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You don’t need a 25-character code to access bundled games and DLC.

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by Ann Smajstrla via Engadget

A new Xbox feature makes it easier to claim games that come with the console, doing away with the 25-digit codes that were required before. Digital Direct, pointed out by Polygon, embeds games and other DLC directly to the console that you can redeem during the setup process. For those who are post-setup, the feature can be found in the “Accounts” and “My Library” sections.

When setting up a console, you will now see a page giving you the option to redeem content and service offers that come with it, according to the Xbox website. Redeeming is as simple as clicking “Claim It.” Anything that’s redeemed will be attached to the Microsoft account that claimed it.

Alternatively, you can navigate to “Settings,” then “Account,” then “Included with this Xbox,” to find the Digital Direct content available for your console and its redemption status. This information is also viewable in “My Library.”

Digital Direct appears to be the “digital attach” feature dubbed Project Roma, according to Thurrott. The Xbox team gives codenames to various features that were under development for its console — Anaconda was revealed as Series X and Maverick turned out to be Xbox All Digital, among others.

The feature is shipping first on the just-released Cyberpunk 2077 Xbox One XCyberpunk 2077 won’t be available to play until September, but gamers can take advantage of Digital Direct on the new console while they wait.

Microsoft has previously tried to address the hassle of download codes by making them scannable via QR codes and the Kinect camera. Digital Direct eliminates the tedious typing, however it could make it difficult to share or sell a bundled game you don’t want.

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by Ben Gilbert via Business Insider

Do you have a Nintendo Switch? Did you also have a Nintendo 3DS or Wii U?

If you answered yes to both of those questions, there’s a possibility your Nintendo Switch account was one of about 300,000 that was breached by hackers.

Nintendo announced the breach in April, but it doubled the number of affected accounts in an update this week “as a result of continuing the investigation.”

The issue applies specifically to anyone who connected their old Nintendo 3DS and Wii U “Nintendo Network ID,” or NNID, to the Switch. Nintendo now uses a system called Nintendo Account, but the company allowed people with existing NNIDs to connect those to their new Nintendo Account.

Nintendo said it no longer allows NNID logins on the Switch.

If your account was breached, you’ll likely know soon by receiving an email like this:

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Beyond sending an email to the account associated with your Nintendo Account, Nintendo is alerting affected users by forcing a password reset.

“As a further precaution,” the company said, “we will soon contact users about resetting passwords for Nintendo Network IDs and Nintendo Accounts that we have reason to believe were accessed without authorization.”

Going forward, the company suggests doing two things to make your accounts more secure.

First, you should change the passwords associated with both your Nintendo Account and your Nintendo Network ID. Second, you should set up two-factor authentication, which adds an extra layer of security on top of a password.

For more information, check out Nintendo’s support page here.

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‘Ghost of Tsushima’ is moving back a few weeks to mid-July.

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by Kris Holt via Engadget

The Last of Us Part II, fingers crossed, will at long last make its way to PS4 on June 19th. Sony and Naughty Dog had originally planned a February 21st release date, but they pushed the sequel back to May 29th. Earlier this month, they delayed the game indefinitely to better coordinate a global release strategy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As it turns out, you’ll only need to wait an extra few weeks for the next chapter of Ellie’s story.

News of the new date arrives just after major spoilers about The Last of Us Part II seemed to emerge in leaked videos. Footage showing cutscenes, gameplay and menus appear to be doing the rounds, but at the very least, you know how much longer you’ll have to dodge spoilers if you’re eager to play on release day.

To give Naughty Dog’s latest opus some breathing room, Sony has also pushed back another upcoming major title by a few weeks. Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima was scheduled for June 26th. Instead, the hotly anticipated samurai adventure will be out on July 17th.

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by Rudie Obias via Yahoo Life Shopping

Video games are a fantastic way to pass the time, but they’re pricey. If you want to start playing without paying, we’ve got great news: The live-streaming service Twitch is dropping games that are free for Amazon Prime members.

Not a Prime member? Amazon offers a 30-day free trial for new users—sign up here. After the trial is over, you can get Amazon Prime for $13 a month or $119 a year. You have to be a Twitch member to join Twitch Prime, but it’s free to sign up.

Twitch Prime is a perk for all Prime members. Every month, users get five free games—worth more than $100 in total—to keep (even if you cancel the service), plus level-up options for characters, skins, boosts, upgrades, and more free of charge.

To start playing, you’ll need the Amazon Games app or the Twitch Desktop app for Windows 10, macOS, and iOS. It’ll work with iPadOS, Android, Fire TV, Chromecast, PS4, Xbox One, Apple TV, and more. Check out a full list of compatible devices here.

