Xbox One Controller Might Get A New Upgrade, According To Microsoft Patents

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Microsoft might be rolling out new upgrades to its Xbox One controller in the future. The company filed two patents for its controller's triggers back in June 2017--the first for triggers with an input device with linear geared feedback and the second for triggers with motor-driven adjustable tension--and both were granted in December 2018.

Together, both patents focus on providing greater feedback when pulling the trigger on an Xbox One controller, which should increase the level of responsiveness in games where the triggers are used for action-specific tasks, like shooting or running. Both patents only include a diagram of the Xbox One controller, but if these upgrades were to roll out, Microsoft would potentially implement them in Xbox One Elite controllers as well. Windows Latest, which first reported on the patents, theorized these designs might also be for entirely new controllers instead of upgrades to existing ones.

Batwoman Arrow-verse Spin-Off Show Gets Pilot Order With Game Of Thrones Director

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After making her debut during the "Elseworlds" Arrow-verse crossover, Batwoman is ready to take center stage. The CW has officially ordered a pilot for the potential spin-off series, which will see Ruby Rose (The Meg) return once again in the title role of Batwoman/Kate Kane.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Batwoman pilot will be directed by David Nutter, who has previously directed episodes of Arrow, The Flash, and Game of Thrones. Caroline Dries serves as showrunner on the project with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Geoff Johns executive producing.

Batwoman's Arrow-verse debut in "Elseworlds" also introduced Gotham City for the first time on The CW, as well as Arkham Asylum and a few interesting characters that could potentially return at some point. At the moment, however, only Rose has been confirmed as appearing in the pilot.

CES 2019: Dates, Tickets, Schedule, And Everything You Need To Know

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CES is almost upon us, ushering in the year's biggest event for the consumer tech industry. We're bound to see lots of announcements that impact the game industry, along with broader tech trends and innovations. Read on for all you need to know before this year's event kicks off.

CES, once an acronym for the Consumer Electronics Show, is the showcase of the latest technology innovations going back 50 years. The show includes a broad range of tech fields, so while it includes video game topics and technologies like esports, VR, and mobile devices, it is just as focused on the wide array of tech including cryptocurrency, smart homes, and self-driving cars.

The show was sporadically held for several decades before switching to an annual format. Various formats of the show have been held in cities like New York and Chicago, but now it has settled on Las Vegas as its home locale.

CES 2019: Dates, Schedule, Tickets, And Everything You Need To Know

about X hours ago from

CES 2019 is almost upon us, ushering in the year's biggest event for the consumer tech industry. We're bound to see lots of announcements that impact the game industry, along with broader tech trends and innovations. Read on for all you need to know before this year's event kicks off.

CES, once an acronym for the Consumer Electronics Show, is the showcase of the latest technology innovations going back 50 years. The show includes a broad range of tech fields, so while it includes video game topics and technologies like esports, VR, and mobile devices, it is just as focused on the wide array of tech including cryptocurrency, smart homes, and self-driving cars.

The show was sporadically held for several decades before switching to an annual format. Various formats of the show have been held in cities like New York and Chicago, but now it has settled on Las Vegas as its home locale.

Ahead Of CES 2019, HTC Vive Teases New VR Products

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Prior to CES 2019, HTC tweeted an image of some of the new VR gear that it's bringing to the tech event. All of the products are boxed away in their cases, so it's still a mystery as to what HTC will be announcing.

In the tweet, there are some hints--both in the image and the accompanying text--that shed some light on what might be announced though. The tweet refers to the new announcements as "gear" so HTC is probably focusing on Vive hardware reveals for CES this year. And although HTC blurred the logos on the cases in the image, they're not completely ineligible. CNET believes one of the cases says "Vive Port" and another reads "Vive Gloves" or "Vive Cloud." We'll have to wait for CES to find out for sure, however.

