Minecraft Dungeons' 'Jungle Awakens' shows the game's long-term potential

Surprise! We got the Minecraft Jungle Awakens DLC a little bit early. And early impressions are POSITIVE.

Minecraft Dungeons first DLC drop, Jungle Awakens, is here. Set deep in various Jungle-themed biomes, this is the first of two announced DLCs heading to Minecraft Dungeons. We also got a nice surprise bonus level for free today, called the Lower Temple, which was previously rumored from data mining.

The Jungle Awakens DLC not only represents the best levels in the game already, but it also showcases how much potential this franchise has to be an on-going game, with frequent new maps, weapons, mobs, and beyond. Here are some early impressions, and why we’re loving it so far.

Smash and loot

Minecraft Dungeons

From $20 at Microsoft (PC)
From $20 at Microsoft (Xbox)

Minecraft meets Diablo

Minecraft Dungeons is an epic action RPG set in the blocky worlds of Minecraft! Team up with three friends and get your dungeon crawl on.

Into the Heart of Darkness

The DLC boosts the game’s soft power cap from 108 to 112, making it a tough test even for veterans initially. The first level, Dingy Jungle, is easily as tough as Obsidian Pinnacle on maximum difficulty, if not more so, while also boasting a sprawling size that is easily up there with the biggest levels in the game.

It feels like the level itself is trying to kill you.

Not only is the Dingy Jungle huge, it’s stunning. Thre’s lush 3D vegetation that will make base-game Minecraft players jealous, and a whole host of infectious new mobs, including enchanted vines that shoot poisonous darts and plant-encrusted skeletons.

As you progress deeper into the Dingy Jungle, you begin to hear disconcerting roars, which result in subsequent ambushes. The undergrowth gets gradually more, erm, aggressive. Vines sprout out of the ground, blocking your path. This can be nasty in combination with encroaching creepers. Even deeper in, the vines bloom with flowers, armed with dangerous barbs that really hurt, and also poison you. This is the first time in Minecraft Dungeons where it feels like the level itself is trying to kill you — Redstone minecrarts notwithstanding.

Dingy Jungle is a sprawling complex with multiple layers and secret areas. I haven’t played through enough times to determine its randomness, which we see in varying degrees in the game’s base levels, but budding jungle explorers will find plenty to enjoy. I found a hollowed out tree with an ambush event and a chest, along with a separate area with giant skeletal remains, complete with a hidden map for Panda Plateau, a Panda-themed level.

Progressing deeper into the jungle, the enchanted vines got ever more abundant, and gorilla-like plantoid golems with rapid speed began showing up to stop my approach. The roars got more intense too, and I imediately began to wonder if Mojang and Double Eleven might’ve taken some inspiration from the likes of Apocalypse Now and Heart of Darkness when building the pacing of this level.

Without any exposition, I was impressed with the subtle storytelling the game was imparting with every step — until I was violently murdered and lost my final life, that is. Dingy Jungle is bloody tough, in the most awesome way possible.

Another service game win?

Minecraft Dungeons has already proven a big hit across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch, dominating sales charts across multiple platforms at launch. That’s the sheer brand power of Minecraft in action, though, and doesn’t necessarily suggest the game will have any raw staying power as Microsoft works to beef it up with subsequent DLC. This first outing, however, is extremely promising.

State of Decay 2 and Sea of Thieves weren’t particularly well-received at launch, but both games enjoy a healthy community of dedicated fans following years of free updates. This is especially noteworthy in the case of Sea of Thieves, which boasts tens of thousands of concurrent players on Steam as of writing. Hopefully, we can see Minecraft Dungeons blossom in the same way in the coming months and, maybe even years ahead. I’ll see you in the Jungle, friends.

Update July 1, 2020: I updated the language regarding the equipment soft cap, which I previously thought hadn’t been boosted. It now sits at 112 across the board for maximum difficulty, increased from 108.

Not your average Minecraft

Minecraft Dungeons

From $20 at Microsoft (PC)
From $20 at Microsoft (Xbox)

Minecraft explores the dungeons.

Minecraft Dungeons is the next saga in Minecraft’s story, and Mojang Studios have knocked another one out of the park. Awesome co-op combat paired with powerful loot, all at a crazy affordable price? There’s not much more you could ask for in an epic dungeon crawling ARPG.

