Intel's two new Arizona chip factories have begun construction

The physical manifestation of Intel’s war on chip shortages is here.

What you need to know

The world’s chip supply chain is in disarray due to coronavirus, material shortages, and other factors.
Intel is committed to fighting said supply chain issues as well as re-establishing U.S. leadership in the chip space.
Its latest $20 billion investment in the chip race has officially begun construction.

The global semiconductor shortage has been impacting a variety of sectors, ranging from the auto and medical industries to PC gaming hardware manufacturing. Intel has been committed to combatting said shortage and, by extension, helping get tech companies back on their feet so that they can supply consumers with the best graphics cards and other useful hardware.

Months ago, the company spoke about putting $20 billion toward new chip factories (oftentimes referred to as fabs, a truncation of “wafer fabrication facilities”) in Arizona, and now, construction has officially begun. Intel claims this marks the “largest private investment in state history” and serves as a reiteration of its focus on getting the U.S. semiconductor industry back into world-class shape. The U.S. falling behind in this department was a focus of Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger’s during his appearance on the program 60 Minutes.

You can read more about Intel’s investments in the two new Arizona fabs via the company’s press release on the subject. And know that while Intel invests in the U.S.’s semiconductor sector, the same sorts of investments are happening with rival companies and countries.

For example, the ongoing chip war between the U.S. and China remains heated as companies such as SMIC work to ensure China’s technological self-sufficiency and independence.

With regards to Intel’s commencement of construction on its new Arizona fabs, don’t expect these developments to fix shortage issues overnight. As many companies have said, it’ll be a good year or so before there’s a realistic chance of supply chains stabilizing.

Intel's two new Arizona chip factories have begun construction

Here's how to fix the weapon switching bug in Halo Infinite's beta

Not being able to switch weapons in Halo Infinite’s latest technical preview is a common problem.

Halo Infinite has just kicked off its latest multiplayer technical preview, which will let Halo fans get another taste of what 343 Industries and Xbox Game Studios have been cooking up for the 2021 holiday season. However, the list of known issues in Halo Infinite’s technical preview continues to grow over time, causing some frustrations for players as they try to overcome these obstacles. One of the more widespread bugs we’ve seen is an issue that prevents you from switching your weapon both in the newfound Training Mode and in multiplayer Slayer matches.

The issue makes it so that, while you can still equip two different weapons like normal, you’re entirely unable to switch away from your primary gear. This can be detrimental in a firefight, when being able to switch weapons at a crucial moment can potentially turn the tides. This glitch appears to affect any mode that lets you switch weapons, which makes sense when it becomes apparent how to fix it.

Here’s how you can fix the weapon switch bug in Halo Infinite’s second technical preview:

While in Halo Infinite, press the Menu button on your Xbox controller.
Navigate to and open Settings in Halo Infinite.
On the “Controller” tab, scroll down to the “On foot” section.
In the “On foot” section, find the “Switch weapon / drop weapon” option.
Press “A” on your Xbox controller to rebind the “Switch weapon / drop weapon” control.
Once the binding menu is open, press the button you wish to use for this control. The default is “Y.”

Even though Halo Infinite’s controls on the right side of Settings showed that this control was enabled, it actually wasn’t in the controller bindings. Rebinding the control should fix the issue, once again letting you switch your weapons whenever it’s necessary.

The second Halo Infinite technical preview is ongoing, and we’ve got the full Halo Infinite beta schedule so that you never have to worry about missing a bout of multiplayer matchmaking. The technical preview may be filled with issues, but it’s still giving players a test of what could easily become one of the best Xbox games of the year.

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

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All your gaming needs, in one subscription.

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.

The next adventure in the saga

Halo Infinite

$60 at Microsoft
$60 at Best Buy
$60 at Steam

A new Great Journey awaits

Halo Infinite is sure to be an incredible game filled with wonder, adventure, and more. Based on the beta experience and what was seen at E3 2021, we can’t wait to play it at launch.

