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With a Samsung TV and Game Pass Ultimate, I don’t need to buy an Xbox

It took a bit of time, but you can now stream Xbox games from your TV without a Microsoft console in sight. As long as you have a Samsung TV. The Xbox app is now available on Samsung’s latest smart TVs and monitors, alongside apps for rival gaming services like Stadia and NVIDIA’s GeForce Now. It’s bigger news, however, when a console maker — and its huge catalog of games on Game Pass Ultimate – offers game streaming straight from your TV.

I had an extended play session during a launch showcase at Samsung’s London event space, and it made me, a PlayStation gamer, an offer I can’t refuse: Play Xbox games from the cloud with no additional hardware, aside from a Bluetooth-connected controller. I can even use my DualSense controller because I’m that kind of person.

This will be familiar news to anyone that’s already streamed games with Xbox Cloud or Google’s Stadia, but, all the games I tried were smooth, with incredibly swift load speeds. Some early previews of Samsung’s Gaming Hub kept gaming media to familiar hits, but with Xbox rolling out the entire Game Pass experience, I got to test its limits with Flight Simulator, a game that benefits from speedier load times and avoiding those pesky huge patch files.

On a big TV, even while standing up, playing Flight Simulator turns into a meditative experience. Type in your destination for an exploration flight (or, easier on a controller, set your cursor on the world map), and just fly and fly and fly. That’s what I did, and I started to hate that I’ll never be able to do this on my PS5. I’m sold on the idea already – I just don’t have a 2022 Samsung TV. Damn you, Microsoft.

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It’s not perfect, of course. Don’t expect 4K or variable refresh rates beyond 60 fps – this is still cloud gaming, although we get 4K streams on Stadia… The bigger question is whether Xbox’s games can stream on Samsung’s Game Hub, stably, for several hours on end, and that’s something that can only be answered after extensive testing. What if your connection hiccups and you lose that major progress made in Red Dead Redemption 2?

For now, the hub is limited to Samsung’s 2022 TVs and monitors, and it’s unclear exactly how Microsoft will deliver Xbox Cloud to other big screens not connected to its consoles. For Samsung’s part, its spokesperson said the company hoped to “extend the device coverage in the near future”.

Microsoft’s own streaming stick, similar to a Chromecast, seemed like the obvious solution, but the company said earlier this year that it was taking a ‘new approach’ with its game streaming devices, so that’s not happening for a while at least. It hasn’t elaborated further, besides teasing “a new approach that will allow us to deliver Xbox Cloud Gaming to more players around the world in the future.”

That could mean a dedicated device, or it could be exactly what I’m testing today, the TV app, coming to more TVs. Hopefully some that already exist. Hopefully mine? Buying a new TV to avoid paying $300 for a new console seems more than a little circuitous. For now, I’m left waiting for a way to stream Xbox Cloud to my TV without a console. Barring some particularly laborious workarounds, it seems I’ll be waiting a little longer.

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‘FIFA 23’ has a female player on the Ultimate Edition cover for the first time

EA has announced the cover stars for  and, for the first time in the series, a female player will feature on the Ultimate Edition, which will be available internationally. Chelsea’s Sam Kerr is one of the two cover stars, along with Kylian Mbappé of Paris Saint-Germain. This will be the third straight year Mbappé has appeared on FIFA covers.

Kerr is a more than worthy player to showcase on the game’s cover. She has been shortlisted for the women’s Ballon D’Or every year since the award’s inception and finished in third place in last year’s voting. Among her many other honors, Kerr has helped Chelsea to win the Women’s Super League in each of the three seasons since she joined the club.

EA put women on the cover of its soccer games . Steph Catley, Alex Morgan and Christine Sinclair featured on the Australian, US and Canadian covers, respectively. They appeared alongside Lionel Messi, who was the cover star on other editions.

Meanwhile,  reports that the Women’s Super League, which is the highest-tier of pro women’s soccer in England, will make its debut in the FIFA series this year. Until now, FIFA fans have only been able to play as women in the Volta and Pro Clubs modes, as well as in international teams through the kick-off mode.

EA will reveal much more about FIFA 23 when the first trailer debuts at noon ET on Wednesday (you’ll be able to watch the video below once it’s live). This will be the last annual EA soccer game that bears FIFA branding in its title. The name of the series will become EA Sports FC next year following .

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Sony InZone M9 monitor review: The ultimate PS5 HDR monitor?