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Minecraft Dungeons' 'Jungle Awakens' shows the game's long-term potential

Netgear expands Orbi family with new Wi-Fi 6 mesh router

The new Orbi router comes in cheaper than Netgear’s previous Wi-Fi 6 offering.

What you need to know

Netgear today announced a new Wi-Fi 6 addition to its Orbi family of routers.
The new Orbi AX4200 (RBK752) makes Wi-Fi 6 a little more affordable with tri-band connectivity on board.
The Orbi AX4200 (RBK752) is available now as a two-pack system for $450.

The move to Wi-Fi 6 is now in full force, with new routers and devices supporting the latest Wi-Fi standard being announced constantly. Netgear is the latest to bring a new device to the market with another addition to its Orbi mesh router family, the Orbi AX4200 (RBK752). The two-part system joins Netgears previous Wi-Fi 6 Orbi, the RBK852, but with a more affordable price of $450 (compared to $700).

As the latest Wi-Fi standard, Wi-Fi 6 brings the ability to connect many more devices to your network without experiencing any compromises in speed. Netgear says that the Orbi AX4200 is rated to support 40 plus devices with internet speeds up to 1 Gigabit. That’s down a bit from the previous RBK852 system, which is rated at 60 plus devices and 2.5 Gigabit speeds, but you’ll be hard pressed to notice in most home networks.

The Orbi AX4200 also features tri-band networking, meaning there’s a dedicated backhaul band between the mesh points. That means you shouldn’t notice a drop in speeds as you add more nodes to your network. There are also three ethernet ports on the main node, with two more on the sattelite node.

Netgear says the two-pack system provided by the Orbi AX4200 should be able to cover up to 5000 square feet with Wi-Fi connectivity.

The Orbi AX4200 tri-band mesh Wi-Fi 6 system is available today at Best Buy for $450.

Whole-home Wi-Fi

Netgear Orbi AX4200 (RBK752)

$450 at Best Buy

Step up to 6

Netgear’s Orbi family encompasses a premium set of mesh Wi-Fi routers, and the new AX4200 steps things up even further to the new Wi-Fi 6 standard.

Netgear expands Orbi family with new Wi-Fi 6 mesh router

There won't be any microtransactions in Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time

You won’t be shelling out cash for extra skins.

What you need to know

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is being developed by Toys for Bob.
The developers have clarified that there are no microtransactions for players to buy.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is set to release on October 2, 2020.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is on the way and the developers at Toys for Bob have taken to Twitter to clarify some things. In a Twitter post, the developer clarified that there will be no microtransactions in Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time.

We’re seeing confusion about #MTX in @CrashBandicoot 4 and want to be ? clear: There are NO MICROTRANSACTIONS in #Crash4. As a bonus, the Totally Tubular skins are included in all digital versions of the game.— Toys For Bob (@ToysForBob) June 30, 2020

Some confusion appears to have arisen from a description on the Microsoft Store stating that the game offered “in-app purchases.” This error is due to the extra skins, which are included with the digital versions of the game and are not microtransactions.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is set to release on October 2, 2020. Currently, it’s releasing on Xbox One and PS4.

He’s back

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time

$60 at Amazon
$60 at Best Buy
$60 at Walmart

WUMP WUMP WUMP

This new Crash adventure takes place in a world of shattered time, with multiple playable characters on the roster.

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This CES Award-Winning Battery Can Jump-Start Your Car and Charge Your Phone

When you are driving somewhere remote, it’s always a good idea to have a back-up plan. With the JumpSmart 37,000mWh Portable Vehicle Jump Starter Kit, you can easily bring your car back to life and keep your phone powered. It’s now only $89.99 when you use the 25% discount code LIMITLESS25.

Named an Editor’s Choice at CES 2018 and 2019, this 3-in-1 device is the ultimate emergency tool to have in your trunk. It measures only 10 inches long, but this beast holds enough juice to start an eight-cylinder 5.0L engine.
You simply open the flap at one end of the device, and attach the supplied smart cables. An alarm will sound if these are not hooked up correctly, helping you to avoid accidents.
Even so, jumping a car in the dark can be tricky — so the JumpSmart has a built-in flashlight that delivers 330 lumens. In addition, you can use the device as a regular power bank, so you can easily juice up your phone in a pinch.
Along with cars, you can use this jump starter on trucks, SUVs, boats, motorcycles, ATVs, and many other vehicles. It comes with a carrying case for protection, and the device itself is made from durable aluminum.
It’s normally priced at $119.99, but you can pick it up today for just $89.99 by using code LIMITLESS25

This CES Award-Winning Battery Can Jump-Start Your Car and Charge Your Phone

This 4K mini PC is the size of a baseball

This tiny PC can project 4K media and fit in the palm of your hand.

