Update: Xbox One Black Screen Error Fixed

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Update: Xbox One Black Screen Error Fixed

Update: Microsoft has fixed the error, and it looks like everything is running normally.

Original Story: As of this afternoon, gamers turning on their Xbox Ones have reported (and we've experienced it ourselves) that the console won't let them sign in. Instead the console goes straight to a black screen.

Microsoft has acknowledged the problem, and at the time of this writing the company says it believes it has identified the issue.

Facetime Bug Was Discovered By A Teenager Playing Fortnite

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Facetime Bug Was Discovered By A Teenager Playing Fortnite

Apple officially acknowledged a bug in their iPhone Facetime feature the other day, confirming that callers could use Facetime to listen in on someone's phone while the call is ringing. The Cupertino tech company promised to send out an update soon to fix this security hole, but it turns out the flaw was found over ten days ago from a 14-year-old trying to play Fortnite with friends.

From a report by the Wall Street Journal, Grant Thompson was trying to play Fortnite with friends and conference them in using Facetime when he discovered the bug. Thompson told his mom and the two of them tried to contact Apple through multiple types of social media, email, and even faxing them. Apple denied the report of the bug without having a developer account, forcing the pair to take it to Apple's security team. Despite there being a "bug bounty" for finding and reporting security issues to the company, the roundabout way the Thompsons had to do it let Apple avoid paying out the bounty to them. Now that the story is public knowledge, it isn't known whether the company has paid young Grant Thompson for finding it.

Xbox Ones Currently Experiencing Black Screen Error

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Xbox Ones Currently Experiencing Black Screen Error

As of this afternoon, gamers turning on their Xbox Ones have reported (and we've experienced it ourselves) that the console won't let them sign in. Instead the console goes straight to a black screen.

Microsoft has acknowledged the problem, and at the time of this writing the company says it believes it has identified the issue.

In our experience with the problem and from anecdotal reports, users can get past the black screen (we pulled the power cord from ours and plugged it back in) but won't be able to sign in.

Ubisoft Outlines Content For The Division 2's Private Beta

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Ubisoft Outlines Content For The Division 2's Private Beta

The Division 2's private beta kicks off on February 7. Today Ubisoft outlined what exactly players will be experiencing when they walk into the decimated nation's capital for the first time. 

The array of content is impressive. Players start off by establishing the base of operations, then venture into a couple of story missions, a handful of side activities, one dark zone to explore, plus the Skirmish 4v4 organized multiplayer mode.

While checking out these offerings, agents can unlock skills and rank up to level seven. Starting February 8, players can also check out some endgame content. Developer Massive is giving players control of a level 30 agent to check out an Invaded mission and test out one of the three specializations. 

PlayStation Plus Members Getting For Honor, Increased Cloud Storage In February

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PlayStation Plus Members Getting For Honor, Increased Cloud Storage In February

Sony has announced February's free games for PlayStation Plus members – one handles its violence stealthily, the other not so much: Hitman: The Complete First Season and For Honor.

These two games are available starting February 5 until March 5.

Meanwhile, PS3 and Vita owners get Divekick (PS3, cross-buy with Vita), Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3), Gunhouse (Vita, cross-buy with PS4), and Rogue Aces (Vita, cross-buy with PS4) until March 8. This batch of PS3 and Vita titles are the last ones for the platforms through PlayStation Plus.

Piranha Plant Is Now Available In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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Piranha Plant Is Now Available In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's 2.0.0 update just went live and, with surprisingly little fanfare or announcement, Piranha Plant is also part of the update. If you redeemed your code already, you can start playing as him as soon as you download the latest update. If you haven't redeemed your code, you have until June to do so, but you must register your copy in the next two days to get your code.

Other new additions include the ability to play Spirit Board matches with up to four players, though the entire match is lost if any of the four players are KO'd. The shop now has Partner Pikachu, Partner Eevee, Dice Block, River Survival, and Golden Dash Mushroom for purchase using in-game coins. Finally, short hops without attacking can be done by pressing both jump buttons at once.

