MICROSOFT'S gorgeous new arcade racer Forza Horizon 4 is coming out on October 2, and motoring fans now have the option of taking it home in fitting style. Argos is offering transport from its Nine Elms store in London after you've picked up your pre-order on release day in one of six supercars featured in the game. Petrolheads have a choice of the legendary McLaren 720s, Lamborghini Aventador, Aston Martin DB11, Ferrari 488, BMW i8 or Porsche 911 GT3. All you need to book a ride is head to the booking website with proof of you pre-order, and away you go. The fun-focused cousin of the much more serious Forza Motorsport series, Horizon 4 is set in the UK, with events all over a gloriously recreated version of Great Britain. The full game may not come out until fpr a few weeks, but you can download the demo from the Microsoft store and check it out today. From what we've seen of the game so far it's got everything that Horizon fans want and a whole lot more besides. It's got a whole … [Read more...] about Forza fans can take the latest game home in a supercar – for free
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Choose your own adventures… seats that act like roller coasters… VR… these are just some of the ways cinemas, and streaming services such as Netflix, are tempting movie-lovers to sample their wares – and they only have themselves to blame. The competition between Netflix and the big screen is well documented and fierce. The competition between rival streaming sites is even fiercer, with oodles of money being spent on original programming. This rivalry brings with it a byproduct that – on paper – should be a boon to movie watchers, and that's innovation. Netflix’s biggest innovation is actually itself. The all-you-can-eat way of watching movies on a subscription basis wasn’t started by Netflix – that accolade goes to Hong Kong start-up iTV – but Netflix is now the best-known such service. The funny thing is, Netflix didn’t actually know what to do with its service at the beginning. In what turned out to be … [Read more...] about How Netflix and cinemas are playing the innovation game
A few months ago, 343 Industries said that Halo: The Master Chief Collection was getting enhanced for Xbox One X. Aside from upgrading the resolution, the team would fix matchmaking and all the other online issues the title still experiences years later. Beforehand, only certain sections of The Master Chief Collection were available to Insiders. Today, the studio announced that the complete game — except Halo: ODST — would be playable for Insiders. This gives testers a great opportunity to give all the games a go and find any remaining issues. 343 Industries issued the following statement on Halo Waypoint. The team wants testers to focus on other aspects of the release, not just the multiplayer component. As of July 2, the current The Master Chief Collection Insider build has been updated with the latest work-in-progress bits, which now includes the full game! Anyone who participated in the first or second flight should automatically get this update the next time they … [Read more...] about Latest Halo: The Master Chief Collection test lets you play the entire game
What arguably started in 2016 with the cancellation of Fable Legends, and then compounded by the cancellation of Scalebound, Microsoft's exclusive game lineup has been under a microscope lately. It doesn't help that its primary competitor, PlayStation, seems to have been pumping out critically-acclaimed, photorealistic game after game, with Bloodborne, Horizon Zero Dawn, and most recently, God of War, among others. Microsoft has a few wins under its belt too, with titles like Gears of War 4 and Forza Horizon 3, but it often feels like many of the games Microsoft is shipping are smaller in scope, both visually, and in terms of actual gameplay content. What has been going on at Microsoft Studios recently, and is it going to change? Let's take a look. Microsoft has heard the criticisms Microsoft gaming lead Phil Spencer. It's important to note at the outset here that Microsoft has heard the recent criticisms over its first party titles loud and clear. Gaming lead Phil Spencer agrees that … [Read more...] about Xbox can play the long game with its exclusive titles, but not forever
What's love got to do with it? For Facebook's new dating features, it's about trust. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this week announced a new tool for daters that lets you create a separate profile, listing your interests, location, job, likes, personality and events you'd like to attend. You can reach out to people who're planning to attend the same events you're interested in, and view photos through their dating profiles. Only other people on the service can see the dating profile, meaning it's hidden from your friends and family. While plenty of dating apps already exist, like Tinder, Bumble, OkCupid, Hinge and Match, Facebook boasts advantages many of them don't have: It has 2.2 billion active users, and the social network is offering the dating service for free.Match, which owns Tinder and OkCupid, took an early hit from its new rival-to-be: Its stock dropping after the announcement. But with Facebook still reeling from a privacy scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, … [Read more...] about Facebook’s ready to play the dating game. Are you into it?