Here's how to fix the weapon switching bug in Halo Infinite's beta

Halo Infinite beta faces servers errors as first multiplayer test begins

Halo Infinite’s second technical preview has exhibited server issues, with high demand headed into the first play session.

Microsoft has launched its first Halo Infinite beta, providing the latest hands-on opportunity with the next iteration of its sci-fi shooter. The test, formally dubbed the Halo Infinite technical preview, promises two weekends with various multiplayer maps and modes. The first Halo Infinite play session has gone live, with multiplayer matchmaking restricted to scheduled four-hour playtimes.

The first session in the Halo Infinite schedule kicked off at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT/6 p.m. BST on Sept. 24, opening the preview build to the globe, allowing for matchmaking against real-world players. The sudden influx in players has unsurprisingly pushed Halo Infinite to its limit, with some experiencing connectivity issues on console and PC.

The issue appears to be isolated to only certain players, with some unable to log in to Halo Infinite, facing a lengthy initial loading screen. Matchmaking seems to operate a little smoother once in the menus, albeit with server errors still a possibility, given the work-in-progress nature of the build. However, like all scheduled Halo Infinite beta times, servers are expected to remain online for four hours, before going offline, and returning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT/1 a.m. BST.

While there’s no formal workaround, those encountering issues are best waiting it out until the initial rush subsides. We’ve found success in restarting the game, or your console/PC, to improve the chances of a successful log-in. Our ongoing list of Halo Infinite bugs and launch issues tracks prevalent errors players may encounter throughout the test.

Halo Infinite beta faces servers errors as first multiplayer test begins

Halo Infinite game-breaking beta glitch gives you rapid fists of fury

Are you ready to punch people? I hope you’re ready to punch people.

What you need to know

A glitch in the Halo Infinite beta allows you to rapidly beat people up with multiple melee attacks at once.
The glitch is performed by melee attacking, then swapping your weapon and immediately melee attacking again at the same time. You can then chain the melee attacks with each swap.

Since the Halo Infinite beta is a work-in-progress version of the full game that’s coming later this year, players were bound to discover new bugs and glitches when they got their hands on it this weekend. Most of these issues are boring technical bugs, such as problems with the game’s performance or UI elements not working properly. However, some of the bugs are quite funny; for example, during the last beta test, melee attacks could send enemy players flying.

One of the funniest (and most game-breaking) bugs from this beta test is an exploit that allows players to melee attack extremely rapidly, essentially giving them rapid fists of fury that can annihilate any player in their way. With this glitch, you can beat down anyone — including someone who has an overshield — in a fraction of a second. Have a look at the exploit below:

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If you’re looking to use this glitch during the beta before it’s patched, you can do so by melee attacking, then quickly swapping to your second weapon, then immediately melee attacking again. You can chain this insta-melee glitch as you continue to swap back and forth between your weapons, allowing you to rapidly beat the snot out of anything and anyone in front of you.

What do you think of this glitch? Are you excited to try it out? Let us know. For more on the Halo Infinite beta, stay up to date with our Halo Infinite beta schedule and check out our guide on how to download the Halo Infinite beta.

A new journey awaits

Halo Infinite

$60 at Microsoft
$60 at Amazon
$60 at Best Buy
$60 at Steam

The next big adventure

Halo Infinite will hopefully be an incredible game filled with wonder, adventure, and more. Based on the beta and what was seen at E3 2021 and Gamescom, we can’t wait for the full release.

Halo Infinite game-breaking beta glitch gives you rapid fists of fury

The Halo Infinite beta is live on Xbox and PC, focuses on Arena PvP

Big Team Battle is coming next weekend.

What you need to know

The Halo Infinite beta is now live on Xbox and PC.
The test will run throughout the weekend, but there will also be another test next weekend.
This weekend’s test focuses on Arena PvP, while next weekend’s will focus on both Arena and Big Team Battle.
The beta also has a training mode where players can play against bots offline with “training wheels” features like god mode and infinite ammo.
PvP and bot AI matchmaking begin on Sept. 24 and are only available between the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. PT / 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET. Training mode and weapon drills are always available.
This weekend’s test includes a new map called Behemoth as well as a new weapon called the Shock Rifle.

