'Fortnite' rune event asks for help from every player
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 April 2019, 9:01 pm

Epic is increasingly turning Fortnite's big events into participatory affairs. A floating rune has been traveling across the game map, but it only moves closer to its objective whenever it takes a collective 100 million damage from Fortnite servers worldwide. Its exact goal is unknown, but it has already traveled across a large chunk of the map as we write this and is likely headed to a hatch in the middle of Loot Lake. There's a chance it ties into the start of the game's ninth season on May 9th.

Via: The Verge

Source: Fortnite News

Nintendo Game Boy at 30: As fun as it ever was
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 April 2019, 9:30 am

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the Game Boy's release in Japan. Three decades ago, the portable gaming landscape would change forever. Whether you owned a Game Boy or not, it's likely something you're familiar with. The legacy reaches far beyond a retro gaming handheld. Three Engadget editors share their personal favorite version, and why it matters to them.

'Crackdown 3' lets you team up with friends in Wrecking Zone
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 April 2019, 11:36 pm

Crackdown 3's signature Wrecking Zone mode should now be decidedly livelier. After a brief round of testing, Sumo and Microsoft have released an update that adds Squad support to the destroy-everything multiplayer feature. If you have Crackdown-loving friends, you can partner up with them instead of having to fly solo.

Source: Crackdown (Twitter)

Epic banned over 1,200 'Fortnite' World Cup players for cheating
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 April 2019, 10:12 pm

You'd think that an event as high stakes as the Fortnite World Cup would have participants on their best behavior, but that's apparently not the case. Epic has revealed that it banned more than 1,200 accounts for some form of cheating during the first, online-only week of the tournament. Most of those, 1,163, received a two-week ban for bypassing regional restrictions and trying to play in multiple areas -- 196 of them had to forfeit prizes they'd won as a result. Another 48 were banned for account sharing (nine of which lost prizes), while one received a 72-hour competitive ban for intentionally disconnecting. There were also a handful of more serious allegations.

Source: Epic Games

The Morning After: Cracking open the Galaxy Fold
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 April 2019, 8:35 am

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to your weekend! It's time to take a peek inside Samsung's Galaxy Fold and consider what the future of console gaming will look like under the Xbox or PlayStation banner. Also, consumer BBM is going away and remember to avoid any Avengers: Endgame spoilers that have leaked out.

Console gaming is at a crossroads
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 April 2019, 5:32 pm

Sony and Microsoft have been walking the same path for nearly 20 years, when it comes to gaming hardware. Instead of leaves, shiny silver game discs dangle from the trees, while black and white boxes of varying sizes line the underbrush, covered in decades of debris and Doritos dust. Both companies know this trail well -- but it's about to split in two.

The first 'Division 2’ eight-person raid is delayed until May
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 April 2019, 10:37 am

Developer Massive Entertainment and publisher Ubisoft had planned to release a major update for The Division 2 next week, bringing with it the game's first eight-person raid, called Operation Dark Hours. However, Massive wants a little more time to fine-tune the game and make sure the experience is as enjoyable as possible. As such, it's delaying the update until sometime in May.

Source: Ubisoft

Sega adds 'Streets of Rage 2' and more to the Genesis Mini lineup
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 April 2019, 11:04 am

Sega is set to release its Genesis Mini retro console in September, with a line-up of 40 games. It revealed ten of them when it announced the system's release date last month, and now it's taken the wrapper off another bunch of titles.

Via: EuroGamer

Source: Sega

The Morning After: The Weather Channel got hacked
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 April 2019, 6:35 am

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Add The Weather Channel to the list of ransomware victims, and we have some news about the Google vs. Amazon tiff. Also, the Child's Play remake will have Chucky terrorizing people via their smart-home devices. Welcome to 2019.

Facebook AI turns real people into controllable game characters
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 April 2019, 8:01 am

Facebook's AI Research team has created an AI called Vid2Play that can extract playable characters from videos of real people, creating a much higher-tech version of '80s full-motion video (FMV) games like Night Trap. The neural networks can analyze random videos of people doing specific actions, then recreate that character and action in any environment and allow you to control them with a joystick.

Via: Venture Beat

Source: Facebook AI Research (Arxiv)

Original 'Burnout Paradise' servers shut down August 1st
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2019, 8:40 pm

All good things must come to an end, and that includes multiplayer support for the original Burnout Paradise. Emails sent to players and a tweet from Criterion confirm that the game's servers -- which have been in operation since it launched in 2008 on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC -- will shut down on August 1st. There's still offline play, but getting every trophy, even using backwards compatibility, will be impossible unless you make the jump to the Remastered edition that launched last year for newer platforms.

Via: Gamasutra

Source: Criterion Games (Twitter), r/Burnout

Microsoft is making VR better for those with vision problems
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2019, 5:38 pm

Virtual reality can be a rush to the senses, but not if you have vision problems. Microsoft researchers are trying to solve that problem via a tool kit for Unity VR developers to help players with low vision. Since vision problems vary by individual, the research team at Microsoft decided on a tool kit approach so players can customize their experience. The 14 tools include a bifocal lens, a magnifier, controls to adjust for brightness and contrast, edge enhancement and depth measurements. Players can also opt to have objects in a scene described or read out loud.

Source: Microsoft Research

'Overwatch' travels to Havana for its latest map
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2019, 4:11 pm

Overwatch's Storm Rising brawl kicked off this week in a new locale: Havana. As with last year's edition of the Archives event, which saw the debut of Rialto, Blizzard is bringing its gorgeous take on the Cuban capital to the standard modes. It's the second map to join the team shooter this year, following Paris.

