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Xbox One S teardown finds console is easy to repair

Xbox One S teardown finds console is easy to repair

As of yesterday, the Xbox One S console is available to order in the U.S. If you ran out and bought one, then wondered what you’ll do if it breaks, fret not: the folks at iFixit have published their full teardown of the console and found that, with a couple exceptions, it is quite easily repairable for the DIY owner. The only big exception is the hard drive, which not only requires some 'difficult hackery,' but also voids the warranty.

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Battlefield 4 China Rising DLC is free until August 9

Battlefield 4 China Rising DLC is free until August 9

The Battlefield 4 China Rising DLC is free until August 9, giving game owners a chance to snag the expansion without paying. The DLC takes gamers to the Chinese mainland and gives them new an array of devices, including new vehicles and a new game mode that takes the battle to the sky. There are also four new multi-player maps with the DLC: Silk Road, Altai Range, Guilin Peaks, and Dragon Pass.

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Sony reveals Driveclub VR for PlayStation VR launch

Sony reveals Driveclub VR for PlayStation VR launch

Driveclub may not have turned out to be the PS4 hit that Sony hoped, but it looks like the racing game is getting a second chance as a launch title for upcoming PlayStation VR. The official Japanese PlayStation Blog recently announced Driveclub VR as launching on October 13th alongside the PSVR headset, however it seems the announcement was made a bit early, as the original blog post has been removed.

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Xbox One system update arrives with Cortana and more

Xbox One system update arrives with Cortana and more

If you've been eager to try out Cortana, Microsoft's digital voice assistant, on your Xbox One, the wait is finally over. The console's summer system update has started rolling out this weekend, and as has been promised for months, players will be able to use voice commands to navigate and use Xbox One features and settings. The update also introduces background music options and additional integration with Windows 10 desktop apps.

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Disney Infinity servers close in March 2017, PC & mobile versions unplayable in September

Disney Infinity servers close in March 2017, PC & mobile versions unplayable in September

Back in May, Disney announced that it was ending production of its expansive Disney Infinity game series as it exited game publishing entirely. Now the company has detailed the shut down process for the game's online services, and simply put, it's a bit messy. Disney Infinity was released on so many different platforms, with several ways to buy it on PC alone, and it seems like there's different stages of the shut down for each version.

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New Doom DLC multiplayer maps can be played for free

New Doom DLC multiplayer maps can be played for free

Earlier this week, developer Id Software announced a pair of updates for the recently released Doom. The first, which is available now, is a free download that introduces two new multiplayer modes and several new customizations for the SnapMap mode, where players can create their own maps and game types. The second update, "Unto the Evil," however, is the first of three planned premium DLCs, which will cost money but include new multiplayer maps, weapons, and more.

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Diablo 3 patch 2.4.2 brings three new difficulty levels

Diablo 3 patch 2.4.2 brings three new difficulty levels

Diablo III owners will be getting patch 2.4.2 very soon, and with it will come a trio of new difficulty levels — levels XI, XII, and XIII. If that’s not enough to satisfy you, the patch will update existing items and add new items, including updates to a lot of Legendary and Set goods and additions to the Legendary items and powers. The update goes on from there, including some UI tweaks and some enhanced Adventure Mode rewards.

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Pokemon GO players get a German bridge to themselves

Pokemon GO players get a German bridge to themselves

Pokemon GO players in Germany now have a bridge (mostly) to themselves, a move made by the Mayor of Dusseldorf to address the large number of players who gather in the area. As it turns out, the Girardet bridge — which is normally open to both cars and people — has a Pokestop on both ends. Because of this, players tend to congregate on the bridge, and during those times it can become dangerous or difficult for cars to get through. As a solution, the city has put traffic directors in place to, when necessary, close down the bridge to vehicular traffic.

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DOOM’s big free update tomorrow brings two multiplayer modes

DOOM’s big free update tomorrow brings two multiplayer modes

Bethesda Softworks will release a big free update for DOOM (2016) tomorrow, the second of its kind for the title. This particular update adds a pair of new multiplayer game modes, addressing the mostly justified criticism about the game’s lackluster multiplayer experience. The new game modes are comprised of capture-the-flag with a single flag and moving bases and a capture-and-hold mode where gamers take control of specific zones.

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Minecraft on Windows 10 to get Oculus Rift support very soon

Minecraft on Windows 10 to get Oculus Rift support very soon

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Minecraft Windows 10 Edition beta, with it having first been released in late July 2015. Thousands of bugs have been squashed in the months since, among other things, and the future looks brighter than ever. As part of that future, and building upon what we heard last year, Microsoft has announced that Oculus Rift support will be added to the Windows 10 Edition of Minecraft in the next few weeks. The support will arrive as part of a free update.

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PlayStation Plus game lineup for August detailed

PlayStation Plus game lineup for August detailed

Sony has revealed the list of free games coming for PlayStation Plus subscribers next month. There are six games total, with the two PlayStation 4 offerings being comprised of Tricky Towers and Rebel Galaxy. There are a couple PlayStation 3 titles, as well, and two for the PlayStation Vita, with one of those titles, Ultratron, also being available for the PS3 and PS4 as well.

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Overwatch tournament will be broadcast on TBS with $300K prize pool

Overwatch tournament will be broadcast on TBS with $300K prize pool

The popularity of Overwatch, the hit new FPS from Blizzard, continues to grow, and right alongside the rising mainstream interest in eSports. Fitting, then, that the Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) cable channel has chosen to host an Overwatch tournament, complete with a prize pool worth $300,000. The Grand Final, which will be held in September, will even be broadcast live on both TBS and Twitch.

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