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Celebrating the Minecraft Community at MINECON Live (Open list) (0 submissions)

Last month, more than 112 million people played Minecraft around the world. The size and passion of the Minecraft community continues to amaze us, and more importantly, inspires us to give players new and interesting ways to play the game that brings us all together. Each year at MINECON Live, we look forward to giving the community a peek into what’s new, what’s happening behind the scenes, and what’s to come in the months ahead.

Updates on Minecraft Earth

Some of what we shared today is about Minecraft Earth – a free-to-play mobile game that blends state-of-the-art technology with a new version of Minecraft built on the Bedrock engine. It’s a game that first got its inspiration from the Minecraft HoloLens demo at E3 in 2015 and has grown into one of the world’s first true augmented reality experiences on mobile.

Minecraft Earth has been in closed beta in five cities over the summer, and community feedback from the closed beta has helped us iterate on the game, getting us closer to being ready to release to a wider audience – which starts very soon. Similar to Minecraft, we want to make Minecraft Earth better over time, so we’re going to start releasing the game in Early Access in October and adding more countries each week until we’re worldwide by the end of the year.

Pre-registration for the Early Access version of Minecraft Earth is live for Android users around the world – you can sign up right here – and everyone should stay tuned to Minecraft.net/Earth for further updates.

The Early Access version of the game will bring new features that players in the closed beta have yet to play, including new mob variants, crafting and smelting, and our take on social multiplayer experiences called Adventures. Adventures are small slices of Minecraft worlds that you play in augmented reality in life size. For example, your sidewalk becomes a mine and there could be diamonds under your feet, or your local park may have Minecraft trees where skeletons lurk and you can fight them, dig down into the ground and discover an abandoned mine with treasures. But don’t go at it alone – some of those Adventures can include hostile mobs!

Adventures and so many other parts of Minecraft Earth rely on two critical Microsoft technologies. Azure PlayFab’s dedicated servers allow Minecraft Earth’s multiplayer gameplay to scale worldwide and is the power behind hosting both Buildplates and Adventures on behalf of players.

Azure Spatial Anchors (ASA) is an Azure Mixed Reality developer service that enables sharing and persistence of AR content. When you set off to your local park and find an abandoned mine with treasures, Minecraft Earth is using the ASA service to help guide different players to the same Adventure placement. Without any need for QR scanning, ASA helps the Adventure get magically placed and aligned correctly for all players at that location.

As we begin to roll the game out globally, we’re prioritizing player safety to make Minecraft Earth an enjoyable and welcoming experience for everyone. Players, parents and guardians will be able to use Xbox Live Account Management to adjust safety and privacy settings and a reporting system will allow players to report concerns like unsafe locations in-game and on our website. We’ll also have a moderation team available to manage and respond to reports. It’s important to us that all players feel safe and can contribute to a positive and inclusive Minecraft Earth community.

Additional MINECON Live News

Beyond Minecraft Earth, there’s so much more that we talked about today during MINECON Live. Here are just some of those amazing things:

  • We introduced our next major game update for Minecraft called the Nether Update, which will add new biomes, mobs, structures, blocks and visual effects to the Nether to enhance its unique and scary atmosphere. We also showed off the new Target block which will act as a projectile hit-detector, two new biomes – the Soulsand Valley and Netherwart Forest, and the all-new Piglin Beasts and Piglin mobs. The Piglins introduce a new civilization to the Minecraft universe!
  • Minecraft Dungeons is another new Minecraft experience that we’re incredibly excited to bring to our players next year. During MINECON Live, we premiered the opening cinematic trailer and demonstrated how local co-op gameplay works with friends. Plus, we reminded players that they can sign up for a chance to play the game early at Minecraft.net/Dungeons.
  • We’re also bringing Bees and Beehives to the game. The Minecraft bees will help pollinate crops and flowers, and during MINECON Live we introduced the Honey Block that has many fun new mechanics like slowing down movement with its sticky texture. The bees will arrive to both Bedrock and Java before the holidays.
  • Character Creator is a new, easy-to-use system to help players make a custom character in Minecraft. More than 100 features, including all hair, eyes, mouths, skin textures, facial hair, and body sizes will be available for free and there will also be a range of custom accessories, created by the Minecraft team, available for purchase. And yes, even capes will be coming to Bedrock for the first time, with a free Founder’s Cape available when Character Creator launches later this year! Plus, Character Creator will be available in the main game as well as Minecraft Earth and characters will sync between both games!
  • Coming soon, Realms Plus is a new monthly subscription that represents an evolution from the typical Realms that players know and love today. With Realms Plus, just like before, players will have access to a 10-player Realm where you can invite all your friends to play with you, at no cost to them. But now, players will receive more than 50 pieces of content from the Minecraft Marketplace from more than 30 participating Minecraft Marketplace Partners at no extra cost, with new Marketplace content added each month.
  • Minecraft: Builders & Biomes from Ravensburger is a new board game that brings Minecraft from screen to table. Developed in collaboration with Mojang, Minecraft: Builders & Biomes is the first Minecraft strategy board game ever created. It recreates the digital game in a shared, in-person experience complete with mobs to fight and a real block of resource cubes to mine. The game will be available in Europe starting in October and in the United States starting in November.
  • Finally, we’re excited to share that next year will be the return of a physical MINECON experience, called Minecraft Festival, a three-day celebration that will feature interactive exhibits, inclusive gameplay, tournaments, exclusive merchandise and meet-and-greets with creators and Mojang developers, alongside our digital global broadcast. You can sign up for more information at minecraftfestival.com.

