Gaming

How to get Xbox Game Pass for cheap on PC

Published: 17/Aug/2019 20:44 Updated: 17/Aug/2019 21:20

by Brent Koepp

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Microsoft‘s Game Pass was officially announced for PC at E3 2019. With over 100 titles, the Netflix-style service is massively popular. Here’s how you can get it for extremely cheap.

Game Pass first launched in June 2017 for the Xbox One game console. It quickly became a hit with fans as it was the first subscription service on console to offer a Netflix-style library for players to choose from. 

At E3 in June 2019, the major publisher announced that they were bringing the service over to PC.  For a limited time starting August 17, Game Pass has dropped in price. Here are the details.

How to get Game Pass for cheap

Usually priced at $4.99, the monthly subscription cost has been given an 80% price drop, and is now $1. The three month subscription that normally goes for $14.99 has a limited time price of $4.99.

While Microsoft’s site doesn’t specify when the price drop will end for the single month, it does say ‘17 days left’ by the three month subscription. It should also be noted, the site lists it as an “introductory price” which means those already with Game Pass shouldn’t be able to stack it on to their current sub. 

Pixabay / MicrosoftSnap the deal up quick.

While Xbox One has over 250 games due to the inclusion of Xbox and 360 titles, the PC version still boosts over 100 titles currently. Considering it only costs a dollar to try the service out, it’s a lot of games to have access to for cheap.

Some of the most noteworthy games currently on the Game Pass are Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 4, Sea of Thieves, and Metro Exodus. It should also be pointed out that the Pass also offers you a discounted price on the games that are not included.

It works similarly to Netflix, except you aren’t streaming and you can download the titles. But it’s works the same way in that the subscription gets you access to a library that gets updated.

Like the popular streaming service, Game Pass cycles out older titles, but will constantly update and add new games to the library. Microsoft will also often add its latest AAA published titles, making it a great way to not pay $60 for new games. 

Pixabay / MicrosoftGame Pass gives PC players access to over 100 titles.

The deal is a great option for newcomers to the Microsoft service to try out games they’re on the fence about purchasing.

Valorant

Valorant devs confirm new Sage buff on the way in patch 1.13

Published: 2/Dec/2020 5:12

by Brad Norton

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While Sage was an insta-lock in the early phases of Valorant, the Sentinel Agent dipped drastically due to a series of hefty nerfs. However, Riot Games has confirmed she’ll be getting some love in the next major update.

When Valorant launched, Sage was the only Agent in the game capable of healing allies. Others were capable of healing themselves, but her kit provided something entirely unique. Combined with an extremely chunky Barrier Orb that could block off a certain path, and you had an “out of control” Agent that was picked in almost every match.

It took multiple balance updates and various ability reworks to bring her back down a notch. Since then, along with the introduction of new characters, Sage has seen her pick-rate drop tremendously. The Agent has only seen play in two professional matches over the past 60 days, according to VLR.

In attempt to find a middle ground and get Sage back on track, Riot has confirmed a new buff is on the way. Here’s what we can expect in Valorant’s 1.13 update coming soon.

While it was a critical Killjoy bug that stole the spotlight on November 30, Sage was also in focus due to an issue with her wall. Thanks to the Barrier Orb being placed pre-round, she could help a friendly Omen teleport across the map and quite literally break the game.

As a result, the Agent will no longer be able to place a wall down before a round gets going. This may have seemed like a temporary fix, though Riot soon clarified it “will be sticking around in the next patch.”

“Don’t worry,” they stressed. Sage isn’t being properly nerfed again. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Despite this adjustment, a “small balance change” is in the works to “put a little power back into her barrier.”

There’s no telling exactly what that looks like just yet. Whether it’s more health, added size, or something new altogether, we’re yet to find out. Though it’s only a matter of time until Sage’s wall is stronger than it’s been for the past few weeks.

It’s clear Riot doesn’t want a repeat of Sage’s dominance. So they’re playing things safe for the time being. Instead of buffing the Agent in a number of ways, Riot confirmed a singular buff to her Barrier Orb and her Barrier Orb alone.

There’s no date announced for patch 1.13 just yet. Though we do already know something else on the way. The incoming update looks to address the smurfing issue once again, cracking down on those making secondary accounts.