Pokemon Go Ex Raid Battle update – Niantic extends Legendary Mewtwo beta test | Gaming | Entertainment

Pokemon Go fans hoping to take part in Ex Raid Battles could receive an invite this weekend.

According to Forbes, Niantic is sending out another wave of invites this weekend, giving fans another chance to catch Mewtwo.

Niantic also appears to be expanding the scope of Ex Raid Battles, as Trainers have reportedly starting seeing Ex Raids in locations like Sprint and now Starbucks.

“If you didn’t get a chance to capture Mewtwo in Pokémon GO last weekend, you might – might – be getting another chance soon,” the post reads.

“There is apparently another wave of invites going out this weekend, though the actual scope remains a bit hard to figure out. 

“At the moment, we still seem to be seeing a heavy focus on sponsored stops, presumably in an effort to give those sponsors a little more return on their reportedly high-priced contracts.

“Last week, it was all about Sprint, but now things seemed to have expanded to Starbucks, which multiple users are reporting seeing on their EX Raids.”

Ex Raid Battles are exclusive Raids available only to players with an invite.

Invites are sent out 24 hours in advance, and players only have a limited time to defeat can capture Mewtwo.

Then there’s the small matter of capturing Mewtwo if you’re successful in defeating the Legendary Pokemon.

Mewtwo is said to have a 6% capture rate, which makes those Premier Poke Balls extremely valuable.

A Pokemon Company spokesperson recently told Bloomberg that Niantic isn’t even close to being finished with Pokemon Go.

In addition to Gen 3 Pokemon and Ex Raid Battles involving Legendaries like Mewtwo, Niantic is also working on player-vs-player combat and trading.

That’s according to Pokemon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara, who said: “We’ve only accomplished 10% of what Pokemon and Niantic are trying to do.

“So going forward we will have to include fundamental Pokemon experiences such as Pokemon trading and peer-to-peer battles, and other possibilities.”

Minecraft’s big cross-platform update is here

Minecraft’s Better Together update, which brings cross-platform play to the game for the first time, is now available on numerous devices — although players outside the Microsoft, Apple and Google ecosystems will have to wait.

Microsoft and developer Mojang released the Better Together update today on mobile devices, virtual reality headsets, Windows 10 and Xbox One. On those platforms, where the game runs on Mojang’s Bedrock Engine, it is now known simply as Minecraft — no colon, no “Pocket Edition” or anything.

“Our general rule of thumb is that if a version can play together with the others, it’s called Minecraft,” Mojang said in an FAQ for the Better Together update. Versions of Minecraft that do not support cross-platform play, such as its original Java-based Mac/PC release and its Wii U version, will retain their “Edition” subtitles.

For now, that will continue to apply to Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition. The Better Together update is coming to Switch, but it’s not ready yet. Mojang is “hoping to be ready to release Minecraft on Switch sometime this winter,” according to a Microsoft spokesperson. There are currently no plans to bring the Better Together update to the New Nintendo 3DS version of Minecraft, which debuted last week.

“We’re working really hard with our partners at Nintendo to accomplish cross-device connectivity that is yet unprecedented in the history of gaming,” Mojang said of the Switch version in the FAQ. “This is very exciting work, but introduces lots of complexities to the development process.”

Sony is the lone holdout when it comes to cross-platform play on consoles in Minecraft. It didn’t seem likely coming out of E3 2017, with Xbox head Phil Spencer taking umbrage at a Sony executive’s suggestion that Microsoft might not be able to ensure the safety of young Minecraft players. But Matt Booty, corporate vice president at Microsoft Studios, said in a recent interview with Mashable that the two companies are working on a solution.

“Sony is a good partner and they are working with us on this,” Booty told Mashable. “We would probably like it to happen a little bit sooner, but I feel positive about being able to make this work.”

In addition to introducing cross-platform play, the Better Together update makes Minecraft Marketplace purchases available on consoles for the first time. (This content was exclusive to the game’s Pocket Edition and Windows 10 Edition until now.) Any items purchased on one platform will be accessible on others — the content is tied to your Xbox Live account. As for the previously announced support for 4K resolution and high dynamic range (HDR) color, that feature will arrive later this fall, presumably around the Nov. 7 launch of the Xbox One X.

The Better Together update is downloadable now for people who own a digital copy of Minecraft. However, people who bought the Xbox One version on disc will need to have played at least five hours of the game in the past 12 months, or must have purchased an add-on for it, in order to get the update. (“The five-hour requirement is designed to help us separate real accounts from fake ones,” said Mojang.) If you have a physical copy of Minecraft: Xbox One Edition but don’t meet either of those requirements, you have until Jan. 30, 2018, to change that.