The Halo Infinite beta is now live on both Xbox and PC, provided you signed up to be a Halo Insider and were invited to participate in the test. Based on what the developer has shared regarding the Halo Infinite beta schedule, the beta will be available until Monday, Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET. At this time, access to the test build will close. Access will reopen during the following weekend from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3, however.

In terms of what content players can enjoy during the beta test, 4v4 Arena PvP will be available during this weekend’s test while 12v12 Big Team Battle and Arena will be available next weekend. Players will be able to play on a new vehicular Arena map called Behemoth, and will also be able to use a new weapon called the Shock Rifle that deals lots of damage and can arc off of players and map objects. Additionally, players will also have access to matchmaking against AI bots as well as an offline training mode that allows players to play against bots with “training wheel” features like invincibility or infinite ammo.

Concept art of the Behemoth map.

Unlike the previous Halo Infinite beta test, matchmaking against other players and AI bots will only be active during certain hours on each testing day. Specifically, matchmaking will only be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. PT / 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET. Players are be able to access the training mode, weapon drills, and customization content before, after, and between these playtimes.

If you signed up for the Halo Insider program before Sept. 13, 2021, you’ll be able to participate in this beta test. Make sure you check your email and your Halo Insider profile for everything you need to get in the game (also, refer to our Halo Infinite beta download guide).

Halo Infinite is expected to launch in full on Dec. 8, 2021. The campaign costs $60, but the multiplayer suite will be completely free-to-play. Halo Infinite preorders are also available now, and there are a few different editions to choose from that come with special bonuses and collectibles.

A new journey awaits

Halo Infinite

$60 at Microsoft
$60 at Amazon
$60 at Best Buy
$60 at Steam

The next big adventure

Halo Infinite will hopefully be an incredible game filled with wonder, adventure, and more. Based on the beta and what was seen at E3 2021 and Gamescom, we can’t wait for the full release.

The Halo Infinite beta is live on Xbox and PC, focuses on Arena PvP

A new update is rolling out to the Xbox ecosystem with new features

From browsing the web to streaming great games, this update has it all.

What you need to know

Microsoft regularly rolls out updates to the Xbox ecosystem, and usually announces them once a month.
The Xbox September Update is now available, and features a little something for every part of the widening Xbox platform.
Xbox consoles are finally gaining the new Edge browser, including syncing and mouse and keyboard support.
PC players will also be able to stream Xbox games through Xbox Cloud Gaming and from their console through the Xbox PC app.

The time has come once again for the Xbox ecosystem to become a little better. Microsoft has just detailed the Xbox September Update, which includes a host of new features that benefit practically any gamer, no matter where you choose to play on the Xbox platform. PC players, especially, have plenty to get excited about in this round of updates. Unfortunately, there aren’t any significant OS-level features for Xbox consoles this time around, but Microsoft is busy testing plenty of new features on that front.

There are essentially three exciting new features included in the Xbox September Update, so let’s get started.

PC players can stream Xbox games. The Xbox app on PC is getting a big boost in functionality with this update, in that PC players will now be able to stream games through Xbox Cloud Gaming, allowing them to access the very best games available through Xbox Game Pass. Also, if you own an Xbox console and and PC, you’ll be able to stream your games straight to your PC.
Xbox Game Pass gains “Play Later” feature. Xbox Game Pass is also gaining a new feature, which should, hopefully, make it easier to manage growing backlogs. With “Play Later,” you’ll be able to keep track of interesting games that you may want to play later on. With all the games coming to Xbox Game Pass soon, this could be a very handy feature. When your “Play Later” list is empty, Xbox Game Pass will try and recommend new titles to populate it.
Xbox consoles gain a new browser. We’ve known that Microsoft was testing bringing the brand-new Chromium Edge browser to Xbox consoles, which features nearly innumerable improvements over the current aging browsing solution. With this update, it’s finally happening! Players on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox One consoles will be able to use the new Microsoft Edge, complete with profile syncing and full mouse and keyboard support, to browse the web quickly.