Sony InZone M9 gaming monitor

MSRP $900.00

“The Sony InZone M9 challenges the state of HDR in gaming monitors under $1,000.”

Pros

  • Excellent HDR for under $1,000
  • Auto tone mapping with PS5
  • Works with G-Sync and FreeSync
  • Easy to use OSD and software
  • KVM switch with two USB ports
  • DisplayPort over USB-C

Cons

  • Vignetting around the edges
  • Stand doesn’t get high enough
  • SDR is lacking behind VA panels
  • Poor color and brightness uniformity

Sony is entering the world of gaming monitors, and it clearly isn’t content to do that quietly. The Sony InZone M9 challenges the old guard of 4K gaming monitors, upping the ante with full-array local dimming, HDR that isn’t terrible, and a unique, space-saving design — oh, and all for under $1,000.

A spec sheet would have any display enthusiast sold on the M9 in a heartbeat, and some of that is earned. However, for as much as Sony’s first gaming monitor gets right, it also gets a number of things wrong. The stand doesn’t make sense for most people, and I experienced panel issues on two separate units. And, if you don’t care about HDR, there isn’t much to sell you on the M9 over the competition from LG and Samsung.

For that group with a PlayStation 5 and a PC that cares about HDR performance, though, the InZone M9 is offering something that the market just doesn’t have right now. And most importantly, it’s a step forward for the largely stagnant market of the best monitors.

Specs

  Sony InZone M9 (SDM-U27M90)
Screen size 27 inches
Panel type IPS
Resolution 3840 x 2560 (4K)
Peak brightness 600 nits
HDR DisplayHDR 600 w/ Full Array Local Dimming (96 zones)
Response time 1ms GtG
Refresh rate 144Hz
Curve None
Speakers 2x 2W
Inputs 2x HDMI 2.1, 1x DisplayPort 1.4, USB-C
USB ports 2x USB-A, 1x USB-B
Adjustments Height adjustment (2.5 inches)
List price $899

Design and features

Destiny 2 running on the Sony InZone M9 gaming monitor.
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The InZone M9 looks great, especially next to a PlayStation 5. They’re purpose-built for each other, with the monitor wrapping stark white plastic around a black interior for a futuristic look. The monitor even has a glow behind it like the PS5, as well, which you can adjust to match the look of the LEDs on the console.

The stand is where things get funky though. It has three legs, unlike the standard two you find on most monitor stands. It’s certainly a unique look, and it’s a huge space saver on cramped desks.

I’m just not sure what Sony was thinking with the ergonomics here. It’s just tall enough. Even at its highest point, I couldn’t find a position where I wasn’t tilting my neck downwards. The range of height adjustment is so low, too, so there’s very little room to adjust it how you want. Unless you have a lot of room for height adjustment with your desk and chair, the InZone M9 was uncomfortable to use without a monitor arm. There’s a touch of tilt adjustment to help, but you’ll still be angling your neck down in most cases.

The ergonomics are a shame because the M9 and its stand really do look fantastic. Sony took advantage of the PS5 beyond looks, too. The M9 features an automatic genre mode that can toggle between the low-latency Game mode and quality-focused Cinema mode depending on what you’re doing on your PS5.

The back of the Sony InZone M9 gaming monitor.
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More importantly, the M9 does automatic HDR tone mapping. The PS5 can detect the M9 as the monitor, and it will adjust the color and brightness values it spits out to cater to Sony’s display. I’ll dig more into that in the performance sections below, but spoiler alert: the HDR tone mapping is really good.

Ports and controls

Menu on the Sony InZone M9 monitor.
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The M9 has a great selection of ports: two HDMI 2.1 to support 4K at 120Hz on the PS5, a single DisplayPort 1.4 connection, and even support for USB-C. You get a couple of USB ports if you hook up the USB-B connection to your PC, and thanks to the KVM switch inside the M9, you can swap your peripherals between devices just by changing the input. All thumbs up here.

What’s more exciting is the OSD. I’ve praised the menus on monitors like the Acer Predator X28, but even they don’t hold a candle to the M9. You get a large, clearly legible, and understandable OSD that’s dead simple to navigate with the joystick behind the right side of the monitor. Sony uses a separate power button, too, so you won’t accidentally switch off the display.