Rainbow 6 Siege update rendering PlayStation 4 consoles inoperable

Following an update that arrived yesterday to the PlayStation 4 version of Ubisoft’s tactical shooter, Rainbow Six Siege, it seems that anyone accessing the social features of the game such as opening the friend list or sending a party invite can cause the console to crash.

Once the crash occurs, players are reporting that the console becomes unusable, with repeated crashes afterward, despite not launching the game again. The issue seems to be quite far-reaching, with numerous PlayStation 4 owners claiming to now have “bricked” consoles on both the PlayStation 4 and Rainbow Six Reddit communities. While there are fears of hard drives being corrupted due to the crashes, there is no solid confirmation of this happening yet.

Ubisoft has put out a notice on its support website stating the following regarding the issue:

Players have reported a crashing issue regarding the party invitation. We are cooperating with Sony on this issue and would advise you to not use this feature until a resolution is found.

In the meantime, you can keep yourself updated on our official Twitter channel.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

According to the Ubisoft Support Twitter account, while the game itself is still fully playable, PlayStation 4 players are now barred from sending invites to other players. If the party invites are indeed the root cause of the problem, this temporary solution should stop further PlayStation 4 players from being affected.

Hopefully, Sony and Ubisoft will be able to track down the fault quickly and mend the affected consoles. It’s a wonder how an issue like this passed through Sony’s certification process, considering updates go through a significant testing period to avoid complications just like this one.

Note that the issue in question only seems to have hit the PlayStation 4, with the PC and Xbox One versions of Rainbow Six Siege being unaffected.

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Minecraft’s cross-platform update is now available on Xbox, PC, and mobile

Minecraft has been available on tons of different devices in the past. Now, Microsoft is finally bringing all those platforms together with the “Better Together” update, which is rolling out today for Xbox One, mobile devices, and Windows 10 PCs. The Nintendo Switch is still set to get the Better Together update, too, although that’s been delayed until later in the winter.

The update essentially takes the different versions of Minecraft that have been available on PC, Xbox, iOS, and Android, and consolidates them into one master version, with the same features, functionality, and content no matter where you play. That means that the console versions of Minecraft on Xbox One (and eventually, the Nintendo Switch) will now run the same version of Minecraft as PCs, mobile, and VR, built on what Microsoft calls the Bedrock Engine.

But the biggest advantage to creating a single version of Minecraft across all these platforms is that cross-play will be possible between Minecraft games. This means that you’ll be able to play Minecraft on your PC with a friend playing on an Xbox, while your buddy joins in from their Android phone. Microsoft is calling this the first time a game has offered cross-play across all these platforms, and with the addition of the Nintendo Switch to the mix, Minecraft could be one of the first true platform-agnostic titles, which is an incredible thing.


You may notice that the PlayStation 4 is glaringly absent from that list. That’s because Sony has — once again — decided to sit out on cross-platform play, an unfortunately familiar refrain from the company this console generation. Similar issues have come up with Rocket League, and most recently Fortnight, which accidentally enabled Xbox One and PlayStation 4 cross-play before pulling the feature. Sony has offered numerous explanations for avoiding cross-play in the past, including citing concerns of protecting children online, but given that the console still has a considerable competitive lead when it comes to users and sales, it’s unlikely that it will be budging on that issue anytime soon.

In an interview with Engadget, Microsoft Studios CVP Matt Booty commented, “We just flat-out couldn’t get those two completely in sync,” in regard to getting Minecraft cross-play with the PlayStation 4. Although, he noted that Microsoft is continuing to talk with Sony on the issue.

Also missing are the Mac and Linux versions of Minecraft, which will continue to exist alongside the original PC version as the renamed Java Edition for now. It’s supposed to continue to receive updates and get them along a similar time frame as the Bedrock Engine version.

That said, the unified Bedrock Engine version will be the canonical Minecraft title moving forward, with the original PC title and older console-specific versions getting appended “Edition” names like Minecraft: Wii U Edition and Minecraft: Java Edition to tell them apart from the core Minecraft title.

Pokemon Go news: Big Mewtwo update for fans following Raids reveal | Gaming | Entertainment

It has now been confirmed in a new Pokemon Go news update that more Mewtwo Raids are starting to appear around the globe.

Having only been available in certain locations worldwide, more Trainers are receiving invites for EX Raids.

For anyone who doesn’t know, an EX Raid is an invite-only timed event, which gives players around 24hrs to prepare for a Mewtwo boss battle.

Players must make it back to the Gym they received the invite from at the time specified to have a chance of taking on the rare psychic-type Pocket Monster.

Like with all Raids, there’s no guarantee that after you beat Mewtwo you’ll be successful in catching it and adding it to your own roster.

But while the challenge is tough, Trainers are reporting on an increasing scale that they have been invited to take on Mewtwo.

The field tests are appearing at more locations in Europe, which have mostly been confirmed as sponsored Gyms like Starbucks.

