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Blizzard releases huge Battle.net update for January 2021

Blizzard has recently released the first major update to the Call of Duty launcher, Battle.net client for 2021.

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Blizzard has released the new Battle.net client, which brings a slick new interface to Call of Duty, Overwatch, and all of their other games.

Today, January 15, Blizzard announced a huge front-end update to Battle.net. It offers players a cleaner and easier to navigate user interface on the client, with much-needed visual overhauls.

The client update should be releasing periodically across North America, with more regions in the coming weeks.

New Client Features

According to Blizzard, the new improvements are the following:

  • Improved navigation and layout – you can now favorite your games and arrange them for ease of access.
  • A much more expansive layout for news and game content in a full-page view.
  • A revamped social pane so you can better see your friends and what they’re up to on each game tab.
  • Major accessibility improvements—we’ve added the ability to navigate most of the app with your keyboard, increased our screen reader support, and improved the color contrast.
  • A new, consolidated notifications hub for messages and download status.

How to get the update now

If you’re outside of North America and want to get the update now, you can join the beta program for the Battle.net client. To join, navigate to your Battle.net settings (click on the logo on the top left) and then click on the beta tab.

From here you can join the beta client. You’ll have to do a small download first. When the full release comes to your region, you can opt-out of the beta client.

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PlayStation store discontinues movie & TV purchases and rentals

Sony has officially confirmed that the PlayStation Store will no longer support TV and movie rentals or purchases later this year.

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Sony has announced that the PlayStation store will no longer offer users TV and movie purchases and rentals.

In an announcement today, Sony has officially pulled the plug on TV and movie rentals on the PlayStation store, beginning on August 31, 2021, due to a shift in consumer behavior.

Apparently, this is a direct reaction to the growth of users on subscription-based and ad-based streaming services, like Disney+, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and a variety of other subscription-based or ad-based services offered by many large television stations.

This move by Sony is a huge sign of the ever-changing entertainment industry, as it takes a large dive into streaming services. Users have been enjoying a variety of original content on Netflix and Disney+, with many users opting to rent movies on services like Amazon Prime Video.

When this change comes into effect, players can still view TV and movie content that has been previously purchased on their PlayStation 4 and 5 consoles, but will no longer be able to further purchase any TV or movie titles.

With PlayStation completely axing the entire TV and movie library, we can’t help but wonder if this will send ripples through the industry, leading to further growth from streaming services and movie rental services. Perhaps even competitor Xbox/Microsoft will follow suit and remove the option on their platform.

We can’t say we’re particularly surprised by this decision – since Nintendo hasn’t offered users the ability to purchase movies and TV shows on the Switch.

It appears that this is the end of an era for PlayStation users. However, a much brighter era of affordable subscription services filled with tons of content lies ahead.

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Warzone Season 2: 5 best Shotgun loadouts

If you’re looking for the most powerful close-range weapons Warzone has to offer, here are the five best Shotgun loadouts for Season 2.

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If you’re looking to get up close and personal in Call of Duty: Warzone, here are the five best Shotgun loadouts you should be running.

With Warzone players having an arsenal of weapons from Black Ops Cold War and Modern Warfare at their disposal, there is plenty of choice for those close-range engagements. SMGs such as the MAC-10 are extremely popular, but for a little more stopping power up close, you can’t go wrong with a trusty Shotgun.

With how many fights occur indoors in Warzone, a Shotgun is a perfect accompaniment for getting up in players’ faces. We’ve compiled the five best Shotguns, and their attachments, that you should run in Warzone Season 2.

5. Best VLK Rogue Warzone class

The VLK Rogue hasn’t received much love from the Call of Duty community, but with one key ingredient, it can destroy players up-close.

  • Muzzle: Choke
  • Barrel: 16″ Warlord
  • Laser: 5mW Laser
  • Pump Grip: XRK Race Grip
  • Ammunition: 8-R Dragon’s Breath

After equipping the Dragons Breath Rounds, it’s game over for any player unlucky enough to get in your face. Not only will your initial shot do a ton of damage, but the fire will also continue to tick away at their health.

4. Best Streetsweeper Warzone class

Introduced in Black Ops Cold War Season 1, the Streetsweeper is an automatic Shotgun that’s deadly up close.

