Ashen Winds, the latest Sea of Thieves monthly update, is here for free for all players across Windows 10, Xbox One, Xbox Game Pass and Steam.
Powerful Ashen Lords arrive on the Sea of Thieves in raging flames and blinding ash clouds – and now their skulls can be taken and wielded as fiery weapons.
Accessibility improvements such as single-stick control, alongside new Pirate Emporium pets and discounts, round out this monthly offering.
Get all the details on Xbox Wire.
Grounded, the new survival adventure game from Obsidian Entertainment, is now available through Steam Early Access and Xbox Game Preview with Xbox Game Pass, so you can also play on PC.
In this game, players wake up in a suburban backyard after being mysteriously shrunken to the size of an ant. Guided by a robot named BURG.L, players must explore, build and survive while confronting new dangers and perils.
Find more details at Xbox Wire.
17-inch Lenovo Legion 5 laptop
Following the spring launch of the Lenovo Legion lineup that focused on a better keyboard and thermals, Lenovo has added AMD Ryzen processors to five new gaming PCs — the 17-inch Lenovo Legion 5 laptop, the Lenovo Legion 5P laptop, the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 laptop for entry-level gaming, plus the Lenovo Legion Tower 5 and IdeaCentre Gaming 5 desktops.
AMD Ryzen 4000 H-Series Mobile Processors can improve laptop performance by raising clock speeds — making games, content creation and productivity applications all run much faster.
When paired with available NVIDIA GeForce GPUs, this gaming portfolio can tackle the latest games with impressive speed.
The Lenovo Legion 5 laptop comes in two sizes (17-inch and a 15-inch size that’s already available with AMD Ryzen CPU) and is equipped with up to AMD Ryzen 7 4800 H-Series Mobile Processors paired with up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPUs. It is expected to be available starting at $1089.99 in September.
17-inch Lenovo Legion 5
The 15-inch Lenovo Legion 5 laptop with up to AMD Ryzen 7 4800 H-Series Mobile Processors and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU is expected to be available starting at $1019.99 in August. It’s also available now with up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti GPU starting at $759.99.
Ideal for eSports, the Lenovo Legion 5P laptop has up to AMD Ryzen 7 4800 H-Series Mobile Processors and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPUs. At up to 300 nits of brightness, the 15.6-inch Full HD wide-viewing angle display has lightning-fast 144Hz refresh rate for under a 5ms response time to reduce screen tearing. The enhanced thermal performance of Lenovo Legion Coldfront 2.0 is engineered to help keep heat away from players’ fingertips and minimize noise. It also uses an integrated thermal module for greater thermal efficiency. Dedicated media keys and number pad make video editing and setting macros a snap.
This 15-inch Lenovo Legion 5P laptop will not be offered in North America, but will be available in select markets.
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 laptop
With improved thermals, the new 15.6-inch IdeaPad Gaming 3 laptop has up to AMD Ryzen 7 4800 H-Series Mobile Processors and up to crystal-clear full HD wide-viewing angle display with a slim bezel design. It’s expected to be available starting at $659.99 later this month.
Lenovo Legion Tower 5
If you’re looking for a set-up to match marathon gaming sessions, the new Lenovo Legion Tower 5 includes up to AMD Ryzen 9 3950X desktop processor with 16 cores. It’s expected to be available starting at $829.99 in October with up to AMD Ryzen 7 3700X Desktop Processors in North America.
Finally, the new IdeaCentre Gaming 5 is available in iridescent Chameleon Blue and offers up to AMD Ryzen 7 3700X desktop processors paired with up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU made to help you move faster and aim better, while GeForce RTX 2060 graphics reveal the depth and visual fidelity of real-time ray-tracing. It will not be offered in North America, but will be available in select markets.
Get more details at Lenovo.
At Xbox, they’re listening to players, game developers, content creators and streamers. And based on that feedback, Phil Spencer, executive vice president of Gaming at Microsoft, has laid out a road map to the future of gaming and Xbox in a new blog post.
“We’re building a future where you and your friends can play the deepest, most immersive and interactive games ever created across your Xbox console, PC and mobile devices,” he writes.
Commitments include new technology to reduce hate speech and toxicity and empowering creators of diverse backgrounds to develop new stories.
With Xbox Series X, all games will look and play best on the newest console – whether they come from Xbox Game Studios or publisher and developer partners.