We want to thank you all for being a part of the amazing Minecraft community. We wouldn’t be where we are without you all today and we’re so glad to be able to celebrate with each and every one of you at MINECON Live.

See the rest of the story on Xbox Wire

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The Drop: New PlayStation Games for October 1, 2019

In honor of both Destiny 2: Shadowkeep and ReadySet Heroes releasing this week, we’re informally renaming this week’s post to “The Loot Drop.” Return to the moon and slay new Nightmares, or brawl through stylish dungeons – but always remember to grab the loot!

For a full list of new games coming to PlayStation next week, read on. And enjoy The Drop!

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A Hole New World
PS Vita — Digital (Out 10/3)
The city is being invaded by monsters from the Upside Down World! You, the Potion Master, must defeat evil all alone, with no tutorials or ‘Easy Mode’ to assist you. You’ll have to rely on the help of Fäy, your companion fairy, and your potions! Defeat gigantic bosses and acquire their powers!
Carly and the Reaperman: Escape from the Underworld
PS VR — Digital (Out 10/2)
Join the adventure of Carly and the Reaperman in the Underworld! Master platforming to avoid dangers, solve puzzles and build your way to through dozens of fun and challenging obstacles to the finish line — play alone or with a friend!
Destiny 2: Shadowkeep
PS4 — Digital
New nightmares have emerged from the shadows of our Moon. Called forth by haunting visions, Eris Morn has returned. Join her to slay these nightmares before they reach out beyond the Moon to cast humanity back into an age of darkness.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered
PS4 — Digital (Out 10/4)
Strap on your proton pack once again and join the Ghostbusters on the adventure with the voice and likeness of the original crew as you battle to save New York! Play through a unique storyline as the player battles and captures ghosts – both well-loved and brand new.
Legrand Legacy: Tale of the Fatebounds
PS4 — Digital (Out 10/3)
Welcome to Legrand, a beautifully hand-drawn world riddled with curious creatures, devastating wars, and intriguing tales of vengeance and redemption. Embark on an epic adventure through this sprawling fantasy universe and fight alongside the Fatebounds as they attempt to bring peace to Legrand!
Ling: A Road Alone.
PS4 — Digital (Out 10/2)
Ling: A Road Alone. is a top-down hack and slash game. Following his heart, a young man starts a journey to find his true self across snowy mountains and sand dunes, faced with tough enemies and fierce fights. His only choice is to keep moving forward with determination.
Mobile Suit Gundam Battle Operation 2
PS4 — Digital
The battlefield extends into space. Defeat the enemy with your MS or launch surprise attacks as infantry… Grasp the shifting tides of battle, and let loose your victory cry! Mobile Suit Gundam Battle Operation 2 allows you to fight alongside your friends (basic play free). Complete countless battles and missions, and become an ace pilot!
No Way Out – A Dead Realm Tale
PS VR — Digital (Out 9/30)
No Way Out: A Dead Realm Tale is a chilling VR experience that takes you to hell and back! Race against the clock as you solve puzzles in this haunted mansion caught between our world and the Dead Realm. Will you escape? Or will you become just another lost soul trapped in Huxley’s Mansion?
PS4 — Digital, Retail (Out 10/3)
Northgard is a strategy game based on Norse mythology in which you control a clan of Vikings vying for the control of a mysterious newfound continent filled with mystery, danger and riches: Northgard. The boldest Northmen have set sail to explore and conquer these new shores, bring fame to their Clan, and write history.
One Night Stand
PS4 — Digital
After a night of fun, passion, and one too many drinks, you wake up the next morning with a complete stranger. Will you stay and explore your relationship with this stranger, or will you escape as soon as you can? With 12 unique endings to discover, can you keep up the act long enough to find out what really happened?
ReadySet Heroes
PS4 — Digital
Go from zero to HERO in this fast-paced multiplayer dungeon crawler meets EPIC arena brawl! Choose your character, then race through random dungeons to slay monsters, dodge traps and collect tons of loot to power up. Whoever reaches the end of the dungeon first triggers a vicious “winner-take-all” arena brawl!
Tic-Tac-Letters By Powgi
PS4, PS VR — Digital (Cross-Buy)
Tic-Tac-Letters is a single player logic puzzle based on tic-tac-toe. Begin by placing letters so that there are no more than two Xs or Os consecutive in a row or column. Then continue with new letters and larger and more challenging puzzles.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint
PS4 — Digital, Retail (Out 10/4)
Become a Ghost, an Elite US Special Operations soldier, as you fight to survive against your brothers who have turned against you. Put yourself in the shoes of a Spec Ops soldier stranded behind enemy lines as you explore the massive open world. Gold and Ultimate Editions available October 1.
Yu-No: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of this World.
PS4 — Digital, Retail
Your love awaits beyond the bounds of this world! Play as Takuya, an academy student who discovers the secret to time travel thanks to a mysterious gift from his deceased father. Use the Reflector Device to travel through multiple timelines and gather clues to unlock the truth resting beneath Sword Cape.

