Ubisoft: How Far Cry 5’s Microtransactions Work?

Avid fans of Far Cry 5 has expressed concerned about the use of the game’s microtransactions. Until now, microtransactions are still a debated subject among players.


The implementation of microtransactions varies, and they work differently at any game. The varied implementation of microtransactions has become a serious concern for several players.

With the release of Ubisoft’s Far Cry 5, we will know how the game developer implemented the microtransactions in the game. It can be recalled that the game developer announced that Far Cry 5 would include microtransactions.


In a Gamespot report, Executive producer Dan Hay explained that Far Cry 5’s microtransactions would not attempt to inhibit the gamer’s progress.


“We’ve set the game up to be generous. We’ve set the game up so…nothing is locked [away]. You can go out and explore, and the game will reward you for your exploration,” Hay said.

Here’s how microtransaction works?


In case you don’t know, the game’s microtransaction allows players to use real-world money to buy a premium currency called Silver Bars. The game’s premium currency could be used by players to buy cosmetic skins for their weapons, and vehicles. Not also that, players could use the Silver Bars to buy cosmetic skins for themselves.


Buying the cosmetic skins for players themselves is possible only when players are playing the game in Arcade mode. This situation is not clear as to how this thing would work considering that Far Cry 5 is a first-person game.


Meanwhile, Ubisoft has also confirmed that a full campaign of the game would be available offline. For players, this detail is interesting as they want to play the game in co-op and check the game’s online objects as well.

Ubisoft said that the game is now available for download in various gaming consoles.

Hello Games: No Man’s Sky Xbox One Release Coming, Big Update Announced

Game developer Hello Games announced that a huge update is coming to No Man’s Sky. The update will be rolled out to Xbox One gaming console. Thus, fans should expect the game’s Xbox One release come 2018.


Hello Games added that the big update would be rolled out to PS4 and PC this year for free. This means that No Man’s Sky previous expansions would be included in the Xbox One release. These expansions are Foundation, Pathfinder, and Atlas Rises.


No Man’s Sky Xbox One Release Is Coming


And if you are an avid No Man’s Sky fans, you could expect that the upcoming update would also be pre-installed. What’s amazing about the No Man’s Sky’s Xbox One release is that it has an enhanced features.

The game developer announced that the Xbox One X has now with HDR capabilities. It did not add more details about the feature that was announced. It can be recalled that No Man’s Sky was released exclusively to PS4 and PC back in 2016.


Moreover, the game’s upcoming update is expected to be rolled out for free to PS4 and PC players, respectively. In case you don’t know, Hello Games considered the update as “an important next step in a journey for No Man’s Sky.”


“No Man’s Sky is immediately a massive game with impressive seamless transitions from ground to space, and it will entertain your inner collector for a while,” Peter Brown, a critic of the No Man’s Sky gave a review of the popular sci-fi game.


“The more you get to know it, the more you recognize its faults, and it’s easy to fall so deep into the act of exploring and trading that your focus narrows to those aspects alone. If, however, you consider everything it has to offer and listen to what Atlas has to say, No Man’s Sky becomes more than a collection of slightly different worlds in a seemingly never-ending galaxy–it becomes an examination of the meaning of life in a way that’s more valuable than all the gold or starships in its virtual galaxy,” he told Gamespot.

Microsoft Releases Two New Windows 10 Previews, Adds High Efficiency Image File format

Software giant Microsoft has released two Windows 10 previews this week for personal computers. The company said the two Windows 10 previews build include support for High-Efficiency Image File (HEIF) format.


But PC users found it unusual for Microsoft to release two builds on the same day. The same observation echoed by Microsoft users enrolled in the Windows Insider program. They, however, noted that this happened just a month ago.


The reason why Microsoft released two builds on the same it’s because they had developed two updates for the latest Windows OS . According to Microsoft, the first update they developed is actually intended for the RS4 branch. The RS4 branch actually represents the upcoming Windows 10 update.


In case you don’t know, Microsoft is planning to ship the first build come April. While the second build for RS5 which also represents another Windows OS update is expected to arrive later this 2018.


Also, PC users claim that Windows 10 is actually different from the previous Microsoft operating system. They claim that Windows 10 has been constantly update to fix bugs and the same time, offers new features as well.