If you have or are considering Xbox Game Pass, note that all Xbox Game Studios titles will launch the same day as their global release. And all Xbox Game Studios titles that will be released in the next few years—such as Halo Infinite—will be available on Xbox Series X and Xbox One.
Xbox Series X will also be the first console ever to launch with four generations of compatibility on day one. With the new Smart Delivery technology, you don’t need to buy the same game twice – once for the current console generation and once for the next generation. You always have the best available version of supported games on whatever Xbox console you are playing on, at no additional cost.
Xbox Play Anywhere digital titles also enable you to buy once and play on both Xbox consoles and Windows 10 PCs.
“It’s a future in which you get more value from your games. And where everyone is welcome,” Spencer writes.
Get details on all this and more on Xbox Wire.
Operation 4: Brothers in Arms is available now across Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One, Windows 10 and Steam, delivering big changes in Gears 5.
Familiar faces Dom, Paduk and Karn are back and there are more maps. Other major updates are rolling out too: an all-new ranked system, an updated in-game store and streamlined earning with Gears Coins, a new currency.
Head over to Xbox Wire to get a deeper look at what to expect when players jump into Gears 5.
Halo 3 has joined Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox Game Pass, the Microsoft Store and Steam.
Finish the fight between the Covenant, the Flood and the entire human race in the dramatic, pulse-pounding conclusion to the original Halo trilogy. Relive 11 unforgettable missions and fight through 24 multiplayer maps, complete with enhanced Spartan customization and an all-new progression system spanning each game within Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
The Master Chief’s saga on PC comes equipped with new features, optimizations and customizations built for the platform. Halo 3 looks and plays better than ever at 60 frames-per-second (or greater) with up to 4K UHD support and numerous PC-specific enhancements. Players can fine-tune their experience with a vast array of options including variable framerate, native mouse/keyboard support and the ability to rebind controls, plus support for ultra-wide displays and different aspect ratios, adjustable field-of-view, updated texture/shadow quality and more.
Get all the details on Xbox Wire.
Xbox Game Studios and Asobo Studio have announced the launch of Microsoft Flight Simulator on Aug. 18. You can now pre-order on Windows 10* or pre-install with Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta).
The game’s features include: detailed landscapes, live traffic, real-time weather, and highly detailed and accurate cockpits with realistic instrumentation.
Get all the details at Xbox Wire.
*For more information on supported specs, please visit FlightSimulator.com.
If you’ve been waiting for Minecraft Dungeons’ first DLC pack, it’s now available for Windows and Xbox One: Jungle Awakens.
This update features everything from new missions and game mechanics, to never before seen mobs and items – as well as a unique challenge.
You’ll get extra content for the Minecraft Dungeons base game – free of charge: a map to the Lower Temple, a new threat level per difficulty and new gear. Download by updating the game.
To get the new DLC, you can either buy it separately for your platform or upgrade your Standard Edition with a Hero Pass (and by doing so, securing yourself the first two DLC packs).
Minecraft has all the details.
The latest “Simply Windows” video is now available, focusing on tips for organizing your tabs in Microsoft Edge.
If you’re new to Windows 10 or want to learn more about how to get the most out of it, this video series can help you get up to speed. And as writers in the series have had to work from home, like many people, they’re sharing their remote experiences in these newer episodes and answering questions from viewers.
In episode 12, writer Maxx Ramos guides you through working with Microsoft Edge, specifically on using Collections to organize the many, many tabs you may have open on your browser. This way, you can quickly pull up the tabs according to those collections, which could align to shopping, research or any project. She also shows you how to quickly pick up where you left off with your tabs.
Find out more about “Simply Windows” and check out a playlist of previous shows. Windows Community also has videos on the new Microsoft Edge and managing favorites, if you want to know more about that.
And if you like this, check out other Windows 10 Tips.
State of Decay 2 recently celebrated its two-year anniversary with new weapons, clothes, gameplay improvements and more. Now its fans can enjoy a new Plunder Pack and Green Zone updates.
The new Plunder Pack adds Sea of Thieves-themed weapons, outfits, hats and one seriously salty vehicle to the game. The Green Zone is a more relaxed, accessible apocalypse; where enemies do less damage, maintaining the community becomes easier due to cheaper crafting and more resources from scavenging and your Stamina lasts longer.
The update is available for all players, with State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition available with Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, Steam and the Epic Games Store. Get all the details over at Xbox Wire.