If you were hoping for more in this particular update, not to worry! Microsoft is testing plenty of features in the background right now, which will likely head to the general Xbox population at some point. Xbox Series X|S should work better with certain TVs over HDMI-CED, older Xbox controllers should gain new features, and Xbox Series X|S should look better on 4K TVs after all of this comes to pass. The Xbox ecosystem is constantly evolving with new features over time, culminating in the three new features we’re getting today.

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All your gaming needs, in one subscription.

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.

A new update is rolling out to the Xbox ecosystem with new features

Microsoft Edge has new features designed to save you time and money

Microsoft Edge has some new tricks up its sleeve.

What you need to know

Microsoft Edge has new features built around the idea of saving you time and money.
These features include express checkout and easy access to customer reviews of products you may be considering.
Edge will also now provide suggestions for what you should check out while traveling (if you want Edge’s advice on the subject).

Like other browsers vying for your attention and adoration, Microsoft Edge is constantly overhauling itself with new features and functions, attempting to make itself the most compelling package possible. So to ensure you don’t wander off to Google Chrome, or Firefox, or Opera, or Brave (or you get the point), Edge has these new lures: Features designed to save you time and money.

You can now get instant access to customer reviews of products just by clicking the blue tag in the search bar, in case you want writeups from trusted sources on the fly to help inform your buying decisions. And, with Edge’s new express checkout feature, you also have the means to save guest checkout info so that future purchases across any online retailer will be faster and easier.

But wait, there’s more! If you’re planning your next getaway within the Edge browser, there’ll be a notification in the search bar up top that can give you tips on what places are worth checking out. If you want Edge to help plan your big trip to El Salvador or the Maldives, you can effectively sit back and let it do some of the work for you.

And we’re not done yet: Microsoft Edge also packs Tab Groups to ensure you’re organized and not strapped for space due to having a hundred stray tabs roaming around.

You can get a more in-depth look at all the latest Edge features over at Microsoft’s blog.

Microsoft Edge

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Free at Microsoft (Dev)
Free at Microsoft (Canary)

Microsoft wants to help you save time and money, but it can only do that if you use its Edge browser. There’s a good chance it’s already on your machine, if you want to check it out.

Microsoft Edge has new features designed to save you time and money

Master the Horadric Cube in Diablo 2: Resurrected with these recipes

The Horadric Cube is one of your most powerful tools in Diablo 2: Resurrected. Learn how to use it properly.

Diablo 2: Resurrected is here, and countless players are jumping into the Rogue Encampment in Act 1 on their way to slay Andariel. The Horadric Cube comes just a bit later in Act 2, and it remains with your character throughout the rest of the game. It’s one of the most powerful tools available to your character, allowing you to craft items, upgrade runes and gems, socket items, and much more with just the press of its Transmute button. It can be held on your person or it can be held in your stash; either way, it operates in the same manner.

I’ve laid out right here all the Horadric Cube recipes (except those used for end-game crafting; those deserve a guide of their own) that you’ll need to master Diablo 2: Resurrected.

Horadric Cube rune recipes

I’ll get this one out of the way first, as I’ve already written a Diablo 2: Resurrected rune and runeword guide with information about “cubing up” runes.

From El rune to Ort rune, all you need is three runes in the cube when you press the Transmute button to create the next rune in the list. For example, three El runes become one Eld rune. Three Eld runes become one Tir rune, and so forth.

This changes at Thul and higher, which requires a chipped gem in order to upgrade to the next rune. The recipes are as follows:

3 Thul + 1 Chipped Topaz = 1 Amn
3 Amn + 1 Chipped Amethyst = 1 Sol
3 Sol + 1 Chipped Sapphire = 1 Shael
3 Shael + 1 Chipped Ruby = 1 Dol
3 Dol + 1 Chipped Emerald = 1 Hel
3 Hel + 1 Chipped Diamond = 1 Io

We now move on to flawed gems being required to upgrade runes.