It's a bit off an odd drop for Piranha Plant, with nothing other than last week's Smash Bros. message indicating there was an update even suggesting anything might be coming soon. Nintendo's own wording said the plant-based character would be appearing in February, which we're not quite at yet. Still, earlier is better than later, and perhaps this means we'll be seeing footage of Persona 5's Joker before too long.

French Man Receives Suspended Jail Sentence For Using A Fruit Scale To Change PS4 Price

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French Man Receives Suspended Jail Sentence For Using A Fruit Scale To Change PS4 Price

It turns out that, no matter how clever you think you're being, there's very few workarounds to paying for something at a store. This was the harsh lesson learned by a 19-year-old man named Adel, who went to a Nice, France grocery store and attempted to pull one over on the local staff. Well, two over.

Adel's plan was to grab a PlayStation 4, an item not uncommon in grocery stores in Europe, take it to the self-checkout lane, and use the kiosk's weight scale to certify the item as a fruit. Rather than ringing it up as a €340 retail price, the kiosk weighed the box and instead determined it to be about €9, or roughly $10. The checkout machine spit out a barcode for Adel to slap onto the box on top of the existing barcode, scan it in, and walk off with it. Afterward, he sold the PS4 to someone outside the store for €100 to pay for a train ticket.

It amazingly worked! Then he went back the next day to do it again.

Next Inside Xbox Features Crackdown Campaign Info

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Next Inside Xbox Features Crackdown Campaign Info

Microsoft has announced their first episode of Inside Xbox of 2019, this time mostly focusing on the upcoming Crackdown 3. The console manufacturer has promised that they'll reveal the first details of Crackdown 3's single player campaign, which has mostly not been talked about aside from its usage of Terry Crews, when Inside Xbox airs on February 5. 

In addition, Microsoft will also have new announcements for Mortal Kombat 11, The Division 2, Sea of Thieves, Astroneer, Journey to the Savage Planet, Jump Force, Metro Exodus, and more. It's unclear what the nature of these announcements will be, but they could be anything from reveals they'll be on Game Pass to new characters or trailers.

Inside Xbox was Microsoft's live corollary to shows like the Nintendo Direct, where they talk about their upcoming releases. The somewhat inconsistent schedule hasn't helped, though, so hopefully 2019 can make Inside Xbox some must-see TV, err, streams.

PUBG Tool Lets You Find Streamers That Kill You

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PUBG Tool Lets You Find Streamers That Kill You

The killcam is a time-honored tradition in multiplayer shooters. You need an object to focus all your ire on and then laughingly go "You got me!" When you're killed by a streamer, though, you might want to check out what they thought of you when they got the kill. A new third-party tool tells you when someone who's streaming kills you and gives you a link to their stream so you can watch yourself get killed, or watch yourself kill them.

PUBG Report does exactly what it says on the tin: when you're killed, you can find out who did it to a very specific degree if they're a streamer. The game keeps track of your last 14 kills or deaths, allowing you to click a particular one, find out if a streamer killed you, and go directly to the stream theoretically at the time you were killed. It's a whole new level of kill cam.

It's probably pretty useful if you're really into PUBG and want to see how other people react to you or your tactics or you just want to gloat in your moment of victory. I worry about people jumping into channels to yell at streamers to kill you in the chat, but maybe that's more funny than a worry. 

Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4's Ambush Mode Is Now Live On PS4

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4's Ambush Mode Is Now Live On PS4

With Blackout mode staying fairly popular, Activision is playing with different ways to keep its battle royale title fresh and to keep people playing it. Last week, they announced Ambush mode, a variation on Blackout mode that restricts weapons to sniper rifles, launchers, and melee attacks, meaning you either kill from a distance or kill right next to someone. That mode is now live on PlayStation 4.

In addition to the weapon limits, the circle also keeps closing in with zero delay between collapses, so you can't just stick around with a sniper rifle and hope someone crosses your field of vision. Strategy will play a vital role in the Ambush mode.

You can find full details in the update notes on the game's subreddit. The Down But Not Out mode, which allows players to come back after defeat in Blackout, is continuing its second week on non-PlayStation 4 platforms, so you can still play that while waiting for Ambush to hit Xbox One and PC.