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Genshin Impact version 1.6 brings a new character, new adventures

The Midsummer Island Adventure is coming to you on the next update!

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Genshin Impact 1.6

Genshin Impact, a mobile, PC, and PlayStation game loved by many, is releasing an update. Come version 1.6, you will be met with surprises and new additions to the game.

For the first time, the game will have various character attire as well as a new playable character in the region of Inazuma. Players may also accompany Klee and other characters in a series of entertaining adventures. Set on the remote seas as the land of Teyvat enters the scorching summer season.

To give you a little bit more info, you need to watch the trailer of the
“Midsummer Island Adventure”.

Version 1.6

The visually beautiful world of Tevyat exists in the game of Genshin Impact, a free-to-play RPG game that has been downloaded by many players so far. As of now, players may explore both Mondstadt and Liyue Harbor, two of Teyvat’s seven major cities. Each with their own culture, stories, and vast and beautiful scenery, as well as a rich variation of creatures, monsters, secrets, and hidden treasures for them to find. As the game progresses, more and more parts of the map will be made available for exploration.

Hop in the “Waverider” as you, traveler, will be on a quest to aid Klee and Dodoco. Venturing the seas on the way to find “Dodoland“, the traveler must be ready for any unforeseen circumstance. Throughout the hunt, players’ abilities will be truly tested in a number of obstacles, including a confrontation with Maguu Kenki. The antagonist may conjure phantoms that deal Anemo and Cryo damage and can only be defeated in close-range battle. So hold on for dear life, it’s going to be a chilly fight in the midsummer! After completing challenges, players will be able to redeem the four-star catalyst “Dodoco Tales

Two new summer-themed outfits will be made available, you may dress up as Jean with the “Sea Breeze Dandelion”. Jean’s outfit will be on sale for a limited time, only at the in game store.  However, to obtain Barabra sporting the “Summertime Sparkle” this will be free to claim by completing certain tasks in the Echoing Tales event. 

Kaedehara Kazuha 

Making his debut at the newest update, Kazuha is a formidable five-star character that wields the power of Anemo and a sword and can provide strong control and additional boosts to the squad. Additionally, both of his elemental skill and elemental burst deal additional elemental damage if they come into contact with Hydro, Pyro, Cryo, or Electro, in addition to dealing Anemo damage and effectively controlling foes. Simultaneously activating a Swirl response, Kazuha will provide his teammates with an elemental damage bonus for their appropriate Element.

Availability

Genshin Impact can be downloaded for free on PS4 and PS5 from the PlayStation Store, on Android from Google Play, on iOS from the App Store. You can download it for PC only from the Genshin Impact official website.

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My Hero Academia is getting a battle royale game

In closed beta right now

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Image source: Gematsu

Just when you thought the battle royale craze was over, a new contender has approached. Capitalizing on one of the most popular anime series in modern history, Bandai Namco is launching a battle royale based on My Hero Academia. My Hero Academia: Ultra Rumble is currently undergoing a beta test now.

Officially teased by Japan’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine (spotted by Gematsu), the upcoming battle royale game will come to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Steam. Like other battle royales in the genre, the game will be free-to-play.

Image source: Gematsu

However, instead of an all-out brawl between dozens and dozens of players, the game will only feature 24 players in a single round. Though Bandai Namco has not announced a launch date for the battle royale, a closed beta announcement means things are rolling smoothly. It might not take long before an open beta and an eventual launch happens.

My Hero Academia: Ultra Rumble makes sense as a spin-off of the popular anime series. Put simply, My Hero Academia takes place in a world where superpowers are commonplace. It’s easy to see how a battle royale based on the anime can work especially with different powers acting as a way to eliminate opponents.

Curiously enough, the game is coming out in older console generations, rather than the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X/S.

SEE ALSO: FF7 series launches new PS5 update, mobile battle royale

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Microsoft has stopped making all Xbox One consoles

To focus on Xbox Series X/S

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Despite the global shortage, the gaming world is steadily moving towards next generation dominance. Both Sony and Microsoft want gamers to use either the PlayStation 5 or the Xbox Series X/S exclusively. However, the ongoing problem is preventing gamers from switching. To help with the shortages, Microsoft is discontinuing all Xbox One consoles.

This has been a slow death for the previous Xbox generation. Back in 2020, Microsoft stopped producing the Xbox One X and the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition to pave the way for the then-launching Xbox Series X/S. That was only part of the equation. Gamers could still get other variants of the Xbox One series. Of course, that ends now.

Microsoft has stopped producing new units of all Xbox One consoles. If you want to purchase an older Xbox, you’ll have to rely on existing stock.

According to a statement sent to The Verge, the company pushed through with the decision to focus its production more on the still-scant Xbox Series X/S. With enough luck, the move might help the shortage. Both the new Xbox and the PlayStation 5 still notoriously sell out seconds after new stock is announced.

Ironically, Sony is trying the opposite strategy. Because of the ongoing shortages, the PlayStation maker is instead manufacturing more PlayStation 4 units this year, ideally to fill in the lacking PlayStation 5 stock.

Which strategy will prevail? At this point, no one is. Both consoles are still missing from stores despite overwhelming demand.

SEE ALSO: Xbox creates a SpongeBob-themed Xbox Series X

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Acer announces refreshed lineup of Predator desktops, monitors

Refreshed and ready for intense gaming action

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Predator desktops

Acer is no stranger to releasing quality gaming machines early into the new year, and 2022 is no exception. For their gaming lineup, the company announced a full refresh of select Predator gaming desktops and monitors. These refreshed unit promise to bring supreme power and upgradability down the road.

First up on the list are the Acer Predator Orion 3000 and 5000 series of gaming desktops. In these desktop machines, Acer included up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processor with an NVIDIA RTX 3070 and 3080, respectively. They are simply built for the best and for those who only want the best gaming experience. Of course, other features include increased RAM and faster storage options.

To complement these refresh gaming machines, they also announced the new Acer Predator X32 and CG48 Gaming Monitors. For the Predator X32, this comes with a 160Hz refresh rate with 4K resolution and 99% coverage of AdobeRGB. Also, its more powerful brother, the Predator X32 FP, comes with a 165Hz refresh rate and HDMI 2.1 support for next-gen consoles. Similarly, the Predator CG48 comes with HDMI 2.1 on a 48-inch OLED display.

Pricing and availability of the new Predator desktops and monitors have yet to be announced.

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