  • Muzzle: Agency Choke
  • Barrel: 13″ Reinforced Heavy
  • Laser: SWAT 5mW Laser Sight
  • Stock: Wire Stock
  • Ammunition: STANAG 18 RND

This loadout will allow you to take out whole teams at close range, and the silencer means you’ll get off several shots before they even know what’s happening.

Just be careful of the Streetsweepers reload time, however, as it’s exceptionally slow.

3. Best Gallo SA12 Warzone class

Reminiscent of the fan-favorite SPAS-12 from the original Black Ops, the Gallo SA12 packs a punch in all indoor situations.

  • Muzzle: Agency Choke
  • Barrel: 21.4″ Reinforced Heavy
  • Laser: SWAT 5mW Laser Sight
  • Stock: Wire Stock
  • Ammunition: STANAG 12 Rnd Tube

This Gallo SA12 class is especially suited for solos, as it’ll take out an individual player in only a couple of shots. With attachments to improve its speed and range, it’s the perfect weapon to equip for pushing enemies inside buildings.

2. Best R9-0 Warzone class

If you’ve been playing Warzone for a while, you’ll remember how the Dragon’s Breath R9-0 dominated all close-range fights.

  • Muzzle: Choke
  • Barrel: FORGE TAC Sentry
  • Laser: 5mW Laser
  • Ammunition: Dragon’s Breath Rounds
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip Tape

With Dragons Breath Rounds equipped, every player should fear the ‘doof doof’ sounds this weapon makes. Two shots from the R9-0 will down a fully armored player, and another couple will instantly finish them.

While it’s not as popular as it once was, this R9-0 build will still dominate close-range engagements.

1. Best Origin 12 Warzone class

If you want a Shotgun with an insanely fast fire rate and the damage to back it up, the Origin 12 is the weapon for you.

  • Muzzle: Choke
  • Barrel: FORGE TAC Impaler
  • Laser: 5mW Laser
  • Ammunition: No Stock
  • Rear Grip: 25 Round Drum Mags

This semi-automatic Shotgun loadout is built to output relentless damage, barely giving your targets time to react. We’ve added a Choke instead of a silencer, but when you’re up in an enemy’s face with the Origin 12, it’ll be too late for the mini-map to help them.


Give any of these Shotguns a try in Warzone Season 2, and you’ll be unstoppable while fighting up close and personal.

If you’re looking to overhaul your Call of Duty: Warzone loadouts, you can check out our guides on some of the weapons dominating the meta right now.

Kilo 141 | MAC-10 | Grau | CR-56 AMAX | Kar98k | MP5 | Krig 6 | XM4 | DMR | FFAR

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EA delay Need for Speed to focus on Battlefield 6

Battlefield 6 has taken priority at EA, forcing the publisher to delay the next Need for Speed while they move assets.

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Battlefield fans have been eagerly awaiting more news of Battlefield 6, which is supposed to release in 2021. New reports have it that EA are delaying Need for Speed to ensure Battlefield hits its release date.

Gamers have become accustomed to exciting video games being delayed for several months or even years – especially in the post-COVID era, where developers need to deal with the additional challenge of working from home.

Battlefield fans have been eagerly awaiting news of the next game in the franchise since its release in 2018. We were excited to learn that it should be coming in 2021, but many players feared that it would be hit by some of the all-too-common delays.

It looks like EA and Dice are working to prevent any delays of the next Battlefield game, so much so that they’re willing to delay a game in another of EA’s popular franchises: Need for Speed.

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In an interview with Polygon, EA’s chief studios officer, Laura Miele, stated that Criterion – the developer behind Need to Speed – would be reassigned to help work on assets for the next, unnamed Battlefield game.

According to Miele, the decision is also related to EA’s acquisition of Codemasters – the developers behind games like F1, Dirt, and Grid. Codemasters will be releasing another racing game around the same time that Need for Speed was set to come out, so they decided not to compete with their own property.

As Miele explained, this won’t be Criterion’s first look at a first-person shooter. “They’ve worked on Battlefront, they’ve worked on Battlefields, and they have a really tight, close collaborative partnership with DICE, ” she told Polygon in an interview. “I’m really confident that this is going to be a pretty positive win for them.”

What does all of this mean for the next Battlefield game? It means that EA is loading-up resources to help ensure that the game doesn’t face additional delays and launches in a finished state.

This is probably bad news for fans of the Need for Speed franchise, but Battlefield players should take it as a positive. EA are focusing all of their efforts on major titles rather than spreading themselves too thin, which is as much as you can ask for as a player.

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