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Now available: Jungle Awakens, Minecraft Dungeons’ first DLC pack | Windows Experience Blog

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.

Now available: new State of Decay 2 Plunder Pack and Green Zone update | Windows Experience Blog

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.

Sea of Thieves fans: Free Lost Treasures update brings bountiful booty of new tools and events | Windows Experience Blog

May’s free monthly update Lost Treasures is available now for all Sea of Thieves players on Windows 10 PC, Xbox One and Xbox Game Pass. A new checkpoint system helps players progress through the game’s Tall Tales, plus Daily Bounties and events spell a packed month of activity ahead.
Head over to the Xbox Wire post for details.

Minecraft Dungeons now available on Windows, console and more | Windows Experience Blog

Minecraft Dungeons is out now for Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Game Pass, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.
“Minecraft Dungeons promises challenges and adventure for players of all skill sets and playing types, but we think that no matter the player, it’s always better to explore together,” says David Nisshagen, executive producer for the game, in a post on Xbox Wire. “We’re happy to offer both online and local co-op play, so that you can team up with your friends and family from a distance or even on your own couch – perfect for spending time at home.”
You can choose between the Standard Edition ($19.99) and the Hero Edition ($29.99), which includes the Hero Pass that has a hero cape, two player skins, two upcoming DLC packs and a chicken pet. To find out more and watch the trailer for Minecraft Dungeons, head over to the Xbox Wire post.

Special event helps players set a record while celebrating the 30th anniversary Microsoft Solitaire | Windows Experience Blog

May 22 marks the 30th anniversary of Microsoft Solitaire, which has come a long way since it debuted as Windows Solitaire on Windows 3.0 in 1990.
Today, the game is played on computers, laptops, tablets and phones in every corner of the globe, arguably by one of the most diverse gaming audiences in the world, says Paul Jensen, studio head, Microsoft Casual Games.
“With a worldwide appeal, Microsoft Solitaire Collection, as it is known today, hosts over 35 million players each month, from more than 200+ countries and territories, in 65 different languages,” Jenson says. “And after 30 years, Microsoft Solitaire is still one of the most played games on the planet every day, with more than 100 million hands played daily around the globe.”
Microsoft is celebrating the anniversary by inviting players to join an online event aiming to reach the most games of Microsoft Solitaire completed in one day. Join by downloading Microsoft Solitaire Collection for free on Windows, iOS or Android, or play through your browser. Visit the Xbox Wire post for details, to watch Major Nelson’s interview with a pair of Solitaire experts discussing the coveted winnability rate of the game, and check out Microsoft Solitaire T-shirts and mugs available now for the first time ever.

State of Decay 2 celebrates 2 years with sale, new update and limited time outfits | Windows Experience Blog

It’s already been two years since the arrival of State of Decay 2, and the team is celebrating with discounts, an update and a chance for a limited time to get some cool new apparel.
Head over to the State of Decay blog to watch the video and find out about getting the game for 15% off through May 26, free playable content now available with Update 17, and the limited availability of the State of Decay-themed Logo Ninja Hoodie and Undead Green Cattleman Hat.

Halo 2: Anniversary now available for PC as part of Master Chief Collection | Windows Experience Blog

Gaming fun on the PC continues with the addition of Halo 2: Anniversary as the next installment in Halo: The Master Chief Collection with Xbox Game Pass, in the Microsoft Store and on Steam.
Halo 2: Anniversary is the game that changed online multiplayer forever, a remastered edition of the original Halo 2 game released alongside Halo: The Master Chief Collection on console in 2014. The new PC version includes new features, optimizations and customizations built for the Windows platform.
Visit the Xbox Wire post to check out your choices for experiencing Halo 2: Anniversary on PC and get more details on the new release.

HP reveals redesigned and highly customizable OMEN gaming desktops | Windows Experience Blog

As people stay at home due to lockdowns across the country, they’re turning to games more than ever to relieve stress and connect with others. Now they’ve got more hardware options to choose from with HP’s latest additions to their gaming suite: the OMEN 25L and 30L Desktops.
On both models, gamers will find visuals powered by up to NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2080 Ti or up to AMD’s Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics cards. Harness the computing power a game needs with up to the latest 10th Gen Intel Core i9-10900K or up to the latest 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen 9 3900 desktop processors.
To keep the CPU running cool, HP has worked with Cooler Master to offer both 92mm air and 120mm liquid cooler options. In addition to this alliance on the thermals side, HP has extended the relationship to include the power supplies as well, scaling up to a 750W 80 PLUS Platinum PSU from Cooler Master. Gamers can outfit the interior with up to 64GB of HyperX FURY DDR4-3200Mhz XMP memory with optional RBG lighting. They will also enjoy lightning quick boot times and game launches with ample storage space when pairing with up to two 2TB WD_Black M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD’s configured in RAID0.

