Pokémon Sword and Shield’s camping is perfectly fluffy

Part of the allure of Pokémon games is growing attached to each new creature you catch. Games like Pokémon X and Y, Sun and Moon, and Let’s Go incorporate some sort of bonding, from giving your pals a good pat to feeding and cleaning them up. In Pokémon Sword and Shield, downtime doesn’t just happen with one member of your team; it happens with the whole gang at once with the game’s camping feature. When you’re out in the wild and between towns, camping is an easy way to quickly revive and refresh your party. Sword and Shield feature a curry cooking option where you choose from berries and other food items you’ve collected to create new recipes. Once you’ve laid out your ingredients, you fan campfire flames and stir the pot via motion… Read the full article…

eBay is discounting Nintendo Switch Lite bundles with Pokémon Sword or Shield

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Update 5:09PM ET, November 15th: If you were just looking for a discount on the game, eBay is now out of stock. However, it still have Switch Lite console bundles available. Pokémon Sword and Shield came out today, November 15th, on the Nintendo Switch, and if you’re hoping to get the game for less than full price, eBay is hosting $10 off deals on both games: today only, you can get either game for $49.99. If you don’t have a Switch and have had your eye on the smaller Nintendo Switch Lite, eBay is bundling the turquoise-colored (pictured above) Switch Lite with either game for $239.99. That’s a savings of $20 compared to if you purchased them separately. Deals on Switch consoles, as well as Switch games that just released, are rare. You… Read the full article…

Xbox One November Update now available with Google Assistant, new gamertags, and text filters

Microsoft is rolling out its November 2019 Update for the Xbox One today. The big new addition is Google Assistant support, allowing you to use a device with the assistant or app to control an Xbox One. Google Assistant won’t run on the Xbox One itself, but you’ll be able to use it to launch games, apps, turn the console on and off, pause videos, and more. Microsoft first started testing this feature back in September. Alongside the Google Assistant support, Microsoft is also implementing its new gamertag support in the November update. This means you can now pick any gamertag and use numbers at the end like Discord or Battle.net use. While you could change your gamertag earlier this year, it’s now fully supported on console in friends,… Read the full article…

Microsoft announces its xCloud streaming service and a truckload of new games are coming in 2020

Microsoft has announced a vague intention to launch its xCloud game streaming service sometime in 2020, and dropped a double handful of new titles that will arrive on it and the existing Game Pass subscription. It seems that next year will indeed be the opening battle in the streaming wars to come. The announcements came at XO19, the company’s Xbox-focused event, which is taking place in London. They seem calculated to take the wind out of Google’s sails; the opening lineup of Stadia, Google’s entry in the game streaming world, was finalized earlier this week and is rather bare bones. Microsoft is hoping Google’s first-mover advantage will be nullified by the expected confusion around payments, features, titles and other issues Stadia is still working out. Game Pass is currently in a preview period on PC. Although Microsoft did not supply a hard release date, saying only that 2020 is the Read the full article…

Microsoft will bring Project xCloud game streaming service to Windows 10 PCs

(Photo by Casey Rodgers/Invision for Xbox/AP Images) Microsoft said it will bring its new cloud-based game streaming service to Windows 10 PCs, as part of a flurry of other announcements revealed at this year’s X019 show. Project xCloud had the most running time of anything else at Thursday’s show, showing the company’s investment in the new technology. The service is coming to Windows 10 PCs next year, and Microsoft is currently working to expand the territories in and platforms on which it’s available. Microsoft last month began rolling out a public preview for xCloud, which lets users play high-powered Xbox games such as Halo on their smartphones. The service is powered by Microsoft’s Azure data centers on specially-designed servers built from Xbox components. Users don’t need to own any games, or even a console, to use xCloud. Microsoft also revealed today that it is expanding the number of titles that Read the full article…