Scroll down for this month’s free videos:

Earthlock

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Released in 2016 by indie developers Snowcastle Games, Earthlock is a role-playing combat game following Amon, an adventurer and scavenger who gets caught up with the ruling Suvian Empire on Umbra, a planet that stopped spinning after a cataclysmic event.

Etherborn

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Etherborn is an award-winning puzzle game that breaks all the rules of gravity and physics. You play as a body with no voice in search of a voice without a body, as you shift and comb through big and small Rubik’s Cube-like structures.

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You know that kid’s game “the floor is lava?” Well, Lightmatter works the same way, but in this case shadows are lava and light is safety.

Through a series of puzzles, you have to position your light sources (a lamp and an orb) in such a way that no shadows appear in your pathway, while you navigate an empty building after a catastrophic event. Terrifying…but fun.

Kathy Rain: A Detective is Born

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Kathy Rain: A Detective is Born is a point-and-click game that’s set in the ‘90s. It follows, you guessed it, Kathy Rain, a journalism major who comes home to investigate the mysterious death of her grandfather. It plays like a graphic novel with lots of hidden details, secrets, and twist-and-turns.

Turok

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This is the HD remastered version of the 1997 shooter video game Turok: Dinosaur Hunter. It follows Turok, a time-traveling warrior who protects the Lost Land (a world inhabited with aliens and dinosaurs)—as he pieces together the Chronoscepter, an ancient artifact designed to defeat an evil overlord called The Campaigner.

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Naughty Dog’s highly anticipated sequel won’t hit its May 29 release date.

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by Jonathon Dornbush via IGN

The Last of Us Part 2 is no longer set to be released on PS4 on May 29, Sony and developer Naughty Dog announced today.A tweet today from Sony confirmed “Update: SIE has made the difficult decision to delay the launch of The Last of Us Part II and Marvel’s Iron Man VR until further notice. Logistically, the global crisis is preventing us from providing the launch experience our players deserve.” The company followed the statement with “Currently, there are no other delays to report, but we’ll keep you updated.”

Naughty Dog also released a statement on Twitter about the delay, which you can read in full below:

As you’ve likely just seen, the release of The last of Us Part II has been delayed. We’re sure this news is just as disappointing to you as it is to us. We wanted to reach out to all of you in our community to give you a little more information.

The good news is, we’re nearly done with development of The Last of Us Part II. We are in the midst of fixing our final bugs.

However, even with us finishing the game, we were faced with the reality that due to logistics beyond our control, we couldn’t launch The Last of Us Part II to our satisfaction. We want to make sure everyone gets to play The last of Us Part II around the same time, ensuring that we’re doing everything possible to preserve the best experience for everyone. This meant delaying the game until such a time where we can solve these logistic issues.

We were bummed about this decision but ultimately understood what’s best and fair to all of our players. We’re hoping that this won’t be a long delay, and we’ll update you as soon as we have new information to share.

We wish you all, your families, and your friends the best of health. Thank you for being amazing fans and your continued support.

Stay safe!

The Last of Us Part 2 first received a release date of February 22, 2020 late last year, coupled with a story trailer and our first chance to go hands-on with The Last of Us’ long-awaited sequel.

Shortly after, Naughty Dog announced a delayed Last of Us Part 2 release date to May 29, with Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann saying “We realized we simply didn’t have enough time to bring the entire game up to a level of polish we would call Naughty Dog quality.” And recent reports have alleged that The Last of Us Part 2 led to sustained crunch at Naughty Dog rather than alleviating development crunch. 

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The Last of Us Part 2 was also supposed to have its first public hands-on at PAX East 2020, but due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19, Sony pulled out of PAX East.

Sony and HBO also recently announced that a The Last of Us TV show adaptation is in the works, set to air on HBO with Druckmann and Chernobyl executive producer Craig Mazin behind the series. (And the TV show will replace The Last of Us movie that was in the works.) No casting has been announced, but we’ve offered plenty of suggestions for who should play Joel and Ellie in The Last of Us TV show.

For more on the upcoming sequel, we spoke to Druckmann about Joel’s role in The Last of Us Part 2why The Last of Us Part 2 isn’t an open world game, as well as how dogs affect stealth and combat in The Last of Us sequel.

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by Mike Sousa via Gaming Union

Publisher Outright Games and developer Funsolve, in collaboration with Sony Pictures, today announced Jumanji: The Video Game, the officially licensed game set in the world of the massively successful Jumanji film franchise.

Jumanji: The Video Game puts you in control of Jumanji’s greatest heroes as they seek to find the precious Jewels of Jumanji, save the world and find a way home. What’s stopping them? Only a deadly array of exotic creatures, dangerous locations and an army of evil marauders.

Unite with up to three friends on this hilarious adventure in online or split-screen modes, as you tackle all new Jumanji environments and choose your hero from Dr. Smolder Bravestone, Ruby Roundhouse, Franklin “Mouse” Finbar or Professor Shelly Oberon and combine their unique abilities to keep one another alive.