The truck is loaded and we’re excited be on our way to #CES2019. The cases are packed with some new gear we can’t wait to unbox for you. Keep tuned to @htcvive social media during CES for announcements, news and daily coverage. #HTCVIVE #VIVEPORT pic.twitter.com/lkwKE7plPw

LG Is Bringing Giant 8K TVs To CES 2019

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CES 2019 in Las Vegas is still a few days away, but you won't have to wait until the trade show starts on January 8 to get a load of what LG has to offer. The electronics maker has already put out a press release about at least some of what it means to show off in Vegas--and it's mostly big, powerful TVs.

LG put out a press release detailing the big improvements to its TV sets it means to show off at CES this year. Specifically, the company is introducing its new ThinQ AI, a "deep learning algorithm" that looks to make content look and sound as good as possible on your LG TV, no matter what's going on in the room you're watching in.

ThinQ makes use of the Alpha 9 Gen 2 processor in LG's newer sets and "recognizes content source quality and determines the best upgrade method for optimal visual output," according to LG's press release. It'll also use the TV's ambient light sensor to take into account conditions in the room it's in, adjusting screen brightness and refining the way it displays HDR content to make sure scenes and images are always clear. ThinQ is also supposed to be able to improve sound quality, mixing up two-channel audio to make it sound like 5.1 surround sound.

Great Deals On Nintendo Switch Games: Octopath Traveler, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, And More (US And UK)

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Great Deals On Nintendo Switch Games: Octopath Traveler, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, And More (US And UK)

While smaller Switch games go on sale all the time on the Nintendo Eshop, the big exclusives tend to stick frustratingly close to their launch price points. That's great news for Nintendo's investors, but it doesn't give deal-hunters much to get excited about. So it's nice to see that this week a number of retailers have dropped prices on a handful of Switch-exclusive games to $42 / £33.

Target has you covered for physical copies, while the Eshops have similar pricing on the digital versions. And if you're going to load up on digital games, you might want to grab a bigger microSD card for your Switch. Amazon is selling 128GB cards for $22 right now, which is a small price to pay for not having to worry about carrying around tiny game cartridges with you.

As for which games are on sale, you've got the unique fighting game Arms, which pits long-limbed characters against one another in zany boxing matches. Also on sale is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a terrific single- or multiplayer racer that comes with all the DLC characters and tracks from the Wii U version.

Bayonetta Steam Page Drops Bizarre Sheep Clue

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Sega appears to be using its Steam page for Bayonetta to tease another impending announcement, but what it might be is still a mystery. A bizarre image of a sheep has sparked theories ranging from a crossover with Bayonetta to something new for Catherine, the story-based puzzle game from subsidiary Atlus. Sega has been producing more PC ports, but this teaser only appeared on the Bayonetta page and not a more recent port like Vanquish.

The teaser is just an image of a sheep, paired with the title "Baa." Sheep play an important role in Catherine, as both the name of the Stray Sheep bar that serves as a central location, and as the way the game represents other men besides the protagonist, Vincent.

Catherine uses its puzzle mechanics to tell a relatively adult story about marriage, commitment, and infidelity. The lead character Vincent is facing the decision of whether to marry his longtime girlfriend, Katherine, when he has a chance encounter with a free-spirited woman, Catherine. It features several endings based on the player's choices and a morality meter. A Full Body remake of Catherine was already announced for PS4 and Vita.

Game Release Dates In January 2019: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, And PC

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January is officially here! While the flow of big releases is slowing down, that doesn't mean there aren't exciting new games coming this month--let alone in 2019 as a whole. There are still a handful of noteworthy games on the way you should keep an eye on.

Headlining January's releases are new installments and re-releases in several classic franchises. The long-awaited Resident Evil 2 remake is set to launch at the end of this month, as well as the climactic conclusion to the Kingdom Hearts series. But if you're in the mood to play older games on current-generation platforms, we're getting remasters/enhanced ports of Tales of Vesperia, Onimusha: Warlords, and New Super Mario Bros. U.

That's only a smattering of this month's releases. You can see all of the biggest games on the way for each platform in January 2019 below. For a look at all of the most notable releases coming in 2019, check out our complete list of game release dates in 2019.