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3 Key Tips to Help You Deal with Allies and Enemies in Code Vein

Prepare to fight to survive in the action RPG Code Vein! After a mysterious disaster destroys the world as we know it, you and the remaining survivors – Revenants – must find a way to stay alive in a land filled with ferocious monsters known as the Lost. To persevere in this harsh world, you can partner with a fellow Revenant to increase your collective strength in battle with coordinated attacks and support.

For those of you who are curious about how to deal with different friends and foes in your adventure, here are a few pointers to help you navigate the world of Code Vein.

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It’s All About Those Status Symbols

When taking on the Lost, often the initial damage they can inflict is only part of the story. Some enemies can inflict various status attacks that can hinder you on your path to victory. These can include poisoning, slow, and leak (which slowly reduces your Ichor count) just to name a few.

While playing, keep a close eye on whether a status has been inflicted by checking the lower portion of the screen. This location will enumerate all your character’s status changes, with positive buffs appearing in blue and negative changes appearing in red. In addition, you can see the status changes for your partner beneath their icon.

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Friends to the End

Having a buddy available to resurrect you in the heat of battle can be the difference in victory or defeat. It may be wise to always try to hold at least two Ichor so you can cast a revive gift on your partner, ensuring that they will be around for a chance to “rez” you back.

Getting to Know You

When at your Home Base, you might notice that you can give presents to NPCs in exchange for items that they hold. Though you can give anyone anything, specific items will garner you more points for trading.

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Pay close attention to their conversations, items they may send you, and moments in their unlocked memories. This may give you a clue to what items they have a strong affinity for. This can be crucial is you want to get some rare crafting materials or other special items they may be willing to part with.

Don’t forget to use these three helpful tips to help you find your way to victory on your journey.

Code Vein is available now for Xbox One on the Microsoft Store. Click here for purchase details.

See the rest of the story on Xbox Wire

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Share of the Week – Neon

Last week, we asked you to turn on the lights and share your glowing moments in gaming featuring neon. From electric powers to slick city signs, you shared your neon sights using #PS4share and #PSBlog. Here’s this week’s highlights:


You can’t beat Fetch’s neon powers in inFamous Second Son, shared by @JRPyznar.


The Batmobile gleams in Gotham’s neon lights in this Arkham Knight share by @memamutanja.


@SebastianoCatig shared Aloy reaching before a neon backdrop in Horizon Zero Dawn.


Mirror’s Edge Catalyst has lots of neon in the city of Glass, as shared by @Sefwick.


Delsin can use neon too in inFamous Second Son, as shared by @sotiris_dour.


@EthanMartinezN3shared a neon-lit moment from Gravity Rush 2.

Search #PS4Share and #PSBlog on Twitter or Instagram to see more entries to this week’s theme. Want to be featured in next week’s Share of the Week?