What you need to know

CHUWI recently unveiled the LarkBox, a 4K mini PC.
The PC is roughly the size of a baseball.
The PC can output 4K media for movies or presentations.

CHUWI recently kicked off its campaign for the CHUWI LarkBox on Indiegogo. The LarkBox is an extremely tiny mini PC that’s roughly the size of a baseball. In CHUWI’s campaign video and images, the company shows off the PC fitting easily in the palm of someone’s hand. The least expensive perk that gets you the LarkBox is the $1,201 HKD which equates to roughly $155 USD. The PC is estimated to start shipping in August 2020.

The tiny PC runs on an Intel Celeron J4115 processor and has 6GB of RAM. It supports Bluetooth 5.1 and 2.4GHz and 5Ghz Wi-Fi. It has Intel UHD Graphics 600 inside and has 128GB of eMMC storage.

It features 2 USB-A 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, an audio port, a USB-C port, and a microSD slot.

In the LarkBox’s marketing material, the mini PC is shown off in people’s hands and being dropped into bags easily. It only weighs 127g, so it should be easy to carry around.

As with all Indiegogo campaigns, you should make sure to do your research before committing any money to a campaign. It’s also worth noting that the LarkBox’s pricing is listed as $169 on the spec sheet and $155 in the perk section. You can read more about the CHUWI LarkBox on its Indiegogo page.

This 4K mini PC is the size of a baseball

Best Desk Lamp with Touch in 2020

Although many people don’t think of them as such, desk lamps are an essential part of workspaces and recreational areas. They are critical for keeping things well-lit, and many lamps also come with extra features like USB ports, too. In recent years, a special feature many lamp designers have implemented is touch control. With touch, you can control your lamp with a simple swipe of your finger. There are many of these touch-enabled desk lamps on the market, but we think that the best one is the Amzrozky Desk Lamp thanks to its large size, a wealth of adjustment options, and durable construction.

Best Overall: Amzrozky Desk Lamp

If you’re looking for the best of the best, it doesn’t get any better than Amzrozky’s 65-inch desk lamp with touch. It attaches to your desk with a strong clamp, and it can swivel 270 degrees and tilt 210 degrees, making it extremely adjustable. In addition to that, it also comes with five different color modes and five lighting levels. These allow you to fine-tune the lamp’s light and find something that works for you. Additionally, it also has a memory function that will remember your favorite settings so that you don’t have to adjust the lamp’s light every time you turn it on. Lastly, the lamp is built to last; its aluminum and zinc alloy material is durable and strong, so you won’t need to worry about it wearing down over time.

Pros:

Large size
Very adjustable
Plenty of light options
Durable and sturdy

Cons:

May be too big for some

Best Overall

Amzrozky Desk Lamp

$50 from Amazon

It doesn’t get better than this

This lamp’s large size, high adjustability, wealth of light options, and sturdiness make it our favorite pick.

Best USB: Dott Arts Desk Lamp

This touch lamp from Dott Arts is a fantastic choice if you want something with USB ports. It comes with dual USB-A slots and an AC port, too, allowing you to connect three different peripheral devices to the lamp for charging at once. On top of that, the lamp also features three brightness levels that allow you to tweak the light when necessary. Lastly, there are some spaces built into the base that are perfect for resting smartphones in while they charge. Overall, this desk lamp offers plenty of value for a reasonable price.

Pros:

Dual USB-A ports and an AC port
Three brightness levels
Great value for the price

Cons:

Could have more light options

Best USB

Dott Arts Desk Lamp

$35 at Amazon

Lamp, or charging station?

This lamp features lots of ports and a decent amount of brightness options, making it a great if you want something with USB.

