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Microsoft Announces Xbox Adaptive Controller for accessible gaming

Microsoft today announced it’s new Xbox Adaptive Controller for accessible gaming. With the new controller, gamers can create a setup that works for them in a way that is plug-and-play, extensible, and affordable. In addition to working with common adaptive switches that gamers with limited mobility may already own, it has two large buttons built in. These buttons can also be reprogrammed to act as any of the standard controller’s button inputs via the Xbox Accessories app.

Microsoft Announces Xbox Adaptive Controller for accessible gaming
Microsoft Announces Xbox Adaptive Controller for accessible

According to the company, for gamers with limited mobility, finding controller solutions to fit their individual needs has been challenging. The solutions that exist today are often expensive, hard to find, or require significant technical skill to create. A number of individuals and organizations are creating custom solutions, but it has been often difficult for them to scale when most rigs need to be so personalized.

The new Xbox Adaptive Controller was created to address these challenges and remove barriers to gaming by being adaptable to more gamers’ needs. It was developed in partnership with organizations around the world, including The AbleGamers Foundation, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Craig Hospital, SpecialEffect, and Warfighter Engaged.

The new Xbox Adaptive Controller will cost you $99.99 USD and available exclusively through Microsoft Store later this year. Microsoft will share more about the Xbox Adaptive Controller in a few weeks at E3.

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Far Cry 5 Update 1.05 Patch Notes for PS4 and Xbox One

Far Cry 5 update 1.05 for PS4 and Xbox One is now available for download. According to the official Far Cry 5 1.05 patch notes, the new update has added a new option to the Avatar Customization menu. In addition, Far Cry 5 version 1.05 also includes a big list of performance and stability improvements. The update has fixed issues that could cause the player to become locked outside of the bunker during the mission, “Casualties of War”. Check out more details below.

Far Cry 5 Update 1.05 Patch Notes

NEW

  • Added the option to re-do the character creation process from the Avatar Customization menu.
  • Far Cry 5 1.05 added support for Masks and Special Outfits in the Avatar Customization menu.

Improved Accessibility

  • Subtitles turned on by default for all languages when launching a New Game

Stability & Performace

  • Far Cry 5 version 1.05 addressed multiple low occurrence crashes
  • Fixed an issue where client would receive a “bookworm” error after liberating an outpost while in a helicopter
  • Fixed low occurrence issues when skipping cinematics
  • Far Cry 5 update 1.05 fixed some physics issues related to vehicle doors and weapon interactions
  • Fixed some instances of players respawning in an instant-death loop, including:
    • Far Cry 5 patch 1.05 fixed an issue where the client would get stuck in a instant-death loop if the host reloads a checkpoint while in a helicopter
    • Fixed an issue where the client would get stuck in a instant-death loop if the host invites a client while in a helicopter

Missions

  • Far Cry 5 1.05 update fixed multiple low occurrence walkthrough breaks, including:
    • Fixed a few issues that could cause the player to become locked outside of the bunker during the mission, “The Quality of Mercy”
    • Fixed an issue where the mission, “Broken Path,” would not progress under certain circumstances
  • Far Cry 5 version 1.05 update fixed a few issues that could cause the player to become locked outside of the bunker during the mission, “Casualties of War”
  • Fixed issue game could be stuck in an endless Credits loop under certain circumstances during the final mission, “Where it All Began”
  • Fixed issue where Mary May won’t spawn in the truck during Atonement if the player died during the drive to John Seed’s Ranch
  • Far Cry 5 update 1.05 fixed some issues that was causing the time of day to become stuck when completing the mission, “The Cleansing,” or when using the Outpost Master feature

Audio

  • Far Cry 5 update 1.05 added fixes for minor audio issues
  • Fixed some situations where SFX and music could go missing in specific circumstances
  • Fixed an issue where SFX would continue to play if a helicopter was destoryed in the Arcade

Companion, Enemy & Animal AI

  • General AI bug fixes including:
    • Far Cry 5 1.05 fixed an issue where the Blessed would restart their falling animation when being shot while they are auto-reviving
    • According to the Far Cry 5 update 1.05 patch notes, the update has fixed an issue where Guns For Hire would not exit vehicle turret after falling in water
  • Cheeseburger’s total kills should now update more consistently

Gameplay & UI

  • Far Cry 5 update 1.05 added minor bug fixes for vehicles.
  • Fixed issues with certain animal animations, including:
    • Fixed an issue where the Cougar and Moose would play invalid animations if the player cast a fishing line near them while they were in the water.
  • Far Cry 5 patch 1.05 fixed some camera issues while performing takedowns.
  • Fixed an issue where the player could get stuck in a mounted turret under certain circumstances.
  • Fixed some challenges that weren’t tracking kills under certain situations.
  • Addressed an issue where the player model could appear without clothes in the Avatar Customization menu.
  • Fixed issues with cut-off text in some menus in certain languages.
  • Addressed issues with text remaining on screen in certain circumstances.
  • Fixed minor text issues in certain localized languages.
  • Fixes and updates to weapon balance and statistics.
  • Far Cry 5 update 1.05 added improvements to weapon animations and hand placement when near a wall.