Theme: Trine Trilogy
Share by: 9am Pacific on Wednesday, October 2

Next week, delve into the puzzle-filled worlds of Trine Trilogy. As you play through the storybook settings and fight fierce foes, share your magical moments using #PS4share and #PSBlog for a chance to be featured.

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Death Stranding: Neues Footage und Charakter Spotlight-Videos

David Bull, Global Brand Manager


Der gefeierte Spieleregisseur Hideo Kojima kam diese Woche auf die Gamescom, um die Fans nicht nur mit einem, sondern mit gleich drei neuen Videos zu dem mit Spannung erwarteten Spiel zu beeindrucken, das er zurzeit entwickelt: Death Stranding.

Die Videos stellen bereits bekannte Charaktere in den Mittelpunkt und zeigen neue Szenen aus dem Spiel. Sie geben den Fans einen Eindruck davon, was sie auf Sam Bridges’ Reise erwartet, auf der er versucht, eine zerrüttete Gesellschaft wieder zu vereinen und die Menschheit zu retten.

Im ersten Clip wurde die spielerischere Seite von Sams Mission gezeigt. Zudem hatte Geoff Keighley, Schöpfer der The Game Awards, einen Gastauftritt. Seht ihn euch unten an.

Das neue Videomaterial ist eine kurze Einführung in die Fortbewegungsmöglichkeiten, Lieferungen und Charakterinteraktionen, während Sam einen Berghang hinaufklettert, um einem abgeschieden lebenden Prepper Vorräte zu bringen.

Im zweiten Clip wurde den Fans ein wichtiger Charakter auf Sams Reise erneut vorgestellt: Deadman. Außerdem wurden weitere Details über Sams geheimnisvolle BB-Einheit offenbart.

Als Mitglied von Bridges kennt sich Deadman mit den Lebenden aus – und den Toten. In der Szene erklärt er mehr über den Hintergrund der BBs (Bridge-Babys) und ihre Rolle in Sams Mission.

Der letzte Clip, der bei der Gamescom gezeigt wurde, legt den Schwerpunkt auf ein weiteres Bridges-Mitglied: Mama.

Bei ihrem ersten Aufeinandertreffen erfährt Sam von Mamas tragischer Verbindung zu den GDs.

Ihr könnt die Death Stranding Special Edition schon heute vorbestellen.

Bis zur Veröffentlichung von Death Stranding am 8. November sind es nicht einmal mehr drei Monate! Folgt unseren offiziellen PlayStation-Kanälen, damit ihr bis zur Veröffentlichung keine Neuigkeiten zum bald erscheinenden Spiel verpasst.

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Diese Woche neu im PlayStation Store: Dead or Alive 6, Trials Rising, The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame und mehr

Im PlayStation Store geht es diese Woche mit vielen bunten Veröffentlichungen geschäftig zu. Bei einem Menü aus Titeln wie Dead or Alive 6, Trials Rising und The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame ist für jeden Geschmack etwas dabei.
Seht euch unten die vollständige Liste der Highlights an und schaut anschließend im PlayStation Store vorbei, um mehr zu erfahren.

1. Dead or Alive 6

Dead or Alive 6
Schlagt und kickt euch durch Team Ninjas neuesten Streich der rasanten 3D-Prügelspielreihe. Heißt neue und bekannte Charaktere willkommen, während ihr eindrucksvolle Kombos erlernt und eure Gegner im Story-Modus bezwingt – oder im Multiplayer-Modus, falls ihr euch beweisen wollt.

2. Trials Rising

Stellt in dieser neuen Auflage des klassischen Stuntbike-Simulators eure gekonnten Motorrad-Tricks zur Schau oder lasst es mit Stil krachen. Rast quer über den Globus auf Strecken, die der Schwerkraft trotzen, und kämpft sowohl im Singleplayer- als auch im Multiplayer-Modus um den großen Ruhm.

3. The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame

The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame
Werdet zu Meisterbauern und findet wieder mit Emmet, Lucy und Batman zusammen, die sich in ein Weltraumabenteuer stürzen, nachdem Alien-Eindringlinge Steinstadt zerstört haben. Schaltet über 100 spielbare Charaktere frei, während ihr die Galaxie erkundet und nebenbei ein paar Aliens vermöbelt.

