Dec. 3, 2021

Will Etisalat eventually get the Series X fridge - GWS#062

Etisalat brings Xbox All Access to the UAE

Xbox All Access was a program that Xbox started with the launch of the Xbox Series X|S that allowed people to own a console and getting Xbox Game Pass Ultimate by paying in 24-month installments with no interest fees. It was a way to make it financially easy for people to get their hands on an Xbox.

Etisalat is exclusively offering Xbox All Access for AED 99 a month for the Xbox Series S and AED 139 a month for the Xbox Series X. The subscription will also include Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for the two years and the prices are VAT inclusive.

An Xbox Series S costs AED 1,250, and the Series X costs AED 2,499, while an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate one-year subscription costs AED 660.

Getting an Xbox Series S through Xbox All Access will cost a total of AED 2,376, and an Xbox Series X will cost AED 3,336. Getting the consoles and the Game Pass Ultimate subscription for two years separately will cost AED 2,570 for the Series S and AED 3,819 for the Series X.

You need to be an Etisalat postpaid customer to be eligible for Xbox All Access


Halo Infinite progression

343 Industries has yet again added another update for the XP in the multiplayer mode of Halo Infinite as a response to gamers' frustrations regarding the progression system.

One of the earlier updates that they introduced was that players will get 50 XP for each match they complete. However, they announced on Twitter that they will now increase the XP payout for the first 6 matches of each day.

The first match will give 300 XP, while the second and third will give 200 XP, and the fourth to sixth matches will give 100 XP. Every match onwards will give the regular 50 XP.

They reconfirmed that larger and more impactful changes will be coming, but they will need time to make it happen.

T: Completing 6 matches will net you 1,000 XP which is how much you need to level up one level.


Not one, but TWO Halo Infinite campaign trailers

A trailer for the launch of Halo Infinite's campaign mode has been published that shows cutscene and gameplay footage, giving some small story details.

A live-action trailer was released the next day, which was titled "Forever We Fight" and comprised of several dramatic scenes showing people from different timelines in life-or-death situations where they stand up and fight to become the heroes of their story. This also included a scene with Master Chief.

Halo Infinite will launch on December 8th.


Xbox Cloud Gaming is better on Edge

Microsoft is introducing a new feature called Clarity Boost will enhance the sharpness of streamed games on the experimental Edge Canary browser.

This an optional feature that needs to be manually turned on which will process the stream from the user's end to enhance the image.

The Canary build of the Edge browser is an experimental build where new features are tested out before going into the final Edge builds.

T: We'll need to see just how much processing needs to be handled by the user's side and if this will still be a viable option for gamers with really weak machines.

T: This could also be a way to get more people to use the Edge browser. Microsoft can keep adding more exclusive Xbox and non-Xbox related features to their Edge browser.

Thoughts on Arcane

T: Arcane is a great animated show featuring the legends and lore from Riot's League of Legends. The painted art style is beautiful and the character animation is very well done. All the settings and the scenes look great and it feels like someone took concept art and gave it life. As someone who has only played the game for 30 minutes in 2014, watching Arcane really made me wish that there was a more story-centric spinoff of the game so that I can explore more the world of League of Legends.


The OG gaming metaverse has been revived

Playstation Home launched as a beta in December 2008 as a 3D social hub for Playstation3 owners. Users could play minigames, watch videos, and visit themed areas together. It was shut down while still in beta in March 2015.

Wanting to revive the Playstation Home experience, Destination Home was created years ago as a non-profit project which could be played offline only on modded PS3 consoles or on emulators.

After collaborating with the PlayStation Online Network Emulated (PSONE) fan group, by the end of the year players will be able to take Destination Home online and connect to public and private lobbies just like before.

PSONE have been emulating Sony's servers so they can create their own servers for games that have gone offline such as Killzone 2, Twisted Metal, and recently, Motorstorm

T: Had Sony invested more in Home and streamlined the experience; it would have been at the cusp of the metaverse concept that everyone is now starting to talk about.


Indies unite!

Dead Cells has added weapons, skills, and skins from other indie games as part of their 26th update called Everyone is Here.

The added content will be:

  • Blasphemous New weapon: Face Flask New outfit: Penitent's Outfit
  • Curse of the Dead Gods New weapon: Machete and Pistol New outfit: Explorer's Outfit
  • Guacamelee New weapon: Pollo Power New outfit: Luchador's Outfit
  • Hollow Knight New weapon: Pure Nail New outfit: Vessel's Outfit
  • Hyper Light Drifter New weapon: Hard Light Sword / Hard Light Gun New outfit: The Magician's Outfit
  • Skul New weapon: Bone New outfit: Little Bone's Outfit

T: This is close to what I mentioned a couple of weeks ago as a nice way to use blockchain to transfer your own skins from one game to another. It's also great to see indie developers collaborating together.

They also announced that there will be a new DLC called The Queen and the Sea, which will add alternate biomes that can show up at the end of each run.