Best Gooseneck: Ominilight Desk Lamp

If you would prefer a gooseneck lamp, this one will be right up your alley. The lamp comes with three brightness levels, just like the Dott Arts lamp does, and the gooseneck design also means that you can rotate and tilt the lamp head a full 360 degrees. This makes it extremely adjustable. The metallic build of the base makes it very sturdy as well, which is always a nice bonus.

Pros:

Three brightness levels
Incredibly adjustable
Sturdy metallic design

Cons:

Could have more light options

Best Gooseneck

Ominilight Desk Lamp

$36 at Amazon

An excellent alternative

The Ominilight Desk Lamp features an excellent gooseneck design that makes it very adjustable, as well as a durable design.

Best Fancy: Seaside Village Desk Lamp

Folks who want something fancy and striking should opt for the Seaside Village Desk Lamp. It’s made out of 110 pieces of beautiful k9 clear crystal, resulting in a look that’s gorgeous whether the lamp is off or on. Also, the lamp features three different brightness settings that allow you to choose the best brightness for whatever room you put the lamp in. Lastly, it comes with a hardy metal base that won’t wear down over time. Overall, if style is a priority for you, then this lamp will deliver it in spades.

Pros:

Beautiful crystal design
Three brightness settings
Sturdy metal base

Cons:

Could have more light options

Best Fancy

Seaside Village Desk Lamp

$30 from Amazon

Crystal beauty

This fancy lamp features crystals in the design, giving it a unique and gorgeous appearance.

Best Budget: Kira Home Desk Lamp

This lamp is perfect if you want something simple and affordable. It doesn’t come with any adjustment options to speak of for either the lamp or the lighting, but the light is bright, and the lamp is considerably less expensive than any other option on the list. This makes it a perfect choice for people who want to save money while also getting a reliable desk lamp that has touch control.

Pros:

Most affordable
Great light for the price

Cons:

No extra options or features

Best Budget

Kira Home Desk Lamp

$25 at Amazon

Simple rocks, too

This lamp may be basic, but it delivers a quality lighting experience for an affordable price, making it our favorite budget option.

Bottom line

Though they’re not usually considered to be important by a lot of people, desk lamps are very valuable. They help keep workspaces, and recreational areas lit up, and some of them also come with some extra features like USB ports or extra adjustability measures. Desk lamps with touch support, in particular, are super useful, as you can control everything they have to offer with a quick and easy finger press.

When picking a desk lamp, there are a few different things to consider. The first is how many options you have with lamp’s light in terms of both color and brightness; while it’s fine if a lamp only has one setting, lamps that allow you to fine-tune the color and brightness of a light will help you achieve the exact look you want in your home. Secondly, the adjustability of the lamp should be considered, as an adjustable lamp allows you to get light exactly where you need it. You also want to make sure that the lamp you choose is sturdy and strong, as weak lamps can easily break if they fall. Lastly, style is a factor, too, as some lamps have unique or clever designs that add a lot of personality to the rooms they’re in.

All of the lamps on this list are excellent, but overall, we think that the best one is the Amzrozky Desk Lamp. It’s got a ton of lighting options, a very adjustable light, and a sturdy construction that won’t let you down no matter how long you own it. Additionally, the light is very big, too, which will be appreciated by people that want to bring bright light to a wide area on a desk.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer with a burning passion for video games, of which he’s been an avid fan since childhood. He’s relatively new to the writing scene, but he counters that lack of experience with a rock-solid work ethic and a desire to improve at every opportunity. You’ll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.

Best Desk Lamp with Touch in 2020

Back the CrowPi2 for $170 and get a laptop dedicated to STEM education

The Elecrow CrowPi2 Raspberry Pi Laptop and STEM education platform is a Kickstarter crowd-funding project that lets you choose how much you want to invest, and you will be rewarded based on the amount you give. If it’s just an interesting project to you and you don’t necessarily want any reward, you can give as much as you can afford. But if you’d actually like to try out the CrowPi2 you will need to give at least around $170 (the rewards are in Hong Kong dollars, so HK$1,310). That will get you the CrowPi2 basic kit that includes the laptop, a TF card with the customized system, and several motors, connectors, and other components. It does not include the Raspberry Pi motherboard, though, and that’ll cost at least around $240. You can back the project with even more to get even higher rewards, including two Deluxe Kits if you go above $619.

