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Xbox One's New Update Introduces Fan Feedback-Driven Features

Xbox One's New Update Introduces Fan Feedback-Driven Features

Xbox One's New Update Introduces Fan Feedback-Driven Features

Xbox One's New Update Introduces Fan Feedback-Driven Features

Xbox One's New Update Introduces Fan Feedback-Driven Features

Xbox One's New Update Introduces Fan Feedback-Driven Features
Xbox One's New Update Introduces Fan Feedback-Driven Features
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The latest Xbox One update begins rolling out today, introducing a number of new features and improvements to the console's functionality. Xbox Action for the Google Assistant is the headlining new feature of the November update, but there are also changes to the way gamertags are displayed, new text filters that make sure you don't have to read everything angry guys send you after killing them too many times in Gears 5, and improvements to the Mixer viewing experience.

Xbox Action for Google Assistant is available in all countries where the Google Assistant is supported, although only English language options are available right now, with additional language support coming in the future. This new feature allows you to use voice control with your Xbox One from any Google Assistant and Home-enabled smart speakers or devices, including iOS and Android smartphones with the Google Assistant app installed. Much like the Xbox Skill for Alexa, Xbox Action gives you more options when it comes to controlling your Xbox with the power of speech.

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During E3 earlier this year, Microsoft announced that it would be revamping gamertags across PC, mobile, and Xbox One. As of today, 13 additional worldwide alphabets have been added as part of the latest update, along with a new display option for gamertags on Xbox One. Thanks to a new four-digit suffix, you can also now choose a gamertag name even if it's already been taken. Xbox will simply add the small suffix to the end to ensure everyone is still unique.

Searching for gamertags has been made easier now, too, with the new "People Search" feature that allows you to find others using partial or non-exact search terms.

In terms of content filtration, the newest update gives you the opportunity to set your own specific level of automated filtration when it comes to receiving text-based messages on Xbox Live. There are four filtration levels to customize--Friendly, Medium, Mature, and Unfiltered--that you can configure by going to Settings > General > Online safety and family > Privacy & online safety > Message safety on your Xbox One. From here, any message that's beyond your safety setting will be replaced with a [Potentially offensive message hidden] placeholder.

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The new update also adds some minor improvements for Mixer viewers. Anyone watching content on the streaming platform now has the option to move the Mixer chat to either the left or right side of the screen, or hide it altogether. When one of your subscriptions is within a week of expiration, the subscribe button has also now been updated with a reminder to renew.

For further details, Xbox Wire has information on everything included in this month's patch.

Pokemon Go November Community Day: Start Time, Shiny Chimchar, And More

Pokemon Go November Community Day: Start Time, Shiny Chimchar, And More

Pokemon Go has quite a few events lined up for the rest of November, including the arrival of a new Legendary Pokemon. Before then, however, Niantic is hosting the game's latest Community Day. This month's event takes place this Saturday, November 16, and as usual, it'll offer players around the world a chance to catch a rare Pokemon and snag a special event-exclusive move.

Typically, every Pokemon Go Community Day only runs for three hours, but the particulars of each event--from what time it starts to what Pokemon you'll be more likely to find in the wild and other bonuses that will be available--vary month by month. To help get you up to speed on this month's event, we've rounded up all the most important details about Pokemon Go's November Community Day below.

What Is November's Featured Pokemon?

Ahead of each Community Day, Niantic designates one "featured" Pokemon that will appear much more often than normal during the event. This month's featured Pokemon is Chimchar, the Fire-type starter from Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. Throughout the Community Day, Chimchar will spawn in the wild more often than it normally does. You'll also have your first chance of encountering a Shiny Chimchar during the event. These will be rare, however, so you'll need to be persistent if you're hoping to add a Shiny to your collection.

What Is November's Special Community Day Move?

Pokemon Sword And Shield Differences And Exclusives Explained

Pokemon Sword And Shield Differences And Exclusives Explained

Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield? If you are still unsure about which version to buy, here are all the exclusive Pokemon and big differences between Sword and Shield.
Google Stadia Founder's Edition Unboxing: Controller, Chromecast, And More

Google Stadia Founder's Edition Unboxing: Controller, Chromecast, And More

What's In The Box?


Google Stadia's official launch is only a few days away, and we've been busy behind the scenes putting the service, and Google's Stadia Controller, to the test. While we aren't yet ready to share our impressions of Google's big push into cloud gaming, we can show you what the early-adopter package, AKA the Founder's Edition bundle, will include.

These shipments will start arriving on doorsteps for pre-order customers next week. Google promises that Founder's Edition packages, as long as those for customers who ordered the Premier Edition, will all arrive within two weeks--shipments are rolling out in the order that they were received.

First things first, let's take a look at the box itself.


And What A Box It Is


Stadia Founder's Edition ships in a big ol' box--big enough to include a controller, a Chromecast Ultra, and other goodies.


But Wait, What's That?


Ah, our inquisitiveness pays off! On the underside of the box, Google has imprinted a mission statement of sorts for Stadia as a whole: "One place for all the ways we play." Sounds nice.

Anyways, let's continue unboxin'!


There It Is!


Exclusive to customers who purchased the Founder's Edition of Stadia, this dark-blue controller is the official device of Stadia, and will eventually be the key to utilizing many of the fancy bells and whistles Google first flaunted at GDC 2019. It's equipped with both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi radios, though at launch, Bluetooth is limited to use with the Chromecast Ultra only.


Dig A Little Deeper


Beneath the controller and the cardboard support holding it in place lies a USB-A-to-USB-C cable and a USB power adapter. The cable is useful for both charging the controller and connecting it to your PC for use with Stadia via a Chrome browser tab. (You can also use mouse and keyboard, or PS4 and Xbox controllers wirelessly, when playing in Chrome.)


And Then?


And under that cardboard divider lies the remainder of the contents: the Chromecast Ultra and its associated AC adapter.


Let's Take A Closer Look


Here lies the Chromecast Ultra, the upgraded version of Google's video streaming dongle, and the only means of playing Stadia games in 4K at launch--that resolution won't be available on browser-based Stadia sessions until 2020. You can power it via a Micro USB cable and connect wirelessly to your local Wi-Fi network, but there's a good reason why you might consider using the included power brick instead.


Get Connected


When it comes to streaming games from Google's servers, signal bandwidth is a critical component of the relative quality you can expect. For a lot of us, that means a wired internet connection will be preferred over Wi-Fi. Because the Chromecast is so small, it's not surprising to see the ethernet port end up on the power brick, though it certainly is an unusual solution. If you're going this route, prepare for some potential rewiring around your TV.


Everything Included In The Stadia Founder's Edition Package


Pictured above is every physical item included in the $130 Stadia Founder's Edition, which is long since sold out. Unpictured: the buddy pass invite and a three-month subscription to Stadia Pro (normally $9.99 a month), the service required for 4K gameplay.

As mentioned before, this is just the start of our Google Stadia coverage. Come back next week for lots more, including our impressions of Google's first major push into mainstream gaming.


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