Coop

  • Various replication improvements, including:
    • Far Cry 5 version 1.05 addressed an issue where a client could see weapons that were already picked up by hosts
    • Fixed an issue where the client’s arms would be in incorrect positions while holding a Compound Bow
    • Fixed an issue where the helicopter was not replicated correctly for the client after the host disabled it
  • General improvements to various missions while playing in Coop, including:
    • According to the Far Cry 5 update 1.05 patch notes, the update has fixed an issue where the cinematic during the mission, “Only You,” was obstructed by the Client
    • Far Cry 5 1.05 fixed an issue where the client was unable to see the objective markers during the mission, “Where it All Began”
    • Fixed an issue with the transition during the mission, “Burn, Baby, Burn!,” if the client was in spectate mode
  • Fixed low occurrence walkthrough breaks while playing certain missions in Coop, including:
    • Fixed an issue where host/client would become stuck in a loading screen triggering the mission, “Special Delivery”
    • Far Cry 5 1.05 fixed an issue where the mission, “Air Raid,” where the host and client would become stuck if the coop leash was broken
    • Fixed an issue where the mission, “The Hero’s Journey,” would not update after leaving Larry’s helicopter.

Arcade/PvP

  • Star ratings now properly reflect ratings
  • Minor graphical improvements to spectator camera
  • Improvements to matchmaking flow in Private and Public lobbies
  • Fixed low occurrence issues with player spawning without selected loadout
  • According to the Far Cry 5 update 1.05 patch notes, the update has addressed some issues with the PVP Announcer not playing certain lines
  • Fixed low occurrence crashes during host migration
  • Far Cry 5 patch 1.05 fixed issue where sometimes voice chat would not work
  • Fixed issue where sometimes player names were missing after being killed in PVP
  • Far Cry 5 version 1.05 fixes and updates to weapon balance and statistics
  • Extended the map picking time in Public lobbies from 35 seconds to 50 seconds

Arcade/Editor

  • Far Cry 5 1.05 addressed minor bugs with certain map creation tools.

Check your game update and download the Far Cry 5 update 1.05.

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Xbox One April Update Released, Read What’s New and Fixed

Xbox One April Update is now available for download. The new Xbox One version 1804 comes with a bunch of new features and improvements. Today’s update also added new video features like Auto Low-Latency Mode (or ALLM for short).

Auto Low-Latency Mode enables the family of Xbox One devices to notify your display when you’re playing a game, so a TV that also supports ALLM will know to switch to its low latency video mode. Many displays refer to low latency mode as “game mode.”

Xbox One April update added support for variable refresh rate output to AMD Radeon FreeSync and FreeSync 2 compatible displays. AMD Radeon FreeSync is a form of variable refresh rate which helps to reduce input latency and minimize display stuttering, delivering a buttery-smooth visual gameplay experience in your favorite games. The entire Xbox One family of devices will work with FreeSync-certified displays. Xbox One S and Xbox One X will also support high dynamic range with AMD Radeon FreeSync 2.

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Xbox One freesync

In addition, Xbox One X and Xbox One S now support output at 2560 x 1440 (1440p) resolution for games and media. With over a million and a half more pixels than 1080p, this resolution offers even more choice between Full HD and 4K displays. This feature should be especially appealing to Xbox One owners who use a 1440p display for PC gaming. Media apps can now add an option for 1440p output for on both Xbox One X and Xbox One S.  Developers can also now enable games to run at native 1440p resolution on Xbox One X.

You can enable all these video options from the Settings menu on your Xbox One.  Just navigate to “Display & Sound,” then “Video Output.” Note that you’ll only be able to turn on these settings if your TV or monitor supports them.

Streaming & Captures

This month, we’re also introducing a new Mixer Interactive feature called Share Controller. Mixer streamers on Xbox One can now share control of their game with a viewer on Mixer.com. Just turn on the “Share Controller” toggle from the Broadcast & Capture section in Guide and your viewers will be able to share control through a virtual controller in their web browser, or by plugging a physical controller into their PC.

