Showing posts with label Microsoft Studios. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Microsoft Studios. Show all posts

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Halo 5: Guardians Xbox Live Gold Free Weekend

As one of the most popular first-person shooter game series of the last two decades can easily count the Halo series in. The fifth release from the original franchise run; Halo 5: Guardians is based on a science fiction plot setting and many have forgotten how good the game really is. So, a free weekend to try out the game doesn't sound so bad whether or not you have played the game. If you are wondering if you could get one as such, then you are in luck because now can have your chance at that.

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Halo 5: Guardians Xbox Live Gold Free Weekend

All you need is to have an Xbox Live Gold membership to get access on Halo 5: Guardians from January 11, Thursday, 12:01 AM PST to it will run till January 14, Sunday, 10:59 PM PST. Within this period, you can download the game from the Xbox Dashboard and take part into solo campaigns or online multiplayer with up to three friends of yours in a journey into the future.

You can also enter the large-scale Warzone mode in a fight against other players or the AI aside from the standard multiplayer mode. Multiple Arena modes of Halo 5: Guardians offers 4v4 competitive combat to challenge your skills in the battlefield. Then there are Slayer and Capture the Flag modes, which are all time classics in first-person shooter games.

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Test Drive Halo 5: Guardians All Weekend

Plus, as an added perk of this free weekend program, Halo 5: Guardians is available on sale for a 20% off. Which is a pretty sweet deal considering; loads of free contents like armors, multiplayer maps, various gameplay modes and weapons were released that has made it heavily packed over the last two years of period. Other than that, all the progress and achievements made during this program will be transferred to the main game once you decide to buy it.

You should also keep it in mind that all those updates released have currently made the size of the game nearly 100 GB. Halo 5: Guardians is developed by 343 Industries and Microsoft Studios have published the game as an Xbox One exclusive back in 2015. There was a rumor about a new installment from Halo series which is supposed to feature split-screen support that Halo 5 have left out.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds PC 1.0 Update #2

Last month, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds have released their first ever update after leaving the Early Access period on PC. PUBG Corp. has dropped the second update for their insanely popular multiplayer online battle royale game as a part of their solidarity to the project and it brings some new contents as well as features on the table. This update mostly focuses on improving the game performance and a fair play environment.

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds PC 1.0 Update #2

RELATED: PUBG May Come to PlayStation 4

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds PC 1.0 Update #2 is currently on test servers and one of the prominent features of this PUBG update is a system which is called the replay report tool. This will allow the players to report about any other participants suspected of cheating in the game so that they can be taken care of and this is the developers' effort to create the game environment fairer. They urged everyone to properly implement the tool to help them identify any active cheats through a post on Steam.

RELATED: PUBG Crosses 3 Million Concurrent Players

A few more tweaks have been done for the betterment of the in game performance and many bugs are fixed but those will not compromise any gameplay elements. Such as the visible distance when players are parachuting down to the island will be reduced to improve server performance. Reportedly, the La Bendita on Miramar desert map will have more objects to help players find better cover during the battle royale.

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds Desperado Crate Items

RELATED: PUBG Having Issues on Xbox One

Another little change that PUBG Corp. has made is that they have changed the design of the in-game energy drink. From the very beginning of the game, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds added an energy drink called Hot Bull, which is a clear imitation of the Red Bull beverage. The latest update also changed the design of the cans and it is branded with a new logo of a mustached man instead of two bulls butting heads. So, players may feel a little downed as the in-game Red Bull SWAG will be no more!

RELATED: PUBG Will Be Changed in China

There are two types of loot boxes containing Biker and Desperado crate cosmetic items. They are now on test servers and players will be given 100,000 BP and six Early Bird keys to try them out. However, PUBG Corp. assures that since they are all for testing purpose, BP and items will not be transferable to live accounts. Once the testing phase is over, the loot crates and replay report tool will be brought into the live game should they prove to be in stable condition.

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds Biker Crate Items

Full patch notes and details can be found right below on Steam forum:
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds PC 1.0 Update #2.

Released back in December, 2017, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is already out to plat on PC and Xbox One worldwide. Now, hurry up and join the last-man-standing shooter with your new gears and a few cans of re-branded Hot Bull to take over the battlegrounds.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

PUBG May Come to PlayStation 4

2017 was undoubtedly dominated by developer PUBG Corporation's last-man-standing shooter Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds on both PC and Xbox One. They even managed to cross international border with the game by having to release the game on China. Still, there is one particular space left for PUBG to conquer that is PlayStation 4 and the CEO of the company has recently hinted the possibility of it happening in the future.

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PUBG May Come to PlayStation 4

As you can see, right now Xbox One is the only console that is privileged to Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds on it, which makes the game exclusive to the platform at least for now. The PUBG Corp is willing to release the title on every possible console out there but for now they are mostly focusing on completing the game for Xbox One because there are many in-game issues yet to resolve and they are gradually going at it.

