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    Should you choose "Dolby Atmos for Headphones" or "Windows Sonic for Headphones" for use with your Xbox One? Read this. Xbox One provides headphone users with the option of two technologies to enhance their audio: "Dolby Atmos for Headphones" and "Windows Sonic for Headphones." Hidden within the console's settings under the "Display & sound" tab, little information is provided on what these options really do. With some differences to consider, we've rounded up what you need to know. Understanding Dolby Atmos and Windows Sonic Spatial surround is one of the latest innovations in consumer audio technologies, allowing for increased precision in positioning, depth, and height. Utilizing an object-based approach to mapping, sounds can be output into a virtual three-dimensional space, with speaker outputs configured on the fly. Unlike traditional 5.1 and 7.1 systems, where sounds are restricted to fixed channels and positioning, spatial sound promises one of the most immersive exp...

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    Looking to earn Gamerscore? Here are 10 games that will net you 1,000 (or more) for relatively little effort. Hunting for achievements is an activity many hardcore gamers enjoy. For Xbox One players, you can earn yourself Gamerscore. Players with a high Gamerscore are often admired, and due to this, a lot of people strive to unlock as many achievements as they can. In this article, we're going to highlight 10 games you can play through fairly easily, each one offering plenty of Gamerscore to earn. Let's get to it. NOTE: Unless stated otherwise, each of these games offers 1,000 Gamerscore. Shred It! Originally a mobile title, Shred It! is a snowboarding game that tasks you with grabbing collectibles and avoiding obstacles in order to get to the bottom of a mountain. Offering up a whopping 1,500 gamerscore, this game is definitely worth your time, and it won't be too hard to do the achievements either, as long as you don't mind grinding a few levels. Shred It! is available fo...

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    Get a virtual feed to the outside world. An irritating issue in modern virtual reality is the strong disconnect with the outside world. While we aim for the greatest immersion possible, we're still obliged to tend to the people around us. A lesser-known feature of the HTC Vive is the headset's inbuilt camera, which can be used to look at the real world while still wearing the headset. Whether talking to your significant other, answering the phone, or taking a sip of your favorite beverage, the low latency of the camera is a great way to interact with the surrounding world. Follow the steps below to enable the camera and tweak its properties to your liking! See at Microsoft Store How to enable the HTC Vive's camera How to change the refresh rate of the HTC Vive camera How to use the HTC Vive's camera How to record HTC Vive camera footage How to enable the HTC Vive's camera By default, the HTC Vive's camera is disabled due to the potential loss of tracking on lower-end hardwar...

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    Take the crown on the Sea of Thieves with our guide to becoming a coveted Pirate Legend. After spending some time with Sea of Thieves, you'll be on your way to becoming a Pirate Legend. Ruling the waters, you'll leave other in awe, flaunting your triumphs to passing crews. Here's what being a Pirate Legend means and the journey it entails. Sea of Thieves Xbox One review: Fun is in the journey, not the destination See at Amazon See at Microsoft Store What is a Pirate Legend in Sea of Thieves? Pirate Legend is the coveted prime status in Sea of Thieves, positioned as the ultimate goal for pirates. Implemented as the "end-game" for any eager player, earning this prestige unlocks access exclusive content to stand out on the seas. However, unlocking the title of Pirate Legend doesn't come easy – to reach this level and reap its benefits, heavy work lies ahead. With hundreds of hours required to reach it, only a few deserving pirates currently boast this title. How to become a Pi...

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    Boost the speed or capacity of a Seagate Game Drive for Xbox One, without compromising in style. Microsoft now offers an extensive range of special edition external storage for gamers, merging Seagate's hard drive technologies with the Xbox One's iconic brands. With each of Microsoft's biggest franchises receiving a line of accessories at launch, special edition hard drives are available for Halo, Gears of War, Sea of Thieves and more. While special edition Seagate Game Drives offer unmatched styling, what lies under the hood could be improved. We'll be showing how to upgrade the speed or capacity of your drive, without losing its distinct design. What you'll need to upgrade your Seagate Game Drive The following steps are compatible with any of Microsoft's 2TB Seagate Game Drives for Xbox released over recent years. This includes official special edition drives manufactured after mid-2015, including those released alongside Gears of War 4, Halo Wars 2, and Sea of Thieves. Each...