To date, there were already four updates that Microsoft had released namely: the November update, Anniversary update, Creators update, and Fall Creators update, respectively.

Windows 10 build 17123


Microsoft’s RS4 build actually adds support for HEIF. The HEIF supports encoding of various image sequences, and image collections too. It acts as an image container of modern codecs to improve the image quality, compression of JPEG, GIF, and PNG formats.

Fortnite Mobile: Epic Games Showcases iOS Gameplay

Game developer Epic has officially gave its gaming fans the first look of Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode on mobile. This development came in following Epic’s announcement earlier that game is coming on smartphones.


To date, Epic has announced that Fortnite’s famous Battle Royale mode has acomplete cross-play. Also, the mobile version of the game is bet coming on iOS including the page to sign-up now live.


Fortnite’s Battle Royale is coming to iOS, Android later


You can easily check the game’s popular trailer which reveals the gameplay. The game studio, however, did not disclose the specific specs for each smartphones.


A number of report claims that the mobile app is running on iPhone 6S/SE, iPad Mini 4, iPad Air 2, iPad 2017, iPad Pro, or a newer Apple device with iOS 11 is required to play.


Meanwhile, Epic vowed that the Fortnite mobile would certainly give gamers a unique gaming experience. One of the key improvements of the game is the graphics quality. Equally important also is both the controls and user interface, respectively.


Apart from this, gamers could easily relegated and avid fans of the game can sign-up already. Signing-up today would make any gamer join the Fortnite’s upcoming mobile test. Avid players of the game could also opt-in for cross-play with PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Rainbow Six Siege Newest DLC Operation Chimera Revealed

Game developer Ubisoft has announced this week that Rainbow Six will be getting its first DLC this year. Avid fans of the game will get to join in the Operation Chimera. The event will run for four weeks and slated to kick-off on March 6th .


Rainbow Six Siege New DLC


Ubisoft said that Operation Chimera will be available on Xbox, PS4 and PC. And avid fans of the game were able to take a peek of what they could expect from Operation Chimera. Just like any other first-person shooters game, Ubisoft opted to employ a zombie-like concept for the game’s avid fans.


The game developer said that the game’s DLC will be using the right operator, teamwork, and effective gaming strategy. In case you don’t know, Ubisoft has introduced two new operators in each player’s line up.

These operators are Lion and Finka. They are both members of the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) Threat Unit. Ubisoft revealed these two new operators recently.


Accordingly, Finka would be able to revive injured teammates. Like Doc, she is equipped with a STEM pen. Finka is also provided with a 20HP boost to the rest of the team. Aside from Finka, players should welcome a new face in the game named Lion.


And when using Lion in the game as an Operator, you can actually pilot a drone with X-Ray vision. The drone has the capability to identify and pinpoint the location of enemies as well as physical position.

Rainbow Six Siege’s Alien Outbreak Mode: Is It Different To Traditional Siege?

For two years, there have been major changes occurred in Rainbow Six Siege. The changes are, in fact, very significant for players. One of the changes is the game’s Operator number including the map count.


If you are a gamer, you will notice that the Operator number and the map count have been doubled. Also, Rainbox Six Siege’s strategies have evolved to improve the gamers experience.


Rainbow Six Siege’s Alien Outbreak Mode


And despite these changes, avid players of Rainbow Six Siege still enjoy shootings guns and same villains in various combinations. But the Outbreak event of Operation Chimera is actually the first PvE update Siege that it has received since launch.



According to players, the PvE update Siege is no different to any aspect of the game that they have experienced before. In fact, the March 6 is actually a one-month co-op event.


The March 6 event allows you and your other members to team up to fight against an alien invasion. The game’s setting is in New Mexico town of Truth or Consequences.


In addition, gamers will embark in three missions. These missions are called as Hospital, Junkyard and Resort.


You can pick these missions from new Operators Lion and Finka. Not only that, but you can also pick from veterans Smoke, Ash, Doc, Glaz, Kapkan, Tachanka, Buck, Ying, among others.

