Nintendo: Left Joy-Con issue has been fixed on future Switch consoles

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Nintendo: Left Joy-Con issue has been fixed on future Switch consoles

Nintendo says it has fixed the connectivity issue some Switch owners are experiencing on the left Joy-Con controller, and said the problem will not appear in future consoles that make it into consumer’s hands.

The company provided this information in a written statement to Polygon, where it also said there was never “a design issue” with Joy-Con controllers. It described the well-documented issues of the left Joy-Con losing connectivity — first reported on early hardware reviews — as “a manufacturing variation.”

Rocket League’s next update delivers a new way to play the game

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Rocket League’s next update delivers a new way to play the game

Rocket League's next update introduces a mode that bends the game away from its soccer-with-RC-cars theme, using a new arena, a breakable surface and a different ball.

Called "Dropshot," Rocket Leaguers will be tasked with destroying breakable panels on the surface of the opposing team's field, and scoring goals through those gaps instead of driving them into more traditional goal boxes.

Here’s the new raid gear you can get in Destiny Age of Triumph

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Here’s the new raid gear you can get in Destiny Age of Triumph

Destiny players will have ample reason to return to the game’s revamped raids in Age of Triumph, the next (and supposedly final) content drop for Bungie’s shooter. During a Twitch livestream today, Bungie walked Destiny players through the gear and ornamentation coming to Age of Triumph, including more than a dozen pieces of fresh raid armor.

The updated version of Vault of Glass, Destiny’s first raid, will give players an opportunity to score some Vex-themed gear, including a Harpy-inspired set for Warlock players and one with an ornamental back shield for Titans.

Nintendo is repairing left Joy-Cons with ... a piece of foam?

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Nintendo is repairing left Joy-Cons with ... a piece of foam?

While Nintendo remains mostly mum on the issue of some left Joy-Con controllers becoming desynced from the Switch console, it appears it has a solution for those affected. No, it’s not avoidance of aquariums or all other wireless devices; instead, it’s apparently as simple as a foam sticker placed in the right spot.

Early reviews and, later, actual retail units of the Nintendo Switch highlighted an apparent hardware flaw in the design of the left Joy-Con controller. In certain scenarios — like when played some distance from the console using the Joy-Con Grip — some left Joy-Cons could lose sync and players would find themselves unable to accurately control what’s happening on the screen. While a day one console update fixed this issue for some, it’s remained for others and Nintendo has done little to assuage would-be consumers that it’s solved the issue for good.

PS4’s most recent update broke Wi-Fi for some users

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PS4’s most recent update broke Wi-Fi for some users

The latest system software update for the PlayStation 4 appears to have had a terrible side effect for a number of customers: The console’s Wi-Fi no longer works.

Sony released the major firmware update, version 4.50, on March 9. That morning, after updating their PS4, a user on the PlayStation Forums started a thread about their new connectivity issue. “I updated my PS4 this morning and after the update it can not connect to wifi,” the user wrote, mentioning the error code NW-31297-2 — “could not connect to the Wi-Fi network because the Wi-Fi password is not correctly set on the PS4, or the wireless network is busy.”

The user said that they were “pretty sure the password is correct,” and added that their Wi-Fi was working as usual with other devices.

This game could improve your dating performance

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This game could improve your dating performance

Live-action video games are a great way to have fun with friends. Like room-escape games, they add an extra element of immediacy to challenges. They can also be instructive.

The Dating Game is a new concept that's currently on Kickstarter (video pitch above). It connects players at home with live actors in a first date scenario streamed from a suitable location. The player instructs the actor on how to deal with various dating misadventures. It’s all for fun, but in theory, it could be of practical use.

Pokémon Go event will make it easier to encounter Totodile, Squirtle and more

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Pokémon Go event will make it easier to encounter Totodile, Squirtle and more

Niantic Labs announced today that certain water-type Pokémon, including popular starter Pokémon like Squirtle and Totodile, will be a little bit easier to encounter in Pokémon Go starting today.

As part of Water Festival, Magikarp, Squirtle, Totodile and other water-type Pokémon have been made more accessible by the team at Niantic. This means if you live in an area that isn’t close to water and have had more difficulties encountering the aforementioned Pokémon, spending more time in-game over the next week will increase your chances.

Dark Souls 3 gets PS4 Pro support in next patch

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Dark Souls 3 gets PS4 Pro support in next patch

An upcoming patch for Dark Souls 3 will add support for Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro, leading to better frame rates, according to patch notes posted by FromSoftware and Bandai Namco.

The developer’s official patch notes don’t into much detail about how the PS4 Pro will be supported, writing only that version 1.11 of Dark Souls 3 will see “Increased frame rate for gameplay on PlayStation 4 Pro.”

Microsoft launching new ‘Tech Series’ Xbox One controllers

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Microsoft launching new ‘Tech Series’ Xbox One controllers

Microsoft continues to add to the variety of Xbox One controllers on offer, and the next one will be the first in a new “Tech Series” of gamepads, the company announced today.

The controller, named the Recon Tech Special Edition, is inspired by “military technology and performance patterns,” according to Microsoft. The body of the controller is dark gray, with a matte finish and a laser-etched texture and gold-colored accents like military insignia. The horns of the controller feature a rubberized grip with a diamond pattern.