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Limbo, Prodeus, NFS: Hot Pursuit Remastered, and more head to Xbox Game Pass
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Microsoft isn't done with adding games to its subscription programs this month just yet. The company today unveiled the second wave of June arrivals — though half of the games are landing on July 1 — which include Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered as part of EA Play, the re-imagined retro-style shooter Prodeus, Playdead's Limbo, and more.
Here are all the games announced today and their arrival dates during the next two weeks:
Medieval Dynasty (PC) ID@Xbox – Available now Worms Rumble (Cloud, Console, and PC) ID@Xbox – Available Today Iron Harvest (PC) – June 24 Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered (Console and PC) EA Play – June 24 Prodeus (Game Preview) (PC) ID@Xbox – June 24 Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts (Cloud) – July 1 Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling (Cloud, Console, and PC) ID@Xbox – July 1 Gang Beasts (Cloud, Console, and PC) ID@Xbox – July 1 Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars (Cloud, Console, and PC) – July 1 Limbo (Cloud, Console, and PC) ID@Xbox – July 1 As a special addition, Microsoft is also bringing Space Jam: A New Legacy – The Game as an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perk starting on July 1. The movie tie-in title will be exclusive to the subscription until July 15, and it will become a free-to-play experience afterwards.
Meanwhile, Xbox Touch Controls have reached eight games for easier play sessions on mobile devices while using the cloud. The titles are Dirt 5, Double Kick Heroes, Eastshade, Empire of Sin, Haven, Octopath Traveler, Torchlight III, and Yakuza: Like a Dragon.
Lastly, eight games are leaving the subscription programs on June 30:
Aside from the two waves of June games, Microsoft also delivered 10 more games to Game Pass during its E3 presentation earlier this month, adding Yakuza: Like a Dragon and a bunch of more Bethesda titles. A massive number of upcoming games that will be coming to the subscription programs on day one was unveiled as well, find all the details here.
By Asher Madan
Xbox Deals with Gold feature Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, 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 from the Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, 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's also a lot going on this week on Xbox 360. So, if you only have that console, you're in luck!
Which titles are you interested in? Did you buy any up? Let us know in the comments below.
Nvidia 471.11 WHQL driver brings support for Doom Eternal ray tracing and more
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Nvidia's latest driver release is primarily focused on bringing technologies like ray tracing and DLSS support to even more games including Doom Eternal, Rust, LEGO Builder’s Journey, and Escape From Tarkov, but there are some other features attached too. The WHQL-certified 471.11 Game Ready driver also has support for the Windows 10 May 2021 Update, and comes recommended for anyone picking up EA's upcoming racer F1 2021.
The Doom Eternal update carrying ray tracing capabilities alongside Nvidia DLSS for added performance will be landing on June 29. Meanwhile, Escape From Tarkov will be seeing Nvidia Reflex being implemented soon for reduced system latency. LEGO Builder’s Journey launches with ray-traced effects and DLSS later today on Steam.
Rust already received Reflex support in a previous update, and on July 1, DLSS will be enabled as the latest Nvidia technology to reach it. DLSS support has also reached games running the Vulkan API on Linux via Proton, with DirectX support planned to arrive this fall.
The GeForce Experience app has undergone some overhauls as well according to the company, improving the "FPS Counter, One-Click Automatic GPU Tuning, Freestyle filters, and HDR Screenshot Capture features." Lastly, the G-Sync compatible displays list has increased by four monitors with the driver, bringing support for the AOC AG274US4R6B and AG254FWG8R4, the ASUS VG28UQL1A, and the LG 32GN650/32GN63T.
Below are the bug fixes included in this release, and VR fans should be happy to see that the longstanding stuttering problem seems to have finally been tracked down:
Here are the open issues to keep an eye out for:
Keep in mind that come this October, Nvidia will be dropping support for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 as well as its classic Kepler architecture products — GTX 600 and 700 series.
The new 471.11 Game Ready driver is available for download on the GeForce Experience app and via the links below for standalone installations. The release notes are here.
Download: Windows 7, 8, 8.1 | Windows 10 – Standard / DCH
Download: Windows 7, 8, 8.1 | Windows 10 - Standard / DCH
Captain Jack Sparrow swaggers to Sea of Thieves as the crossover update launches
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
The crew of the Black Pearl, Davy Jones, and other familiar faces from the Pirates of the Caribbean have sailed into the Sea of Thieves as part of the A Pirate’s Life mega update. The collaboration between Rare and Disney was only announced last week during the Microsoft E3 showcase. The update brings a five-part storyline as part of the crossover, as well as new regions, threats, the third season of content, and much more.
Getting the biggest feature drop out of the way first, the five new Tall Tales has pirates taking along Captain Jack Sparrow for a brand-new adventure filled with "puzzles, pitched battles, surprises and rewards." Players will be exploring the Sea of the Damned, the underwater Sunken Kingdom, as well as iconic places from the movies.
Players can jump straight into the new Tall Tales, which are instanced so no other pirate can disturb the sessions, via the starting menu or by heading to the Castaway’s Camp of an Outpost and speaking to a new arrival.
As can be seen in the trailer, the old Skeletons have now been joined by Phantoms, Ocean Crawlers, and Sirens as new emergent threats in Sea of Thieves, which can appear both above ground and underwater. To fight back a little easier, players can now find the Trident of Dark Tides, a new type of weapon that fires energy bubbles.
Just like with every new season, Rare has brought in new cosmetics to earn via the battle pass, fresh server-wide game events to tackle, plus a whole load of premium cosmetic items that include garments, emotes, and ship customizations all inspired by Captain Jack Sparrow and his vessel. There is even a new pet dog variant available for purchase resembling a certain prison dog.
Sea of Thieves A Pirate's Life has now come ashore as a free update to all players across PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox Game Pass, and cloud play. Head over here to find the complete patch notes of today's update.
By Usama Jawad96
Facebook ads for Oculus Quest face major setback as developer opts out due to backlash
by Usama Jawad
Last week, Facebook announced that it will begin testing in-headset ads for the Oculus Quest soon. It stated that it will kick off the process with Resolution Games' Blaston and a couple of other unnamed developers. Today, Resolution Games has backed out of the trial in a major setback for Facebook considering no other developer willing to participate in the test has been revealed yet.
The move to introduce in-headset ads in Blaston faced some pushback particularly because it is a paid game with a $9.99 price tag, so players obviously did not take kindly to the announcement and showed their displeasure by leaving negative reviews on the store listing. In a statement to The Verge, Resolution Games' CEO Tommy Palm has announced that the company is reversing course following feedback from players, saying that:
The executive has hinted that it may decide to continue the in-headset ads trial in one of its free titles like Bait! in the future, but those plans haven't been finalized yet either. It remains to be seen how Facebook does damage control in this recent development and potentially tap some other major developer who is willing to show in-headset ads in their Oculus Quest game.
Source: The Verge