Fortnite: Battle Royale Will Remove A Weapon This Week

Fans of the popular SMG in Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode should get in the game right now. The game’s developer, Epic Games is planning to remove the online shooter game temporarily on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.



Why Battle Royale Will Remove A Weapon This Week?


Epic Games also said that some variants of the Battle Royale would remain unstable as of the time being. It explained that the game is undergoing some development update.


And while the game is being updated, Epic Games has actually disclosed some of its plans. The game developer said that Battle Royale is expected to be rolled out on various consoles with 60 frames per second. New items are also expected but it, however, did not reveal what these items are.


Apart from this, the game features a specific gun called as the SMG. The aforesaid gun will be put into the “Vault.”


The game developer has since reportedly expanded the exact meaning of this. What is certain though is that SMG would be removed completely but it will be returning shortly.


“As we add more weapons, consumables, and other item types, we want to make sure that the balance of itemization isn’t ruined,” an Epic representative wrote on Reddit.


“Expect more items to be released (and likewise vaulted!) in the future. And of course, items will often come back out of the Vault when the timing is right,” the representative said.

Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition Arrives At Google Play

Gaming enthusiasts of Final Fantasy XV could now enjoy playing the game on their Android smartphones. Final Fantasy XV fans could now download the game at Google Play Store.


This comes from Square Enix Co., Ltd has reportedly left the pre-registration section of the Google Play Store. However, players are informed that the popular game is not completely free. The game developer said that players would pay for some in-app purchases.


Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition Arrives At Google Play


The game’s first chapter can be downloaded for free at no cost. Gamers should purchase the succeeding chapters after they played the first chapter of the game. If players are planning to make a in-app game purchases, prices range from $0.99 to $19.99. So if gamers want to completely play the 10 chapters of the game, they should pay $9.


Moreover, players can take advantage of the Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition’s simplified gameplay. This works by simply tapping only a simple action that involves moving to entering a battle.


The game’s gameplay in the mobile version is different from the game’s console version. The difference is evident in the game’s graphics since the game developer has reworked it to make it more suitable for the smartphones.



Also, Final Fantasy XV’s gameplay mechanics could be easily recognized especially from players who are fond of playing role-playing games. Regarding the game’s specs, the mobile version of the game requires only at least 2GB of RAM or higher. The game could also consume a storage space of at least 5GB of storage for the low-resolution version of the game to function.

Overwatch Year Of The Dog Event Begins Soon, Adds A New Map

It’s the Year of the Dog! And the game developer of Overwatch has already kicked off this year with an event. Overwatch’s Lunar New Year Event is actually a game’s iteration that was conducted last 2017. Now, the game’s recent update brings new content for several gaming console platforms like Xbox One, PS4 and PC.


Overwatch Year Of The Dog Event


With the new update, Overwatch fans would be getting the game’s new skins. In fact, developer would be rolling out a total of six new skins. These new skins include Genji, Mercy, Zarya, and Pharah, among others.


Also, the game’s new update brings more than 50 new seasonal items that players can collect. Players could take a peek at the game’s new Year of the Dog Legendary skins in a gallery. They could also take advantage of this as the Overwatch’s Lunar New Year Event runs until March 5.


Apart from the skins, the update includes a map called as the Ayutthaya. The map is actually set in Asia’s Thailand. Gamers said that the Ayutthaya map is the game’s first Overwatch map for specifically Capture the Flag.


The game developer further noted that the game’s flag went several revisions already as part of the update. This means that players could actually pick a flag and eventually drooped when they used a specific abilities.


However, the game’s update has also a fan-requested feature. This feature gives players an opportunity to change skins of any given character before they could start a match. This can be done from the Assemble Your Team screen and players continue to gather increasingly large collections of skins.

Smooth Crossover for Newbies: PC to iPad Productivity

Crossing over from PC to iPad as a second work unit is no sweat for millennials who do it on the fly. For seniors who are at the peak of their productive years, but unfortunately tech-challenged the learning curve is steeper. I used to be a true-blue Microsoft and PC fanatic; for late-bloomers like me, a graphical interface that didn’t require me to memorize and code was like winning the lotto.

