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By Asher Madan
Xbox Deals with Gold and Spring Sale feature Assassin's Creed, Yakuza, and more
by Asher Madan
Every week, Microsoft and select publishers discount a number of titles for a weekly Deals with Gold sale. This week, games like Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Atlas, and more are available for substantially less. There's also a Spring Sale going that includes hundreds of titles. Below, you'll find the Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 games with their respective discounts. The games marked with an asterisk are only valid for Xbox Live Gold members.
Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One
If you're still using an Xbox 360, there's a little bit going on this week. Almost all of the games are also backward compatible so you can play them on your Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One.
Which titles are you interested in? Did you pick any up? Let us know in the comments below.
Gartner predicts in-use global devices will hit 6.2 billion this year
by Paul Hill
The analyst firm Gartner has predicted that in-use devices including PCs, tablets, and mobile phones, will reach 6.2 billion units this year. According to the firm, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed device usage patterns and is ultimately increasing the number of devices that each person has.
According to data from the firm, the 6.2 billion figure is set to rise by a further 3.2% in 2021 reaching 6.4 billion units. The biggest loser as a result of the pandemic is desktop PCs which are expected to decline from 522 million in 2020 to 470 million in 2022, however, the usage of laptops and tablets will increase by 8.8% and 11.7% respectively as they’re preferred by people working from home.
Image via Gartner Commenting on the data, Ranjit Atwal, senior research director at Gartner, said:
In addition to laptops and tablets doing well in 2020, smartphones are expected to see an in-use increase of 1% this year following a decline of 2.6% last year. The analyst said that lower-priced 5G handsets will encourage people to upgrade their smartphone or finally make the shift from a feature phone.
By Namerah S
Krafton launches top-down mini-game POBG inside PUBG
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
In honour of April Fool's Day, companies around the globe have celebrated the day with fake products and ridiculous announcements. At first sight, one might think that the announcement of the game titled PlayerOmnom's Battlegrounds, or POBG as most people are calling it, is one such prank.
On the contrary, the creator of the wildly popular battle royale title PlayerUknown's Battlegrounds says so otherwise. Krafton has released an official statement authenticating that POBG is indeed real. PUBG's makers are currently offering players a chance to play POBG, which they are jokingly claiming to be the inspiration for the main game.
Players can enjoy the title in the form of a mini-game within the PC version of PlayerUknown's Battlegrounds. A gag trailer for the newly unveiled game-within-a-game can be seen below:
The mini-game is available for a short period of time. PUBG players can play the top-down shooter through the lobby of the game. PC users will be able to play POBG starting from today until April 12.
Meanwhile, console owners have not been left out of the April Fool's special release. PUBG players on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms will be able to play POBG through the main game's lobby from April 8 through April 19, 2021.
By Namerah S
PS Plus games for April revealed, Oddworld: Soulstorm and more
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
The month of March concludes today and the video games for PlayStation Plus in April 2021 have been announced. The monthly gaming subscription from Sony offers its subscribers two free games for the PS4 and one free title for the PS5 every month.
The next installment in the Oddworld series launches on April 6 next week. As announced previously, Oddworld: Soulstorm will be joining the PS Plus roster upon release. It will be the only free game for the PlayStation 5, and the offer does not cover the PlayStation 4 version of the title. The upcoming PS5 title will feature next-gen features such as feeling Abel's heartbeat levels thanks to haptic feedback on the DualSense controller.
Meanwhile, the two PS4 games slated to arrive on the PS Plus library will be the action-adventure survival horror title Days Gone and third-person shooter Zombie Army 4: Dead War. Subscribers can claim April's titles starting April 6 and ending on May 3.
Last month's freebies included two games for the PS4, one for the PS5 and one for PS VR. These were Final Fantasy VII Remake, Remnant: From the Ashes, Maquette, and Farpoint respectively. If you're a PlayStation Plus member, you still have until April 5 to claim them, as well as Destruction All-Stars, which has been available for two months.
Games on Xbox Backward Compatibility program gain cloud play support
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Microsoft today announced an expansion to its Backward Compatibility program's catalog, and it's not an injection of new titles. The company is beginning to introduce cloud play support for its original Xbox and Xbox 360 titles on Android phones and tablets.
"Today we’re embarking on a new journey for the backward compatibility program: Taking it to the cloud," revealed the company today. "Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can now tap into a collection of favorites from the past in a whole new way — right on mobile devices, turning them into retro handheld game systems."
The first group of games gaining the capability includes quite a few hits including Elder Scrolls III and IV, Banjo-Kazooie and Tooie, Fallout New Vegas, Perfect Dark, Gears 2, 3, Judgement, and more, totalling 16 additions, with some even having official touch controls.
The company will keep expanding this list going forward as well. See the games gaining cloud play support today below:
Microsoft said the addition of games from previous Xbox generations to cloud play "has been one of the most requested features by the community." Also, thanks to the newer hardware that the games are running on, quicker loading times and better frame rates are expected as well.