RELATED: PUBG Crosses 3 Million Concurrent Players

First of all, the game isn't entirely complete which is why it was on Early Access of Steam and now in Game Preview on Xbox One. Whether or not Sony wants the multiplayer online battle royale of 2017 on their console, they did not offer any pre-release program like those mentioned above. Now, this is why they have to completely finish making Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds to release on PlayStation 4. However, PUBG Corp is very much interested to explore this possibility.

RELATED: PUBG Having Issues on Xbox One

Sony is very strict when it comes to release any game on PlayStation Store because of their restriction policy on quality. In some of the cases, some games took six more months to release on PS4 even though it was completed. Depending on your views on the pros and cons of pre-release programs of Steam or Xbox One, it can either turn out to be a great plus point or a sore end. This can still turn very positive for the developers as by the time they will finish the Xbox One version, they will figure out what to do with the PlayStation 4 release.

Friday, December 29, 2017

PUBG Crosses 3 Million Concurrent Players

If we say that the year 2017 was dominated by the newly released sensation of a multiplayer online battle royale game called PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, we won't be exaggerating much, right? We know we are right on this one. Because, there was literally news about PUBG every week if not every month and sometimes there were interesting scoops on the game twice in a day. We just couldn't catch a break from it as it seemed. That's not a bad thing though.

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PUBG Crosses 3 Million Concurrent Players

From the Early Access days on Steam, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has set a couple of impressive milestones for having a large number of concurrent players online. Back in September, PUBG hit the mile marker of 1 million players. Then October saw the number grow to double just as it exited the Early Access stage and now at the end of the year, the game reached the milestone of 3 million players simultaneously participating in the hottest online battle royale.

RELATED: PUBG Will Be Changed in China

The closest number nearing the landmark of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds that any other game has managed to reach till date is Dota 2. This multiplayer online battle arena game from Valve Corporation has the record of reaching 1.29 million players but even that number hasn't been above anywhere near 1 million since February 2017. Currently, Dota 2 has a number of concurrent players online between 50-70 thousands at best.



Before today, many online portals and sites already published a bunch of fake news on PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds already hitting the 3 million players' peak point and since everyone is so damn hyped with the game, some actually believed it to be true. PUBG eventually did managed to reach that peak though as it was quite inevitable for the game at this point of increasing popularity. It wasn't until Steam’s official stats page confirmed the news to be true, we weren't absolutely sure if this have happened.

RELATED: PUBG Having Issues on Xbox One

PUBG Corporation presents PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is already out now to play on PC and Xbox One as a part of Microsoft’s Xbox Game Preview Program. If you haven't joined the ever-growing crowd of the most popular shooters of 2017, don't shy off and just join in to have some fun with your fellow contenders of battlegrounds.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

PUBG Having Issues on Xbox One

Currently, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is the most played and talked about game of the industry that has surely made a name for it by selling more than 25 million copies and topping Dota 2’s record for having the most amount of players online simultaneously on Steam. A multiplayer online battle royale, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is currently in early access stage on Steam and within next week the 1.0 version will be out for PC.

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Having Issues on Xbox One

Given the fact that this one is the first game of developer PUBG Corporation, they did a pretty impressive job and Microsoft Studios have stuck a major deal to have the game exclusively on their consoles, which is a very calculated smart move. Games tend to have found with new issues with their graphics and performance once they are released on PC and by the looks of the games' current status, a playable version of the game on any console seems like a far-fetched idea.

RELATED: PUBG Will Be Changed in China

Microsoft’s Game Preview program has recently launches PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and if you play the game on Xbox One X which has a 4K support, you will notice the visual superiority of PUBG on a console than a mid-range PC. However, if you have already experienced Xbox One X version of Call of Duty: World War II then you will realize how less polished the game is in terms of graphical textures compared to other games on the same console.

At the very start of each match, you can see the slothful frame rates that slowly escalates the more you advance forward and it won't take much time for anyone to note that the game is not constant at any given frame rate. Since Xbox One X is the most advanced console in the market that offers the best graphical enhancement, that kind of inconsistency is really bothering for any players in general. The frame rate shift is more obvious if you switch from an Xbox One to Xbox One X.

If you let the downside of the console version of PUBG slide, then it's still pretty fun game considering this one retains almost every aspects of the game that made it a fun-play in the first place. So, if you can let pass the expectation you had for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on Xbox One or Xbox One X, you can still enjoy it anyway.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Comes to Xbox One

The third person shooter genre has re-defined with the immense popularity of multiplayer online battle royale PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds from developer PUBG Corporation. The game is doing considerably outstanding from the days of Early Access beta program on Steam and millions of players are hooked onto it from all over the world. However, there was a big platform boundary and it was only available on PC.

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Comes to Xbox One

PUBG Corp. has revealed at E3 2017 that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is soon coming to Xbox One and below is the launch trailer of it from Xbox Game Preview program.