The InZone Hub invites a deeper level of monitor customization

You don’t have to use the OSD, though, and I recommend you don’t. The InZone Hub app gives you all of your monitor settings on your desktop, and unlike the MSI MPG32-QD, you don’t need to hook up a USB cable to use the software.

Inside, you’ll find five picture modes: Cinema, Standard, FPS, Game 1, and Game 2. The two gaming picture modes are actually custom slots where you can adjust brightness, contrast, etc. Otherwise, the picture settings are locked outside of the black equalizer and local dimming setting. None of them are bad, but the Standard mode is scorching bright, while the Cinema mode has a signature warm color temperature that only really looks good if you’re watching a moody drama.

I adjusted the brightness of the first gaming mode down to a comfortable level and went to a neutral color temperature, but that’s all I had to do to get the monitor looking how I wanted.

InZone Hub on the Sony M9 monitor.
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I suspect most people don’t configure their monitor settings because, frankly, it’s annoying dealing with an OSD and a joystick. The InZone Hub invites a deeper level of customization, which I love, and manages to provide all the crucial picture settings you need without getting into advanced color calibration that only a small fraction of people will take advantage of.

Image quality

A SpyderX sitting over the Sony M9 monitor.
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I strapped my SpyderX on the M9 to verify the specs listed by Sony, and almost everything checks out. It’s a wide gamut display that covers 100% of the sRGB spectrum and 92% of DCI-P3 based on my testing. Sony says it covers 95%, but my results are close enough that I’m content. My panel was surprisingly color accurate, too, with an average Delta-E (difference from real color) of 1.14. Less than 2 is ideal for colorwork, though the M9 certainly isn’t a display for video or photo pros.

The other results are straightforward for an IPS panel. In SDR, the M9 topped out at a peak brightness of 419 nits, with a contrast ratio of 900:1. The higher 600 nit mark that Sony quotes comes with local dimming and HDR turned on, and I actually measured a much higher value of 834 nits with VESA’s DisplayHDR Test tool. That’s super bright for an IPS panel, but keep in mind that this test blasts 10,000 nits at the screen at once. It’ll rarely get that bright in use.

The HDR can outpace even the best VA panels on the market.

Native contrast isn’t going to floor you; this is an IPS panel, which universally have poorer contrast compared to VA options. It’s the HDR contrast that stands out. With HDR and local dimming on, I measured a contrast ratio of 5,180:1, which outpaces even the best VA panels.

The specs and my testing checks out, but my subjective experience with the M9 was far from perfect. My initial review unit arrived with a few panel defects — not a huge deal, these things are bound to happen to at least a few of any monitor — and Sony swiftly sent out another one.

The second unit didn’t come with defects, but it showed clear vignetting. It was never a problem when a lot of colors were on screen from a game or movie, but it was distracting with just a web browser open, as my eye would shoot to the corner to double-check that my vision wasn’t going. My first unit came with some vignetting, as well, though not as much as the second one. I reached out to Sony about both issues, and I’ll update this review when I hear back.

I’m really torn on the M9. As I’ll dig into in the next two sections, it easily offers one of the best HDR and gaming experiences available today. No question. But it’s hard to overlook issues with the panel, especially when two separate units each come with their own problems.

HDR performance

An HDR video playing on the Sony InZone M9.
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The InZone M9 is certified with VESA’s DisplayHDR 600 certification, which, as monitors like the Samsung Odyssey G7 show, doesn’t always indicate great HDR performance. For the M9, the big deal isn’t its DisplayHDR certification. It’s Full Array Local Dimming (FALD).

Unlike the Odyssey G7 and LG’s ever-popular 27GP950, which have dimming zones on the edges of the display, the InZone M9 comes with dimming zones all around the screen. And it comes with 96 zones, which compares to only eight zones on the Samsung monitor and 16 zones on LG’s. Those zones make a huge difference. Unless you seek out a QD-OLED panel like the Alienware 34 QD-OLED, you’re not going to find a better HDR experience below $1,000.

This is easily the best HDR experience you’ll get on a PC under $1,000

DT contributor Arif Bacchus actually saw the M9 right next to LG’s popular 27-inch monitor, and he didn’t mince words: “I’m telling you, the Sony is better.”

I started with Destiny 2 to test HDR performance, which has become my litmus test with its eye-scorching contrast. And it looked great. HDR monitors have been lagging behind TVs for a while, and the InZone M9 is finally raising the bar. Due to the 96 dimming zones, you get much higher contrast in games like Destiny 2 without seeing individual parts of the monitor adjust how bright they are.