Here’s the latest from the Pokemon Go Hub team: “The only area where EX Raid invitations were reported in non-sponsored Gyms is in Chester, UK where the great Heritage Event took place. If you haven’t raided at one of the sponsored Gyms inside Unibail malls, it’s not possible to receive an invitation.

“We have solid reasons to believe that EX Raid testing will intensify and soon expand outside sponsored locations in Europe and Asia, as the current test includes almost exclusively sponsored Poké Stops. 

“This is a pattern that’s emerged from previous Niantic’s releases in EU and Asia: sponsors get it first, then the rest of the Gyms / Stops.

“Australia is not included in this Raid Test, but we’ve got reports of new cities in the US and Japan getting EX raids in this wave. Shouldn’t be too long before they come to Australia either.”

It follows the news that fans have apparently found a glitch that can help provide more options when it comes to Combat Power.

According to the latest Pokemon Go news from Trainers, it’s possible to reroll a Pokemon’s CP, following the Raid Boss Battle.

This apparently requires two Trainers to be part of the Pokemon Go Raid to work.

By having one Trainer force close their Pokemon Go game before the raid boss is defeated, it means they miss out on the end of the battle.

The other Trainer who stays in the fight can then check out the CP, close their own game and then reopen it to see what the other Trainer would have received.

Here’s a rundown of events as described by those who did it:

  • Two trainers entered a lobby to fight a Gengar.
  • Midway through the battle, Trainer 2 closed his app. He did not leave the group.
  • Trainer 1 finished the battle.
  • Trainer 1 received a CP of 1468.
  • Trainer 1 crashed the catch screen, reloaded, and saw a CP of 1460.
  • This means that Trainer 2 Would have received a CP of 1460, had he stayed in the battle.
  • The second Trainer now has the option to click the gym where the raid occurred and encounter the Gengar with a CP of 1460, or they can wait 15 minutes before clicking. 

Because when the timer runs down, this trainer will then be allowed to fight the Raid boss again, as if he never participated in the first battle.

“In this case, he fought the Gengar again, and upon completing it, received a CP of 1476,” the original Reddit poster explains.

“To be clear: He chose to decline the 1460 Gengar, waited 15 minutes, then fought it again, which rerolled the CP. And, in this case, he received a better Gengar.”

Pokemon Go NEWS – Niantic update adds FREE item that TRANSFORMS your Trainer | Gaming | Entertainment

Pokemon Go fans will soon receive a new wardrobe item that will transform Trainers.

As part of an imminent Niantic update, Pokemon Go fans will receive the free Global Goals T-shirt.

The new item will be released in a bid to raise awareness of the Global Goals initiative for Sustainable Development.

“In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development, which set out to end extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030,” reads a Niantic statement.

“Earlier this year, we announced a set of Pokemon GO game locations in collaboration with Global Goals during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

“Each of these 17 PokeStops represented the individual Global Goals, shedding light on the causes that they stand for and on our mission to foster discovery around the world.”

The next step for Niantic is the release of the Global Goals T-shirt.

“Soon, we’ll be adding an all-new avatar item to your wardrobe–the Global Goals shirt,” the statement continues.

“This free shirt gives you and the millions of Trainers around the world the opportunity to stand with us as we look to show our support for initiatives that make the world a better place like the Global Goals.

“We hope everyone will join us in having their avatar wear the Global Goals shirt proudly to show their support and spread awareness for these critically important Goals.”

The news comes as Pokemon Go prepares to benefit from the release of new AR technology in the upcoming range of iPhones.

The cameras on the iPhone 8 Plus are said to have been custom tuned for AR.

But despite the improvements to AR, Niantic boss and Pokemon Go creator John Hanke still thinks the technology is limited.

In fact, Hanke thinks that AR glasses are the future of augmented reality.

“Glasses are coming,” he said. “They are hard and it will take a while but we will get them and once we do, we won’t go back.”

“Imagine buildings, offices, homes, cities and transportation with live, dynamic interfaces customized to you and what you want to do.

“The billions of dollars a year that we spend on physical signs, directories, schedules, and all of the other ‘UI’ that we need to navigate the physical world won’t be needed and will be replaced with digital overlays with far greater functionality.

“And yes, colourful animated creatures can inhabit our backyards and parks, waiting to be discovered.”

Pokemon Go NEWS – Halloween 2017 event, Legendary update, Niantic reveals future of AR | Gaming | Entertainment

Pokemon Go fans can expect another Halloween event for 2017.

The Pokemon Go Halloween celebration was one of the first in-game events to be introduced to the Niantic app last year.

And according to Slashgear sources, the Halloween event will return in October 2017.

Last year’s Halloween event saw an increase in Ghost Type Pokemon like Ghastly, Haunter, and Gengar.

As the report points out, these three Pokemon are likely to be joined by Gen 2 Pokemon Misdreavus.