When it was announced, there was an overflow of expectation and excitement over the fans. To extend their reach beyond PC version, PUBG Corporation decided to work with Microsoft Studios to release the game on their console. Now all those Xbox gamers who have heard of it but never had the chance to try their luck in this last-man standing shootout for good. So, it is time for them to pack their stuff and head towards the distant island of Erangel to get into the ultimate battle royale of 2017.

RELATED: PUBG Having Issues on Xbox One

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Exclusive PUBG Accessory Pack

The developers have mentioned since it's the debut on the console, chances are, the experience for the players will be very much similar to the Early Access days of the game. There will be updates to support the gameplay. One of the perks of this collaboration of the developers is limited-edition cosmetic packs for console. An upcoming desert map, Miramar and a couple of optimizations will also be available. With its release on Xbox One, PUBG is about to witness a new chapter of their journey.

RELATED: PUBG Will Be Changed in China

The developers of the game are trying their best to deliver better PUBG experience as you play and any feedback regarding PlayerUnknown’s Battleground given on Xbox One forum will be much appreciated. As they will try to fix those issues and sort them out for improved gameplay. The game will eventually be released on Xbox One X soon with 4K resolution and HDR support.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

PUBG Will Be Changed in China

South Korean publisher Bluehole realized that they have hit the big-one when their multiplayer online battle royale game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds have taken the video gamers all over the world and become the top game on Steam. Bluehole's subsidiary PUBG Corp. is trying to expand their global outreach by introducing the game into the Chinese market and was in talks with Tencent; the largest gaming publisher in China.

Turns out, Tencent have already signed an official agreement to make way for PUBG in China but not until changes are made to it. Now without a doubt, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a game that primarily focuses on fight for survival of the players and can be a bit-too violent for some people. All Tencent wants is that the game should make modifications so that it better represents their “socialist core values” and will work with PUBG to achieve that.

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PUBG Will Be Changed in China

The whole world is aware that China is kind of a control freak when it comes to decide what they should or shouldn't let their citizens to chomp to. Even though those strict mentalities have been slightly relaxed in recent years, the worldwide smash-hit PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is still having trouble to reach the Chinese audience for their strict guidelines. After months of discussion with Tencent, PUBG Corporation has finally managed to reach a settlement.

When China’s content regulator deemed the game inappropriate last month for having violent content that doesn't match with the socialist values they are looking for. Tencent will now apparently work with PUBG so that the game better represents “the spirit of teamwork” and “fair competition” to the Chinese youth. However, how they are going to do that in a last-man-standing type game is still unclear.

While many may oppose the idea of censoring a game like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds just for the sake of releasing it on China, it actually is a smart move for Bluehole and PUBG. Because, Tencent has become such a big-deal in the gaming industry right now and it really seems like a good idea for the developers of such an already popular game to take over an even bigger market.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Gears of War 4 September Update '17

Grab your gears and get ready for war as summer is heading to an end. What does that means for us? Well, it means nothing if you aren't playing Gears of War 4, because the month of September is here and it is time for some sweet update on your game. The Coalition and Microsoft Studios seem to have a trend of bringing updates of this game every other month to keep the gamers hooked and guess what? It is working.

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Gears of War 4 September Update '17

Before we get to the point where we go on details with what the update is offering us in September, why not check out the official September update trailer for a quick look into it.




Just like always, the September update features two brand-new maps to venture out from September 12. One of them is Mercy, the hometown of Dominic Santiago’s wife, Maria. Mercy is a classic fighting ground that players who played Gears of War 3 are very familiar with and its return was much anticipated. Whether it is close-quarters pew battles inside the church or the fight to rule the high ground, you will find the experience recognizable.

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Mercy Map

Then there is the second map called Harbor Haze! Now this one is set in day-time with dynamic mist mechanism. Meaning, it can appear when you least expect it. What significance it has for players? Well, the mist actually reduces your visibility and thus, lets you perform surprise attacks on your enemies. For those who already own the Season Pass, the two maps are already at their disposal and a 20% Bonus Credits for them.

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Harbor Haze Map

The update brings you 500 gamerscore that you will probably unlock though 20 new achievements at the beginning period of the game. So, if you are paying some close attention, you will probably get them automatically anyway. Also, major changes to the matchmaking process as they remove the regional matchmaking system. So, players will now find better matches based on best data center available. The eagerly awaited in-game ping and scoreboard for everyone is no longer a dream.

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Skill Based Matchmaking

Currently available on PC and Xbox One, Gears of War 4 has been played more than 10 billion minutes till date and it was all possible because of the devoted fans of the game. The game will see 4K support for Xbox One X as well as new graphical enhancements in 2018. To say thanks to their fan-base, they will arrange seasonal events like "11 Years of Gears," "Gearsmas" and "Thanksgibbing!"