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Valve Announces DOTA 2 Update Requiring Phone Number Registration for Ranked Play

As a result of the abusive use of multiple accounts for Ranked matches, Valve has announced a new update coming to DOTA 2 to require phone number registration to a single account, as well as a few new matchmaking and report features. …Read More The post Valve Announces DOTA 2 Update Requiring Phone Number Registration for Ranked Play by Jordan Loeffler appeared first on DualShockers.

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Tasty Treats Competitive Mode Release Date Announced

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Arma 3 Jets DLC Release Date Announced Alongside New Aircraft Carrier Trailer

Arma 3’s Jets DLC gets a release date along with details of the free update launching with it, including the addition of an aircraft carrier. …Read More The post Arma 3 Jets DLC Release Date Announced Alongside New Aircraft Carrier Trailer by Jordan Loeffler appeared first on DualShockers.

Digital Foundry: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s Framerate Woes Improved in Latest Update

Ever the framerate gurus, Digital Foundry has examined The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on both Nintendo Switch and Wii U to see if the latest patch — Version 1.11 — has improved on …Read More The post Digital Foundry: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s Framerate Woes Improved in Latest Update by Lou Contaldi appeared first on DualShockers.

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Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove Adds 1080p Support for Nintendo Switch in New Update

Shovel Knight has been getting a bevy of news today — only earlier today Yacht Club Games revealed that Shovel Knight’s Specter of Torment expansion would be coming to all consoles in April. Now Yacht Club has …Read More The post Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove Adds 1080p Support for Nintendo Switch in New Update by Lou Contaldi appeared first on DualShockers.

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What To Expect In World Of Warcraft's Big Tomb Of Sargeras Update

World of Warcraft gets one of its biggest updates yet on Tuesday, as the Legion expansion’s demon war reaches a fever pitch. Update 7.2 gives players a chance to take the battle directly to the demons’ front door, when they aren’t busy learning to fly, battling through the pet dungeon or engaging in new PVP brawls. Advertisement The key focus of the Tomb of Sargeras update is the Broken Shore zone, the scene of the devastating events that launched the Legion expansion pack, leaving both the Alliance and Horde under new leadership. Now players get a chance to strike back. It begins with a multi-stage Assault on Broken Shore event, which leads to players establishing a base on the Isle. Players will be able to continue their Class quests in the Broken Shore zone as they farm war supplies to construct benefit-giving buildings. Some demons will drop beacons that summon waves of attackers, leading to a raid boss encounter. Players will also gain access to the Cathedral of Eternal Night dungeon, where I am guessing it’s always pretty dark? Sure. Advertisement Meanwhile, in the READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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External Drives And Other Cool Stuff In Today's PS4 Update

My new custom background. I will replace this with a theme by week’s end, but I like having the option. System software update 4.50 is live for PlayStation 4 owners today, adding major functionality to Sony’s console. Between enabling external hard drives, the ability to make your own background images and the ShareFactory apps’ new import functionality, the PS4 is a little bit more functional today. Advertisement First off we have the big one. While the Xbox One and Wii U have been up for the old external hard drive for ages, PlayStation 4 owners have had to satisfy themselves with having to swap out the internal hard disk to make more room. Update 4.50 changes that. Since my Wii U was traded in towards Nintendo’s Switch, I had a spare one terabyte drive hanging about. I plugged it in, formatted it, and I was good to go. External drives are automatically assigned as the default location for new games and apps, but that can be changed in settings menu. Moving an 18GB game from the system drive to the external took about READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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First Big Fire Emblem Heroes Update Brings New Characters And Quests

Just when you thought it was safe to stop summoning characters in Fire Emblem Heroes the first major update hits, bringing for new sibling characters to the game, along with a limited-time series of Paralogue quests celebrating their family bonds. Advertisement The launch summoning focus events have ended, making way for the Family Bonds Summoning event. Brother and sister teams Ephraim and Elrika from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones and Seliph and Julia from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War are now up for grabs. Along with the new crazy pairs comes the first series of Paralogue story extension maps, a trio of battles featuring the new characters in action. Players can also complete a series of Family Bonds missions for special rewards. I’ve managed to snag Elrika so far, but she’s awfully lonely without her brother. Dammit, Nintendo. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

The Difference The PS4 Pro Patch Makes In Fallout 4 

The PS4 Pro patched version of Fallout 4 gives players much more grass. The PlayStation 4 Pro support patch for Fallout 4 arrived this week, delivering 1440p resolution, increased draw distances and enhanced Godray effects. YouTube’s Candyland created a video demonstrating the small but significant enhancements players can expect from the patch. Advertisement While the enhanced resolution is an obvious benefit, things like draw distance and enhanced Godray effects are a bit more subtle. Take the screenshot above. On the left, the plain PlayStation 4 version, which looks just fine, until you see the game running with the Pro patch. The grass and bushes that would otherwise pop in as you travel are in full effect on the left, adding to the relatively realism and depth of the scene. It’s not just the grass, but texture details in general that benefit from draw distance. Check out the ragged edges of the roof in the picture above. Advertisement As for Godrays, these are shafts of light coming from the sun, peeking through clouds and other objects. The actual term for them is crepuscular rays, but Godrays sounds much cooler. The changes here are a bit more nuanced, but the Candyland folks…

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The PS4 Pro Will Soon Improve All Games, Not Just The Patched Ones

Games built or patched to take advantage of the PlayStation 4 Pro’s extra power run significantly better on the newer console. Boost Mode is an upcoming feature that puts that power to work on non-optimized PS4 games, and as Digital Foundry discovered, it works pretty well. Advertisement Coming in PlayStation 4 firmware update 4.50, Boost Mode allows games developed before the release of the Pro to use the extra CPU speed and GPU power without requiring a patch. While unpatched games won’t suddenly sprout enhanced graphics features like patched and pre-optimized title, they should enjoy faster, more-stable frame rates and faster loading times. According to Digital Foundry’s tests with a beta version of the feature, it’s working as advertised. Advertisement The video, which you can watch in full below, begins with a look at Knack, one of the PlayStation 4 launch titles, and one that has received a PS4 Pro patch, illustrating the difference between a passive boost and a programmed one. While not as significant a leap as the patch provided, frame rates get a nice bump from pure Boost Mode. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!