Microsoft is treating Xbox One owners to another firmware update today. The headline addition is Discord integration, allowing players to link their Xbox Live and third-party chat accounts. The process is a little convoluted — you have to start in the Discord app (on PC or a mobile device), link your Xbox account, then hop back to the Xbox One and dive into account settings. Here, you'll find a unique code that you need to punch into the Discord app. Once you've done all that, though, your Discord friends will be able to see what you're playing on Xbox Live, which is pretty neat.
If you've been itching to play Steam games on your phone, the day you've been waiting for has arrived -- we just hope you have an Android device. The Steam Link app, which gives you the power to stream games from your computer without having to buy Valve's micro PC of the same name, is now available on Google Play. It will run on any device running Android 5.0 or later, but since it's still in beta, you can probably expect to encounter some hiccups along the way.
The next new Halo game isn't for Xbox One or PC -- instead Halo: Fireteam Raven is an arcade machine built for four-player cooperative play. A 130-inch 4K screen lets all the players take aim on a rail shooter experience in the environment of the first Halo game. You won't play as Master Chief, however, as players take the role of ODST troops fighting Covenant aliens for control of the ringworld alongside the series star and other familiar characters.
In March Hello Games announced that No Man's Sky would come to Xbox One this summer, and now we have a release date: July 24th. Hello Games founder Sean Murray made the announcement while showing off the upcoming Next update on Inside Xbox, but so far we haven't heard if it applies to PS4 and Steam as well. No Man's Sky Next will include expanded support for multiplayer, as well as 4K on Xbox One X, plus all of the game's previously revealed updates. According to Murray, this isn't the end for NMS either, as Hello Games plans to continue to support it this way "for the foreseeable future."
The fourth installment of Call of Duty's Black Ops franchise has abandoned single-player in favor of a multiplayer-only focus...including a battle royale mode. Yes, the series is cashing in on the last-player-standing mode made popular by Fortnite and PUBG, but it's also got more Zombies experiences and traditional multiplayer content. And like Destiny 2 before it, Activision's latest game will run online play through Blizzard's Battle.net platform. The game is slated for release on October 12th.
Fortnite fans who have been anxious to find out how they truly measure up against the competition can do so right now with the game's first attempt at ranked play in a limited-time event. Epic Games also teased an announcement on competitive play for next week, so this seems like a dry run for a more substantial ranked mode and, eventually, a formal professional scene.
Throughout gaming's storied history, there's been some wild hardware like N-Gage, the Barcode Battler and, more recently, Nintendo Labo. But we haven't seen anything quite like the Ocelot Arcade System, a homebrew console that uses an oscilloscope as its display. Yep, an oscilloscope. The console can display 3D vector graphics in real time and deliver four-channel polyphonic sound through a built-in amplifier and speaker.