The CrowPi2 is a very interesting device that is dedicated to STEM learning both through coding and software and hardware and engineering. You can see the first version, the original CrowPi, for sale on Amazon for around $309. So the fact that you can get the full customized kit for the sequel for less than that in this Kickstarter campaign is some good value. It will probably be sold for much more when it’s first released.

The CrowPi2 works as a portable laptop, but its primary focus is STEM education. You can learn programming languages like Python, Scratch, and learn about programming AI or even Minecraft all in a super easy way. The software is independently developed specifically for this machine. It also includes 22 kinds of common sensors and modules built in. All you do is remove the keyboard and you get access to all kinds of sensors, including a breadboard for making your own light-up circuits.

The laptop specifications include an 11.6-inch IPS screen with 1080p resolution, the Raspberry Pi 4B (Raspberry’s latest model), and a removable wireless keyboard. So even if you take the keyboard off to play with the modules underneath, you can still type on the computer. It also has a 2MP camera, a built-in microphone, stereo output speakers, and more.

This is a great option for kids, teens, and adults. It’ll work whether you’re a beginner just learning things for the first time or an expert trying to sharpen your skills. There’s more than 96 course resources and over 20 projects, including games, to choose from.

Back the CrowPi2 for 0 and get a laptop dedicated to STEM education

Microsoft to distribute $20M in grants to nonprofits, offers free skills training via LinkedIn

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an almost immeasurable negative impact on the wider economy. Specifically in the job market, there have been millions of job losses, and in the U.S. alone unemployment numbers like these have not been seen since the Great Depression. Now, tech companies are slowly stepping up to try to address the crisis, and the latest development on that front comes from Microsoft.
The company today announced a wide-ranging, global portal for free skills training for people who are out of work. Alongside that, Microsoft said it plans to disperse $20 million in grants to nonprofit organizations that are working to help those who have lost jobs due to COVID-19 and subsequent shifts in the economy, and with a specific emphasis on those that are working with groups that are underrepresented in the tech world.
The move comes as we are seeing other tech companies try to make their own efforts to leverage their platforms to provide their own versions of relief efforts connected to COVID-19. Google has built special portals to keep people informed on local, national and global progress of COVID-19 and related news. Facebook has built an information portal and has also created an avenue for people to offer volunteering help to those in need specifically in their community.
The money that Microsoft will be granting to nonprofits is aimed at a wide swathe of organizations, not just those focused on helping groups learn new skills, but just those helping specific groups. Those that Microsoft already works with include Trust for the Americas, Fondazione Mundo Digitale in Italy, the Nasscom Foundation in India, Tech4Dev across Africa, NPower in Canada, the National Urban League aimed at long-term unemployed and African Americans, and Skillful.
The education and training news, meanwhile, is interesting not only because of the push that Microsoft is trying to make by leveraging the assets that it already has, but that it’s doing so in tandem with LinkedIn, the social network and professional education platform it acquired for $26.2 billion in 2016. Even though they are the same company, it’s often the case that you see less collaboration between the two than you might think would exist, but this seems to be a shift from that position.
Microsoft notes that using data from LinkedIn, it identified 10 specific tech jobs that are in particular demand right now and will continue to be in demand, offer a livable wage and require skills that can be learned online if you don’t already have them. They are software developer, sales rep, project manager, IT admin, customer services rep, digital marketer, IT support, data analyst, financial analyst and graphic designer.
LinkedIn has designed “Learning Paths” that it offers through its online education portal for these jobs, and these will now be available to everyone free to use, globally, until the end of March 2021, in English, French, Spanish and German, with content getting updated in the tracks as needed. Alongside these, Microsoft Learn is offering supplemental technical content to these Paths, and Microsoft is also making GitHub’s Learning Lab free to practice if you’re learning software developer skills.
Alongside these, Microsoft is also giving a push to so-called “soft skills” that complement hunting for a job at the moment, including tips on looking for a job right now, learning “critical” soft skills, more on the concept and meaning of digital transformation, and a learning track focused on diversity, inclusion and allyship.
You can look at a list of all the content available and ultimately relevant jobs on LinkedIn’s purpose-built portal.
Image Credits: LinkedIn
In addition to the online learning efforts, LinkedIn is also launching a separate track for those who want to either leverage LinkedIn to get spotted more easily for job opportunities, and for those who want to volunteer to help others, to offer advice and mentorship for those looking for work, or get more training to get through interviews. For those who want to signal their job seeking, they can now add an “OpenToWork” frame on their profile pictures, which links to a separate banner that runs under your profile picture that lets people see what kinds of jobs you would like to consider.
The offer to help is not unlike LinkedIn’s efforts at cultivating a mentorship program: The idea is that there are people who have the time and desire to use their skills to help others than just themselves and the companies they work for. As with the mentoring, those interested can indicate what they would like to do — making introductions, resume help or just providing advice.
LinkedIn’s interview preparations, meanwhile, are another step into working closer with Microsoft: LinkedIn’s built a set of tools that uses Microsoft’s AI platform for feedback throughout the training.