It unleashed productivity and creativity, making me do more, better, and faster until a ton of versions, updates, viruses, bugs, and hacking issues cut short the honeymoon. Windows 10 was a challenge, making me hate Cortana (though I was in love with Alexa). The worst part was licensing software. After installing the OS, you find yourself unable to do anything even if the specs are high. PCs come bare and you do need to bring it to life at huge expense starting with the Office and Adobe productivity software. You probably need a video-editing app as well, since Youtube, Snap, Facebook, and Instagram are popular for communicating ideas and influencing buyers. We’ve tried to make the load easier by finding just the right programs that make shifting from the dear and familiar to the new and untried a breeze!

I was pleasantly surprised that the iPad was pre-loaded and productive straight from the factory. Aside from Siri, the voice-activated personal assistant, the smaller and  practically bezel-less device lets you get down to business right away with the following installed apps:

  • FaceTime – a video and audio conferencing app for the iPad and iPhone anywhere there is 4G or Wi-fi similar to Google Hangout and Skype.
  • Calendar – works like Google Calendar except that you can be lazy and ask Siri to do it for you; information is stored in iCloud and can be sent in the mail as iMessage. The equivalent would be Google Cloud, the ubiquitous storage for photos, media, backup files, meetings and the like.
  • Home – is an interesting feature and is like a command post for your smart devices,
  • Videos – you don’t need to download another software to be able to store and watch video on your device,
  • Maps – similar to Google Map and links to Yelp. This feature is handy for local searches;
  • Contacts – wonderfully synch your phone so you can say goodbye to the tedious task of manually encoding numerous contacts (and erring in the process),
  • Notes – is like Notepad on steroids because it supports photos, drawings, formatting, and can be shared with or edited by the other party. Think of it as a basic unit of ‘collaboration” whether you are making a shopping list or bouncing off ideas with project members.
  • Clock – the iPad app keeps time, sets alarms and reminders just like in Windows PC or Androids. But the iPad has a little extra – it saves you the trouble of going to sites like World Time Buddy because it can tell the time in other time zones. No more missed appointments when traveling overseas or meeting online.
  • News and Podcasts– soon you’ll be missing seeing Yahoo’s splash page because you can actually choose the news and topics that interest you
  • iBooks, iTunes, and Photo Booth makes the iPad fun with a capital P, making it so easy to forget that it could be a workhorse too!

But for those keen on work and less on play, Files brings you closer to Window’s intuitive system while the iCloud enables you to keep and retrieve files (even large ones) easily and securely. Does it compete with Google Cloud? Not at all – it just increases your free storage space and enables you to control and work across devices effortlessly.

Two of the things I like best is the Mail app that has a universal view so that I could see all incoming mail from Yahoo, Gmail and the like and the Messenger app which allows me to send messages to anyone with an Apple device for free.

For those who are Microsoft fanatics and could not live without the Office Suite that includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Moviemaker, you don’t need to pay a cent to download these free and essential apps from the App Store. Here’s what you should get (if it has not been preloaded):

  • Pages, the Word equivalent is not as professional or as sophisticated as its Microsoft version but it is a capable word processor with formatting options and comes with a lot of templates covering almost everything you’ll ever need for personal and business use. It supports embedding tables, photos, graphics, and graphs.
  • Numbers, the Excel equivalent has about 25 templates and does a great job in displaying information visually. It allows you to import spreadsheets from, Microsoft Excel and has access to often-used formulas. If you are looking for a robust app, this may not be the “one”, but results look polished and professional.
  • Keynote, the presentation app is the favorite in this suite because it comes very close to Microsoft Powerpoint’s functionality. iWork is the Apple analog to Microsoft’s Office Suite and consists of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. My verdict after taking it out for a spin – perfect!

You’ll probably find these other FREE tools indispensable once you get the hang of it:

Just as it has a suite for work, Apple also has suite for play. iLife consists of Garage Band, iMovie, and iPhoto.

  • Garage Banda music studio that works like the sound editor Audacity
  • iMovie it’s a far stretch from Adobe Premiere but has the same functionality as Microsoft’s Moviemaker.

For those who simply can’t gracefully crossover from a first love to these free apps, Microsoft Office and Outlook are also available as paid downloads. Complete your productivity by using various cloud services that are free to use and expandable to paid.