Microsoft won't force Xbox One and Scorpio games to run at the same framerate

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Microsoft won't force Xbox One and Scorpio games to run at the same framerate

While Microsoft has been mostly mum on its souped up new Xbox One, Project Scorpio, ahead of E3 next month (except to say that there are "no issues" and it's coming this year), Twitter has granted us one tidbit: Microsoft won't mandate games run at the same framerate between Xbox One and Scorpio.

Someone on Twitter said there was "fps parity" between Xbox One and Scorpio in multiplayer, intimating that Xbox One owners would be "holding back" people who plonk down cash on the nicer model.

Xbox engineering lead Mike Ybarra replied, "No, there isn't," adding, "This is up to the developer to choose, for their games, what they want to do." Ybarra loosed an addition tweet, writing, "Developers are free to choose how they use the power of Project Scorpio for games. We have no requirements limiting framerate or fidelity."

Skydiving with a Nintendo Switch looks terrifying

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This strange but compelling "short action film" by Valera Boluchevsky and Richard Chirkin shows some of the places you can take your Nintendo Switch, up to -- and including! -- while skydiving.

I can't say I fully understand the Donkey Kong Country-ness of it all, but dang, what a cool video!

[Via reddit]

Wynncraft is a full, free fantasy MMO built within Minecraft

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There are two kinds of people in this world. One uses Minecraft's endless possibility to make dicks, the other builds a complete fantasy MMO with over 100 quests, guilds, and more. That's Wynncraft, a full-featured MMO four years in the making that you can play right now for free if you have a copy of Minecraft. Just add the server.

The site boasts Wynncraft has a million unique users, with over a thousand online right now. And there's a huge world for these folks to explore. Look at this full map (you can even zoom in).

BioWare is developing a new Dragon Age

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BioWare is developing a new Dragon Age

It's been an open secret and not really discussed here, especially with Mass Effect: Andromeda hogging the recent limelight, but the Dragon Age series, last seen with 2014's Dragon Age: Inquisition, is still alive over at BioWare.

Eurogamer interviewed Fallen London and Sunless Sea creator Alexis Kennedy, currently in an "unusual arrangement" as a guest writer (writing from London) working with BioWare (headquartered in Canada) on a new project, "which I can now legitimately say is in the Dragon Age franchise although it has been known for a while."

The full piece is a good look behind the development process, though in an atypical case, given that BioWare usually, "doesn't have guest writers, as a rule." Kennedy naturally wasn't able to divulge much about what the next Dragon Age actually is -- it's not even been announced and is still in early stages -- but has explained his unique role.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2's Switch port coming West this Fall, Super Pack 4 in June

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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2's Switch port coming West this Fall, Super Pack 4 in June

Although I would prefer another entry in the Budokai series, as that first trilogy played like a goofier Tekken, I'm glad as many people as possible are going to have access to one of the most fun Dragon Ball games in quite some time, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

A Nintendo Switch port of the title was recently confirmed for a Fall 2017 release in Japan, but now will also release in the West at that time as well. The port will feature motion controls (can't wait to Yamcha my way through that), ad-hoc play with up to six players, and two people can fight on one system with a Joy-Con each. 

Also the newest DLC, DB Super Pack 4, releases in June for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC and features some new missions as well as Fused Zamasu and Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegito. I'm sure that string of letters means something to those watching the subbed episodes of Dragon Ball Super, and not waiting for the dubbed ones like me. The dub just got to the Resurrection F arc, so I'm pretty psyched to watch something I've already seen stretched out over fourteen weeks. 

Incredible Zelda: Breath of the Wild cheat lets you spawn anything, anywhere

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While we've seen people do all kinds of amazing things over the last few months with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, behold, an effective God mode, no longer working within the limitations of mortal men.

The Accio Master Code, created by Chadderz and MrBean35000vr, is a powerful cheat for the Wii U version of Breath of the Wild, with instructions on how to run it for yourself in the video description. It may be a bit beyond a layman's grasp (it requires a Wii U cheat client), but at the very least you can enjoy the above video, as Link spawns a gang bang of Old Mans, banana rain, 999,999 rupees, every boss in a single room, and more.

Oh, and it, "can also be run alongside Tornado Mode." What's "Tornado Mode," you ask?

Overwatch is getting its own minor league

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Overwatch is getting its own minor league

Some of my favorite memories growing up were heading with my family out to Everett, WA to watch the AquaSox play. The 'Sox is a minor league baseball team affiliated with the Seattle Mariners. It's where Ken Griffey Jr. hit his first professional home run. Watching the AquaSox made me want to play baseball before I realized how bad I am at it. Watching the new Overwatch Contenders will probably have the same effect.

Revealed today, Overwatch Contenders is a developmental league for the soon-to-launch professional Overwatch League. Starting this summer in North America and Europe, the Contenders minor league is open to every Overwatch player in those regions with an online qualifier that will whittle the teams down to the top 16. From there, the top eight teams will be selected for the Contenders Playoffs.

If you have a squad that thinks it can compete with the best of them, registration is open now.