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By Asher Madan
Xbox Ultimate Game Sale features Dark Souls, Fallout, and more
by Asher Madan
Every week, Microsoft and select publishers discount a number of titles for a weekly Deals with Gold sale. However, the Xbox Ultimate Game Sale is still going on this week which adds even more games! Titles from the Dark Souls, Fallout, and other franchises are available for substantially less. Below, you'll find the Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 games with their respective discounts. The deals and games marked with an asterisk are only valid for Xbox Live Gold members, so you'll need an active paid subscription for the additional discount.
Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One
Many of the games are also backward compatible so you can play them on your Xbox Series X|S or Xbox One. There really isn't much going on this week if you only own an Xbox 360. However, there are a lot of classics like Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on sale.
Which titles are you interested in? Did you buy any up? Let us know in the comments below.
Halo Infinite theme arrives on the Waze navigation app
by Paul Hill
If you’ve ever wanted to receive route information from Halo’s Master Chief, you’re in luck. Microsoft has just announced that it has partnered with Waze to introduce a new Halo Infinite theme to the navigation app. After choosing the Halo theme, people can join the United Nations Space Command (UNSC) or the Banished – the main antagonists in the upcoming Halo Infinite.
Those who ally themselves with the UNSC will see their in-app car replaced with the iconic Halo Warthog and those who choose the Banished will have their vehicle replaced with a Ghost vehicle. Master Chief will provide driving instructions for those who chose UNSC and the Banished war chief Escharum will provide directions for those who choose that side. Master Chief or Escharum will become your in-app ‘Mood’ so other drivers can see which side you have chosen.
To get started with the Halo experience on Waze, open up the app then tap ‘My Waze’. From there, tap the Halo banner to start and choose your faction. The new theme is supported in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese and will remain available for just a limited time so be sure to try it out the next time you jump in your vehicle.
Halo Infinite is scheduled to release later this year but it was reported last week that campaign spoilers were accidentally leaked as part of the tech preview build. Joseph Staten, the project lead for the campaign in Halo Infinite said that the leaks can ruin the experience and requests that people don’t spread them.
Aqua Shift Special Edition Xbox Wireless Controller announced
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
The Special Edition lineup of Xbox Wireless Controllers is expanding again. Microsoft announced the Aqua Shift controller today, which comes in as part of the modernized Xbox controller slate from the Xbox Series X|S line, joining the Daystrike Camo controller from earlier this year in the Special Edition branch.
Landing with a unique shimmering design, the Aqua Shift Special Edition has a two-tone color shifting blue sheen across the front of the controller. It will also be the first Special Edition Xbox controller to feature rubberized side grips, and they sport a dual color swirl as a highlight. The buttons, sticks, and the back of the controller are a darker blue color.
Moreover, as with other newer-generation Xbox Wireless controllers, this includes textured triggers, bumpers, and back-case for a better grip during gaming sessions, and a Share button on the middle for taking screenshots, recording clips, and other social activities. The controller can be used across the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S console families, as well as Windows PCs and mobile devices.
The Aqua Shift Special Edition Xbox Wireless Controller is slated to go on sale on September 1, and pre-orders are available now for $69.99 on the Microsoft Store and select retailers worldwide in Xbox supported regions. For those looking for a more personal controller, Microsoft also re-opened the Xbox Design Lab recently.
‘Xbox Through The Years' artwork introduced on Samsung Frame
by Paul Hill
Samsung has announced that it has been working with Microsoft to bring the ‘Xbox Through The Years’ artwork to its Frame TV which displays artwork when it’s switched off. The new collection of ‘iconic gaming artwork’ is now available for download through The Frame Art Store.
After downloading the ‘Xbox Through The Year’ pack from The Frame Art Store, you’ll be able to view artwork from a range of popular games including the Halo and BioShock series. Each piece of artwork takes advantage of the 4K resolution on the display and the lifelike colours so each piece of work should look great.
Discussing the new works of art, Grace Dolan, VP of Home Entertainment Integrated Marketing at Samsung Electronics America, said:
The new pack of art is free to download for anyone with a Samsung Frame TV. If gaming artworks aren’t your cup of tea, there are more than 1,400 other works of art available to download across many different styles. Samsung sells the 2020 edition of The Frame for $600 while the newer 2021 edition will set you back $1000.
By Usama Jawad96
The Ascent on Game Pass for PC is inferior to Steam, but a fix is in the works
by Usama Jawad
Cyberpunk action RPG, The Ascent was unveiled back in May 2020 and finally launched on Steam and Xbox Game Pass across console, PC, and cloud a couple of days ago. Although the title has been fairly positively received so far, many have also noticed that the Game Pass for PC version is inferior compared to its Steam counterpart. However, a fix is in the works.
Multiple gamers across social media platforms have noted that the Game Pass version on PC lacks Nvidia's Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) capability and the graphical option for it is not even present in the configurations. In the same vein, ray-tracing does not work at all. Meanwhile, both of these features exist in working condition on Steam.
In a series of tweets from The Ascent's development studio Neon Giant and signed by co-founder Tor Frick, the company has confirmed that a fix is in the works. Frick responded to multiple tweets saying that:
It is interesting to note that the two build process are different and that the game is not just packaged in the same way for both storefronts, despite being on the same platform - that is PC.
No time frame for a potential fix has been given yet. It is also important to remember that The Ascent does not support ray-tracing at all on Xbox Series X|S, which means that if you do want to take advantage of the feature, the Steam version of the game running on PC hardware is your only option for now.
Source: Neon Giant (1, 2, 3) via Eurogamer