Microsoft to distribute M in grants to nonprofits, offers free skills training via LinkedIn

Google Sheets will soon be able to autocomplete data for you

Google today announced a couple of updates to Google Sheets that will make building spreadsheets and analyzing data in them a little bit easier.
The most interesting feature here, surely, is the upcoming launch of Smart Fill. You can think of it as Smart Compose, the feature that automatically tries to finish your sentences in Gmail, but for spreadsheets. The idea here is that Smart Fill, which will launch later this year, can autocomplete your data for you.
“Say you have a column of full names, but you want to split it into two columns (first and last name, for example),” Google explains in today’s announcement. “As you start typing first names into a column, Sheets will automatically detect the pattern, generate the corresponding formula, and then autocomplete the rest of the column for you.”

That’s a nifty feature, though it’s worth noting that Microsoft has made some major strides in bringing a lot of ML-based features to Excel, too, which can now automatically create new columns based on its understanding of what your spreadsheet is about, for example. It just extended the number of these AI-driven data types to well over 100 at its Build developer conference. The use case here is a bit different, but both companies are using similar techniques to make building spreadsheets easier.
One feature that’s nice about how Google built this is that it doesn’t so much auto-magically fill a column but that it builds a formula to fill it, giving you quite a bit of flexibility to then manipulate that data as needed.
The second new feature that will be coming in the near future is Smart Cleanup, which, as the name implies, can help you clean up your data by finding duplicate rows and formatting issues. The tool will suggest changes, which users can then accept or ignore.

The company also today announced the general availability of Connected Sheets, a feature that connects a BigQuery data warehouse with Sheets so that you can analyze petabytes of data in sheets without having to know SQL or really any programming language. This feature aims to democratize access to big data analytics by giving anybody in a company who knows how to use a spreadsheet the ability to analyze that data and create charts based on it.
Connected Sheets is now available to G Suite Enterprise, G Suite Enterprise for Education and G Suite Enterprise Essentials users.

Google Sheets will soon be able to autocomplete data for you

Head of Xbox Live Dan McCulloch leaves Microsoft

Best of luck!

What you need to know

Xbox Live is the multiplayer-focused online environment for the Xbox consoles.
Today, Dan McCulloch, the Head of Xbox Live, announced he was leaving Microsoft.
McCulloch has been with the company for 15 years.
It’s unclear what his next job opportunity is.

Today, Dan McCulloch, the Head of Xbox Live, announced that he was leaving Microsoft. He said on Twitter, “After 15 years at Xbox, I announced today that I would be leaving. I made so many friends, learned so much and truly had a blast! I’m extremely excited about the next opportunity in my career and I will will be announcing that very soon, you all will be pumped!”

After 15 years at XBOX, I announced today that I would be leaving. I made so many friends, learned so much and truly had a blast! I’m extremely excited about the next opportunity in my career and I will will be announcing that very soon, you all will be pumped! 😉 Thank you!!! pic.twitter.com/dcbhKCgn8f— Dan McCulloch ? (@McDanRandom) June 30, 2020

McCulloch has made a number of contributions to Xbox Live over the years and he’ll be missed. His departure follows years of record growth for Microsoft’s gaming services, during a time where its network became truly fundamental to its Xbox console family. It’s unclear who will replace him as Head of Xbox Live, but we’ll keep you posted as soon as we know more.

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

It’ll last you a couple of months

Xbox Game Pass gives you access to over 200 games for one monthly fee. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also adds Xbox Live Gold to the package so you can play online with your friends.

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