You can also now start Mixer broadcasts from anywhere on Xbox One, making streaming easier than ever. If you decide to switch games or exit to the dashboard, your viewers will see a pause animation until you jump back into a game. You will also see a pause animation on your broadcasting status bar on your screen.

In addition, you can now share captured screenshots and clips directly to Twitter, after authenticating your account, from the Broadcast & Capture tab of the Guide. Shared captures will now display and play directly in your Twitter feed instead of showing up as a link. We’ll also help you get your content discovered by suggesting a hashtag for the title of the game. Want to follow clips shared by Xbox gamers? Track clips with the #XboxShare hashtag!

Xbox Insiders have seen this option for a while, but now everyone can choose to switch between light and dark themes on your Xbox One based on the time of day. You can also personalize your theme to automatically transition from dark to light based on sunrise and sunset in your location. We’ve also added a new high-contrast light theme option, which makes on-screen elements easier to see.

Audio & Ease of Access

Based on fan feedback, we’re making additional improvements to Narrator on Xbox One. Narrator volume can now be adjusted independently from system audio volume. We’ve also introduced a new input learning mode to the Narrator menu. With input learning mode enabled, the Narrator on Xbox One will say the name of whatever button you press on an attached input device. High contrast light theme and narrator options can both be adjusted in the Ease of Access menu in Settings.

If you love to stream music while gaming, you will be happy to hear that you can now selectively balance game audio against background music within the Guide. Simply navigate down to the app that is playing background music in the Guide. Press “A” to open a new flyout with additional music controls, including a new slider that will allow you to adjust the balance of background music and game audio.

We’ve also made audio enhancements in the Xbox One dashboard itself. System sounds on Home and in the Guide have been completely revamped to support spatial audio, so the audio cues from your surround sound system will match the actions you see on-screen.

Apps

The Microsoft Edge browser on Xbox One has been updated to a more modern look and feel. Enhancements to history and favorites make it easy for you to get back to your favorite sites. Other new features include tab muting, read aloud and autofill. You can also now download and upload pictures, music, and videos from Microsoft Edge on Xbox One; your downloaded content can then be browsed with the File Explorer app.

Clubs, Game Hubs & Tournaments

Community tournaments are now available directly in Game Hubs for supported games. This means you no longer need to own or be the admin of a club to create a tournament.  To get started, open the Game Hub for a game that supports tournaments.  Head to the “Multiplayer” tab and select “Community tournaments” then choose the option for “Create tournament.”

Club feeds have also gained new filters to show you “what’s new,” “what’s hot” or “top posts.” Additionally, you can now lock the comments on your feed posts across clubs, Game Hubs, and Community, so the only person in control of the narrative is you.

If you’re a club owner or admin, you can now filter invitation requests based on several criteria, including Gamerscore, play time, reputation, Xbox Live Gold status, and recommendations from club members. Club invitation filters will persist until the administrator changes them, so if you set or edit club invitation filters, they will still be there the next time you sign-in.

Check your Xbox One update and download the latest version 1804.

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Final Fantasy XV Update 1.23 brings new Fixes and Changes

Final Fantasy XV Update 1.23 is now available for download on PS4 and Xbox One. According to the official Final Fantasy XV 1.23 patch notes, the update comes with new features, items, and more. In addition, Final Fantasy XV version 1.23 has added the compatibility with FINAL FANTASY XV ROYAL PACK. The update also added new Comrades quests and new Royal Sigils (exclusive to COMRADES).

Final Fantasy XV Update 1.23 Patch Notes

  • Addition of compatibility with FINAL FANTASY XV ROYAL PACK.
  • Final Fantasy XV 1.23 added of character dossiers (accessible from the Archives).
  • The announcement of winning snapshots from fourth photo contest (viewable at Mother of Pearl at Galdin Quay).
  • Final Fantasy XV version 1.23 added to new quests in Chapter 10.
  • Addition of new Comrades quests (exclusive to COMRADES).
  • Implementation of new Royal Sigils (exclusive to COMRADES).
  • Final Fantasy 15 update 1.23 added of chocobo breeding feature (exclusive to COMRADES).
  • Addition of new trophies (exclusive to COMRADES).
  • Final Fantasy 1.23 added various bug fixes.

Check your game update and download the new Final Fantasy XV update 1.23.

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Fortnite UPDATE 1.46 Patch Notes for PS4 and XBox One

Fortnite Update 1.46 is now available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. According to the official Fortnite 1.46 patch notes, the new update comes minor bug fixes and improvements. In addition, Fortnite version 1.46 has fixed client crashes which some players were experiencing. The new patch size is around 200MB on PlayStation 4.

