Final Fantasy 14 New Year Event Now Live, New Patch Coming Soon

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Final Fantasy 14 New Year Event Now Live, New Patch Coming Soon

Following the Christmas-themed Starlight Celebration, Final Fantasy XIV's annual Heavensturn New Year event is back again on PS4 and PC. The festivities are underway from now through to January 15, giving players until then to take on seasonal quests and earn some New Year gear.

To participate in the Heavensturn event, you'll need to have a character that is at least level 15, then speak to the Inoshishi Bugyo, who can be found in the upper decks of Limsa Lominsa. It appears the residents of the city are unaware of the festival, so you'll need to help him drum up some interest and sell his rice cakes.

After completing the event quest you'll be able to earn two different styles of the Inoshishi Kabuto helmet, which features an adorable piglet sitting on top to commemorate the Year of the Pig. You can also get a new seasonal piece of furniture for your home: the Boar's Head Kadomatsu. Certain items from previous Heavensturn events can be purchased from the seasonal shop as well.

Fortnite Week 5 Secret Battle Star Location Guide (Season 7 Snowfall Challenge)

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Fortnite Week 5 Secret Battle Star Location Guide (Season 7 Snowfall Challenge)

We're partway through Season 7 of Epic's hit battle royale game, Fortnite, and there's a new batch of challenges to complete on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices. Clearing these missions earns you Battle Stars that, in turn, level up your Battle Pass and unlock the new Season 7 rewards. There's an added incentive to complete all of the challenges from a given week, however: you'll also clear a related Snowfall challenge, which will net you a special loading screen that features a clue to the whereabouts of a free item.

The item in question will either be a Battle Star--which levels your Battle Pass up by one tier--or a Banner--which can be used as a profile icon--depending on how many weekly sets of challenges you complete. If you finish five weeks' worth of missions, you'll be able to get the former. But first, you'll need to find it.

Fortunately, the loading screen you receive for completing the Week 5 Snowfall challenge will point you in the right direction. As you can see below, the screen features Trog--one of the new skins introduced to Fortnite in Season 7--having a little tea party inside a snowy cave. If you look in the top left-hand corner of the image, however, you'll be able to spot a Battle Star just above the wooden hut in the background.

Fortnite Week 5 Guide For Secret Battle Star Location (Season 7 Snowfall Challenge)

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Fortnite Week 5 Guide For Secret Battle Star Location (Season 7 Snowfall Challenge)

We're partway through Season 7 of Epic's hit battle royale game, Fortnite, and there's a new batch of challenges to complete on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices. Clearing these missions earns you Battle Stars that, in turn, level up your Battle Pass and unlock the new Season 7 rewards. There's an added incentive to complete all of the challenges from a given week, however: you'll also clear a related Snowfall challenge, which will net you a special loading screen that features a clue to the whereabouts of a free item.

The item in question will either be a Battle Star--which levels your Battle Pass up by one tier--or a Banner--which can be used as a profile icon--depending on how many weekly sets of challenges you complete. If you finish five weeks' worth of missions, you'll be able to get the former. But first, you'll need to find it.

Fortunately, the loading screen you receive for completing the Week 5 Snowfall challenge will point you in the right direction. As you can see below, the screen features Trog--one of the new skins introduced to Fortnite in Season 7--having a little tea party inside a snowy cave. If you look in the top left-hand corner of the image, however, you'll be able to spot a Battle Star just above the wooden hut in the background.

Nintendo Switch New Year's Sale Drops Prices On Lots Of Big Games (US Only)

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Nintendo Switch New Year's Sale Drops Prices On Lots Of Big Games (US Only)

Nintendo is doing a very un-Nintnedo thing on the Eshop this week. Instead of keeping its exclusive titles at a rigid $60 price point, it's discounting them between now and January 10 as part of a New Year's sale. These are games that rarely get the discount treatment, so if you've been holding off on titles like Octopath Traveler and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, now is a great time to buy. A bunch of other games are on sale this week as well, so let's take a look.

As for those exclusives, you can get Arms, Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, and Octopath Traveler for $42 each. That saves you a cool $18 on some of the most sought-after Switch games around. (For those who prefer physical versions, Target also has these games on sale for the same price).

But this week's sale is bigger than just those titles. You can save lots of cash on a swath of other games as well. Mega Man Legacy Collection, which bundles the core series' NES installments (games 1-6), is on sale for $11.25. You can solve murders in 1940s California in LA Noire for $25. And if you'd like to take over the world, Sid Meier's Civilization VI lets you give it your best shot for $45.

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