Customers can choose either the 25-liter (25L) or 30-liter (30L) model, both built with refined thermals and a tool-less design for internal access. The 30L model comes with a tempered glass front bezel and an enhanced thermal compartment that houses a Cooler Master 120mm RGB system fan to bring in additional cold air into the system.
For those who wish to customize their setups, they can do so via the OMEN Command Center app, which enables lighting control for up to six zones including: the front logo, front fan, interior lighting, CPU cooler, memory, and graphics card. Users can also use the app to monitor individual component performance, allocate network traffic, and control fan speeds.
Both the OMEN 25L and 30L Desktops are expected to be available in retail stores and online starting in May. The 25L model will have a starting price of $899.99*, while the 30L model will start at $1199.99* on HP.com.

And for gamers looking to pair a display with one of these desktops, they can check out the new OMEN 27i Gaming Monitor. It is OMEN’s first combination of an IPS Panel at QHD resolution with a refresh rate up to 165Hz. Games will jump to life with a Quad HD (2560×1440) resolution and 350 nits brightness. And, thanks to NVIDIA G-SYNC compatibility, gamers will experience fluid gameplay that reduces display stutter, input lag and screen tearing.
The OMEN 27i Gaming Monitor is expected to be available in retail and online starting May at a starting price of $499.99* on HP.com.
Find out more about the OMEN ecosystem of gaming PCs, displays and accessories.
*Pricing from HP.com, subject to change without notice. Retailers pricing may vary.

Latest Lenovo Legion gaming PCs feature cooler thermals, extended battery life and keyboard improvements | Windows Experience Blog

The latest wave of Lenovo Legion PCs equips gamers with advances such as cooler thermals, keyboard improvements and extended battery life.
The latest 10th Gen Intel Core H-Series or AMD Ryzen 4000 Series mobile processors power this lineup, and up to the recently announced NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti and RTX 2080 SUPER GPUs with Max-Q Design deliver higher clock speeds and new levels of realistic graphics.
The 2020 lineup includes the Lenovo Legion 7i, Lenovo Legion 5i, the Lenovo Legion 5 and the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i for entry-level gaming. There are also two new towers: Lenovo Legion Tower 5i and IdeaCentre Gaming 5i. (The lowercase letter “i” in the model name indicates an Intel CPU.)

In competitive gaming, the way keyboards feel and their layout can make a huge difference. The Lenovo Legion TrueStrike keyboard has 100% anti-ghosting, sub-millisecond response times and soft-landing switches, resulting in hair-trigger accuracy and the feel of superior key travel via its second transition curve design—so players experience a more tactile gaming experience.
Another thing that can boost performance: advanced thermal efficiencies. Lenovo Legion Coldfront 2.0 provides an improved synergy of hardware and software that promotes better airflow and lower system temperatures. The advanced system now features Dual Burn support, which pushes the CPU and GPU to their in-game limits so that gamers can experience more predictable FPS (frames per second) without the need for thermal throttling. Meanwhile, these Lenovo Legion devices stay cool to the touch despite sustaining top speeds, thanks to tactically placed heat sinks that dissipate more heat away from the motherboard.
For a bump in battery life on the go, Lenovo Vantage software can manually disable the dedicated graphics card or G-SYNC via Hybrid Mode. Lenovo engineers worked with the team at NVIDIA to develop a more seamless, automatic way for gamers to better manage their integrated graphics through Advanced Optimus, which debuts on select Lenovo Legion gaming PCs.
Advanced Optimus draws on physical components of a gamer’s dedicated NVIDIA graphics card to intuitively detect which of their system’s graphics sources is best suited to power the application open on the screen. It switches back and forth from integrated (for light workloads) and discrete graphics to dramatically extend battery life [1] without the added hassle of a reboot for max framerates when gaming.
Soup up in-game performance even more with improved Lenovo Q-Control 3.0. Upshift to Performance Mode to turbo-charge past the competition with higher CPU voltage and higher FPS. Then, while streaming eSports highlight reels, downshift into Quiet Mode to lower battery drain and fan noise, or set it and forget it by enabling Balanced Mode for automatic adjustments based on which apps are open.

The Lenovo Legion 7i laptop has a 15-inch Full HD display (1920 x 1080) with 100% Adobe sRGB color accuracy, with VESA DisplayHDR 400 for a higher level of precise detail. An all-metal exterior envelopes that display and up to 10th Gen Intel Core i9 H-Series overclocked mobile processors. Multitasking, streaming and content creating are made even easier with ample storage of up to 1TB PCIe SSD [2] and up to 32GB DDR4 memory. Enhancing the more powerful 80WHr battery is an energy release feature for a more consistent battery life of up to 8 hours [1]. All of this weighs in at just 4.62 pounds.
Players will keep up with all the action of graphically intensive AAA titles with up to 240Hz smooth refresh rates enabling response times under 1ms via OverDrive and NVIDIA G-SYNC technology. Get up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GPU with Max-Q Design for ray tracing in-game, engineered to improve lighting and reflection effects.
The 15-inch Lenovo Legion 7i laptop will start at $1,599.99 and is expected to be available starting in May [3].