Previously, big update 3.1.0 was released with Lucky Landing and Hunting Rifle for Battle Royale players. Save the World players also received Dragonfire Auto-Shotgun and much more. Check out more details below.

Fortnite Update 1.46 Patch Notes

  • Added fix for client crashes.
  • Fortnite 1.46 also added minor fixes and improvements.

Check your game update and download latest the latest Fortnite update 1.46 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Overwatch 2.34 Patch Notes for PS4, Xbox One and PC

Overwatch update 2.34 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC is now available for download. According to the official Overwatch 2.34 patch notes, the new update comes with changes for Doomfist, Mei, and Sombra. In addition, the new Overwatch version 2.34 also includes various bug fixes and game improvements.

According to the game developers, increasing Mei’s slow duration helps her freeze targets that are particularly elusive such as Genji or Lúcio. Lowering her alternate fire ammo cost allows her to more safely use it without costing her the ability to freeze enemies. Check out more details below.

Overwatch Update 2.34 Changelog

Hero Updates

Doomfist

  • Hand Cannon
    • Ammo recovery rate increased from 0.8 seconds to 0.65 seconds per bullet

Mei

  • Endothermic Blaster
    • Freeze (slow) duration increased from 1 second to 1.5 seconds
    • Weapon alternate fire ammo cost reduced from 25 to 20

Sombra

  • EMP
    • With Overwatch 2.34 update, EMP no longer blocked by small objects (e.g. sign posts)
  • Hack
    • No longer gains ultimate charge from health pack healing
    • Cast time reduced from 0.8 seconds to 0.65 seconds
    • Now disables the following abilities:
      • Genji—Cyber-agility
      • Hanzo—Wall Climb
      • Pharah—Hover Jets
      • Lúcio—Healing Boost and Speed Boost (turns off current song entirely), Wall Ride
      • Mercy—Angelic Descent
  • Machine Pistol
    • Machine Pistol spread reduced from 3 to 2.7
  • Opportunist
    • Enemy health bars are now visible when health drops below 100% (formerly 50%)
      • Her ability to detect enemies through walls at 50% or less remains unchanged
  • Translocator
    • Duration increased from 15 seconds to 20 seconds

Map Updates in Overwatch 2.34

Blizzard World

  • Reduced some health pack sizes.
  • Changed some health pack locations.
  • Overwatch version 2.34 added additional health packs.

UI UPDATES

Mercy

  • Valkyrie
    • No longer shows enemies’ health bars unless they have taken damage

Bug Fixes in Overwatch version 2.34

General

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Capture the Flag statistics from displaying on the Career Profile if the match was played on Ayuttheya in the Arcade

Maps

  • Overwatch 2.34 addressed a bug that sometimes prevented announcement voice lines from triggering on Blizzard World.

Recently, update 2.33 was also released with new changes and fixes. Check your game update and download latest Overwatch update 2.34.

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Fortnite Version 1.42 Patch Notes, New Crossbow, New Skins and More

Fortnite version 1.42 is now available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. According to the official Fortnite 1.42 patch notes, the new version brings Valentine’s Day themed skins and a new Crossbow in Battle Royale. In addition, Fortnite update 1.42 also includes various bug fixes and game improvements. Check out more details below.

Fortnite Version 1.42 Patch Notes

New Skins

  • Added new Valentine’s Day themed skins for Battle Royale players.
Fortnite Version 1.42 Patch Notes
Fortnite Version 1.42 Patch Notes

Crossbow

  • Added the Crossbow weapon to Battle Royale.
Fortnite 1.42 Patch Notes
Fortnite 1.42 Patch Notes

Battle Royale Changes in Fortnite 1.42

GENERAL

  • The Shooting Test #1 Limited-Time Mode has been switched to Solo only.
    • Known Issue: The Shooting Test does not save progression for stats or challenges.
  • With Fortnite version 1.42 update, Shotgun headshot damage increased to 200%.
  • Scoped Assault Rifle is now 100% accurate when zoomed in.
  • Scoped Assault Rifle no longer has damage fall-off.

Bug Fixes

  • Players will no longer slide off rooftops.
  • Fortnite version 1.42 has added a fix for an issue where Item Shop panels disappearing after completing a V-buck purchase through the Store Tab.
  • Added a fix for collision inconsistencies in certain basement corners.
  • Fortnite Update 1.42 addressed a hole in the terrain south of Retail Row.

WEAPONS

Fortnite 1.42 has added a New Crossbow Weapons

  • This weapon fires Arrows, which are an unlimited ammo type.
  • Found from floor loot and treasure chests.
  • This weapon comes in both Rare and Epic variants.