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    There's no need to pay full price for PC games if you take the time to shop around a little. A few specific places mostly have the monopoly on PC game distribution these days, but that doesn't mean you can't get a good deal elsewhere. Steam, for example, might be the official place to actually get a game, but you can often find cheaper prices on its games outside of its store. You just have to know where to look. Here are a few of the best places to look to save money on PC games. Green Man Gaming UK-based Green Man Gaming (GMG) is a popular, well-stocked reseller of PC games from various different online services. It offers frequent deals, and for folks who sign up to be a VIP, exclusive additional discount codes are frequent. GMG also offers loot boxes sometimes, a lucky dip of game codes for a very low price. You don't know what you'll get but it's nice to be surprised sometimes. See at Green Man Gaming CDKeys CDKeys is an excellent source of game codes. It's not onl...

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    Were you among the millions affected by Cambridge Analytica's Facebook data harvest? Here's how to find out. The controversy surrounding Cambridge Analytica has been building over recent weeks, following an investigation that uncovered how Facebook data of millions was leveraged to target political advertisements. As reported by The New York Times, the core of Cambridge Analytica's research was conducted via a personality survey tied to a Facebook log-in. After logging in with your credentials, the app could collect your profile information to aid research. This alone rounded up the data of over 270,000 reported users, all in accordance with Facebook's policies. Although the survey used to fuel Cambridge Analytica's targeting was completed by only a fraction of affected individuals, data harvesting was seen on a much wider scale. Taking advantage of default privacy settings, the app was able to expand its reach to unknowing Facebook friends. This leads to the situation we find our...

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    Looking to get stylish on the harsh battlefields of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds? These are all the crates and their cosmetic contents. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG), one of the biggest games of 2017, has made its Xbox One debut following a wave of a success on PC. With tense 1 vs 100 "Battle Royale" gameplay, players will fight to the death in a shrinking area, until a single player emerges victorious. Delivering a majority of content seen on its flagship platform, Xbox One owners gain access to everything needed for the true PUBG experience. PUBG might not offer an overwhelming among of content, but to make for this, its gameplay is remarkably replayable. Building on its core gameplay loop, the game also features an accompanying progression system. After spending time in-game you'll get the chance to unlock cosmetic items, helping your character stand out on the battlefield. More: PUBG for Xbox One is unique and intense, but rough around the edges See at Microsoft (Dig...

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    Need to put some fresh thumbsticks on your controller? It's easier than you might think. Xbox One controllers wear out a lot quicker than you'd like, especially if you're a heavy gamer. But, before you go running to buy a new one, think about repairing the one you have. If it still fundamentally works as it should but something is broken or worn, you can save a bundle by doing a home repair job. In the case of the thumbsticks, they're prone to wearing out, or worse, since they're only plastic. If you need to replace them, it's not actually that difficult. Here's everything you need to know. What you need Replacement Xbox One Thumbsticks (about $10) Plastic pry tool (about $5) Torx T8 screwdriver (about $5) The latter two items are useful for other things, too, and they'll be universal for any repair or customization work you do on your Xbox One Controller. You can get a toolkit with both in for about $10. A pair of regular black thumbsticks is about $10, but in swapping the...

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    In Sea of Thieves, the odds are stacked against you if you try to fight a galleon in a sloop. There's a good strategy you can use to sink galleons, though. In Sea of Thieves, galleons are the undisputed kings of the sea. With eight cannons, a high health pool, and three sets of sails, they outclass the smaller sloops in every way other than maneuverability. That means a two-man sloop crew will almost surely get obliterated should they dare challenge one of these mighty vessels. However, with some favorable wind conditions, some explosive power, and a fearless heart, a sloop is capable of being used to sink a galleon. Here's how to do just that. See on Microsoft Store See on Amazon Obtain an explosive barrel Since your sloop lacks enough cannons on-board to give you a chance in a direct naval battle with a galleon, you'll need to employ a different tactic: using gunpowder barrels. Colored bright red with an image of crossed bones on the side, gunpowder barrels can be found an...

