere. Climb anything. Battle everywhere.

Population: One gets festive with the 12 Days of Chaos event

Everything you need to know about Xbox Game Pass

If you have questions about the Xbox Game Pass service, we’re here to help.

Microsoft’s Game Pass is a subscription-based service that opens up a whole library of games. It launched in mid-2017 and is available to anyone, regardless of being a Gold subscriber or not.

Microsoft is pushing Game Pass hard, and it’s going to be a very important service for Xbox going forward, both on console and on PC. Here’s everything you need to know.

What is Xbox Game Pass?

Game Pass is a subscription service that gives Xbox One gamers access to a library of games to download and play for as long as they continue to pay for the service. A similar example would be EA Play, except Game Pass isn’t exclusive to one publisher.

How much does it cost?

Xbox Game Pass costs $9.99 a month, although its all-inclusive Xbox Game Pass Ulimate tier pushes up to $14.99 a month. In some locations, you can buy codes for multiple months in one go, often with promotions and discounts to consider.

Does it replace Xbox Live Games with Gold?

No. Game Pass is a completely separate service to Games with Gold and operates alongside it. If you want to enjoy multiplayer games, however, you will still need to have a Gold subscription in order to do that.

How do I get Xbox Game Pass?

You can sign up on the console or on the web.

Once you’re subscribed, you can manage your subscription from the console, too. On the latest versions of the OS, Game Pass has its own tab inside “my games and apps” and games can be installed directly from here without needing to go to the store.

How many games are there?

At launch, there were over 100 games covering both Xbox One and Xbox 360 backward compatible games in the catalog. Every month, new games are added, and it now even stretches to a selection of original Xbox backward compatible titles.

Additionally, every new Microsoft first-party title will be added into Game Pass at launch. This includes forthcoming games like Halo Infinite.

But just as games regularly enter the rotation, games also regularly leave Game Pass. Any non-Microsoft game will likely leave at some point, or you should treat it as such and play those you like the look of as soon as you can.

The complete list of Xbox Game Pass titles

Do I need to have an Xbox Live Gold subscription?

No, Xbox Game Pass is a completely separate subscription program.

Are Xbox Play Anywhere games included?

Absolutely. With an Xbox Game Pass subscription, PC gamers are able to play Xbox Play Anywhere titles, such as Sea of Thieves, without a purchase if they have a Game Pass subscription on their Xbox console.

Future first-party titles that are also Play Anywhere will also be included in the same way.

Is it available on Windows 10?

It is! There’s now also a dedicated Xbox Game Pass for PC. It can be subscribed to on its own or as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which includes console, PC, and an Xbox Live Gold subscription.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate?

The latest Game Pass product, check out our full explainer for more information. Essentially it represents the absolute best value, with a single $15 a month subscription covering Xbox Live Gold on your Xbox One, Game Pass games on the console and Game Pass games PC and from September 15 access to the xCloud game streaming service.

Are backward compatible Xbox 360 titles included in Game Pass?

The catalog has a good selection, and it now goes even further, including original Xbox games, too.

Will I get a discount to buy the games if I like them?

Yep. Game Pass subscribers will get an exclusive discount to buy the games and related downloadable content (DLC).

Will I be able to play if I stop my subscription?

Games are available to play, in full, for as long as you’re a paying subscriber. If you cancel your subscription, you lose access to said games.

Where can I get Xbox Game Pass?

The full list of countries currently reads as such:

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States.

Project xCloud now part of Game Pass app on Android

From September 15, 2020, Microsoft’s cloud gaming service, known as xCloud previously, is part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and is built into the Xbox Game Pass app on Android.

It adds another tick in the value box to Game Pass Ultimate over regular Game Pass, too. Games are added to the cloud library on a slightly different schedule to the console and PC, but regular additions are coming along.

Additionally, Microsoft has been working on dedicated touch controls for some of these games allowing you to play on your phone or tablet without the need for a controller. Minecraft Dungeons was the first, but the feature has since come to titles such as Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and Dead Cells.

xCloud on Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass (Beta)

Download from Google Play

Take the finished version of xCloud for a run out

Game Pass subscribers can check out xCloud on their Android phone or tablet right now with the Xbox Game Pass (Beta) app from the Play Store.

How to save money on Xbox Game Pass

Just because Game Pass is a monthly subscription doesn’t mean you can’t save some money on it. You just have to know where to look.

Game Pass subscriptions can be bought and applied to your accouny by way of a code, which can be bought from a number of third-party retailers. One good place to keep an eye on is Amazon, where deals are fairly common, including such offers as buy one get one free on three month subscription codes which have been known in the past.

Another retailer to check out is CDKeys where you can always save some money, including on three month subscription codes.

This hopefully answers some of the questions you have about Xbox Game Pass, and we’ll keep this post updated as any new information becomes available.

All you can play

Xbox Game Pass 3 Month Code

$30 at Amazon

More games than you’ll ever need

Microsoft’s Netflix-style subscription service serves over 100 varied titles for a monthly fee. From hit franchises to experimental indies, Xbox Game Pass has value for all.

Everything you need to know about Xbox Game Pass

PC Gamer is teaming up with SpecialEffect for a holiday giveaway

Kindhearted holiday cheer to go around.

Giveaways are always fun and it’s even better when they benefit great causes, especially around the holidays. The folks over at PC Gamer are teaming up with SpecialEffect to give away some EPOS | SENNHEISER prizes while raising awareness for the work that SpecialEffect does.

SpecialEffect is a U.K.-based nonprofit organization that works to provide custom equipment setups and assistance to players with different physical disabilities, such as Charlie. Charlie enjoys watching streams and playing games like Mario Kart or Paw Patrol, which can be difficult on a regular controller due to cerebral palsy. Charlie’s dad was aided by SpecialEffect in putting together a unique setup that enables him to have fun. This included a larger joystick, larger buttons, and more. This is just one of several ways that SpecialEffect is making a difference in players’ lives.

Here’s the list of prizes being given away in this team-up between PC Gamer and SpecialEffect.

1 x EPOS | SENNHEISER GSP 601 wired headset (valued at £199)
1 x EPOS | SENNHEISER GSP 670 wireless headset (valued at £279)
1 x EPOS | SENNHEISER GSX 1200 amplifier (valued at £219)
1 x EPOS | SENNHEISER powerbank

There’s 29 days left to enter this special giveaway, which ends on Dec. 31, 2020. There are six different easy ways to enter the contest and increase your entry count just before the holidays. Click below to enter.

This December, help us support SpecialEffect and enter to win an EPOS | SENNHEISER prize package!

Sennheiser has been in the audio accessory game for decades, and that includes gaming headsets. Its headsets tend to be on the premium side with great sound quality thanks to great drivers, incredible builds, and a multitude of features. You can find out more about EPOS and its products on the official website.

PC Gamer is teaming up with SpecialEffect for a holiday giveaway