Save the World Changes in Fortnite update 1.42

Save the World players will receive new Quests, events, bug fixes, quality of life improvements and more next week.

GENERAL

  • Known Issue: Chests have low-resolution graphics on the results screen

Bug Fixes

  • With Fortnite 1.42 patch, Trophies will now properly be awarded to PS4 players

Check your game update and download latest the latest Fortnite version 1.42 update on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Minecraft Update 1.66 for PS4 and PS3 – Read full Patch Notes

Minecraft update 1.66 for PS4 and PS3 is now available for download. According to the official changelog, the new Minecraft PS4 1.66 update rolling out with a new Moana Character Pack. In addition, Minecraft 1.66 update also includes various bug fix and improvement. A bug where Tamed Horses with no items equipped despawns after a Player leaves the area is now fixed. Check out full details below.

New in Minecraft 1.66 PS4 Update Patch Notes

  • Added Moana Character Pack.
Minecraft update 1.66 for PS4 and PS3
Minecraft update 1.66 for PS4 and PS3

Fixed in Minecraft PS4 update 1.66

  • Minecraft 1.66 for PS4 fixed MCCE-6589: Pistons of both types can’t move Cauldrons.
  • Addressed MCCE-6531: Placing a bed next to a cactus crashes the game.
  • Fixed MCCE-6376: Observer Blocks don’t detect some changes, like other powered Observers.
  • Fixed MCCE-6465: Unable to place vines under torches.
  • Minecraft PS4 1.66 addressed a bug where Animals are not running away when hit on Peaceful Difficulty.
  • Fixed a bug where Tamed Horses with no items equipped despawn after a Player leaves the area.
  • Change to explosions so that TNT cannons in Mashup worlds work as they used to.
  • Minecraft version 1.66 update fixed a bug where Rails and Torches couldn’t be placed on Glowstone, Sea Lanterns, Glass, or Ice.
  • Addressed a bug where Flowerpots, Doors, and Pumpkins couldn’t be placed on Glass.
  • Fixed a bug where Redstone, Levers, and Buttons couldn’t be placed on Pistons.
  • Minecraft 1.66 patch has addressed a bug that would allow players to Open Shulker Boxes while ‘Trust Players’ and ‘Can Open Containers’ options are disabled.
Minecraft PS4 1.66 update
Minecraft PS4 1.66 update

Check your game update and download latest Minecraft update 1.66 on PS4 and PS3. This update is also available on Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

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Battlefield 1 1.18 Update Patch Notes for PS4 and Xbox One

Battlefield 1 Update 1.18 is available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The new Battlefield 1 1.18 update includes Turning Tides – North Sea DLC and Base Game Update. The North Sea content will be limited to Premium Pass and Battlefield 1 Revolution owners for their 2-week Early Access. In addition, the base game update includes various bug fixes and game improvements. Check out the patch preview below.

What’s New in Battlefield 1 1.18 Update Patch Notes for PS4 and Xbox One

NEW

The second wave of Battlefield 1 Turning Tides is here! Fight alongside the formidable German fleet or test your mettle among the British Royal Marines in dramatic naval clashes. Opposing armadas struggle to gain the upper hand to exhibit supremacy over the high seas.

Battlefield 1 Turning Tides – North Sea is bringing new maps, the fearsome C-Class Airship, and continued improvements to Battlefield 1. We hope you enjoy taking command of the sea, air, and land in the battles that turned the tides of war. Available to Battlefield 1 Premium Pass owners* and owners of Battlefield 1 Turning Tides.

Battlefield 1 update 1.18
Battlefield 1 update 1.18

NEW MAP: HELIGOLAND BIGHT

This is Battlefield 1’s quintessential naval map. With its immense scale and focus on vehicular combat, it’s ideal for Conquest Assault, the only game mode available on this map.

This is the first naval battle of the Great War, where the British Royal Marines commenced a surprise attack against the German navy. Attackers speed to the red cliffs and rocky shores to gain ground, where infantry can use large rocks and dunes as cover from battleship shelling. Control Bunker Beach and you’ll have access to a battery cannon to defend against the onslaught. Take cover behind the rocky wave breaker wall to safely engage the enemy beyond the sinking cruiser, as they take a foothold on the nearby Düne island. Finally, assert your dominance in the first ever Battlefield 1 Dreadnought vs. Dreadnought battle

NEW MAP: ZEEBRUGGE

Under the veil of night, British troops reinforce the treacherous raid on the Belgian port of Bruges-Zeebrugge. Join the concentrated battle as the British Royal Marines wrestle to possess the German controlled, concrete mole. Advance past the war-torn breach toward the heavily guarded submarine pen. Utilize the dock openings to gain access and overcome the enemy. Torpedo boats, planes, L-Class Destroyers, Dreadnoughts, and the menacing C-Class Airship battle for control around the port. Be mindful, as infantry soldiers fight back with the anti-aircraft guns placed along the coastal wall and battery cannons that are lining the nearby beach at the base of the mole.