3 Io + 1 Flawed Topaz = 1 Lum
3 Lum + 1 Flawed Amethyst = 1 Ko
3 Ko + 1 Flawed Sapphire = 1 Fal
3 Fal + 1 Flawed Ruby = 1 Lem
3 Lem + 1 Flawed Emerald = 1 Pul
2 Pul + 1 Flawed Diamond = 1 Um

We now move on to plain gems being required to upgrade runes.

2 Um + 1 Topaz = 1 Mal
2 Mal + 1 Amethyst = 1 Ist
2 Ist + 1 Sapphire = 1 Gul
2 Gul + 1 Ruby = 1 Vex
2 Vex + 1 Emerald = 1 Ohm
2 Ohm + 1 Diamond = 1 Lo

The final five recipes require flawless gems as part of the upgrade recipe.

2 Lo + 1 Flawless Topaz = 1 Sur
2 Sur + 1 Flawless Amethyst = 1 Ber
2 Ber + 1 Flawless Sapphire = 1 Jah
2 Jah + 1 Flawless Ruby = 1 Cham
2 Cham + 1 Flawless Emerald = 1 Zod

Horadric Cube gem recipes

Chipped gems begin dropping in Act 1 Normal, moving all the way up to perfect gems as you progress through the game. The Horadric Cube can be used to upgrade gems.

I’ll use the Ruby as an example for the recipes below, but rest assured the same holds true for all gems, including skulls.

3 Chipped Ruby = 1 Flawed Ruby
3 Flawed Ruby = 1 Ruby
3 Ruby = 1 Flawless Ruby
3 Flawless Ruby = 1 Perfect Ruby

Horadric Cube repair and recycling recipes

In the early game, gold can be hard to come by. Since your items degrade at a fairly quick pace, repairing at a vendor might be out of the question. Luckily, you can repair and recharge equipment with the Horadric Cube. Note that these recipes will not work on Ethereal items; once they’re broken, they’re broken forever.

In terms of recharging, this has to do with items that have skills under the “Charge” category. For example, a staff might have Teleport skill charges that can be used by any character.

1 Ral Rune + 1 Armor = 1 Repaired Armor
1 Ral Rune + 1 Chipped Gem + 1 Armor = 1 Repaired/Recharged Armor
1 Ort Rune + 1 Weapon = 1 Repaired Weapon
1 Ort Rune + 1 Flawed Gem + 1 Weapon = 1 Repaired/Recharged Armor

In a similar manner, you can combine items to create other dispensables. For example, you can turn bolts into arrows and vice versa. Here are some helpful recipes to recycle your junk.

2 Arrow Quivers = 1 Bolt Quiver
2 Bolt Quivers = 1 Arrow Quiver
1 Strangling Gas Potion + 1 Healing Potion = 1 Antidote Potion
1 Axe + 1 Dagger = 1 Bundle Throwing Axes
1 Spear + 1 Arrow Quiver = 1 Bundle Javelins
3 Health Potions + 3 Mana Potions + 1 Chipped Gem = 1 Rejuvenation Potion
3 Health Potions + 3 Mana Potions + 1 Regular Gem = 1 Full Rejuvenation Potion
3 Rejuvenation Potions = 1 Full Rejuvenation Potion

This also works for more important items like rings, amulets, and rare items.

3 Magic Rings = 1 Random Magic Amulet
3 Magic Amulets = 1 Random Magic Ring
3 Perfect Gems + 1 Magic Item = 1 Random Magic Item (same type)
6 Perfect Skull + 1 Rare Item = 1 Random Rare Item (same type, low quality)
1 Perfect Skull + 1 Stone of Jordan Ring + 1 Rare Item = 1 Random Rare Item (same type, high quality)

Horadric Cube item utility recipes

Runewords are an incredibly important part of Diablo 2: Resurrected, but it can sometimes be tough to find naturally the socketed items that fit best for the runes. There are a bunch of recipes that can be used to upgrade and socket normal items to get them ready for a new life as a runeword. You might not always get the number of sockets you were hoping for, but that’s part of the gamble.

