Friday, May 14, 2021

The morning after – Engadget

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Usually, a company publishes information late on a friday night is a bad sign, but Microsoft has gone the other way. After starting Friday with awkwardly announcing revised price for Xbox Live Gold which would have doubled the cost of new Xbox accounts to access multiplayer, it rolled back. Assuming that “We made a mistake today and you were right to let us know”, the company announced that not only the prices will not change, but it is also working on enabling free multiplayer for free games like Fortnite and Apex Legends and his next title Infinite Halo.

It’s unclear how long it will take for the free portion of the ad to light up, but since it’s already free on PlayStation Network, that can’t happen soon enough. Even with the existence of the Game Pass, asking for $ 120 per year for new players would have made Xbox by far a second-class multiplayer experience for new and existing customers.

It’s good that Microsoft has reconsidered the move (after shipping $ 60 worth of 6-month-old Xbox Live cards that now look like collectibles), but if they really wanted to turn the tide in the console wars, multiplayer free for all would be a better choice. Hey, they seem open to suggestions, so why not ask?

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Ok but why?

Facebook logout

If you’re using iOS and still have a Facebook account, you probably signed out on Friday night. In a statement to Engadget, the company said, “We believe this was due to a configuration change” and was looking into this issue, but did not provide any further information.
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The latest MacBook Pro with the new M1 chipset is $ 80 on Amazon.

Pixel 4a 5G

This week brought a return of some holiday sale prices, as well as some even better deals than the ones we saw at the end of last year. Google’s Pixel 4a 5G has dropped to a new all-time high, while the 8th-gen iPad remains on sale for $ 299. If you want to improve your smart home gaming, August WiFi Smart Lock is giving you over $ 65 off and some Beats headphones are 50% off as well.

Here are all the best deals of the week that you can still grab today and don’t forget to follow. @EngadgetDeals on Twitter for more updates.
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Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 Ultra Review

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Cherlynn exposes her thoughts on the Samsung galaxy s21 and S21 Ultra, and whether these are worthy upgrades from last year’s phones. Do all of these cameras make a difference? And is it worth releasing a Galaxy Note this year? In addition, Devindra discusses the virtual inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, as well as rumors of Apple’s upcoming and potentially expensive VR headset. Is this the best strategy for accessing an AR headset?

Listen on Apple podcasts, Google podcasts, Spotify, Pocket casts or Stitcher.
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There are also fixes for a number of buggy quests and achievements.

Cyberpunk 2077

As promised, the first of two early 2021 fixes for the struggling Cyberpunk 2077 from CD Projekt Red has arrived. This updates the game to version 1.1 on PC, consoles, and Stadia, and according to the notes, it lays the groundwork for future updates, while also addressing memory usage and crashing issues. These fixes are meant to make the game more playable on PS4 and Xbox One consoles, and the one slated for February will apparently be more meaningful.
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