NEW: VEHICLE

The all-new C-Class Airship is equipped with 4 seats and 2 package loadouts. Pilots can deliver an immense payload of artillery and bombs, as they navigate the skies. Front gunners are equipped with a 76mm cannon, while rear gunners provide support with a 20mm Autocannon. Top gunners offer anti-aircraft protection with a mounted AA gun on the top of the vessel. Like tanks and the new L-Class Destroyer, pilots can self-repair the C-Class Airship to maintain dominance in the sky.

NEW: UNIFORMS

Don the characteristic blue uniforms of the British Empire’s elite naval troops, the admirable Royal Marines.

NEW: IMPROVED WEAPON BALANCE

With the addition of new weapons from each expansion pack and the growing community of skilled players, we found it necessary to rebalance the weapons to increase the pacing of combat and balance the loadout options among and between the various classes in Battlefield 1.

These changes are far-reaching, across the breadth of Battlefield 1 weapons, which may be difficult to feel when trying them out for the first time.  There are a lot of changes, which may not be noticeable immediately and may only become more apparent with time.  Players should find a faster time-to-kill (TTK), be more capable in out-numbered scenarios, and find greater distinction between different weapons and weapon types.

The following summaries detail how these changes will alter the encounters at the ideal engagement ranges:

Assault vs Medic

  • Medic remains superior at any distance outside of very close range
  • The overall decrease in TTK at close range for Assault weapons should ensure their superiority at ideal engagement range

Support

  • The biggest difference here is that Support weapons will be slower to get on target at close range, pushing the engagement slightly more in favor of the Assault than it already was
  • At longer distances the Support LMGs remain far superior to the Assault SMGs and shotguns

Scout

  • These encounters remain mostly unchanged
  • These classes are opposite extremes; the winner of the engagement will usually come down to range

Medic vs Support

  • The main change here is in how the Medic approaches an LMG. Previously the SLRs were like LMGs in terms of raw TTK, meaning it was often possible to outshoot one head to head. With the changes this is more dangerous, as the LMG will be more likely to kill the Medic before he can reach cover to heal
  • LMG accuracy at close range is weaker than before however, plus Medic rifles have improved range, leaving the medic with several options of approach – take potshots at the Support from longer distances, or attack from unexpected angles to exploit the LMG weakness when not already in ADS or on a bipod

Scout

  • Medics are slightly more accurate at longer distances and are therefore an increased threat to Scouts than previously
  • Otherwise these encounters remain unchanged

Support vs Scout

  • Support is slightly more dangerous at long range than before. There is therefore increased pressure on the Scout to score a one hit kill from an unexpected location before the Support can return fire
  • Otherwise these encounters remain unchanged

With regards to weapon family specific changes, you will see an overall reduction in the number of bullets required to kill a target at a weapons ideal engagement range, along with some general improvements to their handling:

Shotguns

  • Shotguns remain the strongest close-range weapon with generally very poor ranged performance (except for the “Slug” variants)
  • They have suffered from inconsistency due to how shotgun pellets work, which we’ve improved by reducing how much randomness plays a part in the shotgun dispersion.  All shotguns now fire 12 pellets.  The dispersion is now broken down into 12 sectors, 6 in an inner circle and 6 in an outer ring.  Each sector will contain 1 pellet.  This ensures that all 12 pellets are more evenly spread over the dispersion cone, and prevents all the pellets from bunching up in one area, which could cause lucky one hit kills at longer distances, or inversely result in a complete miss.

Sub Machine Guns – SMGs

  • SMGs remain very strong close-range weapons, second only to Shotguns
  • High bullet damage drop-off and large spread make them ineffective at longer distances than all other weapons, with the exception of Shotguns
  • The variance in raw TTK of the SMGs has been reduced, reducing the benefit of that advantage on specific SMGs (such as the Hellriegel and Automatico) and increasing the options available to Assault players

Light Machine Guns – LMGs

  • LMGs offer the most firepower, but at the cost of handling and mobility
  • The strongest weapon at medium range when ready for a fight
  • If caught off guard however their poor hip-fire and high spread mechanics put them at a disadvantage