Destiny 2 on the Sony InZone M9 gaming monitor.
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HDR gaming is great, easily the best experience on PC you’ll find for $900 (at least at this resolution). PS5 is even better due to the automatic tone mapping. I played through some of Tales of Arise and Returnal, both of which looked fantastic. Tales really shined with its watercolor-esque art, as the tone mapping and local dimming squeezed out hidden areas of contrast I never paid any mind to.

Gaming performance

Tales of Arise on the Sony InZone M9 gaming monitor.
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Gaming is a treat on the M9, especially if you have a PC and PS5. I had both hooked up, and I swapped back and forth between my machines instantly thanks to the deep integration the M9 has with Sony’s hardware. The console picked up the M9 right away and optimized the PS5 picture settings, and all I had to do was tickle the brightness slider to get a fantastic image. This is Sony taking advantage of its gaming ecosystem.

For raw gaming features, the monitor support variable refresh rate (VRR) and goes up to 144Hz. It’s G-Sync Compatible, which means VRR works across Nvidia and AMD GPUs, and the PS5 automatically turned on VRR in the settings once I hooked the monitor up.

I used the M9 as my primary gaming monitor for just over a week, trying everything from Destiny 2 to Tale of Arise to Neon White — whatever I happened to be playing at the time. And it’s fantastic. Even with HDR turned off, the local dimming offers a nice bump in contrast to some PC games, and the always-on HDR on the PS5 takes the local dimming nicely.

The PlayStation Store on the Sony InZone M9.
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VRR support and a 144Hz refresh rate take the M9 outside of Sony’s console, too (though, you’ll need one of the best graphics cards to drive those frame rates at 4K). The only minor issue is some ghosting at high overdrive levels. The M9 allows you to lower the response time with overdrive, and as these settings typically do, there was some ghosting behind moving objects. It was far from a problem, though, and the monitor defaults to having overdrive turned off.

Pricing

Price is the key factor that the M9 lives and dies by, and Sony is choosing to live. The list price is $900, which will almost certainly catapult the M9 to the go-to monitor for 4K gaming. The past few years have been dominated by two monitors around the same price — the 28-inch Samsung Odyssey G7 for $800 and the LG 27GP950 for $900 — and the M9 beat them point-for-point.

It’s finally a step forward for gaming monitors. There are at least a half dozen other 28-inch 4K monitors with a 144Hz refresh rate, but they’re all around the same price with only slight deviations in features. The Gigabyte M28U is cheaper and comes with a KVM switch, for example. The M9 stands apart with its 96-zone FALD.

My main question is how much the M9 will actually sell for. List price to list price, it’s a great deal. But the standard guard of 4K monitors around this price are frequently on sale, below $600 in a lot of cases. And in that situation, better HDR performance doesn’t quite seem worth the premium.

Our take

Panel issues aside, you can’t ignore the M9. There isn’t another monitor at this price that does everything the M9 does. It’s the best HDR monitor for gaming you can buy under $1,000 right now, and it’s even better if you can pair it with both a PC and PS5. HDR is the big selling point, though. If HDR isn’t important to you, the tried and true options from Samsung and LG offer a similar experience (and usually for less money).

Are there any alternatives?

Yes, there are several alternatives. The two main competitors are the LG 27GP950 and Samsung Odyssey G7, which are around the same price when they’re not on sale. They’re almost identical to the InZone M9, though they lack full-array local dimming.

Meanwhile, the Alienware 34 QD-OLED offers an even better HDR experience, though you’ll have to pay considerably more for it.

How long will it last?

Most IPS monitors will last at least a decade and often longer. The M9 shouldn’t be any different, though be wary of panel defects.

Should you buy it?

If you highly value HDR, yes. There isn’t another monitor offering what the M9 does at this price. If you don’t care about HDR, and especially if you’re strictly a PC gamer, the LG and Samsung alternatives offer a better value overall.

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Amazon’s Prime Gaming titles for November include ‘Control Ultimate Edition’

Amazon is offering another solid batch of games to members at no extra cost next month. Remedy’s excellent  (which includes both DLC chapters), and are the big-name titles you’ll be able to claim starting November 1st. The lineup also includes Rogue Heroes, Liberated, Puzzle Agent 2, Demon Hunter 2: New Chapter, BAFL – Brakes Are For Losers and Secret Files: Sam Peters.