1 Ral + 1 Amn + 1 Perfect Amethyst + 1 Normal Weapon = Socketed Weapon (same type)
1 Tal + 1 Thul + 1 Perfect Topaz + 1 Normal Body Armor = Socketed Body Armor (same type)
1 Ral + 1 Thul + 1 Perfect Sapphire + 1 Normal Helm = Socketed Helm (same type)
1 Tal + 1 Amn + 1 Perfect Ruby + 1 Normal Shield = Socketed Shield (same type)
1 Hel + 1 Town Portal + 1 Socketed Item = Empty Sockets (socketed runes, gems, or jewels destroyed)
1 El + 1 Chipped Gem + 1 Low Quality Armor = Normal Quality Armor (same type)
1 Eld + 1 Chipped Gem + 1 Low Quality Weapon = Normal Quality Weapon (same type)

You can also add sockets to magic and rare items, though these cannot be used to create runewords.

3 Perfect Skulls + 1 Stone of Jordan + 1 Rare Item = Socketed Rare Item (same item, 1 socket)
3 Chipped Gems + 1 Magic Weapon = 1 Socketed Magic Weapon (ilvl 25)
3 Regular Gems + 1 Socketed Weapon = 1 Socketed Magic Weapon
3 Flawless Gems + 1 Magic Weapon = 1 Socketed Magic Weapon (ilvl 30)

Horadric Cube item upgrade recipes

Unique and rare items can be upgraded to the next quality via the Horadric Cube. For example, a pair of Magefist unique light gauntlets can be upgraded to become Magefist battle gauntlets with the right recipe. They can be upgraded — or “upped” in Diablo slang — again to become Magefist crusader gauntlets.

This moves the item from normal to exceptional to elite along the way. In the case of armor, granted bonuses will remain the same but defense (and requirements) will climb. In the case of weapons, granted bonuses will also remain but damage and requirements will climb. This can be done to ethereal items, but it cannot be done to runewords or items you’ve crafted.

1 Tal + 1 Shael + 1 Perfect Diamond + 1 Normal Unique Armor = 1 Exceptional Unique Armor (same item, upgraded)
1 Ko + 1 Lem + 1 Perfect Diamond + 1 Exceptional Unique Armor = 1 Elite Unique Armor (same item, upgraded)
1 Ral + 1 Sol + 1 Perfect Emerald + 1 Normal Unique Weapon = 1 Exceptional Unique Weapon (same item, upgraded)
1 Lum + 1 Pul + 1 Perfect Emerald + 1 Exceptional Unique Weapon = 1 Elite Unique Weapon (same item, upgraded)

The same process can be done to rare items.

1 Ral + 1 Thul + 1 Perfect Amethyst + 1 Normal Rare Armor = 1 Exceptional Rare Armor (same item, upgraded)
1 Ko + 1 Pul + 1 Perfect Amethyst + 1 Exceptional Rare Armor = 1 Elite Rare Armor (same item, upgraded)
1 Ort + 1 Amn + 1 Perfect Sapphire + 1 Normal Rare Weapon = 1 Exceptional Rare Weapon (same item, upgraded)
1 Fal + 1 Um + 1 Perfect Sapphire + 1 Exceptional Rare Weapon = 1 Elite Rare Weapon (same item, upgraded)

Horadric Cube special event recipes

The Horadric Cube is crucial in kicking off a couple of Diablo 2: Resurrected’s special events.

The Secret Cow Level is a great pasture place to farm for items, accessible via a portal. It can be created by any character that has defeated Baal in the same difficulty that they’re trying to open the portal. For example, a character that has defeated Baal (with the quest completed) in Normal difficulty will be able to open the portal in Normal. Note that Wirt’s Leg must be picked up in Tristram, and the portal must be created in Act 1. You can open the portal as many times as you want, but only one portal may exist per game.

1 Tome of Town Portal + 1 Wirt’s Leg = Secret Cow Level Portal

The Pandemonium Event is a mega-boss battle that ends with the player receiving a coveted Hellfire Torch Large Charm. Keys must be sourced from bosses throughout the game — Key of Terror from Countess, Key of Hate from Summoner, and Key of Destruction from Nihlathak — and placed into the Cube together to open a portal to a demi-boss.

