Report: New Xbox Gamerscore model will reward elite players

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Report: New Xbox Gamerscore model will reward elite players

Microsoft is reportedly working on a new achievements system for Xbox designed for those players who tend to focus heavily on a small number of games.

According to Windows Central, the new “Career” system will sit alongside the current Gamerscore program, which rewards points to players for completing certain in-game goals. Most games offer a limited number of achievement points, which are soon collected by dedicated players. They are aggregated to create an overall Gamerscore.

PUBG developer publishes loot box drop rates

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PUBG developer publishes loot box drop rates

In a refreshingly upfront set of patch notes today, the team behind Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds listed out the odds at which their newest line of cosmetic items show up in loot crates. It’s a first for them, and may be a response to their movement into the Chinese market where there are a different set of regulations about loot crates. Nevertheless, it raises the question: Just how likely are you to find that fancy t-shirt or leather jacket that you had your eye on?

In Battlegrounds, the only way to earn loot crates is by playing well. The more hits you land on your opponents, the more downs and kills you get all contribute to the amount of in-game currency you receive at the end of a match. That currency, called Battle Points (BP), can then be cashed in for crates.

PUBG PC update removes knockoff Red Bull, introduces new clothes

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PUBG PC update removes knockoff Red Bull, introduces new clothes

The Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds console team dropped a fresh update for Xbox One just yesterday. Not to be outdone, the PC side of the house just tossed a 6.2 gigabyte update onto the test servers. It includes two new sets of clothes, a replacement for the model of the game’s energy drink and new ways to report cheaters.

Since launch, Battlegrounds has included knockoff Red Bulls as in-game buffs. Called Hot Bull, the cans shared the same coloring and skinny profile of the name brand beverage. Today’s update includes an entirely new can with a brawny, mustachioed man as its logo. It’s a little thing to be sure, but further evidence of PUBG Corp. taking a more mature stance to branding and copyrights. Look for this logo to adorn some swag or t-shirts in the new future.

Your Xbox is going to get a ‘do not disturb’ sign

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Your Xbox is going to get a ‘do not disturb’ sign

Your Xbox will eventually get a virtual “do not disturb” sign when a feature coming to the Xbox Insider program makes it to everyone’s systems. The option will allow you to play online while also showing friends and other people on Xbox Live that you’re not accepting messages nor interested in any other games.

“Sometimes all you want to do is avoid all distractions and focus entirely on your game,” the official post states. “We’ll be including a ‘Do not disturb’ online status, which will suppress notifications and let your friends know that you’re not available for another game or activity right now.”

Nintendo Switch subreddit is the console’s most supportive lost-and-found

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Nintendo Switch subreddit is the console’s most supportive lost-and-found

Losing my Nintendo Switch is one of my biggest nightmares: I can’t afford another one, let alone replace all of my games or save files (thanks again for that one, Nintendo). This is a fear shared by many Switch owners, which is why it’s great that the system’s biggest community has gathered to help reunite lost Switch consoles with their homes.

The Nintendo Switch subreddit has become a haven for anyone who has left their Switch on a plane, a cab or elsewhere. Since the community helped one member recover their misplaced console late last month, numerous others have tapped the fervent fanbase for support in their quests to find their lost Switch systems.

Monster Hunter: World prompts hardcore fans to take newbies under their wing

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Monster Hunter: World prompts hardcore fans to take newbies under their wing

Monster Hunter is known to be intimidating to new players. It’s a good thing that those interested in checking out Monster Hunter: World, the series’ upcoming console entry — the first in more than a decade — already have a group of veterans in place to help them out.

Adopt-A-Hunter is a burgeoning fan community meant to invite more people into the series. The goal: Give individual players personalized help in navigating Monster Hunter World’s copious systems, varied weapons and crafting elements when the game launches on consoles Jan. 26.

Dragon Ball FighterZ’s beta roster is 11 strong, packed with fan favorites

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Dragon Ball FighterZ’s beta roster is 11 strong, packed with fan favorites

Dragon Ball FighterZ’s open beta starts Saturday, Jan. 13 (if you preordered the game; Sunday if you didn’t), and Bandai Namco’s Twitter account in Spain revealed the beta’s 11-character roster early this morning.

¡Elige tu equipo para la Open Beta de Dragon Ball FighterZ con 11 personajes, 7 escenarios y varios modos de juego! Las reservas digitales tienen acceso de 13/1 9AM CET a 16/1 9AM CET.
El resto de 14/1 9AM CET a 16/1 9AM CET. https://t.co/QH2bUU2cI8 #DBFighterzBETA pic.twitter.com/lX9JBrALxi

PlayStation 4 holiday sales dip slightly

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PlayStation 4 holiday sales dip slightly

Sony today announced that it sold 5.9 million PlayStation 4 units around the world during the holiday season. This figure is down slightly from the company’s 2016 performance, when it sold 6.2 million units, according to a press release dated Jan. 4, 2017.

PS4 has now cumulatively sold through more than 73.6 million units, as of Dec. 31, 2017. Back in early December, Sony announced that PS4 sales had passed the 70 million mark. These figures include the company’s higher end model PlayStation 4 Pro.

Top Pokémon Go personalities fed up with exclusive Raid battles

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Top Pokémon Go personalities fed up with exclusive Raid battles

One of Pokémon Go’s most popular YouTube personalities is taking a break from the game, he announced over the weekend. Pokémon Go streamer Reversal’s reason for the hiatus isn’t just personal — like many other players, he’s finally fed up with the game’s controversial exclusive Raid battle system.

“You know what? I’m done with this EX-Raid Pass System,” Reversal tweeted on Sunday afternoon. “Way to kill my motivation on this game. Taking [an] indefinite break from Pokémon Go.”

You Must Build A Boat designer’s next game is a narrative puzzle

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You Must Build A Boat designer’s next game is a narrative puzzle

Luca Redwood, the game designer behind breakout hits 10000000 and You Must Build A Boat, is trying something a little different with his next game, Photographs. The multi-platform title will be a far more narrative experience than his past games and, judging from the first trailer, it’s going to be an emotional journey.

“It’s quite dark, quite heavy,” Redwood told Polygon. “One of the things that I’m most worried about with this game is it deals with difficult themes, but it doesn’t pass judgment. And I think people might accuse me of sitting on the fence with that.”