Meanwhile, Prime Gaming has with Riot to give League of Legends, Legends of Runeterra, Valorant and League of Legends: Wild Rift players some goodies. Over the next 12 months, you can snag esports emotes and Riot Points for League of Legends, weapon skins in Valorant and much more. Prime Gaming will sponsor Riot esports events too, while members can expect some surprises to mark of League of Legends animated series  on Netflix.

Along with freebies for those games, Prime subscribers can claim swag for Apex Legends (including a character and weapon skin for the latest legend, Ash), Rainbow Six Siege, Amazon’s own game  and other titles in November. You can pick up consumables and in-game currency for Genshin Impact too.

Members still have a few more days to claim the current Prime Gaming perks. Those include , Alien: Isolation and the terrific .

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Steam Deck Can’t Beat Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on Android

The promise of handheld PC gaming has always been something of a siren’s call for manufacturers. From the defunct Nvidia Shield Portable to Dell’s prototype Alienware Concept UFO, and the profusion of Kickstarted vaporware products, many have tried over the years, and many have failed.

Valve is a more prominent name in the game in some ways, with Steam as the single biggest PC gaming platform in the world despite Epic’s aspirations. It’s only logical that the company would try to launch the Steam Deck, a Switch-like portable console that should be in the hands of gamers by December. But Valve hardly has the best track record with hardware, as anyone that purchased one of its Steam Machines, Steam Box, or Steam Controller can attest to.

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But there is reason to be optimistic. These came out before the Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite took the gaming world by storm and spawned an infinite number of copycats. Given the furor over the Switch OLED model not living up to gamer’s hardware expectations, if there’s any time when a powerful PC gaming handheld to succeed, it’s right now.

Or is it? With cloud gaming subscriptions steadily getting better in their selection and smoothness, and improved compatibility with Android and iOS devices, it raises the question of whether there really is a value to be found in handheld PC gaming consoles compared to cloud gaming on your phone or tablet.

Let’s break it down with numbers. The Steam Deck has a starting price of $399 for its base 64GB eMMC model. That’s barely enough to fit many PC games like Jedi Fallen Order (55GB), and it won’t fit Death Stranding 80GB) or Call of Duty: Cold War (82GB) at all. If you want better, faster storage you’ll need to shell out $529 for a Deck with a 256GB NVMe SSD or $649 for a 512GB NVMe SSD. If you need or want even more storage, it does support a microSD card, but at that point, you’re already paying twice what most current-gen consoles cost (when you can find them available), and you’re not too far from what a budget gaming PC will run you.

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There’s another possibility that can give you better bang for your buck — getting a Samsung Galaxy Tab S7/S7 Plus ($600-650) or any other Android tablet or phone of your choice — and the Xbox GamePass Ultimate ($15). The combination of the two will run you about the same price as the maximum storage Steam Deck, but there are several key advantages you simply won’t get with a dedicated handheld console.

For one, both the Tab S7 and S7+ have high-refresh 12.4-inch/11-inch Quad HD 120Hz screens, while the S7+ has a high-refresh Super AMOLED panel, giving you dense inky black, and sharp colors. You don’t need to have it in your hands to know it’ll put the 7-inc h 1280×800 LCD on the Steam Deck to shame. Not to mention it only supports a 60Hz refresh rate, half of what you get with the Tab S7 or most current flagship phones.

Both models of the Tab S7 are fully compatible with Bluetooth 5.0 accessories, meaning you can connect an Xbox Core or any other wireless controller to work with your games. It also has an optional keyboard case with a touchpad and the ability to connect a mouse, meaning it’s better suited for FPS and strategy lovers than the Steam Deck. It’ll also be better for productivity and multimedia than the Steam Deck – which, mind you, doesn’t include the dock if you want to use it with a monitor.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus keyboard in use.

If portability is a bigger concern, the combination of a top-tier Android phone and the Razer Kishi ($100) together with an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will give you a pocket-sized, portable gaming console. The average iPhone and Android also have better, sharp screens and don’t require you to carry around an extra device day-to-day.

Most PC gamers have better gaming rigs at home or gaming laptops that give you just as much power and portability. When cloud gaming enters the equation, it lets you play a huge chunk of PC and console games on Android and, very soon, iOS. It’s true there are times when you’ll want games stored on your device, but with most airports and airplanes getting Wi-Fi, and 5G rollout continuing, the occasions where you’re completely without connectivity are few and far between. Ultimately, the Steam Deck seems like a solution searching for a problem with better alternatives for handheld gaming already existing on the market.