The site also suggests that Dark Pokemon will see increased spawn rates during the event, but why stop there?

Multiple Ghost Type Pokemon made their debut in Gen 3 (see the gallery below), which makes Halloween the perfect time to introduce a selection of brand new Pokemon to the game.

Pokemon Go is about to be transformed thanks to new technology available in the iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus.

The cameras on the iPhone 8 Plus are said to have been custom tuned for AR.

But despite the improvements to AR, Niantic boss and Pokemon Go creator John Hanke still thinks the technology is limited.

In fact, Hanke thinks that AR glasses are the future of augmented reality.

Hanke thinks that while devices like Google Glass were massively flawed, AR glasses are the way forward.

“Glasses are coming,” he said. “They are hard and it will take a while but we will get them and once we do, we won’t go back.”

Hanke said that once the social implications of such a device are ironed out, AR glasses will transform the way we interact with the world.

“Imagine buildings, offices, homes, cities and transportation with live, dynamic interfaces customized to you and what you want to do.

“The billions of dollars a year that we spend on physical signs, directories, schedules, and all of the other ‘UI’ that we need to navigate the physical world won’t be needed and will be replaced with digital overlays with far greater functionality.

“And yes, colorful animated creatures can inhabit our backyards and parks, waiting to be discovered.

“Games beyond anything we can imagine today will be played out. Not by humans wired into Matrix-style pods, but by human beings walking, running, exploring, talking and connecting in the real world.”

Pokemon Go has received a handy new update that makes it easier to search for Legendary Pokemon.

In addition to various big fixes and performance updates, the new update lets you search for defender and Legendary Pokemon.

This could save Trainers a lot of time when searching for the right Pokemon for the job.

Pokemon Go news patch notes in full:

  • Items received from spinning Gym PokéStops and completing Raid Battles are now displayed in the Journal.
  • Improved Pokemon Collection screen search functionality by allowing Trainers to search using “defender” and “legendary”.
  • Resolved a bug which caused Pikachu hats to disappear from the in-game model and icon.
  • Resolved a bug which caused some icons to disappear when scrolling through the Pokédex.
  • Various bug fixes and performance updates

Overwatch Junkertown COUNTDOWN – Release date, time for PS4, Xbox One map, update | Gaming | Entertainment

developer Blizzard is about to release the Junkertown map on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

After a successful testing period on the Overwatch PTR, Blizzard has given the Junkertown map a September 19 release date.

There’s no official release time for the map, but Overwatch updates typically go live at around 7pm UK time.

The Junkertown map is expected to launch alongside a new update for Mercy.

As part of the Mercy update, the popular will only be able to resurrect characters on an individual basis. This will be a regular move with a cooldown period.

Her Ultimate ability  – which currently revives all downed teammates – will be replaced with a move called Valkyrie. Valkyrie boosts Mercy’s abilities and power, and even grants her the power of flight.

Junkertown, meanwhile, is a new Escort map set in the Australian Outback. You can see it for yourself in the gallery below…

“Junkertown is an Escort map located in the harsh and unforgiving Australian Outback,” the official description explains.

“Constructed from the remains of a destroyed omnium, it’s now the home to a band of lawless scavengers known as the Junkers, led by their cutthroat Queen.

“When they aren’t pillaging the omnium’s skeleton for anything of value, the Junkers blow off steam in the Scrapyard—a massive gladiatorial arena whose combatants fight for glory, riches…and to survive.”

Fans will also want to keep an eye out for the Junker Queen, who can be seen in posters and heard over the loudspeakers in a recent trailer (below).

The release of the Junkertown map will be followed by another free weekend on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

From Friday, September 22 until Monday, September 26, fans can play the entire game for free on consoles and PC.

The Overwatch free weekend has an 7pm UK start time and ends at 6.59am UK time.

Fans will be able to try all of the maps, game modes and characters, and can even unlock Loot boxes.

Any progress will be transferred to the full game if they decide to purchase it.

Check if someone follows you on Instagram with this new easy update

It’s finally happened: Instagram now has a “follows you” section on people’s profiles if they, er, follow you.

The new update seems to be for Android users at the moment, but with a new iOS update imminent, everyone may have this long-awaited feature soon.

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Up until now, if you popped onto someone’s profile, you wouldn’t have a clue whether they followed you or not unless you trudged through their followed accounts or scrolled through your followers.

That isn’t so bad if you just have a few followers, but if you’re lucky enough to have plenty of people desperate to see your pictures of Starbucks mugs and your cat, this update definitely a good thing.

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In another recent update, if you click to play a video, all subsequent videos after that will play automatically, though exiting the app will reset that feature.

Instagram is on a bit of an updating spree at the moment, trialling week-long stories rather than just for the current 24 hours.

Also, the photo app’s Archive feature allows you to remove posts from your profile without having to actually delete them permanently.


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