The Seabound Soul is the next free update to Sea of Thieves

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The Seabound Soul is the next update coming to Sea of Thieves.

Sea of Thieves players can enjoy the next free update to the game, The Seabound Soul, starting November 20.

The update features an all-new, lore-focused Tall Tale quest. In it, you will join Captain Pendragon to “uncover the mystery of the feared ship, the Ashen Dragon.”

X019 Xbox Flash Sale discounts Gears 5, Destiny 2, Red Dead 2 and more

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X019 Xbox Flash Sale discounts Gears 5, Destiny 2, Red Dead 2 and more

Fresh off their mega X019 presentation in London yesterday, Microsoft has launched the shortest of Xbox Flash Sales on a handful of games including Gears 5, Destiny 2 and Red Dead Redemption 2.

You’ll need to act fast, though, as these prices will only be available until the end of the day. If you’re looking for some highlights, then I’ve picked out a few of them for you.

Let’s start with the Sea Of Thieves Anniversary Edition for 50% off. We already knew this discount was coming after Microsoft announced it in their first wave of Black Friday deals. I think you can expect this one to return throughout the Black Friday period, though.

Pokemon Sword & Shield Abilities and Moves: every new ability and attack in this game listed

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Pokemon Sword & Shield Abilities and Moves: every new ability and attack in this game listed

Pokemon abilities and moves are a major part of any battle, and in Pokemon Sword & Shield there are a range of new abilities and new moves you’ll find attached to certain newcomers and returning creatures alike.

Adding new abilities is a tradition with each new generation of Pokemon games, and Sword & Shield is no different in this regard. While existing skills that fans will be familiar with from throughout the rest of the Pokemon series will also be present in Sword & Shield, probably what’s most interesting of all are the new abilities that come attached to some of the new Pokemon in the game. A few old Pokemon also get new abilities in this game, too – Mr. Mime, Koffing and Weezing all sport new abilities, while the Galarian form of Ponyta and Rapidash likewise level up with a new ability.

These abilities range greatly, and some of them – such as Libero, which resembles a previous ability, are likely to become competitive-worthy skills. Others, like Hunger Switch or Ice Face, are key to the way an entire Pokemon plays, giving that Pokemon a very unique battle mechanic. Here’s the full list of new Pokemon Sword & Shield Abilities:

GTA Online players can now create their own Survival and King of the Hill Modes

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GTA Online players can now build their very own wave-based King of the Hill and Survival Modes.

Rockstar has introduced the Survival Creator and King of the Hill Creator, allowing you to create your very own modes in GTA Online.

With the Survival Creator, you can build wave-based Survival Modes with options to “place props and spawn points, control enemy combat proficiency, vehicle spawns,” and more.

Pokemon Sword & Shield Type Chart: every type strength, weakness and resistance detailed

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Pokemon Sword & Shield Type Chart: every type strength, weakness and resistance detailed

The key to victory in any Pokemon game is understanding types, strengths, weaknesses and resistances. Pokemon Sword & Shield are no different – and so we’ve got a shiny new type chart to help you come up with a game plan.

Pokemon Types have been a staple of the series since its debut, though the number of types have somewhat grown. A Pokemon’s type, which is based on its design and natural habitat, is vital. It determines the moves that Pokemon can use, but also more crucially the different attacks and moves that each individual Pokemon can find itself vulnerable. Pokemon can be single-type or dual-type, split between two affinities – but thankfully there’s no such thing as triple type Pokemon. Even so, with single type and double type critters, there are a lot of potential combinations – hundreds, in fact.

Pokemon Sword & Shield: how to change volume levels with the Hi-tech Earbuds item

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Pokemon Sword & Shield: how to change volume levels with the Hi-tech Earbuds item

Pokemon Sword & Shield add the ability to customize volume levels to the Pokemon series… but you’ll need a special item to do it.

A lot of video game players like to adjust the volume levels on games to a custom level to suit their tastes, or indeed better fit their sound systems. In most games this is a default option – but it hasn’t been a common option at all in the Pokemon series – until now. In Pokemon Sword & Shield you can independently control the volume level of background music, sound effects and Pokemon cries – but you can’t do it without the Hi-tech Earbuds, a key item grabbed from an easy-to-miss NPC character that you’ll encounter not too long after picking your starter Pokemon and leaving your home town.

In order to get your hands on the Hi-tech Earbuds in order to unlock the custom volume settings, you’ll need to head to Motostoke City – that’s the first big city you visit the first time you venture through the wild area. Head deep down the main path in the city, towards the giant elevator that’s powered by a big cog.

Pokemon Sword & Shield Starters: which starter Pokemon should you choose, and starter evolutions revealed

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Pokemon Sword & Shield Starters: which starter Pokemon should you choose, and starter evolutions revealed

As is series tradition, you won’t actually catch your first partner in Pokemon Sword & Shield – instead, your starter Pokemon will be gifted to you by the champion, Leon. And as ever, you’ll be given a choice between grass, fire and water – Grooky, Scorbunny and Sobble.

These three new starter Pokemon were revealed a while ago. There’s cute little grass-type monkey Grooky, energetic fire-type rabbit Scorbunny and nervous-looking water-type lizard Sobble. You probably already have a favorite – but that doesn’t answer the question of which starter Pokemon is best, what their utility is like in-game and where they go with the starter evolutions that ultimately end in a powered-up third and final form later on in the game. So we’re here to help you with that. Be aware that this page obviously contains spoilers for the starter evolutions.

Nvidia CEO implies that the success of RTX is the reason PS5 and Xbox Scarlett have ray tracing

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Nvidia’s outspoken CEO has a theory on why next-generation console hardware will support ray tracing.

Nvidia unveiled its Q3 earnings for FY2020 overnight. Following the results reveal, CEO Jensen Huang spoke to investors about growth opportunities for RTX-series GPUs and ray tracing in general.

Huang reiterated that ray tracing is the future of graphics, calling the RTX series “a home run”, and adding that “just about every major game developer” has signed on to implement ray tracing into their games.