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Ultimate Desktop Combines PS5 and Gaming PC in One System

Can’t decide if you’re a PC gamer or if you’re a console gamer? Well, you don’t have to make a choice. The folks at Modding Cafe have created a Franken-gaming system that combines a high-end desktop gaming PC alongside Sony’s latest PlayStation 5 gaming console, making it compact and easy to switch between the two. It really is the best of both worlds.

Modding Cafe’s desktop tower stuffs in a watercooled ITX motherboard outfitted with Intel’s Core i9-11900K processor and Asus’ ROG Strix RTX 3080 graphics card for a high-end custom gaming PC experience. On the PlayStation side, you also have a watercooled console to help keep temperatures in check when the unit is housed inside the desktop tower. RGB gaming lighting, see-through tempered glass panels, and a compartmentalized case design complete the mod job.

Most importantly, however, this modern dual-gaming setup comes with some serious thermal management. This is especially important when running a premium, power-intensive PC alongside a modern and powerful console. Besides vents and the water-cooled setup, Modding Cafe equipped this PC with a number of fans, cooling blocks, and radiators to help keep temperatures under control.

When completed, this tower appears taller than traditional midsized gaming towers, but you definitely benefit from the versatility of being able to play either PlayStation games or PC games. And with HDMI 2.1 support, you’ll be able to get stutter-free, lag-free gaming performance on compatible monitors when playing on either system. There are two buttons on the top of the case — one powers on the PC side of things, which is great for gaming, content creation, and productivity, and the second powers on the PlayStation 5 console.

Though Modding Cafe’s work incorporates the latest technologies — AMD’s Radeon graphics on the PlayStation side alongside some of the newest and most powerful silicon available on the desktop side — it isn’t the first time that a desktop tower has combined PC gaming and console gaming into one package.

Earlier examples of such wizardry include boutique gaming manufacturer Origin PC’s Big O. Origin PC had previously combined a PlayStation 4 with its gaming PC setup, and the company is in the process of updating the Big O to work with more modern consoles. When this design launches, it will give Modding Cafe’s custom PC some competition.

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Razer iPhone Kishi released with “free” Xbox Game Pass Ultimate trial

There’s a new Razer Kishi Universal Gaming Controller for iPhone (Xbox) out in the market this week. Right alongside the launch of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate cloud streaming at Xbox (dot com), Razer’s teamed up with Microsoft to deliver a controller that’s made to work on this platform, top to bottom. Users will plug their iPhone in to this device, open Safari (the web browser), go to the official Xbox website, and log in.

You do not need this specific controller to play Xbox games on your iPhone. That’s not what this is all about. This is simply one of several ways in which an iPhone user can make the whole Xbox streaming system work with the greatest of ease.

This version of the Kishi for iPhone works with a new design with Monochrome face buttons. This version also works with MFi certification, connects with most (not all) iPhone models released over the past few years, and “seamlessly works with controller-compatible iOS titles” from Xbox and with Apple Arcade.

There is very little difference between this Razer iPhone Kishi and the one that’s been released in the past. This one (with the Xbox in the name) comes with a 90-day “free trial” of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate – which is different from the versions that’ve come before. This device is one of many Kishi controllers for a variety of devices

This Razer Kishi Universal Gaming Controller for iPhone (Xbox) will cost approximately $100 USD (or 110 Euro) when it becomes available in the Razer Store online and at retailers in the USA and throughout Europe. We published a Razer Kishi Review back in June of 2020 in an earlier iteration. If this newest version is as good or better than that, it’s not going to be difficult to recommend the hardware to prospective users of Xbox cloud gaming on iPhone devices – not difficult at all!

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EA tests FIFA Ultimate Team loot boxes you can preview

As part of FIFA 21’s ongoing Festival of FUTball event, EA is selling new Ultimate Team Preview Packs that allow you to see their contents before you make a decision whether to buy them. After previewing one of the packages, a timer starts that prevents you from seeing what’s inside another loot box until it runs out or you buy the one that’s currently available. 

In a blog post spotted by Eurogamer, EA says it will only sell Preview Packs during the Festival of FUTball. After the event ends, the company’s usual loot boxes will return to FIFA 21’s in-game store. It’s worth pointing out you use both the in-game currency you earn by playing the game and the FIFA Points you can buy with real money to purchase the Preview Packs.

