Microsoft adds Xbox One keyboard and mouse support, partners with hardware maker Razer

Microsoft adds Xbox One keyboard and mouse support, partners with hardware maker Razer

5:30pm, 25th September, 2018
(Microsoft Photo) Microsoft is for Xbox One, adding a new way for gamers to play and more tools for developers. Keyboard and mouse support will roll out to select Xbox Insiders in the next few weeks. Most games will see little change, as the support is added on a title-by-title basis and it is up to the developers to do so. In addition to the new capabilities, Microsoft is teaming up with gaming hardware manufacturer Razer to create the “best possible mouse and keyboard experience for this new functionality.” Microsoft didn’t give further details, but the company pushed eager fans to its’ and Razer’s social media pages for a sneak peak. will be one of the first titles testing mouse and keyboard input, and in November Microsoft will share more details about which games will get those capabilities next.
That weird nut Pokémon that showed up in Pokémon GO? It’s official now.

That weird nut Pokémon that showed up in Pokémon GO? It’s official now.

1:55pm, 25th September, 2018
This past Saturday, something pretty weird happened in Pokémon GO: Immediately after the monthly “Community Day” event came to a close, a strange, new, never-before-seen Pokémon showed up. And by “showed up,” I mean it was everywhere. Around the globe, this thing was spawning every few feet. A grey blob with a hex nut for a head; it wasn’t like anything that anyone had seen in-game before. It looked like this: Weirder yet: No one could actually catch it. If you managed to get it to stay in a Pokéball, it would always turn into something else (in most cases, it turned into a Ditto). Just a few hours later, it was mostly gone. Was it just a glitch? Many players assumed that put this thing in as a placeholder and a glitch brought it into public view. Or did they really just drop an entirely new Pokémon into the game out of nowhere? Three days later, we’ve got an answer: It’s not a glitch. This video just popped up on the official Pokémon YouTube channel, shining a bit of light on what’s going on: In short: Its name is Meltan, and it’s an upcoming Mythical Pokémon. It all seems to be a big publicity tie-in with the upcoming Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! titles that’ll launch on the Switch next month. Based on the limited info we have so far, it seems like to get a Meltan in the new games, you’ll have to catch him in Pokémon GO. This whole stunt was pretty damned clever. Thanks to special, limited-time spawns, Pokémon GO’s Community Day events are when just about anyone who still plays the game will be actively looking at their screen. By sneaking Meltan in there for a bit at the end, they pretty much guaranteed a wave of “WTF?” would roll around the world. All for a little grey blob with a nut on his head. As for how to catch an actual Meltan rather than a Ditto-lookalike: that’s still a mystery. Catching Mythical Pokémon in GO thus far has involved “Special Research” quests — a series of tasks that take a few days or weeks of play to complete. We might be looking at another one of those here.
As English burns, Scrabble plays the fiddle adding 300 words like Bitcoin, botnet and emoji

As English burns, Scrabble plays the fiddle adding 300 words like Bitcoin, botnet and emoji

8:43pm, 24th September, 2018
Attention, Scrabble enthusiasts! A whopping Merriam-Webster’s Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, including a few that are sure to satisfy millennials and aggravate everyone else: Bitcoin, emoji and botnet. Merriam-Webster likes to keep up with the hip, younger crowd and often adds words that began as slang but infiltrated the average person’s vocabulary. ‘Ew,’ ‘bizjet’ (a jet used for business purposes, of course), ‘,’ ‘facepalm,’ ‘,’ ‘macaron,’ ‘yowza,’ ‘beatdown,’ ‘,’ ‘twerk,’ ‘,’ ‘wayback,’ ‘,’ ‘frowny,’ ‘,’ ‘‘ and ‘OK’ are also among the new entries. “OK is something Scrabble players have been waiting for, for a long time,” Peter Sokolowski, . “Basically two- and three-letter words are the lifeblood of the game.” OK may not be worth much, but bizjets could garner up to 120 points. Earlier this month, Merriam-Webster added , including ‘TL;DR,’ ‘instgramming,’ ‘fintech,’ ‘biohacking,’ ‘rando’ and ‘bingeable.’
You can play Alto’s Adventure on your Mac now

You can play Alto’s Adventure on your Mac now

6:34pm, 24th September, 2018
Everyone’s favorite endless, serene snowboarding game just made the leap from mobile to the Mac App Store., Alto’s Adventure for Mac is a desktop port of the side-scrolling snowscape game that’s won hearts and accolades since it first hit iOS in 2015. Earlier this year, the team behind Alto’s Adventure introduced a second game, , which trades the first game’s snowy terrain for sand and sun while maintaining its charm. If you’ve already spent some time with Alto’s Odyssey, the Mac version of the classic is a good reason to circle back. The game’s serene setting and blissed out music make Alto’s Adventure eminently replayable, even if you’ve already sunk tens of hours into lengthening your scarf in an infinite procedurally generated snowy world dotted with charming villages, dramatic slopes and many, many things to trip over. If you’ve yet to dive into Alto’s Adventure, and we really recommend that you do, the Mac version is probably a good starting place. For everyone else, progress in the game syncs across devices through iCloud, so it’s a good excuse to push a little further into one of the most thoughtful, pleasant mobile game experiences to date. And while you’re hanging out in the Mac App Store, don’t forget to — Apple’s latest desktop operating system is available now.
Sony is bundling Red Dead Redemption 2 with a 1TB PlayStation 4 Pro

Sony is bundling Red Dead Redemption 2 with a 1TB PlayStation 4 Pro

12:07pm, 24th September, 2018
Considering it’s been eight years since Red Dead Redemption came out, it’s no surprise that fans of the franchise are ravenous for the next installment of the game, which launches October 26. Last week, Rockstar Games offered some publications the opportunity to , giving gamers even more to salivate over. But Sony is offering a way to take action. is offering a RDR2 + PlayStation 4 Pro bundle that actually makes sense for the game. Instead of changing up the physical design of the console, Sony is offering 1TB of storage on a jet black PS4 Pro alongside the RDR2 disc and a dual-shock controller. Ready for Red Dead Redemption 2? Grab a new bundle including the game and a 1TB PS4 Pro system starting October 26: — PlayStation (@PlayStation) Now, for a game like Red Dead Redemption, which offers a massive open world to explore and an extensive campaign, storage is key. That storage will come in handy for folks playing Red Dead alongside other games without forcing those players to make decisions about what to keep and what to delete. Pre-orders for the bundle went live today for customers in the U.S. and Canada, and costs $399 or $499 CAD.