The Lenovo Legion 5i and Lenovo Legion 5 are mainstream Windows 10 gaming laptops offering players several configuration options and next-level NVIDIA GeForce graphics. For the former, choose between two sizes (15-inch and 17-inch) with up to the latest 10th Gen Intel Core H-Series mobile processors. The latter is the first Lenovo Legion laptop with AMD Ryzen 4000 H-Series Mobile Processors.
The Intel-based 15-inch Lenovo Legion 5i will start at $829.99 and the 17-inch Lenovo Legion 5i laptop will start at $1,129.99. Both sizes are expected to be available starting in May [3].
The AMD-based 15-inch Lenovo Legion 5 will start at $849.99 and is expected to be available starting in May [3].

The Lenovo Legion Tower 5i is the tower for the avid gamer who wants a high-performance home battle station. Push system performance to the highest settings, while staying quieter and cooler during cinematic gaming experiences with the tower’s optional liquid-cooling system. It’s optimally built for overclocked system performance—ideal for those heated marathon sessions. With cool blue LED lighting, optional RGB internal lighting and its chassis in a Phantom Black hue, gamers can choose to showcase their personality and high-power internals with transparent side panels.
It will start at $799.99 and is expected to be available starting in May. The Lenovo Legion Tower 5 will offer AMD Ryzen desktop processors as an option later this year [3].
Players who want to level up from amateur games to more intensive battle royale play without breaking the bank can check out the new IdeaPad Gaming 3i laptop and the IdeaCentre Gaming 5i, a new home battle station.

Designed to eliminate screen stuttering and slow game loads, the 15-inch IdeaPad Gaming 3i laptop with optional 120Hz refresh rate features an up to 10th Gen Intel Core i7 H-Series mobile processor. High-octane gaming sessions on this new laptop can last longer than before, supported by improved thermals with an extra heat pipe dedicated to the discrete GPU in its thermal array, plus dual thermal vents for better airflow.
The laptop will start at $729.99 and is expected to be available starting in May. The IdeaPad Gaming 3 will offer AMD Ryzen mobile processors as an option later this year [3].
The new IdeaCentre Gaming 5i sports cool blue ambient lighting at the front and is equipped with notable performance features, such as up to Intel Core processors and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU. The expandability of this tower will grow along with your gaming needs. Ample port selection makes connecting to peripherals like the recently unveiled Lenovo Legion Y25-25 Gaming Monitor a snap.
The Lenovo IdeaCentre Gaming 5i and IdeaCentre Gaming 5 desktop towers will not be available in North America. Pricing and availability will vary per geography [3].
The 25-inch Lenovo Legion Y25-25​ Gaming Monitor will start at $319.99 and is expected to be available starting in June [3].
[1] All battery life claims are approximate and based on test results using the MobileMark 2014 ver 1.5 battery life benchmark test. Actual results will vary and depend on numerous factors including product configuration and usage, software, operating conditions, wireless functionality, power management settings, screen brightness and other factors. The maximum capacity of the battery will naturally decrease with time and usage. See https://bapco.com/products/mobilemark-2014/ for additional details.
[2] Actual available capacity is less and varies due to many factors, including formatting, partitioning and operating system, etc. which utilize part of this capacity. The available capacity may change with software updates.
[3] Prices may not include tax and do not include shipping or options and are subject to change without notice; additional terms and conditions apply. Reseller prices may vary. On-shelf dates and color options may vary by geography and products may only be available in selected markets. All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings, features and specifications at any time without notice.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps now available with Xbox Game Pass and for Xbox One, Windows 10 PC and Steam | Windows Experience Blog

Xbox Game Studios on Wednesday welcomed gamers to a brand new adventure as Ori and the Will of the Wisps celebrated its worldwide release with Xbox Game Pass and for Xbox One, Windows 10 PC and Steam.
“Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a game that everyone at Moon Studios has poured their hearts and souls into developing over the last five years so that our community can play the best version of the game possible,” said Thomas Mahler, Co-Founder of Moon Studios. “We believe we’ve delivered on that promise to players and are looking forward to the response from the community.”
Players will be immersed in the beautiful visuals the Ori series is known for, all with music composed by Gareth Coker. Along Ori’s journey, an improved combat system with new spirit weapons, skills and a new shard system will allow players to customize Ori’s powers in a unique way, making each playthrough unique.
For more details on what to expect in the game, news about the launch and more, head over to Xbox Wire.