This is a dream come true for our studio. Adapting the exotic, dangerous and hilarious world of Jumanji into a video game has pushed us to create something truly special. We’ve got some incredibly exciting features and reveals coming soon, but for now let’s just say the game is coming this November, and puts you in the shoes of iconic Jumanji heroes.

Funsolve Founder and Director, Richard Tawn

Jumanji: The Video Game will launch on the 15th of November for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.

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by Mike Sousa via Gaming Union

Saber Interactive today announced Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered, an HD re-release of the acclaimed action-adventure game featuring the original cast of Columbia Pictures’ classic films. Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered delivers a unique story from Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis that captures the supernatural comedic fun and fright fans love from the franchise, which celebrates the 35th anniversary of Ghostbusters this year.

As the new rookie on the Ghostbusters crew, you’ll team up with your favorite characters from the films, reunited by the voices of Aykroyd, Ramis, Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson as Stantz, Spengler, Venkman and Zeddemore, alongside Annie Potts, Brian Doyle-Murray, William Atherton and Max von Sydow. Manhattan is overrun once more by ghosts, demons and other paranormal creatures unleashed by a mysterious force, and only the Ghostbusters can drive this evil back to whatever dimension it crawled from and save the Big Apple.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered equips you with cool gadgets and upgradeable weapons to play with in huge boss fights and destructible environments. Scan and analyze targets with the P.K.E. Meter and Paragoggles, then strap on your Proton Pack to wear ghosts down with the blast stream before wrangling them with the capture stream.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered launches later this year on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC via the Epic Games store.

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by Juilian Benson via LAD Bible

Microsoft has emailed Xbox Live Gold members to say that from May 8 the price of a subscription is going to increase by more than 15%.

12-month subscriptions will increase from £39.99 to £49.99, three-month subscriptions will go from £14.99 to £17.99, and monthly prices will rise from £5.99 to £6.99. Six-month subscriptions will remain the same at £29.99.

Microsoft says these increases are being made to “address changing market conditions”. Over the past three years the value of the pound has dropped significantly – against the US dollar, the pound has dropped in value by more than 15% since June 2015. In large part the devaluation of the pound has been due to the uncertainty and confusion linked to Brexit.

The move makes the price of membership more consistent across Europe, too. “This new pricing is aligned to the changes we made in the region in 2016 as we strive to offer our members premium gaming and entertainment services at a fair price,” Microsoft said in a statement.

It also makes Gold Membership similar to PlayStation Plus membership, which also had a price hike back in 2017. No word yet as to if the same hike will happen to our North American counterparts.

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by Tom Hoggins via The Telegraph

PlayStation 4 maker Sony had its first ‘State of Play’ livestream, highlighting the console’s upcoming slate of games. Taking a leaf out of Nintendo’s fuss-free ‘Nintendo Direct’ streams, State of Play was a fast, lean look at what is coming to the PS4 in the next few months.

There was nothing particular revelatory or surprising –no new PS5news or new footage from The Last of Us 2 or Death Stranding– but we did get glimpses of promising titles like Days GoneConcrete Genie, multiplayer dungeon-crawler ReadySet Heroes and NoCode’s fabulous looking sci-fi thriller Observation.

But there was a clear focus on PlayStation VR, Sony’s virtual-reality headset that has proved a considerable success for the company — even if the lack of headlines betray it. Sony announced that as of 3 March 2019, PSVR has sold 4.2m units worldwide. A considerable number bolstered by an impressive 2018 that saw sales of VR headsets jump by 30pc after a slow 2017 for the technology. PSVR lead the way in the last quarter of 2018, with 463,000 PSVR headsets sold, while Facebook’s Oculus Rift and HTC’s Vive sold an estimated 300,000 and 230,000 headsets respectively.

VR, then, may not have been the overnight success that some of the hype suggested a few years ago, but headsets are making headway and Sony are clearly keeping the faith. It announced a slew of its ‘next wave’ of virtual reality games in its stream.

First up was Iron Man VR, placing you in Tony Stark’s famous suit. Space sim No Man’s Sky is getting a significant update called No Man’s Sky Beyond, which will drop in VR support on both PS4 and Steam. There was also a VR announcement for grotesque horror favourite Five Nights At Freddy’s and a release date for British crime thriller Blood and Truth.

These were just a few of the VR games announced in the stream (along with the news that Concrete Genie and Observation will have their own VR modes), making the headset an area of focus for Sony. PSVR has never garnered the headlines of more high-profile video games, but with a selection of new titles adding to an impressive 2018 —which included Tetris Effect, Astro Bot and From Software’s Deracine— Sony are looking to keep its quiet momentum going.

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