Self-Loading Rifles – SLRs

  • The most flexible weapon
  • Slightly weaker in terms of TTK than most other weapons but with advantages over all others in some area
    • Much better ranged performance than SMGs and shotguns
    • Better handling and can get on target accurately faster than LMGs
    • More effective at closer ranges than bolt actions

Bolt Actions

  • Bolt actions offer one hit kills at longer ranges
  • They have very low fire rates however which makes them very weak up close
  • These are the least changed weapon type
Battlefield 1 version 1.18
Battlefield 1 version 1.18

Other Changes in Battlefield 1 Update 1.18 Patch Notes

PLAYER PROGRESSION

  • Vehicle damage performed by K Bullets fired from the Martini-Henry sniper rifle are now properly tracked for the Overwatch Service Assignment.
  • Reduced the requirements of the Ribbon of Justice from 5 kills in a round to 2.

UI & HUD

  • The player outlines now comply with the colorblind settings.
  • Battlefield 1 update 1.18 added custom colorblind color settings in the video options.
  • Players can customize the size and opacity of world icons in the gameplay options.
  • Hit indicators can be customized with different colors for critical hit kills.
  • Detailed mini-map/full map customization is now in the gameplay options.
  • Vehicle spawn logic has been changed to allow players to select the spawn point even if a vehicle is not available, which will allow players the opportunity to customize vehicles at the deploy screen more often.

WEAPONS, VEHICLES, & GADGETS

Numerous weapon balance tweaks. Here’s a short list of some noteworthy changes among many more:

  • Slightly tweaked the damage models for several Medic rifles:
    • Farquhar-Hill damage drop off started at 34 but now is 46.33 meters.
    • Farquhar-Hill damage drop off ended at 52 but now is 59 meters.
    • M1907 SL damage drop off ended at 55.6 but now is 60 meters.
    • Autoloading 8.25 damage drop off started at 19.5 but now is 16 meters.
    • Autoloading 8.25 damage drop off ended at 40 but now is 45 meters.
    • RSC 1917 vertical recoil has been adjusted from 1.8 to 1.5 degrees.
    • RSC 1917 horizontal recoil has been adjusted from 2.2 to 1.8 degrees.
    • RSC 1917 rate of fire has been adjusted from 163 to 179.9 bullets per minute.
    • Increased the 3-hit kill range of the Cei-Rigotti by 10 meters.

Continued to tune automatic weapons:

  • Adjusted the spread for LMGs.
  • LMGs now have slower zoom-in speeds to further differentiate them from SMGs
  • LMGs and SMGs now have slightly increased vertical recoil.
  • The vertical recoil bonus on the Storm variants for SMGs and LMGs have been reduced slightly.
  • The SMG 08/18 Optical’s first shot spread multiplier has been reduced.
  • LMG bipods will now remove spread increase while firing entirely when mounted with a lower reduction in horizontal recoil.
    • Overall this change makes heavy MGs with high first shot spread multipliers benefit slightly more from the bipod, while high fire rate LMGs with high horizontal recoil will receive less benefit.
  • Increased the 2-hit kill range of the Russian 1895 Trench from 47 to 70 meters.
  • Increased one hit kill headshot range of the Russian 1895 Trench from 41 to 64 meters.
  • Cavalry Russian 1895 2-hit kill range has increased to 90 meters.
  • Cavalry Russian 1895 one hit kill headshot range increased to 84 meters.
    • Fixed an issue where the Infiltrator Elite flare would brighten the entire level for the opposing team.
    • The K Bullet system, and the damage dealt, was refined for the M91 and Carcano.
    • Fixed an issue where occasionally empty shells would not eject from the Carcano.
    • Fixed an incorrect recoil decrease for the Maschinenpistole M1912/P.16.
    • Battlefield 1 version 1.18 fixed a lower than intended recoil decrease on the Arisaka.
    • Fixed an incorrect recoil decrease for the M1917 Trench Carbine.
    • Fixed the accuracy of the M1917 Trench Carbine when crouching, moving, and shooting from the hip.
    • Reload timers were fixed for the M1917 LMG by removing the artificial delay on the short reload.
    • Battlefield 1 1.18 fixed an issue with the AA sights on the M1917 MG where the rear sight wasn’t properly attached to the feed tray cover.
    • Improved alignment of the iron sights of the FA Automatic.
    • Fixed an issue causing shotgun damage and audio to be spread across multiple frames.
    • Reduced the inner blast radius of the Martini- Henry grenade launcher, on the Infiltrator Elite Class, from 2 to 1 meter.
    • Battlefield 1 update 1.18 fixed a bug where the Martini-Henry grenade launcher did not use its arm time, resulting in higher than intended damage.
    • Reduced the ammunition count of the Martini-Henry grenade launcher from 21 to 11.
    • Battlefield 1.18 reduced the reload threshold for the Martini-Henry grenade launcher.
    • Fixed a bug that allowed the Bristol Attack plane and Ilya Muromets Heavy Bomber to utilize weapons from multiple packages.
    • Battlefield 1 1.18 update increased the mine removal radius for the A7V Heavy Tank.
    • Greatly improved the reliability of the AA guns when firing against bombers from certain angles.
    • AT Rocket Gun, and similar weapons, can now be fired from the passenger seat of vehicles.
    • Infantry placed mines (AT and Tripwire) have been adjusted so players can no longer stack them close together.  To compensate for this, the power of each mine has increased:
    • AT Mine damage has increased by 50%.
    • AT Mine radius has been adjusted to 2 meters.
    • Tripwire Mine – HE deals twice as much damage to sprinting players.
    • Tripwire Mine – Gas has a small 15 damage explosion when tripped – dealing damage to player who may already be wearing a gas mask.  This damage is doubled for sprinting players.
Battlefield Update 1.18 Patch Notes
Battlefield Update 1.18 Patch Notes

