Why Xbox Live Coming To Nintendo Switch Isn't Surprising

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Yes, you read that right. Microsoft has announced plans to bring Xbox Live to Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android, with more details coming in a GDC talk next month. The company says bringing the network to more consoles will "enable game developers to connect players between iOS, Android, and Switch in addition to Xbox and any game in the Microsoft Store on Windows PCs."

Until the publisher reveals more at GDC, we're not entirely sure what the move will involve, precisely. What we do know is Microsoft wants us to take our Xbox profile, including our Achievement history, friends list, clubs we're in, and more, to every screen--even rival consoles.

PS4's Free PS Plus Games For February Are Out Now

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If you're looking for some more free games to play, six new titles are being offered through PS Plus right now. Most are available for PS4, but several can be played on PS3 or PS Vita as well.

For February, all PS Plus members can freely download Hitman - The Complete First Season, For Honor, Divekick, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Gunhouse, and Rogue Aces. Hitman, For Honor, Rogue Aces, and Gunhouse are available on PS4, while Metal Gear Solid and Divekick are for PS3. Rogue Aces, Gunhouse, and Divekick can also be downloaded for free on PS Vita.

This is the last month that players can expect PS3 and Vita titles in the PS Plus line-up, but all Plus subscribers are getting an extra 100 GB of cloud storage in exchange. For this month, all PS4 titles will be available through March 5, while the PS3 and Vita games will stick around until March 8.

Hi-Rez Staffer Arrested In Child Predator Sting

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A community specialist for Hi-Rez Studios--maker of Smite and Paladins--as been let go from the company, following an arrest in an undercover sting to catch child predators. Tommy Cheung was one of multiple people arrested in "Operation Interception."

In a press release, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation says it arrested 21 people between ages 20-55 who traveled near the Atlanta metro area with the intent of meeting a child for sex. It also seized 24 digital devices as evidence. It says the goal of the sting was "to arrest persons who communicate with children on-line, have sexually explicit conversations, and then travel to meet them for the purpose of having sex." Hi-Rez promptly released Cheung from its employment.

Destiny 2 Ascendant Challenge Week 5 Guide (Feb. 5-12)

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Destiny 2 Ascendant Challenge Week 5 Guide (Feb. 5-12)

It's time for another weekly reset in Destiny 2 has arrived, and that means a new Ascendant Challenge as the time loop in the Dreaming City resets yet again. We're back to the start of a three-week cycle as the Awoken continue to battle the curse. We're nearing the end of Season 5, but if you're still looking to reach the 650 level cap before the impending release of the next expansion, Joker's Wild, this is a great way to get there. Here's what you need to do and where to go to find the portal that can net you some Powerful gear.

Like in past weeks, the Ascendant Challenge involves using a specific item (a Tincture of Queensfoil) to receive the Ascendance buff. This allows you to see a Taken portal that sends you to the Ascendant Plane to do a mission of sorts. But the portal's location and your objective has been different each week, and that's true for Week 5. Before starting, though, be sure to grab the corresponding bounty from Petra, as that's the key to earning a piece of Powerful gear.

Watch The Mortal Kombat 11 Kombat Kast Livestream Here

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NetherRealm will hold its first livestream for Mortal Kombat 11, after having delayed the event due to severe and dangerous cold in the studio's home city of Chicago. It will start at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET, and we expect to see it drop more details on the upcoming fighting game. Come right back here at that time to watch it all.

We're likely to get our first look at the recently announced Kano in action during the stream, possibly along with other character reveals and a new Fatality or two. NetherRealm could also use the opportunity to debut new skins or other cosmetic items, given that the sequel is offering deep customization options.

Mortal Kombat 11 will launch with three editions: a $60 standard edition, $100 premium edition, and $300 Kollector's Edition. The most expensive version comes with a Scorpion mask for all your cosplay needs. Pre-ordering any version will get you Shao Kahn and beta access.

Watch Mortal Kombat 11 Kombat Kast Livestream Here

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NetherRealm will hold its first livestream for Mortal Kombat 11, after having delayed the event due to severe and dangerous cold in the studio's home city of Chicago. As of this writing, it will start in just a few minutes, at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET, and we expect to see it drop more details on the upcoming fighting game. You can watch live through the video stream above.

We're likely to get our first look at the recently announced Kano in action during the stream, possibly along with other character reveals and a new Fatality or two. NetherRealm could also use the opportunity to debut new skins or other cosmetic items, given that the sequel is offering deep customization options.

Mortal Kombat 11 will launch with three editions: a $60 standard edition, $100 premium edition, and $300 Kollector's Edition. The most expensive version comes with a Scorpion mask for all your cosplay needs. Pre-ordering any version will get you Shao Kahn and beta access.

Fortnite Patch Notes (7.30 Content Update): What's New Today, Including Bottle Rockets

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Epic Games has released Fortnite's 7.30 content update, and it's now live across all platforms; PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile. With new competition in the form of the just-released Apex Legends, the patch notes for today's update details the type of changes additions we've come to expect. Those include the addition of a new weapon, limited-time mode (paired with a change to how often they're rolled out), and other tweaks for Battle Royale.

Headlining this week's patch is the previously teased Bottle Rocket, a new item that will rain explosives down on structures when thrown. Bottle Rockets drop in stacks of two and can be found either as floor loot or in chests, Vending Machines, Supply Llamas, and Supply Drops.

To make room for Bottle Rockets, Epic has vaulted another older item: the Boom Box. The developer has also made some major changes to environmental campfires. Previously, these campfire pits were decorative, but now they can be lit by interacting with them. Doing this will effectively turn them into a Cozy Campfire, healing all players within their radius for a limited time. However, each campfire can only be used once per match.

Fortnite Patch Notes (Content Update 7.30): What's New Today, Including Bottle Rockets

about X hours ago from

Epic Games has released Fortnite's 7.30 content update, and it's now live across all platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile. With new competition in the form of the just-released Apex Legends, the patch notes for today's update details the type of changes additions we've come to expect. Those include the addition of a new weapon, limited-time mode (paired with a change to how often they're rolled out), and other tweaks for Battle Royale.

Headlining this week's patch is the previously teased Bottle Rocket, a new item that will rain explosives down on structures when thrown. Bottle Rockets drop in stacks of two and can be found either as floor loot or in chests, Vending Machines, Supply Llamas, and Supply Drops.

To make room for Bottle Rockets, Epic has vaulted another older item: the Boom Box. The developer has also made some major changes to environmental campfires. Previously, these campfire pits were decorative, but now they can be lit by interacting with them. Doing this will effectively turn them into a Cozy Campfire, healing all players within their radius for a limited time. However, each campfire can only be used once per match.