EA’s Ultimate Team modes have been , but they continue to make the company money at a staggering clip. In fiscal 2021, nearly 30 percent of EA’s total revenue, or about , came from the Ultimate Team modes across its various sports titles. Several countries, including the , are investigating potential links between loot boxes and gambling, with possible regulatory action to follow.

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Make Amazon dropshipping and private labels your ultimate business launch pad with this training

TLDR: The 2021 Complete Amazon Dropshipping and Private Label Master Class Bundle can help you launch a new side hustle with Amazon that you can grow into thousands a month.

Kate was a journalist and salesperson who’d never considered starting her own business before. But after learning about dropshipping, Kate launched an anime-themed online storefront – and soon was making $32,000 a month. Meanwhile, Zach went from being an ecommerce newbie to making $23,000 in Amazon sales in just 5 months after launching his own stable of private label products.

No road to riches is easy, but understanding how successful entrepreneurs have turned the concepts of dropshipping and private label brands via Amazon into serious moneymakers should be enough to get the attention of anyone with business aspirations.

With the training in The 2021 Complete Amazon Dropshipping and Private Label Master Class Bundle ($34.99, over 90 percent off, from TNW Deals), interested self-starters with the talent and eye for opportunity can follow a path to a quickly self-sustaining business turning reliable profits every month.

This collection covers everything, 11 courses including nearly 100 hours of training in all the steps for launching successful Fulfilled by Amazon (FBA) business operations.

Even if this is your first time starting a business, courses like Amazon FBA Course 2021 and Launch a Successful Amazon FBA Brand paint a realistic picture. Students get schooled in the right processes and procedures for running a digital storefront in the Amazon environment before finding the right products, sourcing suppliers who won’t rip you off or underdeliver, and marketing your new brand into bestseller status.

Meanwhile, further coursework plunges into more detail in several of those key business areas, covering topics like how to find winning products time and time again, how to properly advertise your business online, and how to make sure your account never runs afoul of Amazon’s strict seller code of conduct or intellectual property and copyright laws. There’s even a step-by-step model here for launching your own book reselling business with profits of 100 percent.

While selling other people’s products can certainly make you money, selling your own is even better. That’s why this package also features three courses dedicated to creating your own Amazon private label line, from sourcing and creating products you’d be proud to put your brand name on, to understanding the software to oversee that operation. There are even five reasons your Amazon private label business might fail so you can short circuit any trap doors before they become a problem.

The 2021 Complete Amazon Dropshipping and Private Label Master Class Bundle includes nearly $2,200 worth of intensive training, but right now, you can launch your new Amazon business future for just over $3 per course at $34.99.

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Sonic Colors: Ultimate is a remaster, but it looks brand new

If you’ve ever played Sonic the Hedgehog and have looked forward to a return to greatness on a modern console, now would appear to be the time to get excited. The game Sonic Colors was originally released on Nintendo Wii and – shocker – Nintendo DS. It was first developed all the way back in 2008, just after the release of Sonic Unleashed. It was a strange time – and a great time for a great game to get lost on a console. Now, it’s time for that classic to return on a modern place to play.

The game that’ll be coming in 2021 is called Sonic Colors: Ultimate. The game is effectively the same as its original self, including both side-scrolling and third-person perspectives and a wild Sonic universe full of rings and enemies.

The big differences come in the variety of controls one can use to move through the game and defeat enemies, and the graphics. This game will be available in a DIGITAL DELUXE format that’ll include early access, “exclusive music,” “gold and silver wearables,” special “exclusive” player icons, and “sonic movie boost.” Pre-order for the game begins today.

The game Sonic Colors: Ultimate will be released for Nintendo Switch on September 7, 2021. UPDATE: This game will also be released for PC (in the Epic Games Store), on Xbox (Xbox One, Xbox Series X), and on PlayStation (PS4, PS5). UPDATE: The release date for Sonic Colors Ultimate is September 12, 2021. There’ll also be a companion animated miniseries by the name of Sonic Colors: Rise of the Wisps, released this summer to streaming platforms.

There’ll also be a Sonic the Hedgehog “pack” available for the game Two Point Hospital. This game is on PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Steam (PC), and on the Nintendo Switch. You’ll be able to attain the Sonic Pack on July 30, 2021.

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