1 Key of Terror + 1 Key of Hate + 1 Key of Destruction = Portal to Matron’s Den, Furnace of Pain, or Forgotten Sands (random)

A good tip is to gather three of each key for a “key set” before beginning. This will prevent you from opening the same portal twice. Once you’ve killed the demi-boss in each of the three portals, place the three gathered organ (one drops from each demi-boss) into the Cube.

1 Mephisto’s Brain + 1 Diablo’s Horn + 1 Baal’s Eye = Portal to Uber Tristram

Defeat the bosses in Uber Tristram and a Hellfire Torch will drop. This is one of the most coveted items in the game due to how much time it takes to prepare for and how difficult it is to complete.

Finally, you can create Tokens of Absolution in the Horadric Cube. Tokens are used to reset your character’s attributes and skill points. Once you’ve used up the three free respecs granted by Akara, this is the only way to reset your character.

1 Twisted Essence of Suffering + 1 Charged Essence of Hatred + 1 Burning Essence of Terror + 1 Festering Essence of Destruction = 1 Token of Absolution

The Twisted Essence of Suffering can drop from Andariel or Duriel, the Charged Essence of Hatred can drop from Mephisto, the Burning Essence of Terror can drop from Diablo, and the Festering Essence of Destruction can drop from Baal. Note that this only applies to Hell difficulty.

More Diablo 2: Resurrected resources

Now that Diablo 2: Resurrected is finally here, tons of people are experiencing the grim world for the first time. No problem; we have a bunch of guides that can help. Our roundup of 15 beginner Diablo 2: Resurrected tips and tricks will help greenhorns get off to a good start, and our Diablo 2: Resurrected guide to classes and abilities will take your characters to the next level.

If you’re worried that your PC isn’t quite up to handling the new graphics, be sure to check out the best laptops for playing Diablo 2: Resurrected for something that will be up to the task.

It’s finally here

Diablo 2: Resurrected

More than a fresh coat of paint

Preorder Diablo 2: Resurrected now and get the original Diablo 2 and its Lord of Destruction expansion included. Pre-order now on PC, Xbox, PlayStation, and Switch.

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Master the Horadric Cube in Diablo 2: Resurrected with these recipes

You can get the Windows 11 right now — here's how.

Do you want to upgrade to the final version of Windows 11 before October 5? Here’s how.

Microsoft is expected to begin the slow rollout of Windows 11 on October 5. However, since the new version has already been finalized, you can download it early using the Windows Insider Program.

The Windows Insider Program is a testing program designed for developers to explore new features and prepare their apps for the latest version. But it’s also open to anyone who wants to provide feedback and help shape the future of the OS. The program is available in three different readiness levels (Dev, Beta, and Release Preview Channels) to get hands-on with the improvements and submit feedback. However, since the final version has to pass through all the channels, you can use the Release Preview Channel to upgrade a compatible computer before it is generally available.

In this Windows 11 guide, we will walk you through the steps of downloading the final release of the new version of thge OS ahead of the October 5 release.

How to install Windows 11 using Insider Program

The Release Preview Channel always features the final release of a new update for Windows. However, since this is still a pre-release, there is a small risk of issues that Microsoft usually patches before making the new version generally available.

Warning: This is a friendly reminder that modifying an installation of Windows can negatively impact your current setup. We recommend creating a temporary backup before proceeding as a precaution.

To enroll a computer in the Windows Insider Program to upgrade to Windows 11 before anyone else, use these steps:

Open Settings.
Click on Update & Security.
Click on Windows Insider Program.
Click the Get started button.

Click the Link an account button.

Select your Microsoft account from the list.
Click the Continue button.
Under the “Pick your Insider settings” section, select the Release Preview Channel option.

Click the Confirm button.
Click the Confirm button one more time to agree to the terms.