MAPS & MODES

      • Battlefield 1 version 1.18 removed all Elite Classes from War Pigeons mode.
      • Fixed an issue where several weapons were causing unwanted dips in ambient SFX volume in certain parts of Cape Helles.
      • Battlefield 1 update 1.18 increased visibility of boat wakes.
      • Fixed an issue that would allow Defenders to spawn airplanes in the third sector of Cape Helles, in Operation Gallipoli.
      • The Ottomans now use the Gotha Bomber on Cape Helles
      • Fixed an issue where the medic primary weapons were not available in the Custom Game: Armored Kill.
      • Adjusted the combat zones in Cape Helles on both Operations and Rush game modes, allowing more pathing and fewer places to camp.
      • Moved the Ottoman plane and torpedo boat spawns in Cape Helles.
      • Adjusted the British boat spawns in Cape Helles.
      • Moved the Defenders spawns in the first sector of Rush on Cape Helles.
      • Battlefield 1 version 1.18 adjusted some problematic spawns in Conquest on Achi Baba, to avoid spawning in high traffic areas.
      • Fixed squad spawning on the final objective of Rush on Lupkow Pass.

MATCH EXPERIENCE

      • Fixed some bugs related to players being disconnected while connecting to a game server.

RSP

      • Added an RSP option that allows removal of the delay that spectators experience so that things are witnessed as close to real time as possible.
      • Battlefield 1 1.18 added a toggle to turn off/on the pre-round minimum of 6 players.
      • Increased the ban list size to 200 (from 100).
      • Increased the VIP list size to 50 (from 20).
      • Battlefield 1 update 1.18 increased the admin list size to 50 (from 20).

GAMEPLAY

      • Fixed an issue that allowed the player to use some Pistol Carbines while swimming.
      • Improved inconsistent slowdown on steep hills. It now occurs on movement direction, instead of the direction you’re facing.
      • Slowdown will occur when climbing diagonally, as well as directly up/down a hill.
      • Corrected slowdown when climbing up hills backwards.

General Fixes in Battlefield 1 version 1.18

    • The game will no longer expose interlaced video modes in the PC video options. If you have previously experienced blurry output on PC due to the game running in a full screen interlaced mode, please re-select a mode in video options to update your profile settings to use a progressive display mode.
    • Fixed a bug where certain VFX would trigger when colliding with invisible geometry.
    • Battlefield 1 version 1.18 fixed an issue with VOIP volume option not behaving as intended.
    • Fixed a bug where spectators would be kicked from the game if the last player left.
    • Removed some of the female Russian Scout spotting lines that mentioned German soldiers and vehicles.
    • Fixed an issue where Russian self-voice says “tank” when spotting a Scout soldier.
    • Battlefield 1 update 1.18 addressed an issue where players occasionally encountered a loading loop the first time they tried to launch a Single Player level after playing through the Prologue.

Check your game update and download the latest Battlefield 1 1.18 update on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Skype app update version 12.1803.279.0 released with fixes

A new Skype app update 12.1803.279.0 is now available for download on Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, and Xbox One. The latest update fixed a bug that caused the recording of videos upside down with the front camera. In addition, there are various other bug fixes and improvements.

Skype App Update 12.1803.279.0 for Windows 10

  • Fixed the bug that caused the videos upside down with the front camera.
  • Improvements to collections.
  • Various minor fixes.

You can download the app from the link below

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