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    Add a little extra grip to your standard Xbox One controller for little over $10. We've all been there. In the heat of the battle, your palms get a little clammy and suddenly the slick plastic of your Xbox One controller isn't your friend. What you need is some actual grip. Some controllers come with it built in, like the Elite Wireless, Razer's Wolverine controllers and custom options from Scuf Gaming. But you don't need a new controller to get some grip. It's really easy to add some yourself for just a few dollars. I'm not talking about silicon skins or anything, instead I'll be showing you how to replace the grip panels on the controller with something much better. Here's what you need and how you do it. What you need Replacement Xbox One grips (about $11) Plastic pry tool (about $5) How to change the grips on your Xbox One controller Use the plastic pry tool to prise one of the rear grips away from the controller. It's best to start at the top by the triggers as you have ...

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    Change your Gamertag and get a fresh start on Xbox Live with these simple steps. Gamertags are the unique display names dished out across Xbox Live, representing players across Xbox One, Windows 10 and a growing range of additional devices. Spanning all corners of Microsoft's gaming network, it's best to find a name suits you. But everyone deserves a second chance – and if you're not happy with your Xbox Live Gamertag, you're in luck. Microsoft allows Xbox Live users to change their name on the service, although sometimes with a small fee. Change up your Gamertag and start fresh by following the steps below. Changing your Gamertag: Free or paid? After creating an Xbox Live profile, players are permitted to one free Gamertag change. This provides the opportunity to change the automatically generated name assigned by Microsoft during the account creation process. For those already with a custom Gamertag, changing it requires a small fee to be paid. At $9.99, or an equivalent va...

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    Bored of the same old black or white Xbox One controller that came with your console? Change it up a little. A custom Xbox One controller certainly stands out and what you may not know is that it's really easy to build one yourself. One of the most immediately obvious customizations is a new shell, and with some fairly cheap parts and tools and about 15 minutes of your time, you can transform the look of your controller. Here's everything you need to know. What you need Custom shell or faceplate (about $15) Plastic pry tool (about $5) Torx T8 screwdriver (about $5) It's handy to keep the tools mentioned above around as for any work you'll undertake on a controller you'll need them. Better still, you can snag a decent tool kit with both in and more besides for around $10. When it comes to getting a new shell, there are plenty out there to choose from. In some cases you'll perhaps just want a new faceplate, others may want a completely new housing which also includes the back...

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    Check out all the new features and changes Windows 10 is introducing with builds 17643, 17639, 17634, 17627, 17623, 17618, and 17604. Windows 10 build 17643 is now available for devices enrolled in the Fast ring using the Skip Ahead option. This is the seventh preview that Microsoft is releasing as part of the Redstone 5 development, and while it's a minor update, it introduces a number of changes that users are expected to receive before the end of the year. This flight focuses on improving Sets adding support to use tabs with Office 365 desktop applications. The Settings app gets some new tweaks, including for Data Usage and Magnifier, and a lot more. Along with build 17643, Microsoft has also previouly released six other builds, including 17639, 17634, 17627, 17623, 17618, and 17604, which even though they aren't significant, these previews also introduce improvements for the next version of Windows 10. In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the features and change...

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    A brand new PvE mode has arrived in Overwatch: Retribution. Here are three tips to help you and your team beat it. Ever since the massive success of last year's Uprising event, Overwatch fans have anxiously awaited Blizzard's next attempt at bringing the primarily objective-based multiplayer game to the cooperative Player-versus-Enemy (PvE) department. The wait has been long, but the patience has been rewarded; the newest PvE iteration, Retribution, is an improvement on the Uprising event in almost every way — including how effectively the player is challenged. If you or your team aren't careful, it can be easy to get killed in the blink of an eye in Retribution, especially on higher difficulties. Whether you're a fan looking to return to the game and play the mode for the first time, or a regular Overwatch player struggling with the challenge, these three tips will give you a strong edge in the battle. See on Microsoft Store See on Amazon Play around cover In Retributi...