Click the Restart now button.
Open Settings.
Click on Update & Security.
Click on Windows Update.
Click the Check for updates button.
Click the Download and install option to trigger the upgrade.

Click the Restart now button.

Once you complete the steps, Windows 11 will install on your computer.

Switch to the Beta Channel

If the final version is already available in the Release Preview Channel, but it does not appear on Windows Update, you can try to switch to the Beta Channel to download the update. However, if you receive a message that your computer won’t run Windows 11 in the Windows Insider Program settings, you won’t be able use these methods to upgrade.

To change the Windows Insider Program settings, use these steps:

Open Settings.
Click on Update & Security.
Click on Windows Insider Program.
Under the “Pick your Insider settings” section, click the current option (Release Preview Channel).
Select the Beta Channel option.

Restart the device.
Open Settings.
Click on Update & Security.
Click on Windows Update.
Click the Check for updates button.
Click the Download and install option to trigger the upgrade.

Click the Restart now button.

After you complete the steps, your device should now download and install the new feature update.

Opt-out from the Windows Insider Program

After the upgrade, you can unenroll the device from the program to stop future preview downloads for the next update of Windows.

To stop receiving Windows 11 builds, use these steps:

Open Settings.
Click on Windows Update.
Click the Windows Insider Program page on the right side.
Click the “Stop getting preview builds” section setting.
Turn on the Unenroll this device when the next version of Windows release toggle switch.

Once you complete the steps and the new version is generally available, the device will no longer download previews automatically. However, it’ll receive maintenance updates for as long as the release is supported.

Although you can use these instructions to upgrade as soon as Windows 11 is ready, usually, it takes months before a new version becomes fully available, and this version won’t be fully available until the second half of 2022. As a result, to avoid problems, it’s recommended to wait until the update to Windows 11 becomes available automatically through Windows Update.

More Windows resources

For more helpful articles, coverage, and answers to common questions about Windows 10 and Windows 11, visit the following resources:

Windows 10 on Windows Central — All you need to know
Windows 10 help, tips, and tricks
Windows 11 on Windows Central — All you need to know

You can get the Windows 11 right now — here's how.

Diablo 2: Resurrected faces server problems, Blizzard deploys maintenance

If you can’t get in to play right now, you’re not alone.

What you need to know

Diablo 2: Resurrected, a remaster of the original game and its Lord of Destruction expansion pack, is now available.
Many players are reporting server problems, being disconnected from the game or having characters go missing.
Blizzard Entertainment is aware of the issues and is currently deploying some fixes.

Diablo 2: Resurrected is now available and like many online games, the servers are having problems at launch. Blizzard Entertainment confirmed that many players are facing issues logging into the game, as well as having characters seemingly be deleted. To fix this, the game is undergoing maintenance, though offline play is still available.

To address game creation and character issues, #D2R will undergo unscheduled maintenance at 10am PT. We expect this maintenance to last 30 minutes. Players who are online and playing should logout before the shutdown if possible.— Blizzard CS – The Americas (@BlizzardCS) September 23, 2021

September 23, 1:45 p.m. EST: It looks like servers are slowly coming back online, with lobbies being populated by multiple players.

Hopefully this means that the problems will all be solved relatively soon. In the meantime, we’re tracking a list of Diablo 2: Resurrected bugs and launch issues, so if there are non-server problems that players start encountering in monstrous quantities, we’ll be sure to let you know.

Diablo 2: Resurrected is currently available for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC, PS5, PS4 and Nintendo Switch. This comes as parent company Activision Blizzard is facing a lawsuit, accused of of allowing sexist workplace behavior, abuse and more to persist. Several high-level employees have been let go from the company, including the game director on Diablo 4, the next mainline entry in the action-RPG franchise.

It’s finally here

Diablo 2: Resurrected

$40 at Amazon
$40 at Blizzard
$40 at Microsoft

More than a fresh coat of paint

Diablo 2: Resurrected includes the original game and the Lord of Destruction expansion pack, with all-new improvements and better graphical quality. It’s available now on all platforms.

Diablo 2: Resurrected faces server problems, Blizzard deploys maintenance