Source: Blizzard (YouTube)

The Switch might finally go on sale in China
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2019, 11:41 am

It seems the Switch may soon arrive in China, as Nintendo has teamed up with Tencent to bring its ultra-popular console to an enormous market. Guangdong province's game regulator has provisionally given the green light for a trial version of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe for the Switch. Nintendo told Reuters it has applied for approval to sell the console itself, but the process is multi-layered, so it may take some time before the Switch actually goes on sale in China.

Via: Wall Street Journal, Reuters

Source: Guangdong Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism

The 'Halo' TV series has found its Master Chief
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2019, 12:47 pm

The years-in-the-making Halo TV series finally appears to be taking shape. Showtime has chosen American Gods' Pablo Schrieber to play the series' version of Master Chief. It's not certain if he'll ever remove the iconic helmet, but Showtime has promised to tell "deeply drawn personal stories" -- it's hard to imagine the Chief hiding his face forever.

Via: VG24/7

Source: Hollywood Reporter

The ‘Fortnite’ World Cup will include a big-money event for creatives
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2019, 10:00 am

If you're a keen Fortnite player or avid battle royale Twitch viewer, you'll probably know that qualifying for the inaugural Fortnite World Cup has officially begun. Top players (including popular streamers) from across the globe now need to out-eliminate each other to make the $30 million Finals held in New York City between July 26th and July 28th. However, that might not be the only way. Epic Games has confirmed there will be another avenue for those burnt out by its battle royale mode to claim some of that World Cup prize pot.

‘Dreams’ turns the PS4 into a charming game development kit
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2019, 11:10 am

Dreams is finally here. The latest game by Media Molecule, the delightfully-whimsical studio behind LittleBigPlanet and Tearaway, was first teased at the PlayStation 4 reveal event in 2013. A "Creator Early Access" was released on Tuesday (April 16th), mere hours before Mark Cerny, a systems architect at Sony, revealed the first details about the PlayStation 5. Dreams, then, was dangerously close to missing an entire console generation.

Source: Dreams

The Morning After: Google's first car accessory is like a mobile Home Mini
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2019, 7:30 am

Hey, good morning!

While our Galaxy Fold review model is fine (at the time of writing), other phone reviewers have suffered some issues, self-inflicted and otherwise. We're also deep into the New York Auto Show, with major cars from Toyota and Kia to start. Ubisoft is also promising half a million Euros to help rebuild the damaged Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Epic Games will boost security with two-factor SMS and email verification
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2019, 5:25 am

Epic Games is introducing extra security measures to protect users' accounts -- something it needs to do as the developer behind Fortnite, one of the most popular multiplayer games today. In an account security update the company posted, it said it's rolling out text-based multi-factor authentication in the future. While SMS-based authentication isn't as secure as other forms of two-factor, the option would surely be appreciated by those who don't always have internet connection to access authenticator apps or their email accounts.

Via: PC Gamer

Source: Epic Games

Ubisoft is donating $564,000 to help rebuild Notre-Dame
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2019, 2:44 pm

Following the fire that devastated Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris this week, Ubisoft has pledged €500,000 ($564,000) to help restore the iconic church. The studio, which faithfully recreated Notre-Dame in Assassin's Creed Unity, is also offering that game for free until April 25th on PC to honor the landmark. "We want to give everyone the chance to experience the majesty and beauty of Notre-Dame the best way we know how," Ubisoft, which is headquartered in France and has studios in Paris, said.

Via: The Guardian

Source: Ubisoft

The Morning After: Finally, Sony reveals some crucial PS5 details
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2019, 7:02 am

Tell me all about the PlayStation 5, you say? Well, we don't know everything just yet, but Sony has shared some crucial details in an unusual reveal-and-interview combo yesterday. Oh, and coincidentally, Xbox's digital-only console got priced and detailed, too. The hype starts today. In dryer news, the long-running Apple-Qualcomm royalty lawsuit has been settled, but with repercussions for other companies.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate combines Gold and games for $15 a month
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 April 2019, 5:05 pm

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate gives players all the benefits of Xbox Live Gold and Microsoft's digital subscription service, Game Pass, for $15 a month. The bundle went live today for a limited number of Xbox Insider members, and it's due to launch in all current Game Pass markets later this year.

The disc-free Xbox One S hits stores on May 7th for $250
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 April 2019, 5:11 pm

A disc-free, completely digital Xbox One is no longer just a rumored pipe dream for cord cutters and the current generation of Fortnite fanatics who've never had to set foot inside of a GameStop. The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition will hit retailers on May 7th for $250 (that's $50 less than the Xbox One S) and it's available for pre-order today.

The console comes with three popular, Microsoft-owned titles -- Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon 3 and Minecraft -- and a special offer on Xbox Game Pass, the monthly subscription service that includes access to more than 100 games.

Xbox One update adds a mini keyboard and smarter uninstalls
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 April 2019, 5:59 pm

Microsoft has more Xbox news in store even if you don't care for a disc-free One S or Game Pass Ultimate. It's trotting out an Xbox One April Update that, among other things, adds the option of a mini virtual keyboard. The input choice frees up screen space and aims to 'streamline' typing when you're chatting up friends or redeeming a code. You can still revert to the larger keyboard through the Ease of Access settings if it's more to your tastes.

Source: Xbox Wire

The delayed 'Minecraft' movie is now set for March 2022
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 April 2019, 4:04 pm

The long-delayed live-action Minecraft movie has a new release date, so fans might want to make a note in their calendars for March 4th, 2022. With so many delays, it was clear it'd still be a while yet before the film hits theatres, but the 2022 news might come as a disappointment to those who were at one point expecting to see Minecraft next month.

Via: Windows Central

Source: Minecraft Blog

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