4. Kingdom Hearts: VR Experience

Kingdom Hearts: VR Experience
Fans von Kingdom Hearts können sich diese Woche auf eine Überraschung freuen, denn sie haben die Möglichkeit, einige ihrer liebsten Disney-Erinnerungen aus der farbenfrohen Reihe von Square Enix noch einmal zu erleben. Genießt ein 10-minütiges interaktives PS VR-Video mit der wunderschönen Musik der Serie und schaltet neue Inhalte frei, während ihr spielt.

5. ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove

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HumaNature Studios erweckt seinen bunten Roguelike-Kultklassiker mit zufällig generierten Levels, ausgefallenen Power-ups und flippigen Aliens wieder zum Leben. Dieser skurrile Neuzugang spielt sich wie ein Sequel des Originalspiels mit einem Haufen an Rückblicken, die Fans der Serie erfreuen werden.

Die Vorbestellungen in dieser Woche

1. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2

Sichert euch in Ubisofts Open-World-RPG-Shooter einen Vorsprung, indem ihr an der offenen Beta vom 1. bis zum 4. März teilnehmt. Taucht in eine post-apokalyptische Welt ein, in der Washington, D.C. kurz vor der Zerstörung steht und ihr die letzte Verteidigungslinie bildet. Ihr werdet es schaffen. Wir glauben an euch.

2. One Piece World Seeker

Begleitet die Strohhut-Piraten und setzt mit ihnen in diesem actionreichen Abenteuer von Ganbarion die Segel in Richtung Gefängnisinsel. Geht mit Ruffys Gum-Gum-Fruchtkräften aufs Ganze und vermöbelt bekannte Gegner aus der „One Piece”-Serie auf altbewährte Weise. Wer den Arzt nicht mag, isst fünf Teufelsfrüchte am Tag.

3. The Occupation

Die Zeit ist euer größter Feind, wenn ihr in White Paper Games’ Echtzeit-Thriller mit verzweigenden Storylines einen terroristischen Angriff untersucht. Sammelt Beweise, befragt Zeugen und fällt schwere Entscheidungen, während ihr diese nicht-lineare Welt erkundet. Spart bei eurer Vorbestellung 10 %, wenn ihr PS Plus-Mitglied seid! Nur mal so als Tipp …

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Make your own digital power supply with Arduino

Make your own digital power supply with Arduino

Arduino TeamFebruary 25th, 2019

If you want a DC power supply that works well, there are a number of places to buy such a device. If, however, you want to learn how one operates, and perhaps build your own, the video below by YouTuber Electronoobs will show you how to accomplish this feat.

His project uses a transformer to step power down from the 230VAC available in Spain, along with a rectifier to produce DC current, and a capacitor to keep the output steady. An Arduino Nano produces a PWM signal that controls a MOSFET on the buck converter circuit, tuning the output voltage and current as needed based on user inputs. 

Details can be found on Electronoobs’ website here, though you’ll want to use extreme caution when dealing with mains power. Also, the design will need to be modified if your country uses something other than 230VAC.

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Escape from a Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland in Metro Exodus, Available Now on Xbox One

With its blend of deadly combat and stealth, exploration and survival horror, and in one of the most immersive game worlds ever created, it’s time to strap on your protective mask and enter the epic, story-driven world of Metro Exodus on Xbox One.

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Featuring a gripping story and classic Metro gameplay with new huge, non-linear levels, you’ll experience a unique blend of sandbox exploration and survival horror across a beautiful and hostile world as you eke out a living in this apocalyptic Russian wilderness, brought to life with stunning day/night cycles and dynamic weather.

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It’s in the world that you’ll have to scavenge and craft in the field to customize your arsenal of hand-made weaponry and engage human and mutant foes alike in thrilling tactical combat. But you won’t have to survive in this hostile world alone. Your choices throughout Metro Exodus will determine the fate of your companions as your decisions will have consequences if you’ll make it out alive.

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To equip players for an immersive experience as they trek across the ravaged Russian landscape, why not pick up the Xbox One X Metro Saga bundle, which includes full-game downloads of Metro 2033 ReduxMetro: Last Light Redux, and Metro Exodus, so you can jump into the haunting tale of humanity’s survival from the very beginning. And as an Xbox Game Pass member, you can play Metro 2033 Redux and Metro: Last Light Redux today to get caught up on the rich backstory of Metro Exodus.

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Enhanced for Xbox One X in 4K Ultra HD and with HDR support, Metro Exodus will take players on a journey through vast sandbox levels packed with apocalyptic creatures across four beautiful but hostile seasons. Experience it today on Xbox One.

See the rest of the story on Xbox Wire

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